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History Lessons: The Third Age  by Nilmandra 376 Review(s)
AlReviewed Chapter: 18 on 4/10/2023
A wonderful story! I'm sorry it's over, but so glad it was completed. I'll be looking up your other work!

MattReviewed Chapter: 18 on 3/5/2017
I've just reread the History Lessons series for the first time in several years. It is so delightfully done, showing how the characters progress in their own development and giving so many of the elves JRRT connects us to, greater definition. This is particularly true for Celebrien. Elrond and the twins as well as Galadriel do so well under your pen, as does Cirdan, who JRRT gives so little attention to in spite of his importance to the elves of middle earth. I know you have become occupied with other things in life but would sure love to see a "history lessons: The fourth age" as a report on the time that the twins, Legolas, Glorfindel and (if you bring him West) Celleborn spend with Aragorn, Arwen and their children, not to mention the struggles the nited Gondor and Arnor face in building their strength. You could even bring Sam in as a reporter if you wanted to try to work from a hobbit's voice.
Thanks so much for a (repeatedly) great read.

tiinaj1Reviewed Chapter: 18 on 1/31/2017
Hello - I thought I had read this series of History Lessons but now that I've finished I don't believe I have. I truly enjoyed the depth of your characters and how very carefully you have researched and written each scene in your story. I believe book 2 was my favorite. I was drawn into the story and felt connected to the story. This particular story I believe I held a piece of myself back so I didn't connect to the characters and the story itself as much. Thank you for letting us know the twins will sail, thank you for the depth of Elrond & Galadriels reaction to the dimming of their power as it made it so much more real. Not once did I feel rushed thru this story - instead I feel satisfied as if there was just enough butter on my slice of bread.

This is wonderfully written and will remain one of my favorites.

I do need to ask if you publish on so I know when you publish again?

PSWReviewed Chapter: 1 on 11/7/2016
I have been quite unsettled for most of the day, and wasn't sure anything I sat down to read this evening would keep my attention, but I have been saving this last of the History Lessons stories for a rainy day, as it were, and although there has been no rain today, I thought I'd give it a try. :-)

It was a good choice. :-) I quite enjoyed this scene of little Aragorn's arrival in Rivendell, and I look forward to the next chapters. I enjoyed Elrond's realizations that his parenting skills were a bit rusty -- of course he wet the bed :-P -- and I found much to like in your depiction of Gilraen. I feel that she is often done such an injustice on many levels, whether through her depictions or by just by being excluded altogether, and I thought your version of a young woman in shock but determined to do her duty was quite refreshing.

I also, I admit, was caught by the quote in your author's note -- 'the vision of hope and the experience of darkness.' It has given me something to ponder on this evening, and perhaps oddly, perhaps not, helped me to put some things in perspective. So ... thanks for that. ;-P

Okay, I'm done now. Thanks so much for writing, and I look forward to the rest!

AthrabethReviewed Chapter: 18 on 1/5/2015
I just wanted to let you know that your History Lessons series are some of the best Elrond stories I've read. Elrond is my favorite character, by far, and I love the way you've written him, as well as all the other characters in his life.

Anyway, thanks for writing these amazing stories!

EruannaSerindėReviewed Chapter: 18 on 12/26/2013
That was beautiful. I have been reading your History Lessons stories this semester, whenever I had a few minute's break from my schoolwork. You are a great storyteller, and you have done an amazing job with Elrond. I will be reading more of your stories!

riannReviewed Chapter: 18 on 12/30/2012
Thank you for this amazing story! Your characterisations were amazing, and I loved how you gave all Elrond's children such distinct personalities. I also loved Glorfindel! I think that reading this has helped me enjoy the world of LOTR just that bit more, and to understand the characters a lot better.

AiwenReviewed Chapter: 18 on 3/5/2009
I just wanted to let you know how much I have enjoyed reading your stories about Elrond. I feel like I know him a lot better now than I did before. Very nice characterization. I also enjoyed seeing Gil-galad in this chapter, although I was somewhat disappointed not to see Finrod greet Galadriel. Oh well, one can't fit everything into one chapter and this isn't Galadriel's viewpoint. Thank you for writing.

Alariel ElrondielReviewed Chapter: 18 on 5/21/2007
I have finally finished reading all 18 chapters over the last couple of days. All I can say is fantastic!!! You made me laugh until my stomach was aching and you made me cry as if my heart were breaking (and indeed I thought it might at times at Elronds pain).

I am wondering if you are going to write about Elronds experiences in Aman, while waiting for Elladan and Elrohir and Glorfindel to come home? Would love to read that!!!

Thank you for giving me something so wonderful to read and enjoy!


Author Reply: Glad you enjoyed, Alariel. I enjoyed writing these stories. Elrond and the Imladris crowd feel like old friend to me. I haven't had much time to write, but perhaps this summer I'll have some time to write. Thank you for the review!

Beruthiels CatReviewed Chapter: 18 on 5/16/2007
I've just finished my third read-through of the entire series! This is just such a wonderful story...and I'm very much anticipating the next part you've promised us. Just incredible...I can't pick out a favorite part of it, because I've enjoyed it so much all the way through. My husband asks me why I would want to read anything repeatedly, as he rarely does. I have yet to get him to understand how great stories are like old friends, you want to spend time with them every chance you get...more, please!!!


Author Reply: Thanks, BC. Real life has been so busy I haven't had much opportunity to write, but I am really glad you like these characters. They are dear to me as well, and I hope to get back to them soon. :D

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