The Next Step

Author: Watcherchild

Nominator: unknown

2004 Award Category: Genres: Mystery - Second Place

Story Type: Other Fiction  ✧  Length: unknown

Rating: G  ✧  Reason for Rating: N/A

Summary: An Avari elf goes to the Halls of Mandos and recounts the tale of the first Orcs - the lost Elves.

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Review scores are not available for 2004.

Reviewed by: Larian Elensar  ✧  Score: N/A

I'm impressed with the amount of research authors put into a story; and then use that information to write their own version of missing lore. Very creative. Also seems totally logical.

Reviewed by: Thundera Tiger  ✧  Score: N/A

This story made me think, and I love it because of that. I also love it because it's about the Avari, and we so rarely get to hear their side of the story. They're even rare than Gimli and Halbarad in fics, and I think the characterization of the Avari as a people was really well done. Finally, it seemed to me that the crux of the fic was the idea that there was no good or evil and that Il├║vatar didn't have sides, which is actually an idea that I've been kicking around for a while. The opening pages of the Silmarillion seem to support that view if interpreted a certain way, and I think the idea was explored nicely in this fic.

Reviewed by: Elanor  ✧  Score: N/A

Very thoughtful story, but not what I would call a mystery story. I like this story most of the four stories of Watcherchild. For me it belongs to Silmarillion. The partner of this story is "The Truth of Ugliness" telling of the other side the transformed Orcs. I have no quibbles with this story. Finding the former Orc as a redeemed Elvish brother feels a bit as a Hollywood script though.

Reviewed by: ElenaTiriel  ✧  Score: N/A

Very interesting and thought-provoking! Rihansu seems to be in the kind of unemotional, shock-like state that people go into after they have been through great traumas; she seems so matter-of-fact and emotionless when telling of horrific events in the life of her and her people -- the sundering, and her brother's loss, and her meeting with him as an Orc. Your ideas of the Avari having a more naturalistic and less courtly view of marriage seem reasonable -- the constant state of danger they lived in comes through very nicely. And I very much liked the surprise at the end -- what a hopeful meeting!