Author: Dawn Felagund
2009 Award Category: Times: First Age and Prior: House of Finwe - Third Place
Story Type: Story ✧ Length: Short Story
Rating: Teen ✧ Reason for Rating: mild sexual content, mild swearing
Summary: In Beleriand, Caranthir reunites with the woman who will become his wife and puzzles over the enigma that is the Silmarils.
Reviewed by: Rhapsody ✧ Score: 10
I have read this story before, but it appears to me that I rushed through it. This re-read offers me more wonderful details to the character of Taryindë and once more, I absorbed scene after scene. It are small details, but they add so much to this character and shows as to the why Caranthir feels so at home with her. The main theme, to be coveted and coveting something so important is just played out so well in this piece, Dawn also works in the everlasting discussion if a firm line can be drawn between good and evil, and how something that should be good, still can lead to evil deeds. It reads to me that for long the fear of losing control over his fate has kept Caranthir from embracing love and one cannot blame him for having experienced so much through the mind link. In this piece, I especially liked how you compared the light of the trees and the assuaging effect it had on Caranthir and how Taryindë has the same influence over him. She completes him, takes him as he is and will never bloat his ego, keeping him grounded to Ardas soil with simplicity and honesty. It leaves me to ponder how his life would have become if he married her before the oath taking and as to the why she made her journey towards Beleriand. There are lots I still would like to know about Taryindë as such a strong female lead in Dawns verse. This being said, while I read this fabulous short story, I could not help to wonder if she has the same skill as he has in order to lock her mind to him or has used very young how to lock her mind. She does not appear empty headed to me, on the contrary even. So maybe, the coming years you will share more about her. Pretty please with a cherry on top?
Reviewed by: Thundera Tiger ✧ Score: 9
This piece is all about characterization. It's what moves it, it's what sustains it, and it's what makes it so very good. And it's not just about characterization of elves, because the Silmarils are also characterized through a cunning parallel. It's almost as though Carnistir gains an understanding of his father's Silmaril obsession through his own decision to wed Taryindë in the end. Despite the threat of corruption, the hope of light in the end keeps them going. I absolutely love what Dawn Felagund has done with Carnistir and also with Taryindë. They're both fully realized characters, but more than that, they're distinct characters. They have unique personalities and quirks. Carnistir's overwhelming talent for mindspeak provides for some fascinating insights, but he is still a very accessible character because his mindspeak contrasts with the wall that is Taryindë. As for her, she's definitely one of a kind, and her direct candor almost makes mindspeak unnecessary, except that there are hints in unguarded moments of thosel parts that Carnistir can't read. A wonderful study of characters!
Reviewed by: Angelica ✧ Score: 5
Dawn introduces so many meaningful elements in this story that it's hard to choose where to begin: the discussion about good an evil and how blurred the line between them can be, how something good (the Silmarils) can generate so much evil, pain and suffering, how mindspeak determines the personality of Caranthir and affects the relations he and Taryinde have through their lives, what happened to the common people that followed Feanor into the Exile. And of course, all the marvelous details and characterizations that make this take on a marginal comment in a forgotten text such a compelling read.
Reviewed by: Raksha the Demon ✧ Score: 4
A very believable romance from a Silmarillion, and Feanorian, aficionado. This reader found herself rooting for Caranthir right from the start; and the chemistry between him and the delightful Taryinde is unforced and natural; they are friends before they fall in love. Their both being misfits in families renowned for craftsmanship is a great touch, and I liked that they didn't whine about being misfits, but made the best of things and led agreeable lives and then found a touching and compelling love.
Reviewed by: Celeritas ✧ Score: 4
Caranthir is not an often focused-on character, which is why this story is so welcome. Dawn creates a Caranthir who is delightful to read about and a woman who is every inch his match (if not more). Two such effective characters make a suitable framework for a wine-augmented meditation on the Silmarils, the Oath, and the father who united them all. I would love to see more (within my rating parameters) of these two!
Reviewed by: NeumeIndil ✧ Score: 3
Wow. This is the first time I've gotten to read about Caranthir/ Carnistir as a man, whole and functional, if a bit 'odd' by common standards. Just wonderful, and easy for me, as a reader, to envision and become enraptured by. Excellent detail you've included with the swimming naked bit. Very well done.
Reviewed by: SurgicalSteel ✧ Score: 3
A gorgeous story of Caranthir and his future wife and how they came to be betrothed. Dawn's adult version of Caranthir remains really true to the strange dark child that he is in her magnum opus 'Another Man's Cage' - he's recognizably the same person, now grown to adulthood. A wonderful read - those who enjoyed 'AMC' should enjoy this, too.
Reviewed by: Larner ✧ Score: 3
A deep, somewhat somber, utterly engaging look at the life and love of Carnistir, and how in the end he came to acknowledge it to the only woman who'd ever engaged his heart. And how true, earth-bound, and serious the whole of the story strkes us! Definitely a story to engage the senses and to capture the imagination.
Reviewed by: crowdaughter ✧ Score: 3
This is a fascinating view at the role the ability of mindspeak might have had in influencing the fate of the sons of Feanor, and especially this one, and how that ability would influence the ability to love, or bond, with other elves. I also like the view at Caranthir in this. Well done.
Reviewed by: Robinka ✧ Score: 2
An utterly captivating and excellently drawn portrayal of Caranthir -- a convincing tale of his life as an adult and his love. Very well done!