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  • Larian Elensar
    ... Drabble ED2: I Hear the Stones Lament by Avon Well done. You got some intense emotions across in such few words. Drabble ED3: Longing by Dwimordene I never
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      > Elves
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      > Official Voting Ballot

      Drabble
      ED2: I Hear the Stones Lament by Avon

      Well done. You got some intense emotions across in such few words.


      Drabble
      ED3: Longing by Dwimordene

      I never thought of rocks having emotions, but yes, an elf could sense them.



      Incomplete
      EI3: Oak and Willow by Marnie

      "Tall and terrible and glorious was king Elu-Thingol, greatest of the
      elven-kings of Middle Earth, and the regard Celeborn had for him was that of a
      son and subject both; awe, mingled with love." That's from chapter two and I
      loved it. It was sooo Tolkien-esque. And as I read this, I noticed something.
      I always thought you were the ultimate Celeborn fan/press agent, but I think
      you have a crush on Elu Thingol too, and you're giving me one!

      Really, I love the way you bring some of the dry history of the Silmarillion
      and other of Tolkien's books to life by telling a story.

      The first meeting of Angrod and Celeborn shows our favorite Sindar/Teleri at
      his best, I think. A little ticked off, a little arrogant, and diplomatic, all
      at once. And that first chat with Nerwen! You just know there is something big
      that will happen between them, since they both thought it went badly and they
      came out of it a little worse for the wear. I totally loved that part where
      she wondered how he'd turned the tables on her over the blade. And I also loved
      the bit where she realized why they dressed in the greys and silvers instead of
      the brighter colors. I know I never would have thought about that otherwise.

      And poor Daeron. Something about artists that just have to suffer, I think.

      I've been part of the Silmfics list for awhile, I don't participate much, but I
      read the discussions. One would think, reading there, that the only elves in
      the Silmarillion worth noting were the Noldor--specifically, Feanor and sons.
      I think the professor did have an extra fondness for them, didn't he? I'm glad
      to see them getting a few humbling experiences at the hands of the 'dark'
      elves. Luthien's comment (well, Celeborn's) about the Noldor needing more room
      to quarrel than was available in Aman was pretty darn funny.

      I love this from chapter eight: "The Sindar had borne such blows as the Noldor
      had inflicted on themselves - worse blows - without becoming fell, or doomed,
      or dangerous. In the midst of death they remained light of heart; worked,
      played, rejoiced, and by their mere existence defeated Morgoth's plans daily."
      So again, we find out that the Noldor weren't the only ones who suffered, and
      the Sindar rose above it, instead of letting it consume them.

      I really wish the movies would have showed more of Celeborn as I knew he could
      be, and as you write him. I can so see the him pacing, planning strategy to
      get Galadriel's brothers on his side, and to further alliances, instead of just
      accepting the world as she saw it, that he wasn't 'good' enough for her.

      I think I've mentioned before how much I like your dancing scenes. I've
      written them before in another lifetime and it really is difficult. Well, they
      are for me, so yours do impress me. They were making progress I think, with
      her brothers before things got really dark. I'm torn. I know what Feanor and
      his sons did was terrible, but I'm not sure the children of Finarfin were that
      much better. Doing nothing isn't exactly a ringing endorsement of their
      heroism. I was so angry for Elu/Celeborn and company. It was totally ironic
      and hypocritical of the Noldor to look down on the Sindar.

      And I can't remember the exact quote, but I liked how you set Galadriel up to
      be so ready to take the ring when Celebrimbor offers it. How she liked power,
      and wanted to rule. I guess by the time she gets the ring, she is one of the
      most powerful elves left in Middle Earth, and later, she might even be the most
      powerful one, since the others had never lived in Valinor.

      I'm so glad I read this again, all in one shot, I am looking forward to the
      rest of their story.



      Incomplete
      EI6: Wayland The Smith by Jilian Baade

      Interesting start. I'm a little surprised that Elrond and Earendil would
      seemingly forgive Maeglin so easily. I guess he'll have a lot of making up to
      do once they reach Valinor. Great so far.


      Post-WOTR
      E4-4: Of Pipes and Poetry by Thevina Finduilas

      Of Pipes and Poetry - Thevina Finduilas
      Oh! I liked the idea that Galadriel came back to Middle Earth because she was
      drawn to it, and Gimli, with his knowledge of the secrets of earth being th one
      to write a poem in her honor. Nicely done.


      Romance
      ER1: By Hook or By Crook by Eresse

      Oooh, those naughty elf wives! On Elrond's desk?! *eep* Really, a nicely
      written interlude that allows us to know Celebrian and Ithilwen a bit better,
      as well as see the Elrond and Thranduil don't ALWAYS have meetings. Or, maybe
      they do always have meetings, but they know that there's more to life than hard
      work, or ....sex.


      Romance
      ER3: Meldir: At First Sight by Eresse

      I've heard lots of theories about why Gil-Galad was unable to go to Oropher's
      aid, but I have to admit that this is the first time that I've heard it was
      because he was shagging Elrond! *grin*

      I have to say that I love how you set up this whole plot of Elrohir loving
      Legolas, but the Mirkwood elves not following the 'ancient path' (for some very
      logical reasons). What I really like about it is that I can tell you've
      planned this out and the plot really does support a long story. I do have the
      added advantage of having read these installments before, and I'm way past them
      now, but you didn't fall into the trap that a lot of fanfic authors do--falling
      in love with the response and feedback and writing chapter after chapter when
      the story is really over. What I mean is that I know some authors who have
      actually finished their main plot, but like the rush of feedback so much that
      they keep adding, sometimes for many chapters. You aren't doing that. Your
      plot is well organized enough and planned out and strong enough that you can
      write many chapters, and still move the plot along, without any of them
      being...gratuitous.

      Now here, in the rest of this fic, not only do you flesh out the main plot, but
      you start adding in the sub-plots and a few more characters and making the main
      characters seem more familiar and likeable. I particularly liked your
      description of the difference between Rivendell and Greenwood in part three,
      how the Wood elves needed to be more feral, really. And also that neither was
      'better' than the other, they just adapted differently to their situations. I
      also liked part four where you gave Elrond and Thranduil both very good reasons
      to be upset with each other, but also good reasons to make peace.

      Part Five and Six - I like how you're not trying to rush this piece. You're
      letting things develop slowly, and Legolas and Elrohir don't just jump into bed
      together. Like I said, it's a good main storyline, and it's nice to see it
      being developed.



      Romance
      ER5: The Kiss by Larien Elengasse

      I love that last line. "Where we go now matters not, as long as we go there
      together." Gave me warm fuzzies for sure.



      Romance
      ER7: With Friends Like These by Eresse

      I know it's rather silly of me, but I wanted Elladand and Elrohir to tell
      Legolas more of what they knew about the 'ancient path.' I mean, it seems a
      little as if he's being sheltered here, but that's just my impatience and need
      for instant gratification. I thought it was odd that Elrohir said that
      Almerial (sp?) was acting unnaturally by not being jealous. I mean, it sounded
      as if he disapproved of her *not* being jealous, maybe that Enederion (sp?)
      deserved to win Dauron more. Just a little thing that flashed through my head
      as I was reading, it probably was just my spin on it, and means nothing in the
      larger scope of the story. (And I can't remember what goes on with them, next,
      so I'm really guessing here).


      The Silmarillion
      ES1: Brothers by Tinni

      And a little child shall lead them. Good view into young Feanor and brothers.


      The Silmarillion
      ES2: Child of Dawn by Cirdan

      I don't know why I read stories about Eol and Maeglin and then think...boy,
      that was icky! Eol was one twisted elf! Nice try on Aredhel's part, too bad
      Eol was too gone to stop himself, although I'm sure he wanted her in death too.
      Nicely done.


      The Silmarillion
      ES5: Fearless and Full of Joy by Levade

      Squee! That was one of my all time favorite quotes from the book. It made me
      fall in love with Glorfindel right away when I read them. (Legolas who?) What a
      great story. Little GLorfindel! Yay!


      The Silmarillion
      ES6: Henen by Larien Elengasse

      Lovely. And it was not just because it was about a King for his heir. It was
      about a father and his son.


      The Silmarillion
      ES8: Keystone by Wild Iris

      I almost have to laugh, thinking about those gems in the ceiling. I'm sure
      they were beautiful, but it made me think of my little sister. She had these
      glow in the dark stars that she put all over her bedroom ceiling. I'm sure the
      elves had prettier ones!


      The Silmarillion
      ES9: Malaise by Levade

      I think you tapped into a facet of both Glorfindel and Elrond's personalities
      that we all believe they have, but never actually see. Oh, and Gil-Galad's too!
      Nice peek at a part of their lives!


      The Silmarillion
      ES12: The Continuing Leaf by WatcherChild

      I wish I knew the elves of the Silmarillion better. I liked the easy way you
      presented them and told a bit of their stories. And Glorfindel was right in
      the end. No one dies as long as you remember them.


      The Silmarillion
      ES14: The Wisdom of Isildur by Marnie

      I've read this before, but a thought occurred to me as I read it this time.
      Isildur was villified for not destroying the one ring, even Elrond called him
      weak. Celeborn is right by asking why the elves didn't destroy their rings
      when they had the chance, though it may have made it worse for the fellowship
      and everyone else in the fight against Sauron, maybe.


      The Silmarillion
      ES15: Too Late by Jilian Baade

      I've never much about Finarfin, though when I do, I'll certainly remember this
      picture of him, it made an impression. Such a sad commentary on his life too.


      Vignette
      EV1: A Fool's Hope by Thundera Tiger

      Of course, we have the benefit of hindsight, but it certainly must have seemed
      impossible to all those great and powerful leaders who had to depend on hobbits
      and love and friendship instead of power. They were all pretty optomistic,
      considering the way things were stacked against the mission being successful.


      Vignette
      EV3: Dancing Within Walls by Sphinx

      So many emotions that Elrond showed in one dance with his daughter. I
      sniffled. Well done.


      E2: A Leaf on a Stream by Marnie

      A Leaf On A Stream - Marnie
      It takes a big person to put aside personal prejudices for the greater good.
      Seems to me that Celeborn does it very well, without ever losing sight of his
      own (and the twins') histories. I guess what I mean is that he wanted to make
      sure the twins valued their Sindar side, though he didn't want to get all
      defensive and angry himself...hard to do that and not take it personal, but he
      did it so the twins could learn.


      E5: Battle of the Golden Wood by Marnie

      Chapter 1 - Such a wonderfully dramatic beginning, setting up the conflict
      between Galadriel and Celeborn right away. I loved his comment that he had the
      right to wonder about her ability to turn the ring down.

      Chapter 2 - I was straining forward, reading this, urging them on. Hope they
      don't lose anyone else now that they're in the woods!

      Chapter 3 - Oswy certainly responded as expected. Any magic must be bad, since
      what we don't understand, we fear, and especially elvish magic. Tsk.

      Chapter 4 - I loved your description of Oswy's first glimpse of Celeborn. I
      also had to laugh a bit that Oswy thought the environment 'too bracing' to be
      enchanted. (I kept thinking, but if it was really enchanted, they'd just make
      you think it was too bracing to be enchanted!) Leofwyn is wise too, I'm glad
      you didn't make her too prejudiced, and even made her regret telling those
      stories to Oswy.

      Chapter 5 - Oh yes! Galadriel as a wife and mother. I loved it when she
      stepped int with Rian and the baby. And again, some rumors and legends of the
      Rohirrim are found to be untrue.

      Chapter 6 - Such a sad duty for Erethon, though at least, he could give the boy
      peace. You could almost taste the bitterness when he noted that had the
      positions been reversed, the favor wouldn't have been granted to an elf. I'm
      starting to get anxious about the upcoming battle too.

      Chapter 7 - You certainly showed the elves...almost desperation, attacks on
      all the fronts, with no hope of help, they don't even know if they'll have
      enough weapons. Controlled chaos, I guess.

      Chapter 8 - More of the conflict between Celeborn and Galadriel, no escapting
      their respective fates, I guess, since it always comes back to Galadriel
      needing the sea, and Celeborn needing the earth.

      Chapter 9 - Darnit! Now I really like Oswy and his family. And Calandil. And
      I know something will happen to them. Something bad. And who could blame the
      elves if their feasting had that desperate edge to it, they're in a desperate
      situation, I guess.

      Chapter 10 - Isn't that the way it always is? (And I'm sterotyping here,
      forgive me). The females want to protect the men and don't understand when the
      men don't want it. I guess Galadriel can probably understand Celeborn's
      reasons for staying to fight, though she doesn't agree, so she's mad at him.
      There's just such an edge to their relationship, I get so anxious thinking
      about it. *sighs*

      Chapter 11 - Seems like such a small thing for the elves that they destroyed
      the siege engine. I guess it's a victory though.

      Chapter 12 - This was such a sad chapter, Celeborn hating to see Galadriel
      hurting, yet knowing that he would have to hurt her more in the end...

      Chapter 13 - I love the line in this chapter about it being foolish to hope,
      though that didn't mean it was wise to despair. Such an elfy thought process.

      Chapter 14 - Not Calandil!

      Chapter 15 - I love the little touch of humor that Haldir shows where he talks
      about wanting to contribute more than just falling out of a tree. I also like
      the glimpse of the relationship between Haldir and Orophin. And then, more
      Celeborn. I love the way he's so blunt with the truth when he tells Oswy that
      he would kill him, and that Oswy would thank him for it. Definitely a Celeborn
      moment, at least how I've imagined him.

      Chapter 16 - You know, with Celeborn knowing what it's like to be married to a
      ring bearer, it makes me wonder if he gave advice to Celebrian before she
      married Elrond.

      Chapter 17 - This is the darkest before the dawn chapter, right?

      Chapter 18 - This really shows Celeborn's strength, and his wisdom in not
      depending on magic, but rather his reliance on the power of the earth itself.
      I guess he and Thranduil would think alike in many ways.

      Chapter 19 - I really like the continuing thread about the songs, here Oswy is
      riding in song, and I love that image.

      Chapter 20 - Even though it was victory, having Oswy hear the sea in Ardil's
      song was so sad!

      Chatper 21 - It amazes me that Galadriel could go on at all when she had such
      dark thoughts. She and Elrond were alike in that I guess. Totally proving that
      being immortal is maybe a curse. And yes, the Haldir and Orophin scene at the
      end! I could imagine Orophin looking on Haldir with worship...and challenge!

      Chatper 22 - You'd think that Thranduil and Celeborn could see eye to eye a
      little more, but maybe Thranduil feels betrayed because Celeborn married
      Galadriel. I guess Celeborn's last statement, that Celeborn must believe
      there's no curse--rather sums up their relationship.

      Chapter 23 - Oh yes, Thranduil removing his crown, talking as friends, and
      Celeborn receiving some good advice!

      Chapter 24 - No matter how many centuries they lived together, Celeborn and
      Galadriel knew they'd eventually part, I guess. It's a bit amazing that they
      lived for the moment, instead of always thinking ahead. Even when it was right
      on them, they stayed in the moment, instead of just wanting to get it over
      with. Maybe that's elves though. I still like to think that Celeborn did go
      west, and found peace there too...




      E6: Cursed Love by Jilian Baade

      It's almsot enough to make you wonder if anyone 'good' had been the least bit
      kind to Maeglin, if things might have turned out differently.


      E10: Gofi and the Balrog by Levade

      I love this one every time I read it. The thought of Glorfindel being afraid to
      hold the twins is too funny. I guess he knew he'd fall in love with them!


      E13: Noldolante by Ithilwen

      I sometimes feel sorry for Maeglin (like I did when reading Dark Forge), but
      then I remember that he had a choice. He didn't have to betray the city, and
      he did it out of pure selfishness. Maybe he really couldn't have made another
      choice because he didn't know any better, but I think he did, and he probably
      deserves to wander, in torment...


      E16: Sickness by Siobhan with Cassia

      Such a simple thing to us human readers, but I imagine being sick would be a
      curiosity to elves. Nicely done.


      E18: The Smith by Jilian Baade

      Oh! Yes, I like the history you gave to the smith, and how the sword told him
      it's name!

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      Larian
      larian_elensar@...
      Keeper of the OEAM archive http://www.ofelvesandmen.com
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    • Marta
      Here we go... ... This was simply sumptuous. I ve never written much smut, but from what I can tell it requires a fair amount of words. The fact that Lady
      Message 2 of 24 , Sep 16 3:58 PM
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        Here we go...

        > ED1: Hannon Le by Lady Aranel

        This was simply sumptuous. I've never written much smut, but from what
        I can tell it requires a fair amount of words. The fact that Lady
        Aranel did a scene such as this within the word limit is truly
        commendable.

        And the difficult subject matter! Legolas/OFC romance and erotica is
        almost cliché in this fandom. But Lady Aranel pulled it off. I'm not
        an elf-lover, but I found this drabble very enjoyable.

        > ED3: Longing by Dwimordene

        When I read this drabble I picked up on something I'd never noticed
        before from this scene: it's the stones that speak to Legolas. I mean,
        obviously... but stones are usually associated with dwarves, and
        living things (especially trees) with elves. You picked up on this,
        whether you meant to or not. Perhaps the fact that Legolas was able to
        connect with the rocks indicates a different insight than is common
        among elves, which helped him connect with Gimli? I don't know.
        Regardless, it's a very nice drabble.

        > E4-2: Keeper of the Flame by Larian Elensar

        Very interesting perspective, Larian. We see a lot of stories about
        the effects of the Ring on Frodo (and Bilbo and Sam), but much less
        about how the Elven Rings affected *their* bearers. I also like how
        you have Celeborn being such a power in Galadriel's life. Well done.

        > E4-4: Of Pipes and Poetry by Thevina Finduilas

        Wonderful glimpse into this friendship. I especially liked Gimli's
        verse. It wasn't really in what I think of as a Dwarvish mode, but
        rather felt like a dwarf trying to approximate something more Elven.
        (Somehow I can't see the AABA four-foot form of a lot of the songs in
        _The Hobbit_ as working for Galadriel anyway, and Gimli's smart enough
        to know it.)

        > ER6: Unbound by Two-point

        I don't read a lot of romance, but I'm glad I read this one. It seems
        more about the characters of (I assume) a minor character and an
        original one. The sex scene was tastefully done, and felt distinctly
        Elven.

        > EV1: A Fool's Hope by Thundera Tiger

        Wonderful! You're absolutely right, anyone looking objectively at the
        Fellowship would have reason to question the sanity of whomever put it
        together. You capture something of the humor in this meeting. More
        than that, Elrond's justifications for his choices actually make
        sense. Some sense, at least, as much as anything could. Well done.

