Fell Fire

Author: Finch

Nominator: unknown

2004 Award Category: Times: The Silmarillion: Romance - First Place

Story Type: Other Fiction  ✧  Length: unknown

Rating: PG  ✧  Reason for Rating: N/A

Summary: The sad love story of Aegnor, brother of Finrod, and the mortal woman Andreth.

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Review scores are not available for 2004.

Reviewed by: Larian Elensar  ✧  Score: N/A

I loved the emotions and thoughts behind each of their stories. Aegnor's story is so sad, it's too bad he couldn't have stayed with Andreth for a little longer. Well done.

Reviewed by: Viv  ✧  Score: N/A

This was the first fic I read that clearly defined the differences between elves and men. Most impressive was that you *showed* the difference, you didn't merely declare that such a difference existed. The notion of an elvish while is burned in my brain, a prime example of the show-not-tell writing mantra and also an example of the kind of polished writing in fanfic that I've always hoped to emulate. Elegant turns of phrase and exquisite metaphors pepper the piece: "The image curled up like burning parchment." But the thing I have to confess about this story, the thing that stuck with me long after I read it, was the idea of children being a mortal person's way of achieving immortality. That idea fits so beautifully with the canon facts that we know of the races, and it ached horribly in this story that Andreth never could (or would) make Aegnor or his brother understand. That idea inspired a fic I wrote a couple of years ago, and it remains one of the central truths in elf/human understanding, as far as I'm concerned.

Reviewed by: Dwimordene  ✧  Score: N/A

Andreth deserves to speak her piece without the interruption of Finrod, who earned my dislike as never before in the Athrabeth. The bitterness is there, but so also the understanding of one who is honest with herself, and who still loves Aegnor deeply. Lines that made her rather pathetic in the original get a new meaning here, and I am glad to have read it. Interesting way of putting the elvish point of view in contrast with the mortal one, through the reflection on what children mean to the two races. Well done!

Reviewed by: Jilian  ✧  Score: N/A

I like to think Tolkien himself would approve of this sad fic. I really really what to shake Aegnor and ask him `what were you thinking!' I guess he thought Andreth would forget him, but she didn't. Poor elf, he faced as much sorrow and regret at the end for not marrying her as he would have if he had just without the happy years in between. Finrod doesn't come off as blameless, yet he is secure in the belief he acted (or didn't) for everyone's good. A good elf who maybe meddled where he oughtn't to have, but I wonder how much this story later influenced his going above and beyond his oath to Barahir when Beren enlisted his aid. My very favourite Silm story.