Middle-Earth Fanfiction Awards

Captain of the Guard

Author: Arandil
Nominator: Marta
2005 Award Category: Genres: Drama (includes Angst): Mirkwood

Story Type: Story : Length: Short Story
Rating: G -- Reason for Rating: N/A
Summary: Mirkwood's prisons are considered impenetrable. Yet in the span of seventy-five years, thirteen dwarves, a hobbit, and Gollum all escaped. Couldn't the captain of the guard during these two incidents also have been the elf to bear the news to Rivendell?


Reviewed by: Marta -- Score: 7

This is a really interesting gap-filler about how things might have gone in Mirkwood around the time of Gollum's captivity. Thranduil in especially was particularly well-drawn: every inch a ruler, and every inch a father, without the two being incompatible. I did love that bit of temper I've come to expect in my Sindarin kings. (But then, what less can I expect than a fabulous characterisation of him, from the author of "Morgoth's Notebook"?) But what I really liked was Legolas. He had an impatience that I associate with youth, but it was definitely an Elvish impatience. So he seemed anxious to do stuff without actually feeling like he had to do it that minute. Does that soun inconsistent? That's my own lack of eloquence, not Arandil's. Fans who are looking for a well-developed glimpse into Mirkwood's first family (that goes beyond treating father and son as lust objects and develops them as real characters) won't be disappointed with this one.

Reviewed by: nerwen_calaelen -- Score: 4

A lovely tale. I like the way you have tackeled several odd points in canon and resolved them in a way that makes sence. Your characterisations of Legolas and Thranduil are goo, as you turn them into interesting beings with many fasits to their charactrs. I like the idea that Legolas was the cpatain responcible for the escape of the dwarves. It makes his interactions with the dwarve in Rivendell and later more understandable and his friendship with Gimli even more remarkable.

Reviewed by: Dwimordene -- Score: 2

I suppose Legolas could have been the captain on the watch during both those "incidents". Not quite sure I've grasped the father-son dynamic at work here. Tone more like "The Hobbit" than I'd expected.

Reviewed by: sulriel -- Score: 2

I remember reading this when it was new, and it's just as enjoyable now, as it was then. Excellent characterization and a telling look, from inside Legolas, at his relationship with Thranduil.

Reviewed by: Dreamflower -- Score: 2

An interesting gap-filler for both The Hobbit and LotR, dealing with both the escape of Bilbo and the Dwarves, and of Gollum. Very well-written.

Reviewed by: daw the minstrel -- Score: 1

Nice characterization of Legolas. I liked his relationship with Thranduil and Galion too.

Reviewed by: Cheryl -- Score: 1

A very believable story that makes you wonder exactly what happened that day. This story does that wonder justice!