Middle-Earth Fanfiction Awards

To Light the Solstice Fire

Author: elfscribe
Nominator: minuial nuwing
2009 Award Category: Genres: Humor: Family

Story Type: Story : Length: Short Story
Rating: Teen -- Reason for Rating: m/m incest implied
Summary: Elladan dreads receiving his grandmother's (Galadriel's) embarrassing annual solstice garb that he must wear to light the Solstice Fire, but this year will be different if Arwen and Elrohir have anything to do with it. Sibling relationships. Humor.

Reviewed by: minuial nuwing -- Score: 10

**wipes eyes** Oh, gods, I don't even know where to begin. I have read this several dozen times, and I still laugh until I cry just thinking about some of my favorite lines: [“Ai gods,” he said, “it looks like a pigeon flew at high speed into a set of draperies and exploded!”] and [“Most easily,” Elrohir agreed. “I’d shoot you myself. By the Valar, I’d say to myself, there’s a beast that deserves a swift death.” “It would be a kindness,” Elladan agreed.] set me off, among many other hilarious phrases and images. Elrohir's snarky entrance always leaves me in tears, too. But beyond the humor, I love the sense of warmth and intimacy the story has, the unexpected glimpses of the relationships in the family as a whole. Though Ladan and Elro are still themselves, with all the hiding and indecision and pain and joy and beauty that entails, that part of their relationship is less important here than the love and affection, the sense of family, that permeates the story. The interaction between Arwen and the twins was delightful, from the sibling banter to the cooperation that resulted in Elladan's rescue from certain humiliation. Elladan's realization that he had never before treated Arwen as an adult, and his understanding that something special had happened in the flurry of cutting and sewing and gossiping was deeply moving. Your portrayal of Galadriel was both amusing and believable - I can imagine her doing such things very easily. Celeborn and Elrond were absolutely hilarious in their hurry not to get involved! And oh, my, the descriptions! Not only the horror of Elladan's original outfit, but Elrohir's attire, with its, erm, significant improvement, and the image of Elladan after the alterations were done, kohl-rimmed eyes and all...gorgeous. A beautifully poignant, outrageously funny tale, masterfully spun.

Reviewed by: Oshun -- Score: 10

This is a great short story. I adored the descriptions of the hideous outfits that Galadriel tries to make Elladan wear. The last one is the best: [“a pigeon flew at high speed into a set of draperies and exploded”] is my favorite or maybe, [“an insane wizard who has been practicing magic in a chicken coop”] is pretty wonderful also. Loved the kohl around Elladan’s eyes. I'd really love to see an illustration of this entire story. You interspersed such teasing eroticism throughout without hinging on the story on the titillating aspects. This is a thoroughly entertaining piece. It is so rich with detail, physical description and characterization, and all done with your usual humor and an underlying seriousness. I love manipulative Galadriel, the warm and funny encounters between Elladan and Elrohir, the hints of naturalism in the believable peak you give us into the marriage of Elrond and Celebrian. And finally you’ve created a convincing and likeable Arwen—a younger sister, but obviously winning the acceptance of her older brothers as an adult. And it’s such a terrific holiday piece—so many holiday-centered pieces can seemed forced. This were certainly does not. You communicate a real sense of the festivities and the traditions that lie behind them, tying the Third Age back to the First Age and beyond in a seemingly effortless manner.

Reviewed by: Larner -- Score: 1

The premise is excellent and hilarious, even though the incest is over the top.