'Til we meet again
2006 Award Category: Races: Elves: Featuring Mirkwood Elves
Story Type: Other Fiction ✧ Length: Short Story
Rating: G ✧ Reason for Rating: N/A
Summary: Legolas goes to bid his father farewell before sailing West.
Reviewed by: Bodkin ✧ Score: 8
This is absolutely delightful, Dot. And so sad. When Legolas thinks that it is harder to be the one left behind than the one to move on, he is so right. Thranduil has had the joy of watching the forest recover from the ill-effects of the Shadow, but he has lost wife, elder son - and now Legolas, who really left him over a century before when he took his group of elves to Ithilien. At least, though, he was within reach then - but this is a farewell until such time as he is prepared to leave his forest. Then, too, the number of elves is diminishing with the inevitability of an ebbing tide - until he will, in all likelihood, be the last one standing. I like the title - it gives Legolas (and me) reassurance that Thranduil does not intend to remain doggedly until it is too late for him to pass across the sea. Whose voice was, by the way, beautifully described. I always feel sorry that Legolas lost his closeness to the song of the forest - and that the sea was no replacement, but perhaps it was. To him, at least, even if its effect on him was upsetting to Thranduil. Lovely story, Dot.
Reviewed by: elliska ✧ Score: 5
This is just so sad to me. You really make the reader feel how painful this is for Legolas, and it must have been--he lost so much and now to be losing his father and home. I particularly like the way he describes the sea. I thought that was really powerful. And I enjoyed the bits of humor you threw in there, like Thranduil's reaction to hearing the Gimli would sail with Legolas. (Wouldn't you love to see Oropher's reaction to that too?!) ;-) But as in The Gift, I really love the relationship we see between Legolas and Thranduil--so loving and supportive and understanding, even at a time that costs them both a great deal. I think this is a really powerful story. Love it!
Reviewed by: Dreamflower ✧ Score: 3
What a sad and gentle farewell between Legolas and his father, as Legolas prepares to finally give in to the sea-longing, and depart from Middle-earth. I really like the show of love and support here, and the deep relationship depicted between the two.
Reviewed by: sindarlover ✧ Score: 3
This is a really tender moment between two of my favorite characters. It really shows the type of relationship I think they had (not the terrible father Thranduil that you see in so many stories). This was a great read!
Reviewed by: Marigold ✧ Score: 2
Very poignant and realistic. I loved Legolas' description of the Sea. I usually read mostly hobbit or Fellowship stories, but I am glad that I read this, I liked it very much!
Reviewed by: Imhiriel ✧ Score: 1
Good exploration of the subject of sea-longing versus staying in Middle-earth.