Title: Home · Author: alex_quine · Genres: Drama: Featuring Aragorn ·
Reviewer: Raksha the Demon · 2008-10-01 03:02:36
Interesting story connecting Aragorn to the arrival of the children
Eomer and Eowyn in Edoras. I really like the connection between the
elderly nurse and Thorongil; and how she characterizes the mysterious
Ranger to Theodred - very Rohirric. And good characterisation of the
very young Eowyn.
Title: Another Prometheus · Author: Gandalfs apprentice · Races:
Cross-Cultural: Fixed-Length Ficlets · ID: 85
Reviewer: Oshun · 2008-10-01 05:45:05
I love this drabble. Tolkien first made Fëanor and the Noldor among
his most attractive and interesting characters. They were talented,
driven and interested in understanding the world around them and
questioned the wisdom of the Valar (and, in my opinion, there was
great deal to questionthe judgment of the Valar was not always great
and at times they appallingly fickle or shortsighted and/or reeking of
favoritisim). The Valar as Tolkien paints them remind me somewhat of
the gods and godesses of Greek and Roman mythology. They are not
perfect but this does not prevent them from expecting subservience and
Tolkien seemed to want to convince his reader through the characters
he created and the choices they made that science and technology is at
best suspect and in most cases much worse and will almost inevitably
lead to a bad end. In real life, knowledge and technology is in and of
itself amoral. Fëanor became the poster child for demonstrating that
the quest for knowledge and independent thinking is the result of
marring of Arda. The question in this drabble amounts to: is it
possible that he got a rotten deal?
This is a big question for a small number of words and it is handled
in a bold and entertaining manner. I would give it an A for content
and an A+ shock value.
Title: The Roses of Imloth Melui · Author: Aervir · Genres: Drama:
Gondor Fixed-Length Ficlets · ID: 435
Reviewer: Oshun · 2008-10-01 06:26:38
This is a wonderful character study. A fully realized life story
written in a series of drabbles is almost impossible for me to
imagine, but you have done it and done it well. I really love the
seriousness with which you handle this woman, who Tolkien used almost
as a comic foil amidst the aftermath of the ugliest of the Battle of
the Pelennor fields, which although it was a victory, did not ensure
the final victory and held all the ugliest of war within it.
I love her history and her observations. It is wonderful how one sees
her grow and change. The total lack of romanitzing of this woman's
life by the author is a marvelous contrast to Ioreth's conscious
decision to romantize for children her memories of her experiences. I
think perhaps I loved that drabble the most.
If I am not usually drawn to very short stories, I am even less drawn
to stories which are based upon a obvious theme or explicit prompt,
like the roses in this story. They far too often feel forced and
contrived to me. In this case the use of roses is wonderfully executed
and ties the individual ficlets together into a lovely whole.
Highly recommend this story.
Title: Hope comes for Estel · Author: stefaniab · Genres: Drama:
Featuring Aragorn · ID: 622
Reviewer: Claudia · 2008-10-01 14:27:48
I normally don't read fics that don't have hobbits in them, but I
generally make exceptions for Aragorn and Faramir, and this was an
outstanding piece that portrays the angst that must have been going
through Aragorn's mind at the beginning of his kingship. I really love
how thoughtful he is and how he recognizes in Faramir such a useful
partner in his new duties! Great job!
Title: Sour Milk · Author: Linda Hoyland · Genres: Humor: Other
Fixed-Length Ficlets · ID: 521
Reviewer: Claudia · 2008-10-01 14:30:07
LOL! I laughed hysterically! The taming of the king by cats! That
ginger cat looks especially wicked!
Title: Promise and Sorrow · Author: Virtuella · Times: Late Third Age
· ID: 607
Reviewer: Claudia · 2008-10-01 14:36:03
this story packs quite the emotional punch! What a lovely rambling
about the oft brutal effects of the war!
Title: Gently Held · Author: viv · Genres: Romance: Other Fixed-Length
Ficlets · ID: 6
Reviewer: Imhiriel · 2008-10-01 14:54:13
A thoroughly romantic and intimate answer to the question of why Arwen
loves Aragorn. She gently rejects the more overt and/or superficial
qualities he possesses as reasons, to hone in on a very personal, very
I love how she lays out in a measured, but obviously warm and loving
tone, all that Aragorn's hands have to tell her about the man; all the
struggles, all the qualities, all the strength and compassion they
reveal to her.
