Spring Awakenings

Author: daw the minstrel

Nominator: elliska

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

Story Type: Story  ✧  Length: Novella

Rating: R  ✧  Reason for Rating: Sexual situations

Summary: Legolas and his brother Eilian deal with problems at Elven settlements. Love and disaster are both in the air.

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Reviewed by: elliska  ✧  Score: 10

Do I say this in every review? This is also one of my favorite stories of yours.I love Legolas in this. I love seeing him as an inexperienced diplomat making such an effort to represent his father well and willing to sacrifice his leave to do so--he certainly makes sacrifices in the future. I also love seeing him manage Tinar. What a nightmare he is telling Legolas to look after his own horse and insulting everyone that breathes. I just love it when Legolas tells him who's in charge and to shut up and work! I also love seeing Legolas manage the thieves--that must have made him feel a little better. Beliond's appearance was great, as was his subsequent conversation with Thranduil. I almost died laughing at his anger and Thranduil's reaction. Beliond is lucky they go way back and Thranduil knew he was acting that way out of love for Legolas. But I have to say my favorite part of this story was with Eilian and Celuwen. I could not believe it when Eilian Celuwen actually bonded without permission. And Thranduil's reaction to it was perfect. I love him trying to make Eilian see how his actions affect the realm and his cooment the Eilain is too much like his mother--that shut them both up. Great writing there. And the end, with Thranduil's conversation with both Legolas and Eilian, Tinar's just deserts and the feast is wonderful. This story does such a great job with the characterization of both your rich OCs and the CCs. I absolutely love it.

Reviewed by: Karenator  ✧  Score: 10

Oh, Daw! What a wonderful sotry. I was so proud of Thranduil. He recognized the source of his fear for his son, narrowed down exactly what it was that frightened him and admitted it! It seems to me that he never meant to hurt Eilian, he simply wanted to protect himself from the kind of pain he felt when he lost Lorellin, and if possible, push Eilian into being different from his naneth so he could protect them both from this horrible outcome. I think that by explaining how he had come to set up his reaction and relationship to Eilian, it helped Eilian finally understand where his adar was coming from. I can't help but think that while it might not change who Eilian is, it will make Eilian more aware of how his behavior affects those who love him. Gee, it only took them around 350 years to figure this out. What can I say? They're males! :>) Still, it was a wonderfully written scene. It was a difficult but poignant moment for Thranduil, and such a sweet moment when father and son came to an understanding. Utmost in that understanding was that above all else, they love each other. And for Thranduil, the realization that Lorellin is still with him in the form of their son was a real tugger on the heartstrings. Eilian is the living legacy of two of the people Thranduil loved most: His wife, Lorellin and his father, Oropher. Oh my goodness. Just wonderful, daw. Solith is a slow learner, but he seems to be catching on. Thranduil was the king and adar through and through at that moment when he asked if the old goat would dare to insult 'our son'. And the best blessing the old coot could come up with was one involving the political advantages of the union of one of the settlers and the king's son...and a sort of backhanded acknowledgement to his daughter's happiness! Bless his heart. He has a long way to go. There were so many nice little details that I loved. The extra food the people brought out of love for Eilian. The ring that Thranduil had given Lorellin at Eilian's conception. Legolas searching the crowd. Thranduil's sense of loss while watching Eilian and Celuwen dancing. Maltanaur riding all night to be present at the celebration. And of course, Beliond. The ending was also well done. How strange it must have felt for Eilian for Legolas to be riding back south while he stayed home. Of course, Beliond will not let the whelp out of his sight. Thranduil seemed to be in a different place with his sons, and it was doubly hard for him to see Legolas leave again. As difficult as it was, he let his son go. A very touching moment. Such a good story, daw. This was a real triumph of personal examination for your characters. Way to go!

Reviewed by: Larian Elensar  ✧  Score: 6

I guess this is another favorite of mine. I agree that Eilian isn't given enough credit, and it's about time Thranduil saw it...and that part of is anger with Eilian is because he's so much like his mother. Now...as far as Solith and Anyr are concerned...Well, Solith needs a big smack upside the head and Anyr needs a keeper of his own. I think Thranduil really should have cut Eilian some slack for getting married, I mean, in the long run, I think Celuwen will be good for both of them and the realm....and even for the settlements, they can better see Thranduil's side, and he can better see theirs, thanks to her.

Reviewed by: Bodkin  ✧  Score: 6

In some ways I think this is my favourite of all these stories. I just love the sheer Eilianishness of Eilian. And yet, at the same time, he is filled with such love and joy and irrepressibility that he copes with the fact that he is always driving Thranduil to the edge. Solith is so - well, pugnaciously resistant to all coaxing - and Thranduil manipulates him in such a skilful monarchical manner. And Legolas - is just so heartfelt and well-meaning and attracted to that elleth - and, at the same time, growing into his adult skin, so that he is able to take on the mature role he is given. And Tinar! I need say no more. Good story.

Reviewed by: jastaelf  ✧  Score: 2

Here I am cutting and pasting again.... There is always just something refreshing and brilliant about this story for me. I have gone back and read, then re-read, this tale many times. And yes, I will say this about many of the stories that have been nominated this year. The characterizations here are brilliant. daw has a great eye for such details, and she uses language so beautifully... there are no dull thunks in my head when I read her works, no "this doesn't ring true", because she takes (in my mind anyway!) a great deal of time and hard work to craft her stories. Elves are proper Elves, Men are proper Men, Hobbitses are Hobbity, Dwarves are Dwarven... and it all comes together as a lovely whole. I could go on forever. There are so many sparkling examples
. But the part that sticks out is the whole part about the celebration of Eilian and Celuwen's binding. Poor Solith, whottagit.... heh...
SO well written... and my thanks for creating a suite of OCs that I love as much as Tolkien's originals, for their own sake as well as for the simple fact that they are true to Tolkien! (grin) Thank you, daw, for this lovely piece of work!