The Spy

Author: daw the minstrel

Nominator: meckinock

2006 Award Category: Races: Elves - Honorable Mention

Story Type: Other Fiction  ✧  Length: Short Story

Rating: G  ✧  Reason for Rating: N/A

Summary: Before he was Legolas's bodyguard, Beliond was a spy for King Thranduil. This is the story of one his adventures near the Sea of Rhun.

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Reviewed by: Perelleth  ✧  Score: 10

This is an hilarious tale, and a wicked backstory for he who is about to become LEgolas' keeper, aka "Nana" and who will be well known for insisting on keping his charge well away from from trouble... And here we see Beliond bored and seeking a bit of action in a town of Men! This, and his supplanting the minstrel, and his noticing that the lord was angry.. made me laugh until my head hurt..why, this is reckless Beliond, mixing with foregin human affairs and with his deep knowledge of human behaviour... NO surprise he mistrusts them so much. Legolas would be torn between amusement and awe if he heard him tell stories like this!. The pace is fast, like an old movie in which the hero goes through all kind of trouble in an almost flippant way, yet we also get a good glimpse of Beliond's particular self in his actions. ONe cannot help pitying this quite mischievous, displicent, almost "sophisticated" elf who is about to be turned into Nana to the king's youngest son. And I would have paid to see THranduil's face as he issued the command. This character is so full of life, contradictions, understandable ticks that one cannot help but liking him so deeply, and seeing him as a strong pillar in Thranduil's realm. Another wonderful piece.

Reviewed by: Bodkin  ✧  Score: 10

I do love Beliond. And feel sorry for him - although, don't tell him that. He might not appreciate the sentiment. He spends so much time alone - and far too much time among people he despises. I would love to see him forced to spend enough time with a man to come to appreciate his good qualities and have to admit that not all men were that bad. Really. Despite their bad odour, poor singing voices, inclination to deceive and inability to hear the trees. But this story is a delight. Spying with bells. Actually, literally. Abun doesn't know how lucky he is - and neither do the townsfolk. I love seeing Beliond manipulate all the people in the town - picking pockets is another of his talents, it would appear! And, of course, seeing Beliond tugging down the back of a too-short tunic is rather delicious, too. And this special mission Thranduil has planned for him - it couldn't have anything to do with a princeling on the point of warriorhood, could it? I'm not surprised Beliond was a little miffed at his change in role. Although it will be good for him. It is time the elf returned to the fold and opened up a bit. A fun story. I like picturing the old curmudgeon disguised as a minstrel singing for his supper. I want to join the Beliond fan club!

Reviewed by: elliska  ✧  Score: 6

Oh you were obviously in quite a mood when you wrote this. The tone of it is so...cheeky all the way through. I love Beliond's thoughts on trusting Men and his reaction to the minstrel and the women. Poor minstrel. ;-) And the language! Anyone who says swearing limits the vocabulary has never heard the Middle-Earth curses that you invented for this. Hilarious! But I have to admit, I would pay money to see this filmed. I have a very nice picture of Beliond in my mind and the short coat only helped matters. ;-) But my favorite part was the last paragraph--so he thinks he can manage Thranduil, does he. Well he didn't 'manage' him at that meeting, I think. This was a hilarious and really well done story. I was so glad you did one focusing on Beliond--and it was so perfectly him too. Great!

Reviewed by: dkpalaska  ✧  Score: 5

This story almost deserves the "humor" designation for all the comedic elements, but Beliond would most certainly not appreciate that! He is one of the most interesting and appealing characters from Daw's well-populated legion of OCs, and that is saying a a lot. As always, her characters are well-drawn, even the briefly-mentioned men and women of the town. Really enjoyed Beliond's multi-faceted talents and how the low cap/short coat played a bit of havoc with his dignity, and his wonderful observations about the people and situations around him.

Reviewed by: Raksha the Demon  ✧  Score: 5

Cleverly written vignette by daw the minstrel, about one of her OMCs, Beliond, an elf of Mirkwood, who has been around and seen a lot. In this tale, he is spying on Men near the Sea of Rhun, and decides to facilitate a local regime change. Beliond is an interesting character, sly, smart, musically gifted as one would expect of an Elf, and with a wealth of years of experience behind him that is not so much stated as implied. I liked the line, toward the end, where Beliond assumes that he can properly manage Thranduil, who he also serves with apparent devotion.

Reviewed by: obsidianj  ✧  Score: 4

In this nice little romp Beliond, one of Daw's original characters, helps the ruler of a town of men to keep his rule. I love the gossiping maids who classify the males around them after parts of their anatomy. The original minstrel has nice legs, Beliond who takes his place has a nice bottom. The picture of Beliond constantly trying to drag the too short tunic down was too funny.

Reviewed by: Dreamflower  ✧  Score: 3

I really enjoyed this story. Beliond is one of the author's oft-used OCs, but one doesn't have to be familiar with the backstory to appreciate this. It's a bit of a romp, really, as he acts as an instigator to stop a palace coup in a city of men. I love his impersonation of a minstrel, and the serving women's appreciation of his bottom, LOL! A very fun story!