Reviews for 30 September
- Title: Voices on the Wind · Author: Phyncke · Times: First Age and Prior
· ID: 112
Reviewer: Rhapsody · 2006-09-01 21:55:48
This story is stunning! Within a moment, Phyncke draws you into the
story and as a reader, you feel the emotions and thoughts that pass
through Fingolfin’s mind. Her description of Fingolfin riding to battle
is simply amazing and as the story progress, you feel the tension
mounting with every step he takes. You know what will happen, but to be
a witness of it through Phyncke’s writing is quite an experience.
["You will pay for what you have done."]
I almost got up from my chair with my fist clenched. And this is what
the author achieves so perfectly with this story. You really want to
have Melkor pay for what he has done to every character you so love in
the Silmarillion and the pain of the elves and men avenged. The fight
that follows is vivid and action packed, but the ending is so moving and
touching. Where the story started with a feeling of vengeance, the
author finishes with giving the reader a feeling of hope and peace. The
story feels very complete and compact with a great insight in the main
characters emotions and background. It clearly shows that Phyncke spend
a great deal on research and getting the details right. The addition of
the image has surely been an inspiration to the writer, but with her
writing, the reader doesn’t need it. Phyncke is showing us the image in
her story. This is simply a great story for a very promising and
Title: Untold Tales of the Mark: The Banishment of Eomer · Author:
Katzilla · Genres: Alternate Universe: Incomplete · ID: 836
Reviewer: viggomaniac · 2006-09-01 23:35:38
While I will confess to having only read the first fourteen chapters
thus far (note: thus far) I can say that everything I've read up until
now points to this story as one of superior storytelling. Katzilla (as
she always does) has woven an intense, dark story of betrayal and her
Eowyn and Eomer 'come to life' in the telling. Wormtongue's loathsome
schemes are realistic, Eomer's sense of reluctance to face and resulting
helplessness caused by the Worm's very real power is wonderfully told.
The plot is intricate and leaves one wondering from chapter to chapter
what could possibly go wrong next. An excellent, excellent tale and one
that will no doubt leave your heart pounding at the end of each chapter.
Her original characters are brilliantly painted and we find ourselves
becoming easily involved in their lives as well as those of Tolkien's own.
Title: To Tell a Tale · Author: Anso the
CoAuthors · Races: Cross-Cultural: Incomplete · ID: 973
Reviewer: Marta · 2006-09-02 03:43:59
This is a neat little story. All of the characterizations are pretty
true to what Tolkien wrote, but some of the stories are what are
particularly precious. I particularly liked Bergil's one about
Thorongil. Now that was silly!
Title: Until the King Returns · Author: Marta · Races: Men: Vignette ·
Reviewer: Inkling · 2006-09-02 07:28:13
I love fanfics that make me think, that grapple with the same
philosophical issues to be found throughout LOTR. In this story Marta
has imagined a Mardil confronted with the classic moral dilemma: does
the end justify the means? And he is tormented by the fact that no
matter how much he rationalizes, he knows very well that it does not. He
has deliberately allowed his king to ride to torment and death, and he
will never be rid of his guilt, despite having acted in what he believed
to be the best interests of the kingdom. In his line ["...they would not
see the blood that refused to wash away"] I hear echoes of Lady Macbeth:
["Out, damned spot!"]
Title: In the Service of the King · Author: grey_wonderer · Times: The
Great Years: Post-Sauron's Fall · ID: 138
Reviewer: pippinfan88 · 2006-09-02 18:24:11
Once again, Grey Wonderer takes us all on a brilliant adventure within
her most excellent imagination! Without giving too much of the story
away, this is a beautiful story, beautifully written of how Pippin
interacts with a certain group of friends--most new, some "old"--and how
easy it is for folk jump to the wrong conclusion with the wong
perception. Follow Pippin as he goes about the City with his friends and
discovers some things about the place that will become his second home.
Initially, the reader will surmise that our beloved Pippin has reverted
to his old ways--the Pre-Quest Pippin, but don't let that fool you.
Natually, he manages to get into a bit of a fix while going about with
his friends, however, this allows him to hear certain talk going round.
