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History Lessons: The Second Age  by Nilmandra 397 Review(s)
The KarenatorReviewed Chapter: Prologue on 11/16/2003
What a wonderful start. I just loved the birthing scene. All births should be in such loving circumstances and I would have LOVED for my husband to take a few contractions for himself. I kept trying to picture my sons being present for the birth of a younger sibling and all I could hear was them shouting, "Let me out!" and "Oh gross!" Your way was so much sweeter. The scene where the baby was presented to all of Imladris was very special. There was such joy and Erestor and Glorfindel were wonderful. That Arwen is sure one lucky little lady. Such wonderful males in her life. And the grandparents. Celeborn was just superb. He was so protective, so in awe and so loving. Galadriel, who sometimes comes across as cold, was such a good mother in this. Her love for her family was quite evident. Okay, I'm blabbering. I could just sum it all up into one word: WONDERFUL! BTW, the twins looked especially nice in their blue and silver tunics...sigh...

Author Reply: The twins did look rather stunning, didn't they? Thanks for your nice words - I have taken some liberties with LACE where we learn the father supports the mother. I think taking contractions is good support!

meckinockReviewed Chapter: Prologue on 11/16/2003
Oh, how wonderful! Grandpa Celeborn is just adorable, and I can't wait to see how little Arwen manages to torture her brothers. Galadriel's prescience is heart-breaking, though...
Can't wait for more!

Author Reply: I think Arwen had her grandparents wrapped around her little finger from the first moment. :D Glad you liked Celeborn - we'll see more of Celebrian's side of the family in this tale.

shireboundReviewed Chapter: Prologue on 11/16/2003
Oh my, what a magical way to start your new tale! What joy! What details!

"Elladan nuzzled her next, and the bright blue eyes looked intently at the dark haired twins facing her, their heads touching. ďAnd I am Elladan, and do not worry that you are having double vision. We are twins."

I look forward to learning of the Second Age as enjoyably as you taught us the First, Nilmandra!

Author Reply: Thanks, Shirebound. I love details. I hope people like Arwen!

Jay of LasgalenReviewed Chapter: Prologue on 11/16/2003
Nilmandra, what a lovely surprise! I wasn't expecting a new story from you. This was delightful - a birth to start a new story. I was so glad the twins were there to assist, and to greet their new sister, it made it a true family celebration.

The next chapter of 'Two By Two' (only half written) deals with the birth of the twins, but it will be hard to follow your story!


Author Reply: Thanks Jay! I am glad you liked it. The twins will be on a bit of an adventure this tale - and it will be fun to show them with their sister. I am looking forward to more of 'Friends' and 'Two by Two'.

KarriReviewed Chapter: Prologue on 11/16/2003
That was a lovely bit of family bonding. Well written and well researched, as always. The foreshadow was nicely done, as well.

Author Reply: My deepest hope in this story is that people will like Arwen. And I hope to do well with the Second Age - I will be using bits from HoME which is the only real detail available, and some of it is contradictory...well, you know. :P

daw the minstrelReviewed Chapter: Prologue on 11/16/2003
I can't wait for the lessons to begin. I learned so much from the last story and I know I will from this one too.

In the meantime, this little girl is in a fair way to being spoiled before she is 12 hours old! Heaven help them.

Author Reply: As I began working on second age details I became concerned I had lied in the title. So much of the Second Age is only told in the Tale of Years - a date and one line of text. But, if people like little Arwen and remember a few detials, it will be good. Thank you, beta.

Elena TirielReviewed Chapter: Prologue on 11/16/2003
Oh, gracious heaven! History Lessons redux! One of my favorite stories! Yippee!

I'll try to restrain my enthusiasm enough to actually read it, now.

- Barbara

(formerly TolkienFan)

Author Reply: You made me laugh - I hope you still liked it after you read it! :D

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