An Age-Old Question

Author: Nefhiriel

Nominator: cairistiona

2011 Award Category: Humor: Mirkwood Elves

Story Type: Story  ✧  Length: Short Story

Rating: General  ✧  Reason for Rating: N/A

Summary: Birthdays are highly overrated. Or, at least this year, Elessar is not looking forward to his. Aragorn and Legolas friendship. Aragorn/Arwen. H/C. Fluff. Post-RotK.

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Reviewed by: cairistiona  ✧  Score: 6

There are stories floating around LOTR-land that for whatever reason have been overlooked in the MEFA reviewing process, and this is one of those neglected gems. Nefhiriel tells a lovely tale of King Elessar as a new father trying to balance running his kingdom against pacing the halls at night trying to soothe his little son, and in between times wondering if he's suddenly grown old and decrepit. A visit from an old friend does wonders toward setting him aright. Characterization is strong and spot on, drawing on the friendship between Aragorn and Legolas from the movies and the tradition of the Mellon Chronicles. If you somehow missed reading this back in 2008 when it was originally posted, run over there to enjoy it right now!

Reviewed by: obsidianj  ✧  Score: 5

This is a heartwarming story about friendship. I love the description of the warm friendship between Legolas and Aragorn. Like true friends Legolas seemlessly picks up where he left off even after a long separation. He knows Aragorn so well. I also love the description of the sleepless nights Aragorn and Arwen have because of young Eldarion. No wonder Aragorn feels old. I can understand his dilemma. He has nobody to talk to. As much as he loves Arwen, she cannot really understand his problem. And so it grows out of proportion until Legolas arrives.

Reviewed by: Fiondil  ✧  Score: 4

Aragorn is feeling his age, or thinks he is. His wife and his friends know differently. This is a lovely hurt/comfort story that is also a friendship story, where we see Legolas and Aragorn bantering between themselves as only friends can. But Legolas’ bantering has a purpose behind it and Aragorn has no hope of winning this particular battle of wits. A good read and I like Legolas here very much.

Reviewed by: Darkover  ✧  Score: 3

This story is more profound than the "fluff" in the synopsis would imply. It is a good portrayal of the friendship between Aragorn and Legolas, with Arwen's character being well-written too. The dialogue is most impressive, and the story itself reminds us that even kings feel the march of time and worry about getting old. Well written.

Reviewed by: Liadan  ✧  Score: 3

After the birth of Eldarion, Aragorn struggles with the knowledge that he is becoming older, and wonders how to do so gracefully. A timely visit from Legolas helps clarify things for him.