Middle-Earth Fanfiction Awards

The Gift

Author: Dot
Nominator: Bodkin
2006 Award Category: Races: Elves: Featuring Mirkwood Elves - Third Place

Story Type: Other Fiction : Length: Short Story
Rating: PG -- Reason for Rating: Rated for some angst and mild references to suffering.
Summary: Thranduil gives Legolas a gift of a little wood-elf magic.


Reviewed by: Bodkin -- Score: 10

I love the relationship here between Thranduil and Legolas. There is a warmth and easy understanding between them that is very touching. Seeing Legolas prepare himself for what he will experience as he approaches the damaged land puts a twist on his decision to dwell in Ithilien. This is a land that desperately needs what the elves can offer. And, having seen the torment of the land, it isn't in Thranduil to leave it without trying to bring relief to the suffering of the remaining trees. I can see why his son might be concerned about his father spending so much of himself in the aftermath of beginning the healing of Lasgalen – although there must be a particular joy to dismissing the corruption left by Sauron. Legolas working to augment his father’s power is an awesome indication of the power of the elves. Elrond is right when he describes Thranduil as a powerful healer – and I enjoyed Thranduil’s dry response to the reported comment! I loved the humming of the earth and the whispering of the trees – but absolutely best the part is when he raised his hand and there was green grass sprouting in his hand print and spreading from his touch. The comparison to the exhaustion of battle was very apt – and what a battle this one was for them to win! And I reckon that Thranduil only had to see Ithilien to know why Legolas could not resist the land's need. Regardless of Aragorn, regardless of the sea-longing, this is something that would call to a Wood Elf – and it is the best possible use of Legolas’s energies. This is a delightful story, Dot and I thoroughly enjoyed it.

Reviewed by: Perelleth -- Score: 8

Post Quest Legolas is not such a common subject in fanfiction, but his time in Ithilien is a very interesting period, offering chances for many interactions. In this case we get to see a loving Thranduil taking a holiday off his realm to visit his son's experiment in Ithilien. It is wonderful to see the fluid, caring relationship between father and son. Thranduil the forest healer is a pleasure, in all his power and his wisdom, and the image of the grass growing beneath his palm is comforting beyond words. I like the use of flashback to picture Legolas' taking his leave from his father, in what must have been a painful moment for both of them. Yet the gentleness between them adn their shared delight in the task that Legolas undertook in Ithilien gives us hope that, after all, Thranduil would have udnerstood - and accepted - his son's choice gladly, and to the point of going down there to give a hand. It is a moving story of what must have been a deeply felt moment between father and son. The trees imagery is very well and consistently worked and the characters are truly in character.

Reviewed by: elliska -- Score: 5

I love this story to little bits! This is Thranduil exactly as I like to see him--a loving father and a magical wood elf with such a strong connection to the earth. I love the idea of him coming to Ithilien to help Legolas heal the land there. The description of the land and how it suffered was really well done. I totally think that Legolas went to Ithilien to help heal/rebuild it and I think Thranduil definitely would not have been able to resist supporting that and his son, no matter how much it cost him to do so personally. And the 'flashbacks' here were great, especially the first one with Thranduil beginning the healing in Greenwood. This is a wonderful story Dot!

Reviewed by: Marta -- Score: 3

This is a neat little interlude. I particularly liked the way you used the song, it reminded me of how the Valar sang the original Two Trees to life. Thranduil would have had some definite opinions on his son moving to Ithilien, and it was nice to see those toyed out.

Reviewed by: Raksha the Demon -- Score: 3

Good story with Legolas and Thranduil beginning to heal the wounded greenwoods; even as their own relationship changes. Legolas' maturity is well-described here. Excellent descriptions of the forests as well; and an intriguing glimpse of a different sort of Elven healing talent.

Reviewed by: sindarlover -- Score: 3

Like the other story here by the same author, this shows really great moment between two of my favorite characters. And it shows a little wood elf magic, which I absolutely love seeing, especially when it's Thranduil healing a forest. This was a great read!

Reviewed by: Marigold -- Score: 3

This is a wonderful story! I really enjoyed the interaction between Legolas and Thranduil, both in the present and in the flashbacks. The magick was just stunning, and that Legolas augmented his father in the healing was perfect! The descriptions of the land and trees being called back was absolutely fascinating and felt so real.

Reviewed by: Dreamflower -- Score: 2

A very nice father-son story, as Legolas calls upon Thranduil's help in healing the land in Ithilien. A very nice and judicious use of Elven magic, and a warm story of familial love.

Reviewed by: dkpalaska -- Score: 2

Such a gentle and loving story. Nice flashbacks. Beautiful descriptions of the healing of the forest in Ithilien. The relationship between Legolas and Thranduil was marvelous.