MEFA Reviews for Monday, September 1, 2008
- Title: Trinity · Author: pandemonium_213 · Times: Modern Times · ID: 51
Reviewer: Larner · 2008-09-01 07:20:49
Gold Ring, sparkling jewels of light, the Gadget atop its tower in the
New Mexico desert--and their creators, all together about a table,
talking about taking responsibility and the punishment given to those
who have created things of such power. Quite a remarkable scenario,
and superbly narrated. One of the most fascinating mixtures of Arda
and real world I've read yet.
Indeed, well worth the read.
Title: Sing My Worth Immortal · Author: Perelleth · Races:
Cross-Cultural · ID: 168
Reviewer: Larner · 2008-09-01 07:42:29
When a dwarf envoy tries to explain the history of brewing to
Galadriel, her daughter and her granddaughter, he learns a thing or
two--or perhaps three--in return. For elves had been awake and in the
world before men or dwarves, and know a thing or two about beer and
its brewing as well--more than dwarves do, certainly!
The humor is delightful and Glorfindel's song one to enjoy fully.
Title: Long Memories · Author: Bodkin · Times: Second and Early Third
Age · ID: 310
Reviewer: Larner · 2008-09-01 08:55:33
Bodkin's stories of life for those who came to Aman from the Mortal
Lands after the end of the War of the Ring are very satisfying. In
them we watch Elrond and Elladan and Legolas and their families find
healing, a place and purpose, and in the end love and delight and the
joy of children. But for Legolas the love of his life also brought
into it her father, and Taryatur does not appear to be willing to ever
embrace his daughter's new husband. Why not is the question of the day.
Here we find out the truth of the matter, how Oropher and Taryatur,
after the end of the War of Wrath, as they awaited the departure of
those brought to Ennor from Aman back to their own lands once more,
came to see in one another the unutterable arrogance each was certain
was the primary feature of the other people. In seeking to hide from
the memories of unbearable horror and innumerable deaths, each focused
his own dreads on the other, turning the internal misery of each into
loathing of the other individual. Hatred can be preferable to
prolonged memories of terror and grief, after all.
A marvelous examination of the two characters and how their mutual
antipathy came to be visited on an unsuspecting Legolas.
There is perhaps less humorous wit in this story than many of her
others, but the characters are beautifully drawn and the psychology
perfectly conveyed; and the insights drawn are spot on and thought
I'm sorry I missed reading this when it was originally posted; but
that made it even more of a delight to read now. Yes, a worthy, worthy
Title: The Five Rules of Cooking · Author: GamgeeFest · Races:
Hobbits: Childhood · ID: 523
Reviewer: Larner · 2008-09-01 10:06:33
A sweet tale in which we see young Merry and little Pippin entering a
children's cooking contest at the Free Fair, a contest in which Pippin
gets his first instructions in how to cook. Competative Brandybucks
and exuberant Tooks, and a slightly concerned older Baggins to keep an
eye on things.
The cooking is fun, and the recipe excellent. Read and enjoy.
Title: The Prisoner of Time · Author: Raksha the Demon · Genres:
Alternate Universe: Steward's Family · ID: 313
Reviewer: Larner · 2008-09-01 10:19:09
A sad might-have-been as Denethor does all he can to avoid facing the
return of the former rival who has indeed proved to be the King
Returned. He would not allow the one he'd known as Thorongil to enter
the city or lay hands on his son; he had no means of calming the
sister to the new King of Rohan or interest in restraining her when
she sought to follow the Army of the West eastward to the Black Gate.
And now he has been removed from the Steward's Seat by his own Council.
The title is aptly given, considering the grim determination to ignore
what cannot be ignored going on outside the walls of the house in
which he now dwells. The story, written for Dwimordene's birthday, was
a marvelous response to the challenge to write a story in which time
plays a distinct part. Time for renewal, but time in which Denethor
slips ignominously from public view. Robbed by his own jealousy of the
last of his joys, he now knows too much time for bitterness.
