Middle-Earth Fanfiction Awards

I Return

Author: Coriel

Nominator: unknown

2004 Award Category: Times: The Lord of the Rings: Cross-Cultural - Third Place

Story Type: Other Fiction : Length: unknown
Rating: G -- Reason for Rating: N/A
Summary: The homeward journey for Legolas, from Gondor to Greenwood and beyond. Some insight into what the War of the Ring must have meant to the quietest and oft neglected member of the Fellowship, together with his and Gimli's subsequent efforts to achieve acceptance in opposing worlds.


Review scores are not available for 2004.

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

It's my opinion that not nearly enough has been written about the journey back to Greenwood and Erebor. Thankfully, Coriel fills in the blanks. Both Legolas and Gimli are strong, imposing characters in this tale, but despite the presence of my two favorite characters, I actually like the story best for the minor characters of Glorfindel, Thranduil, and Kali. I don't think I've seen Glorfindel portrayed quite this way before. He's both familiar and distantly noble, which is an interesting contrast. Thranduil is discerning, shrewd, and practical. He and Gimli share a lot in common, which is interesting because Legolas compares Gimli to his mother while Gimli compares his mother to Thranduil. And finally, the OC Kali has become the defining model of dwarven women. I loved her character, and I loved her almost brazen independence.

Reviewed by: Aelfwina -- Score: N/A

I found this story very absorbing. I do not normally read stories which do not feature hobbits; this one had the four in the first few chapters, but by the time Legolas and Gimli said farewell to them, I was thoroughly engrossed and did not miss them. What most impressed me was the very *Elvishness* of Legolas and the *Dwarvishness* of Gimli. Their differences were celebrated as being just as much a part of their friendship as the things they had in common. It was a realistic look at the friendship as well, showing that the efforts they made to forge new bonds between their peoples were not completely successful. This story, however, was. I enjoyed it greatly, and was sorry to see it come to an end.

Reviewed by: Ainaechoiriel -- Score: N/A

I really wanted to read this one, even though my time was short if I wanted to get any other stories read for Amnesty Day. I'm very glad I took the time. It is a masterful work, definitely long but never boring. It's a long trip back from Isengard to Mirkwood (and then Erebor) after all. Coriel dealt with the sea-longing and Legolas's inner conflict with it maturely and realistically. I liked her characterization of Thranduil and that she didn't make Gloin a softy. It would have been too easy if Legolas had managed to win him over in just a few days. No, Coriel made the right choice there. I also love the idea of a love for Legolas in the undying lands. I, for one, hold out hope that she has not married another and will be glad to receive his message from Galadriel. This story is well-written, engrossing and encompassing. I laughed at times, I cringed at times and actually got tears in my eyes at one particular time (Legolas and Thranduil's talk about the sea-longing). It is not lacking in plot and does not lag, and I think I have improved my vocabulary because of it as well. I could see what Coriel described, very well, though at the same time I was perplexed by how she might have seen it in her mind's eye and thus so wonderfully translated it into words. And what about the one's she heard? Legolas creating his own harmony with echoes in Aglarond. That was incredible! Beautifully done, Coriel. I am impressed.