Middle-Earth Fanfiction Awards

The Boatbuilder

Author: DrummerWench
Nominator: Gandalfs apprentice
2007 Award Category: Times: Fourth Age and Beyond

Story Type: Story : Length: Short Story
Rating: General -- Reason for Rating: N/A
Summary: What if the last ship has not yet left? Where would Círdan build his ships today? Slightly AU.


Reviewed by: Gandalfs apprentice -- Score: 5

DrummerWench has a gift for the magic of everyday life, and the telling of fables and tales in clear, simple language. In this one, she evokes the sparkling bay and the white sails of San Francisco Bay, and makes it a wholly natural environment for the last of the Elves and the Shipbuilder, still doing his job after all these Ages. Dan belongs in Sausalito, somehow, with the ponytail and silver hair. I particularly like the AU reference to Narya and the palantir--no complaints about canon from me. It's so carefully done, and brings such meaning to the story. And the explanation--the Little People didn't get it quite right--is exactly to be expected from an oral tradition.

Reviewed by: Marigold -- Score: 5

I liked this very much and didn't see it as an AU at all but of something that could easily be as true as anything in Tolkien's universe. The hopeful thought that there could be elves (and therefore descendants of hobbits and of Numenor or Rohan) in modern times is a happy one but even more so is the possibility shown here that when this world, so different from that the elves once knew becomes too much of a burden that Cirdan waits as he ever did with his ships and the elves have this chance to pass to their true home. I can see Cirdan witing until the very last elf is ready to sail. Wonderfully imaginative and well thought out, particularly in describing Dan's physical acclimation to the modern world.

Reviewed by: Raksha the Demon -- Score: 3

A great vignette with two AU elements; but otherwise very true to Tolkien's vision. The other stories showing Tolkien Elves in modern Earth usually focus on Maglor or Legolas, Thranduil or the sons of Elrond; this tale stars Cirdan, who is still building boats. Very credible story; with excellent POVs of the modern humans and Cirdan himself.

Reviewed by: Larner -- Score: 3

Exquisite, Drummerwench--truly exquisite. The idea of Cirdan building boats today and naming this one Elanor and them keeping that name as they set out on the Road Home--absolutely wonderful! I am in awe. Thank you!

Reviewed by: Súlriel -- Score: 3

oops! I can't believe I almost missed this one, I didn't realize it was here this year. I love this story, you know that! It has a beautiful subtle flow - but more than that, the thought that they are still here. I can well imagine that 'Dan' is still on the job.

Reviewed by: Dreamflower -- Score: 2

A very interesting and somewhat AU look at what Cirdan might be up to if he were still around today...