Middle-Earth Fanfiction Awards

Typically Atypical Book I

Author: Elaura
Nominator: elfenears
2010 Award Category: Genres: Longer Works

Story Type: Story : Length: Novel
Rating: Teen -- Reason for Rating: Please note: this is the completed Part I of a series for which later books fall under the 'mature' label. However, in this particular book, the teen rating applies for language and themes.
Summary: The continuing saga of a 36 year-old female soldier who finds herself in Middle Earth during the War of the Ring. This is Book I of a series which will follow the plot of Tolkien's Middle Earth in the late Third Age and early Fourth. She is not a tenth walker and Tolkien's story will not be rewritten to accommodate her.

Reviewed by: The Lauderdale -- Score: 8

Girl falls to Middle-earth...but in this case, "girl" is a 36-year-old member of the U.S. Signal Corps, zonked out on a combination of migraine, meds and way too much fanfiction. I enjoyed much of this story: our heroine is self-deprecating but has a terrific sense of humor. Her situation is, as the title puts it, typically atypical: she wanders the wilderness in her pajamas for a time before being rescued by Glorfindel, taken to Rivendell, meeting Elrond, healing Frodo, winning the heart of Legolas, etc. - on the other hand, she also becomes best buds with Gimli, teaches the Elves about CPR, loses some fingers and acquires a nifty prosthetic. There are some technical issues: sentence structure could be more varied (sentences starting with the word "I") and the formatting is often screwy, possibly due to the archive where it is housed. The author also has a strange aversion to naming her various original characters (even our protagonist is nameless until she introduces herself to Legolas in Chapter 17) but it was still easy to keep track of them all and to become invested in them.

Reviewed by: elfenears -- Score: 6

Typically atypical is an amazing story, one of the best Iíve read. Far from being a normal girl in middle earth story it takes that plot and twists it. The characters are well thought out and very easy to get attached to. The established Tolkien characters are expanded and obscure details are brought out. From losing fingers and angry elf lords to hormones and a cat called Macavity, itís all in there. The romance aspect is believable and balanced out by lots of action and friendship. This story really explores human emotions in different situations and does it well. The heroine is not perfect and has flaws making the reader connect with her. This first book of the series leads on to bigger things in the part two and three. It gets better and better as it goes along, worth any time spent reading.

Reviewed by: obsidianj -- Score: 6

I thoroughly enjoyed this story. It is long and it has some chapters that could use some better formatting, but all that didn't deter me from reading way too long into the night. I like the heroine of this story, how she interacts with the canon characters. She is my kind of a girl, not overly girlish, but also not a complete tomboy. She feels more at home in pants, but can also appreciate a nice dress. As a soldier she uses some bad language, but it is not overdone and fits the character. She feels to me well balanced. I like the way her presence is facilitating the friendship between Legolas and Gimli. All of the canon characters are very well characterized. For everyone who likes a good girl-falls-into-Middle-earth story, I can only recommend this story I'm off to read book 2 and 3.

Reviewed by: Vanime -- Score: 3

This is a great story! I am currently reading Typically Atypical Book 3 and every chapter (there are a lot of them in all the books by Elaura) are all well written and highly detailed. Highly Recommended!