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Branwyn's Bric-ŗ-Brac  by Branwyn 94 Review(s)
TariReviewed Chapter: 18 on 10/26/2007
You weren't thinking of the seven dwarves were you? Tehehehehe. I think I shall enjoy your drabbles very much.


Author Reply: No, not at all! Thanks for commenting!

LarnerReviewed Chapter: 30 on 10/6/2007
Marvelous, Branwyn. Yes, more captives given aid and comfort.

Author Reply: I am glad you liked this! I like to think that at least some of those poor horses survived to be liberated and returned to their home.

annmarwalkReviewed Chapter: 29 on 8/26/2007
A sneak preview of your upcoming MEFA review, because I love this drabble with the fierce power of a thousand burning suns.

When I first began to write, I was taught this definition of a drabble: ďA complete story, told in exactly 100 words, with a twist or kick at the end.Ē By that standard (or just about any other imaginable), "Blackest Fate" is as perfect a drabble as can be.

We are immediately pulled into the story of the two prisoners and their torment. But who are they? Who are their captors? The words black-haired men are troubling: surely neither elves nor dark-haired men of Numenorean descent would treat their captives so. Would they?

The mood changes fleetingly in the second paragraph, as the prisoners seek consolation in shared memories of happier times. If there is anywhere a lovelier phrase than resting where clear water washed the flat stones, I donít think Iíve encountered it. Galloping through the grass as it bowed before the wind finally gives us a hint as to the identity of the prisoners and the dark forces who have captured them.

Reaching through the bars, each gently searched for the otherís faceÖ

There's achingly lovely imagery here, as the mysterious prisoners exchange compassion and encouragement, until the black muzzles brushed together. Then pow! as the identity of the prisoners is finally revealed. I had to stop, catch my breath, then read it all again.

Dead to their Riders and kindred, at least they two could share this evil doom. Honorable, courageous, and loyal, Branwynís Rohirric steeds are just as heroic and unforgettable as their Riders. An amazing piece of writing. *stands and applauds the wondrous Branwyn*

BodkinReviewed Chapter: 30 on 5/1/2007
I can see the Rohirrim offering as much - or more - care to the liberated horses as to the men. Bringing in Radagast! Well. Sign of real devotion.

BodkinReviewed Chapter: 26 on 5/1/2007
How could he resist joining them?

I love seeing little Faramir so light-hearted - while Boromir desires to conquer the water!

BodkinReviewed Chapter: 25 on 5/1/2007
Ironic. Pen being mightier than the sword ... spear.

BodkinReviewed Chapter: 20 on 5/1/2007
East, west,
Home's best.

Agape4GondorReviewed Chapter: 27 on 4/30/2007
Just about the best compliment Beorn could give!!!

Agape4GondorReviewed Chapter: 25 on 4/30/2007
Beautiful descriptions - I don't remember well the First Battle but I thought Theodred did, indeed, die there?

I am probably woefully wrong! As I said though, beautiful descriptions... and it took my breath away - the uses of a book!

Agape4GondorReviewed Chapter: 24 on 4/30/2007
I was at a conference this week-end in Salt Lake City and one of the speakers suggested that Lobelia was one of the villains of the book. I stood up and defended her - I like this tale very much! She might have been cantankerous and full of 'vinegar' but she stood up to the ruffians, unlike many of the other folk of the Shire! Bless her.

Glad you decided to write about her this way!

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