On Cerin Amroth
2005 Award Category: Genres: Romance: Vignette - Third Place
Story Type: Vignette ✧ Length: Short Story
Rating: PG ✧ Reason for Rating: romantic content
Summary: The journey of Aragorn and Arwen towards Cerin Amroth, the heart of Lórien.
Reviewed by: Thundera Tiger ✧ Score: 7
I'll admit here and now that I am not a fan of romance in fiction. At best, it bores me, and at worst, I find myself gagging. That said, I absolutely love this vignette, which is a remarkable thing given my usual distaste for such subjects. But this was handled with such maturity and such...poetry, that I can't help but love it. The little things as well as the big things are woven in, from unnecessary help over fallen logs to elven wisdom that realizes that NOW is what is important, not all the past years. I love the quick notes on how Arwen and Aragorn have both changed. The idea of Arwen turning with the Age is powerful, but equally powerful is the idea that Aragorn is relying on a bedrock of hope. I love the phrasing that went into that, but most of all, I love how this idea of hope is brought up again in the end when Aragorn gives trust to Arwen's hope as well as his own. Brilliantly in character, but then, what else would we expect from Dwimordene? Great job!
Reviewed by: ErinRua ✧ Score: 6
How did I miss this tale before? Dwim, you brought tears to my eyes with the sheer beauty of this vignette. So smoothly and perfectly have you blended your voice with the Professor's that I can barely see the seams. The poetry, the silken romance of every word, is something that should be sung to the mellow notes of a lute and spoken by the light of a warm, golden hearth. A more lovely look at Aragorn and Arwen, a more telling window to one of the most unsung but pivotal moments in their lives, I cannot imagine. Here you have brought a timeless love story to shimmering life as Tolkien himself never did. I salute the beauty of your thought.
Reviewed by: Marta ✧ Score: 4
The great thing about this piece is its ability to be both transcendent and immanent at the same time. The tone is almost like something out of the appendices, or from the point of view of the land of Lorien itself. We are distant from Arwen and Aragorn. Yet at places, their emotions are so clear! And we feel the weight of their situation.. Wonderful job, Dwim; it gave me a lot of insight into these characters.
Reviewed by: nerwen_calaelen ✧ Score: 2
An interesting view of Aragorn. What you are showing makes sence but could be argued against easily. I think that this tale makes the case for this argement and is in itself a pleasent read.
Reviewed by: Rabidsamfan ✧ Score: 2
Dwimordene takes what we know about the first encounters between Arwen and Aragorn and adds detail and passion in this lyrical vignette about the two lovers.