Middle-Earth Fanfiction Awards

Cry of the Gull

Author: Ithilien

Nominator: unknown

2004 Award Category: Genres: Drama: Gap-Filler

Story Type: Other Fiction : Length: unknown
Rating: PG-13 -- Reason for Rating: violence
Summary: Legolas finds himself battling his own mind as well as evil forces during the battle at Pelargir. Missing scenes from ROTK featuring Legolas, Gimli, Argaorn, Elladan and Elrohir.


Review scores are not available for 2004.

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

Wow, I read that what...one line in the book and really thought nothing of it, just that Legolas was now drawn to the sea. I really liked your take on it, how you fleshed it out by showing not only how Legolas reacted, but also Gimli, the twins, and Aragorn responded. Aragorn feeling responsible seemed so in character for him, too. Nicely done.

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

It's pretty much a given that I will love anything Ithilien writes, but this story is beautiful in its pathos and its imagery. No one does sea-longing quite like Ithilien, and her take on it is heart-wrenching, especially in latter stories. But in this story, we see a different side of it, particularly in the last chapter where it become a haunting song that echoes the entire world. It's as though Legolas is more complete now. And thought that will change in years to come, for the moment, he has found a part of himself he never knew and he is willing to embrace that part, whatever may come of it. The journey to reach this acceptance was a great retelling of the Paths of the Dead, and I loved how Aragorn remained a background character for much of it, which I think very appropriate given what they were doing. Instead, it fell to Elladan, Elrohir, and Gimli to pull Legolas through, and that unlikely trio came through in spades. Great characterization all around and a wonderful look at the sea-longing as experienced by Silvan elves.

Reviewed by: Ainaechoiriel -- Score: N/A

This was one of the first LOTR fanfics I ever read. And it got me started reading WIPs. Grr... But it was that good. It hooked me. I think these "missing" scenes are my favorite type of LOTR fanfic. The characterizations were really well. They felt like themselves. I liked Gimli's and Legolas's interaction and I think Ithilien hit on Aragorn's weight (of duty) really well. She wrote of the sea-longing beautifully and I really liked the end where Legolas sang, and that way shared a bit of the music of with Aragorn.