Crow Song

Author: Adonnen Estenniel

Nominator: Larner

2011 Award Category: Poetry: Character Study

Story Type: Poetry  ✧  Length: N/A (Non-Fiction or Poetry)

Rating: General  ✧  Reason for Rating: Disturbing Imagery/Themes

Summary: The Music of the Ainur is defiled, and Sauron is seduced by Melkor's disharmony.

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Reviewed by: Larner  ✧  Score: 10

This is definitely a poem to touch one’s heart with dread! In it Adonnen Estenniel has managed to capture the essence of the power of evil, and we can hear the songs of Morgoth, Sauron, and the Ring echoing in its lines as each seeks to enthrall us to their own wishes. As short as it is, [Crow Song] yet manages to communicate the terrible lure and the destructive power that all who have faced the heart of evil have known, as that evil seeks to take and corrupt them, to make them part of It. So Turin must have faced as he heeded the dragon’s last words, or as Frodo must have felt on the edge of the abyss within the Sammath Naur. Her words are so well chosen, and so carefully put together to make so forcefully crafted an offering! Even the Master, I think, would approve of it, in spite of the free-verse nature of its structure. The imagery is so apt to the subject, adding to the impact of the work. I am so glad that Adonnen Estenniel has joined our community and has been willing to share her gift of word-craft and poetry with us. I have been honored to read so many of her poems in the past year, and hope she will continue to provide us with more poems in the future. This is definitely a work to capture the imagination by a writer who is definitely an asset to the community of those who seek to add to the world of Arda.

Reviewed by: Barazinbar  ✧  Score: 5

First of all, lovely imagery! I could really picture Morgoth dancing (a strange image!) and ensnaring Sauron in his darkness. I particularly liked all the 'dance' or 'music' words like 'ditty' and 'hymn' and how they blended so well with Morgoth's dark nature and thirst for blood. I also think the title is very appropriate for the story, and indeed the theme of birds in general that runs through the poem, as it reminds me of crows or vultures on a battlefield after the battle, and acts as a foreshadowing of sorts for what will come when Morgoth and Sauron bring war to Beleriand.

Reviewed by: pandemonium_213  ✧  Score: 3

This is such gorgeous, dark imagery of a subject near and dear to my heart: the seduction of Mairon by Melkor. I love Adonnen's nuanced use of alliteration in the poem, which gives it a rhythm that pulls the reader right into Melkor's dance. Again, Adonnen's artful choice of words and phrasing draw me in as inexorably as Mairon is into Melkor's hymn.