I loved the scene of Pippin paying the piper for his mischief. Pippin
also assists the newly crowned King with something that is important to
all monarchs. Grey Wonderer is one of my most favourite authors, and I
always delight in reading about her hobbits whether they are in the
Shire or abroad. I have enjoyed reading "In the Service to the King"
immensely and plan to come back to it again soon! A very wonderful story!
Title: In the Mind's Eye · Author: Garnet Took · Races: Hobbits:
Incomplete · ID: 144
Reviewer: pippinfan88 · 2006-09-02 18:47:40
This story began with Pippin's birth and the author plans to go all the
way through to the Quest. Everything flows so naturally in this tale.
Paladin's worry over his newborn son, the possiblity of his inheriting
the family titles, and most of all--appeasing Lalia, present head of the
Took clan. And she is a demanding Took! She seriously does not want a
family of ignorant dirt farmers taking over Great Smials and lays out
her demands accordingly. However, Paladin and his family--namely
Pippin--defies them all. He not only survives infancy, he thrives.
Eventually, little Pippin discovers that he has a special gift--or is it
a curse? Either way, we get to watch and see how he deals with it. As
usual, he often finds comfort in his dearest Merry and Frodo; it's a
delight to watch those relationships grow.
The author is now taking us through his teen and tweenaged years, which
are full of happy and sad moments--and what is a childhood without
mischief? The author has her own spin on her Middle-earth universe, and
I am enjoying the discovery of it. Through her carefully crafted writing
and the creativity in her writing, I am easily drawn in as a reader. I
am truly enjoying "In the Mind's Eye", and I'm very eager to see where
she takes us in the next update!
Title: Demand and You Shall Receive · Author: grey_wonderer · Genres:
Humor: Children · ID: 159
Reviewer: pippinfan88 · 2006-09-02 19:10:18
Oh, my gosh, when I first read this story I fell out of my chair
laughing! Grey Wonderer has a very special talent for humor, but even
more so of writing children humourously. Young Merry has got his eye on
the young faunt, and for a reason, which we all will soon find out.
Frodo spins this yarn in a first-person account of how Pippin gets his
way...or demands his way, lol. The interaction between these three is so
hilarious it almost hurts.
At first, tweenaged Frodo cannot believe the awful things young Merry
has to say about their fauntling cousin, however, he learns the hard way
that perhaps Merry is more astute than he realizes. We get to watch how
Frodo tries desperately to amuse the wee child while attempting to stay
out of trouble himself and not injure the baby. Wee Pippin is made of
sturdier stuff than we think, but he is so cute! The author throws in a
good measure of baby-talk to make little Pippin even more adorable.
I absolutely adore all of the author's hobbits, but Pippin and Merry are
my abstolute favourites--especially as children. Merry is always such a
wee smart-aleck in her tales--and he knows it--and he's good at it! He
even gets in a few good jabs at Frodo in this story--just enough to say,
"You should have listened to me!"
This is yet another one of those tales of Grey Wonderer's that I plan to
return to read over and over again.
Title: Shelter · Author: Shirebound · Times: The Great Years:
Post-Sauron's Fall · ID: 217
Reviewer: pippinfan88 · 2006-09-02 19:18:20
This is a beautiful story set in Cormallen where Aragron and company
prepares for an approaching weather storm. This endeavour can be a bit
tricky, as the soldiers and wee warriors are still recouperating from a
very Dark storm of their own: the battle before the Black Gate. I love
how the author portrays the astonishment of the Men, and how they honour
and revere the sleeping heroes. Some very nice hurt/comfort going on in
this story for the hobbits, and young Pippin is extremely anxious to get
on his feet again. But he, at least, obeys his King and stays in bed
until told to rise, lol. This is a wonderful glimpse into the author's
muse, her beautiful, and marvelous world of hobbits. I thoroughly
delighted in reading this lovely story.
Title: Consequences of a Fall · Author: Dreamflower · Races: Hobbits:
Hurt/Comfort · ID: 221
Reviewer: pippinfan88 · 2006-09-02 19:37:36
A lovely, well-written tale about little Pippin Took and his misfortune
of being without his Merry to play with and to keep an eye on him. Oh,
and the sub-plot of Merry and his little "misadventure" is fantastic,
but in the end, he does do the right thing, and it really is rather comical.