        > EV4: Dinner Guests by Salsify

        This was the first story I ever read written from an Elf's POV, and
        the first not based in the end of the Third Age. I still chuckle to
        think of it. When I first read I hadn't read _The Silmarillion_, and
        the fact that I was able to follow the story is a testament to
        Salsify's skill as an author. I was smiling throughout, so real was
        the characterization of the Elves, and when I finally understood what
        was going on, I laughed out loud. It was just as good on rereading.
        Well done, Salsify!
      • Lady Aranel
        ... Men have forgotten this truth, but you must not forget it. You remain responsible, forever, for what you have tamed. -Antoine de Saint-Exupery [The
        Message 3 of 24 , Sep 16 6:08 PM
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          "Men have forgotten this truth, but you must not forget it.
          You remain responsible, forever, for what you have tamed."
          -Antoine de Saint-Exupery [The Little Prince]

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          Sent: Thursday, September 16, 2004 12:01 AM
          Subject: [MEFAwards] Elves--Official Voting Ballot


          Elves

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          Drabble

          ED1: Hannon Le by Lady Aranel

          URL: http://www.gardenofithilien.net/hannonle.html

          Rating: R Implied sexual situation

          Romance Partners: Legolas/f

          Summary: Legolas awakes to a very pleasurable surprise. :-)



          Drabble

          ED2: I Hear the Stones Lament by Avon

          URL: http://www.storiesofarda.com/chapterview.asp?sid=808&cid=7377

          Rating: G

          Romance Partners: n/a

          Summary: Legolas' thoughts on what the stones had to say in Hollin. (This is
          one of four drabbles entered in the MEFAs that was written on the same
          theme.)



          Drabble

          ED3: Longing by Dwimordene

          URL: http://www.dwimordenespage.org/index.php?go=7&id=9&chapter=4

          Rating: G

          Romance Partners: n/a

          Summary: Legolas's thoughts based on the quote from the FotR: "But the Elves
          of this land were of a race strange to us of the silvan folk, and the trees
          and the grass do not now remember them. Only I hear the stones lament them:
          deep they delved us, fair they wrought us, high they builded us; but they
          are gone. They are gone. They sought the Havens long ago." (This is one of
          four drabbles entered in the MEFAs that was written on the same theme.)



          Drabble

          ED4: Strange to Us by Elana

          URL: http://www.storiesofarda.com/chapterview.asp?sid=1865&cid=7779

          Rating: G

          Romance Partners: n/a

          Summary: Legolas' thoughts on what the stones had to say in Hollin. (This is
          one of four drabbles entered in the MEFAs that was written on the same
          theme.)



          Drabble

          ED5: Strange Vessels by Elvenesse

          URL: http://www.storiesofarda.com/chapterview.asp?sid=1577&cid=7415

          Rating: G

          Romance Partners: n/a

          Summary: Legolas' thoughts on what the stones had to say in Hollin. (This is
          one of four drabbles entered in the MEFAs that was written on the same
          theme.)



          Drabble

          ED6: Untitled (Mirkwood) by Wild Iris

          URL: http://www.fanfiction.net/s/1832774/3/

          Rating: G

          Romance Partners: n/a

          Summary: A sad scene in Mirkwood, from the eyes of an Elf.



          Incomplete

          EI1: Dawn Twilight by Viv

          URL: http://www.scribeoz.com/fanfic/story.php?no=231

          Rating: PG-13

          Romance Partners: n/a

          Summary: What if some elves never went west, but stayed here instead? Well,
          Moira's introduction to elfhood comes via her way-too-hot linguistics
          prof... um, one Dr. Birdsong.



          Incomplete

          EI2: Last of the Edhel by CinnamonGrrl

          URL: http://www.fanfiction.net/s/1629623/1/

          Rating: PG

          Romance Partners: n/a

          Summary: The elf had never had any trouble guarding an important secret in
          the heart of an ancient forest, but then, he'd never met Hermione Granger
          before.



          Incomplete

          EI3: Oak and Willow by Marnie

          URL: http://www.storiesofarda.com/chapterlistview.asp?SID=1598

          Rating: G

          Romance Partners: n/a

          Summary: Celeborn of Doriath and Nerwen of the Noldor strive to come to
          terms with the differences that divide their peoples during the First Age,
          and also with their growing affections for one another.



          Incomplete

          EI4: Return to Middle-earth by Miriel361

          URL: http://www.scribeoz.com/fanfic/story.php?no=308

          Rating: R Sexual situations

          Romance Partners: Glorfindel/f

          Summary: Sometimes by doing right, we injure the ones we love and put the
          world in danger. A sequel to Elrohir's Tale in which Sinead seeks her
          father.



          Incomplete

          EI5: Uncommon Tales: Tales of the Jade King by Katharine the Great &
          Treehugger

          URL: http://www.fanfiction.net/s/1119462/1/

          Rating: PG violence

          Romance Partners: n/a

          Summary: Legolas, Tavor and Brethil are up to tricks as usual. Meanwhile,
          King Thranduil goes out on a hunting trip, but doesn't come home...and
          Tanglinna must find him, before it's too late...



          Incomplete

          EI6: Wayland The Smith by Jilian Baade

          URL: http://www.fanfiction.net/s/1575581/1/

          Rating: PG

          Romance Partners: n/a

          Summary: What if Maeglin hadn't died in the Fall of Gondolin, but survived
          as a legend until modern times?



          Post-WOTR

          E4-1: Elrohir's Tale by Miriel361

          URL: http://www.scribeoz.com/fanfic/story.php?no=72

          Rating: R Sexual situations

          Romance Partners: Elrohir/f

          Summary: What would happen if an Elf found himself stranded in our world?
          Come and find out!



          Post-WOTR

          E4-2: Keeper Of The Flame by Larian Elensar

          URL:
          http://www.ofelvesandmen.com/Stories/L/LarianElensar/KeeperOfTheFlame.htm

          Rating: R Non-graphic Sexual situation

          Romance Partners: Celeborn/Galadriel

          Summary: Galadriel is crossing the sea after the war of the ring. This is
          what she's thinking about on the ship to Valinor.



          Post-WOTR

          E4-3: More Than an Archer by Katharine the Great

          URL: http://www.fanfiction.net/s/1053169/1/

          Rating: G

          Romance Partners: n/a

          Summary: The young mature, and perceptions change, but sometimes we can't
          really know a person until they're gone... (refers to the deaths of
          Tanglinna and Brethil in a previous story of Treehugger's). An homage-fic
          written as a gift for TreeHugger and JastaElf.



          Post-WOTR

          E4-4: Of Pipes and Poetry by Thevina Finduilas

          URL: http://www.henneth-annun.net/stories/chapter.cfm?STID=2305

          Rating: G

          Romance Partners: n/a

          Summary: An evening in Fangorn Forest when things hidden come to light.
          Legolas tries smoking and unwittingly discovers that he doesn't know as much
          about his Dwarvish friend as he thought. That he writes poetry, for
          instance.



          Post-WOTR

          E4-5: The Green Knight by Le Rouret

          URL: http://www.storiesofarda.com/chapterlistview.asp?SID=686

          Rating: G

          Romance Partners: n/a

          Summary: King Elessar and Prince Faramir stage a tournament in Ithilien to
          draw knights to Gondor, but in the process they discover trouble
          unlooked-for.



          Post-WOTR

          E4-6: War Dust by Earmire

          URL: http://www.henneth-annun.net/stories/chapter.cfm?STID=2668

          Rating: PG

          Romance Partners: n/a

          Summary: Maglor at the Trojan War finds beauty and terror intermingled in
          the being of Achilles, entwined with the memories of a brother.



          Romance

          ER1: By Hook or By Crook by Eresse

          URL:
          http://www.ofelvesandmen.com/Stories/E/Eresse/4_ByHookOrByCrook/ByHookOrByCr
          ook.htm

          Rating: PG

          Romance Partners: Elrond/Celebrian and Thranduil/OFC

          Summary: Elrond and Thranduil discover there is more to strategy than meets
          the eye.



          Romance

          ER2: Handful of Grey Ashes, Handful of Silver Tears by Losseniaiel

          URL: http://www.fanfiction.net/s/1368822/1/

          Rating: G

          Romance Partners: Amarie/Finrod

          Summary: He was hers once, and may yet be again, but for now he is only a
          child, and does not remember what once was. And reunions are rarely what we
          expect them to be.



          Romance

          ER3: Meldir: At First Sight by Eresse

          URL:
          http://www.ofelvesandmen.com/Stories/E/Eresse/1_MeldirAtFirstSight/Meldir1-2
          .htm

          Rating: PG

          Romance Partners: Elrohir/Legolas

          Summary: The twins' and Legolas's first encounter in Greenwood the Great
          leads to a close and lasting friendship.



          Romance

          ER4: Of Leaves of Gold and Petals Red: A Faery Tale by Ithilwen

          URL: http://www.fanfiction.net/s/1060193/1/

          Rating: PG-13 Some sexual references

          Romance Partners: Feanor/f

          Summary: A modern retelling of an old Scottish tale.



          Romance

          ER5: The Kiss by Larien Elengasse

          URL: http://rhovanion.nimnastian.net/fiction/stand/thekiss.php

          Rating: R implied sexual content, m/m slash.

          Romance Partners: Glorfindel/Echthelion

          Summary: Glorfindel and Ecthelion share a kiss.



          Romance

          ER6: Unbound by Two-point

          URL: http://www.fanfiction.net/s/1547945/1/

          Rating: R some sexual situations

          Romance Partners: Glorfindel/f

          Summary: A young Rivendell Elf considers how old is too old, and what age
          and death means to an Elf.



          Romance

          ER7: With Friends Like These by Eresse

          URL:
          http://www.ofelvesandmen.com/Stories/E/Eresse/2_WithFriendsLikeThese/WithFri
          endsLikeThese1-2.htm

          Rating: PG

          Romance Partners: Elrohir/Legolas

          Summary: Legolas's first visit to Rivendell proves educational in more ways
          than one when he learns of the choice of the Peredhil then stumbles upon a
          tryst with an unexpected twist.



          The Silmarillion

          ES1: Brothers by Tinni

          URL: http://www.fanfiction.net/s/1309997/1/

          Rating: G

          Romance Partners: n/a

          Summary: Feanor discover little Finarfin is not such a terrible brother to
          have; in fact he's a nice little boy.



          The Silmarillion

          ES2: Child of Dawn by Cirdan

          URL: http://www.fanfiction.net/s/1386105/1/

          Rating: R implied domestic violence and a character death

          Romance Partners:

          Summary: Maedhros hears that Aredhel is being held against her will by Eol
          and goes to rescue her. Maeglin watches as Maedhros and Eol fight it out. My
          one and only Maeglin fic.



          The Silmarillion

          ES3: Coming of Age by Jilian Baade

          URL: http://www.fanfiction.net/s/1229413/1/

          Rating: G

          Romance Partners: n/a

          Summary: Maedhros comes of age, and the familiy celebrates!



          The Silmarillion

          ES4: Comrades In Arms by Levade

          URL: http://www.fanfiction.net/s/1261187/1/

          Rating: PG-13 bit of violence

          Romance Partners:

          Summary: During the Last Alliance Cirdan gets a chance to show off his
          talent with floss and a needle. Glorfindel is not amused.



          The Silmarillion

          ES5: Fearless and Full of Joy by Levade

          URL: http://www.fanfiction.net/s/1399852/1/

          Rating: G

          Romance Partners: n/a

          Summary: Before Imladris, before Gondolin and her white towers, even before
          the dawn of the sun and moon, he was but an elfling.



          The Silmarillion

          ES6: Henen by Larien Elengasse

          URL: http://rhovanion.nimnastian.net/fiction/stand/henen.php

          Rating: PG-13 character death, mild violence

          Romance Partners:

          Summary: Oropher thinks about his son.



          The Silmarillion

          ES7: Hide and Seek by Ithilwen

          URL: http://www.fanfiction.net/s/923897/1/

          Rating: R Some violence, and sex scenes, not graphic

          Romance Partners:

          Summary: Young Amrod and Amras run away from home. Why?



          The Silmarillion

          ES8: Keystone by Wild Iris

          URL: http://www.fanfiction.net/s/1139614/1/

          Rating: G

          Romance Partners: n/a

          Summary: Thranduil has his caves built in Mirkwood.



          The Silmarillion

          ES9: Malaise by Levade

          URL: http://www.fanfiction.net/s/1368363/1/

          Rating: G

          Romance Partners: n/a

          Summary: A rather grumpy Elrond, Glorfindel, a tent, large puddle and a High
          King with a quirky sense of humour.



          The Silmarillion

          ES10: Singing Silence by Losseniaiel

          URL: http://www.fanfiction.net/s/1616041/1/

          Rating: G

          Romance Partners: Elu Thingol/Melian

          Summary: Elu Thingol reflects on his wife.



          The Silmarillion

          ES11: Speak, Friend, and Enter by Thevina Finduilas

          URL: http://www.henneth-annun.net/stories/chapter.cfm?STID=2986

          Rating: G

          Romance Partners: n/a

          Summary: A tale of Dwarves and Elves, of artisans, the creation of the great
          West-Gate at Khazad-dum, and unlikely authors. Legolas and Gimli, and Narvi
          and Celebrimbor. Humor, but with a serious nod to Elvish/Dwarvish relations
          during their heyday as well as musings on Dwarvish culture in general.



          The Silmarillion

          ES12: The Continuing Leaf by WatcherChild

          URL: http://www.fanfiction.net/s/1020648/1/

          Rating: G

          Romance Partners: n/a

          Summary: Glorfindel sets foot upon Middle-earth again and tries to adjust to
          a changed world.



          The Silmarillion

          ES13: The Tale of Twin Stars by Cirdan

          URL: http://www.fanfiction.net/s/1387830/1/

          Rating: PG-13 Adult themes

          Romance Partners: Elrond/Elros/f

          Summary: Elros and Elrond fall in love and must cope with the Laws and
          Customs of the Eldar.



          The Silmarillion

          ES14: The Wisdom of Isildur by Marnie

          URL: http://www.storiesofarda.com/chapterlistview.asp?SID=1850

          Rating: G

          Romance Partners: n/a

          Summary: After Gil-galad's death, Elrond asks if Celeborn will support him
          in a bid to assume the crown of the High King.



          The Silmarillion

          ES15: Too Late by Jilian Baade

          URL: http://www.fanfiction.net/s/1116618/1/

          Rating: PG

          Romance Partners: n/a

          Summary: Finarfin reflects on his life.



          Vignette

          EV1: A Fool's Hope by Thundera Tiger

          URL: http://www.henneth-annun.net/stories/chapter.cfm?STID=2418

          Rating: G

          Romance Partners: n/a

          Summary: Vignette set in Rivendell after the Fellowship's departure. Focuses
          on a conversation between Glorfindel and Elrond as they debate the wisdom in
          both the Fellowship's mission as well as the individuals comprising the
          unlikely group. A fool's hope? You decide.



          Vignette

          EV2: Cold Comfort by Lady Aranel

          URL:
          http://www.henneth-annun.net/stories/chapter_view.cfm?STID=2750&SPOrdinal=1

          Rating: G

          Romance Partners: n/a

          Summary: Legolas overhears Eowyn's plea to Aragorn the night before they are
          to leave for the Paths of the Dead. He tries to give her solace and maybe
          find some for himself as well.



          Vignette

          EV3: Dancing Within Walls by Sphinx

          URL: http://www.storiesofarda.com/chapterlistview.asp?SID=1719

          Rating: G

          Romance Partners: n/a

          Summary: An imminent parting looms, and they realize that words are not
          enough. Featuring Elrond, Arwen. Vignette.



          Vignette

          EV4: Dinner Guests by Salsify

          URL: http://www.henneth-annun.net/stories/chapter.cfm?STID=2474

          Rating: PG-13 Black humour

          Romance Partners: n/a

          Summary: The first official meeting of Elves and Dwarves, or, the importance
          of a well-planned menu in diplomacy. Some black humor from the days when the
          Elves were still just thinking about becoming wise.



          Vignette

          EV5: Rose Riddle by Stultiloquentia

          URL: http://www.henneth-annun.net/stories/chapter.cfm?STID=1799

          Rating: G

          Romance Partners: n/a

          Summary: In which Meriadoc and his apprentice combine politics and
          horticulture, and Celeborn solves an important question. A Fourth Age
          vignette set in Rivendell.



          E1: A Case of Mistaken Identity by Coriel

          URL: http://www.storiesofarda.com/chapterlistview.asp?SID=1476

          Rating: G

          Romance Partners: n/a

          Summary: The True Colors of Thranduil as Shown and Proven in Canon: a short
          essay.



          E2: A Leaf on a Stream by Marnie

          URL: http://www.fanfiction.net/s/1329431/1/

          Rating: G

          Romance Partners: n/a

          Summary: Little Elladan and Elrohir get a history lesson from their
          grandfather, Celeborn, resulting in burnt fingers and no appetite for lunch.



          E3: A Midspring Morning's Dream by Katharine the Great

          URL: http://www.fanfiction.net/s/1239323/1/

          Rating: G

          Romance Partners: n/a

          Summary: Set in TreeHugger's universe. Wedding bells are ringing in
          Mirkwood...because everybody's faaaavorite little tricksy chatterbox is
          getting married!



          E4: Across Dark Waters by Zimraphel

          URL: http://www.storiesofarda.com/chapterlistview.asp?SID=756

          Rating: G

          Romance Partners: n/a

          Summary: An AU look at the passage to Mandos, as Maeglin gets what's coming
          to him.



          E5: Battle of the Golden Wood by Marnie

          URL: http://www.storiesofarda.com/chapterlistview.asp?SID=358

          Rating: G

          Romance Partners: n/a

          Summary: The War of the Ring in Lothlorien.



          E6: Cursed Love by Jilian Baade

          URL: http://www.fanfiction.net/s/1311575/1/

          Rating: G

          Romance Partners: n/a

          Summary: From the bushes, a hidden watcher sees Tuor propose to Idril.



          E7: Dissection of the Common WoodElf, Telerius Galadh by bryn_bnw

          URL: http://www.storiesofarda.com/chapterlistview.asp?SID=418

          Rating: PG

          Romance Partners: n/a

          Summary: Observation and Dissection of the Common Wood-Elf (Telerius
          galadh). Why do Elves glow? How does an Elf walk on snow? Methods of
          reproduction? It's Legolas as you've never seen him before.



          E8: Fated Twins by Cirdan

          URL: http://www.fanfiction.net/s/1276023/1/

          Rating: R Violence, implied character death

          Romance Partners: n/a

          Summary: Amrod and Amras go to the Havens of Sirion. Morgoth attacks. They
          help fight against Morgoth and save Elros and Elrond. Cast includes
          Egalmoth, Galdor, Oropher, Thranduil, Celeborn, Elemmakil, and Hendor.



          E9: Firimar by Ithilwen

          URL: http://www.fanfiction.net/s/724475/1/

          Rating: G

          Romance Partners: n/a

          Summary: An Elf looks at earth from Valinor.



