The End of All Things II

Author: Marta

Nominator: Marta

2011 Award Category: Elves: House of Finwë

Story Type: Story  ✧  Length: Ficlet

Rating: Teen  ✧  Reason for Rating: Disturbing Imagery/Themes,Violence

Summary: "Of the enslaving at Alqualondë more is told in that lament which is named Noldolantë, the Fall of the Noldor, that Maglor made ere he was lost." ("Of the Flight of the Noldor," the Silmarillion)

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Reviewed by: Dwimordene  ✧  Score: 9

Jerusalem and Athens have one of their little moments of apparent mutual neglect, on the eve of the first performance of Noldolantë. Maedhros is, at first, reading everything in terms of loyalty to Fëanor's house, then believes Maglor is seeking redemption through a song. Maglor's aims, however, do not pass through, as it were, Jerusalem's desire for redemption, but move in the realm of Aristotelian physis, growth, and completion - attaining the form one is capable of, which may not redeem one from anything. That does not mean his aims are beyond the good, only that goodness may not be able to atone - and that also, actually, is right in line with certain strands of thought coming out of Jerusalem, actually, so we're right back to wondering about that relationship again! I say all this, and maybe that sounds horrifyingly like a lecture, but it's really not. Maedhros and Maglor, exhausted and embittered, their world shrunk to the two of them in many ways, manage still to find a little humor, a little understanding, and to hold onto some respect. Love it - good work, Marta!

Reviewed by: Liadan  ✧  Score: 2

This is another interesting version of how and when the Noldolantë came to be written.