Middle-Earth Fanfiction Awards

Winters Chill

Author: Aeärwen
Nominator: Elfique
2011 Award Category: Drama: Angst - Honorable Mention

Story Type: Story : Length: Short Story
Rating: General -- Reason for Rating: N/A
Summary: Arwen ponders her life and doom late in the reign of King Elessar.


Reviewed by: Windsurfbabe -- Score: 7

What could have been a very sad piece is in fact bittersweet, as we see Arwen think over her years at Aragorn's side. We learn the fates of her children, and their children as well; we see the Telcontar line flourish and prosper, feel the love surrounding the family and running deep within its veins. Arwen says it herself - there is much love in this story. It is wonderful to read such a great, deep depiction of Arwen Undomiel, a character that is shown little of in books and movies except for her determination and her ultimate choice. It is nice - if one can say so - to see her doubt and fear, to question her appearance after having been called so beautiful more than once in her youth. Aëarwen's Arwen is a living, breathing, mortal woman who lives first for her husband and then for her children. We can already sense her fate as she watches Aragorn age; but the tenderness in her tone makes up for the sadness of it.

Reviewed by: Adonnen Estenniel -- Score: 5

Winters Chill brought a believable and interesting perspective into Arwen's mind later in life. Her feelings for Aragorn are very much in evidence, and I liked the little hints of their children and grandchildren, as well as the brief mention of Shire-folk. If anything, I would have liked to see this expanded a little bit, liked to see bit more depth, because I felt the author and scene were fully capable of doing so. Yet the piece as it is has a lovely tone and lingering impression on a reader, and I thought Arwen's plight to be well-expressed.

Reviewed by: Ellynn -- Score: 3

This is a wonderful, poignant story in which Aearwen portrays Arwen and her emotions near the end of Aragorn's life. There are many stories about that theme, but this one is among the most touching ones. Beautifully done.

Reviewed by: Liadan -- Score: 2

The coming of winter is hard to accept under the best circumstances, especially when it indicates less of a change and more of an end.