The Bitter End

Author: Ellie

Nominator: Fiondil

2011 Award Category: Elves: House of Finwë

Story Type: Story  ✧  Length: Ficlet Series

Rating: Teen  ✧  Reason for Rating: Violence

Summary: After Morgoth's deafeat at the end of the War of Wrath, Finarfin, Ingwe's son, Maedhros, Maglor, and Eonwë each give their side of the story on the stealing of the last two remaining silmarils from the Army of Light’s camp.

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Reviewed by: Raksha the Demon  ✧  Score: 5

Ellie presents a bitter and haunting version of this penultimate and pathetic act in the long drama of the Feanorians' quest for the Silmarils. The repetition of the line [It was not supposed to end this way] by all of the narrating characters reinforces the pathos of the situation; as a paean to twisted hopes and plans. The characterization is good; I could not help feeling pity for Feanor's last two sons, and also feeling considerable disgust for their deeds. The story bares the sordidness, the sorrow, of what the Feanorians have come to - red-handed murder of their allies - to steal the Silmarils.

Reviewed by: Fiondil  ✧  Score: 4

This is such a powerful piece. The perspectives of the five people are so true to their characters. While Maedhros and Maglor are about what we expect from reading the Silmarillion, it was reading the perspectives of the other three that was truly heartrending and the most poignant, for the actions of Maedhros and Maglor at this moment have made their victory over Morgoth pyrrhic in scope. Eonwe’s perspective, I think, was the most powerful.

Reviewed by: Ellynn  ✧  Score: 3

What a great, poignant story! Whenever I think of Feanor and his sons, I am so angry at them - they've done so much evil. As always, Ellie describes the characters perfectly. I love their thoughts and emotions the way she writes them. Wonderfully done.

Reviewed by: Darkover  ✧  Score: 3

A "Rashomon"-like tale that presents differing POVs. No one is ever a villain from his own perspective, and each POV is well-written and insightful. A powerful tale, well worth reading.

Reviewed by: crowdaughter  ✧  Score: 3

Interesting piece, showing the different views of that last attempt of Maglor and Maedhros from five different perspectives. Most interesting, perhaps is the view of Arafinwe, as we do not see him portrayed very often, especially not in the first person's view. But I like Maglor best in this. Well done.

Reviewed by: Phyncke  ✧  Score: 3

This is an interesting story of shifting perspectives on the same moment. I really enjoyed that aspect of the tale. Imagining what each character thinks at the same moment is quite powerful. The line repetition is moving.

Reviewed by: Liadan  ✧  Score: 2

The theft of the two Silmarils by Maedhros and Maglor is told from multiple points of view, in order to better understand history from a more balanced viewpoint.