Middle-Earth Fanfiction Awards

Evidence

Author: Camwyn
Nominator: grey_gazania
2011 Award Category: Crossover: General - Third Place

Story Type: Story : Length: Short Story
Rating: General -- Reason for Rating: N/A
Summary: Maedhros and Maglor sneak into Eonwe's camp at the end of the War of Wrath- but the Silmarils are missing. And there's a Man involved... one Sir Samuel Vimes.


Reviewed by: Lyra -- Score: 10

Oh, that takes me back! I read this story years ago and would've thought that it had long been through the MEFAs. Apparently not! Well, all the better, because that gave me an excuse to read this wonderful crossover again. Camwyn makes a very special - and possibly the only competent - person deal with Morgoth and afterwards all those pesky people who demand the Silmarils: Samuel Vimes of the Ankh-Morpork city watch, of "Discworld" fame. Who better than arrest criminals and secure stolen items than a policeman, after all? Reminding all parties present that the Silmarils are key evidence in the trial against Morgoth, and that there's a conflict of interest concerning the fate of the Silmarils (considering that the Valar are the judges) Vimes decides that it's safest to let the Silmarils be kept by a third party: DEATH. With no danger to the Jewels greater than Death's kittens, the case is closed. Camwyn perfectly captures Vimes' way of speaking and thinking, and I had a great time imagining the look on Eönwë's, Maedhros' and Maglor's faces while Vimes explains that he won't let any of them have the Silmarils for good reasons. Good thing Vimes had that dwarf axe... Great fun that even readers as yet unfamiliar with the Discworld novels may appreciate!

Reviewed by: grey_gazania -- Score: 7

This is, without a doubt, both the funniest Silmarillion crossover and the funniest Discworld crossover I have ever had the pleasure of reading. Camwyn's narrative style is reminiscent of Terry Pratchett's without being derivative or stale, her dialogue is witty, and her characterizations of both Vimes and Death are absolutely spot-on. Eonwë's bafflement when faced with the concept of a policeman is delightful, and the solution offered for the Valar's ["conflict of interest"] is truly inspired. In addition to being utterly hysterical, her story also raises several interesting points about the problems inherent in the Valar's actions regarding Morgoth and Fëanor, their erratic involvement in the First Age events of Beleriand, and their ultimate plans for the Silmarils. It's a brilliant piece of fiction that is well worth reading for fans of Discworld and The Silmarillion alike!

Reviewed by: The Lauderdale -- Score: 7

I'm overdue for a return to Discworld: I only read the first four, and that was years ago. Meanwhile I hang out with rabid Pratchett fans who wax rhapsodic about Sam Vimes. Still not sure what all the fuss is about Vimes, since I don't remember him at all. But I do recall the...Individual...that he calls upon to solve a certain [conflict of interest] over the Silmarils. I was already snickering a little, but at that point it was full-fledged laughter. Too perfect. Vimes saving the day is a foregone conclusion, but he still has to get home, and Eönwë is charged with seeing that he is suitably repaid for his services. This turns out to be another sweet solution for all concerned. Hilarious joint reactions abound, and I was amused by Maedhros' misunderstanding about unbreakable kittens. Actually, someone ought to give the Fëanorians kittens. A few cuddly baby cats at the right time, and history might have played out much differently.

Reviewed by: Elleth -- Score: 4

Squeezing in a final review before the deadline - this was a hoot from the start. A crossover of Discworld and the Silmarillion, it starts out after the Feanorian assault on the camp of the Valar after the War of Wrath, with an unexpected turn - they only find that the Silmarils are gone, with dialogue that had me giggling from the beginning. What comes after, well, it gets better, involving Vimes and Death of Discworld fame in a continuation of events that, well - kept me giggling throughout. Well played, well done, well written!

Reviewed by: Nath -- Score: 3

Another story I wouldn't have known about without the MEFA's, and a discovery to relish. It takes guts to write a Silmarillion/Diskworld crossover, and it takes skill to pull it off. Camwyn showed ample possession of both.

Reviewed by: Liadan -- Score: 3

This is an interesting story idea -- what if the Silmarils had not been stolen by Maedhros and Maglor but were instead given into the keeping of a third, neutral party? And what if that third party decided to act according to the rules they believed in?