Middle-Earth Fanfiction Awards

Jerusalem

Author: Amarie
Nominator: Marta
2005 Award Category: Genres: Crossovers - Honorable Mention

Story Type: Story : Length: Short Story
Rating: PG -- Reason for Rating: suicidal thoughts
Summary: A solitary elf wanders the world long after his kindred are gone into the West. Bereft and without hope, he finds the greatest Hope of all.


Reviewed by: Marta -- Score: 8

I love stories that connect Middle-earth with our modern times (or at least those times recorded in actual "history"), and this is one of the best such stories I have read. It seems that having Elves or other immortals experience historical figures is one of the most natural ways to do this. There were a few historical inaccuracies that bothered me slightly. For example, the fact that the Hebrews call themselves Jews. I think this is a later term? But perhaps I am wrong, and am being slightly bothered for nothing. Also, I was unclear why an Elf should think of the kings of NUMENOR as being majestic? Depending on who exactly the author envisions this elf to be, surely an elven kingdom like Gondolin or Doriath would be more appropriate? That's another thing I liked so much about this story. You never really specify exactly who the elf in question is. I know from what other people have said that some assumed it was (I think) Maglor. Or Maedhros? I always get those two confused. For some reason I thought it was Celeborn, but as the exact identity is open-ended, it gives the reader even more scope to imagine things.

Reviewed by: Dwimordene -- Score: 5

Ok, now *this* is a crossover, and a fairly daring one given the importance of the Gospel narrative to so many. I've read one other fic that puts Maglor and Christ in contact, which also had the end result of forgiveness and Maglor's death. The circumstances differ, however, in this story, as we get a much more intimate and detailed fictional account of one person's redemption through his association with Christ. Maglor the Martyr is one I hadn't really expected to see written, but I suppose it does fit in its way—the crown that goes with the gift of mortality he's been given.

Reviewed by: Cuthalion -- Score: 5

This is truly astonishing; a lost elf, separated from his kind and desperate, finds himself in ancient Israel, saved from being stoned by a completely unexpected being, and to his awe and surprise he sees the light of Iluvatar again. To be honest, I'd never thought that this Bible/ Silmarillion-crossover would work. But it does, and more... it is deeply moving and beautiful, with a deep strength and without any "false" tone - and it could have been rediculous and even terrible had the author not beem so skilled with the words and images she uses to create this small miracle. BRAVO!

Reviewed by: Thundera Tiger -- Score: 4

I'm always a little uneasy when Tolkien's world and theology start mixing. One usually ends up being sacrificed to the other, and both are too dear to me to allow for that. But this story managed to merge the two while still respecting both, and for that, I thank Amarie. Definitely an interesting take on many issues, and if anyone out of the Silmarillion needed a chance like this, I suspect it would be this particular elf.

Reviewed by: ErinRua -- Score: 4

From the first time I read this, I found this story to be one of the most daring and powerful pieces in LOTR fan fiction. Seldom does a writer so powerfully embrace faith, or dare weave Tolkien's myth with the Christianity in which his vision was born. This image of a lost soul finding Truth at last is told with unflinching passion and stark poetry, and never fails to touch my heart.

Reviewed by: Ainaechoiriel -- Score: 3

I read this one quite some time ago and it was so touching. Amarie blended two two times very well. If Elves are immortal, then it's not unthinkable to think one could have seen Jesus in his day. And the kind words spoken to him by Jesus.... Perfectly in character.

Reviewed by: sulriel -- Score: 2

Well-written and powerful. I especially enjoyed the weaving of canon and history - indeed, how could the poeple not have seen the light. Some did, thank goodness.