Not for Pride Alone

Author: Zimraphel

Nominator: unknown

2004 Award Category: Times: The Silmarillion - Third Place

Story Type: Other Fiction  ✧  Length: unknown

Rating: PG-13  ✧  Reason for Rating: some violence

Summary: At Fornost, Glorfindel and Earnur of Gondor face the Witch King of Angmar.

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Reviewed by: Viv  ✧  Score: N/A

This is my favorite Glorfindel fanfic. Period. I know that this contest is based on word count, so it would behoove me to come up with something flowery and verbose to say about this story that I haven't said before. Alas. All I can say really is that it is about as close to perfect as fic gets. I hope other voters read this review and are inspired to go read the story. They won't be disappointed.

Reviewed by: Thundera Tiger  ✧  Score: N/A

This fic is a master of characterization. The events themselves are stunning, and I loved the climax when Glorfindel rode out against the Witch-king, but even better were the characters themselves. As the leading character, Glorfindel himself was excellent, and I think his distance with mortals very appropriate. But I especially enjoyed his views of other characters. There's a very subtle and wry approach in his way of looking at things that really brought the characters to life, such as Erestor the "noisy crow." In sharp contrast to Glorfindel was the rather unsavory characterization of Eamur, but even though he was made out to be somewhat blustering in the beginning of the fic, he had quite a few redeeming qualities by the end, such as brilliant strategy. Zimraphel keeps an excellent balance going so that no one is entirely good or bad. Well, except the Witch-king. The twins were also well characterized, and it is clear that they are Elrond's sons. But the characters I loved best were the hobbits (they were such hobbits!) and Imrazor. I don't know if Imrazor is intended to be the same Imrazor who founded Dol Amroth, but there are enough hints that seemed to indicate this was so and I can very much seem him in that role. He reminds me very much of Imrahil!

Reviewed by: Ainaechoiriel  ✧  Score: N/A

Glorfindel again, though in his later self and in a serious time of battle. His characterization was brilliant, though I expected no less of Zimraphel. Eanur also, was as prideful and rash as she should be. We see the seeds of what later will come to pass. The light-hearted interacations between the Elves though lightened the peace and made me smile here and there. I like Glorfindel's humility, especially when he has such power.