2007 Award Category: Races: Elves: With Mirkwood Elves
Story Type: Story ✧ Length: Short Story
Rating: Teen ✧ Reason for Rating: Story centres around a reaction to violence.
Summary: A young Mirkwood warrior discovers what's involved in protecting his home.
Reviewed by: Bodkin ✧ Score: 10
This is an absolutely delightful story! Everything about it is just so well crafted - and the characterisation is excellent. Legolas is a superb captain - and I loved what he said about his Adar! And I could just see Thranduil's proud smile when he heard young Nendir's shy praise of his son. After all - he is Adar as well as King, and there isn't a parent alive who doesn't bloom at praise of their beloved child. Lovely point of view too - I really enjoyed seeing through the eyes of a young warrior - one, too, who was in pain and feeling particularly insecure at that moment. And isn't it just the truth that when we're hurt we want to be home - but that as soon as we get there the concern of parents becomes rather stifling! I loved Nendir's response to reaching safety - and hearing children, both as a reassurance and as a reminder of why he became a warrior. And then there are things like the community of warriors - the feeling of being part of a team that Nendir had barely realised until he was going home, and the horror of battle and the response to killing of even battle-hardened warriors - and how they are willing to share that to comfort one who has barely dipped his toes into the job. Thranduil's royal visit - the effect he has on the healers and patients! There goes an elf with charisma! I'm glad to see that the proud father can overshadow the gracious king, too. That is a gorgeous story, Dot. Just delightful. I loved it.
Reviewed by: Imhiriel ✧ Score: 6
The point of view of the young warrior is used very effectively, it lets the readers experience what he experiences and feels very directly, especially at the beginning when his circumstances gradually reveal themselves. The tight, narrow focus which widens to take in more of his surroundings as he begins to heal fits very well with what someone in his situation would actually register, I think, and so supports the narrative wonderfully. Nendir is an engaging original character I felt immediate sympathy for, in his desire to prove himself a worthy warrior, but feeling just so inexperienced and helpless. It was interesting to see Legolas as a good, caring leader of the men under his command, comforting and bracing, taking their minds from their injuries.
Reviewed by: Jay of Lasgalen ✧ Score: 4
Nendir is a wonderful OC! He seems so young and vulnerable at first, but his injury makes him realise the comradship of an elven patrol. Legolas is wonderful as the patrol's captain, and I like the simple expression of his worries about his father. Thranduil ... Thranduil is just marvellous. Such a short walk-on part, but he steals the show! The way his presence fills the chamber despite his humble dress, and his gratitude for Nendir's words about Legolas. A lovely story, Dot - I'd like to see more of Nendir!
Reviewed by: White Wolf ✧ Score: 3
It was interesting to see things from the POV of a young warrior wounded in his first battle. I liked seeing Nendir's joy at being remembered by the king and also his offer of comfort to Thranduil, the worried father. Legolas was as caring as we know him to be.