The Traveller

Author: Maglor Makalaure

Nominator: Aeärwen

2011 Award Category: Drama: General

Story Type: Story  ✧  Length: Novel

Rating: Teen  ✧  Reason for Rating: Violence

Summary: It is the tale of Kanafinwë Makalaurë, as he returns to Valinor and attempts to make amends for the deeds he has done, all the while struggling against the pessimism in his mind – he is not sure whether life is really worth living, and is torn between submitting to a man who wishes to crush him and the love of his friends and family.

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Reviewed by: Darkover  ✧  Score: 8

This novel is clearly a monumental effort on the part of the author to do justice to an important character and a complicated issue. It is not for all tastes: IMHO, the Elves are much too human in all respects, the Valar seem cold and unappealing, and there is perhaps too much emphasis on forgive-and-forget, and not enough on justice and repentance. But this novel, which is about the last of the Kinslayers, Maglor, and his return at last to Valinor, tells an intelligent and thoughtful story about what his life would be like. The strength of this novel lies mostly in characterization: not only Maglor is featured here, but his mother, his wife, Elrond, and a number of OCs. At first, Maglor seems to have developed self-pity into an art form, but in time it seems more like he is just a very confused and deeply sorrowful person who would like to live again, but seems not to understand how. Moreover, how does one make amends when one has done the unforgivable? This novel tries to address that issue, and has a well-developed plot as well.

Reviewed by: Liadan  ✧  Score: 4

This is an interesting story about what would happen to Maglor when he returns to Valinor. He has great difficulty trying to re-adjust to his new life, which is only compounded by the lingering hate and the rather capricious rules governing his expected behavior. Although he continues to try to live up to these standards, he seldom can. Only his direct family and a few others seem to have any understanding or sympathy for him.