Celebrian's Journal

Author: Beruthiel's Cat

Nominator: Lethe

2009 Award Category: Races: Elves: Elrond and Family - Honorable Mention

Story Type: Story  ✧  Length: Novel

Rating: Mature  ✧  Reason for Rating: Battle Violence

Summary: In Aman, Elrond's curiosity about the contents of Celebrian's Journal sweeps them into events immediately prior to and culminating in the Dagor Dagorath.

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Reviewed by: SurgicalSteel  ✧  Score: 10

This is a wonderfully unique story by Beruthiel's Cats. I haven't seen many fanfiction writers attempt to tackle the Dagor Dagorath, and she does so beautifully. The buildup features use of many, many characters from Tolkien's work, characters who really wouldn't be able to interact with one another outside of this particular point in time unless an author's decided to write a completely crackficcy alternate universe. Characterization of the Dwarves in particular has some lovely nods to the movies, but without making the Dwarves into the over-the-top caricatures into which Mr. Jackson allowed Gimli to deteriorate. Certain details of the Halls of Mandos are, I think, unique in fanfiction, and lovingly written. The battle scenes read almost like a movie about combat - her writing, and your attention, jump from one point in the battle to another almost without transition, and that really helps capture the chaotic feel of combat. The end of the battle lives up to the promise of its beginning - and to conclude the tale, there's a rather wonderfully surprising twist at the end. The author asked me for permission to use one of my original characters in her tale, and I was not only delighted to do so, but am pleased beyond words at how well she integrated my character. A really enjoyable and original tale.

Reviewed by: Lethe  ✧  Score: 6

This story deals with something which one rarely sees within the fandom, the prelude to the Last Battle, the Dagor Dagorath, and the battle itself. the cast of characters is large, the author draws in every character from the books from Fëanor to the Hobbits, and thus there is a sense of many beloved personalities who were lost being drawn back into the fold. I love the author's ability to write such an epic as the Dagor Dagorath. It is dramatic as such a theme should be, and one wishes to see the mighty ones, and those who died standing against the dark powers return in this last conflict, and avenge the tragedy and doom which lay as a shadow over Middle-earth from when Morgoth first raised Utumno. So many griefs lie before this culmination. It is a magnificent theme and Beruthiel's Cat does not disappoint the reader, as her prose is more than equal to this final, glorious and terrible battle.

Reviewed by: Independence1776 (Crystal113)  ✧  Score: 6

A stunning story about the personal side of the Dagor Dagorath-- what it means to fight in it, to stand aside and let others do so, the reunions of all sorts of people. And yet, it also manages to capture the epicness of the prelude and battle, of the significance of the events. The forgiveness of past deeds of various people is wonderful. The imagery is vivid. I love that it ends with everything Renewed, healed of the hurts of living in Arda Marred. I love that the action in the battle scenes was clear and understandable. The medical details and inclusion of SurgicalSteel’s Serinde was well-done. Elrond’s dilemma and choice was understandable and well thought out. My favorite part: the last few paragraphs of the epilogue. A story that deserves to be read again and again.

Reviewed by: Thundera Tiger  ✧  Score: 6

Tackling an event as monumental and epic as the Dagor Dagorath is no small undertaking, and Beruthiel's Cat adds to the task by including just about every character within [The Silmarillion] and [The Lord of the Rings]. Elrond seems to be the focal point, which feels so very appropriate given his position and history. The heroic lines of Elves, Men, and a Maia converge in him, and he proves the link between many that return from the past. They may not know one another, but they know Elrond and he holds the story together. As for the Dagor Dagorath, it was as momentous as it should be. Fabulous imagery and splendid pacing made it a captivating thrill ride. I particularly like the image of Vingilot spinning about with a trail of star fire. To summarize, absolutely riveting!

Reviewed by: Larner  ✧  Score: 5

Ever has Celebrian's writing within her journals given her an outlet for her concerns and deepest feelings. Now, however, that the End of Days come upon Arda, she has more reason than ever to confide to it. All those she has ever known and loved will take part in the final battle against Morgoth, and for Elrond there is a special choice--whether to fight the Enemy directly with weapons, or to do so as the Healer he has been since the days of the Last Alliance. A fantastic epic, filled with whimsy, true heroics, laughter, and pain. And we get a final glimpse of our favorite heroes from all of Tolkien's tales of Arda now side by side, working together. Good to see this final revision posted.

Reviewed by: pandemonium_213  ✧  Score: 4

Now here is a big, bold beautiful tale from Beruthiel's Cat! There's truly a cast of thousands as appropriate to the Dagor Dagorlad, and the climactic battle scene is truly action packed and described in vivid detail. [Celebrian's Journal] is sweeping in scope, and yet Cat keeps her characters intimate and distinct, particularly Elrond and Celebrian. I thoroughly enjoyed this novel which managed to combine the whimsical with the monumental without making my neck snap. Well done, Cat!

Reviewed by: obsidianj  ✧  Score: 4

This is an epic tale of the last days around the Dagor Dagorath. Because of this setting, we get the opportunity to meet pretty much all of our beloved characters from Tolkien's universe, and they all get to work together even if they belong to different ages. I loved the unexpected inclusion of one of my favorite OCs. She fit right in. The author manages to mold the huge cast into a coherent story without losing the thread of the plot, and I had no trouble following even though I read this story over several days.