Middle-Earth Fanfiction Awards

Choices

Author: brindlemom2
Nominator: brindlemom2
2008 Award Category: Times: First Age and Prior

Story Type: Story : Length: Other Ficlet
Rating: General -- Reason for Rating: N/A
Summary: Choices can be either painful or satisfying. No matter the final one, it will ripple out to affect others.


Reviewed by: nancylea -- Score: 10

personally i never thought he was the sharpest knife in the drawer, but this.....stupidity. you write with a flair for the dramatic, you keep your secrets as long as possible and you do it smashingly well. in thirty six words i can tell you i like your style but not your story now i have to find words to say why with telling the plot line or i have to hit the spoiler button. the fact that i like to let an author give me as little or as much as they think a scene deserves plays well with this piece. you give very little background either to your characters or your scene. you have these beings walking on a barely furnished set, delivering stark unforgiving lines of dialog to abrupt news in devasting fashion and some how avoid being bitter or hateful, the mood never descends into sorrow or hopelessness and you leave the remaining standing there looking out on a future that will ever be not what is hoped and always more than is dreamed. the past paragraph is a work of art and you should frame it somewhere important. the next to the last paragraph: has he been experimenting with a pipe somewhere/when that we missed. how deluded can he be in his internal vision, yes i can believe he loves him beyond all bounds but should not he have at least a little more realistic view point here?

Reviewed by: Isabeau of Greenlea -- Score: 3

An interesting vignette with an interesting premise-that Elros might have left behind an elven maiden who was not willing to follow in Luthien or Arwen's footsteps. Brief but poignant.

Reviewed by: viv -- Score: 3

The angsty part of me loves this moment in the Tolkien mythology, the moment when the twins part for ever, and Elrond determines that he will always watch over his brother's children. I think your short descriptions of both brothers were right on. Thanks for this peek. It was bittersweet.

Reviewed by: Larner -- Score: 2

What might it have been like for the twin sons of Earendil and Elwing to part at last? A gently sad possibility, and sad that another's heart also was disturbed.

Reviewed by: Raksha the Demon -- Score: 2

Interesting story about the ramifications of Elros' choice of mortality. Good exposition of the differences between the two legendary brothers.