The Rhythm of Love

Author: Red Lasbelin

Nominator: Levade

2011 Award Category: Pre-Ring War: General - Second Place

Story Type: Story  ✧  Length: Short Story

Rating: Teen  ✧  Reason for Rating: Mature Language/Themes

Summary: Lindir and Gildor take an impromptu day trip out in the Valley. A musician and a wanderer share a moment together and find their common ground.

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Reviewed by: Levade  ✧  Score: 10

You write so vividly. I could see Lindir coming back, a bit weary, finding the note. I could see the market and hear the animals and smell the tang of onions and green things. The river was so, so clear to me! I grew up near quite a few rivers and one had a lot of swimming holes like this, lovely when the heat was too much and summer took on that drowsy, slow feeling. I loved them leaping from the waterfalls! And weren't they just lovely to think about? Silver and red and warm skin. Lindir. I have a thing for musicians, and I love to wander so you hit two chords with me on this one (not to mention the water). His life is a bit lonely, and his surprise that someone noticed and took time to give to him was touching. It was little details too, like his care with his instruments, or how he flushed at Gildor's attentions. Gildor. He's a lovely Gildor and wouldn't we all love to take him home for a bit? Observant and a bit of rogue, lovely to look at, and I adored this: Home isn’t where you live, where your campfire is set. It’s the people you travel with and share life’s passing. As someone who has wandered a bit herself, I totally agree! I loved how he understood Lindir, and saw the similarities between them, and the differences. He's the kind of person you'd love to know, to sit and talk to for a day or so. Other favourite line: [Kissing Gildor felt like jumping, air leaving him and falling, but he minded not at all.] Wonderful line. Gorgeous. And you made a point that sometimes I forget -- that people come and go in our lives and some stay and some are there for a short time to help us with something or teach us a thing, and then they go and that's all right. That's how it should be. Others come and build a campfire in our lives and share that warmth with us, and that's how it should be too.

Reviewed by: Keiliss  ✧  Score: 10

This is what happens when you leave a review to the last minute, your mind goes blank. Anyhow, here goes. I like stories that take a fresh view of familiar places or characters, and that is just one of the things I enjoy about this one. It’s an ‘Imladris story’, yes, but a little unlike the usual. For a start, it’s not often you see Gildor spending time with Lindir, and for that alone it would have drawn me. Lindir is nicely drawn, nothing like the sweet little white-haired fandom waif who pops up every so often in stories as either a victim or a secondary love interest. He’s a professional musician, a little world weary, very involved with his work, too much so to have time for a relationship. Lives his music, yes. Knew one of those. Gildor is – Gildor. Red’s view of Gildor is consistent, he’s self sufficient, confident, easy going, not very good relationship material but a great friend if you should be that lucky. He’s noticed Lindir spends his working life making people happy, giving them an escape from daily reality without getting much back in return and decides it’s time someone did something about that, which he does by way of a cryptic invitation of the kind that no one with a modicum of curiosity could ignore. The rest of the story goes where it’s meant to go, with some very inviting descriptions of the valley of Imladris, and the most stunning swimming hole imaginable. Their joining is a wonderfully bright and natural thing, and what I liked most is there are no proclamations of secret love, no promises for the future – they are who they are, by the nature of the thing Gildor will leave, Lindir has his work --- . And the best part? The best part is the open endedness of it all. There’s an invitation for when it’s convenient, and a summer wandering the land with Gildor beckons Lindir. After that, who knows? Well we might if Red would just write a sequel.

Reviewed by: The Lauderdale  ✧  Score: 6

The prompt: [Has anyone ever written anything for you? Lindir writes and sings for others, but who will sing for him? Does not have to include singing ... just anything special done for him that shows he is not taken for granted.] It was a charming prompt, and it inspired a charming story. Lindor receives a missive from a secret correspondent named only G, but there are many G's of his acquaintance. Fortunately it turns out to be the one who most interests him - and no prizes for guessing, either, it's right there under the story pairing! This is a gentle, amiable love story, more casually-friendly than lifelong-passionate, and that is rather refreshing in Tolkien's universe. Both characters are itinerant, busy people and know that a firm commitment isn't very likely: [Neither of them had the space for a grand romance.] But it is a nice interlude for Lindor, who gets to enjoy himself for a change and to feel appreciated as a person rather than just the evening's entertainment. [Rhythm] ends on a note of promise (literally), with an pleasing invitation to the singer. No reason that these two can't be travelers together for a little while...

Reviewed by: Phyncke  ✧  Score: 5

I really enjoyed the simplicity of this story and that it was simply about an outing and a burgeoning relationship between the two characters. The description is lush and well done and you can imagine yourself there in the setting with them enjoying the sun and the swim. I love that it begins with a note to meet and goes from there. A bit of mystery in that and then goes on. We know they will continue with their relationship and that Lindir will travel with the company so this is part of an ongoing or continuing relationship so we have this little minuet as part of the symphony of their lives. I really enjoyed that.

Reviewed by: Melusine  ✧  Score: 3

I love this story! Red has such a good way of showing who the characters are through their actions and thoughts, with little details like Gildor finding the swimming hole while Lindir thinks of the notes the things around him make. It's just brilliant and a joy to read again.

Reviewed by: Liadan  ✧  Score: 3

Gildor takes Lindir on a surprise picnic on a rare day off to explore one of the quieter places in Imladris, and Lindir slowly realizes that he is valued for more than his music by other people.