Lothlorien

Author: laiquendi

Nominator: laiquendi

2006 Award Category: Genres: Drama: Poetry

Story Type: Poetry  ✧  Length: Poem

Rating: G  ✧  Reason for Rating: N/A

Summary: A short poem about Lothlorien during the passing seasons and ages.

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Reviewed by: Branwyn  ✧  Score: 5

The elves seem the most attuned to nature of Tolkien's races, so the changing seasons provide a fitting metaphor for the history of the elves of Lothlorien. The language is smooth and elegant, and the narrative is easy to follow even though most of the characters are not named. (I had not known that Celeborn left Lothlorien for Rivendell, after Galadriel's departure). Arwen slips in at the end of the poem, the last elven resident of the Golden Wood. It seems that both she and the fading woods have been left forsaken. A very effective piece of poetry!

Reviewed by: elliska  ✧  Score: 5

Oh wow! I've never read this poem of yours before reading for the MEFAs. This totally gave me chills! The progression of the stanzas, beginning with the imagery of young, Spring Lothlorien and ending with faded winter Lothlorien is very powerful--emotionally evocative. But then you hit that couplet! Very powerful and incredibly sad. Again, I like the longer stanzas and verse here--it really contirbutes to the solemn tone. In the beginning, it surprised me because the poem seemed so light, but when I got to the end, I saw why you had chosen it. I really felt the decline of the forest and the elves reading this. Very powerfully done! I loved it! Great job!

Reviewed by: Marta  ✧  Score: 3

This is hauntingly beautiful. In this poem the flowering and fading of Lothlorien seems to parallel the elves themselves, and the choice of the seasons as a metaphor was very effective.

Reviewed by: Dwimordene  ✧  Score: 1

Lothlorien is nicely represented as the seasons turn, standing in for the change of ages.

Reviewed by: Dreamflower  ✧  Score: 1

Very evocative.