Middle-Earth Fanfiction Awards


Author: Elana
Nominator: Elana
2005 Award Category: Races/Places: Dwarves

Story Type: Vignette : Length: Ficlet
Rating: PG -- Reason for Rating: Adult themes.
Summary: Dis, sister of Thorin, reflects on her life. Triple Drabble.

Reviewed by: Thundera Tiger -- Score: 5

I really liked this little vignette. Dis gets so little recognition in the fandom, but it cannot be denied that Fili and Kili, the youngest on the journey, were some of Thorin's greatest assets. I love the way Dis describes what it felt like to have her home taken from her, and I like the way she describes it to the mountains and to the rocks. It feels very dwarven, and I can definitely see the need for a permanent home being ingrained in all dwarven women. The idea of vengeance was also very strong, and I liked the part about teaching Fili and Kili to hunger for more than just gold.

Reviewed by: Dwimordene -- Score: 5

Vengeance and willfulness run deep in the Dwarves when they're disturbed, and it's interesting to see this from a woman's point of view. Dís's dislocation is far more severe it seems than those of her male kindred. There's always that substitution, though: she will not be among those who retake the mountain, but she will give her sons to that task—it's as if she's made them only for that. There's something beautiful and yet terrible in her vow that "I will teach you to hunger and thirst for retribution."

Reviewed by: sulriel -- Score: 3

Elana, I enjoyed this unique viewpoint of such an underused character. What an interesting perceptive. You handled the introspection well, coming from the solidity of a Dwarf to add the feminine touch of home and family. Keep up the good work!

Reviewed by: Marta -- Score: 2

This last line sent chills down my space. So much wreckless hate! But that sort of manipulative thought seems very Dwarvish - not a side we normally see or care to dwell on, but Dwarvish nonetheless.

Reviewed by: nerwen_calaelen -- Score: 1

An interesting view of Dwarven culture. You show some interesting ideas here, but do not devolepe them much.