Across Dark Waters

Author: Zimraphel

Nominator: unknown

2004 Award Category: Races: Elves - First Place

Story Type: Other Fiction  ✧  Length: unknown

Rating: G  ✧  Reason for Rating: N/A

Summary: An AU look at the passage to Mandos, as Maeglin gets what's coming to him.

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Reviewed by: Thundera Tiger  ✧  Score: N/A

For some reason, I didn't see the ending coming. Well, I saw one of them, but I didn't think to guess at the identity of the boatman until he started hinting that Maeglin should know him. At that point, I figured out who he was, but I was very clueless for the first half of this story, and I loved it. This is what good story telling should be about. I was so unnerved by the images and by the utter arrogance and presumption of Maeglin that I completely missed the fact that Fëanor was the one doing the rowing. But knowing his identity, I love the prologue to the piece all the more. And I love the fact that Fëanor can annoy Namos. That seems very appropriate to me and I got quite a kick out of it. There's a very wry humor and a sense of just rewards about this piece that makes it supremely enjoyable.

Reviewed by: Dwimordene  ✧  Score: N/A

Beautiful! And a fitting penance, it seems, for Maeglin. I quite enjoyed this adaptation of the Greek myth to Tolkien's world. Both main characters were rendered well, and the original ferryman very sympathetically. Namo's characterization was also excellent-inhuman, without attachment to those things that tie embodied beings to a narrow point of view; his idiosynchrasies are a part of his nature and so a part of nature, in a broad sense, unlike our own, which allows for some humorous bits in the prologue. I had a very clear (if rather grey and dreary) picture in my mind the entire time. Well done!

Reviewed by: Ainaechoiriel  ✧  Score: N/A

Wow. Do I say that about all Zimraphel's stories? I probably do, but each time it's sincere. This was just…wow. I only got who the first ferryman was when he described himself to Maeglin, and it was so fitting of him, after millenia, of course. Feanor is the Elf I least like, with all of his sons tying for second, but the Feanor here is one made calmer, serene even, by his long pennance at the oars. Perhaps he was ready finally to enter Mandos halls. And Maeglin, he's just beginning. She weaves earthly myths with that of Tolkien in this story, but does beautifully so, and helped me come to terms with Feanor.

Reviewed by: Jilian  ✧  Score: N/A

This story chilled me I first read it, and it still does now. Maeglin takes over from Feanor as The Ferryman and has to transport those that he betrayed to their deaths. A very appropriate punishment for the greatest betrayer of them all, to ferry the dead for all time.

Reviewed by: Sulriel  ✧  Score: N/A

Fabulous. Wonderful pacing and style. Characterizations are extraordinary.

Reviewed by: Mirasaui  ✧  Score: N/A

Feanor and Maeglin forced to row the dead across the dark waters to Namo's realm as the boatman who rowed continuously across the River Styx. A fitting punishment for both elves, but even more for Maeglin, who is mocked by Feanor before he is forced to take his place at the oars, ferrying those whose death he caused by his traitorous acts. Feanor at least, feels sorrow for those who suffered at his hands, but we are left to wonder if Maeglin ever will. Zimraphael weaves a bit of dark humor into the tale in the prologue banter between Namo and Feanor, and in the underhanded way that Maeglin is coerced into becoming the ferryman.

Reviewed by: ElenaTiriel  ✧  Score: N/A

What deliciously creepy just deserts! To think that Maeglin would eventually replace Fëanor as the most deserving of the punishment of watching his multitudes of victims! And to think that Fëanor finally began to show some remorse -- which, obviously, Maeglin is nowhere near having yet. "when I hear now the word kinslayer I shall hear a name other than my own." -- what divine justice and amazing irony at the same time!