Middle-Earth Fanfiction Awards

Reflections from the Paradise of Elves

Author: Bodkin
Nominator: elliska
2005 Award Category: Genres: Drama (includes Angst): Incomplete - First Place

Story Type: Incomplete : Length: Novel
Rating: G -- Reason for Rating: N/A
Summary: The collected ramblings of Legolas, Elladan and Elrohir as their lives continue to change and develop in Valinor.


Reviewed by: Karenator -- Score: 10

I've been reading these stories since you first started posting them and never have I been disappointed. Your chapters might not be long, but they are, indeed, very strong. Each glimpse we've gotten into the lives of Elladan, Elrohir and Legolas in the Blessed Realm has held a far deeper meaning than just the words spoken by the characters. You've given the readers much to ponder in what's going on in the characters heads and lives. Adjusting to such peace and tranquility had to have been hard in the beginning for three warriors who had fought all their lives on the shores of Middle-earth. But just when they thought they were getting things down pat, you threw them a monkey wrench...marriage and children. Watching these three tackle the field of parenthood has been a delight. Of course, the delight is in getting their candid thoughts on marriage and children. But along with the trials and tribulations of managing their immediate families, we get glimpses into their thoughts on their own parents. You've left no stone unturned--but I'm sure and I hope you might find far more stones to upend--as you've taken us through the journey of discovering what life is like in the West for the elves after they departed from Middle-earth. Your humor is wonderful and your facility to touch us with moments of great clarity in so few words just astounds me. This series is one of my favorites. I'm always thrilled to get a peek into what's happening in the faraway land of elves who thought they'd be bored with no orcs to slay. Boy, were they wrong! It's gratifying to see that their lives were still rich and full...and fun to boot. I can't tell you enough how much I've enjoyed these snippets of Valinor time

Reviewed by: elliska -- Score: 8

Of all the fanfiction that I read, this is probably the story that makes me the happiest. It is just so much fun to read about these elves in Valinor, at peace and whole and enjoying creating their families. This story is just purely pleasurable. I am impressed by the fact that this entire story is from the POV of conversations between Legolas, Elladan and Elrohir. And that each chapter is of a limited length. Those are some fairly strict 'rules' to impose on yourself and still create such rich chapters but you do it. And you do it because your prose it poetic and your dialogue is absolutely clever--funny, witty, sharp--whatever is appropriate for the situation but alway spot on. And when I went back to the beginning and reread some of the earlier stuff to make this review, I was amazed to realize how much these characters have developed over the course of the story. I always love your characterizations but seeing everyone change from the twins and Legolas's POV has been very interesting. As I've said before, I hope this story goes on forever.

Reviewed by: lainien -- Score: 7

I originally followed this story on and off since so many of the chapters can stand alone. Since these awards, and I read more of Bodkin's stories, I went back and read the whole thing straight through. It is really a great story. I have to say that I am amazed at how this author makes very simple situations like three elves in Valinor talking so completely engaging. I think each chapter is just Elrohir, Elladan and Legolas only and mostly it is just them talking, not really doing much. But I always leave these little stories laughing or thinking. And the dialogue is better than what you read in most professional stories--witty, clever--the three friends get their jabs in on one another or they say something really profound. And I always liked the idea of these three elves being friends. These are thoroughly enjoyable! You have created a wonderful world for the elves that made it to Valinor

Reviewed by: Dreamflower -- Score: 5

This started out as a series of seemingly unrelated conversations between Legolas, Elladan and Elrohir in Valinor, and "grew like Topsy" into a full blown story, with a plot and everything. I only got about halfway through it, but it is one Elf story I fully intend to come back and finish, in spite of its length. I love this author's light hearted and ironically dry and understated sense of humor as these three carefree bachelors gradually take on the responsibilities of marriage and parenthood.

Reviewed by: Jay of Lasgalen -- Score: 4

Late as usual - sorry, Bodkin! My favourite fanfic characters are Elladan and Elrohir, but so very few people write them well. I count you among the few, and love the banter between the twins and Legolas that always shines in these tales. Scattered through the humour are glimpses of the closeness between E2, the pain of their past, and the memories they all have of those they have lost. Great stories, and I hope there will be many more.

Reviewed by: Thundera Tiger -- Score: 3

I liked this snapshot way of looking at things, and I like the address of a problem I think many would have had in Valinor: now what? Maybe elves don't ask that as often as men do, but surely most of the Sindar and any of the Noldor who lingered would have become so used to change that in a land without the intrusions of men and dwarves, they would quickly become bored.

Reviewed by: picara -- Score: 3

I really love this story. It is long but the chapters are short and such a fun read. These three elves start out the story bored by the lack of challenge in Valinor but they get settled in and find fun and adventure in new ways quickly enough. I like the families you built for them and I have enjoyed all the spin-offs from this. Keep writing them!

Reviewed by: Lindelea -- Score: 3

This is one of the few "Elf" stories I've read, and I must admit that Bodkin can make Elves quite as interesting to me as Hobbits are. (And that's saying something!) Imaginative, well-written, sometimes serious, often comical, this story brings Elves to life, with all their marvellous qualities, and yet paints them as people the reader can identify with.