The Unspeakable Past

Author: Aranel Laerien

Nominator: Sivan Shemesh

2011 Award Category: Incomplete: General

Story Type: Incomplete  ✧  Length: Ficlet Series

Rating: General  ✧  Reason for Rating: N/A

Summary: Say, did you know that Legolas kept a diary? --- P.S. Some entries might have been subsequently edited by an unknown hand. --- P.S.S. This person seemed to have something against elven meticulousness. --- P.S.S.S. And awesomeness.(About a quarter-way through planned work.)

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Reviewed by: The Lauderdale  ✧  Score: 6

The brevity and understatement in these brief entries only makes them funnier. When I read the Foreword I actually snorted out loud, lowered my head, and gave it a second or two before I proceeded. Both Aranel and Legolas refer to this as a diary, but it actually put me in mind of a Japanese pillow book: a collection of "occasional writings" that can include observations, reminiscences, lists or poetry. (Okay, so it's a diary, but it is a distinct subtype that overlaps with memoir and other genres of personal writing. The most-cited example is the pillow book of Sei Shonagon, a Heian court lady.) Legolas shares his thoughts on subjects from Gandalf to Elves to Dorwinion wine, but I think my favorite part must be this miniature portrait of King Thranduil from the perspective of his infant son: [Like every other being, he had two eyes, a nose, a mouth; a head properly aligned upon strong, broad shoulders. But he was special. I was the only one allowed to see him whenever I wanted. And I could pull his hair.]

Reviewed by: Adonnen Estenniel  ✧  Score: 2

A surprisingly amusing piece of writing. The author's sense of humor is quite good, and I found the "diary" entries to be amusing in a strictly in-character sort of way.

Reviewed by: Liadan  ✧  Score: 2

This is a very charming story. A diary often tells more - and is much more insightful into the character of its owner - than the diarist ever intended to be known.