Middle-Earth Fanfiction Awards

Dance of Desire

Author: Ellie
Nominator: Ellie
2007 Award Category: Genres: Humor: Children

Story Type: Story : Length: Short Story
Rating: General -- Reason for Rating: N/A
Summary: Rumil lives his dream, but all is not as it would seem.

Reviewed by: Rhapsody -- Score: 5

[this review contains spoilers] This brief liclet just oozes from the cuteness. Replace Rumil’s dreams with the ambition to become a firefighter or a famous athlete and you can see how well Ellie understands the mind of a young child. In this piece she juts shows us the world seen trough an elfling’s perspective and keeps the piece skillfully in one point of view. At first she kept me on the edge of my seat here when I read about the chilling battle of Rumil fighting Orcs and keeping him at bay with excellent skill. Then suddenly the reader realises that what we see is Rumil's utter desire to be fighting just like his adar and big brother where Haldir explains to his father how an elfling can be so fully consumed by such a whish. A very wee!dance of desire!

Reviewed by: Larner -- Score: 4

It is in play that children prepare for what they will do once they are grown; and for the brother of Haldir, that play prepares him to become the march warden he will be one day, and the warrior who will assist in the defense of Lorien against its enemies. His brother and father watch and worry, and accept the play for what it is. A beautiful tale of one growing up in a world where war is too pervasive.

Reviewed by: Bodkin -- Score: 4

This is a very sweet story - little Rumil fighting wars of the imagination. At least his big brother is able to persuade their adar of the cuteness of the action, even if playing with a real sword probably isn't that good an idea. And young males don't change! War games always have and always will have their attraction for them. But I'm glad Rumil's efforts against an army of orcs aren't real. Yet.