Author: Aranel Took

Nominator: Aranel Took

2008 Award Category: Genres: Poetry: Late Third Age - Third Place

Story Type: Poetry  ✧  Length: N/A

Rating: General  ✧  Reason for Rating: N/A

Summary: Renewal after the war.

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Reviewed by: nancylea  ✧  Score: 10

boy, i thought drabbles were hard to vote for; do you realize that to give you the fullest vote i can i need about thirty three and a third characters for every sylable you wrote? be prepared to be buried. i guess the first thing to say is if you relocated you could have had sam's help in the task you choose to highlight,(oh yeah, ps and all that i don't like the spoilers button either.) as it is you better be an elf cause other wise you may run out ot time. the rest of us have limited numbers of years to wait for these things to occur. of course where you are you maybe able to get an ent or two interested every little bit, but i understand that their actual attention span is not all that long just their speech patterns make it seem like it's going to take forever. (but catty thought,) truth: what you have written, in the way you have written it is so clear and pretty that i wish half of the world could take lessons, say what you mean say it quietly and soft spoken and see how many people end up hearing the echos of the thoughts bouncing around the universe. beautifully done. good luck and pleasant dreams for more inspiration. i will try to keep an eye on your site and learn more wonders of the world as the years progress, if you don't mind a lurker. promise no stalking.

Reviewed by: Larner  ✧  Score: 3

This tanka poem well depicts how intent life can be to renew itself, even in those lands blasted by their former inhabitants. Stubbornly it seeks to cover over and negate all signs of evil done there. Lovely use of the poetry form.

Reviewed by: Marta  ✧  Score: 3

This poem reminded me very much of Carl Sandburg's poem "The Grass" [], of how nature covers the scars left by humanity. That theme seemed very fitting, both for a tanka (typically focused on nature) and for a Tolkien fanfic poem given his thoughts on technology vs. nature. Very nicely done, Aranel; I enjoyed it.

Reviewed by: viv  ✧  Score: 3

An ent might call this hasty; I call it pithy. Regardless, it evokes exactly what it ought: the joy in new growth and the metaphor of plants extruding into the rebirth of ages, kingdoms, hopes, and life in general.

Reviewed by: Raksha the Demon  ✧  Score: 2

A very pretty verse that says a lot in a brief and well-structured batch of lines. I think Tolkien would have strongly approved of this account of the rebirth of Isengard.