Meldir: At First Sight

Author: Eresse

Nominator: unknown

2004 Award Category: Races: Elves: Romance - Second Place

Story Type: Other Fiction  ✧  Length: unknown

Rating: PG  ✧  Reason for Rating: N/A

Summary: The twins' and Legolas's first encounter in Greenwood the Great leads to a close and lasting friendship.

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Reviewed by: Larian Elensar  ✧  Score: N/A

I've heard lots of theories about why Gil-Galad was unable to go to Oropher's aid, but I have to admit that this is the first time that I've heard it was because he was shagging Elrond! *grin* I have to say that I love how you set up this whole plot of Elrohir loving Legolas, but the Mirkwood elves not following the 'ancient path' (for some very logical reasons). What I really like about it is that I can tell you've planned this out and the plot really does support a long story. I do have the added advantage of having read these installments before, and I'm way past them now, but you didn't fall into the trap that a lot of fanfic authors do--falling in love with the response and feedback and writing chapter after chapter when the story is really over. What I mean is that I know some authors who have actually finished their main plot, but like the rush of feedback so much that they keep adding, sometimes for many chapters. You aren't doing that. Your plot is well organized enough and planned out and strong enough that you can write many chapters, and still move the plot along, without any of them being...gratuitous. Now here, in the rest of this fic, not only do you flesh out the main plot, but you start adding in the sub-plots and a few more characters and making the main characters seem more familiar and likeable. I particularly liked your description of the difference between Rivendell and Greenwood in part three, how the Wood elves needed to be more feral, really. And also that neither was 'better' than the other, they just adapted differently to their situations. I also liked part four where you gave Elrond and Thranduil both very good reasons to be upset with each other, but also good reasons to make peace. Part Five and Six - I like how you're not trying to rush this piece. You're letting things develop slowly, and Legolas and Elrohir don't just jump into bed together. Like I said, it's a good main storyline, and it's nice to see it being developed.

Reviewed by: Lady Aranel  ✧  Score: N/A

I don't like slash, but I couldn't stop reading this! The characters are well fleshed out, the romance believable. Maybe because it is a reluctant Legolas who needs to be romanced. Whatever the reason, it worked for me. I fell in love with the characterization of Elrohir. Well done!

Reviewed by: Mirasaui  ✧  Score: N/A

I liked Eresse's vision of Greenwood and her comparison between Thranduil's realm and Elrond's. In spite of thhe darkness that resides in the forest, the beauty of the land and the love of its people are revealed. Her description of the twins and Legolas make them almost too good to be true, but she tempers this by their mischievous behaviour, all done in good-natured fun. Not only is her story about the mischief and mayhem of the trio, she adds a bit of humour to Tolkien with tidbits of ribald rumour - Gil-galad's hinted dalliance with Elrond and not so secret crush on Thranduil. A fun, entertaining read!