Middle-Earth Fanfiction Awards

Ghost

Author: Elleth
Nominator: Dawn Felagund
2008 Award Category: Races: Elves: Noldor Fixed-Length Ficlets

Story Type: Fixed-Length Ficlet : Length: Other Fixed-Length Ficlet
Rating: Teen -- Reason for Rating: Mild description of kissing, allusions to death, supernatural occurences (meeting a ghost) - all of it rather mild, though, and probably nothing that would upset children. Rated 'Teens' to be on the safe side.
Summary: Target Length: 200 words (according to Open Office and the online wordcount linked to on the form site), originally part of the Seven in '07 Project at silmarillionwritersguild.org. Completed. After FŽanor's death, his wife Nerdanel is granted a chance for a farewell - or is she?


Reviewed by: Dawn Felagund -- Score: 5

Elleth writes some of the most heart-wrenching experimental fiction of any in the Tolkien fandom. "Ghost" is a wonderful example of her skill as an author as she creates a poignant scene in few words of how Nerdanel discovered Feanor's death and, in her own way, bids him farewell, despite their distance and estrangement. Dream-like in mood, the reader experiences Feanor's compelling presence and "awakens" with a jolt much like Nerdanel must have felt at her discovery of the truth of her vision. "Ghost" demonstrates again Elleth's skill at using her craft to imbue her work with meaning beyond what can be said with words.

Reviewed by: Dwimordene -- Score: 4

Well-written - one gets a glimpse at the longing that still remains with Nerdanel for Feanor, despite their estrangement. I do wonder: the summary says she *may* have a chance for farewell, and the obvious interpretation is to wonder whether she was simply dreaming of Feanor. But given that someone arrives with a message from Mandos, I'm moved to wonder: is the chance for farewell doubtful, only because the messenger could bring a chance for 'hello again' with him?

Reviewed by: Larner -- Score: 3

Oh, satisfying in a very strange way, the thought that Nerdanel was granted one last moment with the fea of her husband as it paused in its journey to the Halls of Waiting. Imagery is perfect, and the telling of this last kiss leaves us dazzled.

Reviewed by: Linda Hoyland -- Score: 2

A beautifully written and poetic glimpse of how Feanor's wife might have had a chance to say farewell.I liked this very much.