Stories of Arda Home Page
About Us News Resources Login Become a member Help Search

Harvest Song   by Agape4Gondor 5 Review(s)
IstarniŽReviewed Chapter: 1 on 9/25/2008
Although sad, this is a lovely, detailed story. I found reading of the unsung courage of this 'ordinary' woman of Gondor, fighting her own battle with bringing in the harvest, very inspiring. She and her daughters are left with only memories of happier times, yet she battles on with the bravery and stubbornness of any warrior. The war - all wars - was a terrible thing, not only for those who fought and died, but for the ensuing hard and empty lives of those left behind.




Author Reply: Many thanks for reading this. Though some deem this little tale too broad to be considered Tolkien's - believe me - I saw the fields where she lived and can attest that it is definitely in the confines of Gondor.

I loved writing of her and her courage... bless her and all the women who have had to endure the after effects of war....

Thank you again for commenting!

LarnerReviewed Chapter: 1 on 8/29/2007
A sad but nevertheless fulfilling harvest in spite of the losses.

Well done, Agape.

Author Reply: Thank you very much!

BranwynReviewed Chapter: 1 on 11/4/2006
This is a lovely gapfiller about the aftermath of the War. Already weighed down by grief, an anonymous farmwife shoulders the burden of bringing in the harvest. Her husband and two sons will not return to help her.

Her struggle with the heavy scythe reminded me of when the driveway was snowed in and my husband was out of town. I nearly pulled my arm out of its socket trying to start the snowblower! It took me half an hour to get it started, yet he always made it look effortless. Some things are still a man's work! I liked the details of the work--scything, sharpening the tools, winnowing the grain. You did a good job of conveying how very close to the edge they are living.

Yet, nearly overmatched by her task, the farmwife soldiers on, every bit as heroic as the captains of Gondor. I wished that she had crawled in with the children instead of facing "the great emptiness" of her own bed.

This piece was thoughtful and very well-written!


Author Reply: Cannot thank you enough for the kind words. I really loved this moment in the aftermath of the War of the Ring...

Linda HoylandReviewed Chapter: 1 on 3/16/2006
This was very moving and an excellent reminder of how much the people of Gondor have lost during the war.You gave a very evocative desciption of the harvesting.I am currently struggling with a tale in which Aragorn becomes a farm hand, so this is most inspiring to get me in the right mood and has reminded me, I must mention the shortage of men.

Author Reply: Good luck, Linda, with your own tale... it sounds intriguing... yes, definitely mention the shortage of men - whoever's farm Aragorn happens to end up will be lucky to have him!

Thanks for the review,
Agape

BodkinReviewed Chapter: 1 on 3/9/2006
So sad. There must have been so many women struggling to keep the essentials of life going - missing husbands and sons. And a generation of girls growing up who would never marry, but have to do the heavy labour that would usually have been 'men's work'. Forgotten heroines.

Author Reply: Incredibly sad, isn't it? Not only Gondor but Rohan and Dale and each kingdom affected. I think this is the saddest thing about LOTR... the fallen and those they left behind.

Thank you for the review.

Agape

Return to Chapter List