A Silence Covered in Stone

Author: Zimraphel

Nominator: unknown

2004 Award Category: Genres: Drama: Gap-Filler - First Place

Story Type: Other Fiction  ✧  Length: unknown

Rating: PG  ✧  Reason for Rating: N/A

Summary: In the last days of the Ring War, Thranduil and Celeborn meet in the ruins of Dol Guldur and reaffirm their friendship in the midst of the Shadow's last, most terrifying secret.

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Review scores are not available for 2004.

Reviewed by: Larian Elensar  ✧  Score: N/A

Yikes. you hit a on a pretty deep seated fear, being buried alive. *Tries not to have nightmares*

Reviewed by: Thundera Tiger  ✧  Score: N/A

An incredibly balanced view of Mirkwood, Lothlórien, and its two rulers. Well, three if you count Galadriel, but Celeborn and Thranduil are the real stars of this tale. And they are everything they should be. Thranduil is shrewd, suspicious, canny, cunning, and resourceful. He loves his home dearly, he loves his people even more, and he loves his family above all that, though as a king, he's rarely allowed to indulge in these priorities. But they're reflected subtly in his thoughts. Celeborn is much the same, as is to be expected given their backgrounds, but he's a touch wiser, not quite as quick to leap to judgement, and more interested in things beyond the woods. The first chapter was a gory slog through battle and chaos, and it was told very well. The tragedy that befell both Mirkwood and Lothlórien is somewhat overshadowed by the fact that the Ring was destroyed at the same time, but that doesn't mean the deaths are worth any less in the woods. The second chapter, where Thranduil and Celeborn meet, is a wonderful chance to study these two rulers in action. They are almost perfect foils to one another, having many similarities and many fundamental differences. Great telling of the struggle in Mirkwood and Lothlórien

Reviewed by: Dwimordene  ✧  Score: N/A

Creepy-excellent take on what happened to Eärnur. A nice look, also, at the beginnings of reconciliation among the Elves of Lórien and those of Mirkwood.

Reviewed by: Ainaechoiriel  ✧  Score: N/A

I have read this one before and my memory is, again, lacking. Suffice it to say that this story offers a chilling view of what may have become of King Eanur.

Reviewed by: ElenaTiriel  ✧  Score: N/A

(Some of the following is from my review on Stories of Arda:) Wow, Zimraphel, as usual this story is incredibly powerful. I barely made it through the prologue because of my own claustrophobia - your words there were just a little *too* evocative! The sensation of being absolutely trapped was overwhelming. **Shudder!** Your Thranduil is such a powerful presence, very ably drawn. Such incredible pain to see his people and realm nearly destroyed, yet he still clung to his overwhelming distrust of other elves! Thranduil could think of fewer deaths that were worse. That statement made me turn cold, and now that I've read chapter 2, I understand that it was the foreshadowing that gave me goose bumps. In chapter 2, I really liked the fact that Thranduil seemed to warm to Celeborn a bit after realizing that he was not going to abandon Arda soon. Perhaps he does learn to trust a bit? Your Celeborn is such a wise and steady influence on his people in Middle-earth. He is incredibly strong to have such a close and trusting relationship with Galadriel and not be in the least subsumed by it. He has also lived so long as to have seen nearly everything -- but still has the heart to be saddened and outraged when some new variation of Sauron's evil is uncovered. After reading this story (when you first published it), I went and re-read about the fate of Eärnur; I have to say, absolutely nothing in Tolkien's tale came close to preparing me for the level of evil your story describes! *Goosebumps and shivers!*

Reviewed by: Mirasaui  ✧  Score: N/A

Zimraphel weaves a gruesome and horrid tale, from the burned corpses in Mirkwood, to the terrible fate of Eanur. Her Thranduil and Celeborn are written extremely well, and I found their conversation believable and very much in character. One word describes this... Chilling.