After Such Knowledge

Author: Azalais

Nominator: unknown

2004 Award Category: Times: The Lord of the Rings: Vignette

Story Type: Other Fiction  ✧  Length: unknown

Rating: G  ✧  Reason for Rating: N/A

Summary: While the battle rages on the Pelennor Field, the aged Keeper of Minas Tirith's House of Lore remembers the last time Mithrandir came to the White City and sought his help.

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Reviewed by: Thundera Tiger  ✧  Score: N/A

I love it when stories explore the minor characters, or the characters who probably existed but that Tolkien never gave us a name for. Here's one of them, and I very much enjoyed the flashback to Gandalf discovering what was written upon the Ring. My absolutely favorite line came from one of Gandalf's mutterings as he wondered, "Where is the wisdom we have lost in knowledge." That's far too common a problem, actually, and it gains new importance in this story.

Reviewed by: Ainaechoiriel  ✧  Score: N/A

Very nicely woven story of the keeper of the library, as it were. I liked how he "listened" for the right scroll. And I like Gandalf's line about knowledge and wisdom. How true is that?

Reviewed by: Marta  ✧  Score: N/A

Brilliant story. Recently I spent two days combing through half a dozen computer science texts looking for a very specific piece of code, and so I can sympathize with Gandalf and Parmandil in their search - I can't imagine what it would be like, before indices and knowledge being freely available! But this story definitely captures the feel of an archive. I almost could taste the dust in the cathedral archives where I've done genealogy research in Germany. Beyond that, it was a thought-provoking story, and a well-told gapfiller. And interlacing the archive scenes with those during the Ring War gave the events of both times more poignancy and meaning.