Author: Aranel Laerien

Nominator: Sivan Shemesh

2009 Award Category: Genres: Ficlets: Men of the North

Story Type: Story  ✧  Length: Ficlet

Rating: General  ✧  Reason for Rating: N/A

Summary: A quiet night in Lothlórien, after the fall of Gandalf, Aragorn expresses anxiety concerning the Fellowship.

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Reviewed by: Jedi Sapphire  ✧  Score: 6

This is one of the most delightful Aragorn-and-Legolas friendship stories I have read recently, and I am only sorry I did not come across it earlier. The Elf's playful nature and Aragorn's sense of responsibility are wonderfully written, making the characters come to life. The joke about looking at the stars was very nicely carried through the story, used in the beginning for humour and in the end to bring to the reader a sense of the depth and strength of the friendship between Aragorn and Legolas. Aragorn's worries about the Hobbits and how they would manage if none of the warriors accompanied them show how seriously he took his new responsibility as leader of the Fellowship even in Lorien. It is possibly a sign of how ready he is to take up the duties of King of Gondor and Arnor. Aranel Laerien has written a wonderful story that I strongly recommend.

Reviewed by: Thundera Tiger  ✧  Score: 5

I love the way this ficlet adopted such a light tone. This is a moment of quiet reflection, and the concerns that Aragorn voices are weighty and grievous. But as Legolas points out, Lothlorien can provide healing, and while neither Legolas nor Aragorn can dismiss the problems that lie ahead of the Fellowship, both of them are able to take part in some light teasing. It doesn't lessen the anxiety and it doesn't make the problems go away, but it is able to bring some perspective to the situation. And feeling better, Aragorn is able to rest while Legolas is able to ["look to the stars"]. A lovely little interlude for the rest period in Lothlorien.

Reviewed by: Sivan Shemesh  ✧  Score: 4

I don't think that i review this at FF, but i will do it in here. This is good that Legolas was there to give his support and advice to Aragorn when Aragorn felt helpless, and it's also good to see how strong their friendship. LOL! You wrote it so well, and left me smiling at the end. Those two will never changed and this is what make this story unique. Therefore, you create a masterpiece. Thank you for writing it.

Reviewed by: crowdaughter  ✧  Score: 4

This is a lovely little story that grips the mirthful by-play of words between two friends in a perfect way, and at the same time reveals so much about the trust and closeness of this friendship. I love the mood, holding an edge between light humor and a more earnest background. A lovely vignette with a quick view at the friendship between Aragorn and Legolas during the quest. I like!

Reviewed by: White Wolf  ✧  Score: 3

This is a nice little moment between close friends. One of them full of doubt and one of them full of encouragement. I like the way they reaffirmed their intention to face the future together, which we know turned out quite well.

Reviewed by: Larner  ✧  Score: 3

The impression of a long, close relationship between Aragorn and Legolas promoted by PJ's film version has inspired many to write of the adventures Man and Elf might have shared over the decades prior to the quest. Nice to see that closeness presented in a true gapfiller!

Reviewed by: Sevilodorf  ✧  Score: 1

Interesting contrast between the thoughts of Men and Elves.