Reviews for Of Rowan and Ruin
Window Girl chapter 1 . 1/9/2013
A beautiful and heartbreaking meditation on mortality. I love how you weaved the metaphor of the rowan tree throughout.
InsideTheSky chapter 1 . 1/3/2013
I am trying to write a coherent review, but I can't, I can barely see the keyboard. I am not ashamed to admit it: I am crying. Okay, I'm going to go away now and you know, leave so I don't drown in feels. I loved this story3
RittannasFire chapter 1 . 12/24/2012
I cried, there at the last. I have never read a story that spoke of how Gimli came to sail, I had never thought on it before. You did it so well, I can not really say what I would wish to. I don't even know what that would be. Thank you, a story well told is a fine gift.
FFX2player chapter 1 . 7/3/2012
It is rare I find a story so amazingly good, I'm COMPELLED to review it. This is so close to my own view of this rare friendship, but what I love best is how you used to rowan tree to perfectly parody the fraying relationship between elves and dwarfs. All together you have written a deeply moving piece. Bravo!
Anon chapter 1 . 5/29/2012
You made me cry! Seriously, this is beautifully written, and I'm sure Tolkien envisioned it very much like this.
shine lots chapter 1 . 1/22/2012
I really wanted the last story to be continued, and you continued it right up untill Gimli and Legolas sail. That's very thorough - I couldn't have asked for more. Yay!

I like the way Gimli talks Legolas into sailing, though I'm saddened that the Dwarves only respect Gimli from afar, and he has few true dwarven friends.
shine lots chapter 1 . 1/22/2012
Silvan elves - do they have legends about the valar? Or do they just worship Illuvatar, the lands of Middle earth and leave it at that? I don't know, I'm querying it only because they never made it to Yavanna's home in Valinor, so she might not have been able to tell them tales of how the plants first came about.
LunaQuetzal chapter 1 . 1/21/2012
I was in TEARS. Great story!
teja chapter 1 . 9/7/2011
Always thought that Gimli and Legolas had one of the most intriguing relationships in books, and this story was a great tribute to it! Loved it!
Confessions of a Short Girl chapter 1 . 8/11/2011
This was so cute! Sad, but cute. I always love Gimli/Legolas friendship stories because they remind me so much of ym friend and I
Deranged Reviewer chapter 1 . 8/3/2011
I want to thank you for writing this. I have been reading fanfiction for nearly 10 years and never before has a story made me cry nor moved me like this one did. I have read many stories and very few get me to tear up but NEVER has a story actually made me cry before.

When a story moves you so much, you find it very hard to criticize anything about it and ultimately that is how I view this story. I write this very rarely, but your story is perfect. This is one of the greatest stories of friendship I have ever read in my entire life, fanfiction or otherwise.

I think Tolkien would be very proud of the work that you did. You managed to shape out Gimli and Legolas more vividly in a single oneshot than the many stories on here with multiple chapters. I love the themes that you write about: Friendship, love, brotherhood, the passage of time (which was nicely woven with the rowan tree metaphor btw), loss, grief, death etc. I am also glad for the mention of the friendship between Faramir and Legolas. So few have realized it in fanfiction but it really strikes a chord especially with the way Legolas is trying to come to terms with mortality. I also loved the subtle politics that you threw in and that you mention that their friendship couldn't have been favorable for their respective clans given the history of the elves and dwarves and their fading races.

There are so many things I wish to commend you on but I fear that this review and too long already nor do I have the time to commend about everything I like. I might as well copy your entire story in my review. If there is one more thing I must mention, I must mention the ending.

"If I am the reason you tarry, then I can also be the reason you leave!"


"And I say to you that you must leave! I will not have your blood on my hands! You cannot ask that of me!"...But they were a failing people, and in defiance of this, they were stepping away from the world around them. And in so doing, they were also stepping away from Gimli, for he could not follow. In a sense, both he and Legolas had become things of the past, clinging to a friendship that had outlived its time."

Simply wonderful. And I love the open endedness of this. If I recall, Tolkien only mentions that the two friends sailed to Valinor. He never actually mentions if they reached it. But in my heart, and I think Tolkien would have wanted it too; I will always think that they did indeed reach the Undying Lands together. Thank you again for such a wonderful piece! Now excuse me while I go dry my tears.
Fiorenza chapter 1 . 7/20/2011
This is a beautiful story of a great friendship. I love the characters, the rowan, and how you deal with the sea-longing and the distrust of their separate peoples.
Enna Namo chapter 1 . 6/10/2011
It is the deep understand those two have for each other that makes their friendship so beautiful.
Mkitkat chapter 1 . 4/24/2011
I love the deep understanding that Gimli has of Legolas. I also love that you told it from his perspective it was nice to read it written like that. And I like the way that you have little tidbits of Gimli slowly becoming a stranger to his family and his race. And all of the little political things in there to him. I love the depth of friendship that you put in there :)
cereajeb chapter 1 . 3/21/2011
Absolutely amazing. It has been some time since I first read this, but I still consider it one of the best stories on this site.

There are too many things I loved to list them all, but I think the passage of time element is what really stood out for me. I also like the inclusion of so many characters - it made the story feel more authentic, more like a chronicle of their lives. I wish I could find better words to describe how much I enjoyed this.

Again, spectacular job. Thank you for sharing with us.
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