Leave Us Not In Darkness

Author: Zimraphel

Nominator: unknown

2004 Award Category: Times: The Lord of the Rings

Story Type: Other Fiction  ✧  Length: unknown

Rating: PG-13  ✧  Reason for Rating: N/A

Summary: When Gandalf, Aragorn and Legolas enter the Tower of Orthanc for the first time, they discover Saruman's most vile deed.

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Review scores are not available for 2004.

Reviewed by: Larian Elensar  ✧  Score: N/A

*shudders* I can't think of anything else to say, such a sad sad story.

Reviewed by: Thundera Tiger  ✧  Score: N/A

Wonderful expansion on a few words found in "Unfinished Tales." Legolas's horror and shock were very real, and Aragorn's compassion and willingness to do the deed himself made him every inch the king he would soon become. Gandalf was Gandalf, and I very much enjoyed his second confrontation with Saruman, who was wonderfully evil. What made it even better (or worse for Gandalf) was that Saruman was so matter-of-fact about it. The full horror of doing this to an elf was explained very well by Legolas, whose reluctance to take action until it was requested was a wonderful statement about his character and the memories that Sindar elves still carry of the kinslaying. Excellent work.

Reviewed by: Ainaechoiriel  ✧  Score: N/A

That story was incredible. The emotions are so strong and so realistic. The portrayal of Legolas was beautiful and tragic and felt so right. Gandalf sounded like Gandalf and Zimrpahel worked the plot of theory into canon, or at least the UT, perfectly. I felt for Legolas, felt his grief and revulsion. He wanted to end the Elf's suffering but couldn't bring himself to be a kinslayer. Aragorn, a true friend, offered to help him. Really, an incredible story.