Gofi and the Balrog

Author: Levade

Nominator: unknown

2004 Award Category: Races: Elves - Second Place

Story Type: Other Fiction  ✧  Length: unknown

Rating: G  ✧  Reason for Rating: N/A

Summary: Elrond's twin sons have some questions about that Balrog, and know just whom to ask.

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Review scores are not available for 2004.

Reviewed by: Larian Elensar  ✧  Score: N/A

I love this one every time I read it. The thought of Glorfindel being afraid to hold the twins is too funny. I guess he knew he'd fall in love with them!

Reviewed by: Thundera Tiger  ✧  Score: N/A

This is a very quiet piece, and one I enjoy very much. Elladan and Elrohir are wonderful, and it's nice to see that, even at such a young age, they're already laying the parameter for their relationship and following in their father's footsteps. The idea of Glorfindel as "Gofi" made me chuckle, and the idea of Elrond thoroughly enjoying the nickname made me laugh. I love the very solemn and serious nature the twins display in this fic, with obvious concern for their "Gofi." And I love the devotion that Glorfindel gives them in return. It's a wonderful piece of remembrances, futures, and laying the past to rest.

Reviewed by: Dwimordene  ✧  Score: N/A

I'm not usually a fan of stories about children, but I did love thislittle vignette. Glorfindel the warrior overwhelmed by a pair of babes! A sweet little interlude.

Reviewed by: Lady Aranel  ✧  Score: N/A

I loved this little story! It was so touching and I loved the interaction between Glorfindel and Elrond at the end. The characterizations of the twins as children was sweet and believable. Glorfindel seemed like a mighty ancient warrior with a gentle heart and I really liked that. I loved the touch of the drawing of the Eagle at the end. Very nice. I did notice some repeated words that I would like to see recast so as to not sound so repetitive, but all and all a very fine story.

Reviewed by: Mirasaui  ✧  Score: N/A

This was such a sweet story. I can easily picture the twins and their concern for their adult friend. Levade writes young ones quite well, from the hesitant way the elflings approach the warrior, seeking reassurance from the Elda with a gentle touch to the hand or a shy look, to the breathless rush when Elladan finally asks the momentous question. I think most of us can remember a time when we asked an adult about something painful in their past. Hopefully, the answer we received was framed just as carefully as that of Gofi's. And what a delight to see such a legend cowed by two wee ones. Glorfindel's reluctance to hold the babes brought forth a chuckle.

Reviewed by: ElenaTiriel  ✧  Score: N/A

Ah, Levade, this is such a delightful elfling story! I love how carefully and gently Glorfindel deals with the sons of Elrond, yet he doesn't spoil them. He is very sensitive to their quiet mood (these aren't very frequent, are they?), and draws them out very adeptly. You have very nicely captured how very young children act in a loving environment. The detail of Glorfindel catching on to the (near) thumb-sucking and realizing that they must be frightened is very telling, as is Elladan's assertion that he would have protected Glorfindel from the Balrog. The interplay between an amused Elrond and proud warrior Glorfindel was great! I particularly loved the ending, with Glorfy penning the picture of Thorondor to give to the twins. What a lovely, and loving, touch!