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Quincentenary Comfort  by Nilmandra 20 Review(s)
PSWReviewed Chapter: 1 on 11/9/2016
Loved it. :-) Thanks for writing!

LisaGReviewed Chapter: 1 on 5/18/2010
Very sweet little vignette...I just adore little Estel stories!

nancylea57Reviewed Chapter: 1 on 1/9/2009
i would trade a necklace for a one night cuddle with that little ray of hope.

Author Reply: I think Elrond felt the same way ;) Though, I think it important that Glorfindel fix that particular gift as soon as possible. Elrond needs his own hope to hold on to.

Eruanneth_LuinReviewed Chapter: 1 on 6/1/2006
Elrond is such a great dad! Being part elf with their naturally strong affinity for children, part human giving him empathy for and understanding of mortals, and his Maian heritage allowing perhaps a deeper insight into events to come, combine to produce this loving father figure. Include the personal grief and losses that have been his portion throughout his long life adding profound sympathy to the blend and experience raising three children of his own to face an uncertain future and you round out his character nicely.

Thank you, Nilmandra, for another glimpse into the fascinating life of Elrond.

Author Reply: Joy and sorrow, they do go together, don't they? Elrond's mixed heritage must be a blessing and a curse.

Lady SarumanReviewed Chapter: 1 on 5/14/2006
What a sweet story! I absolutely love the two characters in this story. Estel eventually found out how his father and grandfather was killed, and surprisingly, he wasn't shocked. It's better that he knows now rather than later because it'll be harder if he found out at an older age. However, we sometimes have to marvel at how much yet how little that youngsters know. For example, when Elrond explained that a little of his wife's tresses are set in the glass of the pendent, Estel was instantly confused about his father having a wife. I obviously didn't expect the son of Arathorn to not know that Elrond had a wife. If he didn't, Elladan, Elrohir, and Arwen wouldn't even part of his life. Since he was young when Gilraen died, and Celebrían had passed to the West, Aragorn of course wouldn't expect men to have wives.


Elrond laughed. “Yes, he can. I should have had it fixed when the clasp first came loose, but I do not like to part with it.”

That is but a little surprising, since the only reminder of a loved one was all he had left the lord of Imladris would not like to part with it. After all, his only reminder...

I absolutely love your stories. Keep writing, Lady Nilmandra! *flashy grin*

-Lady Saruman

Author Reply: Estel is young here... maybe 4 or 5 years old. Not sure he's thought about Elrond having a wife, since he has never seen her. Of course, we all know he's surprised Elrond has a daughter, since he had never seen or heard of her either!

Thanks for the review. :D

The KarenatorReviewed Chapter: 1 on 5/8/2006
This is such a sweet story. It's a little snippet in time but it tells us so much about Elrond and Estel's relationship. Comfort after a bad dream is important to a child and though unintentional, Estel offered comfort to Elrond in return. Elrond handled Estel's questions well about Arathorn. I liked the part where Elrond assures Estel that Estel's father and grandfather would be proud of him. It's a wise person who isn't threatened by someone you love loving someone else. There's enough love to go around.

Very nice. I enjoyed this.

Author Reply: It's a wise person who isn't threatened by someone you love loving someone else. There's enough love to go around.

That is so very very true. And I don't think Elrond is threatened at all. Thatnks for the review.

elliskaReviewed Chapter: 1 on 5/7/2006
Catching up, as usual. This is great, Nimandra. I love your little Estel. You know at some point he had to have this conversation with Elrond, but I love how it ends with him giving as well as receiving a comfort. Very sweet.

Author Reply: Thanks, Elliska! I'm sure they probably had other conversations (LOL, actually, they're having another one in HLIII right now!)... but I figured around this age he'd start asking something.

RedheredhReviewed Chapter: 1 on 5/6/2006
Very sweet and gentle... in the most bestest kinda way. I love the way you so simply tell a story about deep and complex feelings. If this is angst, pour it on.

Author Reply: Thanks, Redheredh! I am glad you liked it. The right kind of honesty with children - telling them what is appropriate for age and understanding - is hard but the best way to go.

GwynhyffarReviewed Chapter: 1 on 5/6/2006
Awwwww I loved this, Nilmandra! Just enough fluff and just enough angst to make it sweet without being sappy. I like how in the end it's Estel doing the comforting. :)

Author Reply: It is a challenge to write small children without being so sappy that you need an extra shot of insulin. ;D I am glad you liked it. I don't always know what I am going to write when I sit down and start typing. When it works, though, I am glad!

meckinockReviewed Chapter: 1 on 5/6/2006
What I really like here is Elrond gently guiding Estel while he works what all this new information means and how he feels about it. Elrond was so gently supportive, and yet respectful of Estel's feelings. I like the open conversation about Arathorn - Elrond isn't trying to squelching discussion about him or acting so secretive so that Estel gets the feeling something must have been wrong with his father. Instead of trying to usurp Arathorn, he's helping Estel understand his feelings and make some connection to this man he'll never know. It was really touching when Elrond told Aragorn that it's all right that he doesn't miss his father, and I loved it when Elrond said that if he had sailed, he couldn't have been his ada. I wonder when it was that Elrond first realized that himself. Lovely story. (All this openness just makes it that much weirder that Aragorn never heard a peep about Arwen the entire time he was growing up, though!)

Author Reply: I always thought the distinction between speaking to children like they are real people, but not small adults, was a challenge. Being honest with them while remaining the parent, showing its okay to feel a certain way without making the child insecure.. that type of thing. I am glad it worked.

As for Arwen... well, Estel just never asked the right questions :D

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