Myth and Memory

Author: Ainaechoiriel

Nominator: unknown

2004 Award Category: Races: Rohan

Story Type: Other Fiction  ✧  Length: unknown

Rating: PG  ✧  Reason for Rating: N/A

Summary: A young door warden of Rohan and his friend observe a certain Elf on the way to Helm's Deep.

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Review scores are not available for 2004.

Reviewed by: Larian Elensar  ✧  Score: N/A

I read this a long time ago, and still enjoyed the richness of the story. There was no rushing to get the door warden to start to like the elf, but a slow enlightening that made it seem very real. Well done

Reviewed by: Dwimordene  ✧  Score: N/A

There are some serious as well as some fun moments in this story, but the major point is given in the final line of the fic: that through the eyes of the OMC, the reader comes to recognize what Middle-earth will lose when the Elves take ship at the Grey Havens.

Reviewed by: Thundera Tiger  ✧  Score: N/A

Brilliant tale of a young man who meets a myth and comes to know what it (or in this case, he) really is. The initial antics of the story's speaker and his friend Yonwin were very amusing to me, and I love his initial observations of the elf. I think I liked Yonwin's bumbling best and his continuing suspicion, especially in light of the speaker's own thoughts. That the speaker went along with it all out of both curiosity and a desire to keep an eye on his friend says much about his personality and also about his relationship with his friend. For some reason, I find myself thinking of Merry and Pippin, actually. In any case, the many shades of Legolas are presented quickly as the story nears its conclusion, and in the end, the speaker has gained new understanding. The tale of this journey is great, and the final notes as the speaker realizes the elves are vanishing were beautiful.

Reviewed by: Viv  ✧  Score: N/A

The chatty, folksy narrative voice just sucked me in and propelled me to continue reading. The piece was over almost before I knew it, and I found myself wanting it to continue. I appreciated the sense of suspicion about elves -- "We couldn't leave an Elf loose in the line, Yonwin said. Who knew what such a creature might do if allowed to go freely among us?" -- which was wholly believable, given the context. Plus, that last line pretty much summed up Tolkien's entire point, I think.

Reviewed by: Ellbee  ✧  Score: N/A

Interesting to see Legolas from the point of view of someone who had never seen an elf before, and had no idea what to expect. I love the voice you've given your young door warden, and the contemplative mood of it all.

Reviewed by: Elanor  ✧  Score: N/A

A very lively story, well rendered, gripping. I felt the youthful curiosity and the mischief, how they mutually spurred themselves on to spy on the Elf. Delightful how they wait for an quarter of an hour for the wrath of the Elf before they realize that Legolas sleeps though Yonwin made such a clamour loud enough to wake all around. Though I do not like movie!verse here it is well used (Aragon falling from the cliff, Elves in Helms Deep).

Reviewed by: Llinos  ✧  Score: N/A

I enjoyed the perspective of this as it allows a new look at some of the races of Middle-earth in particular the elves. The OC's were well observed too.