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Author: Elleth
Nominator: Rhapsody
2008 Award Category: Genres: Alternate Universe: Other Fixed-Length Ficlets

Story Type: Fixed-Length Ficlet : Length: Other Fixed-Length Ficlet
Rating: General -- Reason for Rating: N/A
Summary: 200 words, part of the Seven in '07 project at the Silmarillion Writers' Guild. What if Umbarto had not perished in the Burning of the Swanships? A double-drabble AU from two points of view.


Reviewed by: Rhapsody -- Score: 10

Depending of course if you want to believe Nerdanel's words to FŽanor did not come true, I can see that instead of Amras landing on the beach with his brothers, or being burned in a ship at Losgar, this would be an immensely believable take on what should have happened (I am being rebellious here). To me these two double drabbles are brilliant, well paced and filled with post-AlqualondŽ action. The emotions of both feel so natural: the doubt (is it really him?), the fear of being cheated still at last by fate and the stigma's shouted by those who suffered. It surely must have hurt to hear such a thing. How would the Telerin have reacted to a kinslayer returning to Aman so shortly after it happened and what would Nerdanel have done to protect him? Yet indeed, what if? These drabbles leaves you to ponder about the outcome of what Elleth just portrayed here. Would you as a reader would not have granted Nerdanel to have one of her children returning to her, at least her youngest? Elleth, these two ficlets really makes you wish Tolkien had written Amras' fate otherwise. This is just wonderfully written with so much emotion and vivid detail, this especially in combination with the artwork Elleth submitted for Seven in '07, see here [http://tinyurl.com/6n7duo].

Reviewed by: Robinka -- Score: 3

A very powerful set of two drabbles, each told from a different PoV, that presents a truly interesting, and moving to the point of tears if I may add, take on the fate of one of the Feanorian twins. Very emotive writing!

Reviewed by: Larner -- Score: 3

A powerful pair of Might-Have-Been drabbles aptly showing how quickly fear and grief can be relieved, and the transforming nature of having been caught in such a battle not of one's own making. Moving and in their way almost as grievous as the original.

Reviewed by: Imhiriel -- Score: 3

Stirring writing, like the breathless excitement that moves Nerdanel and her son. I wish this scenario had been played out, for both of them. And perhaps it would even have changed the course of those FŽanorians who had gone on in Middle-earth.