Middle-Earth Fanfiction Awards

Out, Damn'd Spot! Out, I Say!

Author: Alassante
Nominator: viv
2008 Award Category: Races: Elves: Noldor Fixed-Length Ficlets - Second Place

Story Type: Fixed-Length Ficlet : Length: Other Fixed-Length Ficlet
Rating: General -- Reason for Rating: None.
Summary: FLF - Triple drabble, 300 words Like Lady MacBeth, Celebrimbor discovers how much blood is in a body, so much so that water cannot wash it easily away.


Reviewed by: nancylea -- Score: 10

as a lord of the rings fan, i had no great insight into celebrimbor until i started reading fanfic and now, after this haunting moment is his history i find myself wandering how he managed to put it all behind him well enough to create the rings and now as i sit here writing this i wonder if maybe he thought that the rings would do great good and counter balance the scale a little in his favor. i like the fact that you don't spend much on background, you choose to concentrate on the action in the foreground and keep people from slipping away from the horrific activities that have lead up to this snapshot from his life.i think that i prefer reading to movies and television because i like to start each scene as a blank slate and let the details or lack there of build the stage set of each. sometimes authors try to fill in a blank spot that should be left and the story begins to have babbling when it needs absolute shocking silence. as rites of passage go i would list bloodletting as one that i should like to into history, but in the warrior state that middle earth is in there is no foreseeable end to youth losing its innocence by killing. if theres any chance you will take request how about exploring how this reaction ties into the creation of the rings and his discovery of the betrayal of his trust?

Reviewed by: viv -- Score: 8

Several things stand out in this short piece (which is pretty amazing, considering Alassante only had 100 words to work with, but she still managed to fit all these thematic and character Issues into a bitty little drabble). One is Maedhros's clear leadership ability, which makes his later denial of his kingship even more tragic, even though it was the diplomatic thing to do. Already, in this story, you can see that he is better than Feanor at gaining the confidence and trust of the people he's leading. Also, you can see here the intense *feeling* of Celebrimbor. All that he did later on when he was hanging out with the Gwaith-i-Mírdain is foreshadowed in this piece by his guilt and obsessive compulsion (so evident, and even clinical). Finally, Alassante depicts Feanor as a punk (here; not in all her writings, alas), which is exactly how I've always seen him, so I totally dig it. Great job at conveying all these subtexts, and especially in such a cramped word-count, Alassante. This is what drabbles are all about, as far as I'm concerned.

Reviewed by: Robinka -- Score: 4

I think it is impossible to call any of the Feanorians innocent as far as their deeds are concerned, but one should not forget that the kinslayings, and especially the first one, must have had a gigantic and traumatic impact on any of them, regardless of their potential willingness to admit that. Here, in this excellently written tripple drabble Alassante shows how deep the psychical wounds could go and what effect -- disastrous and unforgettable -- the blood and the death of the Teleri had on Celebrimbor. Splendid writing!

Reviewed by: crowdaughter -- Score: 4

What a compelling short piece, and what a great reflection about the impact the kin-slaying must have had on those who first committed it. In the horror about the deed itself, we too often forget that those who were the killers were as new at this heinous act as those to whom it first happened. Assalante's choice to show this psychological impact by the reaction of one of the youngest of the kinslayers, drives the point home even more. A great piece, and very well written, too. Very well done!

Reviewed by: Dawn Felagund -- Score: 4

"Out, Damn'd Spot! Out, I Say!" is a touching interaction between Celebrimbor and Maedhros where the first is shaken and hurt by his deeds at Alqualonde. While this is a common plot event in Silmfic, Alassante's version shows not only the trauma that many of the Feanorians would have experienced from their deeds but also their lingering humanity, in spite of what they had done. There is still capacity to love and empathize, and that makes the dark road onto which they have just stepped all the more tragic.

Reviewed by: elliska -- Score: 4

Celebrimbor was one of those elves that I've always felt a little sorry for. The fact is he never seemed to do anything wrong intentionally in canon. He did not, for example, follow his father into treachery in Nargothrond. He did not intend what happened with the rings. And yet he meets a terrible end. It seems very sad. So I like how you portray him here. Great story.

Reviewed by: Súlriel -- Score: 3

Alassante, you know I love this one and I'm delighted to have a chance to review it for the MEFAs. I especially love in-character cross-over stories of this type because I feel that it takes the fun of the fandom to the next level in using the ideology of transposing other stories and legends into Tolkien's world.

Reviewed by: Linda Hoyland -- Score: 3

A thought provoking look at how the kinslaying may have effected those involved in it.Good people can sometimes do terrible deeds and this ficlet movingly explores the consequences.

Reviewed by: Larner -- Score: 3

I've loved this short fic since I first read it on SoA. The actions they committed and the atrocities that followed must have haunted those who followed Feanor, as we see in this brief interchange between two of his progeny. An excellent identification with Shakespeare, and vivid imagery. One thinks also of Pilate as well as Lady Macbeth.