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Reviews for 5 December - part 2

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    Title: A Lesser and Alien Race · Author: Marta · Times: Fourth Age and Beyond: Fixed-Length Ficlet · ID: 683 Reviewer: Jenn_Calaelen · 2006-12-01 00:00:00
    Message 1 of 1 , Dec 5 7:34 AM
      Title: A Lesser and Alien Race · Author: Marta · Times: Fourth Age and
      Beyond: Fixed-Length Ficlet · ID: 683
      Reviewer: Jenn_Calaelen · 2006-12-01 00:00:00 Score: 3
      I like the way that you show two different perspectives in this drabble.
      It is amusing how it can apply to two couples an age apart. That would
      seem to show a lot about Gondor and about how the society there does not
      change very much, no matter what the reason is. The use of words is very
      clever to fit so much into so few words.
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      Title: Object Lessons · Author: Marta · Times: Late Third Age:
      Fixed-Length Ficlet · ID: 668
      Reviewer: Jenn_Calaelen · 2006-12-01 00:00:00 Score: 3
      A lovely view of Faramir and Boromir, I like the way that you show so
      much about their characters in so few words. It seems sensible of
      Faramir to try and teach Boromir a lesson at this point as it seems that
      he is not learning it for himself and it is a lesson that he would need
      to learn to grow up to be as sensible and wise as he did.
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      Title: Rejection · Author: Tanaqui · Races: Men: Aragorn Fixed-Length
      Ficlets · ID: 903
      Reviewer: Jenn_Calaelen · 2006-12-01 00:00:00 Score: 4
      An interesting view of Aragorn. I like the way that you show him being
      faced by problems, while enphasising his skills. It is good to see
      scenes showing him in the years that are not covered closely in canon. I
      like the way that you fit in comments about the way people think in the
      reactions of the townspeople. As always you seem to fit a lot into a
      very few words, while still making it easy and fun to read.
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      Title: Sixteen Singing Eagles · Author: Isabeau of Greenlea · Races:
      Cross-Cultural: Fixed-Length Ficlet · ID: 678
      Reviewer: Jenn_Calaelen · 2006-12-01 00:00:00 Score: 1
      A nice and funny ficlet. I like the way you show the eagles.
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      Title: The Lost · Author: Altariel · Times: Fourth Age and Beyond:
      Gondor · ID: 181
      Reviewer: Jenn_Calaelen · 2006-12-01 00:00:00 Score: 4
      An interesting story to read. However, it is a little hard to follow
      because there seems to be an assumption that the reader is aware of a
      lot of the background and events in other stories set in this verse.
      This makes it harder for me to follow as I have only read some of them
      and have got very confusion about which stories are in this continum.
      However, the characterations are good and show depth to the characters.
      I like the way you show the similarities and differences between Faramir
      and Denethor.
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      Title: A new tradition · Author: Tanaqui · Races: Dwarves: Fixed-Length
      Ficlet · ID: 869
      Reviewer: Jenn_Calaelen · 2006-12-01 00:00:00 Score: 2
      A nice tale. It is nice the way that Gimli makes up the tale for the
      children, but I wonder why they would nto wonder why they had not had
      presents brought for them inearlier years...
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      Title: Was It For This? · Author: Alawa · Genres: Drama: Remembering ·
      ID: 88
      Reviewer: Jenn_Calaelen · 2006-12-01 00:00:00 Score: 2
      An interesting and moving view of Aragorn. This piece is a nice look at
      the lives of the Rangers and of the way such lives seem to those living
      them.
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      Title: Until Light Returns · Author: elliska · Races: Elves:
      Fixed-Length Ficlet Featuring Legolas or Thranduil · ID: 707
      Reviewer: Jenn_Calaelen · 2006-12-01 00:00:00 Score: 2
      A nice view of what Mirkwwod would have been like when it was Greenwood.
      It is good to see a positive characterisation of Thranduil.
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      Title: A bit of garden · Author: Tanaqui · Races: Hobbits: General
      Fixed-Length Ficlet · ID: 901
      Reviewer: Jenn_Calaelen · 2006-12-01 00:00:00 Score: 4
      A lovely view of Sam and Elrond. It is nice to see interaction between
      these two characters as it is not often shown. The scene is very nice
      and seems to be very in character for Sam. Although no time seems to be
      given for the piece it reads, to me, as clearly after the end of the
      Ring War, presumably in Rivendell on the way back to the Shire (I think
      they visited then...) and it is very clever how you show the way in
      which Sam seems more confident here than he would have in an earlier
      timeframe.
