Author: Tanis

Nominator: Eärillë (Virodeil)

2011 Award Category: Character Study: General - Honorable Mention

Story Type: Story  ✧  Length: Ficlet

Rating: General  ✧  Reason for Rating: N/A

Summary: Teitho Challenge = Devil's Advocate/An individual victory at Helm's Deep from a very different POV.

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Reviewed by: ziggy  ✧  Score: 10

This is a highly original and well crafted piece of writing, set at Helm's Deep but referring constantly back to that movie verse scene in the depths of Orthanc and the troubled and disturbing 'birth' of the Uruk-hai. The moment the helmet is clamped down onto the new uruk's head, and they are pounded by hammers, beaten down is captured here in glorious detail. And I do mean glorious because that terrifying belief the orcs seem to have at Helm's Deep, that they are indefatigable, is very much present here and they are inhuman. It feels like Nazi Germany with its rousing triumphalism, arrogant self confidence and belief and would have been exactly what Tolkien was aiming for in the original. The triumphalism is the overall tone and it just rings with that. I think this is a terrific piece of writing. Original and well crafted, it turns everything on its head and we see through the eyes of the enemy- and it's never as clear cut as it first appears."elven sight' made me pause and speculate but the writer does not give into the obvious, just keeps on writing authentic and credible prose, in tune with the character. We only get glimpses of the main canon characters through the rain and the recognition of them is entirely the readers'. The sense of scene and location is vivid and easily imagined with its reference to the driving rain, the wetness of everything and well described but it really is the sense of this character, unnamed and only created for this one purpose, that really challenges the reader and just strikes that resonance with the scariest aspects of likeness with man-his terrible destructive side that does end up in suicide bombings or that blind following orders, the fanatic that we have seen every now and again in our recent history..

Reviewed by: Eärillë (Virodeil)  ✧  Score: 5

A startling and morbidly refreshing vignette about the battle of the Hornburg, told from an unexpected, unusual point of view – and told quite well, at that! Tannis dared tread a path few would even consider, and did it quite well. As brief and isolated the vignette is, the author somehow managed to tie it to the creation of the first orcs before the First Age began; in fact, this piece is much coloured by it. The novelty of the notion the piece presents and how well-rounded the character is made by it despite everything would be the treat offered to readers who would dare plunge into the story and read on. – Well recommended!

Reviewed by: The Lauderdale  ✧  Score: 5

This is a movie-verse ficlet built around that lone Uruk during the Battle at Helm's Deep who runs forward to ignite Saruman's charge of black powder. Regardless of one's inclination to sympathize or not sympathize with the fellow, it is somewhat more impressive than the Peter Jackson depiction, which tends to draw snickers for the slow-mo Olympic Torch sequence, with its abortion in an undignified flying trip. Tanis' Uruk displays an understandably focused point of view, running on adrenaline, excitement, and zealotry. He has a powerful sense of destiny, and he does not care that he is going to die. The cause he serves is more important to him than his life.

Author response: This is the first I've participated in these awards and so am woefully untutored in the Miss Manners etiquette of responding to reviews. I wanted to say thanks bunches for reading and reviewing, but more than that, for totally *getting* what that itty bitty vignette was about. :) -- tanis

Reviewed by: Raksha the Demon  ✧  Score: 4

Vividly written short story that focusses, through an Uruk's-eye-view, on the moments leading up to the breach in the walls of Helm's Deep in the movie The Two Towers. Tanis imbues the Uruk narrator with a strong sense of destiny and purpose; he appears as a terribly strong emissary of destruction. Interesting tale of a forgotten but influential warrior among the invasion force.

Reviewed by: KyMahalei  ✧  Score: 4

this is an excellent little story that encapsulates a different perspective and indeed a whole different world view. The tone of the piece is also well-crafted with a lot of dark tension and adrenaline flowing. It is excellent in providing the reader with a new perspective of the battle and insight as to the mindset of a creature from the other side. Well done, Tanis!

Reviewed by: Dreamflower  ✧  Score: 2

This movie-verse inner monologue captures the POV, the thoughts and feelings, of one of the orcs before the Battle of Helm's Deep. It's a very powerful and ironic piece of prose.