          E10: Gofi and the Balrog by Levade

          URL:
          http://www.henneth-annun.net/stories/chapter_view.cfm?STID=38&SPOrdinal=1

          Rating: G

          Romance Partners: n/a

          Summary: Elrond's twin sons have some questions about that Balrog, and know
          just whom to ask.



          E11: Legolas and the Olórë Mallë by Chathol-linn

          URL: http://www.storiesofarda.com/chapterlistview.asp?SID=1890

          Rating: PG some battle scenes

          Romance Partners: n/a

          Summary: An early adventure of Legolas in which he explores Elvish memory,
          prophecy, and dreams. Scenes include "Strange Paths," "Ale by the Fireside,"
          and "I Will Drink Your Blood from the Chalice of Your Heart."



          E12: Lord of the House of the Golden Flower by Jilian Baade

          URL: http://www.fanfiction.net/s/1153790/1/

          Rating: PG-13 Mild reference to sexual activities

          Romance Partners: Glorfindel/OFC

          Summary: The story of Glorfindel and his Sindarin Wife, and how they are
          reunited in the Second Age.



          E13: Noldolante by Ithilwen

          URL: http://www.fanfiction.net/s/735169/1/

          Rating: R Violence

          Romance Partners: n/a

          Summary: Maeglin during the Fall of Gondolin, his thoughts and actions.



          E14: Notes From the Field by bryn_bnw

          URL: http://www.storiesofarda.com/chapterlistview.asp?SID=681

          Rating: PG

          Romance Partners: n/a

          Summary: Alas, there are no fairy tale endings in Nature... Tolkien never
          wrote of Thranduil's fate. Unfortunately, the task falls to bumbling
          researchers of the SRDM. Of hair braiding, migratory patterns, and a plea to
          Save the Common Wood-Elf.



          E15: Roots by Dwimordene

          URL: http://www.henneth-annun.net/stories/chapter.cfm?STID=26

          Rating: R Violence

          Romance Partners: n/a

          Summary: So how did Legolas meet Aragorn anyhow, and under what
          circumstances? Goes from light to heavy and back again. Gap-filler set
          between Gollum's arrival in Mirkwood and his interrogation; violent in
          parts, plenty of fake elven metaphysics, traces the beginnings of a
          friendship between Aragorn and Legolas. Original characters, Gandalf,
          Gollum, and Thranduil also figure in this fic.



          E16: Sickness by Siobhan with Cassia

          URL: http://www.fanfiction.net/s/1027905/1/

          Rating: G

          Romance Partners: n/a

          Summary: Aragorn gets sick and Legolas, coming from a race that does not
          know illness, tries to understand what that must be like.



          E18: The Smith by Jilian Baade

          URL: http://www.fanfiction.net/s/1361292/1/

          Rating: G

          Romance Partners: n/a

          Summary: A smith reforges Narsil and remembers the one who last bore this
          blade in battle.





          AUTHORS (remember to comment on the writer as regards to the category, not
          the story, here):



          Drabble

          EDA1: Avon

          I Hear the Stones Lament



          Drabble

          EDA2: Dwimordene

          Longing



          Drabble

          EDA3: Elana

          Strange to Us



          Drabble

          EDA4: Elvenesse

          Strange Vessels



          Drabble

          EDA5: Lady Aranel

          Hannon Le



          Drabble

          EDA6: Wild Iris

          Untitled (Mirkwood)



          Vignette

          EVA1: Lady Aranel

          Cold Comfort



          Vignette

          EVA2: Salsify

          Dinner Guests



          Vignette

          EVA3: Sphinx

          Dancing Within Walls



          Vignette

          EVA4: Stultiloquentia

          Rose Riddle



          Vignette

          EVA5: Thundera Tiger

          A Fool's Hope



          EA1: bryn_bnw

          Dissection of the Common WoodElf, Telerius Galadh; Notes from the Field



          EA2: Chathol-linn

          Legolas and the Olórë Mallë



          EA3: CinnamonGrrl

          Last of the Edhel



          EA4: Cirdan

          Child of Dawn, The Tale of Twin Stars, Fated Twins



          EA5: Coriel

          A Case of Mistaken Identity



          EA6: Dwimordene

          Roots



          EA7: Earmire

          War Dust



          EA8: Eresse

          By Hook or By Crook, Meldir: At First Sight, With Friends Like These



          EA9: Ithilwen

          Of Leaves of Gold and Petals Red: A Faery Tale, Hide and Seek, Firimar,
          Noldolante



          EA10: Jilian Baade

          Wayland The Smith, Coming of Age, Too Late, Cursed Love, Lord of the House
          of the Golden Flower, The Smith



          EA11: Katharine the Great

          More Than an Archer, A Midspring Morning's Dream



          EA12: Katharine the Great & Treehugger

          Uncommon Tales: Tales of the Jade King



          EA13: Larian Elensar

          Keeper Of The Flame



          EA14: Larien Elengasse

          The Kiss, Henen



          EA15: Le Rouret

          The Green Knight



          EA16: Levade

          Comrades In Arms, Fearless and Full of Joy, Malaise, Gofi and the Balrog



          EA17: Losseniaiel

          Handful of Grey Ashes, Handful of Silver Tears; Singing Silence



          EA18: Marnie

          Oak and Willow, The Wisdom of Isildur, A Leaf on a Stream, Battle of the
          Golden Wood



          EA19: Miriel361

          Return to Middle-earth, Elrohir's Tale



          EA20: Siobhan with Cassia

          Sickness



          EA21: Thevina Finduilas

          Of Pipes and Poetry; Speak, Friend, and Enter



          EA22: Tinni

          Brothers



          EA23: Two-point

          Unbound



          EA24: Viv

          Dawn Twilight



          EA25: WatcherChild

          The Continuing Leaf



          EA26: Wild Iris

          Keystone



          EA27: Zimraphel

          Across Dark Waters



          This category ends on September 25th at 11:59pm Central US time.



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            Did you accidentally hit Send before you commented? I scrolled down through
            this whole thing and didn't see any comments.

            --Ainaechoiriel
            MEFA Admin and Founder

            "This evil cannot be concealed by the power of the Elves," Elrond said, "for
            it is Windows-compatible, and freeware at that." --H.F.

            http://gabrielle.sytes.net/mefa The Middle-Earth Fanfiction Awards
            Blog: http://www.ainaechoiriel.blogspot.com



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            To: MEFAwards@yahoogroups.com
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            Subject: [MEFAwards] Elves--Official Voting Ballot


            Elves

            Official Voting Ballot



            To Vote, hit Reply. Delete the stories/authors you are not commenting on.
            For the stories/authors you want to comment on, make sure to keep the top
            2
            lines of the header information (ex. subcategory, code: Title by Author)
            and
            then comment beneath them.



            Drabble

            ED1: Hannon Le by Lady Aranel

            URL: http://www.gardenofithilien.net/hannonle.html

            Rating: R Implied sexual situation

            Romance Partners: Legolas/f

            Summary: Legolas awakes to a very pleasurable surprise. :-)



            Drabble

            ED2: I Hear the Stones Lament by Avon

            URL: http://www.storiesofarda.com/chapterview.asp?sid=808&cid=7377

            Rating: G

            Romance Partners: n/a

            Summary: Legolas' thoughts on what the stones had to say in Hollin. (This
            is
            one of four drabbles entered in the MEFAs that was written on the same
            theme.)



            Drabble

            ED3: Longing by Dwimordene

            URL: http://www.dwimordenespage.org/index.php?go=7&id=9&chapter=4

            Rating: G

            Romance Partners: n/a

            Summary: Legolas's thoughts based on the quote from the FotR: "But the
            Elves
            of this land were of a race strange to us of the silvan folk, and the
            trees
            and the grass do not now remember them. Only I hear the stones lament
            them:
            deep they delved us, fair they wrought us, high they builded us; but they
            are gone. They are gone. They sought the Havens long ago." (This is one of
            four drabbles entered in the MEFAs that was written on the same theme.)



            Drabble

            ED4: Strange to Us by Elana

            URL: http://www.storiesofarda.com/chapterview.asp?sid=1865&cid=7779

            Rating: G

            Romance Partners: n/a

            Summary: Legolas' thoughts on what the stones had to say in Hollin. (This
            is
            one of four drabbles entered in the MEFAs that was written on the same
            theme.)



            Drabble

            ED5: Strange Vessels by Elvenesse

            URL: http://www.storiesofarda.com/chapterview.asp?sid=1577&cid=7415

            Rating: G

            Romance Partners: n/a

            Summary: Legolas' thoughts on what the stones had to say in Hollin. (This
            is
            one of four drabbles entered in the MEFAs that was written on the same
            theme.)



            Drabble

            ED6: Untitled (Mirkwood) by Wild Iris

            URL: http://www.fanfiction.net/s/1832774/3/

            Rating: G

            Romance Partners: n/a

            Summary: A sad scene in Mirkwood, from the eyes of an Elf.



            Incomplete

            EI1: Dawn Twilight by Viv

            URL: http://www.scribeoz.com/fanfic/story.php?no=231

            Rating: PG-13

            Romance Partners: n/a

            Summary: What if some elves never went west, but stayed here instead?
            Well,
            Moira's introduction to elfhood comes via her way-too-hot linguistics
            prof... um, one Dr. Birdsong.



            Incomplete

            EI2: Last of the Edhel by CinnamonGrrl

            URL: http://www.fanfiction.net/s/1629623/1/

            Rating: PG

            Romance Partners: n/a

            Summary: The elf had never had any trouble guarding an important secret in
            the heart of an ancient forest, but then, he'd never met Hermione Granger
            before.



            Incomplete

            EI3: Oak and Willow by Marnie

            URL: http://www.storiesofarda.com/chapterlistview.asp?SID=1598

            Rating: G

            Romance Partners: n/a

            Summary: Celeborn of Doriath and Nerwen of the Noldor strive to come to
            terms with the differences that divide their peoples during the First Age,
            and also with their growing affections for one another.



            Incomplete

            EI4: Return to Middle-earth by Miriel361

            URL: http://www.scribeoz.com/fanfic/story.php?no=308

            Rating: R Sexual situations

            Romance Partners: Glorfindel/f

            Summary: Sometimes by doing right, we injure the ones we love and put the
            world in danger. A sequel to Elrohir's Tale in which Sinead seeks her
            father.



            Incomplete

            EI5: Uncommon Tales: Tales of the Jade King by Katharine the Great &
            Treehugger

            URL: http://www.fanfiction.net/s/1119462/1/

            Rating: PG violence

            Romance Partners: n/a

            Summary: Legolas, Tavor and Brethil are up to tricks as usual. Meanwhile,
            King Thranduil goes out on a hunting trip, but doesn't come home...and
            Tanglinna must find him, before it's too late...



            Incomplete

            EI6: Wayland The Smith by Jilian Baade

            URL: http://www.fanfiction.net/s/1575581/1/

            Rating: PG

            Romance Partners: n/a

            Summary: What if Maeglin hadn't died in the Fall of Gondolin, but survived
            as a legend until modern times?



            Post-WOTR

            E4-1: Elrohir's Tale by Miriel361

            URL: http://www.scribeoz.com/fanfic/story.php?no=72

            Rating: R Sexual situations

            Romance Partners: Elrohir/f

            Summary: What would happen if an Elf found himself stranded in our world?
            Come and find out!



            Post-WOTR

            E4-2: Keeper Of The Flame by Larian Elensar

            URL:
            http://www.ofelvesandmen.com/Stories/L/LarianElensar/KeeperOfTheFlame.htm

            Rating: R Non-graphic Sexual situation

            Romance Partners: Celeborn/Galadriel

            Summary: Galadriel is crossing the sea after the war of the ring. This is
            what she's thinking about on the ship to Valinor.



            Post-WOTR

            E4-3: More Than an Archer by Katharine the Great

            URL: http://www.fanfiction.net/s/1053169/1/

            Rating: G

            Romance Partners: n/a

            Summary: The young mature, and perceptions change, but sometimes we can't
            really know a person until they're gone... (refers to the deaths of
            Tanglinna and Brethil in a previous story of Treehugger's). An homage-fic
            written as a gift for TreeHugger and JastaElf.



            Post-WOTR

            E4-4: Of Pipes and Poetry by Thevina Finduilas

            URL: http://www.henneth-annun.net/stories/chapter.cfm?STID=2305

            Rating: G

            Romance Partners: n/a

            Summary: An evening in Fangorn Forest when things hidden come to light.
            Legolas tries smoking and unwittingly discovers that he doesn't know as
            much
            about his Dwarvish friend as he thought. That he writes poetry, for
            instance.



            Post-WOTR

            E4-5: The Green Knight by Le Rouret

            URL: http://www.storiesofarda.com/chapterlistview.asp?SID=686

            Rating: G

            Romance Partners: n/a

            Summary: King Elessar and Prince Faramir stage a tournament in Ithilien to
            draw knights to Gondor, but in the process they discover trouble
            unlooked-for.



            Post-WOTR

            E4-6: War Dust by Earmire

            URL: http://www.henneth-annun.net/stories/chapter.cfm?STID=2668

            Rating: PG

            Romance Partners: n/a

            Summary: Maglor at the Trojan War finds beauty and terror intermingled in
            the being of Achilles, entwined with the memories of a brother.



            Romance

            ER1: By Hook or By Crook by Eresse

            URL:

            http://www.ofelvesandmen.com/Stories/E/Eresse/4_ByHookOrByCrook/ByHookOrByCr
            ook.htm

            Rating: PG

            Romance Partners: Elrond/Celebrian and Thranduil/OFC

            Summary: Elrond and Thranduil discover there is more to strategy than
            meets
            the eye.



            Romance

            ER2: Handful of Grey Ashes, Handful of Silver Tears by Losseniaiel

            URL: http://www.fanfiction.net/s/1368822/1/

            Rating: G

            Romance Partners: Amarie/Finrod

            Summary: He was hers once, and may yet be again, but for now he is only a
            child, and does not remember what once was. And reunions are rarely what
            we
            expect them to be.



            Romance

            ER3: Meldir: At First Sight by Eresse

            URL:

            http://www.ofelvesandmen.com/Stories/E/Eresse/1_MeldirAtFirstSight/Meldir1-2
            .htm

            Rating: PG

            Romance Partners: Elrohir/Legolas

            Summary: The twins' and Legolas's first encounter in Greenwood the Great
            leads to a close and lasting friendship.



            Romance

            ER4: Of Leaves of Gold and Petals Red: A Faery Tale by Ithilwen

            URL: http://www.fanfiction.net/s/1060193/1/

            Rating: PG-13 Some sexual references

            Romance Partners: Feanor/f

            Summary: A modern retelling of an old Scottish tale.



            Romance

            ER5: The Kiss by Larien Elengasse

            URL: http://rhovanion.nimnastian.net/fiction/stand/thekiss.php

            Rating: R implied sexual content, m/m slash.

            Romance Partners: Glorfindel/Echthelion

            Summary: Glorfindel and Ecthelion share a kiss.



            Romance

            ER6: Unbound by Two-point

            URL: http://www.fanfiction.net/s/1547945/1/

            Rating: R some sexual situations

            Romance Partners: Glorfindel/f

            Summary: A young Rivendell Elf considers how old is too old, and what age
            and death means to an Elf.



            Romance

            ER7: With Friends Like These by Eresse

            URL:

            http://www.ofelvesandmen.com/Stories/E/Eresse/2_WithFriendsLikeThese/WithFri
            endsLikeThese1-2.htm

            Rating: PG

            Romance Partners: Elrohir/Legolas

            Summary: Legolas's first visit to Rivendell proves educational in more
            ways
            than one when he learns of the choice of the Peredhil then stumbles upon a
            tryst with an unexpected twist.



            The Silmarillion

            ES1: Brothers by Tinni

            URL: http://www.fanfiction.net/s/1309997/1/

            Rating: G

            Romance Partners: n/a

            Summary: Feanor discover little Finarfin is not such a terrible brother to
            have; in fact he's a nice little boy.



            The Silmarillion

            ES2: Child of Dawn by Cirdan

            URL: http://www.fanfiction.net/s/1386105/1/

            Rating: R implied domestic violence and a character death

            Romance Partners:

            Summary: Maedhros hears that Aredhel is being held against her will by Eol
            and goes to rescue her. Maeglin watches as Maedhros and Eol fight it out.
            My
            one and only Maeglin fic.



            The Silmarillion

            ES3: Coming of Age by Jilian Baade

            URL: http://www.fanfiction.net/s/1229413/1/

            Rating: G

            Romance Partners: n/a

            Summary: Maedhros comes of age, and the familiy celebrates!



            The Silmarillion

            ES4: Comrades In Arms by Levade

            URL: http://www.fanfiction.net/s/1261187/1/

            Rating: PG-13 bit of violence

            Romance Partners:

            Summary: During the Last Alliance Cirdan gets a chance to show off his
            talent with floss and a needle. Glorfindel is not amused.



            The Silmarillion

            ES5: Fearless and Full of Joy by Levade

            URL: http://www.fanfiction.net/s/1399852/1/

            Rating: G

            Romance Partners: n/a

            Summary: Before Imladris, before Gondolin and her white towers, even
            before
            the dawn of the sun and moon, he was but an elfling.



            The Silmarillion

            ES6: Henen by Larien Elengasse

            URL: http://rhovanion.nimnastian.net/fiction/stand/henen.php

            Rating: PG-13 character death, mild violence

            Romance Partners:

            Summary: Oropher thinks about his son.



            The Silmarillion

            ES7: Hide and Seek by Ithilwen

            URL: http://www.fanfiction.net/s/923897/1/

            Rating: R Some violence, and sex scenes, not graphic

            Romance Partners:

            Summary: Young Amrod and Amras run away from home. Why?



            The Silmarillion

            ES8: Keystone by Wild Iris

            URL: http://www.fanfiction.net/s/1139614/1/

            Rating: G

            Romance Partners: n/a

            Summary: Thranduil has his caves built in Mirkwood.



            The Silmarillion

            ES9: Malaise by Levade

            URL: http://www.fanfiction.net/s/1368363/1/

            Rating: G

            Romance Partners: n/a

            Summary: A rather grumpy Elrond, Glorfindel, a tent, large puddle and a
            High
            King with a quirky sense of humour.



            The Silmarillion

            ES10: Singing Silence by Losseniaiel

            URL: http://www.fanfiction.net/s/1616041/1/

            Rating: G

            Romance Partners: Elu Thingol/Melian

            Summary: Elu Thingol reflects on his wife.



            The Silmarillion

            ES11: Speak, Friend, and Enter by Thevina Finduilas

            URL: http://www.henneth-annun.net/stories/chapter.cfm?STID=2986

            Rating: G

            Romance Partners: n/a

            Summary: A tale of Dwarves and Elves, of artisans, the creation of the
            great
            West-Gate at Khazad-dum, and unlikely authors. Legolas and Gimli, and
            Narvi
            and Celebrimbor. Humor, but with a serious nod to Elvish/Dwarvish
            relations
            during their heyday as well as musings on Dwarvish culture in general.



