Middle-Earth Fanfiction Awards


Author: Elfhild
Nominator: Súlriel
2006 Award Category: Times: First Age and Prior: Fixed-Length Ficlet

Story Type: Fixed-Length Ficlet : Length: True Drabble
Rating: PG-13 -- Reason for Rating: Vampire behavior, mild sexual intensity
Summary: All nights of bliss must come to an end - the vampire Thuringwethil and a lover.

Reviewed by: Angmar -- Score: 10

Fanfiction drabbles are tiny little things, some no more than a hundred words, while others are up five hundred. While some might have the opinion that, because of the relatively few words, that writing drabbles is a simple thing. Really, it is not all that easy. The author who enters a drabble contest or simply enjoys writing drabbles must often condense one of Tolkien's characters, a situation, a story fragment, or even one of Tolkien's books into a few words. The talent and skill of the author is dependent upon his or her skill in capturing a certain mood or feeling that Tolkien was attempting to convey to his readers. The author of this selection has taken a relatively unknown character, about whom Tolkien gives very little information, and makes her become real. Thuringwethil, one of Sauron's vampire colleagues on the Island of Tol Sirion, was only a foil in a small section of the Lay of Luthien, but in this drabble, she becomes a personality all her own, albeit a wicked and murderous one. The piece is evocative of the vampire genre in classic works. One cannot help but be sorry for the vampire's victims, in this case a young man, and even for the vampire herself, who is cursed by Eru and the Valar for her duplicity in following the dark leadings of Sauron. Thuringwethil can be compared to the literary prototype of the succubus, ie, a female demon who prowls the night, looking for victims, finding lonely people and either destroying them or leading them into ruin. The succubus is a dark fantasy of males, and appeals to their sense of dangerous love. The beautiful woman temptress who will break their hearts, leaving them with a memory that will last them the rest of their lives, is an appealing concept, primarily for those men who have secret fantasies of a strong, controlling woman. Is this dark creature, a maia, a creation of Eru, capable of feelings of love and affection for her victim? While that is not explicitly stated in the drabble, there is a hint she feels a deeper emotion that the mere satisfaction of her physical hungers. Does she feel remorse for murdering the poor, unfortunate victim? Some, she became a little greedy, but still she justifies the deed in that she needed to satiate her need for blood. A deliciously spooky little drabble, fun for Halloween, or for any time. I enjoyed it and I hope to see more things written in this vein. In Tolkien fanfic, there are plenty of stories for the ladies, but few for the men. Maybe that will change someday. I can hope.

Reviewed by: Súlriel -- Score: 4

This is a shining example of what I like to see in a drabble, powerful, emotional, evocative - all in such a few words. Elfhild gives us a chilling close-up, maybe too close, view of Thuringwethil, who, IMO, is one of Tolkien's most under-used characters. I love how this highlights her thirst, her casual mistake in drinking too much and her cold acceptance of the death of her lover.

Reviewed by: stefaniab -- Score: 3

I like the chilling eroticism of this drabble.Thuringwethil's momentary remorse was a good twist. Yet Elfhild's character is as much a contemporary vamp as Tolkien's hazily sketched denizen of the undead.

Reviewed by: Dwimordene -- Score: 3

In the fine tradition of vampires and dangerous liaisons, Thuringwethil proves once again that she cannot be trusted, and that all love is merely lust in the end. It begins in her, and returns to her, and gives nothing back to the lover, who is consumed for her own ends. Of his ends, we do not know, nor does Thuringwethil care.

Reviewed by: Dreamflower -- Score: 2

I don't know a lot about Thuringwethil, other than that she was a vampire. But this was quite a chilling drabble.

Reviewed by: Marta -- Score: 2

*shiver* The narcissism this author gives Thuringwethil is chilling, and completely in keeping for this character.