For Love of Creation
2005 Award Category: Races/Places: Villains
Story Type: Vignette ✧ Length: Short Story
Rating: PG ✧ Reason for Rating: adult themes
Summary: As he stands on the rebuilt tower of Barad-dûr while his armies prepare to leave for Eregion, Annatar/Sauron contemplates the desire for creation and the consequences for those who suffer from it: Fëanor, Morgoth and Ilúvatar, but particularly himself.
Reviewed by: Thundera Tiger ✧ Score: 7
Fascinating journey through Sauron's thoughts, and I really like the idea that above all else, he loved to create. It's a drive that most of the human race shares, and I enjoyed seeing it teased into something bigger here. The comparison with Feanor and Morgoth was also good, particularly the reluctance with which Sauron committed his power to the Ring. I was very intrigued with the idea that Sauron still considers accepting a pardon from the Valar. He's a complex villain, and I can see him thinking about things like that from time to time. I also loved the way he thought about Aule and the difference between the way Aule and Morgoth handed out praise. Even more than that, I loved the fact that Sauron understood why the praise was empty when it came from Morgoth. In fact, the depth of Sauron's understanding of his actions and the perspective he gives them fascinated me throughout. Definitely some intriguing insight. Thank you!
Reviewed by: Marta ✧ Score: 6
In "A Veiled Light" the author of this story showed that she has a remarkable talent for making the obscure (at least to those of us who enjoy primarily the late Third Age like myself) much more accessible. Here she proves that she can do it for evil as well as for good. I felt like I was in Sauron's mind. I understood his thoughts, his desires, his regrets, his fears. This was so powerful! And the weird (and scary) thing is that I it didn't really feel "evil". Ambiguous, yes, but no more obviously corrupted than Denethor, for example. It just felt natural. I suppose that is how evil would have to feel to evil, but it really made the whole mindset more understandable for me.
Reviewed by: nerwen_calaelen ✧ Score: 3
A very intersting tale. I like the way you show Sauron, you turn him into a fascinating and in some ways sympathetic character. This is amazingly well done and very cleverly for you keep well with canon and hyet give a totally different perspective. The analysis you give in your notes adds to the sotry, I look forward to reading more of your work at some point.
Reviewed by: Dwimordene ✧ Score: 3
I think the Fëanor comparison is probably my favorite part of this story. We all know that Fëanor's deeds were certainly cruel and evil, but that the initial act of creating the Silmarils might also have been tainted with a possessiveness that would undermine their 'substantive', I suppose you could call it, good is one that doesn't seem to enter elvish minds.
Reviewed by: Space Weavil ✧ Score: 3
Andreth's story very much echos the Professor's style, but does not come across as dry or stilted at all. This is a wonderful insight into the motivations in The Silmarillion, and displays a highly intellectual style of writing, which is very enjoyable to read.
Reviewed by: Dreamflower ✧ Score: 1
A fascinating attempt to get a look at what made Sauron tick.