Middle-Earth Fanfiction Awards

Steadfast

Author: Zimraphel

Nominator: unknown

2004 Award Category: Times: The Silmarillion: First Age

Story Type: Other Fiction : Length: unknown
Rating: G -- Reason for Rating: N/A
Summary: Cast up on the shores of Nevrast, Voronwe ponders his fate.


Review scores are not available for 2004.

Reviewed by: Thundera Tiger -- Score: N/A

First of all, I enjoyed the title and the way the entire story reflects back onto the meaning of Voronwë's name. Every part of this story is about how he was steadfast, both in his service to Turgon and his convictions about himself and what has happened. It's something Ulmo recognizes, and I love the idea that he uses this steadfastness to make Voronwë a guide for his messenger. Tuor was also great in this tale, and though Maeglin doesn't appear, I couldn't help but think of him as a contrast to this self-assured but realistic mortal.

Reviewed by: Dwimordene -- Score: N/A

Another lovely tale of forgiveness. Tuor is not one of those characters I ever managed to fall in love with, but you might convince me yet! The depiction of the wreck, and of Ossë's fury, was very well done-it had a very visceral effect on me, and I found myself thinking I could feel the water and the wind and taste the salt. But I think what I liked best were the echoes of "Lord, I am not worthy to receive you"-and yet, Voronwë has been chosen, just as Tuor has, and they are given the grace to accept the call and the mission set them.

Reviewed by: Ainaechoiriel -- Score: N/A

I fell in love with Voronwe when reading the UT. I'm very glad to see he inspired Zimraphel. I like the backstory she gave him and the emotion she rendered in the story. It felt very real, very Elvish, and very fitting with Tolkien's work.

Reviewed by: ElenaTiriel -- Score: N/A

Well, this is really interesting, Zimraphel! You took a moment of history that I was never particularly interested in and made it a compelling story. The differences between Ossë and Ulmo alone make the story worth reading. I was fascinated by the backstory you posited, with the fictional minor House of the Eagle being decimated by the Battle of the Unnumbered Tears, and how the major houses took in the widows and children, but the unwed soldiers had to -- again -- prove their worth to be accepted, and how some Houses had more desirable lords than others. The bits of canon that I recognized were spot-on (as I have come to expect from you). It was interesting the way you had Ulmo speaking through Tuor, and how Voronwë proved his worth by believing that Turgon should have asked pardon. Really interesting!