All the Good you Can

Author: Marta

Nominator: Marta

2011 Award Category: First Age and Prior: Feanorians

Story Type: Story  ✧  Length: Ficlet

Rating: Teen  ✧  Reason for Rating: Violence

Summary: Not all of the Feanorions came to Middle-earth out of vengeance. (Caranthir-centric.)

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Reviewed by: Lyra  ✧  Score: 8

I really enjoyed this story! Caranthir is, I think, underrepresented in fanfic or only dealt with in a cursory, generic way - the dark one, the weird one, the greedy one, the choleric one - so it was nice to have a longer piece just about his side of things (even though his name gets mixed up with "Celegorm" in the final paragraphs - poor guy...), in which his character gets fleshed out some more. I liked the way Marta portrayed him: An outsider with his own reasons to join the campaign for the Silmarils, not all of them what one might consider pure or laudable, but not a monster either. I particularly liked that he contributed his own inventions to the Fëaniorian's cause - and of course he'd want to be paid for it! I didn't think he was depicted too reserved, either; the story is, after all, retrospective, and in hindsight one doesn't necessarily get as worked up as one might at the original time. A creative and insightful (re-)interpretation of perhaps the most mysterious son of Fëanor.

Reviewed by: Adonnen Estenniel  ✧  Score: 3

All the Good You Can is a short, simple piece describing Caranthir's motivations and goals when he set out to come to Endor. It reads more like a summary that a tale, but there is no fault in such a presentation. The author's take on this lesser-represented son of Fëanor is an appealing one, backed as it is by canonical references.

Reviewed by: Darkover  ✧  Score: 3

Caranthir's POV is portrayed here, in an intriguing manner. While IMHO he seems much too reserved for an Elf who was known as the one of Feanor's sons "most quick to anger," it is not impossible that he was something of an outsider even among his own brothers. The style of this story flows effortlessly, and it is imaginatively written.

Reviewed by: Liadan  ✧  Score: 2

In some very unexpected ways, Caranthir is more practical with resources than most of his brothers might imagine.