Middle-Earth Fanfiction Awards

The Otters of Imladris

Author: chaotic_binky
Nominator: weepingnaiad
2008 Award Category: Genres: Humor: Elven Lands

Story Type: Story : Length: Short Story
Rating: Mature -- Reason for Rating: Contains some referred to violence, rescue of an orphaned baby animal and a relevant sex scene that concentrates on emotional rather than explicit physical.
Summary: The newly-wed Erestor and Haldir rescue a baby otter and take it back to Imladris. As their relationship progresses, so does the growing of Celon, the baby otter. One day Celon hears the call of one who would take him back into the wild.


Reviewed by: Keiliss -- Score: 10

What on earth can I say about this story that will do it justice? When I originally found it, I read the summary and decided to give it a try purely because I know the writer loves trying a variety of styles and a fic swap can produce some -- interesting results. What I found was the ultimate feel-good story, one that I go back to whenever I am feeling depressed and in need of a lift. And it never fails me, I cannot read The Otters without a smile plastering itself on my face and a warm feeling soaking away the tensions of the day. It’s a deceptively simple story – Erestor and Haldir are married, they find a baby otter whose mother has almost certainly been killed, so they take it back to the Last Homely House and raise it. And, as wild animals do, the time comes when he feels the call of his kind. What makes this absolutely irresistible are the characters and the settings. Erestor is completely other than the normal fanon representation. He is sweet and warm, deeply in love with his mate, but can be both sensible and firm too. Haldir is just perfect for him – funny and warm, practical and wise. How they go about raising their unlikely charge while at the same time learning about one another is gorgeous – you want them to go adopt a whole bunch of orphans after reading this. The writer is far too clever to hit her reader over the head with a lecture on conservation, of course, and she lets the theme of her story speak for itself, which it does – most eloquently. The horror of man’s lack of respect for the natural world is coldly underscored, and the best approach to raising a wild creature and the pros and cons of returning it to its natural habitat are here, but not in an in-your-face way, which makes the underlying message all the more effective.. If you’re uncertain about the slash element, give it a chance anyway, because it’s such a gorgeously loving relationship. All round, a magically feel good story.

Reviewed by: Oshun -- Score: 6

Binky’s stories are usually layered and subversive and this is no exception. What you expect to see is not always what you will get. There is a lot more going on there than is immediately evident. In this case, the title, and the categorization of humor, might lead one to believe that this is short, fluffy throw-away piece that will bring a smile and perhaps a laugh. But actually it has a great deal to say about the characters involved, their individual and often conflicting ways of considering and approaching a problem. It is very much a story of a relationship, as well as a story about respect and lack of respect for nature and the necessity of merging of practicality and sentiment to arrive at the best result for how to care for a vulnerable creature. And it has a happy ending.

Reviewed by: Tena -- Score: 3

I was so happy to have Binky write this story for me. It is utterly charming. I love that Haldir and Erestor are such a wonderful couple and parents to their new pup. They take great care in caring for the otter and making sure it would remain wild. Binky is a wonderful story teller and her stories are always imaginative.

Reviewed by: Erviniae -- Score: 2

I love the story of Haldir and Erestor's love and how an otter helps them learn about themselves. A very sweet and endearing fic.

Reviewed by: nancylea -- Score: 2

love the thought of these two raising young; one by the book and one by the seat of the pants. monumental story and wonderful cast of characters.

Reviewed by: weepingnaiad -- Score: 1

This is a wonderful, heart warming tale and is an enjoyable read!