Middle-Earth Fanfiction Awards

There and Back Again -- A Mystery

Author: Eiranae
Nominator: viv
2009 Award Category: Genres: Mystery

Story Type: Story : Length: Ficlet
Rating: General -- Reason for Rating: N/A
Summary: Indor ponders the return of Hurin and Huor.

Reviewed by: viv -- Score: 6

Hurin and Huor were, I'm sure, impossibly cagey about their discovery, and I'll bet that those folks who saw them when they came home sure had a lot of questions. Probably they deserved answers, too, and the brothers' silence must have been annoying to say the least. Here Indor, just such a witness, expresses his confusion at their mysterious trek and relates the sorrow their long absence caused their family back home. Even though the piece is short, I felt a niggle of "Dude, how can he be so calm while describing all that their absence caused when here they are not saying a fnarkin word?" Well, the last line answers that, with two paragraphs leading up to it. He knows. I bet he wasn't the only one to have guessed, either. Nice take on the situation, Eiranae, and within the limitations of such a challenge as well!

Reviewed by: SĂșlriel -- Score: 4

Just yesterday, I listened to Christopher Lee read the passage you're writing about from the Children of Hurin. Indeed, their oath of silence must have been difficult, to say the least. Obviously, they had not been lost in the Wild for all that time, but they couldn't speak of the truth. This is a thoughtful and well-put together glimpse of them through another's eyes. Well done.

Reviewed by: Robinka -- Score: 3

What an excellent way to create a story about a mysterious event as seen through the eyes of an obscure character. Indeed, mystery on many levels here, and a greatly composed piece of writing. Well done!

Reviewed by: Larner -- Score: 3

What a well described puzzle, and the answer appears to be clear enough, if tantalizing! A most delicately wrought ficlet, and a fine character study. A perfect vignette looking at a fascinating first-age mystery.

Reviewed by: NeumeIndil -- Score: 2

That was a great answer to the "mystery" part of the challenge. Sometimes the almost unknown characters make the writing that much easier or more interesting. Well done.

Reviewed by: nancylea57 -- Score: 1

made some sense to me but am still struggling with who are they?