Middle-Earth Fanfiction Awards

How Legolas Proved His Bowmanship

Author: Chathol-linn
Nominator: Dwimordene
2005 Award Category: Genres: Adventure - Honorable Mention

Story Type: Story : Length: Short Story
Rating: G -- Reason for Rating: N/A
Summary: The character as a youngster who develops into a person capable of helping save the world. This story explores his prowess as an archer while introducing his family, home and teachers.


Reviewed by: ErinRua -- Score: 5

Long ago and in a galaxy far, far away I first read this tale. It charms me even now. There is a mythic quality to its telling, a warmth as of a tale often told, and the clever references to other names in the anals of great archers are neatly done. As I am finally learning archery myself, I have even more appreciation and understanding of both the crafting of this tale, and the exploits of young Legolas, the finest elven archer we know. There is a comfortable cosiness to the way this tale flows, and I am pleased to salute it once again.

Reviewed by: Rhapsody -- Score: 4

A beautiful little tale on Legolas and his natural talent for bows. Chathol-linn shows us a small part of Legolas life and the foreshadowing of a classical hero to be. The events she lets Legolas experience: it shows her research and love for this character. There was one thing that I noted and that is that the pacing of her story telling feels off by the usage of the passive voice, which causes the story to feel out of balance.

Reviewed by: daw the minstrel -- Score: 3

This story is told in a manner that makes it feel like a legend, and that seems right to me. The character of Legolas is nicely shown through his serious devotion to his craft and his fearless behavior. The other characters are richly realized also.

Reviewed by: Dwimordene -- Score: 3

I remember reading this on a Tolkien fic e-mail list way back when there were maybe twenty pages of LOTR fanfiction at FFN. The tone is very well-suited to the tale and reminiscent of "The Hobbit" to me. We see the makings of Middle-earth's most infamous archer (sorry, Beleg!), his formation, drive, and dedication that pay off handsomely in the end.

Reviewed by: Dreamflower -- Score: 2

A very cute story, showing Legolas' determination as a young adolescent, to prove himself. He ends up doing so, but not without causing some problems and endangering himself.

Reviewed by: Larian Elensar -- Score: 1

Enjoyable and easy to read...and informative. Nicely told story of middle earth's possibly most well known archer.