Middle-Earth Fanfiction Awards

The Vessel

Author: Elleth
Nominator: Dawn Felagund
2010 Award Category: Times: First Age and Prior: Mixed Drabbles

Story Type: Drabble : Length: True Drabble Series
Rating: Teen -- Reason for Rating: Story deals with themes that may not be suitable for children of a certain age, regardless of possibly ambiguous interpretation.
Summary: Three linked true drabbles, completed. What if Morgoth had stolen the Silmarils but Finw had lived? A mini-AU in 300 words.

Reviewed by: Thundera Tiger -- Score: 7

This was powerful. Elleth manages to go dark--VERY dark--without actually going there at all because the bulk of the story is told in hints and allusions and contrasts. The first drabble seems to start with hope. Almost. There's an atmosphere about it that suggests hope might not be the right response, but there is still comfort when Feanor discovers that Finwe lives. The second drabble shows the impact of the little "what if," and there is something very disquieting about the statement that Feanor is ["doomed to idleness"]. I absolutely love the imagery of Nienna and Yavanna harvesting fire, and when the request comes for Feanor's aid, it gives me chills. The third drabble immediately plunges into something very dark with its opening reference to Miriel that can't be completed because Finwe is near. I will confess to not being the biggest fan of Feanor, but Elleth makes me feel for him and beautifully illustrates an alternative to his actions that seems even darker than what actually happens.

Reviewed by: Larner -- Score: 3

Had Finwe not died when the Silmarilli were stolen, what might have happened next? Perhaps might Feanor been convinced to give of his own fire to help birth new light for the world? A fascinating might-have-been told in three drabbles, well told and thought-provoking.

Reviewed by: Tanaqui -- Score: 3

This is a fascinating AU, positing a (mostly) more positive outcome for at least one part of the story of the Silmarils. A really interesting conceit, with some very powerful writing.

Reviewed by: curiouswombat -- Score: 2

This is a beautifully crafted drabble trilogy - each word used to full effect to create a whole alternative universe in 300 words and make us feel for the characters as well. Bravo!