2009 Award Category: Races: Elves: Featuring Glorfindel or Erestor - Second Place
Story Type: Story ✧ Length: Short Story
Rating: General ✧ Reason for Rating: N/A
Summary: Glorfindel, an old friend and the habit of sunbathing.
Reviewed by: agape4gondor ✧ Score: 8
Every time I begin one of Bodkins tales, my breath is taken from me. This tale does not fail this expectation. Taking a simple act that many of us indulge in, and turning it to desribe Glorfindels tale - his life in only a few words - is pure genious. The author has taken ages and ages and put them into one succinct, poignant, breath-taking tale. I cannot even begin to think how she does it. Watching the Balrog-slayer from age to age, recovering from experience after experience, is again what else can I say? breathtaking. Knowing the Helcaraxe, Gondolin, Irmos garden, the Last Homely House, Minas Tirith, the westerly sailing ship, and finally home all in one fell, distinct, shivering swoop. This 'giant' among Elves - Bodkin makes him a creature of humility, deeply wounded, proud, loyal, interesting... and in one part, deliciously droolable! If you have not read this, consider it a 10 on the Richter scale of knock your socks off... Bodkin - This is a wonderfully compelling story. You write absolutely wondrously beautifully!
Reviewed by: Isabeau of Greenlea ✧ Score: 7
Glorfindel is yet another of Tolkien's characters of whom tantalizing glimpses are given, but enough is left unsaid that a fanfiction writer has free rein to play. Bodkin has written a lovely, lyrical story which ties together scenes from the Balrog Slayer's life through a quirky personal habit. Since I approve heartily of hunky, shirtless Elves, I can only applaud her choice! Though reasonably brief, the story touches upon four Ages of Elven history, and on Glorfindel's most important personal relationships. You wonder, when debating whether he is the Glorfindel of Gondolin, why it was he was sent back with Mithrandir to do what seems on the surface to be nothing much at all, other than the sorts of guarding and patrolling that other martial Elves do. This story gives a possible solution to that question. Quite the best thing I've read in the MEFAs so far, and I did enjoy the ending, since Glorfie most always ends up being the uncle and never the father.
Reviewed by: Larner ✧ Score: 5
This series of moments of seeing Glorfindel in the sunlight, once trying to warm himself from the cold of the grinding ice, and then trying to warm the empty places within, and at last giving thanks for the completion he feels--is a perfect series, watching one of the greatest of those who came to Middle Earth find his way home again, and into the love he once was grateful he'd not continued to her loss, that he now rejoices to know in full. A beautiful series focusing on one of the best beloved of Tolkien's creatures! Thank you, Bodkin! A pleasure to read it again!
Reviewed by: Fiondil ✧ Score: 5
This is an interesting look at one of my favorite Elves as he indulges in the fine art of sun-bathing, seeking to warm that within him which has become frozen. Following Glorfindel down the ages, Bodkin does a good job of getting inside his mind. His friend, Halatirno, acts as a good commentator of Glorfindels motives. The pace of the story is deliberate, almost lethargic, the way one feels while basking under the sun, yet it is not by any means dull reading. I suspect many readers would not mind joining Glorfindel as he lies under Ariens healing rays.
Reviewed by: Cairistiona ✧ Score: 4
A beautifully wrought story of Glorfindel's life. From the gentle humor of the ladies of Minas Tirith tittering and blushing as they watched him from afar to the doubt Glorfindel carries as he sails to Valinor, just about every emotion is stirred by this. I especially liked the idea of Glorfindel being married and a father, after so many years spoiling others' children, the sons of Elrond in particular.
Reviewed by: obsidianj ✧ Score: 3
This little story shows Glorfindel through the ages. The scenes connecting motif is Glorfindel's habit of sunbathing, which seems to take on different meanings as times and places change. I like the description and characterization of Glorfindel and his musings together with his friend.
Reviewed by: Raksha the Demon ✧ Score: 3
Intriguing set of scenes with Glorfindel sunbathing, and musing, in different Ages and places. A good way to explore the Balrog-slayer, and a rather unusual one. Bodkin writes Elves well, as always.
Reviewed by: Clodia ✧ Score: 3
This is a lovely depiction of Glorfindel at various periods! Maybe because Im particularly partial to sun and the summer myself, I did sympathise very strongly with Glorfindels cattish habits here; and you describe so well that delightful sensation of soaking up the sun. Beautifully done, and with some beautifully poignant touches. Thank you!
Reviewed by: Linda Hoyland ✧ Score: 3
An intriguing thought that Glorfindel might enjoy sunbathing,but when thinks that he returned from the Halls of Mandos ,maybe not surprising.A good story to read on a chilly winter's night!
Reviewed by: picara ✧ Score: 3
I do not read a lot of Glorfindel and I do not know him well, but I agree this is a habit that seems very appropriate for the golden elf to have. The was a charming story and and enjoyable characterization for these elves.