War Dust

Author: Earmire

Nominator: unknown

2004 Award Category: Races: Elves: Post-War of the Ring - Third Place

Story Type: Other Fiction  ✧  Length: unknown

Rating: PG  ✧  Reason for Rating: N/A

Summary: Maglor at the Trojan War finds beauty and terror intermingled in the being of Achilles, entwined with the memories of a brother.

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Reviewed by: Thundera Tiger  ✧  Score: N/A

I absolutely adore this story. The comparison between Achilles and Maedhros is not one that would have occurred to me, but this story expertly weaves through a series of flashbacks and present/ancient days to show why such a comparison could be made. The similarities and the contrasts are beautiful, and Maglor's inner dialogue is a thing of beauty. Great characterization of FĂ«anor's eldest sons!

Reviewed by: Dwimordene  ✧  Score: N/A

I was pointed towards this story by a professional classicist. With an expert recommendation to back it, I set "War Dust" aside for a rainy day, and boy did it make my day better when I finally got around to reading it. Nol's knowledge of and sympathy for both the Iliad and Maglor is evident; she moves skillfully between ages and worlds without ever losing the reader, calling attention to how the lessons of the fictional past(s) can be made to illuminate each other. There is no sentimentality here, only an eye for truth, and the need, the compulsion, to let those lessons be brought forth. That Maglor should be midwife to the birth of the Greek epic is fitting-the last great work, and perhaps the most humbly-written (that is, in terms of Maglor's mindset, not in terms of style or content) of the greatest Noldorin lyricist on earth.

Reviewed by: Ainaechoiriel  ✧  Score: N/A

This made me wish I'd seen Troy already. I haven't, and I never did read the Iliad either. The notes helped. It was a little difficult to follow, therefore, but then so was Maglor, I suppose. It was beautifully written, poetically.

Reviewed by: Sulriel  ✧  Score: N/A

Wonderful job in the blending of tales. Great Job. It feels historical rather than fictional.