Middle-Earth Fanfiction Awards

The Lure of the Darkness

Author: Ainaechoiriel

Nominator: unknown

2004 Award Category: Genres: Horror - First Place

Story Type: Other Fiction : Length: unknown
Rating: R -- Reason for Rating: Mirkwood spiders
Summary: Pre-RW: In the time of the Necromancer, an Elf child goes missing. Legolas and a patrol go looking for her.


Review scores are not available for 2004.

Reviewed by: Thundera Tiger -- Score: N/A

I'm a sucker for any fic that enhances the darkness of Mirkwood, and this fic not only does that but also shows the contrast with Thranduil's realm. Together, it makes for a very dark setting at the end of the fic. I love the idea that the elves most at risk in the dark were those who had never seen light. And the fic seems to embody that idea, giving us the light first before the warriors move into the dark. We know exactly what the shadows and why they should be feared. It's an incredible parallel between message and structure. I love also how Legolas is portrayed here: confident and bold but also prudent. He knows where to push and where to turn back. We conclude on the edge of the darkness, because Legolas and the other elves refuse to go closer to Dol Guldur, and we are thankful that they do not. Great writing and great atmosphere.

Reviewed by: Sulriel -- Score: N/A

I find this to be wonderfully realistic and horrible, a parent's nightmare, regardless of if they are Elf or human or anything else. Great job!

Reviewed by: Lady Aranel -- Score: N/A

I found this particularly scary, possibly because of the creepy spider characterization. . I also thought Legolas was very well done, valiant and in character. I would have liked to have seen his reaction to finding the body of the child however. The ending seemed pre-emptive. I would have liked to seen if they would have fled or if Legolas, angered, would have sought to slay the spider. Alas, I'll suppose I'll just have imagine what might have happened on my own.

Reviewed by: Elanor -- Score: N/A

Aye, that is a horror story as I think a horror story has to be: suspense, hope fanned and quenched. Good speech, good story line. The horrific thoughts of the spider. I think my horror would have been even more intense if I could have heard also some angst thoughts of the child. I am missing a bit a philosophical background, but really only a little. Well crafted story.

Reviewed by: ElenaTiriel -- Score: N/A

So scary, Ainaechoiriel! The spider is so very seductive, and the elfling so very vulnerable… Your details about the way that spiders feed are extremely creepy and unfortunately, far too accurate -- and horrifyingly graphic. The trees being so involved in the darkness that they taunt the Elves is a nasty touch, as is the fact that the loss of the child reminds Legolas of his mother (with the kicker being that trees saved him!). (BTW, "desert" s/b "dessert")