Middle-Earth Fanfiction Awards

Truth in Legend

Author: Ellie
Nominator: Ellie
2011 Award Category: Cross-Cultural: Elder Days

Story Type: Story : Length: Short Story
Rating: Teen -- Reason for Rating: Violence
Summary: In many legends, there is often a murmur of truth as some First Age elven youths learn to their dismay.


Reviewed by: Caunedhiel -- Score: 6

I loved your story,it's kind of like before and after - legends weaving legends and In the end everything gets repeated. I could definitely imagine a young group of elves, proud and full of self confidence doing exactly that. We've all done that ourselves at some point and I find myself reminiscing about my own past. That's another thing I like about your story. I absolutely love the stark differences between the elves and the humans. And I also like that the young are not so easy to differentiate, apart from the way they spoke, you could mistake one for the other. I think I read in one of Tolkien's books that children of both elves and men were very similar at a young age - can't remember which though. I enjoyed reading your story very much!

Reviewed by: Adonnen Estenniel -- Score: 3

This is an amusing glimpse into cultural differences. Here, the author heavily emphasized not only the difference between the First and Second-born of Eru, but also made sure to highlight the linguistic differences between Noldor and Sindar, to good effect.

Reviewed by: Darkover -- Score: 3

The more things change, the more they stay the same. In this intriguing and superbly-written story, Elves and Men and the differences between them have come full circle. This story is a fascinating portrayal of both, and with a bit of comparing and contrasting. Well worth reading!