Middle-Earth Fanfiction Awards

The Forgotten Tree

Author: Two-point
Nominator: Levade
2011 Award Category: Incomplete: General - Honorable Mention

Story Type: Incomplete : Length: Medium Length
Rating: Teen -- Reason for Rating: Mature Language/Themes
Summary: A third of the story is posted to date and the remainder is waiting for edits. The vines belonged to Glorfindel and he would keep them safe. Gondolin to Rivendell - Glorfindel and Erestor's story hitherto edited by Pengologh.


Reviewed by: Oshun -- Score: 10

Gondolin has never been my own favorite setting. But reading Two-points vision of Gondolin and her unique interpretation of some of its most illustrious inhabitants could win the hardest heart. She gives us a surprise and a fascination history to a character that many of us have known from another context. She makes it work in her would. She draws us into his heart and mind and links him plausibly to other characters we thought we knew. She clearly has a big back story beyond the ones detailed in The Forgotten Tree. One of my favorite bits of prose and analysis is the following: {"Turgon’s brother, Fingon, ruled the lands south of Gondolin. The brothers were of two minds when it came to protection. Fingon’s followers were constantly in flux, roaming from the Teleri regions on the temperate shores to the unknown and wild eastern forests. Turgon’s remote city was built in secret, inaccessible without a guide. The noble houses in the city were carefully chosen for their loyalty and obedience to Turgon’s wishes."} Very nice summary of part of what caused my own conflicting feelings about Gondolin. Just the fact that a one points she writes her characters preparing to leave for the Nirnaeth Arnoediad is refreshing. So many Gondolin stories exist in a vacuum--the historical equivalent of a great white room. In some timeless period after its construction and with no sense of its inevitable ruin. The is nothing more breathtakingly beautiful that well-developed unresolved sexual tension, add a slightly transgressive element to the love story, and set it against a backdrop of world-shattering events and one has an epic story. She mesmerized me and teased me, stunned and entertained me. Wow! I cannot recommend it too highly for the lyricism of the writing alone. It is a terrific mystery and such a wonderful sense of time and place. It sent me scrambling to find every other word she had written by these characters set in her interpretation of this world. (That is the good news--there are other relates fics--not enough! Wish I could twist her arm to return to this saga!)

Reviewed by: goldleaves -- Score: 2

A beautiful start to a story, has brilliant characters and make the characters dilemmas and feelings seem real and relate-able. I love it

Reviewed by: Liadan -- Score: 2

Erestor, son of Echtelion, is left in charge of the House of the Golden Flower when Glorfindel follows Turgon into battle of Unnumbered Tears.