Middle-Earth Fanfiction Awards

Star Daughter

Author: Linda Hoyland
Nominator: Raksha the Demon
2011 Award Category: Drabble: Pre-Ring War - Third Place

Story Type: Drabble : Length: True Drabble
Rating: General -- Reason for Rating: N/A
Summary: Written for the Tolkien Weekly "Star Dust" Challenge In the star light, Aragorn beholds the Evenstar dancing.


Reviewed by: Raksha the Demon -- Score: 10

An exquisite confection of a drabble; [Star Daughter] focusses on one of the most romantic and fateful moments in the long life of Aragorn. Linda Hoyland captures Aragorn's mood as the young man takes a huge step on his hero's journey. Merely a day before, Estel had learned of his hidden heritage, that he is the heir of a great house, and chieftain of the Dunedain and destined to [do great deeds] and with luck have an unusually long life. Tolkien records in the Appendices that Aragorn feels pretty pleased with himself and the world as he walks in the woods outside of Rivendell the next day at sunset. And then everything changes. It is this moment that the drabble chronicles; Aragorn encounters a magic greater than anything he has known so far - the allure of a beautiful woman, a woman so far beyond anyone he has seen so far that he thinks she is Luthien. Linda uses lovely descriptive prose - the stars in the dark sky, Arwen's more-than-mortal beauty as she dances and sings. She shows, rather than tells, of Aragorn's wonder at the sight of her. It is a slice of legend come to life, spurring a young hero of legendary lineage to reach for that which would seem impossible to grasp. And I love the ending, it just fits the drabble so well; and can be read as sweet, romantic, or a heavenly sigh, half-exasperated and half-indulgent, directed Aragorn's waking into manhood and the promise of love.

Reviewed by: Virtuella -- Score: 7

Dear Linda, your drabbles tend to appear so simple on the surface, and whenever I look closer, I see some very clever things you’ve done and almost smuggled past the reader’s eye. What I noticed most about this drabble was the use of the words [unbound] and [unshod]. You show the dancing Arwen as someone who is free of conventional ties, and perhaps it is this which allows her later to choose her own ties. To Aragorn, tied down by duty and destiny and worries of all sorts, the carefree grace of this unbound elf-maiden was perhaps the most enthralling thing of the whole picture. And then, is she really made of star dust? He cannot know this, but yes, she is, and yet, so are we all. The separations we make, between earth and sky, between us and the rest of the universe, only exist in our perception. Gil-Ester, up there in the sky, would know this much. This is a beautiful drabble, making the most of the theme.

Reviewed by: Rivergift -- Score: 3

What lovely imagery- and how appropriate! Who better than Arwen, the Evenstar, to look as if made of stardust? I loved the last line- clearly, the Star of Hope hasn't given up on this unlikely couple, and is there to give hope when they need it. This is my favourite canon couple and I'm delighted to find such a sweet drabble!

Reviewed by: Darkover -- Score: 3

This is a tale of the first time Aragorn beheld Arwen Evenstar. As Tolkien indicated, it was love at first sight--and also a degree of apprehension, as Aragorn is so awed by this beauteous maiden that he cannot imagine how he can ever deserve her, or hope to win her. A drabble, this story is as touching and as poetic as it is brief. Well done!

Reviewed by: Striderette -- Score: 3

This is truly a lovely rendering of the moment Aragorn first beheld Elrond's daughter, the ethereal elven maiden who would forever after hold his heart. Beautiful imagery; well done indeed!

Reviewed by: Adonnen Estenniel -- Score: 2

Linda gives her readers a beautiful scene here. I loved the imagery and depth of description. The personification of the star was a good tactic as well, I thought.

Reviewed by: Ellynn -- Score: 2

I am not a fan of drabbles, but I totally fell in love with this one. Linda creates wonderful pictures, atmosphere and emotions. Beautifully done.

Reviewed by: Tanaqui -- Score: 2

There is some beautiful, lyrical phrasing in this drabble, which almost shades into poetry through a variety of rhetorical devices. I particularly like ["Hardly of Arda"].