Middle-Earth Fanfiction Awards

Elladaniel

Author: Aeärwen
Nominator: Nieriel Raina
2009 Award Category: Genres: Drama: Elrond and Family - First Place

Story Type: Story : Length: Novel
Rating: General -- Reason for Rating: N/A
Summary: The Sons of Elrond return to Rivendell to prepare for their father's departure. Their continuing story, told from the perspective of a child rescued from Minas Tirith 2 years after the War of the Rings.


Reviewed by: Nieriel Raina -- Score: 10

A gripping sequel to a powerful story, and one that continues the tale of Ivoreth, a young poverty stricken girl and her sister who have been adopted by Elladan. Here we see Ivoreth's early days with her new family, making mistakes that have long term consequences and learning that her new family can be trusted. But not only she has lessons to learn. The sons of Elrond also must learn the hard way that raising an orphan girl from the streets of Minas Tirith is not as easy as they first may have thought. The trip home to Imladris will be filled with many dangers, and not just from the journey itself, but the heartache of a group of people bound together and still learning how to interact without causing one another pain. From Minas Tirith to Lothlorien and on to Rivendell, Ivoreth meets legendary members of her new family and finds a place for herself and learns that she really is a part of her family. This story, told from Ivoreth's perspective, is gripping from start to finish. I had to wipe my eyes more than once. I simply loved Elrond's role in this, but I think most of all, I liked seeing Elrohir come to terms with what he had done and forging ahead in a fragile relationship with his new niece. It was also nice to see Elladan settle down with such a wonderful woman. What a lucky twist of fate has landed these two young girls with such a loving if unusual family. Brilliant!

Reviewed by: Elena Tiriel -- Score: 10

Aerwen's story, "Elladaniel", is that of a young girl orphaned in the Siege of Minas Tirith, who is adopted by Elladan Elrondion after she sought aid to heal her critically ill younger sister. The girl, Ivoreth, is nearly destroyed emotionally after having tried to keep her three siblings alive for two years after the Siege, always hiding from authorities in fear of being taken to a fearsome orphanage, or being punished for having to steal. Two of her siblings died despite her best efforts to parent them. That fragile emotional health is endangered in this story by her having angered Elrohir, who bears her a grudge for having stolen from him, without understanding that she had lived in bare survival mode for so long that stealing was all she could do to keep her family alive.... In this story, the twins return to Imladris with the two surviving sisters, with a stay in Lorien. We see the very slow process of Ivoreth being healed, with help from her new grandparents in Lorien and grandfather Elrond in Rivendell. I really enjoyed how we see Ivoreth's inner thoughts, and how they mismatch the expectations of her new family... and how she gradually learns to trust again as she acclimates to the, to her, strange life of peace in Rivendell. A beautiful story... well done!

Reviewed by: pandemonium_213 -- Score: 10

With [Elladaniel]. Aeärwen continues the story of one of the more memorable and wonderfully drawn original female characters in Tolkienian fandom (she's right up there with Serindë), and that is young Ivoreth, the orphan of Minas Tirith in [Light Fingers]. In this sequel, we find her and her little sister Raini, whom she so fiercely protected in the first novel, traveling with their adoptive father, Elladan, his brother and their train to Imladris with a stopover in Lothlórien. Aeärwen gives Ivoreth an excellent voice, that of a young girl who, although brought into the fold by the compassionate Elladan, is still adrift. There's plenty to keep her off balance, too, including Elrohir who is not altogether an easy sort of fellow. That's something I particularly appreciate about Aeärwen's portrayal of the Firstborn: they are quite human (as per Tolkien's writings on the subject) but still retain that sense of the Other. I enjoyed seeing the formidable Galadriel and lordly Celeborn in Grandmother and Grandfather mode (neither one trivialized though), and I loved Ivoreth's growing relationship with Elrond as well as Elrond himself, who clearly has a hole ripped in his heart, but who finds some healing with this young mortal girl, his adoptive granddaughter. And Ivoreth? It is not an easy road, but she finds acceptance, trust and love. Aeärwen handles the many challenges that Ivoreth faces with sensitivity and grace. If I was invested in Ivoreth's story in [Light Fingers], then I am all the more so in [Elladaniel]. Here's hoping that Aeärwen will continue the story of this wonderful OFC into young womanhood and beyond.

