Gastings Night

Author: Dwimordene

Nominator: unknown

2004 Award Category: Races: Rohan

Story Type: Other Fiction  ✧  Length: unknown

Rating: G  ✧  Reason for Rating: N/A

Summary: I present you with a Harrowdale Halloween. Hama learns the meaning of some old tales..

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Review scores are not available for 2004.

Reviewed by: Thundera Tiger  ✧  Score: N/A

One of my all-time favorite LotR ghost stories. Dwimordene excels at just about everything she writes, but she's really outdone herself here. The moods of the story deserve a page all their own. There is an eerie feel throughout, a mood wonderfully set in place by the poems at the beginning and also by the concept of the day that runs backwards, which is something that very much intrigues me. But in spite of this eerie feel, there is also an air of excitement and discovery, mainly on the part of Háma who has basically turned into the Rohirric version of ghost hunter. And then there are moments of friendship and good-natured teasing between Háma and his friend Herfrith, who is a great character. Between their banter, we pick up on the rivalry between Harrowdale and Edoras, which I imagine is encouraged by the eerie feel of Harrowdale and the contrasting feeling of openness associated with Edoras. The dialogue sparkles, and lines such as Herfrith's comment that the rest of the cousins "have souls suited to ride, not to soar" create so many images in my mind that I have to stop to think about them before moving ahead with the story. And then there's the meat of the story itself, which is something of a ghost story. Or an unexplained phenomena story. Either way, it's downright eerie, and the pacing works well to bring us closer and closer to Háma's dream and then discovery that it might not have been a dream after all. Brilliantly told.

Reviewed by: Ellbee  ✧  Score: N/A

This gave me a shiver. Very imaginative and atmospheric.

Reviewed by: Ainaechoiriel  ✧  Score: N/A

Another comment that will suffer being written with only memory to guide it. This was definitely a spooky story, but not so terrifying or scary. More like a Twilight Zone episode. Well done.

Reviewed by: Llinos  ✧  Score: N/A

I find the Halloween scenario a little too "American" for my taste, so nearly didn't read but am glad I did. It is brilliantly executed with an obvious love of the subject matter and of course excellently written.