Reviews for The Emblem You Chose
Frodo's sister chapter 1 . 6/21/2013
Good memorial of Thorin.
Goldleaf83 chapter 1 . 5/7/2012
A lovely vignette, capturing a moment of unity among the representatives of the various races, and quite in tune with Tolkien's own shorter telling of that moment. Beautiful language and emotion, without becoming sentimental. This story ought to be in the book section for The Hobbit; it would be so much easier for people to find there (at least until the movie comes out...).
Fan81981 chapter 1 . 8/11/2003
Sigh - I love Thranduil. He is such a wonderful elf. Or it could just your writing. This was very moving - nobody really honours/writes about the Dwarves. I am glad you showed us that elves to recognise their valour.

The only problem I had with it was that it was too short. Where is the rest? More please.


*making puppy dog eyes at Wild-Iris*
TreeHugger chapter 1 . 8/10/2003
That was so beautiful and so very touching. Your comments on the sword were probably very true. Thorin, for all he was a magnificent dwarf and warrior would not be able to wield a long elvish sword, so a shorter sword for Orcist would make much more sense.

The wording, as always, was so lovely and the choice of phrasing was perfect. The descriptions were delightful and yet solemn.

I love that after all the conflict between Thranduil, Thorin, and Bard that at the end they were allies and the survivors can honor the fallen in the way they deserve.

Beautifully done!

Elenath sila am le!
arkee chapter 1 . 8/10/2003
that was lovely. nitpicks? nah, i don't have any for you today. it's wonderful how thranduil sucks in his own pride and honours thorin. thank you for a beautiful fic.
Daisy Brambleburr chapter 1 . 8/10/2003
That was very nice. Bitter-sweet, touching and extremely well written. It's so good to be able to find something like this after sifting through all the rubbish that has accumulated in this section.

Thankyou for sharing this,

Soledad too lazy to log in chapter 1 . 8/10/2003
Sorry, no nitpicks at hand right now. :)

Coming back to cyberlife just to find such a wonderful little jewel is a gift, for which I am grateful.
Gecco chapter 1 . 8/10/2003
Excellent little story! It fleshes out this somber part of The Hobbit, and shows the honor and dignity of all there at the funeral.

One little nit though...

Orcrist in not a short sword, but a regular sized sword. Orcrist is the twin of Glamdring, which is Gandalf's sword (which inturn are both Elvin swords).
Becca Stareyes chapter 1 . 8/9/2003
Normally I don't review unless I can say something constructive but this is an exception. This was good. Very good. I would have to go into petty editor mode to find nitpicks, and I am not willing to do that this late at night. Furthermore, I don't want to... this fic is a gem among some of the really BAD stuff in this section.
LasseLanta01 chapter 1 . 8/9/2003
Nothing to nitpick here, if brought tears to my eyes, so sad and bittersweet. A very lovely vignette.
erunyauve chapter 1 . 8/9/2003
I love this particular gesture in The Hobbit, as it tells us quite a bit about the Elvenking's character - despite his dislike for dwarves, he honors Thorin's passing. He is not so stubborn that he cannot see the bravery of Thorin's sacrifice, nor is he so isolated from the dwarves that he does not understand Thorin's importance among them. I like the way you carry that solemn theme, yet there is also a sense of the uselessness of the treasures around the mourners - they are certainly not worth death or war, and we know that these treasures will have no value in the dark days to come. What will be important is symbolized in the gestures of Bard and Thranduil - the fellowship of all free peoples.
JastaElf chapter 1 . 8/9/2003
*purrs* Oh YES, that's what a vignette ought to be: short, tightly crafted, and yet extremely fulfilling. This is lovely! It neatly fills in a blank spot left by Tolkien, in a manner I'm sure he would have approved; the characterizations are implicit and clearly recognizable to anyone who has read _The Hobbit_, and the pathos is absolutely PERFECTLY understated and gripping for all the spareness of the prose.

THIS is lovely stuff, and I congratulate you! I also thank you, because it is such a pleasure to read something as good as this.