Another plot involves Pippin's oldest sister, Pearl, and the
circumstances surrounding Cousin Lalia's accidental death. Dreamflower
writes this part very lovingly and tenderly. The interactions between
family members is magnificent! As usual, I enjoyed those parts the most.
The author introduced an Original Character in "A New Reckoning", named
Hyacinth, who makes an appearance in the main/sub-plot. She is one
character that I love to hate! This self-centered hobbitess is driven by
selfishness, status, and riches (not necessarily in that order!) and
oozes with the fruits thereof: hatred, bitterness, and just plain evil.
The author has done a marvelous job in making Hyacinth a
three-dimensional character--she does have one or two extremely brief
moments of amiability, but they are still in line with the character's
own selfish end-purposes. Her behaviour throughout the tale is
appalling, yet at some point in the tale, I almost cried for her
pitiable state. I hope Dreamflower expounds in yet another tale about
this lovably hateful character.
Title: Only By The Stars · Author: Rous · Genres: Romance: Poetry · ID: 740
Reviewer: Súlriel · 2006-09-02 22:52:48
Rous, this is beautiful and so very Elvish. I seldom read poetry, but
couldn't resist this one. Thank you for writing this, and sharing it
Title: Rivendell 9 to 5 · Author: Claudio · Times: Fourth Age and
Beyond: Incomplete · ID: 562
Reviewer: Oshun · 2006-09-03 02:23:01
“Rivendell 9 to 5” is hardcore hilarious, serious nonsense. One of my
guilty pleasures of the last few months has been reading Claudio’s fics.
I adore them. He has seen me through many a long and lonely night, bouts
of depression, and pernicious and persistent writer’s block. When the
world has been dark and dreary and the dawn both too close and too far
away, he has always been there for me. (Patience, patience. This is
being scored on number of words you know and Claudio is a master and
deserves the full complement.)
I learned at a highly-respected university that among the
characteristics of what constitutes great literature is a universality
of themes and a quality that draws the reader to return to read it over
and over again only to discover with the passage of time and experience
further precious nuggets of Truth. Hey, then, by those standards,
“Rivendell 9 to 5” is unequivocally great literature.
And how about those timeless and well-drawn characters? I can see my own
often more than mildly dysfunctional family through the prism of
Claudio’s characters and his understanding that every family in its own
special way is dysfunctional be it Noldor, Sindar or Silvan, living in
Rivendell, Mirkwood, or on its way to Valinor. When my youngest rails on
about how her older brother unknowingly embarrasses and humiliates her
by sending her publicly visible stupid comments on “MySpace,” I cannot
help but think that she is my Elladan (intelligent, sensitive, but
seemingly mired in the trivial inanities of day-to-day modern life),
while he is her Elrohir (beloved, irritating, immature, amazingly
More examples of how “Rivendell 9 to 5” transcends place and time: I
flew to a family wedding last week. And what did I think of as I neared
the security checkpoint? I thought of how Erestor had his nail file
confiscated at the airport before that fateful flight which comprised
the first leg of the journey of he and Elrond to Valinor. By the way,
when I first read that airport section of the first chapter and Claudio
slyly slips in that momentous bit from Elladan that he thinks he might
not see his father again, I was overcome by emotion. What is this? Is
Elladan pondering the choice of the Peredhel? Can he be thinking of a
mortal life? Well, I still don’t know: cliffhanger, foreshadowing, red
herring? No matter. I’m hooked.
There are too many great parts to list them all. But I’ve got to mention
a few. Loved it when Legolas, in the company of Elladan and Elrohir, is
reading Thranduil’s email and gets caught by an IM and is stuck
exchanging endless IMs with Glorfindel while pretending to be his father.
Can’t tell you why reading Celeborn being called grandpa in Claudio’s
context is so funny. It just is. Love the part where Elladan and Elrohir
go to Mirkwood and the description of its discomforts in comparison to
Rivendell or Lothlórien. Great line there too: [Valar save me, I am in a
third world country.] Been there. Done that. (Not Mirkwood, but places
like that!) The lack of water pressure and hoping for something ethnic
and getting Frosted Flakes.
