2005 Award Category: Books/Time: The Silmarillion: Second Age
Story Type: Vignette ✧ Length: Short Story
Rating: PG ✧ Reason for Rating: adult themes, violence
Summary: The catalyst is insomnia, the Last Alliance ending differently is the result. An AU vignette, intended to pose (not answer) the question of "what if?" Features primarily Cirdan, Gil-galad and Elrond.
Reviewed by: Thundera Tiger ✧ Score: 7
This certainly raises questions! Thousands of little questions. A single night of insomnia, and Gil-galad's unwillingness to accept what Cirdan would have. Amazing consequences. It seems that Cirdan and Glorfindel both have grave misgivings about what is going to happen, and I think that's very likely, given their respective backgrounds. Elrond's shock upon receiving the crown is frightening, and even more frightening is how readily all the other elves bow to it. This is definitely not meant to be, and though I'm sure some good will come of it, this feels to me like it's the first step in the wrong direction. It can only get worse. There was so much foreboding in the final moments, and so much reluctance on Cirdan's part. Wow. My head is now spinning with all the possibilities this presents. It changes everything, and it came from something so small and so simple... Well done!
Reviewed by: Marta ✧ Score: 3
This vignette has a spooky quality to it. Spooky might be the wrong word. Eery, I guess. Anyway, it's moving. Very, very moving; I was immersed in the world of the Last Alliance completely, and I felt the despair. This probably isn't the alternative universe I would have written but it was very interesting nonetheless.
Reviewed by: obsidianj ✧ Score: 3
This is an AU I have thought of while reading other stories about this time. But I agree with Cirdan and Glorfindel, it feels not right. Although this is a short piece the images and characters come to life and I can vividly see the characters on the eve of battle.
Reviewed by: nerwen_calaelen ✧ Score: 2
An intreaging tale. I fear I know too little of the background to understand all the nuances of this tale, but it is very interesting nonetheless.