Middle-Earth Fanfiction Awards

The Archivist's Gift

Author: dancingkatz
Nominator: rhyselle
2009 Award Category: Races: Men

Story Type: Story : Length: Medium Length
Rating: General -- Reason for Rating: N/A
Summary: completed storyof 5 chapters Fourth Age. One of Minas Tirith's archivists commemorates the first year of Elessar's reign. Part of the Archivist series. Faramir & OFC. No romance.


Reviewed by: Thundera Tiger -- Score: 6

A wonderful story! I love how this beautiful gift of an archive comes from a single archivist, but at the same time, much of the work that went into the gift (thread from the Queen, a suggestion about parchment from Faramir, mithril for the ink from Gimli) comes from a number of different people. In a way, it reminds me of the ceremony Aragorn arranged when he was crowned. He was the king, but Gandalf and Frodo both participated in the crowning. And I love the descriptions of how the book was put together. I've studied similar books from various cultures, and the words about the gold ink and the folios brought back many memories for me. And as with so many things in Tolkien's world, this quiet and fairly unassuming labor produces grand results.

Reviewed by: rhyselle -- Score: 4

Dancingkatz has created an interesting OC in Tenerie, with personality quirks and a job that makes sense for her to interact with Faramir in the course of her duties. The author is an expert in calligraphy, illumination and bookbinding, and that knowledge of Tenerie's craft comes through in each chapter, adding verisimilitude to the steps the culminate in the final gift that is presented to King Elessar on the second anniversary of his coronation. It's a charming story and one worth re-reading!

Reviewed by: Fiondil -- Score: 4

Dancingkatz’s intimate knowledge of the art of illumination and calligraphy and how books were produced in early periods of our world is very evident in this short story about Tenerie, a senior archivist in Minas Tirith wishes to create a beautiful gift for King Elessar to commemorate the first anniversary of his reign. A wonderful sequel to her story [The Archivist], with its behind-the-scenes glimpse of life outside the Citadel. And it was nice to see Gimli play an important part in the story. Well done!

Reviewed by: Elleth -- Score: 3

A lovely story to commemorate a year of King Elessar's reign, quite worthy of some silver ink and black parchment itself. I loved how - although originally Temerie's gift - so many people contributed to the making of her codex. If that spirit of cooperation is indicative of the new king's rule, he should feel very blessed indeed.

Reviewed by: Dreamflower -- Score: 3

A gift for the new King, prepared by the respectful hands of a master of her craft-- and assisted from time to time by her former student-- now the Steward of Gondor. I could envision the magnificence of the finished manuscript, knowing how much work it involved!

Reviewed by: Larner -- Score: 1

It does sound to be a beautiful gift, I must say.