            The Silmarillion

            ES12: The Continuing Leaf by WatcherChild

            URL: http://www.fanfiction.net/s/1020648/1/

            Rating: G

            Romance Partners: n/a

            Summary: Glorfindel sets foot upon Middle-earth again and tries to adjust
            to
            a changed world.



            The Silmarillion

            ES13: The Tale of Twin Stars by Cirdan

            URL: http://www.fanfiction.net/s/1387830/1/

            Rating: PG-13 Adult themes

            Romance Partners: Elrond/Elros/f

            Summary: Elros and Elrond fall in love and must cope with the Laws and
            Customs of the Eldar.



            The Silmarillion

            ES14: The Wisdom of Isildur by Marnie

            URL: http://www.storiesofarda.com/chapterlistview.asp?SID=1850

            Rating: G

            Romance Partners: n/a

            Summary: After Gil-galad's death, Elrond asks if Celeborn will support him
            in a bid to assume the crown of the High King.



            The Silmarillion

            ES15: Too Late by Jilian Baade

            URL: http://www.fanfiction.net/s/1116618/1/

            Rating: PG

            Romance Partners: n/a

            Summary: Finarfin reflects on his life.



            Vignette

            EV1: A Fool's Hope by Thundera Tiger

            URL: http://www.henneth-annun.net/stories/chapter.cfm?STID=2418

            Rating: G

            Romance Partners: n/a

            Summary: Vignette set in Rivendell after the Fellowship's departure.
            Focuses
            on a conversation between Glorfindel and Elrond as they debate the wisdom
            in
            both the Fellowship's mission as well as the individuals comprising the
            unlikely group. A fool's hope? You decide.



            Vignette

            EV2: Cold Comfort by Lady Aranel

            URL:

            http://www.henneth-annun.net/stories/chapter_view.cfm?STID=2750&SPOrdinal=1

            Rating: G

            Romance Partners: n/a

            Summary: Legolas overhears Eowyn's plea to Aragorn the night before they
            are
            to leave for the Paths of the Dead. He tries to give her solace and maybe
            find some for himself as well.



            Vignette

            EV3: Dancing Within Walls by Sphinx

            URL: http://www.storiesofarda.com/chapterlistview.asp?SID=1719

            Rating: G

            Romance Partners: n/a

            Summary: An imminent parting looms, and they realize that words are not
            enough. Featuring Elrond, Arwen. Vignette.



            Vignette

            EV4: Dinner Guests by Salsify

            URL: http://www.henneth-annun.net/stories/chapter.cfm?STID=2474

            Rating: PG-13 Black humour

            Romance Partners: n/a

            Summary: The first official meeting of Elves and Dwarves, or, the
            importance
            of a well-planned menu in diplomacy. Some black humor from the days when
            the
            Elves were still just thinking about becoming wise.



            Vignette

            EV5: Rose Riddle by Stultiloquentia

            URL: http://www.henneth-annun.net/stories/chapter.cfm?STID=1799

            Rating: G

            Romance Partners: n/a

            Summary: In which Meriadoc and his apprentice combine politics and
            horticulture, and Celeborn solves an important question. A Fourth Age
            vignette set in Rivendell.



            E1: A Case of Mistaken Identity by Coriel

            URL: http://www.storiesofarda.com/chapterlistview.asp?SID=1476

            Rating: G

            Romance Partners: n/a

            Summary: The True Colors of Thranduil as Shown and Proven in Canon: a
            short
            essay.



            E2: A Leaf on a Stream by Marnie

            URL: http://www.fanfiction.net/s/1329431/1/

            Rating: G

            Romance Partners: n/a

            Summary: Little Elladan and Elrohir get a history lesson from their
            grandfather, Celeborn, resulting in burnt fingers and no appetite for
            lunch.



            E3: A Midspring Morning's Dream by Katharine the Great

            URL: http://www.fanfiction.net/s/1239323/1/

            Rating: G

            Romance Partners: n/a

            Summary: Set in TreeHugger's universe. Wedding bells are ringing in
            Mirkwood...because everybody's faaaavorite little tricksy chatterbox is
            getting married!



            E4: Across Dark Waters by Zimraphel

            URL: http://www.storiesofarda.com/chapterlistview.asp?SID=756

            Rating: G

            Romance Partners: n/a

            Summary: An AU look at the passage to Mandos, as Maeglin gets what's
            coming
            to him.



            E5: Battle of the Golden Wood by Marnie

            URL: http://www.storiesofarda.com/chapterlistview.asp?SID=358

            Rating: G

            Romance Partners: n/a

            Summary: The War of the Ring in Lothlorien.



            E6: Cursed Love by Jilian Baade

            URL: http://www.fanfiction.net/s/1311575/1/

            Rating: G

            Romance Partners: n/a

            Summary: From the bushes, a hidden watcher sees Tuor propose to Idril.



            E7: Dissection of the Common WoodElf, Telerius Galadh by bryn_bnw

            URL: http://www.storiesofarda.com/chapterlistview.asp?SID=418

            Rating: PG

            Romance Partners: n/a

            Summary: Observation and Dissection of the Common Wood-Elf (Telerius
            galadh). Why do Elves glow? How does an Elf walk on snow? Methods of
            reproduction? It's Legolas as you've never seen him before.



            E8: Fated Twins by Cirdan

            URL: http://www.fanfiction.net/s/1276023/1/

            Rating: R Violence, implied character death

            Romance Partners: n/a

            Summary: Amrod and Amras go to the Havens of Sirion. Morgoth attacks. They
            help fight against Morgoth and save Elros and Elrond. Cast includes
            Egalmoth, Galdor, Oropher, Thranduil, Celeborn, Elemmakil, and Hendor.



            E9: Firimar by Ithilwen

            URL: http://www.fanfiction.net/s/724475/1/

            Rating: G

            Romance Partners: n/a

            Summary: An Elf looks at earth from Valinor.



            E10: Gofi and the Balrog by Levade

            URL:
            http://www.henneth-annun.net/stories/chapter_view.cfm?STID=38&SPOrdinal=1

            Rating: G

            Romance Partners: n/a

            Summary: Elrond's twin sons have some questions about that Balrog, and
            know
            just whom to ask.



            E11: Legolas and the Olórë Mallë by Chathol-linn

            URL: http://www.storiesofarda.com/chapterlistview.asp?SID=1890

            Rating: PG some battle scenes

            Romance Partners: n/a

            Summary: An early adventure of Legolas in which he explores Elvish memory,
            prophecy, and dreams. Scenes include "Strange Paths," "Ale by the
            Fireside,"
            and "I Will Drink Your Blood from the Chalice of Your Heart."



            E12: Lord of the House of the Golden Flower by Jilian Baade

            URL: http://www.fanfiction.net/s/1153790/1/

            Rating: PG-13 Mild reference to sexual activities

            Romance Partners: Glorfindel/OFC

            Summary: The story of Glorfindel and his Sindarin Wife, and how they are
            reunited in the Second Age.



            E13: Noldolante by Ithilwen

            URL: http://www.fanfiction.net/s/735169/1/

            Rating: R Violence

            Romance Partners: n/a

            Summary: Maeglin during the Fall of Gondolin, his thoughts and actions.



            E14: Notes From the Field by bryn_bnw

            URL: http://www.storiesofarda.com/chapterlistview.asp?SID=681

            Rating: PG

            Romance Partners: n/a

            Summary: Alas, there are no fairy tale endings in Nature... Tolkien never
            wrote of Thranduil's fate. Unfortunately, the task falls to bumbling
            researchers of the SRDM. Of hair braiding, migratory patterns, and a plea
            to
            Save the Common Wood-Elf.



            E15: Roots by Dwimordene

            URL: http://www.henneth-annun.net/stories/chapter.cfm?STID=26

            Rating: R Violence

            Romance Partners: n/a

            Summary: So how did Legolas meet Aragorn anyhow, and under what
            circumstances? Goes from light to heavy and back again. Gap-filler set
            between Gollum's arrival in Mirkwood and his interrogation; violent in
            parts, plenty of fake elven metaphysics, traces the beginnings of a
            friendship between Aragorn and Legolas. Original characters, Gandalf,
            Gollum, and Thranduil also figure in this fic.



            E16: Sickness by Siobhan with Cassia

            URL: http://www.fanfiction.net/s/1027905/1/

            Rating: G

            Romance Partners: n/a

            Summary: Aragorn gets sick and Legolas, coming from a race that does not
            know illness, tries to understand what that must be like.



            E18: The Smith by Jilian Baade

            URL: http://www.fanfiction.net/s/1361292/1/

            Rating: G

            Romance Partners: n/a

            Summary: A smith reforges Narsil and remembers the one who last bore this
            blade in battle.





            AUTHORS (remember to comment on the writer as regards to the category, not
            the story, here):



            Drabble

            EDA1: Avon

            I Hear the Stones Lament



            Drabble

            EDA2: Dwimordene

            Longing



            Drabble

            EDA3: Elana

            Strange to Us



            Drabble

            EDA4: Elvenesse

            Strange Vessels



            Drabble

            EDA5: Lady Aranel

            Hannon Le



            Drabble

            EDA6: Wild Iris

            Untitled (Mirkwood)



            Vignette

            EVA1: Lady Aranel

            Cold Comfort



            Vignette

            EVA2: Salsify

            Dinner Guests



            Vignette

            EVA3: Sphinx

            Dancing Within Walls



            Vignette

            EVA4: Stultiloquentia

            Rose Riddle



            Vignette

            EVA5: Thundera Tiger

            A Fool's Hope



            EA1: bryn_bnw

            Dissection of the Common WoodElf, Telerius Galadh; Notes from the Field



            EA2: Chathol-linn

            Legolas and the Olórë Mallë



            EA3: CinnamonGrrl

            Last of the Edhel



            EA4: Cirdan

            Child of Dawn, The Tale of Twin Stars, Fated Twins



            EA5: Coriel

            A Case of Mistaken Identity



            EA6: Dwimordene

            Roots



            EA7: Earmire

            War Dust



            EA8: Eresse

            By Hook or By Crook, Meldir: At First Sight, With Friends Like These



            EA9: Ithilwen

            Of Leaves of Gold and Petals Red: A Faery Tale, Hide and Seek, Firimar,
            Noldolante



            EA10: Jilian Baade

            Wayland The Smith, Coming of Age, Too Late, Cursed Love, Lord of the House
            of the Golden Flower, The Smith



            EA11: Katharine the Great

            More Than an Archer, A Midspring Morning's Dream



            EA12: Katharine the Great & Treehugger

            Uncommon Tales: Tales of the Jade King



            EA13: Larian Elensar

            Keeper Of The Flame



            EA14: Larien Elengasse

            The Kiss, Henen



            EA15: Le Rouret

            The Green Knight



            EA16: Levade

            Comrades In Arms, Fearless and Full of Joy, Malaise, Gofi and the Balrog



            EA17: Losseniaiel

            Handful of Grey Ashes, Handful of Silver Tears; Singing Silence



            EA18: Marnie

            Oak and Willow, The Wisdom of Isildur, A Leaf on a Stream, Battle of the
            Golden Wood



            EA19: Miriel361

            Return to Middle-earth, Elrohir's Tale



            EA20: Siobhan with Cassia

            Sickness



            EA21: Thevina Finduilas

            Of Pipes and Poetry; Speak, Friend, and Enter



            EA22: Tinni

            Brothers



            EA23: Two-point

            Unbound



            EA24: Viv

            Dawn Twilight



            EA25: WatcherChild

            The Continuing Leaf



            EA26: Wild Iris

            Keystone



            EA27: Zimraphel

            Across Dark Waters



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          • Thundera Tiger
            *glances down at the list* Um...there s a lot. Sorry. But there are some REALLY GOOD stories on here. Quite a few I d never read before and am VERY grateful
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              *glances down at the list* Um...there's a lot. Sorry. But there are some
              REALLY GOOD stories on here. Quite a few I'd never read before and am VERY
              grateful for these awards because now I have. Anyway, here is my ballot for
              the elves.

              And again, apologies for it being so long. But these stories are really
              good! And look at it this way: I'm getting it in now before the rush. That
              should kind of help. Right?

              Anyway, storie votes are first and author votes are at the bottom.

              ----------------------------

              Elves
              Official Voting Ballot

              ---------------------------

              Stories

              --------------------------

              >>Drabble
              >>ED2: I Hear the Stones Lament by Avon

              Drabbles are difficult to write well, but Avon doesn�t seem to have any
              problems with this one. The story carries an aching sadness as Legolas
              contemplates the eventual fate of the elves as they forsake Middle-earth.
              The drabble begins with a bright, vivid pictures and then fades to the
              winter sun as the mantra �they are gone� repeats in the end. Very moving and
              very poignant.


              >>Drabble
              >>ED3: Longing by Dwimordene

              Wonderful moment of realization for Legolas, who listens to the stones and
              reflects that they can only grow if others will it to be so. Interesting bit
              of foreboding for one who is probably a very independently-minded elf. It�s
              compounded by the fact that he cannot help but only give news.


              >>Drabble
              >>ED6: Untitled (Mirkwood) by Wild Iris

              Very powerful and very moving drabble that completely captures the feel of
              loss associated with Mirkwood during the days of Dol Guldur. I especially
              enjoyed the image of a child seeking out his very own star made of flowers,
              and then one day, both the flowers and the star is lost. Images come to mind
              of the choked trees that blot out sunlight and starlight. The child is taken
              away in the end, knowing that his people will never return, and the sense of
              loss heightens. The use of seasons with summer as a time of hope and winter
              as a time of despair was used well to augment the feelings of the elves.
              There is almost a resigned farewell contained within the last line, and I
              imagine this is very much what the elves of Mirkwood experienced in their
              various migrations northward.


              >>Incomplete
              >>EI3: Oak and Willow by Marnie

              If Tolkien had gone into greater detail as to what the first meetings
              between Noldor and Sindar might have been like, he would have written this
              story. It Tolkien had taken the time to detail conversations and first
              impressions between Celeborn and Galadriel, he would have written this
              story. It Tolkien had been inclined to delve into the deepest thoughts and
              inklings of a (relatively) young Celeborn and Galadriel, he would have
              written this story. The dialogue is crisp and biting. The descriptions are
              layered with meaning and foreshadowing. The slow, unraveling of
              preconceptions on the part of both Noldor and Sindar is a masterpiece of
              writing. The viewpoints are tight, and when we look at a particular
              situation, we see it as the character sees it. But because we have also
              experienced the other character, we see more. It�s a beautiful but difficult
              way to structure a story, and rarely is it done this well. Even the simple
              things about a character are explored and noted, such as the way Celeborn
              seems to view simple conversation as a game of military strategy, complete
              with ambushes and frontal assaults. And the grander points of the story such
              as politics are always present, if not in the foreground then lingering in
              the background as a reminder that this is not a simple tale. Whether
              conscious or not, everyone has ulterior motives of some kind, and Marnie
              ensures that we never forget just how grand or encompassing the scope of
              this story is. From the coming of the moon to the revelation of the
              kinslaying, this is story that never forgets its setting and never fails
              homage to the events and cultures that shape it.


              >>Incomplete
              >>EI4: Return to Middle-earth by Miriel361

              Stories that include a female OC run a huge risk at being discarded outright
              by readers who have seen one-too-many badly written romances. That said, I
              offer up my respect to Miriel361 for not only daring to write a female OC
              but also for writing her WELL. This is an excellent story that doesn�t
              forget the fact that it�s set in Middle-earth and there are other characters
              around. The personalities of surrounding elves are noted, taken in, and
              expanded upon. Very well-rounded tale that keeps in mind just how powerful
              its characters can be.


              >>Incomplete
              >>EI5: Uncommon Tales: Tales of the Jade King by Katharine the Great &
              >>Treehugger

              This is a story that seems to�humanize the elves. And by that, I mean it
              makes them more accessible to mortal readers like me. This is the lighter
              side of the Eldar, as opposed to the grim and grit the Silmarillion shows
              us. These are elves as they appeared to Bilbo when he first arrived in
              Rivendell and heard them mocking the dwarves� long beards. It�s a side we
              don�t see nearly as often as we should, and this story does a remarkable job
              of blending the mischievous nature of elves with the more solemn and serious
              aspects that their lives require.


              >>Post-WOTR
              >>E4-5: The Green Knight by Le Rouret

              I had some trouble getting into this story initially, but once I did, I
              never wanted to leave. This is a piece that has thoroughly done its research
              and knows its politics. As far as elves are concerned, its also a wonderful
              look at not only Legolas but at the way others react to the idea that he is
              an elf, something that is occasionally forgotten in post-Ring War fics. This
              story boasts wonderful ensemble characterization and multiple plots. What is
              perhaps best of all is the way that the characters adapt to one another. The
              letters written at the end of the story reveal just how much these
              characters understand one another as well as revealing that they�re never
              above a jest or two.


              >>Post-WOTR
              >>E4-6: War Dust by Earmire

              I absolutely adore this story. The comparison between Achilles and Maedhros
              is not one that would have occurred to me, but this story expertly weaves
              through a series of flashbacks and present/ancient days to show why such a
              comparison could be made. The similarities and the contrasts are beautiful,
              and Maglor�s inner dialogue is a thing of beauty. Great characterization of
              F�anor�s eldest sons!


              >>The Silmarillion
              >>ES5: Fearless and Full of Joy by Levade

              Beautiful story of a young Glorfindel. The title is especially apt, and the
              young whirlwind of energy can easily be seen the precursor to the fierce
              defender of Gondolin who lost his life in a battle against a Balrog as well
              as the elf who charged against the remaining Ringwraiths on foot after a
              flood had swept their compatriots away. Refreshingly simple story that lays
              the foundation for a very powerful character.


              >>The Silmarillion
              >>ES8: Keystone by Wild Iris

              Wild Iris paints a wonderful picture of Mirkwood pre-darkness. Well, not
              exactly pre-darkness as they are delving beneath the ground for good reason,
              but things are not yet desperate. The uncertain shadow of the future looms
              in Thranduil�s thoughts, but he is not yet belabored by it, nor are the
              other elves. They are handling their migration in stride and seem to be
              confident of their ability to make this place worse. It�s somewhat
              disheartening as the reader understands how this will change over time, but
              for the moment, it�s a lovely picture of family and friendship.