Legolas is adorable in this story—much more developed and likeable than
he was in “The Elladan show.” What a guy! He knows how to make Nandorin
food, including hot and sour soup and pan fried dumplings. Hmmm? And
he’s nice to look at too. Well, I won’t speculate on what comes next,
but just hope Claudio gets back to work on this story soon. Great stuff.
Title: Hidden on the Mountain · Author: Imhiriel · Times: The Great
Years: Gondor Fixed-Length Ficlets · ID: 945
Reviewer: Raksha the Demon · 2006-09-03 03:51:30
I have a slight problem with the premise of this drabble, mainly the
idea of Gandalf preserving a snip of the White Tree of Gondor for the
future and that one growing secretly into the sapling to which he later
guides Aragorn; but the culmination of that premise, the sapling's
finding in its secluded berth, told here from the POV of the sapling
itself, does work.
Nice line about the gentleness of Aragorn's hands just prior to his
taking the sapling from the earth - a good allusion to Aragorn's
transition from mighty warrior to renewer and healer-King.
Many interesting concepts packed into this hundred-word drabble!
Title: Fond Memory · Author: Isil Elensar · Genres: Drama: The Steward's
Family · ID: 331
Reviewer: Raksha the Demon · 2006-09-03 03:57:38
Lovely imagery and concepts here, good execution, of Faramir reading to
Boromir as their mother used to do, and twenty-year-old Boromir
enthralled with the power of words and history. One doesn't see too much
fanfiction where Boromir enjoys reading, and this tale's casting Faramir
as a storyteller as well as a scholar is a nice touch.
Title: Scattered Leaves · Author: Aratlithiel · Races: Hobbits:
Post-Sauron's Fall · ID: 110
Reviewer: elentari3018 · 2006-09-03 04:35:04
This was one of the first fics i've read and i have printed it out and
have reread it a lot. The angst just shatters me but i feel that it is
so well written, well described and makes me cry for Frodo so much. Very
realistic description and protrayal of Frodo's grief at losing the Ring.
Being that it is first-person, it is even more heart-wrenching to hear
Frodo's thoughts of the Ring post-Quest in that manner. I have always
identified most with Frodo and find that Aralithiel does a great job of
portraying him post-Quest. THis fic is no exception to her skill in
making me cry for Frodo.
Title: Bad Step · Author: Mariole · Races: Hobbits: Incomplete · ID: 786
Reviewer: elentari3018 · 2006-09-03 04:41:23
This story had me thinking about it during the day and even dreaming
about it since i'm on the edge of my seat most of the time with it
anticipating an update everyday, every minute. It's hard to find fic
that focuses solely on Sam, with Sam getting most of the attention and i
am finding this story to be one heck of a rollar coaster ride.
When Sam decides to mend the trail so that Mr. Frodo won't have a
mishap, he ends up in quite a predicament himself and is injured pretty
badly on a fall.
What makes this story so engaging and so downright attractive and
wonderful are the descriptions and the plot that is so suspenseful and a
delight to read because it makes you so sympathetic and fretful of Sam's
The author is a wonderful story-teller, able to keep you on the edge of
your seat so darn well. The story is laced with some humor as well and
that's awesome considering that it's very angsty as well.
Though it is a work in progress, you can see how popular the story is
for all the readers are tense with anticipating the next part.
For anyone who loves Sam and love Sam being the center of the story,
this is the fic for them. And Mariole is such an awesome writer that she
does not disappoint in any chapter. (other than being so realistic,
realistic to the point of me wanting to jump into the story myself and
help Sam. ;)
I hope the author will find time to continue soon for she sure does know
how to make a reader insomniac and begging for more every single day and
Title: A New Kind of Courage · Author: Auntiemeesh · Genres: Drama:
Featuring Pippin or Merry · ID: 959
Reviewer: elentari3018 · 2006-09-03 04:46:12
This gap-filler is one of the first story ideas that i had in writing
fanfiction but I am so very glad that Auntiemeesh has already done such
a wonderful job in describing Merry's feelings when he holds his vigil
for his friends while he waits for them to come around in Cormallen. Not
only is this an awesome gap-filler and one of my favorite stories of all
time, there is amazing description, humor, angst and hurt/comfort that
all sound so realistic.
