Author: M. Sebasky
2004 Award Category: Genres: Drama: The Lord of the Rings - Second Place
Story Type: Other Fiction ✧ Length: unknown
Rating: G ✧ Reason for Rating: N/A
Summary: In a moment of quiet after the battle of Pelennor Fields, Gandalf reflects upon those who have already departed and those who may yet be lost.
Review scores are not available for 2004.
Reviewed by: Larian Elensar ✧ Score: N/A
Wow, this is pretty depressing. How helpless Gandalf must have felt when he realized that Denethor was beyond saving.
Reviewed by: Thundera Tiger ✧ Score: N/A
This fic reminds me of something Denethor said in RotK. In response to something Pippin said, he talked about how he sent his sons to battle but did not go himself. Gandalf's thoughts seem to be running along similar lines, though he has also gone to war. But he's thinking of everyone he brought with him, particularly Frodo, and he's wishing that there had been another way. It's an interesting experience to watch Gandalf go through a series of regrets, and it's handled beautifully. Denethor, Frodo, Merry, Pippin The list goes on, and the fact that Merry is fading during this time is a sobering though, especially in light of what Gandalf is already pondering. Very nice and introspective look into the White Wizard.
Reviewed by: Marta ✧ Score: N/A
I've often thought about the parallel between Denethor and Frodo; people don't often compare the two, but I think their stories have a lot of similarities. Yours is the first story I've seen that addresses the two of them together, and you do it very interestingly, through Gandalf's eyes. It seemed very IC. My one complaint is the present tense felt a bit odd in places.
Reviewed by: Dwimordene ✧ Score: N/A
Great introspective piece. Gandalf is one of those characters whose voice is nearly impossible, it seems, to capture from any framework approaching the interior, or so it has always seemed to me. This fic comes very close. There's an inhumanity to the character here that comes with the recognition of just how long and how often Gandalf has been the one to change lives, to set them willingly and knowingly in the line of danger for the sake of a greater plan. This is the mental chessboard of the strategist, where the pieces are real lives. But despite that necessary inhuman or inhumane element, Gandalf has still regrets. They don't quite overwhelm-and that is important as it keeps this fic from spiraling into a sort of angstfest-and that, I think, is a great achievement. The restraint is wonderful, as is the revelation that even Gandalf does not have an answer to all things, much though others find his every utterance a source of comfort. Beautiful!
Reviewed by: Ainaechoiriel ✧ Score: N/A
A poignant glimpse into Gandalf, a character I wouldn't normally be interested in reading about. But this story, too, proved worthy of the time. It digs deep into a quiet moment, getting into Gandalf's soul, his hope, regrets, and the weight on his shoulders.