The Jewel in the Crown

Author: Alawa

Nominator: unknown

2004 Award Category: Genres: Humor - Third Place

Story Type: Other Fiction  ✧  Length: unknown

Rating: G  ✧  Reason for Rating: N/A

Summary: The Crown of Earnur receives a final polish on the morning Aragorn becomes King.

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Review scores are not available for 2004.

Reviewed by: Larian Elensar  ✧  Score: N/A

Oh no! Funny in a...morbid sort of way. Though I do hope he doesn't get caught!

Reviewed by: Dwimordene  ✧  Score: N/A

Black humor, in its way, and yet somehow fitting. The protagonist is not a villain in the traditional sense, just thoroughly aware of his own self-interest. This is one of those quirky tales that probably would get passed down in the family for generations, and you can just imagine every king of Gondor, starting with Aragorn, letting his son in on the secret of the crown as a sort of coming of age confession.

Reviewed by: Thundera Tiger  ✧  Score: N/A

Oh dear. Macabre humor is always somewhat risky because there's a chance the audience will be too uneasy to enjoy it, but this was handled very well. By the time I realized what was going on, I was laughing too hard to get squeamish. It's an icky thought, but also a very funny one. Great story.

Reviewed by: Ainaechoiriel  ✧  Score: N/A

A surprising look at Aragorn's new crown a very entertaining short story. Whatever inspired Alawa to write this, I may never know.

Reviewed by: Marta  ✧  Score: N/A

Oh, this was nice! I really enjoyed reading it. The black humour worked very well, and I loved how this story took us (the readers) on a slow, meandering journey. The cast was, of course, almost entirely original, but somehow they felt distinctly Gondorian and very believable, which is a breath of fresh air when there are so many Mary Sues floating around. (And yes, the Dol Amroth crew do seem the sort to prefer blues and yellows.)