Author: Ithilwen

Nominator: unknown

2004 Award Category: Races: Elves

Story Type: Other Fiction  ✧  Length: unknown

Rating: G  ✧  Reason for Rating: N/A

Summary: An Elf looks at earth from Valinor.

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Review scores are not available for 2004.

Reviewed by: Thundera Tiger  ✧  Score: N/A

I think what I like best about this fic is the idea that Finrod, the first of the Noldor to see men, is now also the last. It's a wonderfully tragic thought, and contained within this story is also the idea that the elves have completely faded away from the world and are now more or less stagnant, another wonderfully tragic thought. I love the way Finrod characterizes men, admiring their strengths and their weaknesses both. I love the idea that the other elves who were also drawn to look back have now stopped returning and so missed the first moon walk. Bittersweet and somber. Very lovely mood-setting story.

Reviewed by: Dwimordene  ✧  Score: N/A

I'd read this story awhile ago, I realized, and I'm long overdue to comment on it. Finrod would be among the last to abandon Middle-earth. I liked the way that the Eldar slowly have weaned themselves of the ties to Middle-earth, and now on Eressea, he is nearly the only one who will look back to Middle-earth through the palantir. A nostalgic and bittersweet tale.

Reviewed by: Ainaechoiriel  ✧  Score: N/A

This was a touching story, told in first person, which is so fascinating when done well. I kept trying to guess the narator, but, in the end, I suppose it doesn't matter just who he is. He is, and he keeps watching.

Reviewed by: Jilian  ✧  Score: N/A

This is a wonderful story, to think that Finrod still looks back down on his beloved Atani and their achievements. It brings a whole new perspective to the moon landings, but I hope Finrod hasn't been watching all the terrorism and acts of violence lately, that would make him cry too, but not in a good way.

Reviewed by: Chathol-linn  ✧  Score: N/A

I loved this unusual look at the Fourth Age of Men, or whatever we are in today. Nobody does Silmarillion characters like Ithilwen. First read this at Barrowdowns and never forgot its unique look at Mortals.

Reviewed by: Larian Elensar  ✧  Score: N/A

What a surprise ending! I liked reading about an elf who liked and respected the second born.