Author: Kara's Aunty

Nominator: Armariel

2011 Award Category: Drabble Series: General

Story Type: Drabble  ✧  Length: Drabble Series

Rating: Teen  ✧  Reason for Rating: Disturbing Imagery/Themes,Violence

Summary: Nine drabbles for the Ringbearers during their time under its influence. Second in the 'Nine' Trilogy.(9x100 words)

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Reviewed by: Elleth  ✧  Score: 5

I particularly enjoyed the fact that Kara's Auntie introduced a number of Ringbearers that often get overlooked in stories: In particular, Sauron himself (and why shouldn't he be susceptible to an artifact created from his own power?) and Deagol. In each of the drabbles the deceptive, alluring power of the Ring becomes manifest with regard to the individual characters, desires and circumstances, much like in canon. I could easily see this set of drabbles augmenting canonical writings. In short, plausible and very well written on top of everything else.

Author response: Hello Elleth, thank you very much for your kind words. It was my intention all along to pay homage to those Ring-bearers that are either neglected in favour of others, or that we've just forgotten about (such as Tom Bombadil - who I actually forgot about while I was writing this series until a chance comment on a review reminded me of him!). So I am very pleased that you enjoyed this set of drabbles, and that you gave a nod to the Sauron & Déagol drabbles in particular. Thank you very much for reading 'Ringbearer' and for leaving such a constructive and articulate review! Kara's Aunty.

Reviewed by: Larner  ✧  Score: 4

Sometimes out of writer’s block come the most well-wrought drabbles, and this is certainly one of them! I rejoice that Kara’s Aunty has found herself able to portray Sauron’s thoughts and determination so well and so succinctly. Definitely a gem to be appreciated, this drabble will be one I will probably reread frequently. The perfect pride-going-before-the-fall vignette!

Reviewed by: Darkover  ✧  Score: 4

Here are nine excellent tales about those who bore the Ring, and how it affected them. Every one of these amazing drabbles is perfectly crafted and does justice to the character it depicts. I found "Deagol" to be quite poignant, and I was surprised at how saddened I was by "Smeagol." The one about Tom Bombadil was very true to the character, and my personal favorite was "Samwise," as it was the noblest. Beautifully done, all of them!

Reviewed by: Antane  ✧  Score: 4

The terrible path of destruction the Ring caused in so many souls, or tried to, is well documented here. Sauron is bested, Isildur is won over, Deagol thinks he has found a prize, not knowing he is soon to be murdered, Smeagol is cast out. Tom and Sam know the truth and remain untouched. I love Sam's section! Alas for Frodo, the most powerful of the pieces. The worst thing about a rape is not the violation of the body but the violation of the will. The fires of hell not only run below him, but in him. Well done!

Reviewed by: Adonnen Estenniel  ✧  Score: 3

Absolutely perfect. I loved how the Ring assumed its own presence in each and all of the drabbles, even though it was no more than a stationary object. And though the Ring had its own presence, each Bearer projected his own feelings and personality upon it, giving the Ring a new identity with each wearer. I loved these.

Reviewed by: Linda Hoyland  ✧  Score: 3

A sascinating series of drabbles exploring the thoughts of some of those who were Ringbearers and how the Ring effected them.I loved the way the various personalities were depicted .

Reviewed by: Dreamflower  ✧  Score: 2

A very nicely constructed drabble series about each person who wore the One Ring, from its Maker to its unwitting Destroyer. Very well done!