The Death of Middle-Earth

Author: BarrowWight

Nominator: sulriel

2005 Award Category: Books/Time: Post-Ring War: Incomplete

Story Type: Incomplete  ✧  Length: Novella

Rating: PG-13  ✧  Reason for Rating: Dark themes

Summary: Many people have read the work of Tolkien based on the accounts of history given in the Red Book identified to have been recorded by Bilbo and Frodo Baggins with compilation and editorial work by Samwise Gamgee. What follows is an account immediately following the events of the of the sixth book, specifically, beginning in the chapter entitled, "The Scouring of the Shire". This work stands in contrast with the historic information appearing only in the Appendixes of Tolkien’s work, i.e. the notes about how everyone lives happily ever after following the close of the last chapter, and no effort has been made to reconcile this account with those in the appendixes..

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Reviewed by: sulriel  ✧  Score: 8

This is an wonderfully ambitious work, delightfully rich in JRR Tolkien's world but at the same time, stretching canon near to breaking without forceing that 'snap!'. The half-Noldorin Orc, Morsul, and the other original characters, both Orc and Elf, are deep and well-thought-out. The Canon characters delightfully subtly darkened. Barrowwight's world shadows and parallel's Tolkien's to a frightening degree. This is the story that was not told in the comfortable Hall of Fire or the sitting rooms of Gondor in the years after; these are the things we may not, probably do not, want to know. This is the other side of the ending with horrific accuracy and detail, delving deeper, perhapes, than many of us may want to go into Orc, and Elvish, culture. and as BarrowWight proclaims, no attempts have been made to keep this warm and fuzzy like that 'other', more popular writing, the Redbook. So, while I highly recommend this work, I will also say, "Reader Beware!" because it shake loose your preconceptions of happy endings and life in the Fourth Age.

Reviewed by: Rabidsamfan  ✧  Score: 2

This fascinating AU takes off from the Scouring of the Shire and follows the ambitions of a half-orc who has acquired Saruman's book and ring. It's an intriguing direction to take, especially as it brings in the barrows as well.