Half-brother in Blood, Full Brother in Heart

Author: Alassante

Nominator: Robinka

2010 Award Category: Races: Elves: Noldorin Elves - Honorable Mention

Story Type: Story  ✧  Length: Short Story

Rating: General  ✧  Reason for Rating: N/A

Summary: The confrontation in Tirion between Fingolfin and Fëanor led to Fëanor being banned to Formenos. Written for B2ME Challenge from Formenos: Create a story, poem, or artwork that responds to the following quote: "The only difference between me and a madman is that I'm not mad." -- Salvador Dali

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Reviewed by: Raksha the Demon  ✧  Score: 5

An interesting look inside the quarrels and exile of Feanor. Alassante wisely makes Fingolfin the narrator; one senses that he is one of the most rational of observers, an ideal choice for the narrator of this very tense moment in early Noldor history. Alassante elucidates the quarrel; we see the tragedy of the breaking of the first family of the Noldor. Melkor has stirred the coals of Noldorin resentment; and Feanor and Fingolfin have both been the unwitting instruments of the fire. And there's a sad, understated characterization of Finwe that I like very much.

Reviewed by: Larner  ✧  Score: 5

A rather sad and solemn examination of the part played by Fingolfin in the ongoing stress between Feanor and his half brothers. To accept as he did that he, too, had been coersed by Melkor into growing distrust of his older brother to the point of crafting weapons appears to have shaken his estimation of himself. But I was proud that he did his best to show his quality via his actions rather than in belittling Feanor or questioning his father's decision to abdicate and go into exile with the son of his first wife. Too bad it didn't work with all the Noldor.

Reviewed by: Robinka  ✧  Score: 4

An interesting and well written take on the rift within the royal family of the Noldor, presented from the point of view of Fingolfin. Alassante greatly showed the dynamics that drove the family to the schism in the end and the mutual animosities between the half brothers that became a tragedy. A thought-provoking read plus a brief portrayal of Finwe that I liked in particular. Great story!

Reviewed by: Virtuella  ✧  Score: 4

[He is never repentant, yet always forgiven.] This sentence rang very true with me, and I think it might often be the case with a wayward child. In general, I don’t care much for stories about these characters, possibly because they all have such similar names that I can rarely keep track of who is who, but this story kept my attention with the palpable sense of drama. I thought it was ultimately also a good study on the origins of conflict in general and the pitfalls of any arms race.