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History Lessons  by Nilmandra 5 Review(s)
PipMerReviewed Chapter: 16 on 1/8/2008
Hi! I know you wrote this story years ago, but I just stumbled upon it, and I wanted to let you know that I absolutely love it! I've just started getting more interested in the Elves lately, being mostly a hobbit person. I love learning the history of the Elves, and learning some of their language. This story is really aiding me in my education. I plan on reading the next two 'history' stories as well!

Thank you for writing such an enjoyable story.

LevadeReviewed Chapter: 16 on 8/6/2003
Where to start. There is a great deal to love in this chapter.

Elrohir's reaction to his parent's affection versus Elladan is hilarious. Not surprising, seeing that Elrohir learns things from watching and reading where Elladan is a "doer". I expect those lessons will be a bit down the road!

The affection between Elrond & Celebrian is wonderful. It's so nice to see them as loving. Sometimes writers totally forget the twins did have a mother!

Galadriel's words to Elrond were wrenching. It would be hard to be a seer, and see the possible futures. Harder yet to allow them to unfold as they must when it involves your only daughter. You can see why Galadriel is so strong and rather...aloof. Getting too close would only mean more pain.

Elros and Elrond are wonderful, as always. I love seeing the differences, and though the gap between them is widening and sad, even as children, you could see they were going to be quite different.

Cirdan, one of my favourite elves! Love that he gently prods Ereinion to see ...perhaps what he doesn't want to.

All in all, Nilmandra, still a wonderfully detailed tapesty of a family you're unfolding for us. :) Looking forward to more!


FadesintothewestReviewed Chapter: 16 on 7/31/2003
Oh my, I must admit that my heart always aches when I read about Elrond and the choice he made and that of Elros, and then thinking of Arwen and the unknown fate of Elladan and Elrohir. This is one of the reasons I so love Tolkien's work, his world, so complex, that it touches upon the most momentous question of our times. The unknown fate of men, but yet the elves immortality seems tied to a sort of unknown as well, till the end of Arda. Those questions make the heart break with joy, sadness, pain, fear. You capture that well in this story.

Little elflings and the ways of the world. Elladan and Elrohir's curiousity is just as Elrond's sons should be. But the relationship of Elros and Elrond you portray is going to end up breaking my heart, and the way you have painted this story, Elrond's losses mean so much more to me. Elros, Gil-Galad, Celebrian, Arwen. It seems the elves lost much during these times.

Fan81981Reviewed Chapter: 16 on 7/29/2003
I had to bite my mouth as well to keep from laughing. Now it hurts. At least I got to finish the chapter - it is very early in the morning here and I should be asleep but I wanted to finish this. It was well worth it.

I must say that the little 2nd Age twins are caught fantastically. They are aboslutely adorable. At least Elrond family life is relatively joyful. He deserves it. The little bit with Galadriel was fantastic - one tends to foget how old she is and that she is a mother.

As for the rest of the story - the histroy bit of it. I am not sure what my feelings should be about that. The twins are very vivid and often very cute. But at the back of my mind is always the realisation that Elros is dead. This is just a memory in ELrond's mind. It is a very sobering thought. The often nostaligic tone in these sections just re-inforces the feeling. It is very well-done, the life of the twins and the Age they live in comes through. Elros' love for his brother, his concern all are very touching. I just wish there was some way you could keep him alive.

Are you going to continue this till Elros' death?

KarriReviewed Chapter: 16 on 7/29/2003
Very entertaining, though bittersweet, chapter. The sons of Elrond are as delightful as ever. :)

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