Bringing Trouble to Barad-dur
Nominator: Eärillë (AiedailWing)
2010 Award Category: Genres: Humor: Incomplete - Third Place
Story Type: Incomplete ✧ Length: Medium Length
Rating: Teen ✧ Reason for Rating: It takes place in Barad-dur and is dark in places. There is little violence shown, but there is a war going on, death threats, and mention of torture. The two main characters also happen to be dead.
Summary: In the Halls of Mandos, Celebrimbor and Gil-galad receive a unique assignment: go as ghosts to Barad-dur and distract Sauron from his war against the free peoples of Middle-earth. While annoying Sauron proves easy, doing so without harming innocents proves more difficult and being near Sauron brings up memories both had been trying to forget.(About 60% complete, aiming for 12,000-20,000 words.)
Reviewed by: Eärillë (AiedailWing) ✧ Score: 8
A light tone for a not-so-light (not mentioning eerie) theme, this on-going story is unique in that it takes a behind-the-enemys-line setting, but not the sort one would expect from such a setting. Chisscientist did an excellent job in stealing two spirits of the dead from the Halls of Mandos and transforming them into poltergeists with a grim task ahead. And that makes for interesting scenes and activities and brief missions, and also clashes and reawakened memories. (After all, Gil-galad and Celebrimbor did have a long history with Sauron.) The slightest hint or action in the daily (macabre) living inside Barad-Dur can activate any of them, and discovering it while riding on the never-tiresome plot is quite enjoyable. One can never guess about what will transpire next, because the author so cleverly put new twists in the least expected places. And the said authors shocking imagination is just the cream to put on top of the delightful cake. (Who would guess that Sauron breeds cattle on Barad-Durs yard, eh?) Well done, and highly recommended for its uniqueness!
Reviewed by: Celeritas ✧ Score: 6
This story is so incredibly clever! Allowing Celebrimbor and Gil-Galad to serve part of their purgatory as poltergeists, making Sauron's life just a little maddening, doesn't contradict canon in any way, and gives the Valar a little unnoticed agency in the wars of the Third Age. Aside from that, it truly is funny, as the two elves' efforts in distracting Sauron often must resort to simple pranks. Despite the levity of the whole thing, though, there is an undercurrent of seriousness in the elves' efforts: when Sauron threatens to execute his prisoners if the elves do not stop, they must enact a daring plan to rescue the prisoners, and keep them alive and well under Sauron's nose. I will definitely be checking this fic in the future to see how it ends!
Reviewed by: The Lauderdale ✧ Score: 5
Celebrimbor and Gil-Galad, two houseless fea, are dispatched by Namo to drive Sauron nuts. Placed under certain limitations (they cant carry more than two pounds, they cant try to kill Sauron or his servants directly, etc.), they are still able to cause quite a lot of chaos in their capacity as poltergeists. This is a mainly goofy, tongue-in-cheek story, though the two ghosts have their share of earnest moments. Chapter 12 ends in an awfully frustrating place. What will happen to the hostages? Did poor Gorgnash ever find that missing Dwarf ring? And what do Orcs look like in high heels, anyway? An entertaining work-in-progress.
Reviewed by: Dreamflower ✧ Score: 4
What a hilarious idea! It seems that the Armies of the West were not the only distractions Sauron had during the War of the Ring. Apparently the Valar sent the disembodied feas of Celebrimbor and Gil-Galad to haunt him and give him trouble as Frodo and Sam inch their way across Mordor. It's not all fun and games-- the two late Elves have to deal with a few serious matters as well, but the pranks the two Elven poltergeists pull on the Dark Lord are very creative. I can easily see why they would enrage him so. I hope the author will continue soon!
Reviewed by: Linaewen ✧ Score: 4
I thoroughly enjoyed this tale! Just the fact that we have Celebrimbor and Gil-galad dealing with Sauron in such a clever way is appealing enough, but the entire tale is fascinating in its complexity and its humor. Such situations those two get into, it's not surprising that Sauron found more trouble than he was expecting! I look forward to seeing more chapters added to this excellent story!
Reviewed by: ebbingnight ✧ Score: 4
I had never thought of Celebrimbor and Gil-galad as a comedy team before reading this delicious fantasy of the two of them as disembodied fëar sent back from the Hall of Mandos to "distract" Sauron during the Ring Quest. Their antics and misadventures in trying to carry out their assignment (scattering Sauron's paperwork, putting graffiti on the walls of Barad-dur, and scaring the orcs) make for very amusing reading, and since the story is still ongoing, I'm hoping that they do manage to succeed in their own "quest"!
Reviewed by: Larner ✧ Score: 2
A pleasant thought, that Namo would have taken thought to send the spirits of two who had more than ample reason to Barad-dur to upset Sauron's plans as much as possible!