Middle-Earth Fanfiction Awards

A Problem Shared

Author: Dot
Nominator: Bodkin
2008 Award Category: Races: Elves: Mirkwood Elves

Story Type: Story : Length: Short Story
Rating: General -- Reason for Rating: N/A
Summary: During an odd encounter Thranduil discovers from an unlikely source that sometimes all you need is for someone to understand.


Reviewed by: elliska -- Score: 7

I love this story for so many reasons. First of all: Its got Thranduil and Radagast! What else can I say? I love those two characters, so it doesn't get much better than that in my book! Second, it is just so well written. The images and descriptions are really well done. Third, I think you have captured the Istari so well here. All Radagast's meandering ramblings about rabbits and mice over and over again. It would really be enough to drive someone like Thranduil insane if he wasn't able to respect Radagast's love for the forest so much. So that makes it even greater when the penny finally drops and Thranduil gets what Radagast has been saying. Perfect! Perfect for Radagast, who undoubtedly has Mithrandir's habit of talking in riddles too and perfect example of Thranduil's somewhat impatient personality--he may be a little impatient with such interactions, but not so much that he can't finally get the point. This is very much the Thranduil in The Hobbit, I think. I absolutely love it!

Reviewed by: Bodkin -- Score: 6

Wizards, like elves, don't believe in coming straight out and saying things. Perhaps they think that their words are perceived as much more valuable - and infinitely more wise - if the hearer has to strive to comprehend ... I love always-in-the-way Radagast and his marvellous creatures. And it must be so hard for Thranduil to endure what is happening. Bad enough to listen to lists of the dead and worry about his son ... and the youngsters training to thrust back the dark, but to feel the suffering of the forest in the whispers of the trees. It must be nendurable. Almost, at any rate. If he wasn't such a strong-willed character. A delightful piece, Dot. I loved it. You are such a talented writer - I just wish you spent more time in Middle-earth.

Reviewed by: picara -- Score: 6

I have always loved Radagast because he loves the same things I do--nature and animals. So many people portray him as just silly and meaningless in his love of nature. So that is why I like this story so much. On the surface, Radagast is just babbling about some animal that he sees as fierce, but which everyone knows is the most meek animal on the face of the planet. But his statements are not those of a madman or a fool. They have meaning if people will just hear and think about what he is saying, as Thranduil finally does. That is so cool and so very much like the wizards. And since I also love Thranduil, I love him in this story. Fretting over all the problems his people are facing like the great king that he is, it is very nice to see him get a little reassurance, even if he does have to work really hard to get that reassurance!

Reviewed by: Larner -- Score: 4

Ah, Wizards--those of the late Third Age find it difficult to live with them, and yet for all their mysterious nature they also manage to impart knowledge through riddles and deliberately vague hints, heartening at the same time they frustrate! I feel so for Thranduil's frustration as well as his delight once he sees the message in the Wizard's apparent rambling discourse. A wonderful tale!

Reviewed by: crowdaughter -- Score: 4

Interesting story. I like the description of Thranduil and the way he is communicating with the trees. However, Radagast came over a bit too seemingly confused for my taste, and the whole story seems somewhat incomplete; we never get a clear idea of the context of the events described. Aside from that, though, I like this little fic. I love stories that give us a glimpse at the Greenwood Elves and how they lived with the growing shadow encroaching their homes, therefore I like this one, too.

Reviewed by: Imhiriel -- Score: 4

Very evocative descriptions, although the particular context of the scene remains a little vague. I was charmed by Radagast being portrayed as an eccentric man a bit oblivious of things around him, but in truth easing Thranduil's tension in a very round-about way. I cheered when Thranduil saw through his game and chose to answer in the same spirit. One burning question remains; I wonder if this line: ["You wouldn’t want to confront an angry rabbit, let me tell you."] was supposed to be a sly reference to the "Killer Rabbit of Caerbannog" *g*...

Reviewed by: nancylea -- Score: 1

sometimes what you see is whaat you get other times its a whole nother conversation.