Middle-Earth Fanfiction Awards

Comfort

Author: Aeärwen
Nominator: Nieriel Raina
2010 Award Category: Times: Modern Times

Story Type: Story : Length: Short Story
Rating: General -- Reason for Rating: N/A
Summary: A young woman finds herself in a very strange, and yet familiar, place.


Reviewed by: Thundera Tiger -- Score: 8

This story packs a warmth and a hope that took me by surprise. Which is entirely my fault. Aearwen is an author who is an absolute master of emotions in stories, so I really should have expected to be completely absorbed by this tale. In any case, this reads like something fanciful with an almost haunting atmosphere. I think that's aided by a wistful longing for things that can't endure and reunions that can't keep. But at the same time, it's a grounded story and both realities (Elrond's and Emma's) are given their due. Not a few have written about crossovers from Aragorn's descendants somehow meeting up with their elven relatives, but this one feels plausible. It's not a REAL meeting, but it's close in the sense that I could see this dreaming talent show up in the Telcontar line. And that plausibility gives weight to the emotional appeal. So although the story begins in grief and ends with yet another parting, it feels much brighter in the conclusion and the weight of sorrow has lifted. A beautiful mix of modern times and elven wisdom.

Reviewed by: Ainu Laire -- Score: 4

I do enjoy your version of Thranduil. Yes, he does like shiny things perhaps a bit too much, but he genuinely seems like a great guy, which is good to see after so many negative portrayals of him. It is interesting to see how elves completely forget how fast the years pass for mortals, he not realizing that the little girl he once knew was long dead. Again a well-written one shot on your part, Aearwen.

Reviewed by: Ellynn -- Score: 3

I love the idea that Elrond and Emma could travel in dreams to the world of the other. It must be a great comfort not just to her (who found comfort in hard time of her life), but for him too - because this way, his beloved Arwen and Aragorn are not really dead, but live through their descendants. Lovely story.

Reviewed by: Vanime -- Score: 2

This is one of my favorites by Aearwen by far! I do love stories with Elrond in any capacity and this one doesn't fail at all to do justice to the great elf-lord. Highly Recommended!

Reviewed by: Larner -- Score: 2

A sweet new encounter between the distant daughter of Kings and her so-great grandfather,,,, Poignantly written.