Middle-Earth Fanfiction Awards

The Tide of Times

Author: daw the minstrel
Nominator: Marta
2005 Award Category: Books/Time: The Hobbit - Second Place

Story Type: Story : Length: Novella
Rating: G -- Reason for Rating: n/a
Summary: Legolas comes of age; Thranduil goes to a meeting of the White Council.


Reviewed by: elliska -- Score: 10

This is another great story. I really like seeing Thranduil interact with the other members of the White Council in this. The way you show differences between Thranduil's realm and Elrond's so subtlely (Thranduil's unwillingness to go without a knife in his boot / the gold circlet rather than a crown of flowers) is really well done. And I like how you weave in people's experiences / feelings, as in the conversation Thranduil has with Arwen and the reference to the accuracy of the maps. But my favorite part of that whole interchange was Thranduil's reaction to Radagast being his strongest ally and the inaction of the Council. I imagine he would have found that absolutely maddening. The Legolas and Annael side of the story was equally enjoyable. I really like seeing the training activities you come up with and Legolas's interactions with his friends, especially Annael, who is just a perfect friend. I particularly like the coming of age ceremony that you made up. You are really good at making up rituals like that. Together with Thranduil's reaction to it, I found it very moving. Of course the fire, Legolas's injury and Annael's loss were all extremely sad. The thing I like most about your stories though is that while you provide serious angst, it is never overdone or unbelievable. Given its context, it always makes sense. I really liked seeing Legolas and his friends come of age in this story! Great job!

Reviewed by: Karenator -- Score: 10

Thranduil going to Imladris was quite a surprise. You gave us a great view of what his thoughts were. His ambivalence about Imladris is certainly understandable, but he always maintains his proper kingly composure. He guarded his words to Arwen in kindness for her feelings and shuddered at the thought of Galadriel as a mother-in-law. While these two scenes made me smile, for different reasons, it told us a geat deal about the elf king. The last chapter was a very nice wrap-up, daw. The symbolism of the ceremony was well done, but it was Thranduil's remembrances that got to me. Oh my. I was very glad to see Eilian and had wondered if it was acceptable for someone of another gender to take on assigned roles. I always thought that Eilian was the best choice to take his naneth's role. The funny thing about Eilian feeling weighed down by shadow..though I didn't know that was what it was at the time...was how strongly I felt it. You did a terrific job of giving him that heavy slow feeling of despair. Sinnarn was a sweet note...sort of that circle of life thing. And what Eilian said about him being grown in five minutes...well, it's so true. Legolas was certainly thrilled at the news of his posting...Eilian was not. "At least we of the House of Oropher are all consistent, he thought." I chuckled at this...very good. I hoped there for a minute that Ithilden was going to post Eilian to the eastern border, too, but I suppose that would defeat the purpose of giving Legolas sometime without his family hovering. This ended very nicely. I really enjoyed it...just as I do all your stories. Thanks for sharing.

Reviewed by: Larian Elensar -- Score: 8

Oh! I went to your ff.net profile so I could read all your nominated stories in chronological order. This is my second time for this one, and I could definitely read it many many more times. I love love love your original characters and your stories. I am terrible because I rarely leave you reviews, but please know that I read all of your stories, I never even think twice about it. I know it will be engaging and keep me interested throughout, and it won't be so complicated that I have to re-read past chapters in order to keep up. And you write about such simple, wonderful things. You remind me of one of my favorite writers...Louisa May Alcott. Strong characters and a good strong story. This one caught me off guard as I re-read it. I'd forgotten about the one elf getting killed during the fire. *sniffle* (I'm not naming names so I don't spoil it for anyone who just reads the reviews and hasn't read the story...) My cat stared at me as I sat there crying about it. I truly love every single one of your stories. Thank you for being so generous with them.

Reviewed by: Dreamflower -- Score: 4

Goodness gracious! If I read very many more of this author's stories, I might become almost as much an Elf fan as I am a hobbit fan. This was wonderful. I love the OCs, and the deep love and loyalty between Thranduil and his sons, and between the brothers Thranduilion. I also like the way the organization of the realm is so clearly delineated. A nice long satisfying read!

Reviewed by: Thundera Tiger -- Score: 4

Fascinating insight into the world of Mirkwood. I was most interested in the White Council, and I wish we could have seen a bit more from Cirdan, who seems to suspect something about Saruman that escapes the rest of them. But I also loved the bits with Legolas, Ithilden, and Eilian. The culture of the elves was fleshed out well, and the coming of age ceremony was very interesting. Great eye for the details, and great pacing throughout to make a very fun and adventurous story.

Reviewed by: jastaelf -- Score: 4

daw, please forgive me for cutting and pasting.... I wanted to make sure I got everything reviewed if I could possibly do so....
I love all your stories, as I hope you know, and this is no exception. My favourite line: (or one of them anyway): The child was ready for this moment, Thranduil thought in amused dismay, but he was not sure he was. Why my favourite? Because I'm a mother with a son who has come of age, and I have memories like this all the time.... The whole coming of age sequence was just stunningly lovely.
Thank you!! :-) Thank you for this wonderful story and for all your stories!!

Reviewed by: Bodkin -- Score: 2

Excellent. Again. I like Legolas on the verge of adulthood - so determined to be grown up. His words at Annael's father's funeral are very touching. Another good part of the saga.