My Opinion of an Elf

Author: Dis Thrainsdotter

Nominator: Sivan Shemesh

2009 Award Category: Genres: Ficlets

Story Type: Story  ✧  Length: Ficlet

Rating: General  ✧  Reason for Rating: The story does not contain any violence of any kind.

Summary: Balin considers his opinion of Thranduil while being held in his dungeons. Set during The Hobbit.

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Reviewed by: Larner  ✧  Score: 4

Well, with this we can begin to appreciate the antagonism that the thirteen Dwarves of the quest of Erebor and their offspring built up toward Thranduil of Mirkwood, and how memories of the confrontations added to the distrust felt later between Gloin's son and that of Thranduil. Most illustrative of the mutual suspicion, as well as the growing appreciation felt by the Dwarves toward Bilbo as their companion and burglar. Very good characterzations!

Reviewed by: Sivan Shemesh  ✧  Score: 3

Well, the author have unique way with the dwarf, and her stories are great. This story especially is awesome dealing with the dwarf thought about the elf, is not something that you read every day, and therefore i love the way it was written, as even short, it bring us the feeling of Balin. Thank you for writing it, my dear, and i do hope that you continue writing.

Reviewed by: Thundera Tiger  ✧  Score: 3

Excellent job in catching Balin during a moment of transition. He's caught between a variety of forces: Thranduil, Bilbo, Thorin, Dwalin, and his duty to the Quest. I very much appreciated that all of these forces were examined as Balin tries to find a way to appease them all.

Reviewed by: Nancy Brooke  ✧  Score: 2

This is a nice gapfiller. Balin's voice comes through clearly, and I liked how he assessed all the material aspects of his surroundings from a craftsman's point of view.