The Full Tragedy of the Kinslaying

Author: Cirdan

Nominator: Marta

2005 Award Category: Books/Time: The Silmarillion: Feanor and Sons

Story Type: Vignette  ✧  Length: N/A

Rating: R  ✧  Reason for Rating: adult themes

Summary: Elros and Elrond must decide their fates at the end of the First Age. Maglor comes Eonwe's camp and reveals that the Elves can stay in Middle-earth for a while longer. Maglor then sings of the full tragedy of the Kinslaying at Alqualonde.

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Reviewed by: Rhapsody  ✧  Score: 10

What an impressive vignette written by Cirdan. Actually, while reading this, the meaning of the title really stood out for me. I know Eonwe said that the Silmarils rejected the sons of Fëanor, but did the Valar ever consider that the Silmarils, just like Arda and the Elves could be marred and corrupted as well? This is a very good point that Cirdan brings up in this story, challenging the reader to think outside the box for a moment, keeping a firm grip on canon and Tolkien’s idea’s behind the Silmarillion. In the end, even after the War of Wrath, Morgoth’s influence is still there. I like the set-up of this vignette overall, by choosing to write Elrond & Elros first, Cirdan gives you, as the reader, the feeling that Maglor is worth listening too. Can you see the bard as mad? Or was he truly clear headed at that moment when Maglor told what happened and sang the Noldolante for the first time outside his family? Is this not true when Cirdan writes: “The dark clouds of Morgoth have ever hung over Middle-earth, and much that is known to the Elves of Aman are lies of the Dark Lord.” The full scope hits you like a brick and Cirdan grandly writes it in an engaging tone that makes you want to read more. The author balances every word and tells his story in a well-balanced pacing. The characters are well constructed and thoroughly researched to me. A very enjoyable read Cirdan!

Reviewed by: jillian baade  ✧  Score: 4

It is so sad, yet so fitting that Maglor bought the other elves the luxury of time. I guess it's his way of trying to atone for his family's sins. Good for you Maglor, I always liked you for a reason. Cirdan, the thing that touched me is that Maglor has clearly lost his tenous grip on sanity, yet his song is as powerful as ever, maybe more so if he could make Maia weep. Well done indeed.