Runaway Star

Author: Aerlinnel

Nominator: Marta

2005 Award Category: Genres: Drama (includes Angst): Elves

Story Type: Vignette  ✧  Length: N/A

Rating: PG-13  ✧  Reason for Rating: non-gory violence

Summary: Amrod's POV at the Mouths of Sirion. When grief is unendurable...

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Reviewed by: Marta  ✧  Score: 8

I want to excuse Amrod's actions as the natural outcome of an Oath that he made perhaps out of familial obligation or out of innocence of a sort. Really I do. There is something to be said for honour, of course, but honour is different from blind obedience. And the Oath of Feanor is not fully in line with what's naturally "good" in Middle-earth. We know this because of the ends it drove the Feanorians to, and Amrod seems to also recognise it. Therefore I cannot call his actions good or even excusable because he was "following orders". But somehow that seems to be part of the point. Amrod is not necessarily searching for understanding. The author paints a grim picture here, a picture where war isn't white washed but where we see the blood and guts for what they really are. And we also see the despair of losing your twin. It's very well portrayed -- much too well for my own comfort. This isn't a "comfortable" story, but it also feels "true" somehow. It was nice to give the despair caused by the Oath of Feanor given form, even if that form isn't aesthetically pleasing.

Reviewed by: Thundera Tiger  ✧  Score: 5

So very little is written about Amrod and Amras, but what is written is usually very good. This story is no exception, and I love the madness in Amrod's mind. His murder of the elf who killed Amras was shocking, but even more shocking was how he considered it to be a mercy and how indifferent he became. He was so far gone, and his final thoughts as he forced himself back into the fighting were insane. But the perspective on this is so tight that it's difficult to see the insanity because the world is vividly colored by Amrod's own perceptions. Excellent POV writing!

Reviewed by: Dwimordene  ✧  Score: 3

Well put-together, although I fear it doesn't affect me as it might, since the twins were never my interest. But Amrod's war-weariness and grief, and his desire to spare his brother the doom of an Oathbreaker are nicely portrayed and surely fans of the Silmarillion will enjoy this short piece.

Reviewed by: Dreamflower  ✧  Score: 1

A chilling look at the consequences of rash oaths and kinslaying...very intense.