From the Ashes
Nominator: foxrafer (csevans8)
2011 Award Category: Romance: Gondorians - Second Place
Story Type: Story ✧ Length: Ficlet
Rating: Teen ✧ Reason for Rating: Sexual Content
Summary: A Gondorian woman in the Houses of Healing and a warrior of Rohan find each other in the aftermath of the War.
Reviewed by: foxrafer (csevans8) ✧ Score: 8
Post-Ring War stories are always interesting to read, whether the writer portrays the hardships and suffering of those still alive, or chooses to show how life goes on and the survivors create new memories. In "From the Ashes," the War has ended and the Houses of Healing are filled with the injured and dying. It is in this setting that we are introduced to Mereneth and Renward: a young Gondorian woman who tends to the bandages and other linens in the Houses, and a Rider from the Eastmark. Amidst all the pain and death they find themselves drawn to each other, an attraction that sees them embark on a sweet and romantic courtship. Told in the first person from each of their voices, we are witness to this new love as it blossoms, to the gentle and approving glances of those around them. I was particularly pleased to see Eomer make a small appearance, granting his permission for the blessed event to take place. This is a heartwarming story, full of love and hope, depicting a beautiful new beginning that found life in the middle of such devastation. It is a lovely tale beautifully crafted.
Reviewed by: The Lauderdale ✧ Score: 5
A happy tale set in the aftermath of war, depicting the developing romance between a woman of Gondor and a rider of Rohan. Their attraction sparks in a brief exchange as he asks the girl with the bandages for directions, and unfurls over a sequence of he-said/she-said vignettes, through courtship, wedding night, and after. The epilogue is touching, and I smiled at a note of humor in the husband's offhand reference to his beloved wife's [terrible accent], which comes off as perfectly endearing in the context. I read this in close proximity to FireSign's [Ladies and Captains] (also participating in the 2011 MEFAs), which functions like a dark twin to EdorasLass' story. Both are recommended.
Reviewed by: curiouswombat ✧ Score: 4
It was such a pleasure to revisit this story - which I recognised as one of the many I devoured hungrily when I first started reading Tolkien fanfic. It is deceptively simple with its flowing prose, and the passing back and forwards of the narrative from Renward to Mereneth; from the Rohirric Rider to the Gondorian girl. In the telling of the simple, age-old, tale of attraction and love the whole is beautifully elegant, and certainly well worth the reading.
Reviewed by: Windsurfbabe ✧ Score: 4
Simple, lovely, touching... And very well-written. This is a love story between two people who are neither heroes nor royalty and whose name will not remain in History, but whom we learn to care for in the span of a few words. They have fought and feared and lost during the war, and eventually found love. This is a simple, realistic courtship, and maybe one of the many similar stories that happened in Minas Tirith at the time between men and women tired of fighting for survival and of darkness and hungering for hope.
Reviewed by: Raksha the Demon ✧ Score: 4
A lovely story that sweeps both the participants and the reader off their feet. Here, original characters Mereneth, a worker in the Houses of Healing, and Renward, a Rider of Eastward, meet and start to notice each other. Their interest rises; and he courts her. Edoras Lass shows the heady power of infatuation turning to love, and the joy they find in each other as peace begins to heal both their lands. A treat to read!
Reviewed by: Ellynn ✧ Score: 4
I think this is one of the most beautiful OMC/OFC romance stories I've ever read. It is not long and we do not read all the details about how their relationship develops, but in those few scenes written we can feel all the love and tenderness that the characters feel for each other. The end is touching in many ways: their love grows and it feels good to know that their future will be safe because the war is over. So wonderfully written.
Reviewed by: Adonnen Estenniel ✧ Score: 3
Making wonderful use of alternating points of view, EdorasLass weaves a tale of unlikely love and romance, amid the chaos of the Ring War. A sweet and touching tale, light in spite of its dark setting, From the Ashes is a worthy read.
Reviewed by: SurgicalSteel ✧ Score: 3
This is a really nice little romantic piece told from the alternating viewpoints of two original characters who meet and fall in love in the aftermath of the War of the Ring. Hopeful and happy.
Reviewed by: agape4gondor ✧ Score: 3
Very nicely done. It has a gentle ring to it. The attraction that grows seems sweet and true. I love that we get both perspectives. It is nice that they met after the Shadow was destroyed. It seems quite plausible that two can fall in love in such a short time. In the midst of horros, like the Houses, the true self comes forward. For both of these people. Loved this!