Middle-Earth Fanfiction Awards

The Course of Defeat

Author: Adonnen Estenniel
Nominator: Armariel
2011 Award Category: Drabble Series: Men

Story Type: Drabble : Length: Drabble Series
Rating: General -- Reason for Rating: N/A
Summary: 6x100 The progression of the Ring War through Éomer's eyes.


Reviewed by: pandemonium_213 -- Score: 7

As this year's season draws to a close, I must say that for me, one of the very best things about MEFA is the "discovery" of writers with whose work I am not familiar. Adonnen, my helpful liaison, is one such author. She's been around for a while, but it has been only recently that our paths have crossed. She has a gift for prose with carefully chosen words that soar poetically and still capture character. The drabble series [The Course of Defeat] is an outstanding example of her work. She shows Éomer's reflections on the War of the Ring with a sense of immediacy, using the well-chosen device of the first person narrative, and a very tight narrative at that. I love how she is able to write poetically and delve deep into Éomer's headspace. She shows us the transition of hopelessness coupled with grim resolve and courage to a denouement of hope, tempered with the reality that the world will never be an easy place.

Reviewed by: Elleth -- Score: 4

[The Course of Defeat] describes Eomer's life in a series of drabbles - but more than that, Adonnen Estenniel has a knack for etymology and the subtle repetition of motives. The first few drabbles especially stand out using words (and concepts) of Germanic origin that work well to emphasize Eomer's Rohirrim heritage. His thoughts while imprisoned in the 'pit' find later echoes in [there is an empty pit where my heart should be] and the loss of light and justice re-surface as a motive as well. Stirring, and for the most part convincingly done.

Reviewed by: Raksha the Demon -- Score: 4

A skillfully written drabble series from Eomer's point of view, and in language that fits him very well. The cycle of shadow, darkness, hope, battle and finally, a rather bittersweet ending, flows smoothly, deceptively simple but reprising the warring influences of degradation/doubt/courage/hope in Eomer's life. Eomer should be drabbled more often; I'm glad that Adonnen Estenniel gave us this offering.

Reviewed by: Ellynn -- Score: 3

Great drabble-series, each of drabbles describing different moments of Eomer's life. I especially like those "dark" drabbles, which show some of difficult moments - the atmosphere is perfectly written. Well done.