2005 Award Category: Books/Time: The Silmarillion: First Age - Second Place
Story Type: Vignette ✧ Length: Ficlet
Rating: PG ✧ Reason for Rating: Subject/imagery might be a bit deep for very young readers to understand.
Summary: An elf meets mortals for the first time in the War of Wrath.
Reviewed by: Thundera Tiger ✧ Score: 5
Powerful vignette! For me, one of the most interesting concepts in Tolkien's work is the idea that victory is never absolute and it always comes with a price. The closing words of this story seemed to invoke that as the elf realizes that Morgoth's taint remains and will never truly be overcome. The idea that mercy can exist even without victory is a great one, and I love that such clarity of thought can be brought about by a small boy on the edge of ruin. Sometimes it's the little things that draw attention rather than the giant mezmerizing Valar bringing down Morgoth.
Reviewed by: ErinRua ✧ Score: 5
Chilling, somber, this is a rare look at the struggles of the early Ages and the great War that so changed the world. The viewpoint of the elven warrior is starkly told, from the terrible magnificence of the Valar in their great wrath to the stunted ugliness of the orcs, and also those Men coerced to serve Shadow. This brings home even more powerfully when the warrior sees battle's end, and that victory can render even righteous victors as destroyers. Compelling and chilling at once, a story well told.
Reviewed by: Rhapsody ✧ Score: 3
What an amazing story from an orginal perspective. I can only guess that it is either a Vanyar or Noldo fighting here, that never has set foot on the shores of Beleriand. I like the way you pour so much meaning into your words, which makes it an incredibly read. A great story Celebsul!
Reviewed by: Marta ✧ Score: 3
This is a touching story that those of us in the modern age would do well to take the message of. We should not be so eager to win that we become nothing but those we fight in different skin. The Silmarillion is in so many ways more psychologically interesting than The Lord of the Rings 9at least outside the appendices0, which only makes this moment work better.
Reviewed by: Dwimordene ✧ Score: 2
Hm. Very interesting confrontation. It's the end that gives the pay-off, the realization that Morgoth's fall will not undo the hurt of the world, and that that being so, darkness can claim anyone, including an Elf of Valinor.
Reviewed by: Dreamflower ✧ Score: 1
An interesting and original perspective. Powerful prose. Bittersweet.
Reviewed by: Ainaechoiriel ✧ Score: 1
Good descriptions of the valar at war