The Days of Wine and Roses
2009 Award Category: Times: Post-Ring War and Beyond: Aragorn - Third Place
Story Type: Story ✧ Length: Short Story
Rating: General ✧ Reason for Rating: N/A
Summary: It's the night before Aragorn's coronation and the king-to-be is a little worried, but will good friends, and good wine, make him happier, or just make him panic more?
Reviewed by: Virtuella ✧ Score: 8
I enjoyed this charming ficlet very much. A very original idea, and well executed with a sweet touch of humour - hm, I wonder exactly who has had too much wine? The characters really come to life even in this short space, with their very natural sounding dialogue. You have incorporated your promps in a very unaffected and convincing way that doesn't seem at all contrived. It is delightful to have the mithril shirt linked to Legolas and to revisit scenes from The Hobbit. The way you explain it, it makes perfect sense, in fact one wonders how one could not have thought of this before - after all, there can't be that many princes in the Greenwood. What I liked best, for some reason, was the whole image of the Greenwood coming to life again, the departure of the gloom and shadow, the roses, the trees - lovely! I liked the frame, too, and to imagine that in his absence, Professor Tolkien's story would take on a life of its own. It's not easy to write a really long review about a very short story, but let's just say again that I liked it very much indeed.
Reviewed by: Jedi Sapphire ✧ Score: 7
I thought your narrative device of beginning and ending with Professor Tolkien in Oxford was the best thing about your story. It made it somehow more real, and you managed to capture the atmosphere of LotR with that. I loved the friendship and easy camaraderie you showed between Legolas, Elladan and Elrohir. I think it's quite likely that they would have been friends, being probably among the last young Elves left in Middle-earth at the time, and also having fought the same battle for centuries. I also enjoyed Legolas' conversation with the Hobbits. It's easy to lose sight of his cheerful spirit in all the angst surrounding the story, but you've not done that. ["Personally I think he's acting a little odd he never usually shares his best wine with anyone; Man, Noldor or otherwise, but a good son never insults his father." "No" grinned Aragorn, "but he's quick enough insulting his friends!" Legolas shrugged and smirked back, "And isn't that why you all love me so?"] I adored that bit of conversation - to think they could have been talking like that on the eve of what must have been one of the most terrifying days of Aragorn's life! Legolas' last line also flowed beautifully into your closing sentence. I am really glad that I had the chance to read this.
Reviewed by: Thundera Tiger ✧ Score: 5
I enjoyed the way this story seemed to merge the plot into two time periods. It created an intriguing overlap. I also love the warmth and affection in the LotR scenes, particularly those involving the Fellowship members. There's a real sense of camaraderie and friendship. Tying in the mithril vest was a nice touch, and I was particularly taken with the notion that Legolas thought it looked ridiculous. That's a great characterization touch that kept me smiling. Also a nice touch was the idea that Mirkwood has a reputation for keeping good wine on hand, even if it's the imported variety. Elladan and Elrohir certainly made the most of that little tidbit.
Reviewed by: Antane ✧ Score: 3
I love the way the "bookends" at the beginning and end are part of the tale, that even as the Professor is writing, this is happening, and it is happening because he is writing, or is it that it's happening and that is why he is writing? I like that better!
Reviewed by: Linda Hoyland ✧ Score: 3
A delightful moment in which Tolkien's world and our own overlaps on the eve of Aragorn's coronation. I loved the nervous king to be and how clever to distract him with the true story of BIlbo and Frodo's mithril shirt. Whoever would have guessed the original owner? A most enjoyable story.
Reviewed by: Dreamflower ✧ Score: 2
I really enjoyed the way this story was bracketed by the appearance of the Author of the source material; the story was both affectionate and humorous as well.
Reviewed by: Larner ✧ Score: 2
A nice piece that gives backstory for the famous mithril vest Bilbo and later Frodo wore, tying in nicely with other stories Aranel has written. Nicely detailed.
Reviewed by: Sevilodorf ✧ Score: 2
A nice glimpse of friends. But there seem to be far too many story threads for such a short story.
Reviewed by: NeumeIndil ✧ Score: 1
A nice idea, but it needs grammar help.