Of Leaves of Gold and Petals Red: A Faery Tale

Author: Ithilwen

Nominator: unknown

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

Story Type: Other Fiction  ✧  Length: unknown

Rating: PG-13  ✧  Reason for Rating: some sexual references

Summary: A modern retelling of an old Scottish tale.

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Review scores are not available for 2004.

Reviewed by: Dwimordene  ✧  Score: N/A

I confess to a certain fondness for this one in part because I had such fun foisting this nuzgûl off on Ithilwen. I was impressed by the manner in which Fëanor was brought into the story, and also by the clever introduction of Ungoliant-who would have thought to combine those two, and transport them to modern earth? Well, obviously Ithilwen did, overcoming what could have been a serious suspension of disbelief moment. Kudos to her for bringing Tam Lin and Fëanor together so nicely, and for giving Janet and Fëanor a chance at happiness.

Reviewed by: Jilian  ✧  Score: N/A

This has to be one of my all time favourite stories. How poor Feanor has Really Paid for his mistakes big time! Brave Janet is a wonderful OFC, so young and romantic, yet so very strong and determined when she has to be, even to understanding that Feanor, her Fairy, when changed by Ungoliant into other forms would not hurt her. This is a changed and bitter Feanor, (not that I blame him) who wants to make good his mistake to Janet, and at the end of tale when Ungoliant leaves him to her, he gets his chance. It's wonderful because you feel so much sympathy for one of two elves (Feanor and Maeglin) that could probably be called truly evil. I still think the line where Janet wishes she had a giant can of raid the funniest, grimmest, most frightening lines written in Tolkien fanfic I've read.

Reviewed by: Mirasaui  ✧  Score: N/A

This one was definitely unusual, a modern day Tam Lin and Janet, with Feanor as the fey captive of the faery queen Ungoliant! Ithilwen has stuck close to the ballads and old tales in Janet's green cloak, the plucking of the roses, the taking of Janet's maidenhood, and the Carterhaugh, but ties an element of humour into the story that makes it more than just a remake of an old tale. Two parts folklore, one part Tolkien and a dash of Christianity all blend into an enchanting tale of myth and faery. Quite enjoyable!

Reviewed by: Sindohte  ✧  Score: N/A

I decided to take a chance on this story because I am not a very big fan of Feanor. However the extent of his suffering while being enslaved by Ungoliant actually made me feel a shred of sympathy for the poor Elf. I can only imagine the anguish Feanor would feel at creating his beautiful jewels only to watch his handiwork consumed to satisfy Ungoliant's always empty belly. As I was reading your story, I thought the storyline seemed somewhat familiar and I was impressed to see that it was based upon the ballard of Tam Lin. What a novel retelling of that particular ballard.