A Mist of Tears and Weariness

Author: Dreamflower

Nominator: Marigold

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

Story Type: Story  ✧  Length: Short Story

Rating: G  ✧  Reason for Rating: N/A

Summary: In Ithilien, Gandalf comforts a distraught Merry.

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Reviewed by: Marigold  ✧  Score: 6

This is a lovely example of how much Gandalf loves and cares for his hobbits. I love Merry’s trust of him here, weeping and accepting comfort in Gandalf’s arms, voicing his fears without reservation. I like fics where the relationship of the younger hobbits to Gandalf is like that of grandsons with their grandsire and I feel the love of that sort of relationship here in this story, as I do in all of Dreamflower’s stories. The image of Gandalf holding and comforting Merry as if he were a fauntling is lovely, and his own guilt at the price his hobbits have paid rings very true to his character. Merry calming as he was laid down by Pippin was lovely and hobbity. I also liked Aragorn’s emotions here, his distress making it evident how much he loves his friends, the hobbits.

Reviewed by: Thundera Tiger  ✧  Score: 4

I really like the sense of helplessness found in both Aragorn and Merry. They've done all they can, but they wish to do more. And it's really only in Gandalf that this helplessness disappears. As always, the old wizard comes when most needed, and this time he comes bringing hope. He can't promise all will be well, but he can lend strength to hope, and for Merry, that seems to be enough. Very touching moment, and very well written.

Reviewed by: Rabidsamfan  ✧  Score: 3

You'd think there would be more stories where Gandalf and Merry share a quiet moment, although they would have a hard time living up to this one. That both of them feel a responsibility for what has happened, and see themselves being the one to tell the families left behind the story is a great insight into the aspect of their natures which they share.

Reviewed by: pippinfan88  ✧  Score: 3

A beautiful, wonderful story about Merry's anguish when he first arrived at Pippin's bedside in Ithilien. Overwhelmed with the thought of his cousins and Sam not surviving, he weeps until Gandalf takes the time to console him, assuring him of hope in the morning. Again, what a wonderful tale!

Reviewed by: Bodkin  ✧  Score: 2

It's good to see Gandalf offering comfort to Merry - he brings a lot of conviction with him. But someone who, it seems to me, could do with a bit of this bolstering is poor old Strider. He has the weight of the world on his shoulders!

Reviewed by: sulriel  ✧  Score: 2

Yes, of course, grief is a natural reaction, and despair. How well we know that, and how difficult it is to overcome. But we must, thank goodness for Gandalf, and those like him who offer comfort.