Author: Zimraphel

Nominator: unknown

2004 Award Category: Races: Númenor - Third Place

Story Type: Other Fiction  ✧  Length: unknown

Rating: G  ✧  Reason for Rating: N/A

Summary: A shipwright of Numenor watches the departure of Alcarondas on the eve of the Downfall.

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Review scores are not available for 2004.

Reviewed by: Thundera Tiger  ✧  Score: N/A

Interesting story, and one that I enjoyed very much. Here we get a view of Alcarondas from the perspective of the shipwright. And along with his insight, we catch glimpses of other characters. Normal, every day Númenórean characters, not all of whom were caught up in the crazy worship of Morgoth. I enjoyed seeing the pride that Indilzar had for his ship and contrasting it with the pride that Ar-Pharazôn. Sauron made the most of his cameo, and in the end, Alcarondas went off accompanied by an ominous roll of thunder. Terrific foreshadowing.

Reviewed by: Viv  ✧  Score: N/A

I'm not a sailor. Closest I've ever gotten in real life is a few hours on a speedboad in a manmade lake. But even I could smell the sea brine and hear the nautical pipe laments when I read this story. The seafaring culture was so richly depicted in this piece that I completely forgot, for a time, that I wasn't part of it.

Reviewed by: Ainaechoiriel  ✧  Score: N/A

I should have followed my own advice and "voted early" for this story. Because I read it back in Nomination Season and now it's hard to remember and I'm pressed for time. I'm not all that interested in Numenor. Mainly because I'm mostly interested in Elves. But this and some others of Zimraphel's pulled me in. I felt I knew this guy, saw the places in the story. She brought Numenor to life, not talking about one of the high people, the royalty, but of this shipwright. That I do remember.

Reviewed by: Dwimordene  ✧  Score: N/A

This gave me a bit of a shiver, knowing what lies ahead for Númenor, and for the ordinary people like the shipwright, who don't really know the state of affairs. They just wish to live their lives, tend to their crafts and their families, and be left more or less at peace. There's a real life parallel in there somewhere, I'm thinking... In any case, I enjoyed this glimpse into the last days of Númenor.