Middle-Earth Fanfiction Awards

Triptych

Author: Adaneth
Nominator: Elena Tiriel
2010 Award Category: Races: Cross-Cultural: Mixed Drabbles

Story Type: Drabble : Length: True Drabble Series
Rating: General -- Reason for Rating: N/A
Summary: Three true drabbles. Three lessons from the masters. A birthday offering for Elena Tiriel from the Dûnhebaid.


Reviewed by: Thundera Tiger -- Score: 5

I loved reading these snapshots into the wisdom of three individuals who are very clearly masters of their crafts. The ability to immediately identify a problem and see the solution is something I envy about people who are such specialists, and it's portrayed well here. These are not only masters of their trade but teachers, also. They offer explanation, insight, and a course of action (even if that action is only to wait). A beautiful depiction of original characters in quick glimpses that hint at broader personalities but can be read as stand alones.

Reviewed by: The Lauderdale -- Score: 5

I have read these drabbles before. They were written for a birthday prompt about "Geeks being Geeks" in Tolkien's Middle-earth. The characters in this story aren't geeky per se, but they certainly show themselves to be among the learned in their respected areas: a hunter on the (temporarily) elusive prey, a jeweler with his nephew, an elder called to the plight of children caught by the rising tide. Though I have not read the Dûnhebaid and do not know the characters named, I can still recognize and appreciate the knowledge they share: this is the wisdom of experience captured for us in brief and telling vignettes. It is a lovely sort of Triptych, and I'm glad to see it in the MEFAs.

Reviewed by: Dwimordene -- Score: 5

The master of the hunt, the master of the shore, and the master of stone-craft each give a lesson to students in their crafts. Adaneth shows each one as a distinct personality, handling the errors or near-errors of their students in different ways. Each one mobilizes a whole world in a few words, with Adaneth's characteristic attention to those words that help shape the sense of a place. This is particularly evident in Saelon's piece, where knowing what grows in the environment, and what it needs to survive is crucial. But Veylin and Dirmaen also have that ingrained sense for their crafts and it shows. Fun little snippets of life in the Blue Mountains, which fans of the Dunhebaid series will surely appreciate.

Reviewed by: Larner -- Score: 3

A trio of tales in which lessons are learned as situations are encountered, as first a young hunter, then a visitor to the shore, and at last a jeweler's apprentice begin to appreciate the knowledge experience has given their mentors. Well done and thoughtful, teaching us as well as the characters within the drabbles.

Reviewed by: Súlriel -- Score: 2

It's nice to see how the little details make all the difference, a nice reminder that pulls up warm memories from my own mentors in my past.