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History Lessons: The Second Age  by Nilmandra 398 Review(s)
shireboundReviewed Chapter: Epilogue 2 on 12/24/2004
Amazing. You're crafting a masterwork, Nilmandra, and I'm running out of superlatives with which to praise it. I can't even imagine the research it's taking to write this story.

Well done.

Author Reply: Thank you, Janet. I am glad its done, though, as the Third Age is waiting. There is a little more canon to work with, for which I am grateful. :)

KarriReviewed Chapter: Epilogue 2 on 12/23/2004
A splendid finale, Nilm. I really enjoyed Elladan and Elrond's brief encounter over a sleeping Elrohir, as well as Elrond's effort at thorn removal. It is a melancholy chapter, but very entertaining. :-)

Author Reply: Thanks, Karri - Elrond enjoyed the thorn removal and what came afterward too! I really did not plan to write it that way..but there Elrond was, experienceing Vilya...and Celebrian showed up. Who knew?

robnrunReviewed Chapter: Epilogue 2 on 12/23/2004
I didn't want to see this end; but I really liked the tone and your ability to compress all those years while still making it flow. I really like your characterization of Glorfindel, especially in regards to Vilya.
Looking forward to your next work!

Author Reply: Thanks, robnrun - I was hoping this approach would work, or that at least most people would like it! I love Glorfindel too - I am looking forward to giving him a large role in HLIII. But, now off to write a little 'little Legles' who is now a big elfling of 12 :-)

perellethReviewed Chapter: Epilogue 2 on 12/23/2004
"Thanks to all who have been following this story, and an extra special thanks to those who have left reviews or sent emails.."

Why! thanks to you! such a careful and beautiful work!
I liked this Epilogue very much. Elrond's pov. was very useful, it provided the right tone -Elrond's- for this long end of the Age.. you managed to hint at everything that happened in that long span, and the final years and the war were sad enough but contained. All in all, as usual, you've managed to convey that sense of calmness and thoughtfulness and sweet melancholy that seem to be your wonderful Elrond's trademarks, or at least how I perceive him.
And GG being one of my favourite elves, I must admit you've done such a great job in giving him a most noble death scene. (Sighs!)
Thanks again, it's been a nice Christmas present, I'm relieved to read you're already planning more stories, so...I can only greedily wait for more. It's been such a treat for me to discover fan fiction world and specially this wonderful site. Congratulations!

Author Reply: Thanks, perelleth. I had a hard time writing GG - I've actually been wary of letting him too far into my heart, knowing he died!

I am glad you like your Christmas present. I already have itchy fingers to start writing the next story! Merry Christmas!

BodkinReviewed Chapter: Epilogue 2 on 12/23/2004
Oh, beautiful, just beautiful. And sad. Poor Gil-galad. To know you were going to challenge Sauron and that it would be in vain. And loving. Such patience: to wait 1000 years plus preparing yourself for your love. And happiness. And anxiety. Poor Glorfindel, preparing to protect Elrond from himself.

I loved Arwen - and Elrohir sleeping in relief of stress, and Elladan sketching worrying pictures. He was so appreciative of his adar's words. I loved the way Elrond pointed out that everyone was reacting in their own way - sleeping, or gardening, or fretting over everyone.

So skilled, the way you switched from broad sweeps of history, to detail, to personal response.

Overall - just a great story, told so well. Loved it. Looking forward to whatever comes next.

Author Reply: Thanks, Bodkin. Glad you liked the story...and glad those sweeping arcs of history that kept narrowing back to the present made sense. I always wonder if others will be able to follow it!

ElenluinReviewed Chapter: Epilogue 2 on 12/23/2004
*snif it's over... another wonderful part Nilmandra! From you I'll even read a legolas story ;)

Author Reply: Glad you liked it....and I have several little Legolas stories - you may have to read them to understand my arc, though I know people that have read one alone or read them out of order! *grin*

paranoidangelReviewed Chapter: Epilogue 2 on 12/23/2004
It's so sad HLII is really over, but I'm looking forward to reading HLIII and more of Elrond and Celebrian as well. I did like seeing how Vilya affected Elrond and Gil-galad foreseeing his own death.

I noticed at one point you had Anor instead of Arnor though.

Author Reply: Thanks, fixed that. Writing Gil-galad's death was very sad...and I couldn't dwell on it any more than this. The Third Age will be fun to write though, and I look forward to writing Estel. Have a happy holiday!

daw the minstrelReviewed Chapter: Epilogue 2 on 12/23/2004
I liked this as an epilogue, Nilmandra. It covered a lot of history but stayed focused on Elrond, which I think is the right thing to do. He's the center of your history, the anchor that holds it all in place.

That's an exciting moment when he puts on the ring. I suppose he'd seen Galadriel wield hers without harm but still, he really couldn't know what he was letting himself in for, particularly given that he knew what had happened to the men who wore the Nine. I know these rings were different, but still.

And how fitting that this HL also ends with Elrond and Celebrian together, making love, while Glorfindel watches over them.

Author Reply: I am glad you liked it....this was rather sweeping, following Elrond's thoughts as they moved from present to past to present and so on. I am glad it could be followed...and glad you liked the ending. Who knew the ring could have that effect? :-)

BodkinReviewed Chapter: Epilogue 2 on 12/23/2004
Nilmandra, I love you! Now I'll read it.

Author Reply: LOL! I finished writing it here in warm San Francisco, which is delightful. Hope you are having a good holiday as well!

soulinlondonReviewed Chapter: 26 on 12/19/2004
Hi there, I have finally gotten up the nerve to actually leave you a review, of course having a computer at last helps alot. I just want to say that I really enjoyed all of your stories, History Lessons I and II and I eagerly look forward to the next installment. It can not be easy to tell two stories in one and at the same time to try to be as accurate as possible in regards to Tolkiens work. You do a great job and I hope you intend to make writing a career. Finally I would like to make a request if it would not be too much of a bother. My only regret concerning the films was that Glorfindel was not in the first one, Arwen did a great job, but for some reason that part of the book has always been my favorite, so naturally more Glorfindel please, and if you could tell how the " follies" or teasing between Glor and Erestor first started, I would be grateful. I realize that you can not keep everyone happy when writing and I know that whenever and however you continue the History Lessons , I will love it. Thanks and Happy Holidays

Author Reply: Hello soulinlondon - thank you for stopping by! Leaving reviews is hard at first - my hands shook hoping I said something right! All feedback is appreciated - its wonderful to know people are reading.

I too love Glorfindel, and hope to get out of him and Erestor the story of their 'follies' Perhaps young Arwen can accomplish that! I am probably going to write a little Legolas story that has been running around in my head, and then I will continue on with HLIII.

Thanks for the review, and I hope you have a happy holiday too. :)

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