Middle-Earth Fanfiction Awards

Longest Night

Author: Beruthiel's Cat
Nominator: Lintalome (Amaranth)
2009 Award Category: Times: Second and Early Third Age

Story Type: Story : Length: Ficlet
Rating: Mature -- Reason for Rating: m/m relationship, graphic
Summary: Stand alone, not part of a series Glorfindel's return to a world he does not understand is reflected in brittle silence.


Reviewed by: Dreamdeer -- Score: 6

Although I am not sure why I gravitated towards this story (it's not my usual cup of tea) I am certainly glad that I did! The writer surprised me with how he or she could pack so much intensity into such a spare style. The work manages somehow to simultaneously be stark yet lyrical, sensual yet discreet, sensitive yet unsentimental. It enabled me to understand, as though from the inside, someone not at all like myself. The sharp staccato of the lines should not have conveyed such silence and tense calm, yet they succeeded admirably, much more so than a more predictable style for the task. In short, I have to commend Beruthiel's Cat for excellent workmanship, on a subject that I did not expect to enjoy. I did not expect it to feel right for Middle Earth, either, yet it did, it most abundantly did! Well done, my dear!

Reviewed by: samwise_gamgee_fan -- Score: 5

Here's one story I never would have read, let alone reviewed, had it not shown up randomly on my MEFA homepage. I am not usually a great fan of purely elvish stories and I freely confess my ignorance of most of their history. In spite of it all, I decided to give "the longest night" a go. And I don't regret it. The writing is powerful in an intriguing way, very minimalist and yet the story flashes before the reader's eyes like a series of sharp, surreal, almost ethereal, images fleetingly defined by lightning. Some of them hauntingly beautiful. But I won't spoil the beauty of this story for you. Dive into The Longest Night and let the strength of the author's words sweep you away. You won't regret it...

Reviewed by: obsidianj -- Score: 3

This short story had a curious effect on me. On one hand I felt strangely detached from the protagonists and at the same time powerfully drawn into the long night. I think the staccato like lines account for my detachment, but at the same time they pack a powerful punch. In a few words the emotions unfold. Beautifully done.

Reviewed by: dapperscavenger -- Score: 3

This could almost be a poem, the way it is written. There is a certain poetry about it that is more than short sentences. It is full of evocative imagery, right from the very first line. Just beautiful.

Reviewed by: SurgicalSteel -- Score: 1

Absolutely gorgeous imagery in this piece!

Reviewed by: Larner -- Score: 1

Nicely told.