Middle-Earth Fanfiction Awards

Three for the Elven-Lords II

Author: Marta
Nominator: Linaewen
2011 Award Category: Fixed-Length Ficlets: Immortals

Story Type: Story : Length: Ficlet
Rating: General -- Reason for Rating: N/A
Summary: 200 words Of the three bearers of the Elven-rings, only Cirdan ever gave his up willingly. Why? (Double Drabble.)


Reviewed by: Linaewen -- Score: 10

I have always been fond of Cirdan, for whatever reason -- there is little said of him in canon, but what there is speaks of one who is infinitely honorable, unselfish and caring, one who is willing to do what is necessary to serve the land and the people he sees as his charge. What I love about this story is that it shows these characteristics very clearly. As Cirdan contemplates the Elven ring he has been given, he knows it will be a burden for him, and he acknowledges that he is not the best guardian to be keeping it safe. Yet he is willing to do it, because that is the duty he has been given, and he realizes the importance of it. Cirdan's thoughts are commendable as to why the ring should go to another who might make use of it for good, rather than just hording it out of sight and mind. Such thoughts also show great foresight, for just such a one will indeed come, and Cirdan will be quick to recognize the opportunity to pass on the ring to someone who will be a better guardian. When the time comes to pass it on, he will do so -- not simply to be rid of the burden, but because he knows the need in the world of a heart-warming fire, and he knows he is not the one to see that task done. Sometimes the best people to bear burdens such as these are the ones who know they are not right for it, yet do it anyway, because someone has to -- and give up the task to another without pride or grasping hands.

Reviewed by: Virtuella -- Score: 4

Dear Marta, this is very well put. A Ring of Power is, of course, an incredible and terrifying responsibility, but Cirdan is not shunning responsibility as such, but this one in particular because it is responsibility of the wrong kind. He carried out his own responsibilities with much conscientiousness in the context of his own gift and calling. The Ring of Fire was indeed better suited to another.

Reviewed by: Darkover -- Score: 3

The author has done a fine job of portraying Cirdan's POV, both his emotional state and his reasoning. It is good to know that someone learns from the past, and it is hardly surprising that the someone in question should be an Elf! This story is well written, thoughtful and logical in its interpretation of the character. Well done!

Reviewed by: Dreamflower -- Score: 3

This resonates with both emotional and logical truth, and explains both why Cirdan could give up his burden, as well as why he knew the right person to give it to. I really like his self-knowledge in this.

Reviewed by: Adonnen Estenniel -- Score: 3

Here Marta presents an interesting glimpse in Círdan's mindset. I liked this study of his motivations and intent, and also the background it gave on his decision to ultimately give the ring to Gandalf.

Reviewed by: grey_gazania -- Score: 3

Círdan is really a fascinating character, and Marta has conveyed his wisdom and awareness very well here, as well as the difficulties bearing Narya presents. I enjoyed reading this piece.

Reviewed by: goldleaves -- Score: 2

A small but sweet drabble that tells of the burdens of a ring-bearer and of the emotions of one of the lesser known, and thought about, characters.