Middle-Earth Fanfiction Awards

THE DAWNING

Author: digdigil
Nominator: digdigil
2006 Award Category: Genres: Drama: First Age Elves - Third Place

Story Type: Other Fiction : Length: Ficlet
Rating: PG-13 -- Reason for Rating: There is some description of nudity, but no sexual references.
Summary: Maedhros awakens after being rescued from Thangorodrim to find that a nurse is attending to his wounds. She attempts to initiate his healing, both physically and emotionally.


Reviewed by: Oshun -- Score: 9

This ficlet is a great little vignette. The story is a creative explanation of one possible version of the awakening of Maedhros after his rescue from Thangorodrim. Not the usual tragic, angst-ridden fare that is an earmark of most recountings of this scene. Hope, tenderness, gentle care taking: yes, there is all of that in abundance. And I thank you for not giving us brutal details about the loss of his hand. I truly do not want to undermine the serious aspects of the story here, but the author really is quite a tease. Please, nekkid Maedhros—don’t be shy, bat your eyes at me and say that you didn’t think anyone would take it the way that I did. But, in all fairness, and not wanting to scare for the faint-hearted, I must emphasize that there is nothing in this short vignette that is in any way graphic; it is, indeed, most innocent on the surface. But the author cannot deny she is playing with our imagination just a bit here. And when Maedhros comments that he is not what he might have been before, the OFC who is caring for him understandably answers [“although to me your beauty is like that of a sunset.”]. All I can thinks is: Yep, I’ll bit it is. Please forgive the salacious review.

Reviewed by: Rhapsody -- Score: 7

I have to admit that I re-read this short story once a while. This tale is simply beautiful and stunning while each time I read it, I discover something new in it. The manner how the author writes about Maedhros' awakening and how is nurse encourages him reclaim his life is splendidly explored in clear and effective prose. To me this piece feels almost as if Maedhros is reborn again, yes, I know, with one hand less. Digdigil ’s original character, the nurse, serves a great purpose, if not the most important here while Maedhros tries to deal with the shock of loosing his hand while recovering and yet she does not steal the show by being on the foreground too much just as a nurse would be. Serving the patient, giving them hope, alternatives and yet confronting them with reality in a gentle manner. Maedhros’ incoherent thoughts, his mind focussing on the one that rescued him brought tears to my eyes. And this line gives me the chills: [“I am Amaurea,” she replied. “Think of me as heralding the dawn of your new life.” And she smiled at him once more, lighting up his new day with a brilliance to rival the sun.] Simply wow!

Reviewed by: Dawn Felagund -- Score: 7

This story will always be precious to me, for reasons that might be obvious to some. :) As a reader and an author, the awakening of Maedhros after his rescue from Thangorodrim has always been of great interest to me, in part because of the many ways that different authors approach the same subject. Your tender and no-nonsense OFC is left dealing with many of these issues--explaining the loss of his hand, of his beautiful bodily form--and she lends a feeling of both strength and tenderness that is hard to create in a character. One of your strengths as an author, I believe, and so rare in this fandom is the ability to create original characters that are at once realistic and lively and yet do not overshadow their canon counterparts. And I love that the story is gentle and hope-filled where many (myself included) would take this topic in an angsty or even brutal direction. Your stories always cheer me up and lighten my (admittedly) sometimes ponderous moods. Such a lovely little story, Jenni!

Reviewed by: Alassante -- Score: 4

What a wonderful gem about Maedhros. His story is so tragic and seeing him so soon after his rescue dealing with the loss of his hand, was very touching. Jenni wrote him very vunerable and in need of some tender loving care which he got from Amaurea, the handmaiden who encouraged him to think of life with a new beginning. A challenge that he could easily meet. Very good story.

Reviewed by: juno_magic -- Score: 3

A poignant, hopeful glimpse at the first waking moments of Maedhros after he was rescued from Thangorodrim. This ficlet is brief, but well paced. Through an atmosphere that is both sinister and lush glimmer sparkles of eroticism as well as of unexpected humour. A pleasure to read.

Reviewed by: Dreamflower -- Score: 2

Maedhros awakens after his rescue, to find a beautiful nurse looking out for him. A great deal is left to the imagination.

Reviewed by: Marta -- Score: 1

Neat glimpse at how an elf like Maedhros might adjust to a permanent maiming.