Author: Cheryl

Nominator: Marta

2005 Award Category: Races/Places: Elves: Mirkwood

Story Type: Vignette  ✧  Length: Short Story

Rating: G  ✧  Reason for Rating: n/a

Summary: On the morning of his first scouting trip as a warrior of Mirkwood, Legolas has a conversation with his father.

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Reviewed by: Marta  ✧  Score: 6

As with so many of the stories I love, it's the little things I love best about this piece. It's not the whispering to the trees or the many physical hints but the reference to Legolas's larger backstory. Celeduil, Alagos... I recognise them from the unpublished drafts Cheryl has shown me, but even without that, I think this little snippet would show me enough of Legolas's world that I'd be longing to know more. And nice words of warning. I imagine that this is exactly what someone in Thranduil's position (father used to long, hard governing, about to send his sun out into the heart of the danger) would feel and say.

Reviewed by: Thundera Tiger  ✧  Score: 4

Thranduil can be a difficult elf to depict, but I like the way he was portrayed here. One gets the sense that he plays many roles and that he switches between them so often that it's become natural. His moments of nostalgia and his words of warning are those of both a father and a king, and I really like the idea that Thranduil has found a way to balance what might sometimes be conflicting duties.