Middle-Earth Fanfiction Awards

A Fool's Hope

Author: Thundera Tiger

Nominator: unknown

2004 Award Category: Races: Elves: Vignette - First Place

Story Type: Other Fiction : Length: unknown
Rating: G -- Reason for Rating: N/A
Summary: Vignette set in Rivendell after the Fellowship's departure. Focuses on a conversation between Glorfindel and Elrond as they debate the wisdom in both the Fellowship's mission as well as the individuals comprising the unlikely group. A fool's hope? You decide.


Review scores are not available for 2004.

Reviewed by: Ainaechoiriel -- Score: N/A

An valid question makes for a great short story. What was Elrond thinking? And Glorfindel was the perfect one to ask. This story had humor and suspense (though we know how it all turns out, of course) and a valid anser to that question. Thundera fleshed out these two characters wonderfully in the process.

Reviewed by: Larian Elensar -- Score: N/A

Of course, we have the benefit of hindsight, but it certainly must have seemed impossible to all those great and powerful leaders who had to depend on hobbits and love and friendship instead of power. They were all pretty optomistic, considering the way things were stacked against the mission being successful.

Reviewed by: Marta -- Score: N/A

Wonderful! You're absolutely right, anyone looking objectively at the Fellowship would have reason to question the sanity of whomever put it together. You capture something of the humor in this meeting. More than that, Elrond's justifications for his choices actually make sense. Some sense, at least, as much as anything could. Well done.

Reviewed by: Dwimordene -- Score: N/A

You know, for a story based on a serious question, I couldn't help but laugh at Glorfindel several times. For some reason, this line in particular made me chuckle: "And because you have yet to thoroughly offend Thranduil this year, you have decided to send his son into what might be considered certain death. I beg the Valar that this is not the case." Nicely drawn (and at times humorous!) sketch of the reasoning that went into the choosing of the Fellowship. It's one of those decisions that no one, even those making it, can be particularly happy with, and were it not for foresight, even the various laws of necessity probably wouldn't have prevented efforts to change the composition of the company more than once. It's a matter of faith in the end-bolstered by reasons, but ultimately, everyone is relying on trust in the native good will of those going, and that nothing undertaken with such a will can ultimately fail.

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

I loved this stories premise. I think the only thing missing was action between Elrond and Glorfindel. I know they are walking together for most of the fic, but I feel that because of that it was reduced to mostly dialog and I would like to know what gestures and facial expressions they have throughout or even where they are and their surroundings! The middle seemed to lag a bit because of this.

Reviewed by: Avonaus -- Score: N/A

That's nice. I should have read it ages ago, but the title put me off. I like stories that have hope and happiness in them.

Reviewed by: Ellbee -- Score: N/A

I like your take on Elrond's thought processes. Glorfindel makes an excellent point; it certainly looks like there's very little hope as he lays out the facts, and I would tend to agree that not all the members of the Fellowship were the best possible choice. Your Elrond makes the reader believe that, on the contrary, these individuals were the only possible choice.