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History Lessons  by Nilmandra 4 Review(s)
FadesintothewestReviewed Chapter: 20 on 10/12/2003
Elrond fangirl #2 here! You know when I imagine Elros and Elrond, they invariably look different, and your story has awlays captured this. Oh no the War of Wrath cometh... Three cheers for the Green Elves, and for Elrond and his negotiating capacities. But Elros and Elrond's choices are soon coming to them, and I think I will cry.

TolkienFanReviewed Chapter: 20 on 10/2/2003
Hi Nilmandra,

I just figured out how to submit reviews. Please pardon me for not telling you this before, but I really look forward to each installment of History Lessons.

In the past, I haven't really paid a lot of attention to the pre-Third Age history of Middle Earth, but this story is one of a small handful which have piqued my interest in earlier eras.

And, your characters just feel so right and natural to me. Their interactions have the tang of real life, almost as if they were part of my family.

Thank you for sharing your wonderful writing talents with the world!

daw the minstrelReviewed Chapter: 20 on 10/1/2003
This kind of epic event must be very difficult to write about. The arrival of the Valar was thrilling, and it was inspiring to see Gil-Galad as a leader who could draw men and Elves to him. What a charismatic figure he must have been. But my favorite part of this chapter is still the scene in the tent, when Elrond is so tired and Gil-Galad seeks his opinion without giving any indication of what's going on. Elrond handled himself well, especially for one so young. Gil-Galad is really working him hard!

LevadeReviewed Chapter: 20 on 10/1/2003
This was a tough chapter to write I bet. No, it doesn't show in the story, but it shows in the care you took in making certain the details were as correct as possible. And it is a detailed chapter.

I have to tell you, it gave me a thrill when I got to the part where Cirdan hollers for them, and they run out to see the Host of the Valar marching forth! What I wouldn't give to have PJ show that in a movie!! Ah well, my poor imagination will have to do until *someone* gets brave enough to tackle the Silmarillion, but that was truly a visual moment in the story.

Elros is endearing -- rather like a puppy. *g* He's all go, go, go and wriggle. Elrond tries so hard, and is also endearing, but I keep reminding myself neither of them is perfect. They're young, they made mistakes. They were fortunate, blessed, to have Gil-galad and Cirdan there to guide them. I can't wait to see if they meet up with their former ...mmm..what shall we call them? Oh, and how Maglor must have quailed to see the Valar come forth, both fearing and loving them.

This is one of your strongest chapters, storywise, I think. You have great characters, as always, but I can see the care you took in mapping out the different things going on, and making sure they were included correctly.

Of course, I look forward to more! Despite the fact that my beloved Glorfindel was *whispers* quite gone by then. ;) Perhaps he was readying a return? Sneaking out whilst Namo was occupied? Uh-huh,...that would be your style, Glorfindel.... Chomping at the bit to get back in the game.


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