In His Eyes

Author: Alassante

Nominator: Súlriel

2010 Award Category: Races: Elves - Honorable Mention

Story Type: Story  ✧  Length: Ficlet

Rating: General  ✧  Reason for Rating: N/A

Summary: Galadriel sails home to Valinor unsure what to expect.

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Reviewed by: Ignoble Bard  ✧  Score: 7

I really liked this look at Galadriel returning to Aman, and her thoughts as she revisits the pivotal moment that has brought her to the point where this story opens. Anyone who had lived the life Galadriel had and made the choices she made would surely question those choices, particularly when facing the people, one in particular, she left behind. Galdriel is most often remembered as noble and wise but Tolkien also showed us her vulnerable side, when she refuses the One Ring, and Alassante brings out that side of her well here, especially with this line: [She had turned and followed Finrod, straightening her back to portray bravery; but in her heart she knew, she was a coward.] Her inability to face Finarfin, to seek his understanding, has haunted her all her long years in Middle-earth and now the moment of truth is upon her. Like anyone would be in the same situation she is nervous and uncertain of the welcome she will receive. This is a short piece but the scene is nicely set and the last line packs the appropriate emotional punch. A nice moment with a complicated character.

Reviewed by: Thundera Tiger  ✧  Score: 4

As a general rule, I'm not a fan of Galadriel. But Alassante manages to endow this character with something only rarely seen when Galadriel graces a story: vulnerability. Bringing in a wealth of past history, Alassante gives Galadriel a compelling weakness that suddenly makes her a much more intriguing individual. I also love the inclusion of Finarfin, who is one of my favorite characters, and though he says nothing in this story and only appears briefly, he is a powerful presence.

Reviewed by: Súlriel  ✧  Score: 3

This pulled me through from the first words. The fears and doubt and insecurities seem to me they'd be hard to portray in such a strong character, I'm sure I couldn't do it as well - not without making her weak in some way. But you've done an extraordinary job of pulling through the best of all she had been and bringing out the women who had been the little girl.

Reviewed by: Virtuella  ✧  Score: 3

Alassante explored Galdriel's feeling on her approach to Aman, dominated by a single thought and fear - how will she be received by her father. Her doubts seem natural, but even more natural is the conclusion, that her father welcomes her lovingly, as any good father would.

Reviewed by: Elfique  ✧  Score: 3

Wow, this is a really thoughtful look at Galadriel and the relationships she has with her family. Her many mixed emotions are conveyed very well in such a short space. And how sad it must be to think of all her family and the past, knowing she is the only child to return as well!

Reviewed by: Ellie  ✧  Score: 3

Beautifully done! Alassante builds up the tension nicely with the doubt and the inner turmoil which Galadreil faced as she sailed back to Vlainor after her many long years of exile in Middle-earth. I'm glad this talented aurhtor saw fit to give Galadriel the happy ending or as much of a happy ending that Galadriel could have hoped for.

Reviewed by: Larner  ✧  Score: 3

As the ship returning her to the Undying Lands reaches its destination there is but one person whose reaction Galadriel finds herself fearing. It is wonderful to think that it was what she sees now. Slightly AU, as the ficlet indicates the ship arrives at Alquallonde, but still well done.

Reviewed by: Ellynn  ✧  Score: 1

Lovely description of Galadriel's return home, of her memories and fears. Well done.