Middle-Earth Fanfiction Awards

Diamonds For Forever I, II & III

Author: Elen Kortirion
Nominator: Elen Kortirion
2008 Award Category: Genres: Romance: Other Fixed-Length Ficlets

Story Type: Fixed-Length Ficlet : Length: Fixed-Length Ficlet Series
Rating: General -- Reason for Rating: N/A
Summary: three true drabbles The Bride's Jewels, an ancient suite of mithril and diamonds, traditionally gifted from each Steward to his wife, are finally given to Arwen.

Reviewed by: Elena Tiriel -- Score: 6

Elen Kortirion's drabble trio, "Diamonds for Forever", is about some jewels of the state of Gondor, and how they changed as they passed through different hands. The descriptions here are evocative. Phrases like [he loved the silence... the only sound the crunch of his boots breaking the sparkling snow, sunlit and glinting] set the scene vividly. Each Steward in the first two drabbles creates jewels that are suited to his personality and that of his bride, like Ecthelion I's winter-bare tree branches for a northern bride. Denethor II wanted something different, but his bride from Dol Amroth like the original, which reminded her of her home. But Arwen added leaves and flowers, which remind me of the renewal of the kingdom under Elessar. There are many layers to these drabbles, and they are creative in their conception. I enjoyed reading them. Well done!

Reviewed by: Larner -- Score: 5

Indeed diamonds are considered to be forever, as is evidenced by this wonderful trio of drabbles that looks at the jewelry commissioned by Ecthelion I for his bride and how it reflects his own delight in the snow and ice crystals he associates with Mindolluin; then how Finduilas chooses to interpret the same set of jewels, and finally how, once they come to Arwen, they are transformed to reflect the renewal represented by the presence of herself and her husband within the reconstituted double realm. Well done, and the symbols of the Lady's Jewels are superbly done.

Reviewed by: dkpalaska -- Score: 4

The jewelry acts as a very effective link between the three drabbles, from one man and his ["Northern bride"] through to another. The descriptions are wonderful, very rich and appropriate and evocative. I love the way the author explores each individual's perspective regarding the jewels, all different, and the transformation at the end: flowering as the White Tree has. Lovely!

Reviewed by: stefaniab -- Score: 3

Elen Kortirion's drabble triplet follows the history of the jeweled necklace that the first Steward named Ecthelion gives as a bridal gift to his wife, through to Denethor II, and finally to Arwen Evenstar. Each drabble gives us a bit of insight into the artistic sensibilities of the three main characters as each gives their opinion of the bridal jewels.

Reviewed by: Avon -- Score: 3

It's just beautiful writing and imagery. I would be hard put to choose a favourite line or sentence but perhaps [delicately wreathing bare branches rimed with diamonds... winter gems for Ecthelionís pale northern bride] I also particularly enjoyed the description of Ecthelionís snowy walks in the first drabble. It's a clever idea to have Arwen create a new heirloom to reflect the new world of hope that they and their children will now live in.

Reviewed by: Raksha the Demon -- Score: 2

A prettily written ficlet trio, where the descriptions of the jewelry are as exquisite as the jewels themselves. Intriguing insights into Ecthelion and particularly Denethor.

Reviewed by: nancylea -- Score: 2

and i always thoght once they were cut diamonds couldn't grow. surprise and wonderment all over the place, thanks your work is fan-tastic.