Forgetting War

Author: Karenator

Nominator: Elena Tiriel

2005 Award Category: Books/Time: The Lord of The Rings: Elves

Story Type: Vignette  ✧  Length: Short Story

Rating: G  ✧  Reason for Rating: n/a

Summary: When Legolas heard the cry of the gulls, his life in Middle-Earth was changed forever. What was it that the cries awakened? What is sea longing? My take on the allure of the light in Valinor.

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Reviewed by: Elena Tiriel  ✧  Score: 7

The profoundness of Legolas' thoughts and observations is truly amazing, Karenator. I felt like I was experiencing a transcendant spiritual moment right along with him. The language in this story is so moving, so lyrical, so poetic, so evocative. I could almost feel the strong emotions raging through Legolas as he marvelled at this terrifying and wonderful new feeling. I love the touch with the Great Horned Owl. How like Legolas to speak with it, and to think about it with such respect! I also like Legolas' anchoring at the end by his friendship with Gimli. Entire new vistas are being opened to him, to his wonder and sorrow and joy and regret. I, too, now have an understanding of what the sea-longing must have been like, an understanding that had eluded me from Tolkien's lack of writing on the subject. Very beautifully written, Karenator! Thank you for sharing it with us!

Reviewed by: elliska  ✧  Score: 6

I think you do a fabulous job of portraying Legolas and the sea-longing in this short amount of space. I never thought about how Legolas might have felt after hearing Galadriel's words until I read: "I had spent the latter part of our journey since we departed from Mithrandir thinking I should prepare to meet my kin in the Halls of my people who have departed these shores by death." And seeing that he was thinking that and then seeing how the real meaning of her word impacted him was really powerful. His introspection was so well written, and I love the conclusion: "Go quietly," I admonish this longing, "for I will not go yet." Wonderful! And then that last conversation with Gimli. Outstanding. This is a great piece!

Reviewed by: sulriel  ✧  Score: 3

a bittersweet and poignant view of Legolas and the longing he feels. ...what torment to have lived with that for so many years, what a blessing to have the lifespan to have the years with his friends before he answers that call. very well done, and enjoyable and thoughtful read.

Reviewed by: Aliana  ✧  Score: 3

The vivid imagery in this story helps bring to life Legolas's sea-longing in the midst of the Ring-War. So much of it is more or less internal monologue that it easily could have felt heavy-handed, but the author keeps things moving along at a good pace, culminating in a reminder of deep, steadfast friendship.

Reviewed by: Leaward  ✧  Score: 3

What depth you've created, Karenator, managing to get into Legolas' head like that. I can feel the sea spray on my face, the wind in my hair and hear the cry of the gulls. Beautiful. A wonderful moment of when Legolas realizes the meaning of Galadriel's mesage to him and hears the gulls cry.