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Reviews For If their skill were great enough
I enjoyed the bezel discussion. They're so very engaged with their task, real professionals despite their reservations.
And then, after that, it all goes very horribly pear-shaped.
(I suppose the project was Thingol's way of trying to salvage something from the Turin disaster, but it's always seemed to be such an obviously bad idea!)
Author's Response: Glad that impression got across! :) Yes, my heart hurts a bit about what's going to happen afterwards, which is one reason why I stopped where I stopped.
To be fair, Thingol's got a track record of obviously bad ideas! I don't want to blame him for the Ruin of Doriath... but in all honesty, I don't see how he isn't to blame.
You get right to what tears me up about this part of the story of the Nauglamir: the idea of the craftspeople, the ones who had been coming to Menegroth for generations, and who had names and hands and skills.
And just get obliterated in the mess of politics, doom, vengeance and cultural appropriation that is the first sack of Doriath!
A sad lens on creation indeed.
Author's Response: It's such a stupid mess indeed, and the Dwarves get blamed way too much (by an Elven chronicler, so I suppose it makes sense, but it's still unfair) for some rather understandable reservations. I'm glad that you enjoyed (albeit in a sad way?) my attempt at depicting the Dwarven craftspeople who got involved in the Nauglamír project, and thus, the whole political and intercultural desaster. Thank you!