The history of their love, and the long years until it could be
fulfilled, is woven very naturally into the story, so that it doesn't
seem like a mere listing of events in the chronological order, but a
revealing assessment of a love growing in and through hardship to ever
I also like the occasional line connecting "back" to an unseen
questioner; it makes this story seem like a very intimate exchange
between Arwen and the reader.
Title: Handy With A Sword · Author: Tanaqui · Genres: Romance: Other
Fixed-Length Ficlets · ID: 437
Reviewer: Imhiriel · 2008-10-01 15:13:39
It seems Faramir was completely taken off-guard by just *how*
proficient Éowyn is with a sword. Éowyn rightly chose to show him the
error of his ways.
I really like how the drabbles flow one into the other, with cohesion
and with notable progression.
And the last drabble is just a perfect cap for the events, and for the
good humour Faramir shows throughout.
Title: Amara · Author: Claudia · Genres: Mystery · ID: 236
Reviewer: Raksha the Demon · 2008-10-01 17:30:39
A lushly sensuous tale within a tale - Claudia and Faramir tell a
fascinating story of the poetry and mystery of the mysterious
Haradrim, and how the allure of Southron magic almost snared Faramir
and also gave him, it seem, valuable insight and comfort. Faramir's
essential compassion and inner strength are credibly written here.
Title: Tree of Knowledge · Author: Nancy Brooke · Times: Late Third
Age: Gondor Drabbles · ID: 172
Reviewer: stefaniab · 2008-10-01 18:08:09
"Tree of Knowledge" is an exceptional drabble that gives us a sad but
chilling glimpse into Denethor's mindset as he sends Boromir off to
the Council of Elrond. I attribute much of the drabble's effectiveness
to Nancy's excellent use of language.
Title: The Clear Ringing Of Silver Trumpets · Author: Lithilien
Quicksilver · Genres: Drama: Featuring Boromir or Faramir · ID: 278
Reviewer: Linda Hoyland · 2008-10-01 20:00:41
The great thing about MEFA is the chance to discover new writers and
stories.This story was a great example of discovering work by an
unknown writer. I loved this portrayal of Boromir's last moments and
his conflicting emotions.A very well written story.
Title: Choosing · Author: docmon · Genres: Drama · ID: 473
Reviewer: Linda Hoyland · 2008-10-01 20:05:18
I enjoyed reading this very much as it gave me something new to think
about.We know why the Hobbits went on the Quest and a little about why
Boromir was chosen, but little of how Legolas and Gimli came to be
chosen.The writer gives excellent reasons for the choice of both as
well as an explanation as to why Boromir rather than Faramir was
chosen despite Faramir having the dream more often.
A convincing trio of ficlets.
Title: Many Branches · Author: Baranduin · Races: Cross-Cultural:
Frodo and Faramir · ID: 420
Reviewer: Dreamflower · 2008-10-01 21:10:59
The passage in TT, when Faramir speaks wistfully of the possiblity of
meeting Frodo again is one of my favorites. This story is as warm as
the sunshine in which they sit, discussing the small minutiae of Shire
life. I really got a kick out of Faramir trying to figure out Frodo's
family tree, and I loved it when Frodo laughed. This was such a
peaceful and delightful scene.
Title: In the Hands of the King · Author: fantasyfan · Times: Late
Third Age: Gondor · ID: 231
Reviewer: Dreamflower · 2008-10-01 21:11:38
Gentle and warm, this vignette of the King and his foster-brothers
tending the wounded Frodo at Cormallen is just lovely. I love the item
found to serve as blanket, and the comfort it brought not only to the
unconscious Ringbearer, but to the one who sought to heal him.
Title: This crown of stars · Author: Fawsley · Races: Men: General
Drabbles · ID: 586
Reviewer: Dreamflower · 2008-10-01 21:12:16
Even Aragorn, whose name was also Hope, must have occasionally had
times of doubt and despair over the years. This captures one of them
with a good deal of feeling, and yet not angst, but simply
resignation. I am glad that such times did not last for him.
