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History Lessons  by Nilmandra 3 Review(s)
hawkeyeReviewed Chapter: 5 on 5/17/2014
I love how Glorfindel allowed himself to walk into that one. But then, who can say no to cute elflings?

The little glimpses into Elrond's character are wonderful. I also really enjoyed the fact that, despite so many years and such a close bond, Celebrian is till learning things about her husband. That's the essence of an enduring relationship; one that never grows old, but rather gets stronger and more beautiful with time. I'm very interested to see how Elrond explains the upcoming parts of the story to the twins. I think that ultimately Elrond himself is going to benefit from the story too :)

Mum's the WordReviewed Chapter: 5 on 7/15/2005
The elflings' drawing Glorfindel into their expemerent is hilarious, as is the realization that the other leaders of Imladris have witnessed the whole thing. Then his approaching poor Istuion was so intimidating, only to end the exchange with this:
'Glorfindel smiled, and reached over and grasped Istuion's wrist in the warrior greeting. "Well done."'

No wonder he's everyone's hero! You've made him so admirable.

As for the rest of the chapter, I must tell you I've wept every time I've read it -- along with many of the other heart-wrenching portions of this tale. Then when I re-read the "Silmarillion," your descriptions help make the story even more real, and there go the tears again.

(I'm truly tempted to print your HE I and II, and insert them into the pages of the Silm, as they would interweave with it so well.)

Thank you again, Nilmandra, for your stories -- and for the hard work of research that you do for each one.


Author Reply: I am glad this seems to help bring the Silmarillion alive for you. Writing the sories made it live for me, just as good historical fiction bring history alive for me. Have you ever read the works of Bodie and Brock Thoene? Their books (in particular the pre WWII to the birth of the nation of Israel) are historically accurate and I learned so much even as I was embroiled with their characters. I admit that their style is one I would like to emulate!

Cecilia AKA ThilwenReviewed Chapter: 5 on 8/10/2004
Dear Nilmandra,
I would have written a review in one of the earlier chapters, but I don't usually review every chapter of a story, and this chapter seemed lonely with no reviews done about it. What a wonderful way to retell the history of the First Age! As much as I love the Silmarillion, I find its history somewhat daunting. It's hard to remember all the names and dates and places. However, you are making it a joy to do this. You are helping me to know the characters as real people with feelings and methods to their seeming madness. Glorfendel and Arestor are becoming more dynamic as well. Poor Elrond and Elros! your story makes me feel so sorry for them and the things they lose! Great job!

Author Reply: Hello Cecilia - thanks for friending this chapter! I am glad you are enjoying the story and hope that you keep reading. Telling Elrond's story was fascinating and a joy to write. Thank you!

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