Vignettes of the Blessed Realm - Celebrimbor in Mandos
Author: Anna Wing
2010 Award Category: Races: Elves: Noldorin Elves
Story Type: Story ✧ Length: Ficlet
Rating: General ✧ Reason for Rating: N/A
Summary: What Celebrimbor has been doing while dead
Reviewed by: Larner ✧ Score: 5
It appears that not all the residents of Mandos wish to leave their bodiless estate, and particularly Celebrimbor. He finds being bodiless allows him a good deal of thinking time, which for a scientist of his ilk and degree of nerdiness is delightful. But his current project is enough to alarm the Weaver and make her wish her husband would take over Celebrimbor's case personally! Hilariously told, we are surely drawn into full empathy with Vaire and are equally alarmed and aghast with her for the sheer audacity of the plan and the total lack of thought on likely side effects for the planned experiment!
Reviewed by: Elleth ✧ Score: 4
Oh, this is amazing - Celebrimbor, master Ring-maker and one of the great Elven geniuses, shows where precisely he is coming from, lacking nothing of his grandfather's heretic-rebellious but brilliant spirit, undeterred even by his death - rather, the story reads to me (as he is seeking to alter the past using the special properties of Vaire's Loom), it has spurred him on to continue his labours. A true Silmaril when it comes to characterization and irreverent humor.
Reviewed by: Raksha the Demon ✧ Score: 4
The long-suffering Vaire is pestered by the non-corporeal Celebrimbor to allow him to initiate some fascinating temporal research on her Loom - very funny and also charming. Anna Wing has a great take on Celebrimbor - what I particularly loved is that her version reminds me of Feanor, minus the Fiery One's conscious arrogance and viciousness. Vaire, Celebrimbor's reluctant post-mortem babysitter (or is that spirit-sitter), is also credibly written, particularly in the comparisons to Yavanna).
Reviewed by: Maeglin ✧ Score: 4
This has to be one of the funniest 'inside joke' stories I've seen. Celebrimbor (more or less) discusses a real topic of present-day real-world interest. One has to know something about what Celebrimbor is talking about to really 'get' the jokes in the middle part of the story, but as one who does (and knows people who know it much better; Celebrimbor has their character, indeed), I found it hilarious! 'energy levels such as those at which the Valar transact' - perfect :)
Reviewed by: Liadan ✧ Score: 2
One possible version of what happens in Mandos, especially when dealing with Elves who refuse to be reincarnated -- and who are too clever for their own good.