Middle-Earth Fanfiction Awards

Wall Spider

Author: Chisscientist
Nominator: Eärillë (Virodeil)
2011 Award Category: First Age and Prior: General

Story Type: Story : Length: Short Story
Rating: General -- Reason for Rating: N/A
Summary: Finrod takes a break from delving Nargothrond to go rock climbing, at the urging of his nephew Orodreth. Things do not go as planned and an afternoon's diversion gets out of hand, thus becoming a learning experience for both elves.


Reviewed by: The Lauderdale -- Score: 5

Orodreth glosses as "mountaineer," and this story provides a possible reason for the name. Finrod's impressions of his nephew struck a chord with me. I once had a girlfriend who liked rock climbing, and I was confounded by her movements and ability. It is fun to watch someone else enjoying themselves, but potentially intimidating and/or awe-inspiring if it is in an area where you yourself lack ability. [Wall Spider] culminates in a revelation for Orodreth, who learns that he is good at something the renowned Finrod is not. A nice uncle-nephew story, good use of humor. I did wonder, though, if Orodreth's uncertainty, depicted here, prefigures later troubles due to a lack of faith in his own ability.

Reviewed by: Caunedhiel -- Score: 4

I think that was an interesting piece, there was just enough humour to keep it interesting and Finrod's personality really shined through as did Orodreth's. I loved their sarcasm! Finrod's thoughts were very entertaining and I think you brought his personality into the story with perfection. You are a very talented writer and this was a piece I really enjoyed reading. This line was my favourite: [Finrod looked up towards Orodreth, and discovered that he couldn't see him. There was an overhang just ahead, and the route went straight up it. "Interesting without being hard, Orodreth? I dread to think what you consider difficult!" he muttered, and continued climbing]

Reviewed by: Fiondil -- Score: 4

Being a Finrod fan, I love such stories as this one and it’s nice to see Finrod taking a break from being King of Nargothrond, rock climbing with Orodreth. There’s a touching conversation between these two and it’s more poignant when one remembers their ultimate fates. Finrod’s inner thoughts are amusing and make him more accessible to us who only know him as the King.