2006 Award Category: Genres: Humor - Honorable Mention
Story Type: Other Fiction ✧ Length: Medium Length
Rating: G ✧ Reason for Rating: N/A
Summary: Why do the sons of Elrond express their frustration in the secret tongue of the dwarves? Do they know what they are saying? Was Celebrian in the know? Then Elrond was a lore-master. . . whereas Celeborn was not called 'the Wise' for nothing. Why did Gimli feel the need to educate Legolas? And what did Aragorn think? Who knew who else knew? What might the twins then choose to do about it all? Galadriel was less than pleased with Legolas . . . And the twins are scheming.
Reviewed by: Perelleth ✧ Score: 10
Life in the Blessed Realm -well into the Fourth Age and beyond- is never boring. Not with Elladan, Elrohir and Legolas trying to adjust to their peaceful surroundings and taking advantage of general lightness. But jokes are given and taken in a delightful story in which we get to see Celeborn, Galadriel, Celebrían, Elrond, Glorfindel, take their revenge at the younger three elves thanks to a certain "misunderstanding" that took place back in the Third Age.The glimpses of that period -with Arwen. Aragorn, Gimli making part of the conspiration- are funny, bittersweet pieces of flashback, as some of the main characters recall the origins of a joke that seemed to be lost in time and that unexpectedly backfires against all of them in the Blessed Realm... Writing fun, agile, witty dialogue is one of Bodkin's talents and it shows greatly in this tale of sparkling humorous exchanges. Differences of personality and relatonship between parents, grandparents and friends mark the evolution of the game. Everyone is truly in character, which is another treat. And yet, we can get to see how life in the Blessed Realm eased the worries of some of those duty burdened elves, as we knew them by the end of the Third Age. We are shown a group of merry creatures who are finally free of burdens and can look back to their past with a pain that has been softened by time and understanding.
Reviewed by: elliska ✧ Score: 4
The twisted web of events and conspiracy and 'who knows what' that you weave in this story is absolutely hysterical. The character interactions are so witty/clever and so in character at the same time, which is something so many authors fail to do well. Gimli is absolutely great in this, as is Galadriel. And the ending revenge is so much better than anything more aggressive would be. Great story!
Reviewed by: Larner ✧ Score: 4
This is one of the most hilarious stories I've read here, and certainly got my own mind turning, trying to think of phrases they might possibly have been using. I found it most stimulating, to the point I was inspired to add my own story to the saga. Bodkin's inventiveness and sense of fun in this story is well, well worth the read, and I still enjoy revisiting it at times.
Reviewed by: Imhiriel ✧ Score: 4
Vastly entertaining read, that much more poignant and layered because the humour and silliness are contrasted by sad experiences and dark history. Very good characterisations (I especially like your Celebrían) and dialogues, well-handled relationships. The various "curses" sprinkled cleverly throughout the narrative are hilarious as well as highly inventive.
Reviewed by: Dwimordene ✧ Score: 4
This is the sort of joke that starts wars, if you're in the Douglas Adams universe. Fortunately, this is Arda, so there is a chance to exchange apologies for the remainders of pride. The snowballing of a family joke, one I think the brothers E rather deserved, given their original attitude, is amusing and successfully draws in Galadriel, Celeborn, Glorfindel, Elrond, Celebrian, Legolas, and even Arwen, Aragorn, and Gimli. Delightful and an excellent example of just how far out of control these sorts of things can get. Well done!
Reviewed by: Gandalfs apprentice ✧ Score: 3
This story, which I read as it was posted, gave me many moments of delight. The inventiveness of the Dwarven--ahem--phrases is splendid, and had me giggling every time. The first scene, with the description of Legolas's reaction when first hearing the words in question, is priceless. Thanks, Bodkin!
Reviewed by: Raksha the Demon ✧ Score: 3
Fascinating and cleverly written story of the consequences over several millenia of a Dwarvish joke played on the sons of Elrond. I particularly enjoyed the relationship between the twins and Glorfindel here; and those amusing secrets of Glorfindel's childhood.
Reviewed by: Dreamflower ✧ Score: 3
This is utterly hilarious! The idea of a joke, spanning nearly the entire Third Age and well into the Fourth, and involving ultimately almost every major character in the books, finally coming to rest is more than merely amusing! It is side-splittingly funny! And it is just the sort of joke Elves *would* find humorous!
Reviewed by: Linda Hoyland ✧ Score: 2
An enjoyable and entertaing story.It is always handy to know a few oaths in a foreign tongue !