Author: Oshun

Nominator: Rhapsody

2011 Award Category: Elves: General - Third Place

Story Type: Story  ✧  Length: Ficlet

Rating: Teen  ✧  Reason for Rating: Sexual Content

Summary: After the death of Fingolfin, Fingon says good-bye before taking Ereinion and his mother to the Havens.

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Reviewed by: Rhapsody  ✧  Score: 10

This gap filler is such a wonderful read and Oshun paints a wonderful scene here. On the eve of a forced separation by fate (or the impending war), Fingon and his wife spent their last precious moments together. I just love how she draws the unnamed wife (by Tolkien) and how she places her within the legendarium that at the same time fits within her own verse. The reader however does not need this knowledge and simply can enjoy this private view where mother of Gil-galad knows she will lose all she has with her husband, and perhaps even more. Please don’t be mistaken that this a heavy and very dramatic scene, surely there is enough that shows that this parting is hard on them both, but the tone and dialogue remains loving, sporting a special chemistry between the two. The cited text is so well chosen and even more so; it leaves me to ponder from whom Gilraen has learnt that song. I do like the implied suggestion that perhaps Gil-galad remembered the song sang to him and that this Sindarin Lullaby somehow ended up amongst the Dunedain clans. And the humour and quips, this one had me laughing so hard: [They are more the free-at-last-and-proud-of-it, I'll-run-you-through-if-you-cross-me types.] How true! LOL The last thing you absolutely do not want is to invoke the wrath of a Noldorin woman. Perhaps another reason why both fell for her? Wonderful work Oshun!

Author response: Wow! What a review! There is a special magic when someone gets what a writer is trying to do. Even if it is a very short piece like this one. That you so much. You really hit all of the points that I would hope a reader might notice. Thank you again.

Reviewed by: Ignoble Bard  ✧  Score: 7

Aw, I knew Fingon was going to have to marry that woman one day. It’s sad but I suppose it’s canon or something. lol This is a poignant little ficlet that reminds us how some of the best stories are the accounts of small, tender moments like this. The lullaby is beautiful, and so prophetic, and makes me sad for Fingon’s son and the bitter fate that awaits him one day. Of course it is no less tragic than the fates of his father and Maitimo but they chose their paths and little Ereinion has had his chosen for him, so to speak. Oshun always manages to bring a tear to my eye with her tragically romantic Elves and this tale is no exception. This is off the subject entirely but I also love the banner that accompanies this story on the Silmarillion Writers Guild. It fits the innocent, sleeping Ereinion so well. Oshun is not only an accomplished author but an artist and graphic designer of note as this banner so aptly demonstrates.

Reviewed by: Russandol  ✧  Score: 6

What a lovely farewell... I hate weepy partings, so I enjoyed Fingon's humour and tenderness in the face of what might be their final time together. I'm both delighted and intrigued by this arrangement that allows Fingon to have a wife and a heir while still being Maedhros' lover. Because "Maedhros and Fingon" are indisputable canon in my own vision of the extended Silmarillion, thanks to Oshun's amazing characterisation of them as a couple. This was one of the truths I discovered when I first found Silmarillion fan fiction! I'm eagerly waiting to see more about the beginnings of their threesome... In the meantime this is a great scene, proof that, happily, Tadiel did not regret the unusual role she agreed to play.

Reviewed by: elfscribe  ✧  Score: 6

This interlude is one of those quiet, human, and rather vulnerable moments between a married couple on the eve of a big event. In this case it is just before Fingon sends his wife and baby son to the safety of the Havens. Of course, as so often happens in Tolkien, in the original text (quoted at the beginning of the fic) he mentions the son, Gil-galad being sent to the havens, but there is no mention of his mother. It's good that fans can make up for the lack of female characters. I like Oshun's original character Tadiel, who adapts quite pluckily to the somewhat unusual domestic arrangement with her husband and his lover. With Oshun's typical skill, she shows Fingon and Tadiel's relationship: their affection, Tadiel's anxiety about what's to come, and also her sense of humor. I've been waiting impatiently for the next chapter of Mereth Aderthad, and am glad to have this to whet the appetite.

Reviewed by: Elleth  ✧  Score: 6

Even though I'm not familiar with Oshun's larger fic-verse this appears to be set in (yet another resolution for the new year, read more fanfic!), [Lullaby] moved me, from Tadiel's consideration of young Ereinion to the casual-but-loving interactions with Fingon on the eve of her departure for the Havens of Sirion. The [spine of steel] as well as her talent for laughter are aptly displayed in the fic, and I am finding the idea of a possible threesome (or at least the acknowledgement of a relationship of the two men) of Fingon, his wife, and Maedhros an interesting one. All in all, a lovely sketch of an OFC in very few strokes that intrigued this reader to the point of wanting more. Nicely done, Oshun, and I'll be sure to find more of your stories featuring Tadiel to explore.

Reviewed by: Levade  ✧  Score: 4

Ah, Oshun, you avoid sadness one might expect at such a time and instead we end up rolling our eyes and laughing. But I think the song Tadiel sang is telling of how she feels. Your Fingon is another matter, but men often bypass their manpain and substitute something else. Because he is right, what use is mawkish sentimentality? And you're right about Cirdan. I don't know that there would have been anywhere safer at that point.

Author response: Thank you so much. I really appreciate you chose to review this story!

Reviewed by: Adonnen Estenniel  ✧  Score: 4

This is a perfect blend of melancholy and humor that works to Oshun's advantage. The idea of Fingon needing a "baby-momma" (essentially), is interesting. So much goes unsaid in this piece, but I think that helps to create a perfect tone to the brief scene, as if we're only scratching the surface here. I love the OFC's emotional presence, tempered as it is by Fingon's somewhat tongue-in-cheek attitude. Wonderful!

Reviewed by: Himring  ✧  Score: 4

This piece features Tadiel, an OFC we were introduced to in Oshun's "A New Day". She is a character I like, strong, but no Amazon (as Oshun makes her point out herself here), and one I am always glad to see more of. This is almost the end of her story, though, I guess--unless Oshun is planning to tell us what happened to her after Fingon's death. There is quite a lot that we don't know yet about what went on before and I am eagerly waiting for Oshun to tell us about it.

Reviewed by: pandemonium_213  ✧  Score: 4

Having met Tadiel in Oshun's WIP, [Mereth Aderthad], this short story that finds Findekáno with Oshun's OFC, now his wife and mother of their son, Ereinion, truly warms my heart. Finno is all Finno here, but there is a gentleness along with the playfulness we've seen so often when he is with Maitimo. This speaks to Oshun's skill with characterization. Findekáno shows a bit of a different side and style with Tadiel than Maitimo. It's a touching story on the eave of Fingon's departure to take up the crown as King of the Noldor.

Reviewed by: SurgicalSteel  ✧  Score: 3

This was a really lovely story blending sadness and humor with some really excellent dialogue. It's a fantastic addition to an ongoing fic-verse of the author's, but I think it could be read independently without any problem. I really enjoyed it and highly recommend it.

Author response: Thank you for the lovely review! I love it when people enjoy my dialogue.

Reviewed by: grey_gazania  ✧  Score: 3

This unusual take on Fingon sending his family away to Círdan is very touching and sweet, and more than a little amusing. I like Tadiel quite a lot, and look forward to reading more about her!

Reviewed by: Liadan  ✧  Score: 2

The legend that a mother's lullaby to her sleeping child is often prophetic is shown in this story of Gil-galad's earliest days.