Dark Forge

Author: Ithilwen

Nominator: unknown

2004 Award Category: Times: The Silmarillion: First Age - Third Place

Story Type: Other Fiction  ✧  Length: unknown

Rating: PG-13  ✧  Reason for Rating: disturbing images

Summary: Maeglin's life up to the Fall of Gondolin.

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Review scores are not available for 2004.

Reviewed by: Larian Elensar  ✧  Score: N/A

Such a doomed life, it's no wonder Maeglin turned out as he did, I don't think he really had a chance not to be tainted.

Reviewed by: Viv  ✧  Score: N/A

I've read a lot of Maeglin-under-torture fic, but you've rendered him so beautifully here. First, the technical stuff: your use of words is exquisite. Your verbs are strong, your adverbs sparse and powerful. Sentences roll on with an unstoppable rhythm. And then there's the story itself: wending, winding, drawing painfully toward the inevitable end. Maeglin is the victim in this self-told tale. After all, he merely sought things we have all wanted: freedom, light, acceptance, and love. None of that was too much to ask.

Reviewed by: Thundera Tiger  ✧  Score: N/A

Dark, dark, dark. That was my first impression after reading this. It's so…gritty. Maeglin's descriptions of himself are fascinating. He truly is a product of both his mother and his father, yet he doesn't belong to either one entirely. And even after their deaths, he never truly belongs. I like the quick comments about how his mind works, and how he can see the flaws in both minds and metals. Morgoth's voice in the midst of all this shows that he, too, can see the flaws in minds. The slow betrayal of Maeglin's thoughts was great, and I loved how he rationalized his somewhat illicit search for metal as a way of fulfilling his king's commands, and how in the end his betrayal was a favor to Idril. Spooky little fic that left me thinking.

Reviewed by: Dwimordene  ✧  Score: N/A

One can't blame Maeglin for breaking under torture, particularly not when a loved one was threatened. That was never the trouble with Maeglin, I fear. One does feel for him in this moment of treason and surrender, though it isn't enough to excuse his later deeds.

Reviewed by: Christine  ✧  Score: N/A

I have just recently become interested in Maeglin and so I read this fiction with enthusiasm. It outlined some of the facts in his life and weaved them into a very well written story. I was very impressed on the author's interpretation of this elf.

Reviewed by: Alexcat  ✧  Score: N/A

Maeglin seems more sad than evil in this tale… well done.

Reviewed by: Jilian  ✧  Score: N/A

This magnificent story, and the rest in Ithilwen's series on The Mole are what started my Maeglin fixation. This elf was not evil, but misunderstood, and he had a difficult childhood. Yeah, right Maeglin. But we love you just the same!