Middle-Earth Fanfiction Awards

Choosing

Author: docmon
Nominator: Thundera Tiger
2008 Award Category: Genres: Drama - Honorable Mention

Story Type: Story : Length: Other Ficlet
Rating: General -- Reason for Rating: N/A
Summary: Three choices, three destinies. Three leaders choose the messengers to send to Imladris, who then become members of the Fellowship.


Reviewed by: Thundera Tiger -- Score: 9

This story is a study in contrasts. It's very short, yet it's characters are vividly portrayed. I think part of this comes from the way they're played against each other. They never meet, but their differing opinions on their chosen messengers to Rivendell is very telling, especially when there are comparisons available. Dain's vignette seems to have a sense of hope. The dwarf has a hard decision to make, but he's going to make the right call and hope that Gloin can get back in time with some counsel on what to do next. The idea of sending Gimli along as backup is done with little sense of the role that Gimli will ultimately undertake. He's just there for support. By sharp contrast, Thranduil has deep forebodings about Legolas's choice to go to Rivendell, and those forebodings go beyond the grim tidings that Legolas has to bear. It's made all the starker by the fact that this vignette follows on the heels of Dain's, and then we get Denethor. His has more of a militaristic feel. A political feel. His love and respect for Boromir can be felt, but more clearly perceived is his love and respect for Gondor. Brilliant take on all three leaders.

Reviewed by: Dwimordene -- Score: 6

Docmon's set of ficlets gives us a brief, but utterly believable glimpse of the choosing of the messengers to be sent to Rivendell. In so doing, we get a rare glimpse into the minds of Dáin and Thranduil, two figures in Tolkien's story who do not receive much attention, though they are important. The politics and personal ties are well-portrayed: the tension between Elves and Dwarves is evident in Dáin's thread, and Thranduil's moment of foresight lends a poignancy to his ficlet that is very welcome. Denethor is a little more dwelt upon fictionally than his counterparts, perhaps, though in this moment, his motives remain shadowy and open to speculation. Docmon gives a good, political motivation for sending Boromir rather than Faramir, and also takes up what was only suggested in RoTK: the lure of the Ring for Denethor. Very well done!

Reviewed by: crowdaughter -- Score: 5

Three great vignettes, showing the reasoning why three of the messengers who would later be among the nine walkers were chosen. I love the way the reasoning is related to the particular way of thinking of the three leaders, and how it shows the assets the three chosen warriors had in their view. the most interesting of these reasonings are those of Denethor. The idea that he clearly perceived the reasons for the dreams Boromir came to Rivendell to ask about, and chose Boromir in hiopes that he might return with the weapon to resolve Gondor's need, is striking. Thank you for this interesting glimpse at the ideas behind choosing these three messengers!

Reviewed by: Larner -- Score: 4

We know some of the debates and considerations entertained in the inclusion of Merry and Pippin among those first venturing out of the Shire and then being included within the Fellowship. Now we look at the possible specific reasons for three others having gone to Imladris. Characterizations are wonderful, and reasons eminently plausible and in keeping with what we know of those who made the decisions. Very nice set of vignettes.

Reviewed by: Linda Hoyland -- Score: 4

I enjoyed reading this very much as it gave me something new to think about.We know why the Hobbits went on the Quest and a little about why Boromir was chosen, but little of how Legolas and Gimli came to be chosen.The writer gives excellent reasons for the choice of both as well as an explanation as to why Boromir rather than Faramir was chosen despite Faramir having the dream more often. A convincing trio of ficlets.

Reviewed by: Avon -- Score: 4

An excellent idea for a series of short fics. All of them were good. I liked the links back to The Hobbit in the Dwarven one. Thranduil's pain at his necessary and right decision stood out in the Elven one. I didn't enjoy the Man one as much, but that's because I hate to see that in Denethor. All three were very well-written with lovely word choices as well as good characterisation.

Reviewed by: Raksha the Demon -- Score: 3

Three thoughtful vignettes; from the viewpoints of the lords of the Lonely Mountain, Mirkwood, and Gondor, on who to send to the Council of Elrond to represent their various lands. Well-written and poignant; especially since we know that two of these lords and one of their envoys will not survive the War of the Ring.

Reviewed by: elliska -- Score: 2

A great theme to write on, the thoughts of those choosing who to send to Imladris. And well executed--I think this captures what these people must have been feeling very well.

Reviewed by: nancylea -- Score: 1

neat theory well presented good work.