Middle-Earth Fanfiction Awards

Oath-Bound

Author: Marta
Nominator: Marta
2011 Award Category: First Age and Prior: Feanorians

Story Type: Story : Length: Short Story
Rating: Mature -- Reason for Rating: Disturbing Imagery/Themes,Violence
Summary: After the attack on Sirion, Maedhros and Maglor must search for the Silmaril.


Reviewed by: Elleth -- Score: 6

A difficult story to stomach despite (or rather, because of) the realistic look at the aftermath of the kinslaying at the Havens of Sirion. But Marta convinces again with the balanced viewpoints of both survivors and casualties, and clarity of descriptions, gruesome though they may be. The excellent characterisation of Maedhros and Maglor also shines, highlights the power fear can have, and at the same time sets out to not only debunk the rumors that Feanorians are more monstrous than the kinslayings make them (and, on a meta-level, perhaps open the possibility that they are [still elves] to less Feanorian-sympathetic viewpoints). The story turns downright heartbreaking seeing what toll their oath takes on them and others. All in all, [Oath-Bound] left me with the feeling that it has a very literal title, and very much emphasized Elie Wiesel's claim that [War leaves no victors, only victims.]

Reviewed by: Raksha the Demon -- Score: 5

A sad commentary on the horrors of war; as Maglor and Maedhros look upon the horrors reaped by their conquest of Sirion. Are the brothers moving farther and farther away from the decent Elves they once were, or desperately trying to balance between their fidelity to the Oath and their weariness and sorrow for its consequences? Either way, and both ways, the brothers' souls are suffering, but they cannot give up their search, no matter who else stands in the way; innocents die in wars, whether or not the warriors wish it. Elwing's leap at least took the Elves of Middle-earth off the list of those who stood in the way of the terrible Oath, for awhile... Well written and haunting.

Reviewed by: Larner -- Score: 5

As they examine the aftermath of the assault by the Feanorians on Sirion, Maglor and Maedhros find a horrific sight—the broken bodies of countless mothers of young children lying at the foot of a cliff, their children strapped to their bodies. How has the dreadful oath they swore ere they left Tirion held them and brought them to the sight of such carnage? How has it left other Elves imagining them to be? And how are they to react to such horrors? But for now, they are left having to make certain one particular body does NOT lie there, carrying its own burden, less horrible and yet just as fateful in its own way. How well Marta has caught these two, and tied this moment to previous moments of similar horror.

Reviewed by: Darkover -- Score: 3

This is a brief but powerfully-written story about the aftermath of battle. The dreadful oath sworn by Feanor and his sons has again taken a shocking toll, both in casualties, and what it continues to do to his sons. Very vivid in style, and the characterization of Maedhros and Maglor is equally good. Well written.

Reviewed by: Liadan -- Score: 2

While walking on the beach at Sirion, Maglor and Maedhros continue their futile search for the Silmaril and try to understand how things got so far out of control.

Reviewed by: Ellynn -- Score: 1

A truly poignant, sad tale, set in the aftermath of the third kinslaying.