A Choice Once Made

Author: Celandine Brandybuck

Nominator: Marta

2005 Award Category: Books/Time: The Silmarillion: Second Age

Story Type: Vignette  ✧  Length: Short Story

Rating: PG  ✧  Reason for Rating: adult themes, implied erotic content

Summary: Tar-Míriel, the last Queen of Numenor, reflects on her life as the ships commanded by her husband Ar-Pharazôn sail to Valinor in the West. Brief references to implied non-con sex, but nothing explicit; no language or violence.

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Reviewed by: Thundera Tiger  ✧  Score: 6

I loved the way Tar-Miriel was characterized in this story, and I love even more the fact that she acknowledged her own part in Numenor's downfall. She was indeed proud, and by the end, she was wise enough to see where this pride had led her. Her resolve to start again and to cnotest Ar-Pharazon's rule was bittersweet, because we all know what will happen in the end. There's no chance to see if she succeeds or not. But be that as it may, it was good to see her regain some of her fire and her confidence from before. That helped. And it was good to see her helping Elendil as he readied the Faithful. Good closure for Tar-Miriel, and good summary on how her life led her to this.

Reviewed by: Marta  ✧  Score: 4

I have read several pieces about Tar-Miriel's actions in the time before the Downfall, but this one was different, though. I think it's because it's so minimalistic. Tar-Miriel is definitely there, but she reports everything was such a distanced tone. It's chilling, almost like Miriel is already half-dead. After years of mistreatment by Pharazon, I can't say that I'm particularly surprised.

Reviewed by: Ainaechoiriel  ✧  Score: 3

While I stick to a particular part of the story published in the Silm (she did not choose Pharazon), setting that aside, I enjoyed this story. And oh the hope it gives at the end, but we, unlike Miriel know what was coming on that dawn that she waited for for other reasons. A beautiful, sad portrayal. Well done!

Reviewed by: nerwen_calaelen  ✧  Score: 1

An interestingview of her. Hervioce in thistale isbelievable and makes the readerfeel sympathyfor her.