I Hear the Stones Lament

Author: Avon

Nominator: unknown

2004 Award Category: Races: Elves: Drabble - Second Place

Story Type: Fixed-Length Ficlet  ✧  Length: unknown

Rating: G  ✧  Reason for Rating: N/A

Summary: Legolas' thoughts on what the stones had to say in Hollin. (This is one of four drabbles entered in the MEFAs that was written on the same theme.)

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Reviewed by: Ainaechoiriel  ✧  Score: N/A

Avon wrotes some wonderful imagery into this drabble and it brings us right into Legolas's thoughts. Very moving.

Reviewed by: Larian Elensar  ✧  Score: N/A

Well done. You got some intense emotions across in such few words.

Reviewed by: Thundera Tiger  ✧  Score: N/A

Drabbles are difficult to write well, but Avon doesn't seem to have any problems with this one. The story carries an aching sadness as Legolas contemplates the eventual fate of the elves as they forsake Middle-earth. The drabble begins with a bright, vivid pictures and then fades to the winter sun as the mantra "they are gone" repeats in the end. Very moving and very poignant.

Reviewed by: Dwimordene  ✧  Score: N/A

I loved this drabble for its absolutely killer last lines: "Soon may travellers in all Middle-earth hear only this lament of trees and stones. *They are goneĀ…*" Legolas is conceivably old enough to have been alive during the last Ring War, and to have heard of the destruction of Eregion. The stakes are as high in the Third Age, and the odds are worse-just one little band of nine, and the failing strength of Gondor stand between the present, and a future in which the stones may cry out, but there will be none the world over to hear them.

Reviewed by: Christine  ✧  Score: N/A

My heart felt sad for the change that took place in Hollin. It was emotive and captured my attention. Very nicely written.

Reviewed by: Mirasaui  ✧  Score: N/A

Poignant, sad lament for what once was. "In the cold, this winter sun..." This line sets the mood and (to me) emphasizes the feeling of loss.