Middle-Earth Fanfiction Awards

Departing

Author: Celandine Brandybuck
Nominator: Marta
2005 Award Category: Books/Time: Post-Ring War: Final Partings

Story Type: Story : Length: Short Story
Rating: PG -- Reason for Rating: Character death
Summary: At the end of Elessar's life, others also chose to depart Middle-earth. Featuring Haldir, Gimli, and Legolas.


Reviewed by: Thundera Tiger -- Score: 5

I really liked this portrayal of the days following Aragorn's death. The grief was clearly there, but it had a very mature feel to it. A feeling of acceptance. I like the way that the various moments were portrayed more or less as snapshots, though they seemed to cover more time than that in each of the segments. Arwen's passing was probably my favorite part. I love the idea that the elves were still there but that they left Arwen alone in her grief. Even Elladan and Elrohir. And it makes sense that most of them would sail with Legolas and Gimli.

Reviewed by: Dreamflower -- Score: 3

This is the first fic I have ever seen dealing with the journey of Legolas and Gimli to the West that included other Elves. Most of them have the two of them travelling by themselves. Yet this story makes it seem logical and fitting that other Elves went with them. Nicely done.

Reviewed by: Marta -- Score: 2

This is an interesting story, giving us a glimpse of some key elves (and Gimli) as they prepare to go to the undying lands. I really liked it because these aren't the usual suspects whose thoughts we see fanfic investigate.

Reviewed by: daw the minstrel -- Score: 1

Nice portrayal of a turning point in the history of ME and the elves.

Reviewed by: nerwen_calaelen -- Score: 1

You capture a mood of loss well. The form you use here seems to enhanse the vividness of the emotions of this tale.