The End of Days
2005 Award Category: Books/Time: Post-Ring War: Aman - Honorable Mention
Story Type: Vignette ✧ Length: Short Story
Rating: G ✧ Reason for Rating: N/A
Summary: Alone under a sunset near the end of time, Galadriel waits.
Reviewed by: Thundera Tiger ✧ Score: 7
There's a timeless quality about this story, which is very fitting as a great part of it is about time. The idea that elves would forsake it altogether is wonderful, and I love the symbolism in having Galadriel revert to the name Artanis after she, too, gives up time. But returning to the feel of the story itself, it presents itself as something ageless, not unlike the elves themselves. The grief is not wild or overbearing but rather quiet and dignified, as though it has been present for countless generations already and will be present for many more. It's exactly how I would expect Galadriel to grieve. And as for Celeborn, I can easily see him staying if Arwen, Elladan, and Elrohir also chose to stay. The words about being healed but not made whole were brilliant, and I love how it gives the elves that sorrow that they never seem to be without in either the Silm or LotR.
Reviewed by: Dwimordene ✧ Score: 6
Very poignant depiction of Galadriel, patiently waiting for one who will not come, and of the ultimate uncertainty of the Elves: bound to Arda, whether or not the last battle is won, they stand a very good chance of dying with that world so far as they know. At the same time, they still have a duty to choose to uphold what is good when that time comes, and hope beyond all reason that after Armageddon, there is not simply nothingness in store for them, that perhaps they will reunite with mortal friends and family and even Elves whose bodies have faded utterly and who never came to Valinor. A lovely tale of hope in the midst of loss and losing. Well done.
Reviewed by: Marta ✧ Score: 3
This story is a beautiful, almost poetic, account of the last day. I really enjoyed how the author weaved Tolkien's references (and inferences from Tolkien's references) to create a convincing account about what life might have been like in Aman, long after the last of the Elves took the Straight Road from Middle-earth.
Reviewed by: Larian Elensar ✧ Score: 2
I have to disagree with you. Tolkien didn't always go for the all out happy ending, but I'm not sure he'd not give Elrond a tiny one, and have his sons and father-in-law return to him in valinor.
Reviewed by: Dreamflower ✧ Score: 2
Very bittersweet and vivid, Galadriel's despair is described, as she faces the end of the world without Celeborn at her side.
Reviewed by: nerwen_calaelen ✧ Score: 1
An intreaging but sad view of Galadriel. It is interesting to see this percpective on her and events after the ring war.
Reviewed by: Nancy Brooke ✧ Score: 1
It is hard to capture ambivalence and paradox but this story embodies both extremely well.