Triumph Incarnate

Author: Elena Tiriel

Nominator: sulriel

2005 Award Category: Races/Places: Villains: Drabble - Third Place

Story Type: Drabble  ✧  Length: True Drabble

Rating: G  ✧  Reason for Rating: n/a

Summary: "And Sauron, sitting in his black seat in the midst of the Temple, had laughed when he heard the trumpets of Ar-Pharazôn sounding for battle; and again he had laughed when he heard the thunder of the storm; and a third time, even as he laughed at his own thought, thinking what he would do now in the world, being rid of the Edain for ever, he was taken in the midst of his mirth, and his seat and his temple fell into the abyss. But Sauron was not of mortal flesh, and though he was robbed now of that shape in which he had wrought so great an evil ... yet his spirit arose out of the deep ... and came back to Middle-earth...." (The Silmarillion, "Akallabêth")

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Reviewed by: Marta  ✧  Score: 4

I think this is one moment that I have never seen anyone -- anyone at all -- try to touch. Until now, of course, and especially in a drabble. But you gave us a haunting glance of Sauron in the Temple of Melkor on Númenor. It left me wanting to know more of what Sauron was thinking, but I guess that's the point. You used imagery to particularly good effect, and crammed a lot in such a tight space.

Reviewed by: Thundera Tiger  ✧  Score: 4

I'll freely admit upfront that Sauron's gloating gave me chills. He's far too clever for his own good, in my opinion, and his gloating here was just...creepy. This drabble really did make him feel like triumph incarnate, and that spooked me. The utter disaster of losing Numenor became that much more significant for me thanks to seeing just how happy Sauron was about it. Very well done drabble!

Reviewed by: Tanaqui  ✧  Score: 4

Once again, Elena Tiriel writes magnificently about the darker characters in Arda and their motivations. His elaboration of the crimes of the Númenoreans under his direction is chilling. And one of the most impressive things about this drabble is her subtle use of capitalisation and lack of capitalisation to indicate Sauron’s arrogance and self-importance.

Reviewed by: elliska  ✧  Score: 3

This is almost poetry--I love the paired lines and the images they conjure and the significance of those images. It is so simply done but so powerfully. You do a great job of conveying the evil that is Sauron. And tackling that subject--Sauron--is something very few authors do. You have a very unique, powerful and well written drabble here.

Reviewed by: quirky_orthodox  ✧  Score: 3

Wow, for a drabble that certainly packed a punch. I don't normally read pieces this short but I went wandering out of my category and found a gem. I loved the use of repetition and the cold calculation, the pace felt slow enough to immerse you even though it was such a brief scene and I adored the climax - great stuff!

Reviewed by: sulriel  ✧  Score: 2

How wonderfully evil. You slipped too easily into Sauron's mind for this one. very, very scary. (did I mention "very scary?") remind me to run-away-fast if I ever see you sneer.!

Reviewed by: picara  ✧  Score: 2

This is a really chilling view of Sauron and so many of his evils. Very powerfully written, especially for a true drabble. This one really impressed me.

Reviewed by: Werecat  ✧  Score: 1

Probably one of the most powerful drabbles I've read. Good work.