And so our friendship began...

Author: Amarok

Nominator: obsidianj

2008 Award Category: Races: Cross-Cultural: Elves and Men

Story Type: Story  ✧  Length: Medium Length

Rating: Teen  ✧  Reason for Rating: Some violence, but nothing graphic

Summary: An elf is held captive by a group of humans, Strider among them...

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Reviewed by: obsidianj  ✧  Score: 10

This is another of those Aragorn meets Legolas for the first time stories. And while the premise is not new, the execution is unique. In this story Legolas meets Aragorn for the first time as prisoner of a band of humans, Aragorn among them. The meeting starts out bad and gets worse from there. Legolas' impression of these humans is not the best and when he realizes who Aragorn is, old prejudices and stories from his father about the treacherous Isildur and humans fighting on Sauron's side during the Last Alliance raise their ugly head. I was fascinated by the way Legolas interprets any of Aragorn's actions through the filter of his prejudice and comes to conclusions, the reader doesn't expect in a story about the beginning of the friendship between the two. Through the filter of Legolas' logic all his actions make a twisted sense, but the reader, at least this reader, wants to shake him and tell him to really look at this human. Aragorn is still very young in this story. His reaction to Legolas' seeming irrationality when this is an elf and so should be an ally to him, is touching to read. I love the way both characters are drawn, although Legolas is the more unusual characterization. There are some heart stopping moments in this story until finally the two see eye to eye. I can only recommend this story to every Legolas/Aragorn fan.

Reviewed by: Michelle  ✧  Score: 8

I have a soft spot for stories where Aragorn and Legolas meet for the first time and that‘s exactly why I like Amarok‘s stories so much. She has written a whole bunch of them, and each time she surprises the reader with a new approach. „And so our friendship began“ is probably my favourite in that regard, because here Aragorn and Legolas really start out on the wrong foot with each other. Legolas is held captive by a group of humans and Aragorn is among them. Of course, Legolas sees no reason to trust that human, even when Aragorn manages to get rid of the evil humans and tries to get a wounded Legolas to safety. Interestingly, the story is told in first person. That means we only get Legolas‘ view of things. It makes Aragorn look suspicious and not at all trustworthy and we‘ll see his character unravelled through Legolas‘ eyes, who needs a lot of time until he can finally trust this ranger. It also adds a note of mysteriousness to Aragorn's character - it's simply fun to see him through Legolas' eyes. All in all, an excellent tale that deserves to be read. And re-read!

Reviewed by: Larner  ✧  Score: 4

A most interesting look at how Aragorn and Legolas might have met and developed the friendship seen between them in the movie. The trust Aragorn gives Legolas is moving and convincingly portrayed, as is the initial distrust the Elf returns--and with good reason. Excellent villains, and I love how Aragorn gets rid of them--and how he convinces Legolas he does indeed know Elladan and Elrohir well.

Reviewed by: mbumpus_99  ✧  Score: 4

This is an intriguing "what if" tale that explores how Legolas would respond if meeting Aragorn under less than ideal conditions. The actions and emotions are concise and true to character. The herbal knowledge is sound. One moves smoothly from one bit of insight that Legolas gets to the next until finally he has a clear idea of just who his companion is. A very interesting and enjoyable read.

Reviewed by: cairistiona  ✧  Score: 4

One of the more unique versions of "Legolas and Aragorn meet for the first time". I like that it's strictly from Legolas' point of view. It gives us a very interesting first impression of Aragorn--as a Ranger, he can seem a bit "rascally" and no more so than in this tale, where he is "undercover" with a band of ne'er-do-wells. I think my favorite part of this story is the self-sacrificial nature of Aragorn, nearly dying himself to save Legolas. Very exciting part of the story, that. Very interesting "what if..." tale!

Reviewed by: Ainaechoiriel  ✧  Score: 3

Interesting use of first person, not an easy thing to carry off, especially with an Elf, but I began to feel comfortable with it as the story went on. I like this dangerous side of Legolas. He's too often painted as just beautiful. So good use of that and a worthy effort to explain his and Aragorn's friendship.

Reviewed by: nancylea  ✧  Score: 2

they say there are only so many plot lines and yet this is the first time i have found this approach, very nice touch.