              >>The Silmarillion
              >>ES10: Singing Silence by Losseniaiel

              This story gave me chills. Not a lot of stories are brave enough to tackle
              the challenge of writing Thingol and Melian, but this story makes it look
              easy. And difficult. I�m very much in awe of this story, actually. I love
              how Thingol muses on how he can never truly touch his wife, and I love how
              this story does the same. It remains distant and we feel as though we never
              really touch the characters, but we are close enough to wish to touch, and
              that must be how it is for Thingol. He�s so very close, and yet he knows he
              can�t go any further, which is something that plagues him. Yet for all that,
              he has enough to be content. It�s a wonderful mix of paradoxes, all of which
              this story takes in stride. Beautiful work.


              >>The Silmarillion
              >>ES11: Speak, Friend, and Enter by Thevina Finduilas

              This story reminded me of nothing so much as a very intricate balancing act.
              And in more ways than one. There was the balancing act performed by Legolas
              and Celebrimbor in attempting to satisfy their dwarven companions. And there
              was balancing on part of Gimli and Narvi in doing the same. The narrative
              itself balanced back and froth between Fourth Age Erebor and Second Age
              Hollin/Khazad-d�m. The give and take between two very different peoples was
              handled extremely well, and the contrasting settings of past and present
              were juxtaposed perfectly. A wonderful story of compromise, realization, and
              how the important things never truly fade away.


              >>The Silmarillion
              >>ES14: The Wisdom of Isildur by Marnie

              Elrond and Celeborn at their best. Well, actually, they�re grief-stricken,
              angry, and war-torn, but the writing is certainly at its best. And though
              these characters initially exchange verbal barbs and strike where they
              perhaps should not, they are still very much Elrond and Celeborn, which is
              more a testament to Marnie�s wonderful writing ability than anything I can
              think of. Their wisdom is evident, and the differences in that wisdom as
              well as its origins are also evident. And is generally the case with
              Marnie�s work, this story is as much about the individuals as it is about
              the historical situation. This is a time of changing alliances, and the way
              Elrond and Celeborn react is indicative of the Sindar and Noldor as well as
              the characters themselves. History is remembered, and Celeborn has vowed
              that history will not be repeated. He knows very well who raised Elrond and
              he�s not about to mince words on the subject. It�s a beautiful portrayal of
              a very forceful and very wise Celeborn. It�s also a beautiful portrayal of a
              very forceful and very wise Elrond. In reading this story, it�s difficult to
              side with one or the other because Marnie does such a wonderful job of
              showing their different backgrounds. Celeborn�s reasoning is justified given
              what he�s experienced, and so is Elrond�s in that same light. Very powerful
              and very insightful look at these two elven lords.


              >>Vignette
              >>EV3: Dancing Within Walls by Sphinx

              There are layers upon layers within this fic, and my feeble words couldn�t
              hope to describe them all. This is Elrond caught within the moments of a
              dance, and even as we become intimately familiar with his thoughts, we are
              held at a distance and we receive the unmistakable impression that this is
              elven. And as mortals, we can never fully comprehend what is happening. The
              writing is so detailed and intricate, and moves very much like the dance
              itself does with patterns of complex rhythms and steps that are bewildering
              when looked at individually but form an astounding picture by the time the
              dance is done. Sphinx does a wonderful job at looking through Elrond�s eyes
              in a very elven way, showing us an elven attention to details in both
              surroundings and words. Very well done was the concept of Estel and Elessar
              being one man but with the names belonging to different people. A very elven
              idea, and very well described. Amazing story!


              >>Vignette
              >>EV4: Dinner Guests by Salsify

              Deliciously humorous and wonderfully twisted. Oh, I felt so sorry for the
              dwarves in this tale. The idea is such a good one, and though I had an idea
              as to what was eventually coming, the ending still managed to surprise and
              delight me. Definitely a testament to very good pacing and over all
              excellent story telling. Dark humor doesn�t get much better than this.


              >>Vignette
              >>EV5: Rose Riddle by Stultiloquentia

              Excellent vignette steeped in double meanings. Both past and future come
              together as Celeborn gives Merry the key and ponders the strange riddle that
              is his own life. Very moving and very bittersweet look at post-Ring War
              Celeborn.


              >>E1: A Case of Mistaken Identity by Coriel

              Coriel doesn�t leave anything to chance in this thorough, remarkable, and
              very convincing essay on Thranduil. Working almost exclusively from canon
              sources Coriel walks the reader through a series of conclusions and
              disproves some of the absurdities that run rampant throughout much of the
              LotR fandom. This is Thranduil as he should be portrayed. Coriel
              acknowledges faults, weaknesses, strengths, abilities, and looks at the few
              references we have in canon that speak of Thranduil or that speak indirectly
              of Thranduil (such as statements made by Legolas and others). Wonderful
              essay that leaves no doubt as to who earned the title of �Greenwood�s
              Greatest King.�


              >>E2: A Leaf on a Stream by Marnie

              I love Marnie�s work. I love her version of young Elladan and young Elrohir.
              I can only imagine that Elrond might have been similar at that age, though
              one wonders what kind of influence Maglor would have been. And that�s
              another thing I love about this story. Marnie never lets the reader forget
              that there are different groups of elves out there, and that though they are
              all elves and all bound in some way or another, there are still a few fairly
              important differences. Leave it to Celeborn to fill his grandchildren in on
              history as it was seen by the Moriquendi. Brilliant piece that is
              light-hearted when needed and sobering when appropriate.


              >>E4: Across Dark Waters by Zimraphel

              For some reason, I didn�t see the ending coming. Well, I saw one of them,
              but I didn�t think to guess at the identity of the boatman until he started
              hinting that Maeglin should know him. At that point, I figured out who he
              was, but I was very clueless for the first half of this story, and I loved
              it. This is what good story telling should be about. I was so unnerved by
              the images and by the utter arrogance and presumption of Maeglin that I
              completely missed the fact that F�anor was the one doing the rowing. But
              knowing his identity, I love the prologue to the piece all the more. And I
              love the fact that F�anor can annoy Namos. That seems very appropriate to me
              and I got quite a kick out of it. There�s a very wry humor and a sense of
              just rewards about this piece that makes it supremely enjoyable.


              >>E5: Battle of the Golden Wood by Marnie

              Essentially, the story that Tolkien never got around to writing down. This
              is what really happened while everyone else was occupied in Gondor and
              Mordor. This is a battle just as epic, just as desperate, and just as
              exciting as anything that happened on the Pelennor or before the Morannon.
              And thanks to Galadriel�s Mirror and Nenya, the elves are tied to the events
              far away in the East, and this impacts them in more ways than one throughout
              the course of the story. The time and effort that went into this story are
              staggering to think of. Marnie looks at the battle on almost every level
              possible, even weaving the story of a few fleeing Rohirrim into the mix who
              join the elves in the fight. We see the very young, the young-turned-old by
              war, the relatively younger elves, and the elves who may be the oldest that
              still remain in Middle-earth with the exception of C�rdan. And the story is
              told by the individuals, by the events, by the enemy, by the hopes, by the
              dreams, and by the fears. There are so many layers to this story and so much
              implied with every word. All the characters have their own personalities and
              their own desires. They each have their own ideas and their own strategies.
              The interaction is amazing, the give and take is phenomenal, and the action
              is gripping. This really ought to be stuck inside the books and regarded as
              canon.


              >>E7: Dissection of the Common WoodElf, Telerius Galadh by bryn_bnw

              This story is one of a kind. There�s a wonderfully quirky sense of humor
              about it that isn�t afraid to border on the inane or silly. And the story
              revels in it. The very idea of dissecting Legolas is ludicrous at the same
              time brilliant, and that�s what I love best about this story. It seamlessly
              combines elements of pure genius with things that are so absurd they had me
              rolling with laughter. I honestly don�t know how Bryn pulled this off. If I
              did, I would copy it in a heartbeat. The entire process (from failed
              attempts at trapping Legolas, to the avoidance of discussing how exactly
              poor Legolas dissected, to the futile attempt at explaining a fantasy
              creature through scientific means) is hilarious, ridiculous, and one of most
              brilliant examples of farcical writing that I�ve ever had the pleasure to
              read.


              >>E9: Firimar by Ithilwen

              I think what I like best about this fic is the idea that Finrod, the first
              of the Noldor to see men, is now also the last. It�s a wonderfully tragic
              thought, and contained within this story is also the idea that the elves
              have completely faded away from the world and are now more or less stagnant,
              another wonderfully tragic thought. I love the way Finrod characterizes men,
              admiring their strengths and their weaknesses both. I love the idea that the
              other elves who were also drawn to look back have now stopped returning and
              so missed the first moon walk. Bittersweet and somber. Very lovely
              mood-setting story.


              >>E10: Gofi and the Balrog by Levade

              This is a very quiet piece, and one I enjoy very much. Elladan and Elrohir
              are wonderful, and it�s nice to see that, even at such a young age, they�re
              already laying the parameter for their relationship and following in their
              father�s footsteps. The idea of Glorfindel as �Gofi� made me chuckle, and
              the idea of Elrond thoroughly enjoying the nickname made me laugh. I love
              the very solemn and serious nature the twins display in this fic, with
              obvious concern for their �Gofi.� And I love the devotion that Glorfindel
              gives them in return. It�s a wonderful piece of remembrances, futures, and
              laying the past to rest.


              >>E14: Notes From the Field by bryn_bnw
              Jane Goodall�s research methods meets Mirkwood elves and Bryn�s own peculiar
              and highly enjoyable sense of humor. This is one of the strangest and most
              entertaining fics I�ve ever read. I still can�t quite get over the idea of
              researchers trying to document and understand mythical creatures. Does the
              scientific method work for fantasy? Bryn seems to think so. In any case, it
              makes for a very remarkable story. I love the antics of �Zippy,� the
              misunderstanding of Band-Aids, the study on the invasive species known as
              Mary Sues and their effects on elves, the strange discussion over whether
              dwarves or predators or prey, and finally, the plea to leave off elf
              poaching as elves were simply not made to live in closets or under stairs. I
              really can�t say enough of this story. It�s one of most hilarious things
              I�ve ever read.


              >>E15: Roots by Dwimordene

              Without a doubt, this is my favorite Aragorn and Legolas friendship origin
              fic. The duties and responsibilities of both characters is never forgotten,
              and Dwimordene plays off a wonderful balance of tentative friendship and the
              occasional misunderstanding. A very well rounded fic with action,
              contemplation, and chilling look at some of the horrors the elves of
              Mirkwood were forced to face in defending their realm. The canon characters
              are very much themselves, and the original characters are personalities
              within their own right. They become individuals a reader can care for and
              grieve with. The situations are real, the reactions of those involved fit
              the circumstances, and the elves remain elves while Aragorn remains what he
              is, namely a Ranger who was raised by elves. The differences are there. More
              subtle, perhaps, than if a different man had stood in Aragorn�s place, but
              Dwimordene makes certain that the inherent contrasts between people come out
              and play off one another as she expertly foils the characters against one
              another.

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              AUTHORS (remember to comment on the writer as regards to the category, not
              the story, here):

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              >>Drabble
              >>EDA1: Avon

              Effortlessly catches the both the glory and the plight of the elves in one
              fell swoop. Avon uses a wonderful economy of words to cycle down to the
              fading of the First Born, showing an intimate understanding of a bittersweet
              end.


              >>Drabble
              >>EDA6: Wild Iris

              One of the more powerful and evocative authors in the fandom, Wild Iris has
              an ability to look at characters from the outside, examining surface
              reactions first, before moving in to the mind. The result is powerful,
              especially when it involves elves because the world for them is a very vivid
              experience thanks to their heightened senses. Wild Iris pays tribute to this
              by focusing first on the surroundings and then on the character.


              >>Vignette
              >>EVA3: Sphinx

              Sphinx burrows into the elven mindset and then sets up shop there, which is
              something I don�t think I�ve seen any other writer do quite to this extent
              or this brilliance. The story of Elrond and Arwen engaging in one last dance
              is a fascinating, moving masterpiece of writing that takes all the complex
              paradoxes of the elven mind and turns it into a dance, both figuratively and
              literally. The narrative is close and yet also distanced, and the
              relationship between Elrond and Arwen is magnificently portrayed, but even
              more compelling for me were Elrond�s thoughts on Estel, whom he considers a
              son, and Elessar, whom he�s not quite sure he knows. Crisp, evocative
              writing and beautiful details.


              >>EA1: bryn_bnw

              Bryn has an edge that she puts on everything she writes. An angle that�s all
              her own, if you will. There�s always something amazingly unique about her
              words, whether she�s writing dark horror, side-splitting humor, or strange
              lab reports regarding elven field studies. And it makes her work worth
              reading, regardless of the subject. She has an ability to find a niche that
              no one has discovered and to twist her way inside until she�s hollowed out
              her very own world. At that point, she invites everyone in to join her, and
              there�s always more than enough room. With regards to elves, Bryn has taken
              their oddities, capitalized on them, and turned them into an object of
              scientific research for these stories. A very refreshing and new way to look
              at the Eldar, and one that I highly enjoyed.


              >>EA5: Coriel

              Coriel has a wonderful understanding of Thranduil and I admire the
              determination to prove that Thranduil has been seriously maligned in many
              instances. Research has been put into this subject, and it shows but at the
              same time, it services rather than overpowers the message. I challenge
              anyone to read Coriel and still maintain that Thranduil is a child-abusing,
              dwarf-murdering psychopath. Coriel has simply done too good a job to allow
              for that.


              >>EA6: Dwimordene

              Dwimordene�s main strength in writing is usually Aragorn, but through the
              story �Roots,� she shows that she�s more than capable of writing Legolas,
              Thranduil, and the elves of Mirkwood. Her elves are elves, in every sense of
              the world. I love the way she describes their reactions, their obsessions,
              and most of all, the effect of an elven gaze. She keeps in mind that elves
              are often walking contradictions to the mortals around them, and even for
              Aragorn who was raised among elves, this is often the case. Thranduil, in
              particular, seemed especially well characterized. I love the way he
              encompassed father and king both effortlessly and simultaneously. Seeing the
              elves in action was a thrill, and we are reminded just how the elves managed
              to hold out against Morgoth for so long. Dwimordene�s ability to write quiet
              moments as well as spine-tingling action and horror is beautifully
              demonstrated by this story.


              >>EA18: Marnie

              Marnie writes elves better than anyone I know. Her specialty is Celeborn and
              Galadriel, a fact reflected by many of her stories, but her other characters
              are equally strong. From canon characters such as Daeron, L�thien, and the
              sons of F�anor to the original characters that round out the epic battle
              stories, Marnie demonstrates an almost uncanny ability to target both the
              sweeping contrasts of vastly different personalities and the subtle, secret
              parallels that binds them all together as elves. Noldor, Teleri, Sindar,
              Silvan, it doesn�t seem to matter what elves they are; Marnie can do them
              all. She understands the strengths and weaknesses of each group, and she is
              not afraid of those strengths and weaknesses. Rather, she uses them to drive
              the characters and the stories. Marnie also makes wonderful use of a
              technique called foiling, in which characters are explored by using others
              as studies in contrasts. It�s probably the most effective way to
              characterize elves because they are so different from the race of men. And
              Marnie does it as though it is the most natural thing in the world. She can
              foil elves against men, dwarves, hobbits, and even other elves when the
              Second Born aren�t readily available. Very much an underestimated author
              when it comes to writing in general and elves more specifically.


              >>EA21: Thevina Finduilas

              Thevina Finduilas has a wonderful feel for the aspect of compromise that
              colors the friendship between Legolas and Gimli. And also understood is the
              fact that this compromise goes both ways. Some authors like to color the
              relationship one way or the other, but Thevina keeps it well balanced.


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              See? That wasn't SO long, now, was it?

              Thundera
            • Ainaechoiriel
              ... Not at all! :-) --Ainaechoiriel MEFA Admin and Founder This evil cannot be concealed by the power of the Elves, Elrond said, for it is
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                >See? That wasn't SO long, now, was it?

                Not at all! :-)

                --Ainaechoiriel
                MEFA Admin and Founder

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              • Lady Aranel
                yes. Sorry! ~Lady Aranel~ ... Men have forgotten this truth, but you must not forget it. You remain responsible, forever, for what you have tamed. -Antoine
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                  yes. Sorry!

                  ~Lady Aranel~
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                  "Men have forgotten this truth, but you must not forget it.
                  You remain responsible, forever, for what you have tamed."
                  -Antoine de Saint-Exupery [The Little Prince]

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                • dwimmer_laik
                  Elves Official Voting Ballot ... I loved this drabble for its absolutely killer last lines: Soon may travellers in all Middle-earth hear only this lament of
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                    Elves

                    Official Voting Ballot


                    > Drabble
                    >
                    > ED2: I Hear the Stones Lament by Avon

                    I loved this drabble for its absolutely killer last lines:

                    "Soon may travellers in all Middle-earth hear only this lament of
                    trees and stones.

                    *They are gone…*"

                    Legolas is conceivably old enough to have been alive during the last
                    Ring War, and to have heard of the destruction of Eregion. The stakes
                    are as high in the Third Age, and the odds are worse—just one little
                    band of nine, and the failing strength of Gondor stand between the
                    present, and a future in which the stones may cry out, but there will
                    be none the world over to hear them.

                    > Drabble
                    >
                    > ED4: Strange to Us by Elana

                    I find it interesting that Legolas here still is focused on
                    repercussions for himself—he's still learning to listen to the fears
                    and needs of others, incomprehensible as they are given his horizon of
                    experience. He's still coming to self-knowledge, and is only starting,
                    I think, to open to others truly.


                    > Drabble
                    >
                    > ED5: Strange Vessels by Elvenesse

                    Here I liked that the trees wouldn't speak to Legolas. The greatness
                    of the building in Eregion is matched only by the greatness of folly,
                    which but builds on itself, being blind.

                    > Drabble
                    >
                    > ED6: Untitled (Mirkwood) by Wild Iris

                    Wild Iris has a gift for making one feel the loss, and she needs so
                    few words to accomplish that end. Change, loss, the inevitable fall
                    before decay that even the Elves cannot withstand and from which they
                    perhaps suffer all the more for their memories of better times—all of
                    it encapsulated in this one hundred word story that uses a brutal
                    coming of age to show the changing of an age's fortunes.


                    > Post-WOTR
                    >
                    > E4-4: Of Pipes and Poetry by Thevina Finduilas

                    Finally, a story that picks up on Galadriel's observation that Gimli's
                    skill isn't just in his hands, but his words! The dwarf who could get
                    away with a request for hair off Galadriel's head with praise for the
                    courtesy of his request from the giver herself obviously could have
                    been a word-smith. There's some sliding about in terms of what is the
                    focus of the story—that Gimli writes, and his relationship with words,
                    Galadriel, and Legolas, or Legolas and his coming to know Gimli
                    better—but I did like that these two great friends still have a lot to
                    learn about each other. They have quite a bit of growing to do so that
                    their friendship goes beyond the occasional orc-slaying match, so that
                    it becomes a friendship fit for time of peace, when martial skill will
                    be less needed.