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      Title: A Meara for Me! · Author: Súlriel · Genres: Non-Fiction · ID: 893
      Reviewer: Jenn_Calaelen · 2006-12-01 00:00:00 Score: 2
      An interesting looking resourse, however it seems to use some
      assumptions from somewhere that I am not convinced by.
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      Title: Luck from the Ashes · Author: Raksha the Demon · Races: Men:
      Post-Sauron's Fall · ID: 142
      Reviewer: Jenn_Calaelen · 2006-12-01 00:00:00 Score: 5
      A lovely tale. I like the idea of Faramir taking time to rescue the cat,
      and I like the idea of this being a way to bring cats back to favour in
      Gondor. It is a nice tale, and I like the way you show the characters of
      Faramir and Aragorn. The characterisation is well done and built up
      easily over the story in a way that makes it easy to read and very
      enjoyable.
      I like the though of the cats coming to live in the main buldings of
      Minas Tirith and thinking that more cats will follow them. I wonder how
      far the actions in this story could be marking the start of a trend in
      Gondor...
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      Title: Too Many Names · Author: Tanaqui · Races: Men: Aragorn
      Fixed-Length Ficlets · ID: 866
      Reviewer: Jenn_Calaelen · 2006-12-01 00:00:00 Score: 5
      A lovely set of scenes. I like the different views of Aragorn. These use
      the names to show up different aspects of his character and life.
      However, in some places the order seems to be a bit odd. I could not see
      the logic to it and wondered whether the ones for Estel and Strider
      should not have been further up, especially before the one for Thorongil...
      It is amazing how much of his life you manage to show in these, you use
      words very well to get the so much meaning out of so few of them.
      Your characterisation fo Aragorn is very good, as you seen to take his
      character in canon and add depths without seeming to change the
      character, if you see what I mean.
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      Title: Tolkien's Use of Expletives · Author: Dreamflower · Genres:
      Non-Fiction · ID: 147
      Reviewer: Jenn_Calaelen · 2006-12-01 00:00:00 Score: 1
      An interesting start, but seems to lack any depth of analysis.
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      Title: Dance Lessons · Author: Tanaqui · Genres: Drama: Fixed-Length
      Ficlet Series · ID: 888
      Reviewer: Jenn_Calaelen · 2006-12-01 00:00:00 Score: 6
      A lovely series of views of Aragorn. I like the way that you show so
      much about the difference in the cultures in the first three scenes. It
      is interesting to see how you can show so much about them using the view
      of the way they have dances and how how Aragorn reacts in each one.
      As always your characterisation of Aragorn is very good and you show a
      lot about him very cleverly in these scenes. I like the way that he
      reacts to the different people in each drabble.
      The fourth drabble seems to be rather different to the others, however
      it nicely finishes the series and shows where Aragorn ends up. It is
      very nice to see the way that the drabbles show the way he changes as
      his life goes on.
      I seem to end up saying the same in most of my reviews for you - sorry.
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      Title: Claws · Author: Elena Tiriel · Races: Villains: Fixed-Length
      Ficlet · ID: 835
      Reviewer: Jenn_Calaelen · 2006-12-01 00:00:00 Score: 3
      An interesting and unusual tale. I like the way that you show the crow
      (or similar) and Smaug in this tale. They each seem to act in a natural
      way and it makes it a interesting drabble. I like it especially becaus
      eit is about Smaug, who I think needs more stories about him...
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      Title: Spirit of Fire · Author: Marta · Genres: Romance: Fixed-length
      ficlet · ID: 196
      Reviewer: Jenn_Calaelen · 2006-12-01 00:00:00 Score: 1
      An interesting view of the characters and clever use of language.
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      Title: Following Orders · Author: EdorasLass · Times: The Great Years:
      Gondor Fixed-Length Ficlets · ID: 54
      Reviewer: Jenn_Calaelen · 2006-12-01 00:00:00 Score: 2
      An interesting drabble. However, it seems to try to take in more than it
      can and so seems imcomplete.
