2005 Award Category: Races/Places: Elves: Post-Ring War - First Place
Story Type: Story ✧ Length: Novella
Rating: PG-13 ✧ Reason for Rating: Minimal violence
Summary: The elves of Middle Earth seek to find themselves new homes in the Blessed Realm.
Reviewed by: elliska ✧ Score: 8
I think this was the first story of yours that I began, Bodkin, and I have to say it is one of the best little mysteries that I have read in a long time. I love the idea of the elven leaders of Middle Earth striking off into the wilderness in Valinor to find their own realms to rule / their own space. I cannot imagine certain ones of them (Thranduil and Galadriel) doing anything less after a while. And the mysteries that develop--who is plotting against whom and who is the leader of the the elves that the scouts encounter--are very well handled. Great pacing--I like how you trickled out little details here and there. I said several times before that one of my favorite aspects of this story was the characterization of Thranduil, Celeborn and Galadriel. It was truly perfect in my opinion. And their dialogue was in character, witty, and at time hilarious. I loved it. But being the huge Thranduil fan that I am, I have to admit that my favorite part of the story when all is said and done is Legolas and Thranduil finally seeing Laerwen. That was so perfectly done. I absolutely loved it! Great story!
Reviewed by: Thundera Tiger ✧ Score: 7
LOVED the politics and the mystery. Wonderfully creative yarn of a story that had me guessing left and right. There were even a few well-crafted red herrings thrown in. I have to admit that I suspected Camentur for a while as he was the first one to accuse Calion when no one had seen the actual shot. But I'm rather proud of myself for figuring out much of it by the end, though there were still a few curves. I knew it would boil down to a personal vendetta rather than a plot against the Sindar, but I was looking at Elerrina as the target. Great epic, and nice treatment of very sensitive issues, such as kinslaying. And kudos for a wonderful Finarfin characterization. He's always intrigued me, and I like his portrayal as wise, understanding, and merciful but also ruthless and creative when it comes to getting what he wants.
Reviewed by: picara ✧ Score: 6
The aspect of this story that strikes me the most is the characterization. These are all canon characters and many (Galadriel, Elrond, Legolas, Celeborn, for example) are very well developed in canon. Your version of them seems perfect. So do the less well known canon characters (I especially like Thranduil--he is one of my favorite elves). They all seem to have such unique voices and that is impressive given the size of your cast in this story. And I like the plot. I have often thought how well governed Valinor must be with all the former elven kings there. :-) The idea that they would look for regions to rule seems very logical. And the intrigue that you built into the plot was very well paced and suspenseful. And I love the ending. Great story!
Reviewed by: Larian Elensar ✧ Score: 5
I pretty much sat down and read this in one sitting. It moved a bit slowly for me at the beginning, but then the action starting getting a bit faster. I have to admit that all the names and how they were connected was a bit confusing, maybe a sort of key/legend would be good at the end of the whole story, something to refer to. Overall, it was a very good mystery, action story. Very enjoyable read. Oh, and as soon as the strange elves in the wood mentioned a 'Lady' I just *knew* it had to be the person it turned out to be :) And I'm glad I'm not the only one with a thing for happy endings! Perfect!
Reviewed by: lainien ✧ Score: 5
I went back and read this after reading about the antagonist in the "In the Garden" story. I like this too. The idea of the newly arrived elves in Valinor wanting to seek out land of their own seemed right to me--Valinor would indeed be very well governed with all those former lords in it. And the mysteries--who was responsible for causing trouble in Thranduil's House and who was the Lady in the new lands--were really well paced. I liked learning more about the 'villian' that I'd already read about and I liked seeing Thranduil's reuinion. Great story.
Reviewed by: Dreamflower ✧ Score: 3
This is another story set in Valinor, and we see the Elves who have returned to the West, or have arrived for the first time, adjusting to their lives there. I hope to finish this one, I could only get partway through it in the time I have, but I find it very intriguing.