Title: A Little Misunderstanding · Author: Radbooks · Races:
Cross-Cultural: Elves and Men · ID: 275
Reviewer: Dreamflower · 2008-10-01 21:13:09
You know, I'd never have thought of how it might appear to some of
Aragorn's young cousins when he so suddenly vanished away! But, like
many fics which answer unspoken questions about canon events, there is
a moment of thinking "of COURSE it had to be like that!" followed by
wondering why I never thought of it myself. Excellent job, and a great
characterization of little Halbarad.
Title: The Journey · Author: foxrafer (csevans8) · Times: Late Third
Age: General Fixed-Length Ficlets · ID: 604
Reviewer: Dreamflower · 2008-10-01 21:13:50
The author really captures the essential Tookishness of Pippin in
this--yes, it's a big world and a scary one--but it's also a
fascinating one. Wonderful!
Title: Elanor of Westmarch: The Return · Author: Baranduin · Races:
Hobbits: Family · ID: 78
Reviewer: Dreamflower · 2008-10-01 21:14:38
Such an evocative story of the aging Elanor--it is quite clear that
she is the daughter of the dauntless Samwise. I love her determination
and her insistence on going her own way, just as I love the obvious
care and concern of her assorted children and grand-children.
Her encounter, as she sat, was left ambiguous, which lent the whole
thing a rather dreamlike air. Yet to my mind, it was, in fact a real
encounter, and very appropriate as well.
Title: A White Coverlet to Cool a Hobbit's Toes · Author: Claudia ·
Races: Cross-Cultural: Friendship · ID: 73
Reviewer: Dreamflower · 2008-10-01 21:15:26
Claudia makes Frodo's wish to see some snow under better circumstances
than on the Quest, and to get away from the rather overprotective and
stifling concern of his cousins and Sam seem very logical. And of
course, Aragorn and Faramir would fulfill his every wish if they
could. The h/c is gentle, and only incidental to the friendships being
explored here. Very sweet indeed.
Title: Promises Broken and Kept · Author: periantari · Genres: Drama:
Featuring Frodo or Sam · ID: 144
Reviewer: Dreamflower · 2008-10-01 21:16:34
This sweet h/c, with little Merry getting sick after Frodo moves to
Bag End was written for me in an exchange. I love stories in which
Frodo gets to be the comforter and care-giver, rather than the
recipient, and I adore stories that explore Frodo's foster brother
relationship to Merry--and this fulfilled both wishes in one very
sweet and touching story.
Title: Home · Author: Aranel Took · Races: Dwarves: Drabbles · ID: 533
Reviewer: Dreamflower · 2008-10-01 21:17:19
This was a very satisfying drabble, as solid and dependable as the
Dwarf himself. I love his satisfaction, both as a homeowner and an
artist, with the work he's done in his new domain. Best of all are his
refections on why he is now relocated--and what family now means to him.
Title: Eagle of the Star · Author: Neoinean · Genres: Adventure:
Incomplete · ID: 327
Reviewer: Dreamflower · 2008-10-01 21:33:41
It's too bad this exciting story is incomplete. I hope she does, as I
would like to follow it. It has a lot of good plotting and
characterization, though I do wish that she would be more careful in
her use of homonyms.
Title: Seven Sisters · Author: Pearl Took · Races: Other Beings · ID: 388
Reviewer: stefaniab · 2008-10-01 23:58:17
I first read "Seven Sisters" when Pearl first offered it for a
Halloween challenge. And indeed, this tale is sufficiently spooky for
any Halloween story reading. Pearl gives the legend of the Seven
Sisters astral constellation a Middle Earth spin.
"Seven Sisters" starts off with an unsettling incident where 25-year
old Pippin is teased and tormented by his sister and six of her
friends. Feeling harassed and disgusted, Pippin runs off with a bottle
of whisky to a foggy mountainside near home. Now seriously drunk, he
has an encounter with the other-worldly apparitions of the title.
As in all scarey stories, atmosphere plays a great part in this tale.
You will be chilled, just like poor, guilt-ridden Pippin.