The Queen's Orc

Author: jodancingtree

Nominator: unknown

2004 Award Category: Races: Men: Incomplete - Second Place

Story Type: Incomplete  ✧  Length: unknown

Rating:   ✧  Reason for Rating: N/A

Summary: He was the Ringbearer's Orc, bound to him by solemn blood-pact, and he wore the Jewel that Frodo gave him. That was all Aragorn knew of him until he appeared in Minas Tirith, seeking the Queen whose Jewel he wore. Was it blessing or curse that he came during the last springtime of Aragorn's reign?

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Reviewed by: BelegCuthalion  ✧  Score: N/A

Perhaps this is the most "surprising" story by jodancingtree... the sequel to "Following the other wizard" has a rather unusual hero. Her orc Canohando is fully able to "bear" the plot, the reader eagerly follows his adventures from chapter to chapter (including the most moving farewell to Aragorn the King after his passing I've ever read). So far I have witnessed the orc's development from a murderer by nature to a peace-seeker by heart and love, friend and "shadow" of Arwen, Bloodbrother to Frodo and in the last finished chapters even a lover... and every part of that astonishing tale is moving, flawlessly written, heartbreaking beautiful and absolutely convincing.

Reviewed by: Lindelea  ✧  Score: N/A

I haven't read all that is posted of this by a long shot, but it shines with all the glow of Jo's other carefully crafted work. Heart-breaking and hope-stirring by turn, I look forward to reading the whole someday.