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Air, Fire, Water  by annmarwalk 9 Review(s)
docmonReviewed Chapter: 3 on 3/22/2005
ohhhh my. what can i say? so few words, and yet you create a world, or such emotion, or simple say It right.
"Gandalf –Gandalf?– laughing with joy, a sound like water in a parched land."

how more perfect a way to describe Gandalf's laugh, after all sam's been through. He knows real thirst, he knows what parched really feels like, so the words are doubly apt.

a true wordsmith,

Author Reply: Thank you so much!
A true wordsmith did write those words, "like water in a parched land", for they are straight from the Professor's pen, snitched by me for the perfect finishing touch to my poor shadow of his genius.

BranwynReviewed Chapter: 3 on 3/22/2005
More beautiful word-painting! Loved the rain that "sweetens the strawberries and coaxes the fresh green shoots of new barley from the earth." So vivid and full of color--you must have the box of 102 crayons with the built-in sharpener!

Author Reply: Oooh, I loved those! The colors! The names of the colors! Thinking about what could be done with those colors! And as a grown-up, I once bought a set of 100 skeins of embroidery floss, just so I could sit and admire the color and silken texture.

BranwynReviewed Chapter: 2 on 3/22/2005
This drabble evokes such a strong feeling of uneasy truce.
...hold the wintry dark at bay, for a little while The elements of the conflict, though almost hidden, are all present--the Ring, Boromir's struggle with temptation, and his death ("mortal lives"). How did you do that in so few words? :-D

Author Reply: Perfect, perfect inspiration (and forty minutes of time to kill at work...)


Raksha The DemonReviewed Chapter: 1 on 3/19/2005
How do you get all that into a 100-word drabble? Lovely, evocative account of Faramir's awakening to hope...

Author Reply: You know, half the time I think my word count must be off, so I check it again (and again, and again). I don't even know how I pack so much in - sometimes they seem to write themselves, as I watch in awe.


mirthorReviewed Chapter: 2 on 3/19/2005
The last line - perfect.

Author Reply: Thank you!
A salute, as always, to my beloved Boromir, blazing fiercely, then snuffed out.

LarnerReviewed Chapter: 3 on 3/19/2005
OOOOHHHHH! This is so very, very beautiful--from the End of All Things to the renewal, complete with laughing guardian angel.

Author Reply: Thank you, thank you so much - I wrote this quite a while back, and had forgotten it until tonight.
"laughing guardian angel" - ooh, I like that! I always love watching Gandalf's joyous, bubbling laughter in the film.


LarnerReviewed Chapter: 2 on 3/19/2005
You say in a few words what I take chapters to express. Oh, I love this one!

Author Reply: Thanks!
But you have plots, and characters, and things actually happening in your stories! Whereas mine mostly consist of thinking, or eating, or thinking about eating. With pretty scenery around.

LarnerReviewed Chapter: 1 on 3/19/2005
Oh, very evocative. Lovely piece, and excellent imagery. Love the scent of hope.

Author Reply: Thank you! I love the idea of athelas bearing the most-beloved scents to rouse the injured one towards hope and healing.


ArmarielReviewed Chapter: 3 on 3/19/2005
Very lovely, the use of strong images that appeal to all the senses really bring your writing to life. Amazing that you can accomplish it in such a small space.


Author Reply: Thank you for your kind words! I'm helpless at plots, my dialog is week, but I do seem to have some small descriptive skill, so that's basically what I do. :)

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