Middle-Earth Fanfiction Awards

Servant of Elbereth

Author: Beethoven's 7th
Nominator: Leaward
2005 Award Category: Races/Places: Villains - First Place

Story Type: Story : Length: Short Story
Rating: G -- Reason for Rating: n/a
Summary: In Mordor, it is not only Gollum who follows Frodo and Sam ...


Reviewed by: Rhapsody -- Score: 10

Servant of Elbereth is a gem of a story. I love Beethovenís 7th perspective coming from an orc, who feels very non-essential in the events surrounding the battle around the One Ring. I like how Beethovenís 7th takes her time to unfold the story, very delicately and at the same time gives us a different perspective on how Sam and Misterfrodo managed to go on during their final miles to destroy that trinket. It is a short story, but there is so many in it, that it gives you the idea that it is much longer then it actually is. As for our main character, Hahrvye, I see a change in him throughout the tale. Deep down, in my humble opinion, Hahrvye, is still elven enough to crave for redemption, want to fight for what is good in this world. It is incredibly touching to read that before he dies, I think, he remembers who he once was and whom he once loved: Varda, the lady who loved the elves so much and guided them with her stars. To me Hahrvye, though marred Ė just like Arda herself-, becomes an elf again. Now, once you finished reading the story, you really have to read it again and you will read it from a different perspective. It makes you wonder if instead of his own inner drive, Varda has guided him all along to follow the halflings and shows him the way to return to the light. This detail alone makes this story outstanding, this besides a good command of the language, a good story writing technique. A incredible story Beethovenís 7th, I can only hope to see more if this incredibly well written work coming from you!

Reviewed by: MysteriousWays -- Score: 10

This was a plot bunny that Beethoven's 7th kept trying to force on me. I loved the idea of the one good orc doing his part to aid in the quest but for the life of me it was not a plot bunny I felt inspired to nurture. Beethoven's 7th was persistant. She kept bringing the plot bunny out for me to take notice of. Each time she revealed more details to the plot. It was not long before I was encouraging her to make use of her plot bunny. Finally she did and to what a tremendous success. This was her first effort at writing fan fiction. A daring first effort in that it is a story about a completely original character and an orc at that. There isn't a huge market out there for such stories. In a letter to his publisher Tolkien stated that he hoped that others would be inspired by his own work to create and add to the world of Arda and it's people. I feel that this story honorably fullfills that hope. Beethoven's 7th went out on a limb and considered an aspect of Middle Earth that is often overlooked in favor of what is glamorous and beautiful. She delved into a place of darkness and despair and found hope and a hero. This is a tale that this reader believes Tolkien would have been most pleased with. And even touched that Beethoven's 7th was able to go into his place of darkness to find yet another glimmer of light. I hope that Beethoven's 7th will continue to introduce us to more little known and unheard of characters of Middle Earth.

Reviewed by: Leaward -- Score: 8

Beethoven's 7th has provided an interesting look into the workings of an Orc's mind in this story. I've always wondered if there was an element of good left in an Orc, considering that usually evil does have some element of good in it and it would be nice to think that an Orc, especially one who was originally an Elf and not born Orkan, could remember and return to that world that he was supposed to inhabit, the Elven world. I like how her character thinks 'misterfrodo' is a single name and doesn't see it as two separate words. It is attention to details like this that make me like a story because it shows that the author is attempting to get into the character's mind and provides a less flat character. While staying canon to Frodo's and Sam's movements, the author has managed to inject a separate viewpoint, and an original idea within the storyline of the Quest which is a difficult task to achieve. I hope the author continues writing, and allowing us to see Tolkien's world through fresh eyes. And that is the whole idea of fanfic writing.

Reviewed by: pearltook1 -- Score: 8

This is an incredibly powerful story! Beethoven's7th touches on a subject not often dealt with, and even more rarely dealt with in so mature a fashion. Servant of Elbereth is based on the knowledge that Orcs are ruined Elves. Hahrvye is no orc that just for some unknown or shallow reason is nice to Frodo and Sam, becoming like a good dog to them, this follows insightful lines of reasoning that would cause an orc to seek a different path. Hahrvye is an orc that has for a long time felt he had once known a light - a special light - and he has never lost completely the feeling that light gave him. When he sees the light from the Phial of Galadriel, he recognizes it as his light, the light of his memory, and decides he must watch over these small beings, who he knows as Sam and Misterfrodo. Add to this that Frodo and Sam never even know Hahrvye is there, and the author does an even better job of giving her story the feeling of a canon piece of fanfiction. The ending is superb! With the death pangs and fire of Mt. Doom all around you, it leaves you flooded with the hope that all good things are possible.

Reviewed by: Thundera Tiger -- Score: 4

Fascinating. Tolkien has tales of elves who seemed to tread on the darker side of life as well as elves who ended up Houseless because of it. But we never get to hear if this holds true for any orcs, and I like this orc's curiosity about something that's always drawn him. It's not a complete change of heart, necessarily, but it's a glimmer of light that he has to follow, and he changes along the way. Interesting idea.

Reviewed by: Chathol-linn -- Score: 3

An interesting and unconventional look at an Orc. Even the name is unconventional. I wonder why - did he get to name himself, perhapds distinguish himself in orther ways than just actions? This story holds the promise of some good adventures and character development, if the writer wanted to show how the character go to be the way he's protrayed here.

Reviewed by: Marta -- Score: 3

This was a great idea. I loved the thought of an orc who was not completely abandoned by the Valar: that he had a purpose besides killing. It also gives new meaning to Elrond's words that the Fellowship would find friends on the road in the least likely of places. The POV on this piece worked especially well.

Reviewed by: Rabidsamfan -- Score: 3

I remember reading this as a challenge story, and it still has power now. To have an orc, by some twist of fate, still hold a scrap of the light of Elbereth in his heart is something I would never have considered, but the idea works well here, as do his observations of the end of the Quest.

Reviewed by: sulriel -- Score: 2

What a lovely little villain, and yes, it does help to explain some things that seemed to otherwise be glossed over. Keep up the good work.