The Kindly Airs

Author: Dwimordene

Nominator: dkpalaska

2008 Award Category: Times: Late Third Age: General Fixed-Length Ficlets - Honorable Mention

Story Type: Fixed-Length Ficlet  ✧  Length: True Drabble

Rating: General  ✧  Reason for Rating: n/a

Summary: "'You left the East Wind to me,' said Gimli, 'but I will say naught of it.' "'That is as it should be,' said Aragorn. 'In Minas Tirith they endure the East Wind, but they do not ask it for tidings." - "The Departure of Boromir," TTT. But the East Wind has also a voice that would be heard...(100 words)

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Reviewed by: dkpalaska  ✧  Score: 10

Of all the many inhabitants of Middle-earth who were freed by Sauron's destruction, I admit that I had never even thought of this "individual". Dwimordene works a very effective personification, imbuing the East Wind with a heart-felt and powerful release when she feels the evilness lifted that had long been laid upon her. I was absolutely able to sympathize with her frustration in bearing a burden that is not her fault, but is a byproduct of who she is and where she comes from. The descriptive language employed here is just wonderful, sketching out an entire map of Middle-earth in a few quick strokes. I also love the quick but appropriate nod to her Master: far from M-e, but ever vigilant for what news his servants can bring. But the drabble really soars with the East Wind's newly-gained freedom: after so long a wait, her first reward is to loft the Ringbearers to safety. And we know the next: to bear the unlooked-for great tidings, speeding the wings of the Great Eagles on their way to announce Sauron's fall. Her joy at finally being able to ["come sweet off their tongues"] rings out beautifully. The obscurity of the chosen PoV certainly highlighted one thing for me: the wide-reaching impact of the Ring's destruction. Among all the peoples discussed in LotR, I should never forget that there are many, many more who were affected by the efforts of the Fellowship. It truly was a world-wide event.

Reviewed by: Imhiriel  ✧  Score: 8

And another one of the beautiful gems I received for my birthday - as unique and sparkling as one could wish for and more! The drabble opens up with a sweeping glimpse of the wide-ranging purview of Middle-earth's winds, providing us with a broad picture of the land showcasing its diversity. No wonder than that the East Wind, too, obviously would love to have a part in this, to range and roam freely. But she is bound, bogged down, burdened by the malice happening on her "watch" she is helpless to prevent, just as she is helpless to prevent it from spreading through her, and to be associated with it. All the more great is her delight when she is freed at last - literally able to take a fresh breath of air after so long a time, and lift herself up. And what a completely fitting recompense and reward that she is allowed to carry the messengers of the glorious tidings to spread the news. I can certainly feel her pride and her joy. I also found it an interesting twist that Dwimordene changed the neutral "it" from the poem to a "she" in her drabble, thereby increasing the feeling of the winds as personlities.

Reviewed by: Ignoble Bard  ✧  Score: 5

It’s difficult to write from the point of view of a non-living entity but Dwimordene does a wonderful job here with the much maligned East wind. The sense of freedom it feels when at last liberated from the evil that had ensnared all of the East is palpable and sweet. That she is the one lifting the Eagles bearing Frodo and Sam to safety is just and fitting after her long domination by Sauron’s dark wickedness. What I like about drabbles is the challenge of bringing a scene to life within the limits of the hundred word rule. In this drabble, Dwimordene makes the task look effortless.

Reviewed by: viv  ✧  Score: 4

Oooh. I really like the poetic language and in-line alliteration you've got going on here. Her joy is palpable. Very beautiful writing. ... Oh, golly, I didn't realize who the writer was until I went to enter this review on the form. It all makes sense now. Of course this would be excellently crafted, coming from the pen of Dwimordene. You certainly keep producing a very high level of writing. I'd ask how you do it, but I hear magicians never give up their secrets.

Reviewed by: Nancy Brooke  ✧  Score: 3

This is indeed an unusual perspective, and a very welcome one. You imagined the East wind very much within the boundaries the Professor established, even while giving it a voice of its own. Well done.

Reviewed by: Raksha the Demon  ✧  Score: 3

Here's a nifty drabble from the point of view of one of the many winds to sweep over Middle-earth, giving the air itself a voice as it rejoices in being freed from the soiling of Sauron's evil. Wonderful tie-in with the Eagles' flight to save the fallen Ring-bearers; and the language is Tolkienesque and powerful.

Reviewed by: Larner  ✧  Score: 3

Freed at last of having had to pass over evil, one who had been curst is now able to rejoice to bring news of great joy to all peoples. And with that news comes rescue of two thought perhaps lost forever. Indeed not a point of view I'd seen written before. Imhiriel has inspired several such gems this year.

Reviewed by: Tanaqui  ✧  Score: 3

This drabble was written for a request for rarely-heard-from points of view, and it is certainly that! There is some wonderful phrasing in here, such as ["woe-laden with roiled earth"], and a stirring final line. A very cleverly written piece.

Reviewed by: Thundera Tiger  ✧  Score: 3

I love the symbolism caught up in this story as the East wind finds itself liberated and helps the Eagles fly back over the mountains. It really embodies the idea that Sauron had truly enslaved all he could touch and that with his downfall, all good things could now lift up their voices and rejoice. Even the winds.

Reviewed by: Isabeau of Greenlea  ✧  Score: 2

As Dwimordene says, an unusual perspective, and well handled. A thing that was previously reviled and cursed can now bring tidings of joy, and is glad to do so.

Reviewed by: Linda Hoyland  ✧  Score: 2

This was a most refreshing drabble. I loved the idea of the East Wind being liberated by Sauron's fall to be her pure,fresh self again.

Reviewed by: nancylea  ✧  Score: 1

how could so vital a point of view be so overlooked, thank you for going outside the box set.

Reviewed by: Avon  ✧  Score: 1

Such a different idea, and so poetically written. Just lovely.