Of Boring Books and Shining Stars

Author: Calenlass Greenleaf

Nominator: Jedi Sapphire

2009 Award Category: Genres: Ficlets: Family Fixed-Length Ficlet

Story Type: Story  ✧  Length: Ficlet

Rating: General  ✧  Reason for Rating: N/A

Summary: A quiet moment between a father and daughter. Written for OAA prompt 137—Book.(500 word ficlet, written for the OAA prompts)

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Reviewed by: Jedi Sapphire  ✧  Score: 10

This is one of the best Elrond-Arwen stories I've ever read. It's hard to imagine what Arwen was like as a child, considering that by the time we see her in LotR she's close to three thousand years old and pretty self-possessed, but you've done a wonderful job of it. Of course, I adored your Elrond, too. He may be a wise and noble Elf-lord, but you've shown that when it comes to his beloved little Undomiel he is just the same as any other father. (I can just imagine his having to go about two hundred years without reading in peace as his children grew up one after another.) [“But there is! I opened it and something nearly fell on me! I told Dan but he just rolled over and said ‘Ro, go ’way,’ and Ro didn’t wake up, and Nana is—”] I loved that line. It made her so much more... Well... human, I suppose. It's so easy to imagine any little girl going to her father in the middle of the night with complaints like that. I also liked this because it makes a wonderful lead-up to the relationship Elrond and Arwen have in both the book and the movies. It makes you feel so sorry for both of them, for Elrond especially - and it's really made me realize the extent and depth of what he had to sacrifice for the sake of the continuation of his brother's race. I loved how Elrond's irritation vanished with Arwen's question. That sounds like just the thing a child would ask that would get her out of trouble at once - and it almost seemed like she asked it intentionally. I think this is one of my favourites from your stories - and I'm so glad I had an excuse to read it again!

Reviewed by: Virtuella  ✧  Score: 3

Oh, I remember how sweet I found this when I first read it. I've done the reading-with-child-in-one-ram thing myself. Children can hardly comprehend what adults find fascinating in big books with no pictures.

Reviewed by: Raksha the Demon  ✧  Score: 3

Not that many stories focus on Arwen's childhood - this is a charming exception. Elrond is very much in character, the scholar and loving father, and Arwen is a recognizable little girl, young enough to envision a monster in the shape of clothing on the floor in the dark. Calenlass brings out a warm and believable moment in the early life of the Evenstar.

Reviewed by: Elleth  ✧  Score: 2

A sweet reminder than even the great and noble canon characters were children once. Very cute, this made me smile.

Reviewed by: Ellynn  ✧  Score: 2

This is such a nice, warm, charming little story, describing father and daughter very well. Good work!

Reviewed by: Larner  ✧  Score: 2

A very young Arwen has something in her closet. So very childlike an interaction with her father!

Reviewed by: Linda Hoyland  ✧  Score: 2

A sweet story about Arwen's childhood,which is not often written about. This ficlet vividly conveys just how much Elrond loves his only daughter.