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      Title: When The Days Are Warm · Author: Branwyn · Genres: Drama: The
      Steward's Family · ID: 145
      Reviewer: Jenn_Calaelen · 2006-12-01 00:00:00 Score: 2
      An nice scene. Your characterisations are interestingly done. It is nice
      to see a story showing a different side of Boromir.
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      Title: The Beginning of a Beautiful Friendship · Author: Elana · Times:
      Early Third Age: Fixed-Length Ficlet · ID: 150
      Reviewer: Jenn_Calaelen · 2006-12-01 00:00:00 Score: 1
      A nice drabble. I like the way that you portray Gandalf.
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      Title: Planning Ahead · Author: Gwynnyd · Races: Men · ID: 84
      Reviewer: Jenn_Calaelen · 2006-12-01 00:00:00 Score: 3
      A lovely view of Gilraen. It is nice to see her shown before Arathorn's
      death and to see her as such a cheerful and strong minded girl. I like
      the way that she has seen the future and has the sence to interpret it.
      Arathorn is also well portryed here. It is nice to see the way that you
      show both of thesm so well by using the contrasts between them.
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      Title: The Recall · Author: Isabeau of Greenlea · Times: Fourth Age and
      Beyond: Gondor · ID: 738
      Reviewer: Jenn_Calaelen · 2006-12-01 00:00:00 Score: 3
      An interesting story. I like the way that you address some of the issues
      of Gondor recovering from the war. Its narrow focus keeps the story line
      quick and relatively easy to follow. It is interesting to see the
      reactions of the other councillors and they ways that they act.
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      Title: Benison · Author: annmarwalk · Genres: Drama: Remembering · ID: 67
      Reviewer: Jenn_Calaelen · 2006-12-01 00:00:00 Score: 3
      An interesting and very unusual view of Eowyn. This story shows very
      good characterisations of the characters involved. I like the way that
      you show so much about everything in such an interesting way.
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      Title: Gaiety in Gondor · Author: Raksha the Demon · Genres: Humor:
      Fixed-Length Ficlet · ID: 563
      Reviewer: Jenn_Calaelen · 2006-12-01 00:00:00 Score: 2
      A very funny ficlet. I like the way that you build the humour in this
      piece. It is an enjoyable read and shows nice characterisation of the
      characters.
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      Title: Stolen · Author: Meril · Genres: Alternate Universe · ID: 46
      Reviewer: Jenn_Calaelen · 2006-12-01 00:00:00 Score: 2
      A fascinating AU. Your characterisation of Galadriel is very interesting
      and shows the strength of her character.
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      Title: The Age of Men · Author: Marta · Races: Cross-Cultural: With
      Hobbits · ID: 401
      Reviewer: Jenn_Calaelen · 2006-12-01 00:00:00 Score: 1
      An interesting and well written view of Treebeard.
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      Title: A New Age · Author: Marta · Races: Elves: Fixed-Length Ficlet
      Featuring Legolas or Thranduil · ID: 685
      Reviewer: Jenn_Calaelen · 2006-12-01 00:00:00 Score: 2
      An interesting view of Celeborn and Thranduil. It is a nice view of the
      recovery of the Middle-earth after the war of the Ring.
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      Title: Stewardship · Author: Raksha the Demon · Races: Cross-Cultural:
      Fixed-Length Ficlet · ID: 920
      Reviewer: Jenn_Calaelen · 2006-12-01 00:00:00 Score: 1
      A nice view of Gandalf.
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      Title: Of Stone and Fire · Author: Werecat · Genres: Drama: General
      Fixed-Length Ficlet · ID: 124
      Reviewer: Jenn_Calaelen · 2006-12-01 00:00:00 Score: 2
      An interesting drabble. You use the form well to conveny the scene in
      this story. It is interesting to see the reaction of Feanor.
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      Title: We Shall Return · Author: Marta · Times: Early Third Age:
      Fixed-Length Ficlet · ID: 650
      Reviewer: Jenn_Calaelen · 2006-12-01 00:00:00 Score: 2
      A fascinating drabble. Your use of language in this is very clever and
      allows the drabble to convey so much it so few words.