Reviewed by: SurgicalSteel -- Score: 6

What a phenomenal story this continues to be! What I absolutely adore about this tale is that what might end with happily ever after in a fairy tale doesn't quite. Ivoreth, a young orphan girl who was rescued from Minas Tirith's unpleasant underbelly in 'Light Fingers,' has been adopted by Elladan. Rather than everything bein instantaneously perfect and magical, Ivoreth and her new family have struggles to face. Her adopted uncle doesn't trust her initially (and with reason), and she and the rest of the family must overcome that. She has her own fears to overcome as well - the terror that now that she's been given a wonderful life, it may be taken away from her. She has to learn that it's possible to trust others, and to trust herself as well. Beautifully told - yet another of Aearwen's tales that now resides on my Sony Reader for frequent re-reads.

Reviewed by: Oshun -- Score: 6

There is such a lot to like about this story. The creation of an interesting OFC is always a boost for the fandom, especially when it is done well. I particularly liked the look at a less savory side of Minis Tirith in the original story in this series [“'Light Fingers”]. I was pleased to see that the writer chose to follow up on the interesting scenario she had created. I like the different look at Elladan and Elrohir, which departs from the usual fandom tropes on those two characters. Struggles and trials in the aftermath of the Ring War would naturally be expected—one cannot have a story of war without covering the inevitable devastation and “collateral damage” that accompanies it. Too many stories skip those elements in favor of a rather straight-forwardly happily-ever-happy format.

Reviewed by: elliska -- Score: 6

I followed up reading the first part of this story once I figured out it had been continued. I was very happy to see that because Ivoreth is really a delightful, well-rounded character. This part was a great follow up. I enjoyed seeing Ivoreth start explore the harp and riding and writing. I love Galadriel's gift to her. And I loved seeing her give Arwen's gifts to Elrond and Erestor. That was great. And I was glad to see her and Elrohir reconcile. Still, as with any relationship between Elves and Men, there is the melancholy of loss and separation. I really do hope you continue this even further. I'd love to see her as a young adult lady. (If for no other reason than can you imagine having to court and Elf's daughter!) Great stories. I loved them both.

Reviewed by: curiouswombat -- Score: 5

I am greatly enjoying this story of the scared and, at first, mentally scarred little girl and her recovery from the traumas of her early life now that she is part of the extended family of her adopted Ada. At times things are almost too painful to read, and the bitterness with her Ada's brother was resolved just in time for it not to be TOO much. Her developing love of music is a pleasure to follow, and how she is developing loving relationships with those whose loss she must now face is both fascinating and sad. I am always pleased to see a new chapter being published - I think, as a compliment, this speaks for itself.

Reviewed by: Larner -- Score: 5

I don't know that I'll be able to do as many reviews as I did last year, much less review all of your stories, Aearwen, but I did wish to tell you how much I appreciated this one and how it follows so well from the last story in the series. All would not be perfect and easy for a mortal child of Ivorneth's experience who has been adopted by one of the Peredhil twins--that you have caught very well. I found Elrohir's bad behavior to be troubling at first, considering how nastily and persistently he was rebuffing the child's attempts to beg pardon; but the manner of the resolutions I find to be spot on. A good read!

Reviewed by: Thundera Tiger -- Score: 5

It's always fun to find a story from the perspective of a fully realized OC that also sheds new light onto the canon characters. Ivoreth is nicely drawn, with attention paid to both her past and her potential. At the same time, she works wonderfully as a foil character, bringing out interesting traits and attitudes in the characters around her. Together, it seems as though everyone grows up a little throughout this story, coming to better understand one another and to better understand themselves. A great look into the inner workings of Elrond's family as only a child (and a mortal one at that) can show.

Reviewed by: Mysterious Jedi -- Score: 4

I have very much enjoyed this story. It gives a unique view of life in the Peredhil family. It has been a pleasue watching Ivoreth start to heal and become part of a family. It is also interesting to see that the members of the House of Elrond are not perfect. It took Elrohir half the story to start acting sensibly! This is just the kind of story I like. There's plenty of angst, but also lots of comfort and warmth. The author has done an excellent job.

Reviewed by: Dreamflower -- Score: 3

An interesting story, about a young girl orphaned by the war of the Ring, and taken in and adopted by Elladan, along with her little sister. This story focuses on her adjustment to her new circumstances, and the attachments she makes among the Elves. Overall, a good look at the impression Elves would make on a young mortal.