2006 Award Category: Times: Fourth Age and Beyond: Gondor
Story Type: Other Fiction ✧ Length: Short Story
Rating: G ✧ Reason for Rating: N/A
Summary: Fíriel had rejected the passage into the west, and in Middle-earth all things age... A story of Fíriel, set seventy years after the tale told in Tolkien's poem "The Last Ship".
Reviewed by: Marta ✧ Score: 5
I have not read "The Last Ship" so I have a vague feeling that I am missing a lot of this piece's depth. So the fact that it moved me so deeply should be high recommendation. It's a touching tale of the mortal girl who was offered the chance to sail West but didn't. Aramel captures the longing of mortals to meet Elves, and I see in her OC Silmarien shades of Sam. More than that, the older Firiel has a wisdom about the gift of Men that many of her peoples' kings would have done well to learn. I'm not sure I am really meant to "enjoy" a piece this weighty, but it certainly did affect me.
Reviewed by: Imhiriel ✧ Score: 4
The evocative descriptions of nature and how the protagonist experiences the meeting with the Elves have a certain beautiful but wistful glow about them. You have fleshed out the poem believably and given it a lovely, engaging context. Ceveniel's rejection of the invitation seems more understandable because you have given it more context than there was in the poem. I like the suggestions of who the three Elves were in the Last Ship, although I personally hope that Galadriel didn't have to wait that long for her husband.
Reviewed by: Rhapsody ✧ Score: 3
This is a very dream like re-telling of how Fíriel decided to decline an invitation to sail into the West with three elven lords. It is very atmospheric and it reads gently along. This is a real story that feels as it should be told while people gather around the fire.
Reviewed by: Súlriel ✧ Score: 3
I especially enjoy reading snippets taken out of canon and expanded and this was no exception. The young girl and the elderly woman were vivid to me, as was the Elven ship. You did well to convey the emotions of love and regret through her thoughts.
Reviewed by: dkpalaska ✧ Score: 3
Gorgeous descriptions of the Elves; the entire scene has a soft, glowing vision quality to it, and is framed well as a story told by an old woman. The young girl's reasons for rejecting the Elven proposal put a well-appreciated positive spin on the Gift of Men (as does Cirdan's approving comment), as opposed to the rather bitter flavor of the original poem.
Reviewed by: Dreamflower ✧ Score: 2
A very lovely and plausible telling of the maiden's point of view, in JRRT's poem "The Last Ship". I like it very much, as well as the idea of a fic based on poetry.