Thranduil's begetting day

Author: daw the minstrel

Nominator: Perelleth

2006 Award Category: Genres: Humor - Third Place

Story Type: Other Fiction  ✧  Length: Medium Length

Rating: G  ✧  Reason for Rating: N/A

Summary: Men and Elves gather to celebrate Thranduil's Begetting Day. A cast of thousands, mostly OC. And, I fear, a descent into farce. My apologies.

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Reviewed by: Perelleth  ✧  Score: 10

Any of Daw's stories is a jewel, but this one is a particularly amusing commedy of sorts, with people getting into and out of scene, all full of good intentions and marked for disaster. A light tale of a highly amusing chaos, with plenty of screen time for her delightful OCs. In the first part, the setting is displayed and we get to know what it is on store for each of the characters. Thranduil's efficient daughter -in-law is in charge of the operations, and for once all the males in the household are supposed to follow her well-laid plans. Thranduil is most comfortable in his appointed role, the easiest one, no doubt, and he greets his guests -be it family or human allies- regally. Legolas spends a good part of the story fighting an evil plot concocted by a cunning aunt playing match-maker. Eilian is mistaken for a stable hand and manages to find advantage in it, and Sinnarn, Thranduil's adventurous grandson, is busy enjoying himself and enlisting his friends to help him unearth a perfect gift for his beloved grandfather. Precisely the search for this gift, which is basically the rest of the story, proves disastrous for some of the more serious, effcient and composed elves in Thranduil´s staff, and the great fun of seeing them running madly into the woods is simply indescribable. The radical, and perfectly captured difference between Men and Elves adds up to the mayhem, as the human guests try in vain to make sense -according to their understanding- of the elves' more than strange behaviour. This ocnfusion offers added amusement to the already mad story, and it all ends up with Alfirin battling a monstrous headache and all of us readers claiming to know how Beliond got back at all of them. Hilarious,delightful commedy. Thranduil never had such an entertaining. begetting day!

Reviewed by: Bodkin  ✧  Score: 10

This is a delightful dance of characters - all come together for pleasure. Aunt Glilan and her determination to provide suitable maidens is most amusing (unless you're Legolas) and I would like to know how Eilian managed so successfully in a single exposure to deter her from ever trying again to find him a bride. Then there was Eilian - entertaining Toviel in the stables and being mistaken for a stable boy. Whereas, as we all know, there are moments when he is more of an unstable boy. I loved meeting Calith's son. Admiring the activities of Sinnarn and Maltanaur's grandson. I imagine friendship with Sinnarn caused much the same dread in parental hearts that friendship with Eilian did some half-century or so earlier. My toes curl up at the thought of those rilliums - but I suspect Thranduil will love Sinnarn all the more for providing them. (It must be rather grand not to be able to do any wrong in Thranduil's eyes. I'm sure Eilian and Legolas agree.) But something about Beliond being a little frightening kept me giggling. Such an ... inadequate description of our favourite curmudgeon. And the farce of the final chapter! Imprisoned keepers and rillium fights! No wonder the men don't quite know what to make of them all. The only one I feel sorry for is Alfirin, who tried so hard to give Thranduil a memorable begetting day - only to have it turn out even more memorable in ways I am sure she won't want to recall. Lovely story.

Reviewed by: nau_tika  ✧  Score: 7

Where to begin? The last chapter is hysterical. It's wonderful that Legolas is able to put the art of opening locks without a key that Beliond taught him to such good use for Beliond. I was not surprised that Beliond was the last to succumb to the fumes, but I was surprised he was negligent enough to break the rillium open. Poor Legolas. I appreciate how inspired he was in trying to get the elleth to lose interest in him, but he might have parted with her as friends if he'd been honest. Now she simply wants to avoid him forever and one of the king's son has a less than shiny reputation. Legolas was always so aware of his duty as Thranduil's son to portray himself well. Amazing what fear of romance can do to even elven royalty! I liked that some of the less often seen characters were involved in this fairly short tale. I see Alfiens headache and Thranduil's grandson being able to do no wrong as totally true to life. I still want to know what that mystery gift from Dale was!

Reviewed by: elliska  ✧  Score: 5

This is another great one that I really enjoyed re-reading. I'd forgotten about Eilian being mistaken for a stable hand--that cracked me up. And his response to Legolas when asked if Aunt Glilan had tried to matchmake for Eilian. Once! Hehehe! And Legolas and Iseniel! Ouch! That was embarassing! You are a mean author sometimes! ;-) But my favorite part of this was the interaction between the men and the elves. In Mirkwood stories, that is really not easy to arrange believably, but it is so interesting to see elves from Men's point of view. I really enjoyed that in this story. And of course I loved the whole scene in the cave and with the rillium. That was hilarious. Great story, daw.

Reviewed by: obsidianj  ✧  Score: 4

This story is hilarious. I have read it before, but reading it again makes it even better. I have still tears in my eyes. Daw's cast of original characters carry most of the story. But since they are old friends from her other stories, they don't need much of an introduction. Thranduil gets an unforgettable begetting day, although, it is not quite what his daughter-in-law had planned. It is a great comedy of errors and misunderstandings but with a light touch. The humor is just right and never too silly.

Reviewed by: Dreamflower  ✧  Score: 4

This was a hilarious romp! While there were a lot of the author's OCs, it was not hard to follow the plot, even if one had been unfamiliar with most of them! Poor Legolas, beset with matchmaking, and his brothers trying to be "diplomatic" with the Men, and the gift Thranduil's grandson had planned! I'm so glad Thranduil had an unforgetable begetting day after all!