Title: A Moment Away · Author: Elen Kortirion · Races: Men: General
Drabbles · ID: 474
Reviewer: Larner · 2008-09-01 10:26:38
She's been greeted by her grandmother and is telling her the tale, but
is called back and must go. In ways disappointing, but in
others--well, there's more to life, she'll find, than just killing the
worst of enemies.
A drabble to ponder.
Title: A Day in Time · Author: Pearl Took · Times: Multi-Age · ID: 230
Reviewer: pippinfan88 · 2008-09-01 15:35:02
I really enjoyed this lovely tale about Merry finding himself sharing
in various situations that his grandparents experienced. The one of
him being pregnant it reminded me of a favourite television show from
years back. Merry is my favourite character only behind Pippin, so I
thoroughly enjoyed the bit of Merry hurt/comfort, too. This
wonderfully talented author, in my opinion, has a remarkable gift for
plots and twists, and this one was no exception. Thoroughly enjoyed
Title: Dirty Jobs · Author: Pearl Took · Genres: Humor: Shire · ID: 232
Reviewer: pippinfan88 · 2008-09-01 15:38:15
I absolutely enjoyed everything about this story. It's true; no one
likes to dig their hands in muck -- and leave it to Pippin to be so
resourceful as to run off with that idea. And with a heart of gold,
too, as his reasons for doing so are quite unselfish. I, too, like to
imagine that Pippin grew up with a good ethic, and a lovely family to
teach him that. Very well written; I got lost in the characters as the
story unfolded. Well done!
Title: Where Shadows Lay No More · Author: Cathleen · Times: Fourth
Age and Beyond · ID: 358
Reviewer: pippinfan88 · 2008-09-01 15:59:17
A beautiful story that I am still in awe of. I am in awe of this
wonderful, talented author, who has come into her own, so to speak.
It's difficult to describe this wonderful tale without giving away
some tidbits, but I shall keep them to few.
One always comes to wonder if a loved one, who has passed on, sees the
good we've accomplished or the goals we've achieved. Here, in this
tale, Cathleen endeavours to portray our beloved twosome, Merry and
Pippin, experiencing that very sensation with a beloved comrade who
has fallen. This fallen comrade is able to convey his utmost approval
to his young friends in a very unmistakenable fashion, which makes
this story all the more endearing. This entire story had me enraptured
from the first paragraph. Excellent writing, excellent storytelling!
Title: Birthday Double Drabble · Author: PipMer · Times: Multi-Age:
Fixed-Length Ficlets · ID: 526
Reviewer: pippinfan88 · 2008-09-01 16:07:11
I had never read a Double-drabble before, but this one was just
beautiful! Well characterized, brilliantly written. I was taken by the
stark differences of Merry and Pippin's portrayal in each drabble.
Very lovely story!
Title: Regarding Ents · Author: PipMer · Races: Hobbits: Post-Ring War
· ID: 525
Reviewer: pippinfan88 · 2008-09-01 16:15:06
I got a nice laugh out of this lovely tale! I like how the author has
Pippin trailing off when he attempts to describe Treebeard's eyes.
Very true to the Professor. I also was amused by Sam's reactions to
talking trees -- very Samlike! Very well done!
Title: Deliverance · Author: Imhiriel · Races: Men: Gondor Drabbles ·
Reviewer: stefaniab · 2008-09-01 16:23:22
"Deliverance" is one of those drabbles that you want to go on and on.
Imhiriel captures the immediacy of her original character's situation,
his utter despair, and a glimmer of hope. The gap in Tolkien verse
that "Deliverance" covers is one I've seldom seen in fan fiction--the
search for Numenor by Third Age sailors. By itself, "Deliverance" is a
perfect drabble, capturing the moment and leaving you wanting more.
Now I'd love to read more on sunken Numenor from Imhiriel.
Title: A Warm Sun Shining · Author: shirebound · Races: Hobbits:
Post-Ring War · ID: 727
Reviewer: pippinfan88 · 2008-09-01 16:36:33
I just loved Frodo's remark about the food! I thoroughly enjoyed
reading this portrayal of Sam and Frodo waking up and finding they are
alive after all. Sam is always so attentive to Frodo's needs, and here
was no exception. I simply adored this lovely story.
