An Unexpected Meeting

Author: Bodkin

Nominator: elliska

2005 Award Category: Races/Places: Cross-Cultural - Third Place

Story Type: Story  ✧  Length: Novel

Rating: G  ✧  Reason for Rating: N/A

Summary: One morning in Dol Amroth, an unexpected visitor appears in the private gardens of the Prince. Featuring: Imrahil, Lothiriel, Elphir, Erchirion, Amrothos, Nimrodel, Amroth, Imrazor and Mithrellas. Featuring cameo appearances by Celebrian, Celeborn, Galadriel, Boromir, Aragorn, Elrond and Eomer.

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Reviewed by: elliska  ✧  Score: 10

I don't think I have read anywhere else the story of Mithrellas and her connection to the line of Princes in Dol Amroth and I like exploring undeveloped pieces of canon like this. I particularly liked this piece as you couched it--Mithrellas telling Lothiriel and her brothers about the early history of their family. And this story was so rich--the description of Mithrellas being attacked on the way to the sea was very tense, her time with her human husband was sweet and their separation so very sad, and Mithrellas's departure/the last chapter made me cry re-reading it. I love the casket. I love that Mithrellas learned her son finally understood (he would at that point, I think). I love that Mithrellas copied for them Imrazor's words. I love the heirloom Mithrellas gave Lothiriel. And I love the vert Tolkienesque 'last words' spoken by Imrahil. I especially liked the characterization of these 'minor' characters. I think you did a great job with Lothiriel and her family and of course especially so with Mithrellas. Even characters like Nimrodel and Amroth that are only in a few chapters I think you brought out the most interesting aspects of their personalities. You did a really great job creating a story for what Tolkien only mentions. This is more than a gap-filler. Its finding a new piece of Tolkien's work. I loved it.

Reviewed by: picara  ✧  Score: 6

I really enjoyed seeing what happened to Mithrellas in your story. This is another of those stories that I thought was very tragic (I don't feel that sorry for Amroth, though). I do firmly believe that Mithrellas brought elven blood to the line of Princes in Dol Amroth, so I enjoyed hearing her tell about her past. I thought it was particularly effective that you set it up so that she is telling the story to Lothiriel and her brothers. Telling her story at the same time another Elven/Mannish marriage is taking place makes it more powerful. And you did a great job filling in the canon again in this story. Great story!

Reviewed by: lainien  ✧  Score: 6

This author is really good at taking minor characters and bringing them to life. She did that in Earendil's Tale and she has done that here! I decided to read this during the MEFAs because I had read a few other things by Bodkin that I liked and it turns out I found some really great stories. This is one of them. I love the telling of why Legolas saw elven blood in Imrahil's line--seeing Mithrellas tell her story to her long removed descendents, especially after Arwen's wedding--was a really cool idea (like the telling of Earendil's story to Elrond in her other story). And the story of how Mithrellas came to marry a Man was really well done. A thoroughly enjoyable story!

Reviewed by: Lindelea  ✧  Score: 3

This story stretched my imagination and grasp of the world of LOTR. You know, I never thought about the ramifications of a near-immortal marrying a mortal (except in the case of Arwen and Aragorn). How heart-breaking, and yet fascinating, and after all is said and done, an uplifting tale, even in its bittersweetness.