Middle-Earth Fanfiction Awards

Separation

Author: dancingkatz
Nominator: rhyselle
2007 Award Category: Races: Elves

Story Type: Story : Length: Medium Length
Rating: General -- Reason for Rating: N/A
Summary: Elladan and Elrohir have never been separated in their lives but now that they are 21-coronari old (equivalent to a human 9-year old) Elrohir has gone to Lorien for a visit while Elrohir has to stay home in Rivendell. Needless to say, Elrohir is having a very hard time dealing with it. Guest appearances by Glorfindel, Elrond, Celebrian, Galadriel, Celeborn, and even a few of the Valar and Maiar.


Reviewed by: Fiondil -- Score: 10

This story really grabs me, not just because of the Valar scenes (my favorite by the way) but because you so aptly portray a confused child who thinks he's being punished and is no longer loved and he doesn't know why because he knows he's done nothing wrong. I'm not a twin but I can certainly sympathize with Elrohir missing his brother. All of us have suffered separation anxieties, whether it's the first time away from home or the first day of school and mommy isn't there. So, Roh's feelings are very true to that situation. I love Glorfindel, who comes off not as perfect as we like to think. He is a great warrior and competent administrator and host in Elrond's absence and he is trying his best with Elrohir, but the guilt and overblown sense of responsibilty that he feels makes him less godlike and more human (in a good way). You just want to reach out and hug his tears away, poor ellon. The scene with Dan and Námo was just wonderful. Námo is definitely in Comforter-mode here and you can see that he would be this way with his charges (both Elves and Mortals) more so than the grim Judge or Ordainer of Fates. I always thought Námo preferred the role of Comforter more than any of the other roles he must play as Lord of Mandos. The scene with Irmo, Melian and Námo and the naughty flask just broke me up, especially the congratulatory looks that the Fëanturi give each other. Glorfindel's [If Elladan and Elrohir follow your example, I may as well cut my throat now and return to Mandos before I go mad] is priceless as is Melian's [Cultural heathens] comment. And I can so totally sympathize with Roh's hatred of math. I can't do it to save my life and thank Eru for such inventions as the calculator (though sometimes even then I mess up). Elrohir's punishment of copying out selected texts was quite unique, and it's obvious Glorfindel's taken a page from his "otorno" Finrod's book of "Unique Punishments for Elflings and Other Miscreants".

Reviewed by: Raksha the Demon -- Score: 5

There's something almost magical in the appeal of Elrond's twin sons to Tolkien fanfiction writers. Tolkien sketched the outlines of Elladan and Elrohir, and seems to have left the rest to his readers' imaginations. In this story, we meet not the grim warriors of LOTR, but the twins as two young children, separated for the first time in their lives, and feeling bereft. One of the twins gets into trouble, and both are imperilled. The idea that one twin feels the other's pain works well in the story. The twins' vulnerability and mutual love is sensitively written here. Fans of angst and Valar lore should enjoy the tale.

Reviewed by: Imhiriel -- Score: 2

The perspectives of the children were captured well, you really got into their minds and described things as they would have seen and understood them.