Disdain and Disgust
2011 Award Category: Drabble Series: General
Story Type: Drabble ✧ Length: Drabble Series
Rating: General ✧ Reason for Rating: N/A
Summary: What did Thingol and Haleth think of each other when Haleth led her people to live in Brethil?(Written for my year-long drabble-a-day challenge)
Reviewed by: Lyra ✧ Score: 6
This double drabble - one hundred words from Thingol's perspective, and one hundred from Haleth's - concisely looks at what they may have felt about each other when Haleth's people began to settle in Brethil. Thingol, aloof and suspicious, would deny the Haladin the lands even though he has no use for them - out of prejudice and because he considers the mortals to be hardly better than Orcs. He doesn't appear to see anything good about them, and the only reason he can see for Finrod's advocacy of their cause is that Finrod enjoys the power he has over the Haladin. Meanwhile, Haleth (perhaps justly) considers Thingol's people coddled and indifferent; her point of view ends with a challenge to the Sindar. Quite believable and a neat summary of the characters' sentiments.
Reviewed by: Elfique ✧ Score: 5
An excellent portrayal of both characters. As is often with parts of the Silmarillion, we're not given details of a scene at real character level, so to see something that does the gapfilling so well is great. Thingol's smugness/general bad attitude and Haleth's grit and pride (and on that note I loved her last line!) are both captured perfectly and contrasted really well. What was also good to see in this story was a wider, and very plausible, look at each culture from the other's perspective. The thought processes and conclusions just seem so spot on for each character, and for each race - particularly where the mortals are concerned.
Reviewed by: Raksha the Demon ✧ Score: 5
A perceptive and biting look at cultural perspective here; as Thingol expresses disdain at the rawness of Mannish ways and technology; while Haleth voices disgust at the elf-king's dismissal of her people's willingness to repel, not allow, the orcs who have harmed them. The pride of both races is evident; along with that smug isolationism that was one of Thingol's weaknesses in the Silmarillion; and Haleth's biting challenge rings with the courage of the younger race. I also liked the brief mention of Finrod Felagund; an Elf who respected and encouraged the potential of Men.
Reviewed by: Darkover ✧ Score: 3
This is a brilliant double-drabble that not only perfectly portrays the characters of each person--Thingol and Haleth--but suggests thoughts and feelings that are representative of the values of each: Elves and Men. While the drabbles are quite emotional, the POV expressed by each is also quite logical. Intelligently written, and should not be missed!
Reviewed by: MalinornÃ« ✧ Score: 3
I very much enjoyed these short glimpses into the minds of Thingol and Haleth, and appreciated seeing the quote that inspired them. I realize it makes little sense to complain over the length of a drabble, but it seems to me that a longer story would be even more interesting, revealing more of the author's thoughts on the characters' impressions.
Reviewed by: Independence1776 (Crystal113) ✧ Score: 2
The differing beliefs of Haleth and Thingol-- and the reasons why they think as they do-- are wonderfully explained. Haleth's disgust and courage shine through.