Sent Unto Men
2007 Award Category: Times: Fourth Age and Beyond
Story Type: Story ✧ Length: Short Story
Rating: General ✧ Reason for Rating: N/A
Summary: At a critical time in history, Earendil is given a special mission.
Reviewed by: Imhiriel ✧ Score: 5
A believable and very moving premise in this intersection between LotR and the Bible. The details taken from the Silmarillion, HoMe, and "Hail Earendel", the poem so beloved by Tolkien, are filled with life, are believable and very touching. There is respect there and care, for both sources. I like the sense of mystery, joy and wonder, that suffuses the narrative, and is shared by all protagonists. A very fitting touch to use here the titles of the characters instead of names: it gives the story an hightened, archetypal feel. I also like the open end, that you leave what will follow to the readers' imagination, and what is "known" from the Nativity.
Reviewed by: Fiondil ✧ Score: 4
This is the story that inspired me to write my own LOTR fanfics. I love the way you are not told directly the reason for Earendil having to take a different route, but by inference only. Of course, it helps if one is familiar with the Athrabeth Finrod ah Andreth to understand Manwes reference to Finrod and what he foresaw. A lovely reimagining of the Christmas story and the Star of Bethlehem within the mythology of Middle-earth.
Reviewed by: Marigold ✧ Score: 3
A beautifully written tale connecting two universes together. Very moving and thoughtful with quite a pleasant and surprising plot twist. Tolkien would have liked this very much I think - I certainly did.
Reviewed by: Larner ✧ Score: 3
Oh, I'm SO glad this was nominated! My favorite Tolkien's Arda/Christmas story ever! Earendil's current mission is to appear over a particular town.... Very powerful and filled with hope and the light we expect Earendil to herald.
Reviewed by: Linda hoyland ✧ Score: 3
A beautiful and unique little story, very appropriate for this time of year. I love the idea that the Star of Earendil was the Star in the East that led the Wise Men to Bethlehem ! Very convincingly and nicely told.
Reviewed by: Dreamflower ✧ Score: 2
A perfect story for the Season, Earendil is given a new course to follow, and a very special mission! I really do love this idea--it makes the most sense of anything.