2004 Award Category: Times: The Silmarillion: Second Age - Second Place
Story Type: Other Fiction ✧ Length: unknown
Rating: G ✧ Reason for Rating: N/A
Summary: How did Elendil acquire a 3000 year old sword? This may also explain Galadriel's regard for Aragorn.
Review scores are not available for 2004.
Reviewed by: Larian Elensar ✧ Score: N/A
I have to admit, it grated to have Gildor called a coward, but I got over it after finishing the story. Great way to connect the line of elves and men, and of course, the sword that had the power to take the ring from Sauron, but was still touched by the curse of the Noldor, in that Isildur didn't finish the job.
Reviewed by: Viv ✧ Score: N/A
How have I never read this story before? I feel like a complete dork, but at least I'm reading it now. Wow, Inglor. This is good stuff! As always, you've captured the spirit, fury, and nobility of those first-age elves, and you've subtly threaded in your Silmarillion knowledge without whacking me over the head with it. Interesting in this piece, though, by the end, the sword has almost become a character on its own. It is invested with such meaning and emotion, and it reflects those feelings: "Gil-Galad grasped the hilt and felt the need for vengeance emanate from the weapon." Creepy, but very cool and very in-keeping with those cranky first-age swords. And of course, as usual, your depiction of Galadriel is utter smoothness. Here you've also added in some wonderful characterizations of Finrod and Elendil, the former both commanding and fated, the latter awed and resolute. If I had a suggestion it would be to make the summary a little more vague... the ending was powerful even knowing the spoiler, but I think it would have struck me a little harder if I hadn't seen it coming.
Reviewed by: Dwimordene ✧ Score: N/A
I had never seen a story written around this particular question. Great answer! Galadriel's line, about bestowing Narsil when it was most needed reminded me vaguely of Gandalf's line to Thorin, that he had chosen his own time to surrender heirlooms into the heir's keeping. A very satisfying gap-filler.
Reviewed by: Christine ✧ Score: N/A
This author writes with vivid imagery and I was captivated by this story. I thoroughly enjoyed reading the interaction between Finrod and Gildor and was impressed with the overall language and emotions weaved through this story. It was a great read and highly recommendable.