Marred Stars

Author: Bejai

Nominator: Marta

2005 Award Category: Races/Places: Elves: First Age - Third Place

Story Type: Vignette  ✧  Length: N/A

Rating: G  ✧  Reason for Rating: n/a

Summary: This is the tale of two lords of the Teleri and the final sundering of that vast host. Olwe and Elmo, the brothers of Elwe, make their choices.

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Reviewed by: Thundera Tiger  ✧  Score: 7

And once again, Celeborn proves why he was eventually called the Wise. The kid is definitely smart, and his speech to Elmo was brilliant. I loved the insight that Elmo draws from it about the broken stars versus the perfect stars. As for Elmo, his talk with Olwe was heart-wrenching. They saw things so differently, and from their separate perspectives, they were both right in their decisions. But of course, that doesn't make it any easier on the other. Olwe, in particular, was very sobering with his observation that he has now lost two brothers. If only they could have all waited just a little longer. But for those who did not think that Thingol was still alive, that wouldn't have made much sense, I suppose. It's heartening that Olwe still asks, but the fact that it was more of an absent after-thought indicates that he doesn't have a lot of hope left. Great story on the separation of the last few elves who crossed the Sea.

Reviewed by: Marta  ✧  Score: 4

Nice job on this one. It seems that for Elmo at least, the destination is not as important as the journey -- and just ecause he's reached the "end of the road", it doesn't mean he has to stop journeying; he can find new areas to explore. Also I really liked what this piece did with Galadriel's statement that Celeborn gives gifts beyond the power of king. Sometimes a child is more powerful.

Reviewed by: daw the minstrel  ✧  Score: 3

This was suggestive and lovely. This line "The sea had never seen fit to bring delight to his feet, unbroken. There were always missing pieces" really said it all. And Celeborn is delightful as the elf who will love ME and the trees and Arda Marred.

Reviewed by: Bodkin  ✧  Score: 3

A twisted knife of a story - I wonder how Elmo would have felt if returned to his body in Valinor, when he met Olwe again. Young Celeborn is a delight - and it is all an adventure to him. He must have been a tremendous consolation to his grandfather.

Reviewed by: LOTR_lover  ✧  Score: 3

This is a lovely story, full of hope. I don't know if I would want to go to Aman either, at this time in the history of the Elves. I loved the way Elmo listed the denigrating names the other elves had for his people and rebutted them. Seeing Celeborn as a carefree youngster was refreshing. And I recognized the sand dollars right away.