I've always felt for Merry when he has to be always "left behind" and to
finally read a fic that so amazingly fills in the gaps between everyone
leaving Merry to the BLack Gate to Frodo and Sam's wakening and Merry's
own healing and thoughts is a rare treat and indeed one of my favorite
time periods to explore.
I'm very grateful for this fic and glad that i've read it... several
times indeed. :)
Her characterizations are wonderful--I really enjoyed her Merry, Pippin,
Aragorn and Legolas in this story. The ending was very satisfying where
Merry finally defeats his nightmares and Frodo and Sam awaken.
The most special part of this fic is that even though there is angst
surrounding this period for Merry, there is hope too and the moments
between Merry and Pippin are my favorites.
I recommend this fic for anyone who's thirsting for a great fanfic that
focuses on Merry, how he dealt with being the one who has to wait it out
for his friends to recover, yet has to deal with his own fears and
healing too. After reading this, I can feel for Merry a lot more and
appreciate him as much as I do the other hobbits.
Title: Healing the Healer · Author: SlightlyTookish · Times: The Great
Years: The Fellowship · ID: 935
Reviewer: Linda Hoyland · 2006-09-03 06:39:42
A truly delightful little story showing the truth of the adage that
healers make the worse patients. The Hobbits' concern for Aragorn is
very sweet but one has to feel for the poor Ranger as he finds himself
minus his shirt and his boots and smothered in wet cloths and foul
smelling poultices !Both amusing and touching.
Title: Book Learning · Author: Branwyn · Genres: Romance: Incomplete ·
Reviewer: annmarwalk · 2006-09-03 16:15:36
What a wonderful story. Your use of language is both Tolkienish (if we
can even imagine him writing about such things) and droll. Faramir,
Eowyn, Freydis, even Eradan and the poor turnip-farmer are all
marvelously well drawn and characterized.
You've gotten Eowyn's voice down perfectly: shy maid, proud daughter of
Eorl, confuzzled bride. The details of the ceremonial rituals are very
well described, as well as the marital act itself - poor girl! All her
knowledge of animal husbandry was of little use in this instance.
(Though her pastoral background does emerge again, when she's studying
the textbook: ["The men bore huge members, worthy of a studhorse, and
the smiling women had breasts like great, round cheeses."] LOL!) You've
really made us feel for her confusion and isolation.
And poor Faramir – how sorely he must have felt the loss of brother,
cousin, uncle; any man to whom he could have gone for advice without
embarrassment. It’s perfectly in character for him to have turned to the
library for answers to his queries. I love your description of the text
itself, vivid illustrations and miniscule print; and searched in vain
for a similar one during my visit to the Chester Beatty Library. The
flashback of Boromir, Faramir, and Eldahil, whispering excitedly over
the richly detailed pictures, is priceless.
As was so well demonstrated in “By the Light of Earendil’s Star”, it’s
obvious that you’ve put a lot of research into the tale. I’m looking
forward to discovering the imaginative uses Eowyn has in mind for those
vegetables, and whether Faramir will soon feel giddy from shock, or
Title: The Beauty of Memory · Author: pipkinsweetgrass · Races:
Cross-Cultural · ID: 652
Reviewer: annmarwalk · 2006-09-03 18:22:21
Oh, this is lovely. I really like the idea that Boromir’s influence on
Pippin would be so far-reaching, that Faramir would be able to recognize
his brother’s habits, stance, walk, and manner of speech in the
halfling. There’s no gushy hero-worship on Pippin’s part: he tells his
stories clearly and vividly, allowing Faramir to share Boromir’s last
days through the eyes of another who admired him as much as Faramir
Title: Counting the Days · Author: Lady Bluejay · Genres: Romance:
Lothíriel & Éomer · ID: 281
Reviewer: Marta · 2006-09-03 18:56:07
Neat little story. I relaly like the details near the beginning about
just how slowly the Rohirrim are to get started that morning. And I
think Eomer is right: he does have to get married and Lothiriel is good
for Rohan. His other reasons were cute, too.
