A Crown of Woodland Flowers

Author: Jay of Lasgalen

Nominator: Bodkin

2007 Award Category: Races: Elves: With Mirkwood Elves

Story Type: Story  ✧  Length: Short Story

Rating: General  ✧  Reason for Rating: N/A

Summary: Tolkien tells us that the Elven King loved jewels and gems - yet he wore a crown of woodland flowers. This is the story behind the origin of Thranduil's crown.

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Reviewed by: Bodkin  ✧  Score: 10

This is such a charming story. I love the characters - well, of course, Thranduil's charms go without saying, but it is good to see him matched with a wife who clearly understands him - and can manage him - so well. Good for Telparian! I was glad to see her put her foot down. Business will, after all, still be there tomorrow - and the day after and the day after that! And so will the bureaucrats, especially since they are elven bureaucrats. Thranduil needed a holiday from the tedium of ruling - and there's nothing like telling the help that they'll have to wait to make them realise who is the boss! I love boyish Thranduil being tipped in the water by the stone - he covered it quite well, (plenty of practice in disguising unfortunate slips, perhaps) but I'm sure he was very glad that the only witness was one sufficiently devoted to his cause to look on his slip as charming. And it was just the kind of day he needed. The symbolism of the crowns - and the relevance to the two of them - is very touching. I'm sure it must have made it hard for Thranduil to continue with the tradition after his wife's death ... although perhaps the continued feeling of closeness to her and the sharing of this private moment might have been more helpful than not after a while. This is a delightful episode in the life of Mirkwood - and I thoroughly enjoyed it.

Reviewed by: Imhiriel  ✧  Score: 7

Dynamic story-telling, very vivid dialogues. Evocative descriptions. It's so nice to read about this day away from duty, just the two of them enjoying freedom, nature, and being together. The fact that in the beginning we are told some of Thrandul's duties, makes Telparian's plan all the more understandable. Both characters are fully-realised and sympathetic. The interaction between the characters is realistic, moving and very romantic. I like this portrayal of Thranduil's wife: I have always thought she must have had a strong personality, but with a softer, playful side, and your version of her fits very well with this idea. Thranduil himself is characterised equally well: he is clearly a king, but relatively new to his duties after his father's death (not yet the imperious authority figure of TH), and with great love for his wife. And what a wonderful idea for the origin of the crown! His wife's idea, the "magic" to keep the flowers fresh, the fact that the crown would change with the seasons...

Reviewed by: White Wolf  ✧  Score: 4

This story gives us a glimpse of the deep, abiding love between Thranduil and his wife, Telpariani, as they escape the responsibilities of leadership and take a day solely for themselves. It is a beautiful, well-written story that makes us want to chuck our cares, run away and do something just like that. It made me believe this was the very way Thranduil got his crown of woodland flowers. I love it.

Reviewed by: Nancy Brooke  ✧  Score: 3

A lovely thought, but more than that, a lovely story truthfully told and without cliche. Your Thranduil is perfectly balanced - despite the mishap with the rock - equal parts joyful husband and forceful bureaucrat. The voices here sound most natural.

Reviewed by: Larner  ✧  Score: 3

Thranduil and his wife share a most wonderful begetting day, and we learn how it was that Thranduil came to wear ever a crown of flowers and leaves. Marvelous moment of peace for one who will know much of threat and war in the future.

Reviewed by: Marta  ✧  Score: 2

Nice job capturing the carefree quality of this moment! It was light and thoroughly enjoyable; I liked reading it.