Middle-Earth Fanfiction Awards

Alterations

Author: Eledhwen
Nominator: Marta
2005 Award Category: Books/Time: Post-Ring War: Gondor

Story Type: Story : Length: Short Story
Rating: G -- Reason for Rating: n/a
Summary: Set in Minas Tirith, following the wedding of Aragorn and Arwen. A series of snapshots from one day, featuring the Fellowship and co-starring Faramir, the Twins, Elrond and Galadriel.


Reviewed by: Thundera Tiger -- Score: 6

The final chapters of RotK sometimes feel more like a beginning than an end, and this story was a great exploration of that. Certainly it’s an end for some, and the parts with Elrond, Galadriel, and Gandalf reflected that. Frodo, too, to an extent. Their time is over. But for the rest, they’re just getting started, and I enjoyed watching them make their plans and anticipate what the coming years would bring. The adjustments each is making show how much they’ve all changed. And also how much they’ve stayed the same. Great viewpoints, and it was refreshing to see each Fellowship member get the attention they deserve.

Reviewed by: ErinRua -- Score: 6

Thoughtful and well-paced, this series of 'snapshots' depicting the Fellowship and their friends at War's end is like a leisurely walk among old friends. Highs and lows, grief and friendship, the past and the bright new future, all pass before us as an Age ends and we listen in on the conversations of beloved characters. Eledhwen's "voice" is one of gentle companionability, with a deft journalistic touch for detail and the little things that matter. The charm of the hobbits, the diginity of men, the combined grace and whimsy of the elves, all find their places here. Nicely done, a tale one sets aside like an empty plate after a well-served meal.

Reviewed by: Raksha the Demon -- Score: 5

A wonderful look at the White City, and other realms by implication, making the transition from war to peace, from the Third Age to the Fourth. Aragorn is changing from war-leader to King, and taking contentment while shouldering new burdens. (wonderful chapter with him talking to Faramir about Boromir and Finduilas) Some beautiful moments here; such as the bearers of the Three Rings sitting near the new White Tree, talking of what they will leave behind when they return to Valinor.

Reviewed by: obsidianj -- Score: 3

This is a delightful series of scenes in post-war Minas-Tirith. All the scenes are true to character. The hobbits sound very like the hobbits I came to love by reading the books. I like Imrahil recognizing Aragorn and in turn Aragorn's talk with Faramir best.

Reviewed by: Marta -- Score: 2

This has a great mix of gap-filling moments. Each of the characters portrayed seems in-character, and I can thoroughly imagine the events written about here actually happening.

Reviewed by: Bodkin -- Score: 1

Very touching - the glimpses of so many lives. So much sadness. But hope, too. I liked this.