Notes from the Field

Author: bryn_bnw

Nominator: unknown

2004 Award Category: Races: Elves

Story Type: Other Fiction  ✧  Length: unknown

Rating: PG  ✧  Reason for Rating: N/A

Summary: Alas, there are no fairy tale endings in Nature... Tolkien never wrote of Thranduil's fate. Unfortunately, the task falls to bumbling researchers of the SRDM. Of hair braiding, migratory patterns, and a plea to Save the Common Wood-Elf.

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Reviewed by: Thundera Tiger  ✧  Score: N/A

Jane Goodall's research methods meets Mirkwood elves and Bryn's own peculiar and highly enjoyable sense of humor. This is one of the strangest and most entertaining fics I've ever read. I still can't quite get over the idea of researchers trying to document and understand mythical creatures. Does the scientific method work for fantasy? Bryn seems to think so. In any case, it makes for a very remarkable story. I love the antics of "Zippy," the misunderstanding of Band-Aids, the study on the invasive species known as Mary Sues and their effects on elves, the strange discussion over whether dwarves or predators or prey, and finally, the plea to leave off elf poaching as elves were simply not made to live in closets or under stairs. I really can't say enough of this story. It's one of most hilarious things I've ever read.

Reviewed by: Ainaechoiriel  ✧  Score: N/A

Oh, heavens! "The Elves were timed to remain unmoving for as long as 4 hours. Their stares were noted to be particularly unnerving. Researchers have yet to conclude why this is so." And even the shout-outs were funny! I loved the quoted field notes, especially about so and so not thinking the sleeping bag for band-aids was a fair trade. This is hilarious and it took a sick genius to think it up. I wonder though, why the researchers never thought to think that these creatures might be sentient. Of course, it might not have been as funny if it was anthropological research instead of biological.

Reviewed by: ElenaTiriel  ✧  Score: N/A

Okay, this is just too funny for words. I do a lot of laughing while reading this story because it appeals to both my scientific bent and my funny bone... a LOT. It's hard to even pick out the funniest bitsÂ… I loved the Elves trying to entice the researchers with food, and the researchers very professionally recording every contact. Their surprise at finding a female - snicker! Zippers. Band-aids. Do you know, I can't even look at either object in Real Life any more without remembering this story (which I read when you first posted it) and giggling? I also love your Mary Sue taxonomy and life-span comments. Um, giants spiders, orcs, and vampire bats do seem to be an occupational hazard of working in the Mirkwood habitat. (Poor J. Z.) The glowing eyes and bulbous eyes of The Hobbit were a particular disfavorite of mine. Ah, well, so Dwarves and Elves don't get along well? What a surprise! Anyway, this is probably my favorite humor story of all time. Very, very funny story, Bryn!