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In Absentia  by Zimraphel 3 Review(s)
CurunirReviewed Chapter: 3 on 9/27/2015
An interesting tale indeed. I've always been fascinated by Isildur's one surviving heir, Valandil and what his life must have been like. Being orphaned at such a young age must have been very difficult for the young heir of Isildur. One thing I did note is that you have the shards of Narsil remaining in Rivendell for almost the entirety of the Third Age, which seems to be incorrect. I believe it's stated that the shards of Narsil and the Elendilmir were the heirlooms of the Kingdom of Arnor, and as such resided in the possession of the Kings, first at Annuminas and then later at Fornost. It was only after the fall of Arnor in TA 1975 that the survivors were aided by Elrond and their heirlooms were deposited with the Lord of Imladris for safekeeping. So the shards of Narsil would have returned to Elrond's possession a thousand years before they were reforged, but Valandil would be well within his rights to take them back to Annuminas, they were his by right of birth. I don't think the King of Arnor would allow Elrond to keep his family heirlooms and Elrond really doesn't have the right to keep them either.

Great story! You really tap into Valandil's bitterness at the loss of his three brothers and father. It's ironic that Valandil is spending so many resources trying to retrieve his father's remains when the Disaster of the Gladden Fields was actually Isildur's fault. Had he not kept the One Ring, the Orcs that ambushed them would never attacked, as it was the black evil of the Ring that drew them near.

EnvinyatarReviewed Chapter: 2 on 5/2/2004
Intriguing - leaves me wanting more. I find your Elrond somewhat annoying - whch menas he's very convincing!

ElvasdottirReviewed Chapter: 1 on 4/14/2004
Loved it! Can't wait to read more!

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