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Death in Darkness  by Rhyselle 10 Review(s)
Starlight and MoonlightReviewed Chapter: 1 on 9/11/2018
Mellon-nin, this is so great! You are among the best in the Silmarillion fandom. Great job!

LarnerReviewed Chapter: 1 on 10/17/2009
What a horrible way to die!

AlassanteReviewed Chapter: 1 on 1/7/2009
Wow oh wow!!! You didn't tell me you wrote a story about Finwe's death! I'm in awe of this. I recently wrote on this very topic (mine was very different) and I like yours so much better LOL This is just perfect - Finwe was so brave and noble, Morgoth so arogantly evil, and of course Ungoliant totally creepifying! Love it!!

Author Reply: I scared myself when I wrote this and Ungoliant insisted that SHE had much to do with Finwe's death.

Thanks for letting me know you liked it! I liked your version of it too, and was glad to be of help when you were polishing it up. :)

TinkReviewed Chapter: 1 on 7/17/2008
Dang! This was scary! Your Ungoliant combined with Melkor was perfectly done, just enough to scare a poor elf to death. Very believable.

FiondilReviewed Chapter: 1 on 7/15/2008
We know so little about Finw and much of it is somewhat negative, especially his obsession with Fanor, yet he was still the Noldran and here we see him at his best. I loved the image of him cuddling a distraught elfing. That shows his true nature as a caring and loving leader who is willing to sacrifice himself for the sake of his people.

His death, however it came about, is truly horrific and I can only hope that Nmo deals gently with him when he arrives in Mandos.

An interesting look at a character whom we seldom see written in fanfic. I hope this little fic inspires others to write more Finw-centric stories. Thanks for sharing this with us, Rhyselle.

Agape4GondorReviewed Chapter: 1 on 7/14/2008
Awesome bone-chilling tale!

I loved the whole 'practicality' part about the Noldor.

I shivered when Finwe was confronted... Still shivering!

The end was hideous... is this canon... I can't remember quite how this happened in the book.

Once again - great, horrid chapter. Well written!

Author Reply: I honestly didn't write it to be gruesome or bone-chilling on purpose, but more to explore Finwe as a character. I haven't seen any fics where this particular event is described from Finwe's POV before.

Canon does not specifically state how he died. The messengers who came from Formenos tell Feanor that Finwe alone stood against Melkor while the others fled, and the he was slain by the fallen Vala.

The idea of Ungoliant, who in canon did accompany Melkor to Formenos, being the one who actually caused Finwe's death sort of came out of nowhere. But since there were no witnesses of the event, I figured that the elves who returned to Formenos after Melkor and Ungoliant left would have just assumed that it was Melkor who killed Finwe when they found his body.

Thank you for your review. :)

EllieReviewed Chapter: 1 on 7/14/2008
Gruesome and creepy. I admire Finwe's courage, but alas it was for naught.

Author Reply: As I wrote in the story, Finwe realized that it would be for naught, but he had to try, which is what made him courageous.

I hope that it didn't creep you out too much. I admit that Ungoliant gives me more shivers than Melkor does... I'm not comfortable around large "normal" spiders, and creatures like Ungoliant are my idea of a real nightmare!

Thanks for reviewing!

Raksha The DemonReviewed Chapter: 1 on 7/14/2008
Finwe doesn't get as many fannish admirers as his fiery firstborn; but there's no question as to who was a better leader of their people, as Finwe proves here. The urgency of the Noldor's plight and the horror of the last, unequal battle, are very convincing.

Author Reply: I was worried that people wouldn't like this because I did rather reach out beyond canon in the method of Finwe's death, but I wanted very much to show how it was that he came to be the lone one to stand against Melkor when the Vala and Ungoliant arrived at Formenos. I'm very pleased that you found the story convincing. And do count me in the group of Finwe-fans... He ruled the Noldor for a considerable time, and despite his obsession with his firstborn, he was more than just the father of Feanor. I'm glad that I could show that in my tale. Thank you very much for reviewing.

eilujReviewed Chapter: 1 on 7/13/2008
Ugh! I never particularly thought about exactly *how* Finw died. Or about the likelihood that Ungoliant was there. Very persuasive.

Author Reply: I never had before either, but I needed to think about it when my unpublished WIP "Feanor's Choice" hit the point where the messengers came to Valmar to inform Feanor of Finwe's death. And, although Finwe's POV would not be shown in that story, I found the words pouring out in such a manner that it demanded to be in its own tale.

It seems that the general reaction to this fic is "Ugh!" Should I describe it as a fic that inspires that same sort of feeling that causes people to rubberneck at car wrecks as they drive by? *wry grin*

Thanks for commenting on the story!

KayleeReviewed Chapter: 1 on 7/13/2008
*HUGGLES* Ai, poor Finwe!! I hope Namo will be gentle with him...*sniff* he knows what it's like to face the Fallen One after all...*bighuggles* this is so sad!! But it's still brilliant!!


*who wonders if the elfling was anyone in Findarato maybe*

Author Reply: Thanks for reviewing Kaylee!

Oh, I'm certain that the Lord of Mandos will handle Finwe in the appropriate manner.

The elfling was just a child of one of Feanor's craftsmen who had accompanied his lord into exile. Couldn't be Findarato, because he would have been at the festival when the Trees were killed... and he was an adult by that point.

I'm so glad you--well, enjoyed really isn't the right word for something this sad--I'm glad you found something of value in this fic. :)

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