Confessions of a Queen Downfallen

Author: Jen Littlebottom

Nominator: unknown

2004 Award Category: Races: NĂºmenor

Story Type: Other Fiction  ✧  Length: unknown

Rating: R  ✧  Reason for Rating: N/A

Summary: Here lie the last words of Tar-Miriel, by some called Ar-Zimraphel, last, and least Queen of Numenor.

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Reviewed by: Thundera Tiger  ✧  Score: N/A

A very disturbing piece that takes a long look into the mind of Tar-Miriel. The veiled references to things that she's been through and things that she's subsequently done make a greater impact than if they'd been spelled out one by one. By only hinting and never explaining, the reader's imagination is free to run wild, and mine did. Because just enough hints are given that it's easy to do so. And the narrative itself has that rambling, half-crazed feel, and by the end, I was very uneasy. Which seems to be the point of the piece, and I can only say that it did its work well. Short and slightly sinister look at a Tar-Miriel who managed to save innocence from Sauron but who paid for it dearly.

Reviewed by: Ainaechoiriel  ✧  Score: N/A

Poignant telling of the last testament of Tar-Miriel as Numenor is doomed. Interesting to think that Sauron told her to kill her husband and for that reason she did not. And a baby? Good addition. It makes terrible sense. Well done.

Reviewed by: Dwimordene  ✧  Score: N/A

Disturbing, and yet very plausible. I found it interesting that the author did not take the easy way out and make Miriel the wholly unwilling victim, but that she found some fault in her own surrender to Pharazon. We know so little of Miriel, and yet it seems very likely she might have gone mad eventually, or at least played it, Hamlet-like, but to an even more fruitless end, perhaps, than our favorite Danish prince.