Middle-Earth Fanfiction Awards

The Journey

Author: Batsojopo
Nominator: Marta
2005 Award Category: Genres: Drama (includes Angst): Incomplete

Story Type: Incomplete : Length: Novel
Rating: R -- Reason for Rating: adult themes, erotic content, violence
Summary: With no memory of a possible alliance with Mirkwood, an elleth, lone survivor of a devastating attack, is brought to Imladris. (Please not that this story is movieverse.)


Reviewed by: Marta -- Score: 10

This is one of those stories that I never thought I would like. If I didn't know the author already I might not have given it a second read. It's a novel-length WIP about Haldir that only intersects with canon events well after it has started. Movieverse canon at that. Oh, yes, and it has an OFC. Yet for some reason I read, and I liked. First it has some interesting exploration about prejudices between the different types of Elves. The OFC Arianel is the daughter of some very prideful Noldorin elves, and her father won't even let her pass through Rivendell because Elrond is a half-elf. Because of this Arianel is wounded, her party massacred, and she ends up in Rivendell anyway. Where we meet lots of fascinating original and canon characters, the most impressive probably being Estel on the canon side and Tiniwen on the original side. Tiniwen especially was like a breath of fresh air. Eventually Arianel passes into Lothlorien, where we get more interesting views, this time of an elven realm in decline. I think my favourite part of this story is how I've seen the author grow in the course of writing it. I first started betaing for Batsojopo's Star Wars stories over a year ago, and it's amazing how well her writing skills have developed. Her plots are always imaginative, but in the later chapters of this one we see how her writing style has grown by leaps and bounds. All in all a good tale. Can't wait to see it finished.