Middle-Earth Fanfiction Awards

Five Things That Never Happened to Maglor Feanorion

Author: Elleth
Nominator: Lyra
2010 Award Category: Times: First Age and Prior: Mixed Drabbles

Story Type: Drabble : Length: True Drabble Series
Rating: Teen -- Reason for Rating: Occurences of reasonably non-graphic violence, torture, character death (of children) in non-canonical nightmare scenarios.
Summary: Five true drabbles around the theme of a character waking frightened in the night, for SWG's B2MeM ', 2010 project The Oath of the Feanorians shows Maglor nightmares of what might have befallen, had events played out but a little different. Five drabbles in the 'five things that...' meme style.

Reviewed by: Thundera Tiger -- Score: 6

Elleth seizes upon some very key turning points in the life of Maglor, twisting them just slightly to create a new ending. Because they're all done in drabble format, we don't get to see the change play out very far, but Elleth leaves enough hints for a reader's imagination to fill in the gaps. I found the drabble involving Elrond and Elros to be especially moving, but my favorite was probably the second drabble. What an impact that would have made if Maglor had gone after Maedhros and become a captive himself! The implications ripple down throughout the Silmarillion, and all the subsequent drabbles would have to shift, too. That story, and the story in all the other drabbles, is told with sparse but vivid detail, perfectly framing the scene but leaving room for the reader's brush strokes, too. Beautifully done!

Reviewed by: Raksha the Demon -- Score: 4

I always enjoy seeing what different writers do with the [Five Things That Never Happened to] fanfiction exercise. This version, with Maglor, is well-written and plausible; and even more engaging because each dark fate is presented as a dream or vision of Maglor himself. I found Chapter 3, where Maglor dreams of having killed the young Elros and Elrond at Sirion and then facing execution from Gil-Galad, to be the most affecting; but all five possibilities are well worth the read.

Reviewed by: Larner -- Score: 3

Alas, poor Maglor, doomed ever to dream of the worst--or perhaps the best--and to waken to find it otherwise. An excellent drabble series, although there are a few too may commas involved. A wonderful response to the prompt for which it was written as well. Thanks for this series, Elleth.