Redemption of Meriadoc

Author: aelfgifuemma

Nominator: Ariel

2006 Award Category: Races: Hobbits: Incomplete

Story Type: Incomplete  ✧  Length: Epic

Rating: R  ✧  Reason for Rating: mature situations, violence

Summary: The Sequel to Ring Around the Merry in which Meriadoc holds Frodo captive at Crickhollow for the salavation of the Shire. In this part, Merry and Frodo are kidnapped by Ruffians and dragged to a destination unknown while Sam and Pippin follow desperately behind. Merry will be redeemed, Frodo will be restored, and Sam and Pippin will make their own uncertain journey accompanied by a mysterious ranger. Though this tale will have a hopeful ending (no character death!) it travels dark roads, so beware fellow travellers!

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Reviewed by: Ariel  ✧  Score: 10

I am not sure I should be reviewing this because of my role as beta for this story, but as my name isn't listed as author, I guess I can. As a continuation of an often over the top and decidedly maligned storyline, the Redemption of Meriadoc is unfortunately often tarred with the same brush as its predecessor, The Ring Around the Merry was. But it is a decidedly better story than the previous work. Every author improves with time, but I don't think I've ever worked with an author who improved as much as did Emma. RATM had something of a plot, but one had the impression that it was being made up as it went along. There was a strong central theme, but it had so much angst that many readers (including, I must confess, myself) got cases of angst fatigue. Too much angst with no logical reason just doesn't make for good storytelling. ROM, on the other hand, has a distinct plot and doesn't waver from it, nor wander off in search of pockets of angst. The drama comes from good story telling and characterizations that, while unlike the ones Tolkien wrote, are credible enough in light of what Emma has put her characters with. It also has something that RATM strangely did have, and I feel this is one of Emma's strengths; it is a page turner. I would challenge anyone to pick up one of Emma's stories and then not put it down, even if you did hate yourself in the morning for doing so. :p She knows how to write an engaging tale, I will give her that. Though unfinished, ROM has the makings of an excellent adventure story and I encourage people to read it... and for Emma to finish it!

Reviewed by: Larner  ✧  Score: 4

The story to which this is the sequel was very disturbing, and I found myself likening it to looking at a car wreck as one drives by. This one, of Merry loosed from the influence of the Ring after having tortured Frodo beyond anything I've ever heard tell of even in tales of the Inquisition and attempting to undo the damage done is far better written, and far more positive than its predecessor. The characters are interesting, and the story engaging. I'd just like to see it finished at this point!

Reviewed by: Marigold  ✧  Score: 2

This AU is a bit dark for my taste, but I do admire the author's grasp of the psychologial aspects of the subject matter.

Reviewed by: Dreamflower  ✧  Score: 1

An interesting premise, but not really my cup of tea.