The Sea Sings a Lullaby

Author: Camilla Sandman

Nominator: Thundera Tiger

2005 Award Category: Genres: Drama (includes Angst): Fourth Age

Story Type: Vignette  ✧  Length: Short Story

Rating: PG  ✧  Reason for Rating: Character death

Summary: Gimli and Legolas have set sail, but the sea can be treacherousÂ…

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Reviewed by: Thundera Tiger  ✧  Score: 7

The best endings are the ones that satisfy. That doesn't necessarily mean they're happy endings. It means they draw everything together into a conclusion that ties up all the loose ends and gives readers a sense of closure. I get that from this story. It's not a particularly cheerful tale, but it brings everything to a quiet, soothing close. Like a lullaby. I love the contrasts in the writing, such as when Legolas sees white and black and when he feels burning cold. The contrasts are very much what he himself is, and also what he and Gimli have together become. I don't see one going anywhere without the other, and the contrasts all bleed together when Legolas reunites himself with the dwarf. Brilliant writing, particularly since it's almost a stream-of-consciousness style and yet I never once lost the thread of the narrative. Very satisfying as far as conclusions go. I can see Legolas and Gimli ending this way.

Reviewed by: Dwimordene  ✧  Score: 3

Well, this is certainly one end to the tale of Elf and Dwarf I had not expected, but then again, the authors of the last pages of the Red Book never set foot in Valinor. Osse is the most dangerous of the Valar and Maiar who repudiated the darkness, and one can well imagine his power to destroy as well as his power to seduce.

Reviewed by: Dreamflower  ✧  Score: 1

A very sad and chilling AU vignette, a twist on Legolas and Gimli going across the sea.