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      Title: Teatime in Rivendell · Author: Gandalfs apprentice · Races:
      Cross-Cultural: Fixed-Length Ficlet · ID: 373
      Reviewer: Jenn_Calaelen · 2006-12-01 00:00:00 Score: 1
      A nice drabble. Bilbo's betaviour in it seems very much on character for
      him.
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      Title: An Exchange of Views · Author: Tanaqui · Races: Men: Other
      Fixed-Length Ficlets · ID: 931
      Reviewer: Jenn_Calaelen · 2006-12-01 00:00:00 Score: 3
      An interesting dabble, I like the way that it highlights an interesting
      cultural difference between the north and south kingdoms. Your
      characteristations of Faramir and Aragorn are very good, as always. I
      like the way that you show this differnce as it is a small change in
      realitly, however as you show the consequences are very large.
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      Title: The Steward's Dream · Author: Marta · Races: Men: Fixed-Length
      Ficlets With Children · ID: 647
      Reviewer: Jenn_Calaelen · 2006-12-01 00:00:00 Score: 2
      An interesting drabble, although I am not entirely convinced by the way
      that you show Boromir to be in it,
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      Title: The Tide · Author: Branwyn · Genres: Drama: Gondor Fixed-Length
      Ficlet · ID: 77
      Reviewer: Jenn_Calaelen · 2006-12-01 00:00:00 Score: 1
      An interesting view of Imrahil.
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      Title: Keeping an eye on the enemy · Author: Tanaqui · Races: Men:
      Fixed-Length Ficlets With Children · ID: 871
      Reviewer: Jenn_Calaelen · 2006-12-01 00:00:00 Score: 3
      A lovely view of Faramir and Boromir as children. I like the way that
      Boromir uses the situation to teach Faramir a useful lesson. Your
      characterisations of both of them are very good. I enjoyed the scene and
      found it very believable and easy to read.
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      Title: History Becomes Legend · Author: annmarwalk · Races: Men:
      Steward's Sons Fixed-Length Ficlets · ID: 737
      Reviewer: Jenn_Calaelen · 2006-12-01 00:00:00 Score: 2
      A lovely drabble. I like the premise and the way that you show in it in
      the story. I like the way that you enphasise the differnce in languages
      spoken in Gondor and Rohan.
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      Title: Unfolded · Author: Tanaqui · Races: Men: Fixed-Length Ficlets
      With Children · ID: 906
      Reviewer: Jenn_Calaelen · 2006-12-01 00:00:00 Score: 1
      A nice view of Bergil.
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      Title: Heirs of the Oath · Author: Elana · Races: Men: Other
      Fixed-Length Ficlets · ID: 151
      Reviewer: Jenn_Calaelen · 2006-12-01 00:00:00 Score: 1
      An interesting view of these characters.
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      Title: Web of Friendship · Author: Gwynnyd · Races: Hobbits: General
      Fixed-Length Ficlet · ID: 932
      Reviewer: Jenn_Calaelen · 2006-12-01 00:00:00 Score: 2
      A lovely drabble. I like the way that you show some of the differences
      between life in the Shire and in Gondor in it.
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      Title: Rising Hope · Author: Tanaqui · Races: Men: Other Fixed-Length
      Ficlets · ID: 873
      Reviewer: Jenn_Calaelen · 2006-12-01 00:00:00 Score: 2
      An interesting drabble. It is an unusual subject and one that I had nto
      considered, but in this drabble you show a lot about the names and their
      signifcances.
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      Title: A Length of Haradric Silk · Author: annmarwalk · Times: The Great
      Years: Gondor · ID: 69
      Reviewer: Jenn_Calaelen · 2006-12-01 00:00:00 Score: 1
      A lovely story. Sam seems to be perfectly in character in this story. It
      is a nice read.
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      Title: Lonely Night · Author: NeumeIndil · Genres: Drama: Remembering ·
      ID: 295
      Reviewer: Jenn_Calaelen · 2006-12-01 00:00:00 Score: 4
      A very interesting story. I really like the way that you develop the
      original characters. You make them interesting and believable. The story
      matter you handle very well, contronting the issues without goine into
      needlessly grafic details.

      However, the use of a very obsure americanism in it certainly spoiled my
      appricaition of the piece as I had to stop reading and find an online
      american dictionary to look it up in.
