Speak Faster

Author: Dawn Felagund

Nominator: Elleth

2011 Award Category: Elves: General

Story Type: Story  ✧  Length: Ficlet

Rating: General  ✧  Reason for Rating: N/A

Summary: Nerdanel meets Ælfwine on Tol Eressëa. A double drabble.(Double drabble (200 words))

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Reviewed by: Elleth  ✧  Score: 10

Nerdanel has long been a fan-favourite (see Dawn Felagund's brilliant essay for that), and it may be hard to craft unique stories about her that don't repeat what has been said a hundred times or more, but Dawn Felagund sets her meeting one of the few mortals that enter Valinor. Here it is AElfwine of Tol Eressea who quizzes Nerdanel on the history of the Blessed Realm, and Dawn draws conclusions about her that more than support Nerdanel's wisdom and capacity for empathy with others. Being faced with mortality (not the first time, the ficlet says, so perhaps she has indeed met Frodo, Bilbo, Sam and Gimli?) she easily questions her own past with her husband and whether she would have lived in the same style. It may be a case of 'wiser in hindsight' that I'm sure most everyone is familiar with, but Dawn Felagund recognizes the difference in elvish nature. Having the luxury of an immortal lifespan within the world, some of their actions must appear very culturally different, perhaps even wasteful, to us mere mortals, and it seems Nerdanel comes to the same conclusion regarding a much more finite creature. She speaks faster, and at least to me she answers the questions she posed to herself by that act. Wonderful work, another of the great drabbles of this year's MEFAs that packs a lot of deep thought into a very brief space.

Reviewed by: Levade  ✧  Score: 4

This is not a pair I would have ever put together, but it actually works quite well! With a few words, Dawn paints the picture of a Man and an Elf, and I love her empathy for Nerdanel, whose life was forever changed by the events in the Flight of the Noldor. Ælfwine is also clear here, and I love the image of his fingers moving in and out, almost like the beat of his heart that is echoed so beautifully by Nerdanel's thoughts. Great job, Dawn!

Reviewed by: Darkover  ✧  Score: 3

A brief but good tale that, in just 200 words, illustrates one of the great differences between Elves and Men. Nerdanel was the wife of Feanor, which makes the story even more compelling. Well done.

Reviewed by: Adonnen Estenniel  ✧  Score: 3

Speak Faster is a wonderfully poignant self-examination on the part of Nerdanel, and I really liked the insight Dawn gives her readers into this mysterious character. Interesting and thought-provoking, with a last line that truly resonates.

Reviewed by: Erulisse  ✧  Score: 3

As usual, Dawn writes with clarity and point. In this double drabble she shows Nerdanel telling her story to a rapt audience. But the nature of that audience pushes her to increase her speed so as to make sure that the story is told in full. That her listener is able to hold his tongue is an act I'm not sure I could duplicate. Well done.