Title: Interrupted Journeys: Journeys of Discovery · Author: elliska ·
Genres: Drama: Incomplete · ID: 163
Reviewer: Marta · 2006-09-03 20:02:10
Normally I cannot enjoy stories involving young elves because in most
cases there simply are not the canonical events to shape their
childhoods well enough for me to see the connection to Tolkien's larger
work. But this is different. Maybe it is because the author has already
developed a rich background for Mirkwood in her previous four stories,
and it is reflected here in a manner digestible to children. And her
elves (adult and child) act so real. This author has a deep
understanding of human nature and how what Tolkien wrote about elves
would reflect it. It's a great yarn, and it won me over quickly.
Title: A Rohan Ghost Story · Author: Katzilla · Genres: Adventure · ID: 278
Reviewer: Dwimordene · 2006-09-04 01:07:23
*Despite* the ill contrivance of Fanfiction.net, which delighted to load
blank pages and have site overloads, I have finally managed to work my
way through this story.
Katzilla takes us through another AU scenario, interestingly done, in
which Grima has managed to survive and indeed fool others into believing
him dead. Safely under the radar, he returns to Rohan to breed uruks and
plot his revenge against Eomer. Methinks the councilor may have gone
just a bit more unhinged in his wanderings, as anyone who thinks
displaying the bound and helpless king of Rohan to his people and
threatening to loose vengeful Dunlendings and orcs on them will get him
his way really should have learned a lesson from the last time that
tactic was tried. He may complain of the unteachable stubbornness of the
House of Eorl, but Grima's the ultimate mule when it comes right down to it.
Poor Eomer, drugged and trying to distinguish reality from false memory
and phantasms that play off of and twist his own sense of buried doubt
over all that happened during the war years, is open to manipulation,
especially wounded as he is. Fortunately, the people of Rohan, chance,
and the loyal Elfhelm know what to do, and aren't afraid to pay the
necessary price to save him and their realm from Grima's assault. What
will happen in the aftermath of that invasion, as Eomer steps closer to
a new and married life, remains undetermined, but I'm sure Katzilla will
get around to filling it in for us eventually.
Title: Swan Dance · Author: Rhapsody · Times: First Age and Prior:
Fixed-Length Ficlet · ID: 797
Reviewer: Oshun · 2006-09-04 01:33:00
Really wonderful writing. There is so much more that is contained in
this piece than is apparent at first glance. You're breaking my heart
here--you give us the good and bad of Feanor's sons and pack so many
disparate points into such a tiny piece. Think I got a lot of what you
intended (although I'm sure not all). I am certainly no Silm scholar.
There is the reluctance to be called a kinslayer--so they become
so-called kin. While he admits it is unforgivable, still the cause is of
high importance. Yet, at the end, I am am moved when he admits his
sadness at all that was lost. Love the inclusion of not just the loss
friendship and affection, but shared skills--yep, he is quite the
Noldor. Don't get me wrong here--I love these guys! That is one of the
things that is so great about Tolkien's characterizations--nobody is all
good or all bad (well, almost nobody). I'm going to go trolling through
your stories to see what you have written about Feanor, the great
artificer, himself. Thanks for inspiring me to want to go back and learn
more about the First Age. (Hope I have not mangled or misinterpreted
what you were trying to say here!) If I have, feel free to track me down
and let know. Am I rambling here? (Can't apologize it's
Title: The Unexpected Guest · Author: pippinfan88 · Genres: Humor: The
Shire · ID: 635
Reviewer: Dreamflower · 2006-09-04 02:35:11
This very funny story was written for Marigold's "nekkid hobbit"
challenge! I loved the whole situation comedy feel of this story--in
some ways it reminded me of an episode of "I Love Lucy" in the way that
everything got more and more complicated until there was really only one
possible hilarious result. I really laughed out loud over this one.
Title: The Courtship of Peregrin Took · Author: pippinfan88 · Genres:
Romance · ID: 275
Reviewer: Dreamflower · 2006-09-04 02:38:11
I remember following this story as it was originally being posted, and
looking forward to each update. There are a lot of stories dealing with
Pippin and Diamond and how they got together. This one comes at it from
a slightly different angle, as Pippin starts the story off falling for
another lass entirely. The way in which all is solved is done
beautifully, and Pippin proves himself to be a Knight in Shining Armor
at the end.