Every Good and Perfect Gift
2004 Award Category: Races: Númenor
Story Type: Other Fiction ✧ Length: unknown
Rating: G ✧ Reason for Rating: N/A
Summary: Tar-Elendil shares a private moment with his daughter Silmarien on the eve of her wedding.
Review scores are not available for 2004.
Reviewed by: Thundera Tiger ✧ Score: N/A
This is a wonderful story and shows the Númenóreans at their best. I loved the wise and enthusiastic portrayal of Silmarien, who would go on to found the House from which Elendil, Isildur, and ultimately Aragorn would come. The use of the word "estel" was extremely appropriate, and I like how the different types of hope were examined. One being a believe in things that are good, and the other being a trust that things will work out with the latter example being known as "estel." Along with portraying some very wise Númenóreans, it sheds new light on Aragorn's tale. Wonderful gap-bridging. The other characters were also well drawn, even down to their gifts of star charts and stars of Elendil. I also love how Finrod was pulled into this story. A very appropriate link considering his friendship with men and ultimately his preservation of Beren's life, from whom Elros and the kings of Númenor were descended. And I think that's what I really loved most about this story: the way it linked to both the past and the present as well as showing some very good characterizations of Tar-Elendil and Silmarien. And their acceptance of Man's Gift as a gift and not a curse was a great contrast to the darker periods of Númenor.
Reviewed by: Elanor ✧ Score: N/A
A very well researched story. I even have somewhat the feeling of an encounter with Numenoreans though Tar-Elendil, Irimon and Silmarien seem rather subdued people or should I write refined ? Well written with many delightful details concentrating on the forging of the bond between the line of Elros and the house of Andunie through Silmarien. Very well written. In my mind there is not enough vigour. If one reads the story of Erendis in UT one has the feeling of real and strong persons rubbing themselves raw with the demands of real life. Here the protagonists seem to float in a private world of their own apart from reality. Thus this was a predominantly nice story as maybe behoves a wedding story (though not in my dark mind).
Reviewed by: Anna/Andreth ✧ Score: N/A
Yet another deftly woven creation. The gap-filling aspects were well thought out and the use of the Arabeth was also well thought out, both as a means to demonstrate the wisdom of Finrod and the faith of those who understand the Gift of Man, and also as a well-chosen segway for the presentation of the Ring of Barahir. The characterizations are excellent, even of the old nurse who has but a few lines.