Singing Silence

Author: Losseniaiel

Nominator: unknown

2004 Award Category: Races: Elves: The Silmarillion

Story Type: Other Fiction  ✧  Length: unknown

Rating: G  ✧  Reason for Rating: N/A

Summary: Elu Thingol reflects on his wife.

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Reviewed by: Ainaechoiriel  ✧  Score: N/A

Interesting. I'd never thought of their relationship so closely, but you write it very credibly, that she is so much more powerful than he, and though he loves her, he fears her in a way as well.

Reviewed by: Thundera Tiger  ✧  Score: N/A

This story gave me chills. Not a lot of stories are brave enough to tackle the challenge of writing Thingol and Melian, but this story makes it look easy. And difficult. I'm very much in awe of this story, actually. I love how Thingol muses on how he can never truly touch his wife, and I love how this story does the same. It remains distant and we feel as though we never really touch the characters, but we are close enough to wish to touch, and that must be how it is for Thingol. He's so very close, and yet he knows he can't go any further, which is something that plagues him. Yet for all that, he has enough to be content. It's a wonderful mix of paradoxes, all of which this story takes in stride. Beautiful work.

Reviewed by: Dwimordene  ✧  Score: N/A

This very nicely captures the imbalance of this relationship, I think. I'm not much of an Elf fan, but every so often, a fic catches me, and this is one such. Melian has a breadth and depth that Thingol lacks, that he cannot but lack, having always been bounded to one body and one narrow perspective. Melian, however, has a heart wide enough to encompass a kingdom which arouses the jealousy of the lover who wishes the relationship to remain intimate. Fortunately, he is wise enough to know that such private, narrow intimacy would destroy the very one he loves, and render her something other, and lesser. Well done to portray all of this in so short a story.