A song on the air

Author: digdigil

Nominator: Rhapsody

2006 Award Category: Genres: Alternate Universe

Story Type: Other Fiction  ✧  Length: Medium Length

Rating: R  ✧  Reason for Rating: There is some non-graphic description of a sexual nature in Chapter Two, and a fairly graphic description of childbirth in Chapter Three.

Summary: This AU story surmises that after Thingol is killed and before Melian flees back to Valinor, she meets a stranger who helps her and in her grief she succumbs to having relations with him. This results in her giving birth to a child she does not want, and who is given into the care of Melian's friend Galadriel. The story will follow the life of this child and Melian's resultant struggle with its acceptance.

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Reviewed by: Rhapsody  ✧  Score: 10

This story is daring in its own way. Digidil does not go for the usual heroes or a set up of relationships the normal way, no forms a firm base with this story by letting a child born from the unusual pairing Melian and Celegorm. I am just amazed how this author lets two people meet for just a few days with such big and intriguing consequences. I just wanted to keep on reading what would happen next, my eyes were stuck to the screen. The union of these two characters have serious consequences later on: Melian being trapped in her mental unstable condition, Celegorm meeting his fate anyhow, but while I was reading this story, I was struck by the manner how Jenni wove in the character traits of both parents into the character of her main OFC Heneryn in their own setting in Tolkien’s world. Her actions do feel rash and suddenly made, but yet it is understandable and well explored. I am still intrigued by the whereabouts of her main OFC and where he came from, but his love for his wife and child is simply remarkable. The story ends with a heartbreaking cliffhanger, and I am very curious to see how Lindariel will find her way to Melian as the Maiar predicts herself. Knowing that this is covered in a sequel makes me happy. I know the author is currently rewriting the story, as we often do that ourselves with our own material. But what stands out in this story are the characters, their development and the world Jenni has created for the reader without leaning to heavily on Tolkien’s characters. This makes this AU story for me a special read.

Reviewed by: Dawn Felagund  ✧  Score: 10

When Jenni first told me of her idea for "A Song on the Air," I will admit that I was skeptical. It seemed wildly AU: Melian, in grief over her husband's death, turns to a night of passion with Celegorm and begets a child the existence of whom she denies and who ends up fostered to Galadriel in Doriath. The premise seems typical of the sort of capering, silly story that is quickly read and easily forgotten...but it is not. Jenni has taken her time with this story to make the AU details plausible and, beyond that, to make the characters shine. Much of her cast are OCs, and I'll admit that I fell in love with them. Her OMC Laurerusca remains one of my favorite OCs of any story that I have ever read, and her careful handling of the characterizations led me to allow them into my heart...only to have it broken by story's end. I've always praised Jenni's style: simple yet highly effective. While many authors try ambitious and convoluted storytelling techniques, Jenni never seems lose sight of the fact that a story must first tell a good story with a loveable cast. "A Song on the Air" does just that, and that is why she had created success with an AU that in other hands would likely be easily dismissed. I first read "A Song on the Air" about a year ago, and the emotions that I took from it remain with me even now, many months and many stories later. Jenni is simply a wonderful storyteller whose contributions to Silmfic will be sorely missed, and "A Song on the Air" is an entertaining and heartbreaking example of why.

Reviewed by: Dreamflower  ✧  Score: 2

This is a rather different sort of story. An interesting premise, of Melian having a second child after the death of Thingol.