STING: Blades of Destiny

Author: Fiondil

Nominator: Kara's Aunty

2011 Award Category: Humor: General

Story Type: Story  ✧  Length: Short Story

Rating: General  ✧  Reason for Rating: N/A

Summary: Every weapon has a purpose, even when that purpose does not manifest itself until long after its forging. Takes place in Gondolin at the time of Eärendil's birth.

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Reviewed by: Kara's Aunty  ✧  Score: 10

Wow. Great dialogue. Very Silmarillion-esque. So much so that I felt as if I were reading a lost excerpt of the book itself. And Gilrust, the elf-smith, is such a good, well-written, OC that I had to wonder whether he was actually canon or not. Which is, in my opinion, the mark of a great writer. The whole scene with Gilrust, the King, Tuor and Glorfindel was believable and a great pleasure to read. Loved the history sketched by the author of the births of those famous blades Glamdring and Orcrist. Also loved the human (or should I say elven) element woven in as the quartet enjoyed high spirits following the birth of Tuor's son. The light-hearted, joyful banter is delightful to read and shows the respectful, affectionate and harmonious relationship enjoyed by (in particular) Turgon and Tuor. But my favourite by far was the idea Fiondil presented of Sting being crafted for the far-sighted Glorfindel. To think that Bilbo's, Frodo's and Sam's little sword was made specifically because one of the great elven lords of old deemed it would be of vital importance many millennia in the future ... oh, that gives me a thrill and a half. Seriously. Absolutely loved this superbly-written gem and I cannot recommend it highly enough. A must read!

Reviewed by: Raksha the Demon  ✧  Score: 7

A fascinating snippet of First Age history with Third Age implications, this short story concerns the presentation of a sword to Turgon, a sword to his mortal son-in-law Tuor, and a dagger to Glorfindel. Fiondil has the blades - Glamdring, Orcrist and Sting - gifted to their recipients on one of the most auspicious days in both the history of Gondolin and the history of Middle-earth, the birth of Earendil, future Mariner, Bearer of the Silmaril, grandson of Turgon and son of Tuor. The atmosphere of joy and family pride, and the contentment of the original character Gilrust, the smith who forged the swords, are all written well. But the last word, a presentiment about the dagger, belongs to Glorfindel and is echoed by Tuor, who has no idea what a Perian is, in a reminder that although the hobbits are not on the scene of the Great Events of the Third Age, they will influence the fates of those who survive those turbulent times.

Reviewed by: Kaylee Arafinwiel  ✧  Score: 4

This is a WONDERFUL Tuor/Idril tale! I especially like Turgon's presence, and the mention of Idril's favorite hobby. The mention of Earendil's birth is joyful, but sad as we who know Earendil's tale recall what's going to happen in the next few years. (Idril's love of swordfighting became canon to me - so much so that I dropped a mention of it into the Yulefic I wrote last year about Earendil and Elwing!) This is another brilliant story. Of course, I'm never disappointed by Fiondil =) Kaylee Arafinwiel

Reviewed by: obsidianj  ✧  Score: 3

I had to laugh at the last line. How very apt a question. So, in the end every thing comes full circle. Glorfindel dreams of a dagger and then has one made. Did he know the answer to the question? That dagger then is essential to the future of the world.If Glorfindel hadn't trust his dreams...