By Light Beguiled

Author: AfterEver

Nominator: Marta

2005 Award Category: Books/Time: The Silmarillion: First Age - Honorable Mention

Story Type: Story  ✧  Length: Novella

Rating: G  ✧  Reason for Rating: n/a

Summary: Of EƤrendil and Elwing's relationship as affected by his purpose which drives him to the Sea, her discontentment in his absence, and what part the Silmaril might have played in the eventual downfall of the Havens at Sirion. Gil-galad, Maedhros, and Maglor cameo.

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Reviewed by: Marta  ✧  Score: 7

I have to admit that, by the time I reached the end of the "Quenta Silmarillion" I was skimming the text. Elves never were my forte, and I just wasn't that interested in it. So I was sceptical to start this piece, but after the first few screens I was certainly hooked. Your descriptions are vivid, and your treatment of young Elrond and Elros was touching, not to mention cute. We all know what happens to the havens at Sirion, so in many ways reading this piece was like watching the movie "Titanic". I mean, we all knew the ship was going to sink, but there were still some surprises along the way. I especially loved the tension between Earendil and Elwing, because it cut both ways; Earendil was uncomfortable with the silmaril, and Elwing hated Earendil's need to journey the seas. Overall, it was a very enjoyable tale that held my interest until the end -- which is saying something, given I usually prefer shorter pieces like vignettes and drabbles.

Reviewed by: Thundera Tiger  ✧  Score: 7

I don't think I've ever seen the Silmaril used so well in a story. It was subtle, creeping in slowly until it was there and all but impossible to remove. Earendil's distress over it was brilliant, and I loved Cirdan's suspicions. The characterization for those two was strong and believable. Elwing was also well characterized, and the relationship between the three was amazing. In particular, I loved the initial banter between Earendil and Cirdan, and I love how it changed as the story progressed. It diminished as events became more dire and it was as much a measure of the severity of their situation as any threats from Maedhros or warnings from the Silmaril. The invasion was done extremely well, and I like that it was told through a blurred flashback from Elwing's perspective. It felt that much more rushed and uncertain. Great moods and great characterizations all around.