                    > Post-WOTR
                    >
                    > E4-6: War Dust by Earmire

                    I was pointed towards this story by a professional classicist. With an
                    expert recommendation to back it, I set "War Dust" aside for a rainy
                    day, and boy did it make my day better when I finally got around to
                    reading it. Nol's knowledge of and sympathy for both the Iliad and
                    Maglor is evident; she moves skillfully between ages and worlds
                    without ever losing the reader, calling attention to how the lessons
                    of the fictional past(s) can be made to illuminate each other. There
                    is no sentimentality here, only an eye for truth, and the need, the
                    compulsion, to let those lessons be brought forth. That Maglor should
                    be midwife to the birth of the Greek epic is fitting—the last great
                    work, and perhaps the most humbly-written (that is, in terms of
                    Maglor's mindset, not in terms of style or content) of the greatest
                    Noldorin lyricist on earth.


                    > Romance
                    >
                    > ER4: Of Leaves of Gold and Petals Red: A Faery Tale by Ithilwen

                    I confess to a certain fondness for this one in part because I had
                    such fun foisting this nuzgûl off on Ithilwen. I was impressed by the
                    manner in which Fëanor was brought into the story, and also by the
                    clever introduction of Ungoliant—who would have thought to combine
                    those two, and transport them to modern earth? Well, obviously
                    Ithilwen did, overcoming what could have been a serious suspension of
                    disbelief moment. Kudos to her for bringing Tam Lin and Fëanor
                    together so nicely, and for giving Janet and Fëanor a chance at happiness.

                    > The Silmarillion
                    >
                    > ES10: Singing Silence by Losseniaiel

                    This very nicely captures the imbalance of this relationship, I think.
                    I'm not much of an Elf fan, but every so often, a fic catches me, and
                    this is one such. Melian has a breadth and depth that Thingol lacks,
                    that he cannot but lack, having always been bounded to one body and
                    one narrow perspective. Melian, however, has a heart wide enough to
                    encompass a kingdom which arouses the jealousy of the lover who wishes
                    the relationship to remain intimate. Fortunately, he is wise enough to
                    know that such private, narrow intimacy would destroy the very one he
                    loves, and render her something other, and lesser. Well done to
                    portray all of this in so short a story.

                    > The Silmarillion
                    >
                    > ES11: Speak, Friend, and Enter by Thevina Finduilas

                    A very enjoyable tale, indeed! Gimli and Legolas as a sort of later
                    parallel of Narvi and Celebrimbor was a great way of exploring both
                    relationships and giving these otherwise singular friendships a
                    history. The little glimpses of Dwarvish crafting culture were nicely
                    thought out and exhibited through both stories, and the play on
                    Narvi's gender was marvellous. I'm curious to know why Gimli wouldn't
                    know it—Narvi herself seemed fully immersed in the crafthalls,
                    suggesting that such a thing was not unusual in her time, which makes
                    me wonder why her gender was erased so thoroughly that even one of her
                    descendents (apparently) would refer to her as "he". Or perhaps it's
                    just One Of Those Things We Do Not Share With Outsiders. It is again
                    refreshing to see that after the war, Gimli and Legolas still have
                    their misunderstandings, although at times I thought they were a
                    little too much in evidence. Nevertheless, thoroughly entertaining,
                    and Narvi's last confidence was a great gift indeed—makes me wonder,
                    since apparently Dwarves don't even put their names on their own
                    tombs, whether despite marriage, she was closer to Celebrimbor in
                    spirit than any knew, including her son.

                    > The Silmarillion
                    >
                    > ES14: The Wisdom of Isildur by Marnie

                    It's usually said that the lust for power runs stronger in Men, and
                    perhaps the story's title suggests that, given that it is not the
                    wisdom of Elrond or Galadriel that rules here, but Isildur's, to
                    reach, take, and rule. But if such is the cardinal vice of Men, it
                    does not explain either Elrond or Galadriel, who do follow in
                    Isildur's footsteps, though they do not yet see it. Celeborn shows
                    himself the wiser, and in his mourning remembers those who are apt to
                    be unsung, being beloved of neither victors nor (obviously) defeated
                    enemies. He has that attention to others that, perhaps, comes as part
                    and parcel of his preference for the spoken word, whereas Elrond has
                    an attention to texts which he can absorb and master, whatever the
                    intentions of the author. Nice detail, that. And a nice, short
                    exploration of the politics of the Eldar just after the first war of
                    the Rings.

                    > Vignette
                    >
                    > EV1: A Fool's Hope by Thundera Tiger
                    >

                    You know, for a story based on a serious question, I couldn't help but
                    laugh at Glorfindel several times. For some reason, this line in
                    particular made me chuckle: "And because you have yet to thoroughly
                    offend Thranduil this year, you have decided to send his son into what
                    might be considered certain death. I beg the Valar that this is not
                    the case." Nicely drawn (and at times humorous!) sketch of the
                    reasoning that went into the choosing of the Fellowship. It's one of
                    those decisions that no one, even those making it, can be particularly
                    happy with, and were it not for foresight, even the various laws of
                    necessity probably wouldn't have prevented efforts to change the
                    composition of the company more than once. It's a matter of faith in
                    the end—bolstered by reasons, but ultimately, everyone is relying on
                    trust in the native good will of those going, and that nothing
                    undertaken with such a will can ultimately fail.


                    > Vignette
                    >
                    > EV4: Dinner Guests by Salsify

                    Without meaning anything derisory, this is what happens when an
                    element from "Planet of the Apes" meets an underexamined line in the
                    Silmarillion. As in the former, so in this story, one has to ask how
                    it is possible not to know that we're dealing with a speaking people,
                    but Salsify fortunately includes that question in the story itself
                    (even if it's one that can't be answered, at least the protagonists
                    can ask it). I think it's a tribute to the story that I feel vaguely
                    nauseated on Pharassion's behalf. Anyhow, this is a clever bit of
                    tale-building around one line; it may not be a full course meal, as it
                    were,, but when you're reading it, you'll feel a rather delicious
                    chill, I think. I commend the author for her restraint (this could've
                    been so much gorier and, I think, the worse for it) and for being
                    willing to take this plot and run with it.

                    > Vignette
                    >
                    > EV5: Rose Riddle by Stultiloquentia

                    Well hello, Pilgrim! Celeborn is on a journey in this story, and a
                    very unusual one, or so it seemed to me, with Merry as a most unusual
                    guide. It's fanonical that the Sindar are far more tied to
                    Middle-earth, less likely to leave than the Noldor. But even without
                    such motivations, Celeborn has been in Middle-earth for thousands of
                    years—one might conceivably become attached to the place, whatever
                    one's lineage. But at the same time, he is wise enough to see that the
                    time of his people has ended, and being husband to a Ringbearer has
                    had its effects. Galadriel here is as a force of nature—as Sam said
                    once, you could dash yourself to pieces on her and like a boat on
                    rocks, but neither rocks nor Galadriel would be to blame for that.
                    Celeborn has let himself be affected by the elemental wisdom—in all
                    its folly and repentance—that is Galadriel, and now he is at a
                    crossroads: will he go to her before the end, or remain in
                    Middle-earth? Which is the better path?

                    I think we get a glimpse of future developments when he surrenders the
                    key to Merry, after hearing the talk about the impossibility of
                    trammeling rosebushes. This is a story of growth and letting go, of
                    being wise enough to learn a particular kind of generosity that I
                    don't think comes as easily to Elves, who are so very self-sufficient.
                    And it was all beautifully heralded by the riddle of the other two
                    most famous elvish pioneers of mortaliy: Finrod and Lúthien. I was
                    particularly struck by what Stultiloquentia did with them just--it was
                    so very right, somehow, to me. The riddle and the tone suited them
                    beautifully, made them mythic, wildly so--they were definitely
                    standing in the sunlight of the First Age, and yet pointing byond it
                    and beyond all ages.

                    > E1: A Case of Mistaken Identity by Coriel

                    I read this and immediately sang "Hallelujah!" Point by point
                    refutation of the bad fanon clichés about Thranduil's character (that
                    he is abusive, mean, greedy, lecherous, etc., whatever is needed so
                    that Legolas may endure "drama")—Thranduil fans will want this
                    bookmarked for the days when they can't resist coming to the King of
                    Mirkwood's defense, even though such arguments seem ultimately futile.

                    > E4: Across Dark Waters by Zimraphel

                    Beautiful! And a fitting penance, it seems, for Maeglin. I quite
                    enjoyed this adaptation of the Greek myth to Tolkien's world. Both
                    main characters were rendered well, and the original ferryman very
                    sympathetically. Namo's characterization was also excellent—inhuman,
                    without attachment to those things that tie embodied beings to a
                    narrow point of view; his idiosynchrasies are a part of his nature and
                    so a part of nature, in a broad sense, unlike our own, which allows
                    for some humorous bits in the prologue. I had a very clear (if rather
                    grey and dreary) picture in my mind the entire time. Well done!

                    >
                    > E9: Firimar by Ithilwen
                    >

                    I'd read this story awhile ago, I realized, and I'm long overdue to
                    comment on it. Finrod would be among the last to abandon Middle-earth.
                    I liked the way that the Eldar slowly have weaned themselves of the
                    ties to Middle-earth, and now on Eressea, he is nearly the only one
                    who will look back to Middle-earth through the palantir. A nostalgic
                    and bittersweet tale.

                    > E10: Gofi and the Balrog by Levade

                    I'm not usually a fan of stories about children, but I did love this
                    little vignette. Glorfindel the warrior overwhelmed by a pair of
                    babes! A sweet little interlude.

                    >
                    > Drabble
                    >
                    > EDA1: Avon
                    >
                    > I Hear the Stones Lament

                    Give Avon a hundred words, and from experience, she'll pack a mile of
                    meaning into them. As in other drabbles from her, this is
                    (necessarily) compact and foreboding, a beautifully described snapshot.

                    > Drabble
                    >
                    > EDA6: Wild Iris
                    >
                    > Untitled (Mirkwood)

                    Wild Iris is another who doesn't need many words to move you, and her
                    drabbles are always insightful.


                    > Vignette
                    >
                    > EVA4: Stultiloquentia
                    >
                    > Rose Riddle

                    Definitely an author to watch for, she writes poetry as well as prose,
                    and excels in both. Groping for descriptive phrases, there's a
                    freshness to her writing, and a sharpness—everything is just *so*. Her
                    insights are marvellous.


                    > Vignette
                    >
                    > EVA5: Thundera Tiger
                    >
                    > A Fool's Hope

                    Every so often, Thundera writes something short! I'm kidding, but I am
                    more familiar with her epics than her short works, so this was a
                    pleasant change of pace. She always manages to find a bit of humor for
                    her dialogue, particularly when arguments between friends are under
                    discussion. I look forward always to more from her electronic pen.


                    > EA7: Earmire
                    >
                    > War Dust

                    Some of us enjoy the occasional literary allusions; Nol simply imports
                    literature wholesale, and shows herself skilled at handling the
                    interplay between two texts, neither of which are slighted. Sympathy
                    and compassion are wrapped about the characters whom she makes her
                    own, even (perhaps especially) at their most agonizing moments. We are
                    fortunate to have her writing in the fandom.



                    > EA9: Ithilwen
                    >
                    > Of Leaves of Gold and Petals Red: A Faery Tale, Hide and Seek, Firimar,
                    > Noldolante

                    Ithilwen was one of the first authors I read who wrote primarily in
                    the Silmarillion's time frame, and while I am not a huge Silm fan, her
                    work can and does move me.

                    > EA17: Losseniaiel
                    >
                    > Handful of Grey Ashes, Handful of Silver Tears; Singing Silence

                    I've only read the one work, but if "Singing Silence" is any
                    indication of Losseniaiel's quality as an author, then I do not doubt
                    that readers will be well rewarded for their time.

                    > EA18: Marnie
                    >
                    > Oak and Willow, The Wisdom of Isildur, A Leaf on a Stream, Battle of the
                    > Golden Wood

                    Someone on the Henneth Annun list once said that Marnie's mission is
                    to convert the fandom to the cult of Celeborn, one fan at a time. Or
                    words to that effect, and I tip my hat to whoever said them, for they
                    were apt words and a tribute to her skill. From what I have read, she
                    has great skill when it comes to characterization, and a fine sense
                    for where the issues lie that drive her characters' actions.

                    > EA21: Thevina Finduilas
                    >
                    > Of Pipes and Poetry; Speak, Friend, and Enter

                    Thevina always seems to be hunting for virgin fictional space to open
                    up to readers, and her efforts have led her to a closer examination of
                    Dwarves, and of one Dwarf (and his Elf ;-) ) in particular. Sometimes
                    I think she's bit uneven in her plotting, but I've enjoyed seeing what
                    she makes of characters and cultures despite that.

                    > EA27: Zimraphel
                    >
                    > Across Dark Waters

                    I think she's a fandom of one for the Second Age, and another of those
                    authors who enjoys going into areas of Tolkien's multi-faceted tale
                    that simply don't get enough attention. She evokes atmosphere very
                    well with relatively few descriptive phrases, and gives us an intense
                    moral-psychological portrait of her characters in this story.
                  • aelfwina
                    ... From: Ainaechoiriel To: MEFAwards@yahoogroups.com Sent: Thursday, September 16, 2004 12:01 AM Subject: [MEFAwards] Elves--Official Voting Ballot Elves
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                      Elves

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                      Post-WOTR

                      E4-5: The Green Knight by Le Rouret

                      This was an absolutely marvelous tale from beginning to end. Le Rouret has the skill to use the archaic language of "speaking forsoothly" without sounding silly. I found her voice to be similar to that of Howard Pyle or Sir Walter Scott. She obviously did a great deal of research into the intricacies of tournaments, and her descriptions of the tourneys are magnificent. In addition, she has created an intricate plot that has many twists and turns.
                      Her characterizations of the canon characters ring true, especially that of Legolas and Gimli. I found her characterization of Thranduil very different and refreshing. But her real strong point is her Original Characters. Bandobras is a dear little hobbit, and quite easily won my heart as quickly as he did that of Legolas and Gimli. But there were many other wonderful OCs as well, both allies and enemies.
                      I very much enjoyed the story. It was a long and delightful read, and will be one that I return to in the future.

                      The Silmarillion

                      ES9: Malaise by Levade

                      This I got a giggle out of. Very funny.


                      Vignette

                      EVA5: Thundera Tiger

                      A Fool's Hope

                      Very nicely done.


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                    • Lady Aranel
                      ... EI1: Dawn Twilight by Viv I love this story! I wished it was finished. Dr. Birdsong is excellent. And the OFC is realistic and matter of fact. Kept me
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                        EI1: Dawn Twilight by Viv

                        I love this story! I wished it was finished. "Dr. Birdsong" is excellent. And the OFC is realistic and matter of fact. Kept me interested all the way through.


                        >>Incomplete

                        >>EI2: Last of the Edhel by CinnamonGrrl


                        I'd love to see this finished! The characterization of Thranduil is really wonderful, but Hermoine is a bit lacking. I'd like to see her rounded out more, what age is she supposed to be exactly? 22? 23? I'd like to know more about her background with men, why she seems to throw herself at Thranduil and not be more wary of him. Obviously, she can't resist his charms, but I think she'd be more analytical about it all. Also I can't see her declaring her love so quickly! I think I would have rather seen her intrigued, then angry, then bit by bit fall in love with him. I love how you've back tracked little pieces from each point of view, very unique, as is the entire premise. I also liked how you worked LACE in, very clever. I look forward to more!


                        >>Post-WOTR

                        >>E4-4: Of Pipes and Poetry by Thevina Finduilas

                        Excellent characterizations. A wonderful view of the stout hearted Gimli as a romantic! Curious Legolas.... I loved it!


                        <<Romance

                        >>ER3: Meldir: At First Sight by Eresse

                        I don't like slash, but I couldn't stop reading this! The characters are well fleshed out, the romance believable. Maybe because it is a reluctant Legolas who needs to be romanced. Whatever the reason, it worked for me. I fell in love with the characterization of Elrohir. Well done!

                        >>Romance

                        <<ER7: With Friends Like These by Eresse

                        Once again, excellent writing makes this worth reading, IMO. Even for a non-slash reader, I was enthralled.


                        <<Vignette

                        >>EV1: A Fool's Hope by Thundera Tiger


                        I loved this stories premise. I think the only thing missing was action between Elrond and Glorfindel. I know they are walking together for most of the fic, but I feel that because of that it was reduced to mostly dialog and I would like to know what gestures and facial expressions they have throughout or even where they are and their surroundings! The middle seemed to lag a bit because of this.


                        <<Vignette
                        <<E10: Gofi and the Balrog by Levade


                        I loved this little story! It was so touching and I loved the interaction between Glorfindel and Elrond at the end. The characterizations of the twins as children was sweet and believable. Glorfindel seemed like a mighty ancient warrior with a gentle heart and I really liked that.

                        I loved the touch of the drawing of the Eagle at the end. Very nice.

                        I did notice some repeated words that I would like to see recast so as to not sound so repetitive, but all and all a very fine story.



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                      • Ainaechoiriel
                        ... From: Ainaechoiriel [mailto:mefaadmin@earthlink.net] Sent: Thursday, September 16, 2004 12:01 AM To: MEFAwards@yahoogroups.com Subject: [MEFAwards]
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                          Elves

                          Official Voting Ballot



                          >EI5: Uncommon Tales: Tales of the Jade King by Katharine the Great &
                          Treehugger

                          What a nice combination for such a reader as me! The promise of much angst
                          from Katharine the Great and much merth from TreeHugger! I do so enjoy the
                          Tricksy Trio, canon or fanon or not. And I've already admitted to a penchant
                          for torture fic, so this really is a fun combo! But I do hope they hurry up
                          and finish this story! I want to know what happens next!


                          >E4-6: War Dust by Earmire

                          This made me wish I'd seen Troy already. I haven't, and I never did read the
                          Iliad either. The notes helped. It was a little difficult to follow,
                          therefore, but then so was Maglor, I suppose. It was beautifully written,
                          poetically.


                          >ES11: Speak, Friend, and Enter by Thevina Finduilas

                          I probably lost some of the nuances of this story, but I still thought I was
                          beautiful. I liked how the two story lines paralleled each other but
                          different in small but in portant ways. And even the same story line
                          paralleled itself, Legolas in Erebor, Gimli in Eryn Lasgalen.


                          >E1: A Case of Mistaken Identity by Coriel

                          Thank you, Coriel, for this fine and logical defense of Thranduil, based on
                          quotable remarks from canon and logical reasoning from those. I admit,
                          fanon made me want to read The Hobbit to see what was up with that
                          Evil!Thranduil. And I didn't find him there. I found a good ElvenKing.

