Middle-Earth Fanfiction Awards

Naneth - Farewell

Author: Aearwen
Nominator: Rhapsody
2006 Award Category: Races: Elves: Poetry - First Place

Story Type: Poetry : Length: Poem
Rating: PG -- Reason for Rating: character death and grieve
Summary: Maeglin speaks about the feelings that he has, now that he is in alone in Gondolin and his mother has died.


Reviewed by: Rhapsody -- Score: 7

This is simply beautiful. Even though I read this poem a couple of times, it still amazes me how this piece touches me so deeply when I read it. Aearwen shows us the vulnerable side of Maeglin after his mother was killed at his father's hand. In this piece, Aearwen gives us insight in the difference how Maeglin was raised by both his parents; giving me the feeling Maeglin was closer to Aredhel than Eol. His pain and the feeling of missing her shows in every word that Aearwen shares with us. Still bound by grief, it is so hard to feel his mother around him, as she promised him and it makes me want to hug him. With this prose, Aearwen paints a beautiful portrait of the relationship between Maeglin and his mother Aredhel and the city both loved. While reading this poem, I realised that how bittersweet it actually is that Maeglin destroyed the city his mother loved so much and he loved to see through her eyes. So poignant and well written, a treat to read.

Reviewed by: Marta -- Score: 3

This poem did a good job of capturing the intensity of grief while being remarkably removed. But it didn't feel very tied to the story of Maeglan and Aredhel in particular, and I would have liked some imagery or something that made it feel more specific in that regard.

Reviewed by: Angmar -- Score: 3

The theme of this poem concentrates upon Meaglin's grief for his mother, Aredhel. He deeply misses the one who taught him about the light when they were living in the dark shadows of Nan Elmoth, and cries for her when the other elves are not watching. Evocative of the mourning of the soul, whether it be human or elf. Beautifully written poem.

Reviewed by: Robinka -- Score: 2

A beautiful, sad and evocative poem that depicts Maeglin's grief after the death of his mother. Wonderful, heart-wrenching piece of writing!

Reviewed by: Dreamflower -- Score: 1

Very sad, and a good description of the feelings of grief.