Vignettes of the Blessed Realm - Everyday Life In Tol Eressea

Author: Anna Wing

Nominator: Ithilwen

2010 Award Category: Races: Elves

Story Type: Story  ✧  Length: Ficlet

Rating: General  ✧  Reason for Rating: N/A

Summary: Life in the Tol Eressean administrative service

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Reviewed by: Thundera Tiger  ✧  Score: 7

I must admit that it never occurred to me to wonder what the elves might sing about once some of their more tragic figures started getting out of Mandos. It would be in singularly poor taste to sing of Luthien's trials with Celegorm and Curufin when their close family members happened to be in attendance. With Celebrimbor's rebirth, anything involving Isildur, the Ring, Hollin, the ending of the Second age, and the ending of the Third Age would be off limits. Given how much the elves seem to enjoy tale and song, this would present a real problem, and it completely escaped my notice until reading this story. Capitalizing on such an obvious yet unnoticed problem, Anna Wing builds a wonderfully quirky tale with a fantastic sense of humor and timing. Anna Wing also builds a wonderfully quirky elven hierarchy and government for the Undying Lands, told through offhand remarks and a very clever narrative. A very fun story with a lot of tale packed into very few words.

Reviewed by: Larner  ✧  Score: 5

Hmm--what are the Elves in charge of entertainment to do, especially considering the new guest to attend tonight's feast? It certainly wouldn't do to offer a drama that shows the guest's father in a most unflattering light, or have the visiting Perian tell his tale when its focus might bring back most unfortunate memories of the rehoused guest's demise well over an age ago. No, instead, let's do an entertainment mixing a bit of the life of the Master of the Old Forest with modern-day swashbuckling, and go buckle some swash! A light frothy tale that inspires giggles.

Reviewed by: The Lauderdale  ✧  Score: 5

An absolutely ridiculous little story, in the best possible way. Two original Elf characters, Ninwe and Fereniel, must decide what would be best to put on for an evening's entertainment in Aman. Of course they have to consider the sensibilities of their guests - when so many of Aman's luminaries, folks from Celebrimbor to Frodo, play prominent roles in the popular dramas and ballads, it's hard to find something that won't offend or embarrass somebody. But hey, Tom Bombadil and Goldberry are over the sea in Middle-earth - something with them should be safe, right? Could have been even longer, but this is a fun vignette. I wouldn't mind seeing some more stories featuring these two amusing event planners.

Reviewed by: Raksha the Demon  ✧  Score: 4

A charming vignette about two Elven bureaucrats puzzling out an issue of etiquette during monsoon season in Tol Eressea. While not forgetting that these particular bureaucrats are Elves, the author presents them as creatures of flesh and blood and a certain humor that alternates between wry and gentle, with the result that Ninwe and Fereniel seem like real and delightful people. Nicely done; and the last lines are wonderful!

Reviewed by: NeumeIndil  ✧  Score: 1

The last line makes it. :) Very funny.