Author: Wild Iris
2004 Award Category: Races: Elves: The Silmarillion
Story Type: Other Fiction ✧ Length: unknown
Rating: G ✧ Reason for Rating: N/A
Summary: Thranduil has his caves built in Mirkwood.
Review scores are not available for 2004.
Reviewed by: Ainaechoiriel ✧ Score: N/A
Thanduil is wise is this story, where the darkness creeping into Mirkwood is felt and yet there is peace and even joy in the Yule festival. Legolas here is grown, helping to secure the kingdom, and the interaction with the Dwarves is quite fun as well, though they're reason for being there is never forgotten.
Reviewed by: Larian Elensar ✧ Score: N/A
I almost have to laugh, thinking about those gems in the ceiling. I'm sure they were beautiful, but it made me think of my little sister. She had these glow in the dark stars that she put all over her bedroom ceiling. I'm sure the elves had prettier ones!
Reviewed by: Thundera Tiger ✧ Score: N/A
Wild Iris paints a wonderful picture of Mirkwood pre-darkness. Well, not exactly pre-darkness as they are delving beneath the ground for good reason, but things are not yet desperate. The uncertain shadow of the future looms in Thranduil's thoughts, but he is not yet belabored by it, nor are the other elves. They are handling their migration in stride and seem to be confident of their ability to make this place worse. It's somewhat disheartening as the reader understands how this will change over time, but for the moment, it's a lovely picture of family and friendship.
Reviewed by: Sindohte ✧ Score: N/A
The actual construction of Thranduil's halls in Mirkwood was an area of the Tolkienverse that I had not considered previously. Your story was filled with all sorts of small details that made it come alive for me as I read it. The one touch that I loved was that gemstones were placed in their ceiling as a way to comfort the Elven children at night. The fact that you took the time to think of such seemingly insignificant details is what made this story a true gem to read.