Middle-Earth Fanfiction Awards

Night and Fog

Author: Azalais
Nominator: Marta
2005 Award Category: Races/Places: Rohan: Original Characters - Third Place

Story Type: Vignette : Length: N/A
Rating: PG -- Reason for Rating: scary imagery
Summary: "They reached the west-shores of Anduin a little north of Sarn Gebir, as they had trysted; and there received horses and raiment that were secretly ferried over the River." What a lad from the Eastemnet saw one night in July 3018 on the banks of the Anduin.


Reviewed by: Thundera Tiger -- Score: 7

Dark and chilling! Horror is always difficult to convey through words alone. It's much easier if you have access to a soundtrack and some fancy camera work. But Azalais does a remarkable job in this story of bringing to life the terror of the Nazgul, and I think a big part of that success is due to allusions. There are a few powerful ones throughout the story, including the title itself, but the one that stood out in my mind was that of a wildfire driving all the creatures before it. I've seen the power of a wildfire and the havoc it can cause, so envisioning a similarly desperate flight before darkness instead of flames gave me some very chilling images. And the narrator's own observations about something coming and how it kept coming were a brilliant build in the suspense. Approaching evil is sometimes just as frightening as evil that's already here. Beautiful mood work, and excellent writing in describing a very difficult scene.

Reviewed by: Dwimordene -- Score: 6

This is a great story to read late at night, preferably in October. The idea of watching the Ringwraiths clothe themselves and acquire form, where before there had been nothing, takes you back to the days of watching the closet door for the monsters that would surely emerge from their invisibility once the lights had been out long enough. The description of all the animals fleeing for their lives, as if before a great fire, is very evocative; I've heard that sort of story recounted before by my mother, who actually saw it as one of the evacuees, and the image of the animals fleeing and sometimes burning as they ran left a great impression on me that is brought back to life, if in a more chill way, by this story.

Reviewed by: ErinRua -- Score: 4

Brrr! Now this is a tale I would not have looked for, but oh, is it wonderfully done! I love the storyteller's voice, the sense of days long past and yet chillingly unforgotten. Azalais does a splendid job of bringing the terror a young observer would have felt to clear and awful life. A real Stephen King touch to it all that gripped me to the very end, leaning towards the unseen narrator just to get scared a little more! Very well done and most unique.

Reviewed by: Marta -- Score: 2

I liked this. You captured a sense of terror very well, and I also like the fact that you incorporated those subtle cultural cues, like having Aragorn crowned in "Mundburg". This was a very interesting and well-told piece.

Reviewed by: nerwen_calaelen -- Score: 2

A clevely told tale. I like the way you use the imagry in it to make the pictures very vivd. Your narrator is a very believable character and his vioce shows cleverly throyght the piece.