Awaiting The Thaw

Author: Bodkin

Nominator: Jay of Lasgalen

2006 Award Category: Genres: Romance - Honorable Mention

Story Type: Other Fiction  ✧  Length: Medium Length

Rating: G  ✧  Reason for Rating: N/A

Summary: Miriwen first met Elladan in the years after Celebrian's wounding, although he was too absorbed in orc-slaying to notice. Then, some eight centuries later, they meet again in the Blessed Realm

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Reviewed by: elliska  ✧  Score: 8

I like this story for a number of reasons. First, of course, it is a wonderful way to get to know the wives from Reflections and your other stories a bit better. I really love the way Miriwen is portrayed here. I also enjoy seeing Men in this. Brassendol is a very compelling character for someone who makes only two brief appearances, both times wounded. And this story very powerfully shows the struggle that everyone in Middle Earth, endured before the Ring was destroyed. The twin's grief is so overwhelming and the way it affects everyone around them, including the Rangers, is very powerfully portrayed. I especially liked Elrond's reaction to the confrontation with Elrohir. It seemed so in character. And I'm glad you wrapped this up as you did, the first part with the twin's finally reaching a turning point and the second part in Valinor. The thing about your stories that I like the most, I've decided, is that you always show the hope amongst the desperation. I think Tolkien would have liked how you played in his world.

Reviewed by: Perelleth  ✧  Score: 5

A nice backstory for Elladan's wife, perfectly condensed. Even if one is not familiar with the adventures of Elrond's twin sons in Valinor, this piece is a perfect stand alone. The anguish of those dark days in Middle-earth in perfectly depicted in the first chapter, with the twins frozen in their relentless grief. One can never doubt that these elves must have been truly blissful in Valinor. The difference comes out clearly in the second chapter, as the hunt begins in all seriousness, Elrohir and Legolas try to trap her, they all behave like elflings and the elleth shows an inmpressive retraint.

Reviewed by: Larner  ✧  Score: 4

This story of the love of one for Elladan, a love long ignored but finally acknowledged, is beautifully done. One truly feels the compassion and frustration of Miriwen, and the furious despair of the sons of Elrond as they take out their pain from their mother's wounding on the world, then the hope as Elladan and Elrohir finally give over the anger and rejoin the world, finally coming to Aman to once again find further healing. A superb story, superbly written.

Reviewed by: Marta  ✧  Score: 3

This gives a nice glimpse into the callousness that might have driven the twins to become such ruthless warriors. Nice job contrasting that with a healer's more constructive goals.

Reviewed by: Imhiriel  ✧  Score: 3

A tale of healing and love; quiet, delicate, believable and resonating (and funny, at times). Miriwen is a wonderful original character: perceptive and caring, with a dry wit, knowing when to hold back and when to give.

Reviewed by: Dreamflower  ✧  Score: 3

This is a beautiful examination of what things were like for Elladan and Elrohir right after their mother left, as they threw themselves recklessly into fighting Orcs--seen through the eyes of the young healer who found herself falling for Elladan. And it shows just how fated that was, as eight hundred years later, she sees him once more. Very nice!

Reviewed by: Raihon  ✧  Score: 2

The writing was engaging and the ending was satisfying, but the structure was odd for the genre (only about 10% of the story has any interaction of the couple!)