Middle-Earth Fanfiction Awards

Alone

Author: Oakenshield

Nominator: unknown

2004 Award Category: Genres: Drama: Drabble - Third Place

Story Type: Fixed-Length Ficlet : Length: unknown
Rating: PG -- Reason for Rating: character death
Summary: Another death drabble, Arwen this time.


Review scores are not available for 2004.

Reviewed by: Larian Elensar -- Score: N/A

Very powerful and sad, but also inspiring, to see that all that Arwen lost, she got back--or got back other things, just as good.

Reviewed by: Thundera Tiger -- Score: N/A

Very succinct, encompassing summary of everything Aragorn was to Arwen, and a brilliant explanation for her own loss of heart.

Reviewed by: Dwimordene -- Score: N/A

Ooh, the bleakness! I really liked the point-counterpoint balance set up in each line, itself finally upset by the imbalance of the final line: "Now he was gone." As an Aragorn addict and one who likes to see someone do something with Arwen, I'm glad to have read this.

Reviewed by: Alexcat -- Score: N/A

Beautiful and sad as the story of Arwen and Aragorn must be in the end.

Reviewed by: Fourth Moon -- Score: N/A

This drabble is all that I fear in Tolkien writing and fanfic: both captivating and sad. Excellent writing. Every thing about it just works for me: the way the sentence structure is repeated intensifies it; it stresses in how many different ways Arwen made a sacrifice for her love and needs Aragorn without appearing boring or too repetitive. Some of the effects of Arwen's decision, like her being alone and having lost her family, turn up in plenty of fanfics, other's I haven't read or imagined like this before: the way the loss of magic must have pained Arwen, or that loosing her immortality must have brought to her the feeling of running out of time, something an Elf hardly ever has to deal with. Both new and old aspects are made so vivid and urgent. The drabble also creates a sense of foreboding: While describing how important Aragorn was to Arwen, the "he had" already indicates that now he is gone, and with him all the protection against pain and fear and dispair he could give to Arwen. The last sentence confirms this, and that Arwen's reaction isn't described creates a kind of suction to try and imagine what it must be like.