Lost Tales of Gondolin

Author: Darth Fingon

Nominator: Robinka

2011 Award Category: Humor: General - Honorable Mention

Story Type: Story  ✧  Length: Ficlet Series

Rating: General  ✧  Reason for Rating: N/A

Summary: The Lost Tales of Gondolin, which by all rights should have remained Lost.

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Reviewed by: Oshun  ✧  Score: 9

You kicked in an open door for me with these ficlets. I unfortunately adore seeing Gondolin treated with less respect than is usually the case. I get caught up in my own personal perspective of Turgon locking himself and all those people up and leaving the rest of his compatriots to deal with the big scary world outside. All that aside, I love the characters as you draw them here--spoiled brat princess Idril, seriously unhinged Maeglin, and the impressive range of pompous and self-absorbed other characters. This Glorfindel does seem rather nice compared to your other Glorfindel. (And me and my dirty mind, I am wondering if all Maeglin and Glorfindel did was drink brandy under that peach tree? Probably. The presence of a dozen shrill flautists is not conducive to romantic groping. It could depend how much or how little brandy how early in the evening I suppose. Never mind me.) I really think my favorite is the one named {Betrayal}. I was never much of an athlete or big sports fan, but come from a family that takes that kind of thing very seriously indeed, so I do understand how serious such decisions might be.

Reviewed by: Dwimordene  ✧  Score: 7

In the grand tradition of inglorious cut-aways from the main action, Darth Fingon gives Our Heroes (tm) some less heroic moments. Whether it's their tropes catching up to them in a moment of sheer practicality, or a detour into the whimsical and bizarre (Go snowcats!), or innuendo that fails because up front or gauged by the completeness of the opponent's sentences (better than last week's rejection notices!), Fingon delivers on hysterical laughter. I think my favorite of the lot, however, for sheer strangeness but also adorableness and unexpectedness, is the not-Gondolin-celebration of - of all people - Maeglin and Glorfindel. If ever a mismatched pair of characters got together to celebrate not being quite the same as others for reasons as stupid as where they were born, this would be... well, not what I'd expect (see above), but exactly what hits the spot. Thank you, Darth Fingon, these were fantastic! If you need a laugh, try reading this story series.

Reviewed by: Virtuella  ✧  Score: 6

Dear Darth Fingon, with such a subtitle, I knew I was in for a treat. Starting with Maeglin’s pig-headed suit of Idril (which reminds me of Nobby Nobb’s courtship of Verity Pushpram in the Discworld series) via Idril’s manipulation of Tuor and the disaster with the wailing baby at the silent ceremony, I was very thoroughly entertained. Then Maeglin learns the hard way that other people are not such bad company after all. The food poisoning scene – all I can say is, I’m glad I wasn’t there… Next we learn about children’s hierarchy of bullying. The alternative celebration arrangements made me chuckle, as did Galdor’s abominable betrayal of Egalmoth. A delightfully giggle-inducing series of Lost Tales which were fortunately not entirely lost. ;-)

Reviewed by: Himring  ✧  Score: 5

These are tales that should not by any means have been lost even if they delayed the author in his more serious projects. They are great fun to read. My favourite among them is the episode with Glorfindel and Maeglin which features a tree and a tarpaulin. Perhaps inappropriately, it reminds me of Emily Dickinson's poem about what it takes to make a prairie: reverie and bees. This Gondolin version about what it takes to make Nan Elmoth or Valmar is much more sarcastic and also involves considerably more consumption of alcohol, but it turns out to be rather more companionable, too.

Reviewed by: Malinornë  ✧  Score: 5

I enjoyed reading this collection of lost tales, and, I believe, particularly the ones involving Maeglin. The first one, with Idril, was a fun read, and the one about isolation too, though in a darker, desperate way that goes very well with that particular character. But, my favourite among these tales is the one with him and Glorfindel, on celebrating their own holidays... I enjoyed seeing a happy Maeglin for a change! Hmmm... what else to add when I suck at lenghty reviews... the last in the series was a wee bit on the 'modern' side to me, in a way I can't really explain, but it seemed to stand out from the rest and didn't feel like it belonged together with them... or it's just that I don't care for sports, lol!

Reviewed by: curiouswombat  ✧  Score: 4

I fear I must disagree with the esteemed author when he suggests that these lost tales might be as well left lost - I enjoyed them greatly. I have to say that my favourite, the one which will leave an image in my mind for the foreseeable future, is the tale of Glorfindel and Maeglin celebrating in little Nan Elmoth. Sadly I don't have my own peach tree; I do have a pear tree in the back garden, but a sad lack of shrill flautists - for which my neighbours may well be grateful!

Reviewed by: Adonnen Estenniel  ✧  Score: 3

This collection of ficlets was amusing and certainly worth the read. The author's humourous portrayal of daily life in Gondolin wrung a few chuckles from me. Idril's characterization was amazing, while Meglin's "he's fat!" conversation with his uncle was brilliant. I really enjoyed these short scenes.

Reviewed by: Liadan  ✧  Score: 3

This is an excellent story. It's a good thing that these "Lost Tales" did not stay lost and were discovered. They all show a very shrewd and often surprising insight into life in Gondolin.

Reviewed by: SurgicalSteel  ✧  Score: 2

This is a really fun - and funny - set of ficlets centering around Maeglin's time in Gondolin. I really enjoyed these!

Reviewed by: goldleaves  ✧  Score: 1

A hilarious collection of ficlets. Adorable characterization is so few words. I love it!