                          >E4: Across Dark Waters by Zimraphel

                          Wow. Do I say that about all Zimraphel's stories? I probably do, but each
                          time it's sincere. This was justwow. I only got who the first ferryman was
                          when he described himself to Maeglin, and it was so fitting of him, after
                          millenia, of course. Feanor is the Elf I least like, with all of his sons
                          tying for second, but the Feanor here is one made calmer, serene even, by
                          his long pennance at the oars. Perhaps he was ready finally to enter Mandos
                          halls. And Maeglin, he's just beginning. She weaves earthly myths with that
                          of Tolkien in this story, but does beautifully so, and helped me come to
                          terms with Feanor.



                          >E7: Dissection of the Common WoodElf, Telerius Galadh by bryn_bnw

                          Well, I'm not happy at all that Legolas had to die for this knowledge to be
                          gained. But this line was just precious: "The Elfs hair color could not be
                          determined, as it appeared to change in various lights, ranging from dark
                          brown to platinum blonde. Under ultra-violet light, it appeared green."


                          >E9: Firimar by Ithilwen

                          This was a touching story, told in first person, which is so fascinating
                          when done well. I kept trying to guess the narrator, but, in the end, my
                          memory of the Silm failed me. I suppose it doesn't matter just who he is.
                          He is, and he keeps watching.


                          >E14: Notes From the Field by bryn_bnw

                          Oh, heavens! "The Elves were timed to remain unmoving for as long as 4
                          hours. Their stares were noted to be particularly unnerving. Researchers
                          have yet to conclude why this is so." And even the shout-outs were funny! I
                          loved the quoted field notes, especially about so and so not thinking the
                          sleeping bag for band-aids was a fair trade. This is hilarious and it took
                          a sick genius to think it up. I wonder though, why the researchers never
                          thought to think that these creatures might be sentient. Of course, it
                          might not have been as funny if it was anthropological research instead of
                          biological.




                          AUTHORS (remember to comment on the writer as regards to the category, not
                          the story, here):

                          >EA1: bryn_bnw

                          Bryn_bnw, you're a sick, sick person. But then again, I am always advising
                          fanfiction writers to not be afraid to be evil, aren't I? You do a
                          wonderful job of being evil and your humorous stories are twisted little
                          treats. Thanks!


                          >EA5: Coriel

                          Coriel took a sore subject and faced it with logic and calm. No name
                          calling, no holier-than-thou stances, but evidence and fact, and reasonable
                          assumptions stemming from same. A fine defender of Thranduil.

                          >EA7: Earmire

                          I don't think I've ready any other stories by Eamire but the one, but I can
                          say the one was beautifully and poetically written, and from the notes I
                          could see the author put a lot of thought, knowledge, and research into the
                          writing, showing much care for the craft.


                          >EA9: Ithilwen

                          I don't read a lot of Silmarillion fanfic, but I'm glad to have read one or
                          two of Ithilien's. I really get the sense that she knows the Silmarillion,
                          that she understands those times and eras better than I know the time of the
                          Ring War.

                          EA12: Katharine the Great & Treehugger

                          I like each of these authors separately and it's great fun seeing the result
                          of them working together! No one does little Legolas like Treehugger and
                          her original characters are just as great! Brethil and Tavor are each so
                          different and distinct and Tanglinna is quite amusing as the stern
                          straight-man. And then there's Katharine's penchant for angst. I hope to
                          see more from this pair. Soon. They have a story to finish!


                          >EA27: Zimraphel

                          What can I say about Zimraphel that I won't repeat each and every place
                          she's up for an author award? She's the standout author of the year for me.
                          And she's not tied down to just one genre, just one time, just one race.
                          Here she does Elves and accomplished what no one else has managed in me
                          since I read the Silm: She brought closure to Feanor. Left him where I
                          don't have to hate him anymore.


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                        • Larian Elensar
                          Elves Ballot Part 2 Post-WOTR E4-3: More Than an Archer by Katharine the Great Oh! I m so glad I looked at this one. What a wonderful remembrance for Legolas
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                            Post-WOTR

                            E4-3: More Than an Archer by Katharine the Great

                            Oh! I'm so glad I looked at this one. What a wonderful remembrance for
                            Legolas to receive. And such a touching story. Lovely.

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                          • Larian Elensar
                            ... Author Votes Vignette EVA5: Thundera Tiger Thundera pointed out a new point of view on the Fellowship, at least to me. It s hard to find new perspectives
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                              > Elves
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                              > Official Voting Ballot

                              Author Votes

                              Vignette
                              EVA5: Thundera Tiger

                              Thundera pointed out a new point of view on the Fellowship, at least to me.
                              It's hard to find new perspectives in this fandom, and this was well done.


                              EA8: Eresse
                              Eresse's stories never fail to remain consistent in characterization of the
                              twins and Legolas, and the elves around them. Too often, a writer seems to
                              continue with a story arc because they don't know how to end it, or don't want
                              to. Eresse doesn't do that. You know there is a point to each story in her
                              arc, and most of them (like these) are able to stand alone. That's a difficult
                              thing to do, in my opinion. She's true to her characters and gives them enough
                              room to grow, but they don't change too much, or too quickly just to fit the
                              story at the time.



                              EA10: Jilian Baade
                              Each story that I read by Jillian had such a nice surprise or something new for
                              me to think about. Her story, Too Late, will forever be tied to Finarfin in my
                              mind.


                              EA14: Larien Elengasse
                              Because I know Larien's other work in addition to these two pieces, I can
                              safely say that Thranduil has a die hard supporter, and not only does she say
                              that quite often, but she shows it by writing such wonderful stories about him.


                              EA16: Levade
                              Glorfindel was one of my favorites from the book and I love Levade's vignettes
                              about him.


                              EA18: Marnie
                              I don't know what else to say about Marnie, really. I love her writing, and her
                              fierce love of Celeborn. I know I'll never be disappointed with one of her
                              stories, and I eagerly devour them over and over. I can't help but think that
                              the Professor himself would be very happy with her characterization of Celeborn
                              and the other Sindar elves in his life. And she not only shows his good side,
                              but his weaknesses. She doesn't make Celeborn a hero by bashing Galadriel or
                              other Noldor. I think she's showing them all very honestly, good and bad, and
                              it seems so real. I always feel like she's telling me a history of Celeborn and
                              his people, only she does it in an entertaining format.



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                            • Alex Cat
                              Ainaechoiriel wrote: Elves Official Voting Ballot Incomplete EI3: Oak and Willow by Marnie I am a Celeborn fan and a Marnie fan and
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                                Incomplete

                                EI3: Oak and Willow by Marnie

                                I am a Celeborn fan and a Marnie fan and this is one of the nicest fics I have read about Celeborn and Galadriel and the coming of the Noldor to Menegroth. It explores the differences between the Noldor and the Sindarin and we see the affection between Celeborn and Galadriel throughout the story. I adore her characterization in this story� of the other characters� Thingol� Melian� Luthien and the rest. I look forward to the sequel!

                                **



                                Post-WOTR

                                E4-2: Keeper Of The Flame by Larian Elensar

                                I love Celeborn and Galadriel fics and this one is my favorite one. It never fails to make me cry when I read it. I prefer seeing them portrayed as true lovers than any other way. Larian writes the longing and the sadness so well� as well the lust for power. We know that without him or the promise of seeing him in the future that Galadriel would just fade away.

                                **


                                ER5: The Kiss by Larien Elengasse

                                The last line of this fic is my favorite-( He takes my hand, leading me away from the courtyard with a knowing and gentle smile. Where we go now matters not, as long as we go there together. ) Larien�s description of the first kiss is wonder and well done. I like first person POV and the writer does this well too.

                                **

                                Romance

                                ER7: With Friends Like These by Eresse

                                I love this little story with such saucy twins and sweet naughty Legolas. I loved Legolas� wide-eyed innocence about relations between males. Eresse writes the twins in a most delightful way, as if they are friends of hers as well as ours.

                                Arwen, tiny Arwen is a total delight. I really enjoy stories with elflings if they are well done. It would only make sense that Elrond�s little princess would grow up a tomboy. And a prankster.

                                I have not read all of this series but I surely intend to as every snippet I have read has been well written and fun to read.

                                **

                                The Silmarillion


                                ES6: Henen by Larien Elengasse

                                This story brought tears to my eyes. To see Oropher and Thranduil in such a positive light is always a good thing. This a lovely tribute from a father to his son. These particular characters are favorites of mine because Tolkien said so very little about them. I would recommend this fiction to anyone who wants a good sniffle and a sweet short story.



                                **

                                The Silmarillion

                                ES14: The Wisdom of Isildur by Marnie

                                This one is one of Marnie�s most interesting pieces� again laying out very plainly the differences in the Sindarin and Noldor and how even after so many centuries, Celeborn was still angry and resentful of the way the Noldor treated the Sindarin. This quote is one that to me sums up the way Marnie writes my favorite elf: �The day you are comfortable with mere politeness will be the day the world ends.� These wors were spoken by Elrond and this is how Tolkien portrays Celeborn too.



                                **



                                E2: A Leaf on a Stream by Marnie

                                This is another excellent glimpse of Celeborn and history through his eyes. Celeborn is gentle and melancholy in his telling of his own past and the sorrows of his people. The twins are written delightfully from the first glimpse of Elladan as he comes out with his breakfast to his more timid brother. And the chestnuts! I can taste those hot roasted chestnuts!

                                **







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                              • Alex Cat
                                Ainaechoiriel wrote: Elves Official Voting Ballot Incomplete EI3: Oak and Willow by Marnie I am a Celeborn fan and a Marnie fan and
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                                  EI3: Oak and Willow by Marnie

                                  I am a Celeborn fan and a Marnie fan and this is one of the nicest fics I have read about Celeborn and Galadriel and the coming of the Noldor to Menegroth. It explores the differences between the Noldor and the Sindarin and we see the affection between Celeborn and Galadriel throughout the story. I adore her characterization in this story� of the other characters� Thingol� Melian� Luthien and the rest. I look forward to the sequel!

                                  **



                                  Post-WOTR

                                  E4-2: Keeper Of The Flame by Larian Elensar

                                  I love Celeborn and Galadriel fics and this one is my favorite one. It never fails to make me cry when I read it. I prefer seeing them portrayed as true lovers than any other way. Larian writes the longing and the sadness so well� as well the lust for power. We know that without him or the promise of seeing him in the future that Galadriel would just fade away.

                                  **


                                  ER5: The Kiss by Larien Elengasse

                                  The last line of this fic is my favorite-( He takes my hand, leading me away from the courtyard with a knowing and gentle smile. Where we go now matters not, as long as we go there together. ) Larien�s description of the first kiss is wonder and well done. I like first person POV and the writer does this well too.

                                  **

                                  Romance

                                  ER7: With Friends Like These by Eresse

                                  I love this little story with such saucy twins and sweet naughty Legolas. I loved Legolas� wide-eyed innocence about relations between males. Eresse writes the twins in a most delightful way, as if they are friends of hers as well as ours.

                                  Arwen, tiny Arwen is a total delight. I really enjoy stories with elflings if they are well done. It would only make sense that Elrond�s little princess would grow up a tomboy. And a prankster.

                                  I have not read all of this series but I surely intend to as every snippet I have read has been well written and fun to read.

                                  **

                                  The Silmarillion


                                  ES6: Henen by Larien Elengasse

                                  This story brought tears to my eyes. To see Oropher and Thranduil in such a positive light is always a good thing. This a lovely tribute from a father to his son. These particular characters are favorites of mine because Tolkien said so very little about them. I would recommend this fiction to anyone who wants a good sniffle and a sweet short story.



                                  **

                                  The Silmarillion

                                  ES14: The Wisdom of Isildur by Marnie

                                  This one is one of Marnie�s most interesting pieces� again laying out very plainly the differences in the Sindarin and Noldor and how even after so many centuries, Celeborn was still angry and resentful of the way the Noldor treated the Sindarin. This quote is one that to me sums up the way Marnie writes my favorite elf: �The day you are comfortable with mere politeness will be the day the world ends.� These wors were spoken by Elrond and this is how Tolkien portrays Celeborn too.



                                  **



                                  E2: A Leaf on a Stream by Marnie

                                  This is another excellent glimpse of Celeborn and history through his eyes. Celeborn is gentle and melancholy in his telling of his own past and the sorrows of his people. The twins are written delightfully from the first glimpse of Elladan as he comes out with his breakfast to his more timid brother. And the chestnuts! I can taste those hot roasted chestnuts!

                                  **







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                                • Alex Cat
                                  Darn yahoo... sent it twice! alex Official Keeper of Yorgi s Hard Drive, Nick Maitland s Hands and the Soldier s Hat. http://www.ofelvesandmen.com
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                                  • chathollinn
                                    ... Hi, I just wanted to get these three out. ... I loved this unusual look at the Fourth Age of Men, or whatever we are in today. Nobody does Silmarillion
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                                      Hi, I just wanted to get these three out.

                                      > E9: Firimar by Ithilwen

                                      I loved this unusual look at the Fourth Age of Men, or whatever we
                                      are in today. Nobody does Silmarillion characters like Ithilwen.
                                      First read this at Barrowdowns and never forgot its unique look at
                                      Mortals.


                                      > EA17: Losseniaiel
                                      Singing Silence

                                      I don't much like - writers groan when a reviewer starts with
                                      this, sorry! - interior monolog reflections, but this one achieved
                                      what I hope for when I read fan fiction, or any fiction. It suggested
                                      something that I didn't already know, or feel. To see the great
                                      Thingol compare himself to Melian! He is to her and Mortals are to
                                      Elves, and he knows it. Very insightful and haunting.


                                      EA26: Wild Iris
                                      Keystone

                                      Not many writers can make a story both enjoyable and sweet to the
                                      end. This one did it and kept my attention through telling us a
                                      story – one where we don't know what will happen next. I
                                      liked the details of the winter celebration although I would like to
                                      have known more about the emotional significance of it to the Elves.
                                      Also, I really like stories told in the third person with exterior
                                      action. Another plus was the Elvish names. They sounded authentically
                                      Sindarin, were beautiful and – gasp – easy to pronounce.
                                      Someday someone is going to come up with an Elf named Aeiou-iel. Or
                                      EEiiEEiiOwen. Just kidding. Anyway, the entire tone of the story was
                                      most Elvish – the style of the dialog, the story about their
                                      awakening under stars, the manifest love of the Valar; the air of
                                      knowing the history of all the ages. The Dwarves were great – I
                                      won't say why, just that you should read the story.

                                      Regards - Chathol-linn
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                                      Message: 9 Date: Thu, 16 Sep 2004 00:01:11 -0500 From: Ainaechoiriel Subject: Elves--Official Voting Ballot Elves Official
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                                        Subject: Elves--Official Voting Ballot

                                        Elves

                                        Official Voting Ballot

                                        To Vote, hit Reply. Delete the stories/authors you are not commenting on.
                                        For the stories/authors you want to comment on, make sure to keep the top 2
                                        lines of the header information (ex. subcategory, code: Title by Author) and
                                        then comment beneath them.


                                        Drabble

                                        ED1: Hannon Le by Lady Aranel


                                        Lady Aranel mangaged to capture the essence of a loving moment in just a few
                                        words - very well done!


                                        Drabble

                                        ED2: I Hear the Stones Lament by Avon

                                        Poignant, sad lament for what once was. "In the cold, this winter sun..."
                                        This line sets the mood and (to me) emphasizes the feeling of loss.



                                        Drabble

                                        ED3: Longing by Dwimordene


                                        “Remake us! Are you not their kinsman?” But he has no craft, and only news
                                        to give.”
                                        Although all of the Drabbles conveyed similar emotion and angst, I thought
                                        this one extremely well-written and to the point. I tried to pull a line
                                        from each that particularly caught my attention, and this one stuck in my mind
                                        for days.


                                        Drabble

                                        ED4: Strange to Us by Elana
                                        This drabble is another interesting interpretation of the stones lament,
                                        focusing not only on the cries of the rocks, but also on Legolas’ love for
                                        Middle-earth. “I am only beginning to learn to love this Middle-Earth. I do not
                                        ever want to leave.”
                                        Drabble

                                        ED5: Strange Vessels by Elvenesse


                                        Another take on the stone’s lament, however this one was notable as the
                                        author did not quote from Tolkien. “…yet the trees here are strangely silent
                                        and they will not answer me.” She makes an interesting point that elves have an
                                        affinity with nature, yet it is the inanimate objects, the rocks, that call
                                        to Legolas.



                                        Drabble

                                        ED6: Untitled (Mirkwood) by Wild Iris

                                        The ending of a peaceful way of life and of the beauty that was Greenwood
                                        seen through the eyes of a child; but oh, the angst of what he sees. We are
                                        only given a hint of the horror. “…he sees broken leaves; blood is on the
                                        ground, and a strange, splayed outline hoisted in the tallest tree.” It is the
                                        innocence of the child that makes the scene so chilling and the ending line so
                                        poignant. “…and he somehow knows that the flowers are over, and that his
                                        people will never return to this place.” Excellent.

                                        Incomplete

                                        EI1: Dawn Twilight by Viv

                                        I began reading this with reluctance, as I did not think I would enjoy elves
                                        in a present day setting. But this is a delightful tale, full of humour,
                                        with main characters that are believable even thought the story cries out Mary
                                        Sue. Moira does have a few special powers, but M. Sue, she is not, and Dr.
                                        Birdsond is to die for, his description had me drooling all over my computer.
                                        The story itself is a modern day LOTR although packed with fun, laughter,
                                        and riotous adventure. I wish Viv would give more background on the minor
                                        characters, but even without that, they are interesting, even Leo - whom I like -
                                        I wonder why the others do not? Sadly, the story is incomplete. I have it
                                        bookmarked and definitely plan to keep an eye out for future chapters.


                                        Incomplete

                                        EI3: Oak and Willow by Marnie

                                        One of the best Celeborn and Galadriel stories I have read. Marnie gives
                                        wonderful insight into Celeborn’s character and that of the Noldor and
                                        Moriquendi. The superb characterization, rich detail, and wonderful use of metaphor
                                        bring the story to life. I especially loved the conversation between Celeborn
                                        and Finrod about the willow and the oak: "…But oak does not endure storms as
                                        the willow does…And willow is a healer - its bark takes away pain. Even
                                        self-inflicted pain…My children will be breakable as a willow twig…” I could
                                        read this one over and over.
                                        Incomplete

                                        EI5: Uncommon Tales: Tales of the Jade King by Katharine the Great &
                                        Treehugger
                                        I laughed and cried and marvelled over this delightful tale of adventure and
                                        mayhem, mostly at the pranks of mischievous elflings and their fear of
                                        Master Archer, Tanglinna. The authors have mingled fun and frolic with a violent
                                        event that turns the tale completely in the opposite direction. The
                                        kidnapping of King Thranduil by a group of Easterlings during a seasonal hunt is in
                                        dire contrast to the light-hearted tone set in the first few chapters. The
                                        leader of the attackers is cold and calculating, and his intent deadly. Out of
                                        the twenty elves that began the hunt, only Thranduil and two others remain.
                                        The characterization is such that even the OC’s are memorable. A pity the
                                        tale is incomplete, and I wait with much anticipation for the next update. A
                                        lovely blend of descriptive detail and riveting dialogue, I found it quite an
                                        enjoyable read.

