Title: Behold your King · Author: Cairistiona · Genres: Ficlets: General Fixed-Length Ficlets · ID: 822
Reviewer: Ellynn · 2009-10-25 21:36:06
Lovely little stories about Aragorn. My personal favourite is chapter one and first meeting of Halbarad and Aragonr. I like how Halbarad's perception of the boy changes, all in those few seconds, from insecurity to hope. Well described!
Title: Beyond the Mountain Passes · Author: Thundera Tiger · Times: Ring War: Quest of the Ring · ID: 18
Reviewer: Virtuella · 2009-10-25 22:14:48
I enjoyed this story very much, in particular the characterisation. You have given both Legolas and Gimli very distinct personalities, based on the general characteristics of their respective people (seen, for example, in teh differnt ways they perceive the paths in the city, but with a more generous helping of individuality than Tolkien allowed them. And you explore very well a couple of aspects which Tolkien never mentioned: the difficult choice these two made when they followed Frodo beyond the mountain passes rather than returning to their people and the similarity in Legolas' and Boromir's situation, making it likely that Legolas would be similarly attacked by the Ring. I like the wisdom and sensitivity we see here in Gimli and I loved Legolas' sentence about perfect beauty versus truth. Great story.
Title: A Time of Harvest, September 22nd, 1915 · Author: Elen Kortirion · Times: Modern Times · ID: 589
Reviewer: harrowcatliz · 2009-10-25 22:39:06
I found this story browsing through all nominations and I am so glad that I did. There are far too few stories featuring Tolkien himself and this is a gem. As someone who was born within sight of those \\\'woods\\\' I am full of admiration for the author\\\'s descriptive powers. Many are the times when the tower of St. Mary\\\'s has welcomed me home too.
This story made me quite homesick.
Title: Hunting · Author: Thundera Tiger · Genres: Adventure: Gondor or Rohan · ID: 492
Reviewer: Virtuella · 2009-10-25 22:40:54
[We have hunted and slain many orcs in the woods, but we should have been of more use here]
Based on this one line from the books, you have woven a very tight and tense story about Legolas and Gimli during the attack at Amon Hen. I liked how you give us this look at them at this stage of their emerging friendship and how little bits of humour (prudence, anone?) are mixed with the action scenes.
Title: Three Wishes · Author: Noliel · Genres: Ficlets: Elven Lands · ID: 642
Reviewer: Virtuella · 2009-10-25 23:05:31
A well written and interesting ficlet, which makes good use of repetition.
Title: Proper fourteen-twenty · Author: Tanaqui · Races: Hobbits: Drabbles · ID: 695
Reviewer: Virtuella · 2009-10-25 23:50:00
Yum, beer bread, that sounds delicious.
Title: A Heart As Wide As the World · Author: annmarwalk · Races: Cross-Cultural: Gondorians · ID: 776
Reviewer: Virtuella · 2009-10-26 00:00:43
Aww, that is just too cute for words! I love the image of the pregnant dwarf sitting in bed with her beard tucked away to do needle work!
Title: Forgiveness · Author: Lady Bluejay · Genres: Humor · ID: 449
Reviewer: Isabeau of Greenlea · 2009-10-26 01:52:32
There isn't enough detail about Lothiriel's marriage to Eomer in canon to tell whether it was a love match or marriage of state. In this brief interlude, it's a marriage of state that has turned to a love match, and a certain individual, namely the father/matchmaker, insists upon the credit that is his due. A deftly drawn look at the love between a father and daughter.
Title: Think Of A World Without Any Harvest · Author: Jay of Lasgalen · Times: Pre-Ring War: Drabbles · ID: 260
Reviewer: Isabeau of Greenlea · 2009-10-26 01:55:49
You don't hear much about the battle between the Mirkwood Elves and the Sorcerer of Dol Goldur. Jay's drabble talks about something that should be obvious, but is seldom addressed-the way that the presence of the Enemy corrupts and twists the natural world. An interesting idea, and though this short piece is complete, I wish the author would also flesh it out in a longer work.
Title: On a Spring Morn · Author: Cairistiona · Races: Men: Northern Dunedain · ID: 343
Reviewer: Isabeau of Greenlea · 2009-10-26 01:58:39
Awwwww. I keep sheep, so I enjoyed this tale of new lives coming into being on a cold spring morning. It was interesting to see Aragorn up to his elbows as it were in such an agricultural setting, and Halbarad is perfect as a soon-to-be father. The theme of renewal is carried forward in Aragorn's musings about his future.
Title: No Two Luckier Men · Author: Vistula the Dunadan · Times: Post-Ring War and Beyond: Drabbles · ID: 769
Reviewer: Isabeau of Greenlea · 2009-10-26 02:00:16
This drabble left a very clear mental image in my mind, the pool perhaps one in Ithilien, where two of Gondor's supreme rulers and their wives seek a private moment of relaxation. A cheerful look at a pleasurable moment in a time of peace.
Title: Wretched and Accursed · Author: Ennorwen · Genres: Ficlets: Elven Lands · ID: 614
Reviewer: elfscribe · 2009-10-26 05:47:02
An evocative piece with lovely language about a moment in time when the tragic Maglor regrets what has happened and even the voice of a friend bringing back memories of their former relationship fails to comfort. I especially liked this: [“I do not remember. The days have gone down in the West behind the hills into shadow, and I sing no more.”] I also liked the hint of his paternal feelings for Elrond and Elros and certainly the descriptions make me smell the smoke and feel the grit in my eyes.
Title: A Short Tale of a Tiny Elf · Author: KyMahalei · Genres: Humor: Aragorn or Legolas · ID: 522
Reviewer: NeumeIndil · 2009-10-26 08:40:32
It HAS to be a Took! If only the bard knew who he'd *really* spoken to. This was delightful. Well done.