Middle-Earth Fanfiction Awards

Renewal

Author: Bodkin
Nominator: Leaward
2005 Award Category: Books/Time: Post-Ring War: Gap-Filler - First Place

Story Type: Story : Length: Short Story
Rating: G -- Reason for Rating: n/a
Summary: Celeborn contemplates sailing to the Undying Lands.


Reviewed by: Leaward -- Score: 8

Renewal is a very interesting peek into how Celeborn and Thranduil view the changing of ME and their decision to go to the West. I think that Bodkin manages to capture Celeborn's consideration of his choice, along with his conversation with Thranduil, in a thoughtful, believable manner. Bodkin's use of metaphors and similes helps you picture the woods surrounding them ... " It was as if they sought the comfort of the closeness of the few remaining elves, approaching like dogs slipping closer

to the fire on a bleak winter's night."
She also captures their emotions while not being dragged down into angst which would have changed the enjoyability of the story. I also like how the author gets inside the characters relationships and with a single line can describe so much -- Elrohir talking about how his grandparents would fight was hilarious and yet kept everyone within character. To insert humour while maintaining solemnity is a difficult balancing act that Bodkin has achieved admirably. A lovely story about how the decision was made to finally abandon Middle Earth and go West by the final elves, treated with dignity and respect.
ADMIN note: excessive quoting has been blocked to correct the score on this review. Prev score = 954ch = 9 pts Current score = 922ch = 8 pts

Reviewed by: Dwimordene -- Score: 7

An enjoyable look at the decision of Celeborn, and a few other well-known Elves, to take ship to Valinor. Despite the sense of loss, renewal is, as the title proclaims, the overriding theme, and it makes for some fine, humorous moments. Even Elrond has a joke, in absentia, and one must appreciate a story that puts him at the heart of a classic double-blind scheme that was doubtless enacted only so that it could later be discovered. Celeborn's motivations for remaining in Arda, and also his reasons for leaving it, are nicely explored, and Thranduil, too, acquires depth in what is clearly an old friendship between him and Celeborn. Elrohir, though younger, is also well-written, and it's nice to see him in a jesting, if not overtly mischievous, mood, even as he, too, turns westward.

Reviewed by: lainien -- Score: 6

There really is so much in this short little story--Celeborn and Thranduil's initial conversation holds so much: their struggle with the sea longing and their longing to see their departed kin; speculation about what and who will be awaiting them if they sail; and their thoughts on all they leave behind (and its destruction). I particularly liked: "We are marking time,’ Celeborn agreed, ‘performing mundane tasks to survive, but no longer affecting the outcomes." That sums it up doesn't it. And then Celeborn's conversation with the twins about Galadriel and about the people waiting for them that they see in their dreams. I love the end where Celeborn opens himself up to his bond with Galadriel and tells her that he is coming. Wonderful story. It captures so many emotions.

Reviewed by: Thundera Tiger -- Score: 5

I liked the insightfulness of this story. Arda has clearly changed both Celeborn and Thranduil, and I doubt they will be content to go over the Sea and sing songs about days of yore. But if anything, Arda has taught them to adapt, so in the end, I suspect they will find a way to compromise. The bits of humor thrown into this story were also appreciated. I loved the thought that Celebrian had taught Elrohir and Elladan how to know when Celeborn and Galadriel were fighting. Very amusing.

Reviewed by: quirky_orthodox -- Score: 4

Absolutely perfect! This story has everything I ever want to read in a fanfic. It is emotional without going overboard, honest without being soppy and to top it all off it is also downright hilarious in places. I think if ever someone were to nominate a best fanfiction paragraph it would have to be the one describing the 'fights' between Celeborn and Galadriel. I really do love reading Bodkin's work and, although I may not often say so, I think she's brilliant.

Reviewed by: elliska -- Score: 3

What a wonderful portrayal of Celeborn and Thranduil and Elrohir! And I loved all the angles you explored regarding Celeborn's relationship with Galadriel and his ideas about sailing West. Great dialogue and great thoughts on what it meant to these elves to sail or remain in Middle Earth a little longer.

Reviewed by: picara -- Score: 3

I liked this conversation between Thranduil and Celeborn about why they stayed and why they are ready to leave and what they fear in Valinor. And I enjoyed the appearance of Elrohir and Elladan. I think you covered a lot of ground in a short piece. I like to read stories about the elves finally going home and finding peace. Nice job.

Reviewed by: daw the minstrel -- Score: 2

I truly love the way your Celeborn thinks about Galadriel, Bodkin. "The sweet greeness of her." What a lovely phrase. And I like the way they are all dreaming of the ones who have gone before them.

Reviewed by: Larian Elensar -- Score: 2

I love the way you always mentioned that Thranduil and Galadriel needed to make peace between them. Gives real closure to their story.

Reviewed by: Dreamflower -- Score: 2

Celeborn and the last of the Elves prepare finally to leave for the West. His contemplation of why he lingered so long, and of Galadriel's possible reaction to his arrival are very well done.

Reviewed by: nerwen_calaelen -- Score: 2

An interesting view, your characterisations of the elves are very good and give the characters more interesting fasits.