                                        Post-WOTR

                                        E4-2: Keeper Of The Flame by Larian Elensar
                                        Very moving and well wrought story of Galadriel’s memories as she crosses
                                        the waters to Valinor. The elves fade as the light in Narya, and leave
                                        Middle-earth in the hands of Men. “The Keeper of the Flame”, a fitting title not
                                        only for Galadriel, lady of the light, but also for Celeborn, who holds the
                                        flame of her spirit, her heart, and the world she is leaving.


                                        Post-WOTR

                                        E4-3: More Than an Archer by Katharine the Great
                                        Having just discovered the Tricksy Trio and Tanglinna, the Master Archer,
                                        from reading Tales of the Jade King, I had to read this one next. The imagery
                                        of the drawings fit so well with my idea of Tanglinna - an observer,
                                        watching each move his students made in their quest to conquer archery. He was so
                                        like the great hawk, stern, feral, beautiful. As did Tanglinna, I also could
                                        see the elves in the drawings: Thranduil, the green-eyed eagle; his queen, the
                                        falcon; the three bright-eyed mischievous squirrels, the tricksy trio; and
                                        Legolas, the inquisitive yellow-winged bird. Katharine weaves a fitting requiem
                                        to Brethil and Tanglinna, Treehugger’s original characters.

                                        Romance

                                        ER3: Meldir: At First Sight by Eresse
                                        I liked Eresse's vision of Greenwood and her comparison between Thranduil's
                                        realm and Elrond's. In spite of thhe darkness that resides in the forest,
                                        the beauty of the land and the love of its people are revealed. Her
                                        description of the twins and Legolas make them almost too good to be true, but she
                                        tempers this by their mischievous behaviour, all done in good-natured fun. Not
                                        only is her story about the mischief and mayhem of the trio, she adds a bit of
                                        humour to Tolkien with tidbits of ribald rumour - Gil-galad's hinted
                                        dalliance with Elrond and not so secret crush on Thranduil. A fun, entertaining
                                        read!

                                        Romance

                                        ER4: Of Leaves of Gold and Petals Red: A Faery Tale by Ithilwen
                                        This one was definitely unusual, a modern day Tam Lin and Janet, with Feanor
                                        as the fey captive of the faery queen Ungoliant! Ithilwen has stuck close
                                        to the ballads and old tales in Janet's green cloak, the plucking of the
                                        roses, the taking of Janet's maidenhood, and the Carterhaugh, but ties an element
                                        of humour into the story that makes it more than just a remake of an old
                                        tale. Two parts folklore, one part Tolkien and a dash of Christianity all blend
                                        into an enchanting tale of myth and faery. Quite enjoyable!


                                        Romance

                                        ER5: The Kiss by Larien Elengasse
                                        I admire Larien’s writing and this vignette written from Ecthelion’s POV
                                        about his feelings for his friend and soon-to-be lover is no exception. One can
                                        feel the brashness of Ecthelion’s personality as he is determined to make
                                        his desire known. The two captains of Gondolin, both to be steeped in legend,
                                        caught up in the moment of their first kiss. Short, sweet, with a memorable
                                        last line.

                                        Romance

                                        ER6: Unbound by Two-point
                                        If I had to chose one story that personified Glorfindel, this would be the
                                        one. Beautifully written, poetic and lyrical I could read this over and over
                                        and never tire of it. It is hard to write in first person POV, but the author
                                        carries it off brilliantly. A moving story of love between tutor and
                                        student, even the love scene is written with finesse. I am only surprised that the
                                        story has not received more notice. Every part is lovely, but this I must
                                        admit is my favourite:
                                        "Do we ever have a choice in our journeys? We walk our paths aimed with
                                        only so much knowledge as we have gleaned through mysteries. And even seeming
                                        death cannot keep us from the desires of our hearts. Beneath each path there
                                        is the one small seed of our purpose, our hidden truth, and even that lies
                                        cloaked in the guarded shadows of our minds. These longings and the promise
                                        that each desire is justified only in the wanting, the constant moving toward
                                        our secret heart's wish. The mysteries of fate and strong purpose did not
                                        seem so troubling to me in that moment. What was understanding compared to my
                                        spirit's purpose - and was there ever, really, a choice?"




                                        The Silmarillion

                                        ES6: Henen by Larien Elengasse
                                        Larien’s descriptive and detailed writing paints a vivid portrait of young
                                        prince Thranduil as seen through the doting eyes of his dying father. A sad,
                                        bittersweet, narrative, Larien gives us an Oropher not often portrayed in fan
                                        fiction - loving father, husband, king, made all the more memorable by these
                                        haunting last lines: "Do your worst," I growl, fighting not to choke on my
                                        own blood. "What matters to me most you cannot take." I close my eyes, the
                                        vision of Thranduil burned upon my eyelids as I fall into darkness.


                                        E4: Across Dark Waters by Zimraphel
                                        Feanor and Maeglin forced to row the dead across the dark waters to Namo’s
                                        realm as the boatman who rowed continuously across the River Styx. A fitting
                                        punishment for both elves, but even more for Maeglin, who is mocked by Feanor
                                        before he is forced to take his place at the oars, ferrying those whose
                                        death he caused by his traitorous acts. Feanor at least, feels sorrow for those
                                        who suffered at his hands, but we are left to wonder if Maeglin ever will.
                                        Zimraphael weaves a bit of dark humor into the tale in the prologue banter
                                        between Namo and Feanor, and in the underhanded way that Maeglin is coerced
                                        into becoming the ferryman.


                                        E10: Gofi and the Balrog by Levade
                                        This was such a sweet story. I can easily picture the twins and their
                                        concern for their adult friend. Levade writes young ones quite well, from the
                                        hesitant way the elflings approach the warrior, seeking reassurance from the Elda
                                        with a gentle touch to the hand or a shy look, to the breathless rush when
                                        Elladan finally asks the momentous question. I think most of us can remember a
                                        time when we asked an adult about something painful in their past.
                                        Hopefully, the answer we received was framed just as carefully as that of Gofi’s. And
                                        what a delight to see such a legend cowed by two wee ones. Glorfindel’s
                                        reluctance to hold the babes brought forth a chuckle.



                                        E13: Noldolante by Ithilwen
                                        A chilling and extremely graphic description of the horrors that Maeglin's
                                        treachery released on the peoples of Gondolin. Ithilwen shocks with Maeglin's
                                        thoughts and actions, as single-minded in his purpose he searches the
                                        streets of the city for his elusive love. We are privy to the fanaticism that
                                        drives him, his madness, and yet, cannot help but feel a tinge of pity when he
                                        realizes all he wrought did not gain that which he desired. Excellent
                                        characterization of Maeglin and a riveting tale of the destruction of Gondolin.

                                        E16: Sickness by Siobhan with Cassia
                                        Oh, to be like the elves and never have to go through the pain and
                                        discomfort of illness. Legolas has his first look at human sickness and shows himself
                                        a good friend to Estel.
                                        ‘“But I became indifferent to life in a way and took it for granted… And
                                        then you came and you taught us once more that all life is precious.”’ I
                                        particularly liked this passage spoken by Elrond. Nice story.



                                        E18: The Smith by Jilian Baade
                                        As a metal-worker, I was interested in this vignette about the smithh who
                                        re-forged the broken blade. Metal does 'sing' when quenched in either water or
                                        oil, and I liked thaht the smith sings to the blade in turn. Elrond's idea
                                        to choose a smith not so much for his craftmanship, but because he saw the
                                        original sword in action is believable, and the smith's story is sad and
                                        poignant. It is quite fitting that the one that forges the blade anew should name
                                        it and pass the name on to Aragorn. Nicely done.


                                        Mirasaui



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                                      • sindohte
                                        ... Now this is a story that grabbed my attention from the beginning. The mysterious professor Birdsong, Minou the nightclub singer with a past longer than my
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                                          Now this is a story that grabbed my attention from the beginning.
                                          The mysterious professor Birdsong, Minou the nightclub singer with a
                                          past longer than my arm, and who the heck is Greg really? You have
                                          done a deft job of combining the Tolkienverse with the present day.
                                          Ooo, you just have to continue with this story instead of leaving the
                                          reader with so many unanswered questions. I really fell in love with
                                          Moira, the heroine of your story. You managed to find the right mix
                                          of disbelief on her part at finding herself in the midst of a crazy,
                                          utterly improbable situation and at the same time acceptance. And of
                                          course you had to leave me hanging at Chapter 12 with the Middle
                                          Earth version of the movie Deliverance. Nothing like Moira running
                                          into a miniature Jed Clampett. Here is my final plea you must finish
                                          up with this delightful tale and tie up the loose ends.



                                          > Incomplete
                                          > EI6: Wayland The Smith by Jilian Baade

                                          This is an excellent alternative universe story of Maeglin's
                                          redemption in the present day. And unlike some stories that I have
                                          read involving a relationship between a Elf from Middle Earth and a
                                          present day girl, Maeglin's relationship with Mandy was both
                                          believable and touching. It was poignant to see how Maeglin was
                                          starved for contact with another living being after so many eons.
                                          After his actions at Gondolin, I had always viewed Maeglin as a
                                          selfish individual who only looked out for himself. Yet in the end,
                                          he proved that he had learned from his earlier mistakes. I liked
                                          that instead of having Mandy and Maeglin living happily ever after in
                                          present day Earth, he made the decision to return to Valinor and face
                                          all of those he killed by his actions.



                                          > Post-WOTR
                                          > E4-1: Elrohir's Tale by Miriel361

                                          Let me confess right now that I am a total sucker for stories written
                                          about Elladan and Elrohir as a duo. And if there is one thing that I
                                          love more than reading about the sons of Elrond, it is reading
                                          stories that feature Elrohir. Nothing like explaining away the
                                          presence of a handsome man with pointy as being a long lost cousin
                                          from Ireland. If all of the men in Ireland looked like Elves, I am
                                          booking the next Aer Lingus flight. You truly created two memorable
                                          characters with Elrohir and Siobhan and it is a story that only gets
                                          better with reading it again a second time.



                                          > Romance
                                          > ER1: By Hook or By Crook by Eresse

                                          A throughly delightful lighthearted romp of a story. After being
                                          portrayed so often as a dour and serious Elf, it was amusing to read
                                          about Elrond and Celebrian in the cellar, while Thranduil and his
                                          wife were polishing the furniture in Lord Elrond's study.



                                          > Romance
                                          > ER4: Of Leaves of Gold and Petals Red: A Faery Tale by Ithilwen

                                          I decided to take a chance on this story because I am not a very big
                                          fan of Feanor. However the extent of his suffering while being
                                          enslaved by Ungoliant actually made me feel a shred of sympathy for
                                          the poor Elf. I can only imagine the anguish Feanor would feel at
                                          creating his beautiful jewels only to watch his handiwork consumed to
                                          satisfy Ungoliant's always empty belly. As I was reading your story,
                                          I thought the storyline seemed somewhat familiar and I was impressed
                                          to see that it was based upon the ballard of Tam Lin. What a novel
                                          retelling of that particular ballard.



                                          > The Silmarillion
                                          > ES6: Henen by Larien Elengasse

                                          Stories that explore the relationship between fathers and sons are
                                          always something that peak my interest. Although this was only a
                                          short piece of writing, its brevity did not take away from its
                                          powerful impact. You managed to convey the love that Oropher had for
                                          his son Thranduil and that even at the moment of his death, his last
                                          thoughts were of the love and pride that he felt for his only child.



                                          > The Silmarillion
                                          > ES8: Keystone by Wild Iris

                                          The actual construction of Thranduil's halls in Mirkwood was an area
                                          of the Tolkienverse that I had not considered previously. Your story
                                          was filled with all sorts of small details that made it come alive
                                          for me as I read it. The one touch that I loved was that gemstones
                                          were placed in their ceiling as a way to comfort the Elven children
                                          at night. The fact that you took the time to think of such seemingly
                                          insignificant details is what made this story a true gem to read.
                                        • ellbee_g
                                          Nothing like waiting til the last minute. Actually, it turned out I had read all the wrong stories during the reading season, and I m now trying to play catch
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                                            Nothing like waiting til the last minute. Actually, it turned out I
                                            had read all the wrong stories during the reading season, and I'm
                                            now trying to play catch up. Believe me, I'll be taking advantage of
                                            amnesty Day. On to the ballot. -Ell


                                            Elves

                                            Official Voting Ballot




                                            Drabble

                                            ED1: Hannon Le by Lady Aranel

                                            I'm impressed. I wouldn't have believed it was possible to make a
                                            drabble so hot, but you've certainly done it. Nice.


                                            Incomplete

                                            EI1: Dawn Twilight by Viv

                                            I've been meaning to read this for a long time, but I hesitated only
                                            because it's such a time commitment to get into a long, multi-
                                            chaptered story. I am so glad I finally read this, because it is
                                            just fantastic. It kept me riveted and I read it all the way through
                                            in one sitting. You not only make a reader want to know how the
                                            story unfolds, but every time a question is answered it seems three
                                            more are raised, and I MUST know the answers. Moira has a great
                                            voice, and your Elves are suitably powerful and wise and enigmatic
                                            and deliciously sexy. I think I know who is who, but I won't say for
                                            fear of spoiling anything. Every character is so well drawn, so
                                            alive, and the story itself is the perfect mixture of fantasy,
                                            humor, and adventure. Some specific things I love: the way the mind-
                                            reading is more than just the hearing of words, but has a physical
                                            effect as well. It sure gave me shivers. The way she doodled around
                                            the yummy Dr. B's name. The James Bond-type plane. The scary
                                            monsters. The way things are slowly revealed a bit at a time, like a
                                            verbal strip-tease. The walking purse. Greg getting all eye-
                                            narrowingly formidable and protective. It's just altogether one of
                                            the most exciting, sexy, and downright fun stories I've read, and I
                                            was ridiculously disappointed to get to the end. I'll be staring at
                                            the computer, waiting for you to update.




                                            EV1: A Fool's Hope by Thundera Tiger

                                            I like your take on Elrond's thought processes. Glorfindel makes an
                                            excellent point; it certainly looks like there's very little hope as
                                            he lays out the facts, and I would tend to agree that not all the
                                            members of the Fellowship were the best possible choice. Your Elrond
                                            makes the reader believe that, on the contrary, these individuals
                                            were the only possible choice.


                                            Vignette

                                            EV2: Cold Comfort by Lady Aranel

                                            I'm a little embarrassed to admit this brought a tear to my eye.
                                            Once again, you've managed to get conjure up a compelling picture
                                            and an incredible amount of emotion with very few words.


                                            Vignette

                                            EV3: Dancing Within Walls by Sphinx

                                            This was so very moving, watching the series of thoughts that go
                                            through Elrond's head during the dance. Sorrow, anger, hope, all
                                            combined into the rhythm of the music and movements. You've given us
                                            a lovely, though sad, glimpse into the heart of a father who knows
                                            he will never see his daughter again.


                                            Vignette

                                            EV4: Dinner Guests by Salsify

                                            I haven't finished The Silmarillion (and perhaps never will) so I
                                            don't usually read Silm-fic, but this had me rolling. Love it!

                                            Vignette

                                            EV5: Rose Riddle by Stultiloquentia

                                            "The strongest roses fair thrive on neglect." I had to laugh at this
                                            line, only because I like to excuse my own neglect of my roses by
                                            saying I'm trying to breed in hardiness. Meriadoc is a hobbit after
                                            my own heart. The contrast between the busy and practical hobbits
                                            and Celeborn's vision of a fading Rivendell is a strong one, very
                                            moving. I'm always glad to see stories that don't have the hobbits
                                            as simply comic relief to the all-knowing Elves. It was refreshing
                                            to see Merry able to offer comfort and hope to Celeborn without even
                                            trying.




                                            E7: Dissection of the Common WoodElf, Telerius Galadh by bryn_bnw

                                            Bwahaha! Most educational and informative. I was very interested
                                            (and strangely pleased) to learn of Legolas's proficiency in
                                            swearing, and find the potential connection of Elves with jellyfish
                                            to be fascinating.




                                            E11: Legolas and the Olórë Mallë by Chathol-linn

                                            This is simply fascinating. I was immediately sucked into this story
                                            and read it through at one sitting. Your Elves and their lifestyle
                                            feel so real, and Legolas's dream is incredibly lovely and
                                            imaginative, every detail finely drawn. The structure of the story,
                                            going back and forth into and out of dreams and memories could have
                                            been wildly confusing, but you managed to make it not only
                                            comprehensible and seamless, but beautiful and lyrical at the same
                                            time.






                                            E18: The Smith by Jilian Baade

                                            You paint an amazingly vivid picture for such a short piece. I liked
                                            the repetition of "He remembered…" through the whole thing, and I
                                            got a little shiver when I read about the blade screaming out it's
                                            name. Quite moving.

                                            ***
                                          • ellbee_g
                                            Yikes, I hope I got that one in on time. I see the stamp says 12:57, but I understood the deadline was 12:00 central time, and it s just that here. Let me know
                                            Message 21 of 24 , Sep 25 10:00 PM
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                                              Yikes, I hope I got that one in on time. I see the stamp says 12:57,
                                              but I understood the deadline was 12:00 central time, and it's just
                                              that here. Let me know if this is too late and I'll adjust myself
                                              accordingly.

                                              -Ell
                                            • Ainaechoiriel
                                              You did! But yours is now the last until Amnesty Day for those two categories! --Ainaechoiriel MEFA Admin and Founder This evil cannot be concealed by the
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                                                You did!

                                                But yours is now the last until Amnesty Day for those two categories!

                                                --Ainaechoiriel
                                                MEFA Admin and Founder

                                                "This evil cannot be concealed by the power of the Elves," Elrond said, "for
                                                it is Windows-compatible, and freeware at that." --H.F.

                                                http://gabrielle.sytes.net/mefa The Middle-Earth Fanfiction Awards
                                                Blog: http://www.ainaechoiriel.blogspot.com



                                                -----Original Message-----
                                                From: ellbee_g [mailto:ellbee_g@...]
                                                Sent: Sunday, September 26, 2004 12:00 AM
                                                To: MEFAwards@yahoogroups.com
                                                Subject: [MEFAwards] Re: Elves--Official Voting Ballot

                                                Yikes, I hope I got that one in on time. I see the stamp says 12:57, but I
                                                understood the deadline was 12:00 central time, and it's just that here. Let
                                                me know if this is too late and I'll adjust myself accordingly.

                                                -Ell



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