Taming the Wildflower

Author: Súlriel

Nominator: unknown

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

Story Type: Other Fiction  ✧  Length: unknown

Rating: PG-13  ✧  Reason for Rating: non-explicit romance

Summary: This story focuses on the relationship of Maedhros and a Lady of the House of Elwe from when they meet until their deaths before the end of the First Age.

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Reviewed by: ElenaTiriel  ✧  Score: N/A

Oh, my, this is such a powerful story, Sulriel! I don't often read First Age stories, especially not having to do with the Kinslayers; and at first, I thought their meeting was not as believable as I would have liked -- looking back, I think I reacted to her being somewhat forward in a way, yet not protecting herself forcefully from Maedhros's advances. But as I continued reading the story, I could see how much they loved and missed each other, so the "love/lust at first sight" scenario became much more acceptable. "Riding a chestnut stallion" indeed -- that made me laugh -- out of the mouths of babes with extremely sly elders! Thranduil's and Nimloth's reactions seemed just about right to me -- good thing Nimloth is so intelligent, to pick up the things that Rhavloth left unsaid. The hideous monstrosity of the Fëanorean attack on Menegroth when they learned that Dior had the Silmaril becomes much more of a fateful tragedy when Maedhros learns that his lover and daughter and granddaughter are there and were all likely slaughtered... Okay, I'll admit, I never before expected to have any sense of sympathy for the Kinslayers, even though I knew that Maedhros tried to saved Eluréd and Elurín, but you made me feel that way. Your ending of the story in Mandos really made me feel joy and relief that the Kinslayers' Oath was finally ended, and that Maedhros could finally take another, more positive, oath of his own free will, one that invokes love instead of hate -- that really bowled me over! Fine story!

Reviewed by: Jilian  ✧  Score: N/A

Nice to have Maedhros in a romance where Fingon is not the love interest. The tension between Maedhros and his brothers over Rhavloth is so Feanorian! The ruin of Doriath is tragic, but the best part is the lovely ending when Rhavloth waits with Feanor for Maedhros, and they finally marry at last.