Middle-Earth Fanfiction Awards

Let It Snow

Author: pandemonium_213
Nominator: SurgicalSteel
2011 Award Category: Cross-Cultural: Eriador - Honorable Mention

Story Type: Story : Length: Short Story
Rating: General -- Reason for Rating: N/A
Summary: Snow and sun. Elven and mortal. In the early years of the Fourth Age, Serindë and Halbarad are at very different points in their lives than Mélamírë and Laurefin, but each couple has the common desire of sharing a quiet moment and adult beverages. OFC-centric.


Reviewed by: Oshun -- Score: 10

You had me hooked from [“they managed to break a rare vase saved from Ost-in-Edhil”]! OMG! It hurts to read it. One of the more awful things one learns to expect about having children in a house. Did I ever tell you how my son chewed up (like a deranged puppy) a beautiful Italian antique necklace his father had bought me as a present for the first anniversary of same deranged puppy’s birth that cost more than the car we were driving at the time? Oh, well. No wonder she needed a drink. I grinned at Celeborn snapping at a particularly fragile, sweet child when weather and the more rambunctious ones are more likely the source of his shortness of temper. I have a hard heart. I love of the fantasy of Glorfindel bearing a hot drink at this exact moment in time. I’m freezing myself right now. No heat until next month! New York City tenant law. The points I am trying to make in a very roundabout way are that what makes your fanfiction so readable is that you take epic characters, stay true to personalities and features which could be extrapolated from canon. Yet you manage to capture timeless and universal themes dealing with human experiences and to communicate those across cultural distances and time, whether one is a semi-immortal, the offspring of Sauron and married to Glorfindel and enduring a particularly uncomfortable cold snap in Imladris or a mortal needing respite and a cold drink, preferably with alcohol, in the heat of the far south of Middle-earth.

Reviewed by: curiouswombat -- Score: 5

I do love Surgical Steel's stories, set in her AU centred on her original female character, and this story by Pandemonium contrasts her own original character, Mélamírë, snowed in in Imladris with a houseful of restless children, with Surgical Steel's still alive Halbarad and his wife Serindë, basking in sunshine in Umbar. Both of these strong, well written, female characters deserves what they now have - but I can't help thinking that Mélamírë might be quite happy to swap her surroundings with her friend, as long as she could bring her own husband...

Reviewed by: SurgicalSteel -- Score: 5

I believe that my initial reaction to this particular fic which was written for my birthday my Pandemonium was to clap my hands like a seal and squee with delight. In this tale, she takes two couples - one elvish, one mortal; one relatively newly-wed and still raising children, one longer married; one in the north, one in the south - and draws a tale which really takes the differences as a way to explore the likenesses. At first glance, the couples wouldn't seem to have much in common - but both couples love their children and both couples clearly still have love and passion for each other. The sharing of a few peaceful moments and an appropriate adult beverage complete the picture. I really enjoyed this story!

Reviewed by: Dreamflower -- Score: 4

This is a delightfully warm and dare I say fluffy? pair of domestic vignettes featuring a couple of well-known OFCs. Pandemonium's Melamire is enduring a cold northern winter and a fractious daughter, while SurgicalSteel's Serinde is enjoying the warmth of the tropics in Umbar, where she and her husband have a diplomatic posting. But both scenes are cozy and full of the marital bliss of those who have been together a long time and are content and in love. Written as a gift by Pande for SS, I and glad they shared it with the rest of us!

Reviewed by: obsidianj -- Score: 3

The two couples are really at two very different stages of their life. But they have at least one thing in common. Their love for each other is palpable and the desire of one partner to make the other comfortable with the simple thing of pouring the right beverage.