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      Title: The Last Yule in Halabor · Author: Soledad · Races: Men: Vignette
      · ID: 166
      Reviewer: Jenn_Calaelen · 2006-12-01 00:00:00 Score: 10
      A lovely series of vignetes. I like the way that you bring so much
      detail to the lives of the characters and show so much about them. The
      sharp contrast between they (mostly) happy scenes in the main part and
      the notes at the end of the fates of the characters make the story very
      sad, This story says a lot about the realities of life, both on the side
      of what it was like to live in an approximately medeaval society and of
      life in a war zone. The occasional happy endings for characters help
      with this, because it stops the story being pure tragedy and helps the
      reader to feel that the story has a sence of hope as well as of trajedy.
      I like the way that the vignettes show more of the connections between
      the characters as you go on, this seems to enphasise what life in a
      small town used to be like.
      It is very hard to pick favourite vignettes in this as they are all
      good, but I really like the candle making and all that it says about the
      old religion of Gondor. Also, in the honey-maker's vignette, the ginger
      root preserved in honey sounds very nice - the idea of fruit and nuts
      etc preserved in honey is not one that I have come across but sounds
      like a good custom.
      I am very impressed by how well you invoke the sense fo taste in this
      story. It foods and their flavours come across very vividly.
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      Title: The Worst of All Evils · Author: Marta · Times: The Great Years:
      Vignette · ID: 697
      Reviewer: Jenn_Calaelen · 2006-12-01 00:00:00 Score: 3
      An interesting view of Eomer. This story gives a an interesting slant on
      the issues of Eowyn and her role. It is interesting to see the way that
      you show Eomer and Elfhelm acting and interacting in this tale.
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      Title: For the love of the Lord of the White Tree · Author: Tanaqui ·
      Times: The Great Years: General Fixed-Length Ficlets · ID: 870
      Reviewer: Jenn_Calaelen · 2006-12-01 00:00:00 Score: 1
      An interesting view of Legolas.
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      Title: Not Fair · Author: Tanaqui · Races: Men: Fixed-Length Ficlets
      With Children · ID: 902
      Reviewer: Jenn_Calaelen · 2006-12-01 00:00:00 Score: 2
      A nice view of Eomer as a father. I like the way that he suggests a
      different game for his son to use to get to play a better role. It is a
      nice and fun drabble.
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      Title: Prison · Author: Radbooks · Races: Men: Vignette · ID: 794
      Reviewer: Jenn_Calaelen · 2006-12-01 00:00:00 Score: 2
      An interesting view of Eomer. This scene gives a nice view of the way
      that he comes to trust and believe in Aragorn.
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      Title: Strange Fortunes · Author: Tehta · Times: First Age and Prior:
      Incomplete · ID: 81
      Reviewer: Jenn_Calaelen · 2006-12-01 00:00:00 Score: 2
      A very amusing tale. I like the way that you mix canon into this story.
      The tone is very light and it easy and fun to read.
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      Title: Birthday Kisses · Author: Raksha the Demon · Times: Late Third
      Age · ID: 59
      Reviewer: Jenn_Calaelen · 2006-12-01 00:00:00 Score: 3
      A good view of the family interactions between there characters. I like
      the way that you show so much about them in this story. I am unsure
      about the idea of them having a pet dog - I would have thought it more
      likely that dogs around were useful ones.
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      Title: A thing unheard of · Author: Tanaqui · Races: Dwarves:
      Fixed-Length Ficlet · ID: 905
      Reviewer: Jenn_Calaelen · 2006-12-01 00:00:00 Score: 2
      An interesting view of Gimli and his thoughts. I like the way that you
      show him in this drabble as it adds depth to his charactersiation.
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      Title: Fair Trade · Author: Tanaqui · Races: Men: Steward's Sons
      Fixed-Length Ficlets · ID: 900
      Reviewer: Jenn_Calaelen · 2006-12-01 00:00:00 Score: 3
      A very nice view of Faramir and the Rangers. I like this idea of the
      bread as a reward, although I wonder if it might not have been given to
      the men in rotation so as to ensure that everyone got it in turn. I like
      the idea of them using solar ovens, it seems to be a very practical
      solution.
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