Middle-Earth Fanfiction Awards

Foundlings

Author: Aeärwen
Nominator: Radbooks
2010 Award Category: Genres: Drama: Gapfiller

Story Type: Story : Length: Short Story
Rating: General -- Reason for Rating: N/A
Summary: The untold story of what happened to Dior's sons during and after the sack of Menegroth.


Reviewed by: Raksha the Demon -- Score: 8

This is the story I have long wished that Tolkien had told himself, and I am sure I am not alone. We all wish that not only had the fate of the young sons of Dior been revealed, but that they had been spared the almost certain death to which they had been so cruelly abandoned. Here, Aearwen gives us a story that could easily fit into Silmarillion continuity, of Elurin and Elured's ordeal and rescue, and the new lives they began. Aearwen spins a haunting, sensitive story. The pain and terror felt by the young twins is well-written, the violence and death neither overdone or too lightly skimmed over. The part that sticks most with me is the self-delusion of one of Celegorm's captains, who insists that he will not shed the blood of the young and innocent, but then participates in the alternative - leaving two small boys tied up and alone in the winter forest to freeze to death. I really found that character especially despicable, more so than his more bloodthirsty companions - a small, stunning bit of writing in this excellent story.

Reviewed by: The Lauderdale -- Score: 7

Aeärwen takes up the story of murdered Dior and Nimloth's lost children. Eluréd and Elurín are abandoned in the winter woods of Doriath, but Tolkien says that Maedhros looked for them later in vain, and who is to say what really became of these two innocents? Aeärwen does a fine job of conveying the brutality of Celegorm's servants (too morally upstanding to give their victims a "clean" death by sword instead of a lengthy death by exposure), and the confusion and fear of two young boys. The brave captain who tries to rescue them is particularly well rendered, caught in the lens of Eluréd's imperfect understanding. Dúraeglir is a brief character but a vivid one. The story was too short for me, but that's a matter of personal opinion. This was written as a gapfiller about two canonical characters who leave the narrative suddenly and brutally, playing no further role in the legendarium. While we might wish to know more of their futures, this is certainly more than Tolkien ever gave us.

Reviewed by: mirasaui -- Score: 7

What is left to the imagination can often be worse than the truth. Tolkien lets our imagination run wild by leaving us to guess the exact fate of Dior's twin sons, Eluréd and Elurín. Aeärwen plays upon our horror by fleshing out the details of the cruel treatment leading to their abandonment in the forest, yet gives us relief by allowing the two to be rescued and brought to a warm, safe haven. There, we are warmed with the knowledge the two shall remain forever safe from the ones who caused them harm, an ending which while still sad, we can live with. It is not easy to write from within a child's mind, but Aeärwen does a remarkable job, and we suffer all the more as we see the horror of the massacre through the eyes these young and innocent victims. The switch of narration from Eluréd to the huntsman rescuer also brings relief as we release a breath we did not realize we were holding. A heart-rending story that touches our hearts and softens the blow Tolkien intended.

Reviewed by: Russandol -- Score: 5

Sadly, this gapfiller is likely to be AU, and Dior's sons died in the wild after being abandoned by the followers of Celegorm, who have qualms about shedding their blood and condemn them to an even crueller fate. The scenes of how these events could have hapened are poignant in their brutality and the terror of the two young children at being dragged away from their murdered kin and friends. Fortunately, we get to have a happy ending, though I felt very sorry for Maedhros, who sought them for a long time and did not find the truth, adding his guilt about their death to an already long list.

Reviewed by: Dreamflower -- Score: 3

The sad fate of Dior's sons has always been one of the most tragic episodes of the Silmarillion. I like the idea that they were somehow found and taken in-- and since no one really knows that it did NOT happen, it does not even have to be AU. A very good use of a child's POV as well-- something that is hard to do properly.

Reviewed by: SurgicalSteel -- Score: 3

This is a wonderful gapfiller which gives the author's perspective on what might have happened to Elured and Elurin. Engaging characterization and lovely descriptions as per Aearwen's usual - this was a tale that I didn't want to end. I hope she writes a sequel.

Reviewed by: Larner -- Score: 3

It is a distinct pleasure to read a story written of the fate of the sons of Dior and Nimloth in which the two children managed to survive--survive and in the end thrive. And that they might have been seen, even if not recognized by Maedhros and Maglor is even more satisfying for some reason. An excellently wrought story, and one I gladly recommend!

Reviewed by: Vanime -- Score: 2

A very touching story and a gapfiller that satisfies any questions or wonderings about the sons of Dior. Excellent writing as always! Highly Recommended!

Reviewed by: Liadan -- Score: 2

This is one very plausible version of what might have happened to Eluréd and Elurín after the sack of Doriath. Highly recommended.