Middle-Earth Fanfiction Awards

All these hands

Author: Elitihien
Nominator: Elitihien
2008 Award Category: Races: Elves: Noldor Fixed-Length Ficlets

Story Type: Fixed-Length Ficlet : Length: Fixed-Length Ficlet Series
Rating: General -- Reason for Rating: N/A
Summary: A series of drabbles The many hands that have touched Idril's life. A drabble series.

Reviewed by: Imhiriel -- Score: 6

Beautiful, lyrical prose that shines especially in the evocative descriptions and metaphors. The images presented are exquisite like fine miniature portraits and/or still lifes, and each fits perfectly for the requisite character Idril chooses to describe in the chapter. I love how each character's personality is revealed by the hands Idril focusses on; it's fascinating and touching to bear witness to just how expressive and versatile hands and gestures are in meaning. Each chapter offers an eloquent glimpse in important stations in Idril's life and the persons closest to her. I like how the last chapter not only gives a succinct summary, but also looks with hope to the future. I think my favourite chapter is the one about Aredhel, perhaps because it gave me insight into a relationship I had never thought about.

Reviewed by: Rhapsody -- Score: 5

This is a gorgeously constructed drabble series regarding Idril and those who are important to her. Each drabble simply gives you pause, not only because of the lyrical words, but also about what just transpired. Love, death, birth and partings go hand in hand, changing her life immensely. The last one is perfect: I can see her on her deathbed where Eruís hand touches her before she dies. She forgives Maeglin, realising that she might have been too harsh towards him. What I find so exceptionally about these series is not only the superb usage of language, but also that the character grows with every drabble; her voice matures with every piece. What a marvellous piece!

Reviewed by: Dawn Felagund -- Score: 5

This series looks at many of the major events of the First Age through Idril's eyes, an oft-neglected woman from The Silmarillion. In few words, Elithien paints compelling pictures of each character involved in these events--Tuor as the reluctant hero, Aredhel as the warm surrogate, and, most poignantly, Maeglin as one deserving of forgiveness--and begins to create characters one wants to care about. She effectively brings them beyond their larger-than-life portrayal in The Silmarillion. This is an admirable series that puts forth many compelling ideas that I would gladly see written into longer stories.

Reviewed by: Larner -- Score: 2

The story of Idril's life told by the memory of the hands of those whose lives touched hers. Poignant.