Middle-Earth Fanfiction Awards

Corruption

Author: Calenlass Greenleaf
Nominator: Antane
2010 Award Category: Genres: Poetry: Character Study - Honorable Mention

Story Type: Poetry : Length: N/A
Rating: General -- Reason for Rating: N/A
Summary: Poem Follow-up of another poem that is on the subject of the Ring


Reviewed by: The Lauderdale -- Score: 5

To my mind this poem is definitely allegorical. None of its readers will ever encounter Sauron's Ring of Power; by casting the poem as an address in the second person, the Ring of the poem becomes, perforce, some other Abused Object of Temptation. Though the Object is unspecified, the specificity of its desirability, influence and effects are what make this allegorical as opposed to merely broadly applicable. I don't see anything wrong with that. Despite of Tolkien's dislike for allegory or the dichotomy he saw between the two, allegory and applicability are not always mutually exclusive. This poem is case in point.

Reviewed by: Antane -- Score: 3

The terrible spiral downward for all Ring-bearers' continue in this powerful sequel to Obsession. Really tells you the way it is, how corrosive to the soul and will this addiction or any addiction is.

Reviewed by: Larner -- Score: 3

An objective look at the Ring and Its effects on the minds of Its slaves, much of it inspired by quotes from both the books and the movies. Well done, and pertinent to anyone who finds himself or herself enslaved to an addiction that seems hopeless. Most thought provoking as well as relevant to all of us.