Horse and Boy

Author: Erulisse

Nominator: Esteliel

2011 Award Category: First Age and Prior: Feanorians

Story Type: Story  ✧  Length: Ficlet

Rating: General  ✧  Reason for Rating: N/A

Summary: A horse adopts his boy in this celebration of spring and exploration of friendships in Aman. Featuring a young Glorfindel and the friends of his youth.

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Reviewed by: Linda Hoyland  ✧  Score: 5

I have to admit I don't know a great deal about the Simarillion. I have read it but only once. I do love horses,though and think after cats, they are my favourite animal, so I greatly enjoyed this glimpse of a young Glorfindel. Erulisse makes it very clear that Glorfindel loves and appreciates horses and they love and appreciate him in turn! We know the bond between Elf and horses will enjote for who can forget Glorfindel's entrance in "the Lord of the Rings"? I just loved the image of the beautiful young elf in the paddock and felt as if I were there.

Author response: I adore the imagery of the young boy running with the horses so much, it just seemed to write itself. I very much appreciate your reading and reviewing. - Erulisse (one L)

Reviewed by: Raksha the Demon  ✧  Score: 4

A sweet vignette about an enchanted, enchanting moment that needs no sorcery; just the joy of a boy running with horses on a fine day. Of course, the boy is young Glorfindel, and he is watched by his Finwean cousins Maglor, Maedhros and Turgon. There's a kind of warm glow to the story; these Elves are far from the grim future that will destroy most of them; and Glorfindel can look forward to gentling the horse who has chosen him. Nice glimpse into the family life of the House of Finwe before its fall.

Author response: Raksha - Thank you so much for your sweet review of "Horse and Boy". I had a lot of fun writing this one, placing my favorite characters back in the more care-free days of their youth. - Erulisse (one L)

Reviewed by: Fiondil  ✧  Score: 3

A pleasant look at a time when Aman was indeed the Blessed Realm under the Light of the Trees and the Elves are still innocent of evil. And we get to see the beginning of Glorfindel’s love for horses. I think we need more such stories to remind ourselves that there was indeed a time when such innocence existed and perhaps someday can exist again.

Author response: It's a nice flip of the coin for me to be reviewed by you instead of the other way around, and I am truly honored that you would do so. I agree that too few stories focus on the positive and those joyful times which the Eldar were bound to have had at some times in their long lives. Putting Laurefindel into a time when he was young, long before he had ever heard of the Helcaraxe, Gondolin or a Balrog, was a joy for me. Thank you for your kind review, it is greatly appreciated. - Erulisse (one L)

Reviewed by: Darkover  ✧  Score: 3

Elves had a special affinity for all animals, and in this delightful tale, one young Elf in particular is devoted to horses, and they to him. The Elf-lad who grows up to be the puissant Elf-warrior Glorfindel is at present just a young boy who had forged a close bond with a horse who is devoted to him. Well done.

Author response: I appreciate your kind words for "Horse and Boy", one of my favorite stories from this year's B2ME challenge. I loved this short, small view of Glorfindel as a young man and, apparently, others also love this view. Thank you so very much for your encouraging words. - Erulisse (one L)

Reviewed by: Adonnen Estenniel  ✧  Score: 3

What a wonderful glimpse of a young Glorfindel! I love the impact his character and presence both make, even though he says nothing throughout the piece. Rather, the others' thoughts as they view him make a greater impact.

Author response: Oh, our favorite golden-haired future Balrog-slayer actually did have a youth and some carefree days within that youth. This story is the first time that Macalaure and Maitimo meet the young man and I think it is an impression that they will always carry with them. Thank you so much for your very kind review. - Erulisse (one L)

Reviewed by: curiouswombat  ✧  Score: 3

I am neither a great fan nor a connoisseur of the elves of the first age - just about knowing enough to understand who those mentioned in this story are. But I think this tale of the moment when the right boy meets the right horse would be understandable to anyone. And how nicely written that moment is.

Author response: I am totally honored that you moved outside your timeline comfort zone to read and review this. I loved writing this early look at a young Glorfindel, when he was able to celebrate the joy of a fine summer afternoon. I appreciate your words more than I can adequately express. Thank you. - Erulisse (one L)

Reviewed by: goldleaves  ✧  Score: 2

a beautiful short story that makes me imagine Glorfindel as a child and it makes me like him even more.

Author response: Thank you so much for reviewing my story "Horse and Boy". I think that the larger-than-life characters of Tolkien often get caught in time. Remembering that they would have been young and relatively carefree is a good reminder that they had joyful times in their lives. Glorfindel, as a love of mine for many years, here has the opportunity to show a small part of his own youth. I appreciated your comments. - Erulisse (one L)

Reviewed by: Liadan  ✧  Score: 2

There is an old saying that horsemen are born, not made and that a horse will often choose its rider. It would seem that Glorfindel is proof of this.

Author response: Glorfindel has a long and well known love affair with fine horses, but it had to start somewhere and I'm thrilled that you consider my small tale of this beginning worthy of review. Thank you so much for your very kind words. - Erulisse (one L)

Reviewed by: Nieriel Raina  ✧  Score: 1

I love the descriptions of the horses at play and Laurefindel running with them!

Author response: Thank you so much for reading and reviewing. I love the imagery myself of this lanky, golden-haired ellon running with the proud bodied multi-colored horses that will be so much a part of his life from that date forward. Thanks for taking your time and letting me know your thoughts. I appreciate it. - Erulisse (one L)