Gloria Mundi

Author: Altariel

Nominator: Dwimordene

2005 Award Category: Genres: Drama (includes Angst): Drabble - Honorable Mention

Story Type: Drabble  ✧  Length: N/A

Rating: G  ✧  Reason for Rating: none

Summary: A series of drabbles about history, and tales that grow in the telling.

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Reviewed by: Dwimordene  ✧  Score: 10

If there's a theme running through these drabbles, it's "visionary" or "imagination", and their power to transcend the limits of a bounded existence. Whether it's the whisper that an aging, blind Malbeth, stripped of pride and place, faithfully repeats even to the hopelessly deaf, or Nienna who places faith in the power of pity to move even fate, the subjects of the tales all stretch towards something they can sometimes scarcely envision, barely articulate, and which comes to them in often flawed form. The glory of the world comes in holding on to what is not yet in it, it seems, but which might be and which involves the visionary or even the ordinary in something far beyond themselves. It's a kind of absurdity in its way, but the sort of absurdity that deserves to be taken seriously as a relaxation of necessity, an escape from the bounds and limits of the past, from the sense of having always come too late or being too powerless in the present moment to do any good. Tolkien might have called the sentiment or orientation running through these drabbles "estel", and opposed it to "amdir". Thus not only does Altariel once again takes full advantage of the one hundred words allotted her, but she gives us a lovely quintet of drabbles, one admirably suited to themes I think Tolkien would recognize as his own. Well done! I'm very pleased to have provoked this sort of fictional reaction.

Reviewed by: Thundera Tiger  ✧  Score: 5

I loved how these drabbles tracked the passage of time. They were set looking forward, looking back, caught in the middle, at the end, and overlooking all. Five very different stages in important lives or surrounding important events, and the different perspectives from each made these a fascinating series. But the last drabble was probably my favorite, and the closing line about even Mandos being moved to pity was wonderful. There was both despair and hope in most of these drabbles, but it's comforting to think that hope is what is held to in the end, at least by Vaire. Great stuff!

Reviewed by: SilverMoonLady  ✧  Score: 2

The last line, particularly of a drabble, is often what makes the difference between memorable and soon forgotten; your final words bring it all home: "King's Man, he swears, and weeps."

Reviewed by: Marta  ✧  Score: 2

Each of these drabbles is very interesting. They are on different themes, but somehow feel connected; they complement each other. I particularly liked the one about Malbeth, and the talk about blind vs. dumb.

Reviewed by: nerwen_calaelen  ✧  Score: 1

A interesting set of scenes. I like the way you use imagery and poetic language.