Middle-Earth Fanfiction Awards

Tinkling Bells

Author: Ainu Laire
Nominator: grey_wonderer
2009 Award Category: Genres: Ficlets: Elven Lands

Story Type: Story : Length: Ficlet
Rating: General -- Reason for Rating: N/A
Summary: Less than 1000 words one-shot. Erestor and Glorfindel have a conversation... of sorts.


Reviewed by: Thundera Tiger -- Score: 7

I must confess that I've asked myself this particular question, too, but coming from a slightly inebriated Erestor, the question is much more entertaining! But before getting into that, I have to compliment Ainu Laire on the tone established during the first part of the ficlet, where Glorfindel treats us to an almost wistful happiness. It's a gentle tone bolstered by a flowing narrative, and it all comes to an abrupt end when Erestor appears and demands to know what the story is behind the bells. The sudden shift and contrast in tones adds to the bewildering air of how this topic even came up, and amidst all the bewilderment is an irreverent humor that doesn't seem to care that this is Arwen's wedding. It's going to poke fun at Glorfindel regardless of the circumstances, prompting Glorfindel to seek out the Dorwinion that has made Erestor so happy. A wonderful blending of contrasting wit and tone!

Reviewed by: grey_wonderer -- Score: 6

I found this story charming with a touch of sadness about it. This isn't the usual sort of story that I normally look for when reading fan fiction. I usually stick closely with hobbit stories but this story lured me away from the hobbits for a while. The author does a wonderful job of writing the thoughts of one particular guest at Aragorn and Arwen's wedding and also answers a question that more than a few folks may have considered when reading Lord of The Rings. I enjoyed this very much. The central character of this fiction is Glorfindel. I highly recommend this story to everyone that enjoys Lord of the Rings no matter who your favorite characters might be. Take a minute and read this one. I know you will be entertained.

Reviewed by: Celeritas -- Score: 4

If the MEFAs were not scored by review length, my review for this tale would be but three words: Best. Gapfiller. Ever. Ainu Laire can’t have been the only one to wonder about where the tinkling bells on Asfaloth’s harness came from (apparently, so did Erestor). From that intial poser, the conversation develops naturally and humorously. One is left with the impression that Glorfindel is never, ever going to live this down…

Reviewed by: Virtuella -- Score: 3

Oh, very good point, very good point. You have delftly exploited a gaffe in the original story. Silly idea indeed to ride about on sneaky errands with a horse that tingles like Santa's sleigh!

Reviewed by: Larner -- Score: 3

I suppose the question did need to be asked, as to why Glorfindel outfitted his horse's harness with tinkling bells. And it is asked now, but in such a circumstance? A strange place and time, perhaps to ask the question, and an odder one to ask it to begin with. Gently humorous.

Reviewed by: Linda Hoyland -- Score: 3

This was most enjoyable.even though I've never been greatly interested in either Erestor or Glorfindel, but like the writer I have wondered why Glorfindel had bells on his horse's harness. This delightful story attempts to provide an explanation.

Reviewed by: WendWriter -- Score: 2

This made me laugh. The idea of an inebriated chief counsellor challenging Glorfidel on his choice of harness for his horse is as sublime as it is ridiculous. I love it!

Reviewed by: Faoiltierna -- Score: 2

This was simply adorable. I love it that even such a small line in Tolkien's works can inspire wonderful little stories like this. Such fun!