Of Entwives and Sundering Seas
2005 Award Category: Books/Time: The Silmarillion: Second Age - Honorable Mention
Story Type: Vignette ✧ Length: Short Story
Rating: G ✧ Reason for Rating: n/a
Summary: During the Second Age, Fangorn speaks with Galadriel and Celeborn on love and loss.
Reviewed by: Thundera Tiger ✧ Score: 6
Very clever bit of foreshadowing! I love the way Fangorn explains his relationship with Fimbrethil and how he could not ask her to stay anymore than she could ask him to go. The fact that he's explaining this to Celeborn and Galadriel of all people is a wonderful piece of irony. I like the fact that Galadriel speaks first when Fangorn turns the question around and that Celeborn pauses a moment to wonder just what this might mean. It says volumes on their personalities and also on their backgrounds. And it also ways quite a bit about the way they felt toward one another when Galadriel finally did choose to leave Middle-earth. Fangorn calls it a love that young lovers don't understand, and I think he's exactly right.
Reviewed by: elliska ✧ Score: 4
Wow! This is one of those gems that you find when reading stories for awards. I loved this--seeing Celeborn and Galadriel talking about parting with Treebeard. Galadriel's "He will come." and Celeborn's certainty that she would stay. I thought Treebeard's conclusion was very well done and of course very prophetic--while at the same time being very sad. Really weel done!
Reviewed by: Bodkin ✧ Score: 3
Counsel from an Ent they would do well to remember. 'Fair begetters of beautiful children' indeed. And the foresight that their descendants would fill the world with the echoes of their lineage - it's just beautifully put. This is musical to read and so well-expressed. Lovely.
Reviewed by: Marta ✧ Score: 3
This is a really nice moment -- Celeborn and Galadriel weary from leadership, free from responsibility. And treebeard's insights are of course very insightful. It shows that even when the couple is free from external pressure, the cost of their love still weighs against them.
Reviewed by: Nancy Brooke ✧ Score: 2
The author has found a wonderful and unexpected subject for comparison here, and for an exploration of love. Great job. The characters emerge clearly, and Fangorn is imagined fully and well.