The Shadow Within

Author: Arandil

Nominator: Thundera Tiger

2005 Award Category: Books/Time: Post-Ring War

Story Type: Story  ✧  Length: Short Story

Rating: G  ✧  Reason for Rating: NA

Summary: Thranduil receives a disturbing letter from an unlikely source. What possible cause could the King of the Green Wood have to travel at a momentÂ’s notice to Ithilien to visit with his son?

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Reviewed by: Thundera Tiger  ✧  Score: 7

I really enjoy stories that focus on just how similar Thranduil and Legolas might be. And also how different they might be, too. This story manages to do both very well. Thranduil's musings on Gimli's letter might just as well have been Legolas's thoughts, and the dance of words that father and son employ when they meet in Ithilien is wonderfully elaborate from both sides. But then the differences start to crop up. I love Thranduil's shock when he realizes that Legolas is measuring time in decades and years, and I love his horror at what mortal friendships have done to his carefree son. But most of all, I love that the perspective stays with Thranduil for the entire story, because it gives the reader a chance to see the other side of the story. It makes Thranduil a very sympathetic character in my mind, at least. And it makes us mourn for everything Legolas has lost in his pursuit of mortal friendships.

Reviewed by: nerwen_calaelen  ✧  Score: 3

An interesting view of the relationship between Thranduil and Legolas. You have made both characters seem believable and the interactions sound natural. I also like Gimli's role in the piece. All in all a clever piece, raising some interesting points.

Reviewed by: Cheryl  ✧  Score: 3

This story grabbed me from the very beginning and held my attention until the end. Legolas can be hard enough to write believably but so often I see the character of Thranduil clumsily and unbelievably written. It is not the case in this story. Bravo!

Reviewed by: obsidianj  ✧  Score: 1

This is an interesting reversal of the curse of mortality. Why shouldn't elves feel the other side of the coin?