If Only

Author: Eärillë (Virodeil)

Nominator: Eärillë (Virodeil)

2011 Award Category: Alternate Universe: Angst

Story Type: Story  ✧  Length: Short Story

Rating: Teen  ✧  Reason for Rating: Disturbing Imagery/Themes

Summary: AU. How if the Gondolindrim managed to flee before their city was destroyed? What would happen, then? Was it preferable to the reality?

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Reviewed by: Caunedhiel  ✧  Score: 4

I love 'what if...' stories! Yours is such as intriguing idea that I haven't considered before. The sack of Gondolin was such a pivotal point in the first age. What if, because everyone survived, young Earendil felt no need to seek the Valar for pardon? No army of Vanyar and no brave herald of Manwe would have brought the War of Wrath to the shores of Endore. And Melkor would probably still reign to this day! It's certainly thought provoking. I think this was a superbly well-written story and I enjoyed reading :)

Reviewed by: Darkover  ✧  Score: 3

As AU stories go, this one is more intriguing than most. Characterization is well done, if infuriating, and the writing style forges ahead effortlessly. The story reminds the reader that if something turns out different, all we know for sure is that the results would be different--not necessarily better. A very well developed idea, impressively written.

Reviewed by: Liadan  ✧  Score: 2

Sometimes the vision of what might have been is much worse than what actually does happen -- if only we can understand the difference.