Middle-Earth Fanfiction Awards

Keeper of the Jewels

Author: Cuthalion
Nominator: Linda hoyland
2007 Award Category: Genres: Adventure: Minas Tirith - First Place

Story Type: Story : Length: Medium Length
Rating: Teen -- Reason for Rating: Mentioning of family drama, some graphic medical details (but not too gory to fit into the "adult"-category) and two fighting scenes close to the end
Summary: In the aftermath of Aragorn's coronation and wedding the hobbits get involved in a dangerous conspiracy. There is an abduction and a disturbing mystery to solve, and the centre of the plot seems to be a noble woman, member of an old gondorean family, the Keeper of the Jewels...


Reviewed by: Lialathuveril -- Score: 8

I enjoyed this story very much. The original character from whose viewpoint most of the story is told has her own view of the world, coloured by her profession - Artanis is the Keeper of the Jewels at King Elessar's court. Accordingly she sees the world and the people in it in shades of precious stones. Artanis to come to term with the loss of her much loved brother in the war and how that affects her father, whom she desperately wants to please. As the story unfolds she slowly begins to question his views and motives and learns to make up her own mind in the end. The hobbits who play an important role are as usual well characterized and likeable, especially Sam and Frodo, while Arwen is suitably elvish. I also enjoyed the well thought out plot (the mixup over Sam cutting his finger and the carrier pigeons were a nice touch) and fitting climax, involving Aragorn falling back on his 'ranger' persona and rescuing poor Sam. Most of all what sticks in my mind though is the lyrical and very poetic style in which the story is written - a trademark of Cuthalion. Well done!

Reviewed by: Dreamflower -- Score: 7

This is a story of intrigue, danger and adventure. [spoilers] A case of mistaken identity puts Sam's life in danger while the Fellowship still lingers in Minas Tirith after the War. It seems not everyone was pleased at the return of the King, and someone wants leverage and revenge on the new ruler of Gondor. There are many reasons to like this story. It's a page turner (or would be if it were a book) holding the interest with a strong plot and solid characterizations. It also has a wonderful and beautifully drawn three dimensional OFC. It has a despicable, but three dimensional villain. And it has brave, determined and strong hobbits--all of them, Frodo, Merry and Pippin get a chance to shine in the rescue attempts, and Sam is very, very brave in his captivity! Add to this a noble and compassionate Aragorn and Faramir, and we have a slam-dunk! For anyone who likes cliff-hangers and hobbits-in-danger, I can't reccommend this enough!

Reviewed by: Linda hoyland -- Score: 6

This story had me on the edge of my seat from start to finish,eagerly awaiting each new chapter of this exciting adventure. I love the way the Fellowship show they can still work together when Sam is kidnapped in a case of mistaked identity.I especially enjoyed the writer's portrayal of Aragorn and his devotion to the missing Hobbit. It is always a risk to use original characters in a work of fanfiction, but the original character is a highlight of this story. Lady Artanis begins as one of the villains, but shows herself more than capable or redemption.Neglected by her family, she is drawn into their scemes against Aragorn, but gradually comes to see his true nobility. Aragorn ,for his part, shows true greatness in his treatment of her when all is revealed. A most enjoyable read.

Reviewed by: Dwimordene -- Score: 6

There must surely have been some in Gondor who were less than pleased that there was a claimant to the throne after all, and perhaps even a few who would take that displeasure further than opposition in council rooms. Cuthalion sets up a plausible scenario in the Prince of Lebennin and in his meek, desperate daughter, Artanis. One suspects that the flaw in the Prince of Lebennin's plan will be the way he treats his daughter, and in fact, that is the case. This allows poor Sam to be rescued before his captors can dispose of him along with Aragorn. It also allows for the redemption of Artanis. I like the depiction of the relationships among the hobbits, and between them and Aragorn, and loved that Ioreth got a few moments of triumph, even if only in a recounting. A quick, enjoyable read.

Reviewed by: Imhiriel -- Score: 6

Clear descriptions of the environment and the scenes, as well as the characters and their actions; the emotions were captivating. I liked the interactions between the members of the Fellowship. Artanis was a very engaging original character, and I was glad she found healing and contentment at the end. The plot and its mystery was developed well, including red herrings and unexpected twists and problems. The way the topic of jewels was interwoven into the narrative was lovely, from the office of "Keeper of the Jewels", to the colours of clothes and furniture, to metaphorical gems for various characters. There were some grammatical or vocabulary errors, but on the whole these things didn't detract from my enjoyment (although I have to admit that I didn't like the uncanonical princedom of Lebennin).

Reviewed by: Radbooks -- Score: 4

A very exciting and enjoyable tale set in the Fourth Age. I thoroughly enjoyed the original character because she was very believable and well written. Hers was a sad life and her efforts to please her father rang true to me. The hobbits, as well as Aragorn and Faramir were also very well done and I enjoyed their interactions with each other. The plot had some very nice twists and cliff-hangers that kept me guessing right to the end of the story. Thanks for sharing this very original tale!

Reviewed by: obsidianj -- Score: 4

Not everybody could be happy that Gondor has a king again. This story explores a plot to destroy the king by using the king's friends, the hobbits. As is typical for men, they underestimate hobbits in general and here the Ringbearer especially. The characters come to life in this tale. I especially like the OC Artanis, the way she grows throughout the story. Her interaction with Frodo is great.

Reviewed by: Larner -- Score: 4

Ah, such a marvelous tale! The keeper of the Citadel's jewels has turned the duty over to his daughter; but it is his wish to restore the rule of the Steward. In the meantime his daughter finds herself being used to facilitate her father's twisted plan, leading to an attempt to kidnap the Ringbearer so as to use him to coerce Aragorn into a vulnerable position. However, they don't manage to get the right Hobbit! A page turner if there ever was one!

Reviewed by: PipMer -- Score: 3

This is a very well-written story. The characterizations of all the hobbits are spot-on, as well as Aragorn and Arwen. The descriptions are vivid and detailed. The story kept me on the edge of my seat throughout, especially at the end. Well done.

Reviewed by: SurgicalSteel -- Score: 3

This was a thoroughly engaging tale - political plots, suspense, danger, some lovely hurt/comfort. There's also a fantastic OFC who starts out on the wrong side of the tale but ultimately redeems herself and in a wholly believable manner. Wonderfully done.