The Sinking of Numenor

Author: Jen Littlebottom

Nominator: unknown

2004 Award Category: Races: NĂºmenor - First Place

Story Type: Other Fiction  ✧  Length: unknown

Rating: PG-13  ✧  Reason for Rating: N/A

Summary: The real reason Numenor was sunk, and, on a related theme, why there are no Fae in Middle-earth. Contains bizarre humour, angry Valar, and a sheep.

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Reviewed by: Larian Elensar  ✧  Score: N/A

*hee* I laughed loudest at the name of the plan (the one about shut up Gil-Galad). Yeah, I always wondered why Numenor was sunk! Funny.

Reviewed by: Thundera Tiger  ✧  Score: N/A

Not exactly what I read in the Silmarillion, but entertaining, nonetheless. My favorite part was probably the message sheep. Something about that made me laugh. And I think Elrond should have kept some of the fae around. They could have been used as expendable forces when Sauron returned to Middle-earth.

Reviewed by: White Tower  ✧  Score: N/A

Simply hilarious. Writing oddball humour that bends the canon to the stretching point without exactly breaking it is not an easy task, but this piece manages wonderfully. The deadpan style is a definite plus, along with all the little details (such as the l33t-speaking faeries or Haldir & Co's biodegradable lembas-paper), which add to the humour of the story. The presentation of the Valar as the cosmic equivalent of people who think the famous "three plaster ducks in flights" is the height of artistry was my personal favourite, along with the recurring "cunning plan". This is what a Blackadder sketch set in Middle-Earth would sound like.

Reviewed by: Viv  ✧  Score: N/A

Special lembas, eh? I'll bet! This was hilarious, from hauty Gil-G to the fable-esque "and that is why there are ..." message (utterly brilliant). I won't ruin it for those folks who haven't read, but this is elven marketing at it's height! Or rather, "Operation Oropher's Cunning Plan That Proves Once and For All The Sindar Are Better Shut Up Gil-Galad You Prick What Did You Just Say About My Mother." In conclusion, I just have one substantive thing to say about this story: Baaa.

Reviewed by: Ainaechoiriel  ✧  Score: N/A

I wrote this in my review: "It's great to find humor that isn't just silly slapstick, but also is book-informed! And the Sindarin are better." and it's still true. This is a very funny story which gives a rather irreverent alternate reason for the sinking of Numenor.