The Dragon Bride

Author: Malinornë

Nominator: Russandol

2011 Award Category: Elves: Wilderland - Honorable Mention

Story Type: Story  ✧  Length: Short Story

Rating: General  ✧  Reason for Rating: N/A

Summary: A dragon has moved into the Lonely Mountain and threatens the existence of mortals and Wood-elves alike. According to ancient lore, it can be persuaded to leave, if provided with a suitable bride... A romantic fairy-tale adventure, based on some of the characters and settings in 'The Hobbit', but taking place about 165 years before Bilbo finds the Ring.

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Reviewed by: Russandol  ✧  Score: 8

I was attracted by this story because of the traditional "Once upon a time" openining. This beginning evolves into a charming adventure told by... well, you'll have to read and see. Like all classic fairy tales this one features the essential handsome prince (already a king in this case, no matter) and a courageous, unselfish girl who accepts to go on a doomed quest to defeat a dangerous dragon. Ok, so far, so good, but the questionable method to achieve victory requires a bizarre maiden sacrifice. Yes, and this combination of elements is based in Middle-earth and makes perfect sense. Of course the quest does not quite progress as expected by our intrepid heroine. There's a few nice strokes of humour that made me smile along the way and a brisk storytelling pace to kept me reading avidly until the satisfying end, which includes a legendary fairy-tale kiss and more. A wonderful read with the added bonus of giving us some (no doubt true) background story about the Wood-elf wife of a very popular (and often maligned) King of the Greenwood!

Reviewed by: Raksha the Demon  ✧  Score: 5

A delightful tale of the taming not so much of a dragon as of a certain Elven-King. Malinorne spins a fairytale within the established history of Middle-earth, when a young elf-woman agrees to participate in a ritual that will supposedly enable her to enchant Smaug and induce him to leave Erebor. Only, as it turns out, through a very credible circumstance, that Smaug is not so easily enchanted... Excellent picture of life in Mirkwood with the Elves besieged not just by vicious giant spiders, but by Smaug the Magnificent; and their resilience as a people and individuals. I love the ending!

Reviewed by: Linda Hoyland  ✧  Score: 4

A delightful fairy tale of the Elves of Mirkwood who are troubled by the presence of Smaug in their vicinity. An old woman tells a story about how a maiden might charm the dragon away and a brave girl, the wreath crown maker to King Thanduril volunteers. Romance ensures, when Thanduril realises that he cares for the brave girl. An entertaining and highly original tale.

Reviewed by: Oshun  ✧  Score: 4

I am running, running out of time! I did enjoy this fairy tale for grown-ups very much. It is beautifully written by Malinorne and gives a fresh interpretation of the canon. Well worth a read whether the fairy-tale genre is one of one's favorites or not. Of course, it is timely and not out-of-place at all to want to read a story about a dragon in light of all of the ongoing discussion of the upcoming movie of The Hobbit. Thanks for sharing.

Reviewed by: Liadan  ✧  Score: 3

This is a wonderful story. It develops an interesting background about the Silvan people. When their lore shows that they have an effective and ancient way to deal with dragons, they begin plans to implement it. But it is the Sindar who are the most skeptical and hesitant for it to be done.

Reviewed by: Keiliss  ✧  Score: 3

Sort of a fairy tale for adults and a story I really love. More than worth a read, it's a kind of curl up by the fire piece of fiction, beautifully written. I wish I could give it a longer review, but I have twenty-five minutes left... Do read it.

Reviewed by: Dreamflower  ✧  Score: 2

A cute little fairy-tale set in Mirkwood, and told in the style of bedtime stories! A fun story.