The Prince and the Shipwright
Nominator: Elena Tiriel
2005 Award Category: Races/Places: Elves - Honorable Mention
Story Type: Story ✧ Length: Novella
Rating: PG ✧ Reason for Rating: violence
Summary: Young Gil-galad story in which Ereinion is sent to live with Cirdan at the Havens for safekeeping. Very cute and fluffy (and sockslidingly) but a bit sad sometimes.
Reviewed by: Elena Tiriel ✧ Score: 8
This is the story of young Ereinion, whose parents send him to Mithlond to take refuge with Círdan the Shipwright. It is told from his point of view: a young child who is just beginning to be aware of the Beleriand wars coming closer, but still feels safer among his father, Fingon, the High King of the Noldor, and his mother. He just seems to know that this Círdan will not know that he likes a lot of bubbles in his bath and his milk really cold. And he really does not understand why the soldiers guarding him are angry when he comes across a sleeping soldier in the woods, with a different kind of uniform. This story seems to be as much about the maturing of Círdan as it is about the growing up of Ereinion Gil-galad. He does not have a clue how to relate to a child -- taking him out for hours to teach him how to swim, for example, and the readers look forward to seeing his learning process. He has agreed to teach Ereinion the language of the Falathrim, so that is a start. Unfortunately, this story has not been updated this year. I hope it will be again in the near future.
Reviewed by: sulriel ✧ Score: 3
This is an engaging work of fan-fiction with good insight and enjoyable characterizations. I enjoyed this most unusual gap-filler of an underdone time and subject. I was delighted to find this gem while browsing the filters today. Thank you for writing.
Reviewed by: Bodkin ✧ Score: 2
This is a very sweet little Ereinion - and a nicely gruff Shipwright. I enjoyed reading of their getting to know one another.