A Kind of Poetry
Author: Independence1776 (Crystal113)
Nominator: Independence1776 (Crystal113)
2011 Award Category: Alternate Universe: General
Story Type: Story ✧ Length: Short Story
Rating: Mature ✧ Reason for Rating: Sexual Content
Summary: Indis can't help but fall in love with FinwÃ«-- and his wife MÃriel. When the couple brings her into their relationship, everything changes. FinwÃ«/MÃriel/Indis, with an emphasis on MÃriel/Indis.
Reviewed by: Elleth ✧ Score: 10
[A Kind of Poetry] by Independence1776 is the only story in the Silmarillion fandom that I found featuring an overt threesome relationship as the central point of the story. It's not that uncommon in other fandoms, I know, but to find one here was unexpected, and I'm glad that someone thought of nominating it for a MEFA - more diversity is always welcome, in my book, and I love the way the romance of Miriel and Indis (who have since become something of my unofficial OTP thanks to this story) - and Finwe - plays out so naturally and gracefully, and takes time without the author trying to ramp up the drama. That may on occasion be an interesting thing, but here, it would seem out of place, I think - [A Kind of Poetry] is a fairly quiet, if glowing story. Indy's care for the characters and the warmth of the writing is easily apparent, and I love the way she chose to turn the ending into one that firmly steps into AU territory and still manages to echo canon - with Miriel surviving Feanor's birth (not without post-natal depression and hardship after the revelation of the threesome's affair and their marriage - to think such a thing might exist in the published Silmarillion seems fairly scandalous and out of place - more's the pity -, but it works here) and Indis also present, the stage is set for (perhaps) a calmer Feanor and a better relationship to the future half-siblings to come. It makes me wonder how that would affect the story as we know it, but for now I'm just content basking in the warmth of this story and firmly marking it down for a reread. Lovely work, Indy, and definitely among the top places of my rec lists for Silmarillion fanfiction.
Author response: "Poetry" was a self-nom, actually, and most of the reason I did so was for the diversity. There isn't enough polyfic in this fandom. I'm glad I gave you an unofficial OTP, and that you think the warmth and quiet work. Thank you so much!
Reviewed by: Dwimordene ✧ Score: 5
Usually, I'm not very interested by romantic AUs, where the question is "what if X had loved Y instead of...?" or some variation, but this was well done. Instead of FinwÃ« being torn between two women, whom he can only ever love by turns, and if one of them has died, Indis becomes a wife to both FinwÃ« and MÃriel - and history unfolds very differently from there. What a difference one more person can make, and I'd love to see how Indis contributes to helping MÃriel carry FÃ«anor, given how Tolkien sets up the metaphysical side of elven pregnancy. Well done, and handled with great sensitivity - good work, Independence1776!
Author response: I'm glad you gave "Poetry" a chance! As for the pregnancy, I don't really take HoME as canon, so the metaphysics are something I'd more than likely ignore. (Mental, emotional, and physical support are guaranteed, though.) Thank you!
Reviewed by: The Lauderdale ✧ Score: 5
There was always a note of blame attached the FinwÃ«/MÃriel/Indis triangle, which [The Silmarillion] treats like a linchpin for every disastrous event that followed. In a paradigm where Elves never took more than one spouse, the lone exception is a glaring one. How is it that FinwÃ« was drawn to Indis, or that she agreed to marry a previously married Elf? An attraction to the couple AS a couple, before ever Feanor was conceived, makes it conceivable - and in this AU, Indis' loving support actually brings MÃriel through her postpartum, preserving them all as a loving family unit. My complaint (and it is a presumptuous one, but): this really should be a novel.
Author response: I'm glad you liked it, and found it conceivable! As for your complaint, expanding "Poetry" is actually something I've pondered. That, or making the story into a series/shared universe anyone can add stories to. Maybe both, but I'm not making any promises. Thank you!
Reviewed by: SurgicalSteel ✧ Score: 2
A really unique and creative vision of the relationships between Finwe, Miriel, and Indis. I really enjoyed this!
Author response: I'm glad you enjoyed it! Thank you.