Midsummer's Eve

Author: Dwimordene

Nominator: Dwimordene

2010 Award Category: Genres: Character Study: Drabble Series - Honorable Mention

Story Type: Drabble  ✧  Length: True Drabble Series

Rating: Teen  ✧  Reason for Rating: Adult sexuality.

Summary: 'And on the evening of Midsummer Aragorn, Arathorn's son, and Arwen daughter of Elrond went to the fair hill, Cerin Amroth, in the midst of the land, and they walked unshod on the undying grass with elanor and niphredil about their feet. And there upon that hill they looked east to the Shadow and west to the Twilight, and they plighted their troth and were glad.'—'The Tale of Aragorn and Arwen(Four true drabbles for Arwen for being quartered on choice... and desire)

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Reviewed by: Virtuella  ✧  Score: 9

Praise be to MEFA, I am so very glad I came across this fic! This must be the most beautiful story about Arwen that I have ever read. The quotations from the book as headings for the individual drabbles are wonderfully offset against Dwimordene's interpretation of the scene. The poetry of the words is deeply touching and the passion that fuels them is palpable, but at the same time delicate and aloof. Nothing is idealised in these short and intense scenes, everything is very real and instantly recognisable by anybody who has ever known that first exhilarating thrill of love fulfilled. In the books, the daughter of Elrond remains a pale and bloodless outline, filling the role of the love interest only to the bare minimum, but Dwimorden fills her with life like no other fanfic author I've seen before. Arwen is bold here, passionate, determined, in short, she comes across credibly as the kind of woman who would make the kind of decision Tolkien lets her make. The final sentence sent a shiver down my spine. Cleverly structured and exquisitely expressed, this is a most excellent drabble series, which I would recommend to everybody.

Reviewed by: Ignoble Bard  ✧  Score: 5

Dwimordene captures the essence of the Arwen and Aragorn relationship in this beautiful series of drabbles that touch the heart and satisfy the intellect. The love between the Elf and Man shines through here but their sacrifices are not glossed over, the danger of the Shadow and being permanently parted being a palpable threat to their bond. Dwimordene does an excellent job of capturing the emotion and courage of these characters in a way that is not explicitly brought out in Tolkien’s writing but that one feels is very much in the spirit of what he envisioned for these two.

Reviewed by: Isabeau of Greenlea  ✧  Score: 4

Dwimordene, like myself, tends towards multi-chapter epics the writing of which span years both literally and figuratively and frustrate our readers. So it's always an enjoyable treat when she write in drabble form. she is as proficient in the shorter form as the longer and this drabble series is a special treat-sensual in the extreme, but with the depth of love communicated between the two partners as well. I always enjoy her Aragorn and Arwen and this initial troth between them is exquisite.

Reviewed by: Larner  ✧  Score: 3

A well written series of AU drabbles in which we see Arwen and Aragorn taking one another on Midsummer, turning from both Shadow and twilight. Sensual and beautiful, demonstrating Dwimordene's unmatchable mastery of language usage. Beautiful!

Reviewed by: Azalais  ✧  Score: 2

Erotic, evocative, beautiful, conveying a powerful sense of Arwen's desire and decision.

Reviewed by: Gandalfs apprentice  ✧  Score: 2

One of my favorite Cerin Amroth stories--this one tells it like it must have been, without adolescent coyness or sanctimonious priggishness--as only Dwimordene can do it.