Title: A Meeting in the Tower Hills · Author: Imhiriel · Races:
Cross-Cultural: Fixed-Length Ficlets · ID: 374
Reviewer: stefaniab · 2008-09-01 17:03:56
This drabble brings to life a really obscure bit in Second Age history
in a compelling manner. Tolkien's late, unfinished story "Aldarion and
Erendis," published in Unfinished Tales, left tons of gaps that I wish
the professor would have filled. "Meeting in the Tower Hills" tackles
one of the gaps, the first meeting of sailors from Numenor and men of
Middle Earth after the destruction of Beleriand. The two groups seem
to have little in common, until they discover one uniting factor,
their shared folk tales.
Imhiriel's text is so succinct that it covers many topics and opens up
a range of emotions in so few words.
Title: Eight Weeks · Author: Dwimordene · Genres: Humor: Other
Fixed-Length Ficlets · ID: 273
Reviewer: Nancy Brooke · 2008-09-01 20:02:28
Very entertaining, and nicely carried through.
Title: Star of Hope · Author: Linda Hoyland · Times: Mid Third Age:
Eriador · ID: 34
Reviewer: elea24 · 2008-09-01 21:45:23
I found this story to be beautiful and tender. It was so nice to read
about a youthful Gilraen -one not yet wearied by grief and heartbreak.
I think it can be sometimes so tempting to focus on the grief but this
story looked instead at the love that Arathorn and Gilraen had and the
hope that they shared and brought into the world.
It was also, in my opinion, very subtly done. The relationship itself
was soft and tender, full of mutual respect and, in that way, very
beautiful. I also liked the way Gilraen's grief was handled. It was
subtle, even underplayed, but that actually made it all the more
emotional for me. I actually felt Gilraen's loss a lot more keenly
then I ever have, without it really being a key focus in this piece.
Perhaps, it was exactly because it was the joy in her marriage that
was the focus that made the loss of it seem all the more heartbreaking.
Nevertheless, despite the sadness I felt for Gilraen in this story, I
ended with a smile on my face at the obvious joy and comfort that her
son brought her.
I truly hope that was the case.
Title: The Last Summer · Author: Golden · Races: Hobbits · ID: 143
Reviewer: Garnet Took · 2008-09-01 22:04:36
Old couples in love are such a sweet sight. Throw in one charming Took
lad and you have the makings of a lovely story. The hints of saddness
are there, but the love shines through it all.
I find the basis in reality that this story has makes all the sweeter
and all the sadder. A hug for you, Golden.
Title: Regarding Ents · Author: PipMer · Races: Hobbits: Post-Ring War
· ID: 525
Reviewer: Garnet Took · 2008-09-01 22:17:49
Merry and Pippin must have had their work cut out for them when it
came to describing the ents to everyone who hadn't seen them first-hand.
Sam, of course, would be the most sceptical person. Something makes me
think he never did believe Merry and Pippin till he saw the ents for
PipMer does a great job captuing the voices of the hobbits in this story.
Title: Fulfilling Oaths · Author: Nieriel Raina · Times: Multi-Age ·
Reviewer: Larner · 2008-09-02 00:12:20
Full circle--the token of a vow made has finally come home, as the vow
was fulfilled and the one who destroyed the one who'd made the oath is
now himself destroyed.
A most marvelous tale, following the fate of a token until at last it
comes home again, and the one who once thought himself a failure knows
that through his example others have triumphed.
Title: Upon the Pebbled Shore · Author: aranelgoldenflower · Genres:
Drama: Final Partings · ID: 171
Reviewer: Larner · 2008-09-02 00:18:49
A rather eerie tale, and with a definite poetic sound to it with its
repetition of the title phrase thoughout, as two who'd never thought
to be parted do, now unto the remaking of Arda. Subtle, poignant, sad,
and yet right, somehow.
Again, well worth the read.
Title: Tangled Webs · Author: Ribby · Races: Men: Gondor Drabbles ·
Reviewer: Larner · 2008-09-02 00:25:06
A most interesting story, and one in which the story is as etherial as
the medium by which Aragorn would see his life reflected.