Author: Eärillë (Virodeil)
Nominator: Eärillë (Virodeil)
2011 Award Category: Horror: General
Story Type: Story ✧ Length: Ficlet
Rating: Teen ✧ Reason for Rating: Disturbing Imagery/Themes,Violence
Summary: A youth is a youth is a youth. What did Hathaldir think as he fought for a battle he knew he would never win? Was the last stand of Barahir and his men truly hopeless? ââ¬â But never laugh at a youthââ¬â¢s earnest, innocent dream. It might just be true.(A triple drabble of exactly 300 words)
Reviewed by: Thundera Tiger ✧ Score: 6
A brutal, direct, and unflinching look at a dreamer's life cut short. I love the way that Hathaldir is fleshed out in this triple drabble. We know so little about him, but his youth, his optimism, and his courage shine through here. It's a fascinating juxtaposition. On one hand, there's a battle that's clearly hopeless. Hathaldir notes as much himself. But on the other hand, it's so hopeful. It's a desperate hope, yes, but it rings true. Hathaldir's hopes range from buying time for others to freedom and peace for his people. Many of these things won't be realized for years to come, but it's what Hathaldir gives his life for and it both contrasts and tempers the outright horror of battle. The characterization is fantastic, the setting is vividly described, and the lingering hope lasts beyond the ending of the drabble. A brilliant little ficlet!
Reviewed by: Adonnen Estenniel ✧ Score: 3
This is an up-close glimpse into the moments before a character's certain death, and I think the author presents the scene well. Because of the nature of the length, there isn't a lot of description or emotional exploration, but what the author did put is meaningful and obviously important.
Reviewed by: Darkover ✧ Score: 3
A drabble, written from the POV of a young man fighting and dying in battle, reminds us that doing the right thing, however hopeless it may seem at the time, is never in vain. Well done.
Reviewed by: Ellynn ✧ Score: 3
A touching, poignant ficlet told from the POV of a young man who fights in a battle he knows he can't win. But despite the fact that there is no hope for winning this battle, there remains hope that one day the world will be a nicer, happier place. Beautifully done.