Losing Something Precious

Author: Fiondil

Nominator: Eärillë (Virodeil)

2011 Award Category: Villains: General - Second Place

Story Type: Story  ✧  Length: Short Story

Rating: General  ✧  Reason for Rating: N/A

Summary: The "Lay of Leithian" doesn’t explain everything that happened during the Quest of the Silmarils. A brief, humorous look at a scene that didn't make it into the final cut. First place in the Teitho contest 'Losers Weepers'.

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Reviewed by: Larner  ✧  Score: 7

Aha! So, that was how the first discussion between Morgoth and Sauron went just after the loss of the Silmaril, is it? A delightful glimpse into the seething feelings of the fallen Vala and his smirking Maia lieutenant as they review just how it all went wrong once that chit of a girl, that foul get of Melyanna, came into the life of each of them. Yes, Sauron only managed to lose a prisoner or two, while Morgoth lost part of the foundation of his rule, one of the items that tore apart the Elven kingdoms in Aman and that banished him forever from the company of his brethren. How well Fiondil has pictured first two of Elrond’s sons, one mortal and one immortal, interacting together, and then two of the children of Atar’s thoughts sniping at one another in reaction to the power of Luthien’s presence! Both instances are sure to bring a smile to the lips and a lift to the spirit. Highly recommended!

Reviewed by: Eärillë (Virodeil)  ✧  Score: 5

A rather fresh view on how Sauron would react on meeting Morgoth for the first time after the incident with the silmaril, tempered with smirk-worthy lines that gives the tale a lighter air without detracting from the characteristics Tolkien has presented. Fiondil opened the story with young Estel’s light musing on a missing scene in the Lay of Leithian, inciting readers to do the same, and continued to show just what the missing scene might be. Here we have a chance to witness a sheepish Melkor, Gothmog in denial of snoring, and an innuendo made amusing. And here Sauron also has some famous last words: [“Lose something precious? Yeah, right. As if that would ever happen.”] (Yeah right, indeed!) – Well done!

Reviewed by: Raksha the Demon  ✧  Score: 5

Young Estel's wish to have been a fly on the wall of Angband when Morgoth realized he was short one Silmaril frames a very amusing scene in First Age Angband. Sauron's sly viewpoint is well-written, a wonderful counterpoint to Morgoth's pompous prevarication. Wonderful insertion of the not very helpful, or , in retrospect, effective Gothmog into the scene. The vision of the supremely powerful Dark Lord Morgoth and the Balrog and other evil minions being totally suckered by the little elf-chit and her mortal boyfriend is priceless. Ditto Sauron's boast at the end; he'd never let anything valuable be stolen from him, oh no. A great piece of Silmarillion-based light opera/comedy.

Reviewed by: Kaylee Arafinwiel  ✧  Score: 4

Ok, THIS was too funny. I just COULD NOT STOP LAUGHING and it's ALL Fiondil's fault. *grins* But somehow I always forget I know better, and keep coming back for more. *giggles* I love Fiondil's work, always, and this is absolutely no exception. Losing something precious, indeed! Ha! Just read it, if you haven't. Oh, and don't eat or drink anything while reading... Kaylee Arafinwiel

Reviewed by: Darkover  ✧  Score: 3

Never thought I would say this about a story that featured Melkor and Sauron as characters, but this tale was cute. It illustrates how villains are never as smart as they believe they are. Very amusing, a pleasure to read.

Reviewed by: obsidianj  ✧  Score: 3

This is hilarious. Melkor explaining to Sauron what happened. Sauron is so smug. He will never use anything "precious". Yeah right. I like the way this scene is set up as an idea of Estel while he is reading the Lay of Lethian.

Reviewed by: Ellynn  ✧  Score: 1

Entertaining little story. I especially like the funny end.

Reviewed by: grey_gazania  ✧  Score: 1

Okay, this sent me into a fit of uncontrollable giggles. Very funny and well done!