Middle-Earth Fanfiction Awards

Prodigal

Author: Aeärwen
Nominator: Elena Tiriel
2010 Award Category: Genres: Drama - Second Place

Story Type: Story : Length: Short Story
Rating: General -- Reason for Rating: N/A
Summary: Two old friends meet again after a very, very long time.


Reviewed by: Dwimordene -- Score: 6

Radagast so rarely gets mentioned in fanfic that I can probably count the number of times he's made a significant appearance on the fingers of one hand. Aerwen takes him and puts him in a situation that is logical, but not one I think I've ever seen before. The actions of the Maiar and Valar in later Ages is a matter of mystery, and apparently, even Radagast thinks that his brothers and sisters and however he might call the Valar have abandoned Ennor for Valinor, leaving humanity adrift. His determination to serve the needs of this world and late, confused Ages strikes me as absolutely right. Even a wizard, however, is not all-knowing, as he discovers - which ought to give him hope and perhaps give the world a better chance. Well done - brilliant idea! I highly recommend this little story to Tolkien fans, regardless of their primary areas of fannish interest.

Reviewed by: Ainu Laire -- Score: 6

Ah, oh no, it seems that your version of Radagast is slowly seeping his way into my head and making a permanent residence there. I *loved* this version of kick-arse Radagast who has the guts to say no to his boss. I love how his modern name is also the combination of his Valinor and Middle-earth name. He did not really do much in the War, save for perhaps the Eagles, and we never hear about him doing anything with Lorien against Dol Guldur... perhaps his staying is also a way to compensate for his lack of action then? But of course, depending on who you talk to, some speculate he was very active in the War, just not written about. Anyways, I really love this assertive Radagast who has taken an interest in the Second-born. You make me believe that if I look hard enough, I'll find him. A great story.

Reviewed by: Virtuella -- Score: 5

This story brought a smile to my face. Aearwen has given an new spin on the familiar theme of ancient ones surviving into modern times. Here we see Radagast beign called home by Yavanna - and refusing the call. His accusations that Elves and Valar have abandoned Ennor and failed to teach humans proper care for the world are very convincing, as is his motivation for staying behind. The story's ending intrigues. I can easily imagine what Thranduil and Celeborn get up to these days, but the Blue Wizards - oh, what a scope of possibilities! Well done indeed.

Reviewed by: Ellynn -- Score: 5

What a wonderful story and description of Radagast! I like how Aearwen portrays his attitudes of Men, Elves and Valar, and I have to say that I agree with him. Many consider that he failed in his mission, but we see that it is not so: perhaps he can't save the whole world, but he tries to do as much good as he can, and he boldly refuses Yavanna's command to return to Valinor. I think that we all should learn from his example: we should look around ourselves and help people/animals/nature as much as we can. Beautifully done! P.s. [faded jeans, the tank top and the hoop earrings] What a picture! Just a little humoristic, but also beautiful. I wish I could see that. But in fact, thanks to Aearwen's writing, I can. I see this tall, strong, gorgeous woman and her smile.

Reviewed by: Elfique -- Score: 4

Well this is how modern day setting fics *should* be written: with a reflection on the changing times and an appropriate adaptation of characters to fit with the modern setting/time period. This is really lovely, an interesting take on both characters - I've never had much time for reading about either of them before but this really had me gripped. Lovely. 'Dr Ghast' seems absolutely perfect as a character appropriation, I love the determination he has to rescue/maintain the world.

Reviewed by: Larner -- Score: 4

It appears that even in our day and age Radagast/Aiwendil might just linger in the Mortal Lands, and he does not respond well when his Lady appears and suggests he just might think of returning West. His reasons for wanting to remain are certainly sound, after all. But it appears that even the once Brown Wizard can be pleasantly surprised.... A story that helps instill hope that we won't destroy what has come to us. Well done, with wonderful details and characterizations.

Reviewed by: Raksha the Demon -- Score: 3

A wonderful short story of Radagast in the modern era. Aearwen captures his quirky, big-hearted and steadfast nature brilliantly. I love the dialogue between him and Yavanna; and the wizard's characterization is quite convincing.