Love by Moonlight

Author: Dawn Felagund

Nominator: Ithilwen

2009 Award Category: Genres: Ficlets: Elven Lands Fixed-Length Ficlets

Story Type: Story  ✧  Length: Ficlet

Rating: Teen  ✧  Reason for Rating: mild sexuality

Summary: One night in Beleriand, Tilion observes two kinds of love: one among the newly risen mortals and between two Elven princes.(double drabble (200 words))

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Reviewed by: Elleth  ✧  Score: 9

Stolen moments are often the most precious, and more so if they are rendered with as much thought and sense of poetry as Dawn Felagund does in [Love By Moonlight]. The breathless excitement of the mortal celebration only heightens the sense of urgency in the ficlet. The leaping and bounding of the mortal fertility festival versus the two elves walking and speaking quietly is only one of the many striking contrasts that Dawn weaves and that makes reading her stories so rewarding. For all that, she doesn't fail to provide a red thread (almost literally, the colour red features prominently in both halves of the story) of similarities that allows a more comprehensive look at the state of Beleriand - for all the silence and moonlight on snow they are at war, perhaps in the planning stages of the Nirnaeth Arnoediad - , as well as into the characters of Maedhros and Fingon. I wish I could say this was in some way outstanding, but that would hardly be fair if looking through the corpus of Dawn's collected works. They are consistently of such high quality that a brilliant read is guaranteed either way, and this ficlet is no disappointment, though it may be if you are looking for a hopeful end. All the same, do read it.

Reviewed by: SurgicalSteel  ✧  Score: 2

The imagery in this was just absolutely stunning - Dawn's really managed to pack a great deal of bittersweet romance into a very few words. Gorgeously done!

Reviewed by: Larner  ✧  Score: 2

A most interesting tale from the point of view of Tilion, looking down at rites of love. Nicely done with but hints of the romance.

Reviewed by: Virtuella  ✧  Score: 2

Beautifully written! I like the contrast between the rush and the longlasting patience, and how both aspects are linked by the defiance of death.