Middle-Earth Fanfiction Awards

Thranduil's Dilemma

Author: Aeärwen
Nominator: Nieriel Raina
2011 Award Category: Humor: Comedy/Drama - Honorable Mention

Story Type: Story : Length: Short Story
Rating: General -- Reason for Rating: N/A
Summary: The relationship between a writer and her characters can often be strange and wonderful, especially when the character in question is the Elvenking of Mirkwood...


Reviewed by: Virtuella -- Score: 9

Dear Aeärwen, this story gave me such a huge grin! You have such a beautiful sense of humour. I am a connoisseur of metafiction and as such I absolutely adore this piece. What an original idea to have the facfic author engage in negotiations with the character about the contents of a story, what an even greater idea to have her bribe the character with a more tempting story when the one proposed is not palatable to him. And is there really a demand for Being-rescued-by-Thranduil stories? I confess I would not take the risk of being bit by a cat-sized spider for such an encounter, not unless there was some real first class wining and dining included in the offer! Anyway, I had this image of a Mirkwood car park where all the middle-aged ladies leaver their vehicle and follow a very well-trodden path to the rendezvous point, only to find that Thranduil, bored out of his wits, makes conversation as dull as ditch water. What a delightfully whimsically, charmingly silly story this is. I enjoyed it very much indeed, and thank you. PS: I hope you found your way home promptly and without any need for assistance…

Reviewed by: KyMahalei -- Score: 8

It's great to see Aearwen kick back and really enjoy a conversation with one of her characters. I suppose it's the mark of a very accomplished writer. This story offers a lighthearted give-and-take between Thranduil and Aearwen. There's a little job she wants him to do but he's not sure if he wants to be compliant or not. The subsequent conversation is lighthearted and sparkles with humor. Aearwen has written many stories about Thranduil and it was fun to see a new facet of Thranduil, although Aearwen managed to keep him fully in character. His movement, his dress, his tone of voice; all reflected the character that we've come to know and love One of the things I enjoyed about this story with the way that Aearwen folded in some of the characters and story ideas from her own universe. There is really a story about a blind woman who falls in love with Thranduil. I'm enjoying her IDD story of Thranduil and company sailing to a new land even now. This story could easily serve as a starting place to enjoy many of Aearwen's works,that I'd encourage anyone to be willing to do.

Reviewed by: Caunedhiel -- Score: 3

:) That was so funny! Both characters were indeed amusing and I absolutely loved Thranduil's reaction to the printout's of what certain ladies wanted to do to our woodland king. Thanks so much for sharing :)