Middle-Earth Fanfiction Awards

With No Pity

Author: Elen Kortirion
Nominator: annmarwalk
2007 Award Category: Races: Villains: Drabble - Second Place

Story Type: Fixed-Length Ficlet : Length: True Drabble
Rating: General -- Reason for Rating: N/A
Summary: drabble - 100 words What do you do when the dreadful hunters come in the night?

Reviewed by: annmarwalk -- Score: 5

A very vivid and descriptive drabble with an unexpected twist. We are used to tales of brutal and bloodthirsty slaughter, of desperate defenders and small outposts overrun; but seldom have we seen the words [blood-hungry, ravening, fell] used as they are in this unique story. Yet we should not be surprised; the Professor wrote much, much more of the fierce and terrible bright-eyed elves of “The Silmarillion” than he did of the slighty woozy-sounding tra-la-lally elves of “The Hobbit”. Kortirion has given us an unforgettable view of elves: vengeful, implacable, merciless.

Reviewed by: Marta -- Score: 5

[spoilers] This a chillingly good drabble. The connection with the moon in the first line made my mind jump almost immediately to the orcs because they would only attack at night, but of course elves have equally strong attachments to night-time sources of light. And as you say in the comments, Noldorin elves, even those with softer edges like Elrond, are not to be trifled with. It does us good to look at our favorite canon characters in this less-than-favorable light because it gives us a more nuanced Middle-earth work. A most "enjoyable" read - good work.

Reviewed by: EdorasLass -- Score: 5

Ooooh, this is *nice*! I don't know how I missed it before, because I LOVE when an author will take the bad guys' perspective, and you've done an excellent job of it here! I imagine that Elves, descending upon you with the full intent of wiping you and your kin off the face of the earth would be quite a horrific sight; the fear and defiance of the orc - or goblin?- here is very well portrayed. Those of us who are not particularly inclined towards the Elven point of view may forget that they are, indeed, capable of being ferocious fighters - thank you so much for the reminder! Lovely!

Reviewed by: Larner -- Score: 3

Although the thoughts of the defenders would be applicable to either heroes or villains, this time it is the Enemy's forces that find their camp attacked by Elves. Unfortunately, in this war it is kill or be killed. Very well constructed drabble.

Reviewed by: agape4gondor -- Score: 3

Great twist! Bravo! I was definitely 'fooled' by the antagonist in this tale. Although one expects to 'see' the Enemy's servants doing such things - but no, 'twas not the Enemy.... 'twas the friend. I always knew one should not entirely trust Elves. Again, great twist and totally unexpected. Well written.

Reviewed by: Marigold -- Score: 2

What an unexpected twist! Very thought provoking to see "the good guys" as the "bad guys" would have viewed them.

Reviewed by: Dreamflower -- Score: 2

Oh, this packs a punch! The description is vivid, and the POV entirely unexpected--very clever and well-executed!

Reviewed by: White Wolf -- Score: 2

This is the perfect example of being led to believe one thing is true when it turns out to be something completely different. I guess it just depends on your POV. Loved the twist.

Reviewed by: Elena Tiriel -- Score: 2

(Possible spoilers within:) Oh, I like the unexpected twist! Yes, these attackers are fearsome indeed!

Reviewed by: Lindelea -- Score: 1

Excellent use of imagery, complete with surprise ending.