Middle-Earth Fanfiction Awards

For the Want of a Hand

Author: rhyselle
Nominator: rhyselle
2011 Award Category: Drabble: Drama

Story Type: Drabble : Length: True Drabble
Rating: General -- Reason for Rating: N/A
Summary: Exactly 100 words Seeking the Silmaril, Maedhros pursues Elwing into the tower at the Havens of Sirion. He almost succeeds... almost. A true drabble.


Reviewed by: Elleth -- Score: 4

If there were one way to make the losses of Sirion more bitter for Maedhros, it probably would be by reminding him of his limitations. The author has done exactly that here in a fantastic, vivid drabble that emphasizes the desperation and hard fate of the Feanorians by having the Silmaril slip Maedhros's figurative grasp, by seconds. The imagery of both pursuit and defeat is excellently worked out, and while 'enjoyable' isn't quite the right word to use given the subject matter, it is a good read all the same.

Reviewed by: Malinornë -- Score: 4

I found this to be an excellent example of what a true drabble can be, squeezing together a situation to but a moment or two, and describing them briefly but still in such a way as to make the reader fill in the words that are not printed. I found this drabble to be thought-provoking and action-packed, and a very enjoyable read. Thank you! Oh, and I almost forgot to mention the title. That was very clever and fitting.

Reviewed by: Liadan -- Score: 3

The difference between victory and defeat is very slender indeed, and but for ill-chance it would turn out differently. And yet, it offers an unexpected second chance to right an old wrong.

Reviewed by: agape4gondor -- Score: 3

Oh.... Shivers. This was well done indeed. The time of this 'other' kinslaying isn't well documented. In just a few short words, the author contains the horror of it all. I love the twist. The reason why Elwing escaped. Nicely done.

Reviewed by: Darkover -- Score: 2

The title sums it up. A vivid drabble that reminds us that sometimes the outcome of events hinges on the smallest things. Impressive!

Reviewed by: Adonnen Estenniel -- Score: 2

A bit of an ironic twist to Maedhros's loss of a hand. He learned to do everything with his left better than he had when he had his right, but in the end, it did him no good. Well done!