Seasons of Rivendell

Author: Anna Wing

Nominator: Ithilwen

2010 Award Category: Genres: Character Study: Vignettes

Story Type: Story  ✧  Length: Ficlet Series

Rating: General  ✧  Reason for Rating: N/A

Summary: Vignettes of Bilbo's life in Rivendell, and his friendship with Arwen

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Reviewed by: Thundera Tiger  ✧  Score: 8

The problem with writing things about Rivendell (and the problem with writing things about elves in general) is that they're so different from mortals that an accurate perspective is impossible to achieve. we have no context for most of their world, which may be why some writers use an intermediary to bridge the gap. Anna Wing makes the most of this particular intermediary, one Bilbo Baggins, and the result is one of the most accessible and genuine renderings of life Rivendell. Bilbo is perfectly placed to relate life among the elves because he never loses his grounded hobbit sense. It puts a unique twist on everything it touches, such as the subtitle for the Ley of Luthien. That had me laughing hard. But at the same time, even in the midst of this hobbit sense, Rivendell never loses its ageless elven magic. I loved the imagery of Arwen dancing, and I loved her words regarding the sword and whether or not she will ever choose to claim it. A captivating read from start to finish, it brings together two worlds and enriches both as a result.

Reviewed by: Dreamflower  ✧  Score: 6

I love this series of vignettes showing us glimpses of Bilbo's twenty year sojourn in Rivendell, loosely bound by the theme of passing seasons. I love how Bilbo remains so very much himself among the Elves, His Tookish curiousity is never satisfied, but he still is hobbity, with a hobbit's concerns: genealogy, and pipeweed and food and comfort. I had to chuckle over his perfectly true and not entirely inappropriate subtitle for the tale of Beren and Luthien. And I loved his growing friendship with Arwen, something that I, too, have always believed must have happened. And the last one was just beautiful, and made me smile and sniffle at the same time. I have only just discovered this author during this year's MEFAs, and am most happy to have done so.

Reviewed by: Raksha the Demon  ✧  Score: 5

Quite an entertaining and well-written collection of Bilbo-centric ficlets that focus on his years in Rivendell. Anna Wing has a lovely, understated knack of conveying the peace and beauty and fascinating undercurrents of Imladris through the hobbit's observant senses. She writes of Bilbo's love for nature and history, his friendship with a brilliantly written Arwen , and, at the last, his departure for the West. I don't find Bilbo easy to pin down, so I always enjoy fanfiction that seems to 'get' him - this series definitely does. I really loved the bit about Bilbo's sub-titling the Lay of Leithian as [Travels With A Hound]...

Reviewed by: Virtuella  ✧  Score: 4

I enjoyed this series of vignettes in which Anna Wing shows us glimpses of Bilbo's life in Rivendell. The atmosphere of the changing seasons is evoked with skillfully rendered details like the frosted grass. I like the characterisation of Arwen here, the reflections on time and mortality and the hints of other stories (who might be the mysterious correspondent in the Uttermost East?). And very true, Biblo was good at giving things away, and it was for the best.,

Reviewed by: foxrafer (csevans8)  ✧  Score: 4

Bilbo's time in Rivendell and his relationship with Arwen aren't things I've read a lot in Tolkien fics, so it was particularly delightful for me to read through this series of ficlets by Anna Wing. These individual moments from Bilbo's stay in Rivendell show him as a curious scholar, personable, maybe even a bit of a perfectionist. Each vignette has a gentle realism that I find particularly appealing.

Reviewed by: Larner  ✧  Score: 4

What a delightful series of ficlets looking at Bilbo's time spent in Rivendell and his interactions with his host and hostess. I think my favorite is when Arwen takes him to the separate chamber where is kept the sword known as "the Queen's Gift," and the reasons given as to why Arwen does not consider it hers at this point. A most unusual, poignant, and wonderful series that it behooves all who love the old Hobbit and the denizens of Rivendell to read. Very beautifully written.