Middle-Earth Fanfiction Awards

Leaf and Branch

Author: jastaelf

Nominator: unknown

2004 Award Category: Genres: Drama: Pre-War of the Ring

Story Type: Other Fiction : Length: unknown
Rating: PG -- Reason for Rating: violence
Summary: Elrond and his sons assist the Elves of Mirkwood in an attempt to rescue a very young Prince who has been captured by Orcs.


Review scores are not available for 2004.

Reviewed by: Larian Elensar -- Score: N/A

What an adventure (of the horrible kind). I really didn't know, the first time I read this, if it would end happily. (That was before I knew about Dark Leaf). Very fitting ending too, the braiding ceremony.

Reviewed by: Thundera Tiger -- Score: N/A

In terms of dramatic content, I think JastaElf's alternate story Dark Leaf dwarfs this one, but this is still a great piece of fiction. It jumps immediately into the action with Elrond searching frantically for a very young Legolas, and I love the immediacy and urgency conveyed. It's a great pace to start off the story. Legolas's defiance of the Orcs at such a young age spoke volumes on the elf he will eventually become. The introduction of a Nazgūl is a chilling development, and the Nazgūl is portrayed very well. Dark, ominous, and frighteningly intelligent. Still, he should know better than to take Thranduil at face value. I absolutely love Thranduil in this fic, portrayed as shrewd and stalwart with an overwhelming need to see his son safe and sound. Great story with both action and drama, and I aware bonus points for using the word "riven" at one point in the tale. That's a great word and definitely needs to be used more.

Reviewed by: Sulriel -- Score: N/A

I enjoy this fic and have passed the link to several friends. it has a wonderful balance of reality in the horror of the situation and the rescue.

Reviewed by: Ainaechoiriel -- Score: N/A

Wonderful story! I really enjoyed this, more than I thought I would at the start. This was my first of Jasta's stories and I ended up just adoring it. I read the last three chapters on my PDA while shopping with my sister. I waited in line behind her reading the Epilogue and refused to move over to another line with no waiting just so I could finish it. A smile was plastered on my face the whole time. This was a wonderful debut! And the darker "what if..." fic to this is great, too, though I'm dying for another chapter.