Middle-Earth Fanfiction Awards

Seasons

Author: Dawn Felagund
Nominator: Cathleen
2010 Award Category: Times: First Age and Prior: Mixed Drabbles

Story Type: Drabble : Length: True Drabble Series
Rating: General -- Reason for Rating: N/A
Summary: a series of four drabbles Celegorm's first winter outside of Valinor draws him to ponder the circle of the seasons and their meaning to one immortal. A series of four drabbles.


Reviewed by: Thundera Tiger -- Score: 6

I'm trying to come up with a description for these four drabbles, and the best I'm coming up with is a sense of loss that doesn't necessarily pertain to Celegorm's own perspective. Certainly he feels loss, and there's a lot of poetry and insight in the observation that all around him is cycling through various stages of death while he remains helpless to stop it. But the loss that seems to affect me most comes at the end of the last drabble when spring blossoms unseen and unheard. Celegorm is constantly being tainted by the trappings of death, such as the fallen oak leaves or the breath that dissipates beneath the stars. But when he searches for renewal and hope, he hears nothing. It's reminiscent of so many of the Silmarillion's tragedies. All in all, a somber and sobering little drabble series that left me with many thoughts and questions.

Reviewed by: Virtuella -- Score: 4

The change of the seasons is a fascinating topic that lends itself very well to a poetic treatment, and Dawn Felagund has taken the motif to new heights. We see Celegorm troubled, even tortured to witness this circle of perpetual life and death, one from which he feels excluded and to which he is at the same time eternally bound. The ambivalent mindset arising from this premise is beautifully expressed. Very well done indeed!

Reviewed by: Larner -- Score: 4

The seasons of Formenos are difficult for Tyelkormo to live with, or so it appears, particularly as he sees the leaves fall and go brown and soggy. One wonders how he will react when he sees the even darker seasons that come first with the death of the light-giving trees and then with the changes he will know in the Mortal Lands, both before and after the rising of Moon and Sun.

Reviewed by: Cathleen -- Score: 2

This author just has a way with words whether her tales are poems, drabbles or stories. Dawn Felagund's collection of drabbles is poetic and beautiful!

Reviewed by: SurgicalSteel -- Score: 2

A gorgeous set of ficlets from Dawn explores each different season in prose that verges on poetic in its descriptions.