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A Fire Long Kindled  by Nilmandra 57 Review(s)
Marianel Reviewed Chapter: 3 on 8/9/2014
I enjoyed this story so much and I have read it a couple of years ago. I mailed you then because I didnt know how to become a member.I decided to read it again and it is so romantic, humourus and sexy . I laughed so hard at the chaperonescenes, the beard on Cirdan, Glorfindel and Celebrian at breakfast where they manage to get a double entender " do you want another tart dear", no I prefer something sweeter hahahaha! Or maybe I just have a slightly naughty mind about that line haha! Glorfindel had it coming and he deserved it at breakfast.And bedroomscenes ofcourse. That was so hot and so much fun with Elrond and Celebrians comments :D ! You have managed to create a lovemaking without the bad words and uncomfortably simple "porn"feel to it as in other fanfiction I have come across where that seems to be the only thing that matters to squeese in as many nasty descriptions as possible..And Glorfindel should have a wife too- hes so fun and attractive in in your story:D ! You really feel how happy Elrond and Celebrian are:) If you have written other stories I must read them as well as you are a good storyteller. Take care:)/ Marianel, Sweden .

nancylea57Reviewed Chapter: 3 on 1/8/2009
this so describes the peoblem eith knowledge, when it comes time to apply it close to home there is never enough information available; imagine the terror of a distressed unborn fea calling to its parent, how nerve wracking not to be able to touch and calm it.

Author Reply: I am glad that touched you. It did me too - angst just seems to wind it's way into almost any story about Elrond.

Idril TelrunyaReviewed Chapter: 1 on 11/6/2008
I really enjoyed the story, I haven't found many Elrond/Celebrian stories on the net.

Author Reply: Elrond and Celebrian don't seem to be a popular couple, probably because it is backstory to the book and not in the movie at all!

Idril TelrunyaReviewed Chapter: 2 on 11/6/2008
Oh wow, my face is burning right now..
Anyways, good story!

Author Reply: I am glad you enjoyed. I seem to remember my face burning when I wrote it. :>)

FimbrethilReviewed Chapter: 3 on 10/3/2006
Wow, another masterpiece! I could easily believe that Tolkien himself had authored these stories. I especially enjoyed Chapter 3. The way you moved from
Celebrian's anxiety and nervousness to Elrond's understanding, to their joy in conceiving a son, to their worry and anxiety about the child's fea, to the unexpected arrival of Celeborn and Galadriel, to their wonder and delight at having conceived twins; marvelous, brillant! You are a true master of the art of writing and keeping us on the edge of our seats. Bravo,keep up the good work.

Author Reply: I am glad you enjoyed this.. it was so good to write this (mostly) happy time in their life!

elliskaReviewed Chapter: 3 on 12/19/2005
Oh I really enjoyed their decision to conceive their first child(ren)--I like Elrond's 'smugness' over his unique abilities and again that was a delightfully steamy scene.

But honestly, the part I like most about this is the elfy way they are prepared to conceive and how you showed them worrying because they didn't entirely understand what was happening since neither had experienced twins before. I thought that was really clever (poor things).

This was a really great story and I am so glad you wrote it. I love seeing Elrond and Celebrian in some of their happiest moments. :-)

Author Reply: I admit I got a little hung up trying to imagine what parts of conception an elf could control and how that fit in with what we know of reproduction. The 'twinning' happens at 4-12 days, which of course made me wonder about when the fea became known - and was it two fea in one zygote, or did the fea split... and yeah, I'm nuts. But I know it and have admitted I have a problem...

elliskaReviewed Chapter: 2 on 12/19/2005
I love Galadriel's conversation with Celebrian in this--don't I remember you saying that you wrote this for something else and ended up cutting it? It is so perfect here. So true the power Celebrian has because of Elrond's love for her. I love those lines!

And I must say I amused myself contemplating what Celeborn said to Elrond and what Galadriel's brothers must have said to Celeborn. *Scary*

And I loved Cirdan in this along with the gift he gave Celebrian and her touching his beard--it would be irresistible.

And as for the rest of it...*fans self* *whew* Geez, um I think I need to read that several (hundred) more times. ;-) Seriously, that was very well done! Loved it!

And I still have another chapter. :-)

Author Reply: I still have that piece... not sure if I will find a place for it, but I wrote kind of a precursor to it here - worked in nicely for that scene, should i find a place for it. I like writing Galadriel and Celebrian together - I can't see Celebrian as some pale reflection of her mother.

As for the rest of it... we can thank Elrond for going to visit you! It turns out when Elrond is not around to distract Celebrian, she is a quite forthcoming muse! I am glad you thought it was well done - I don't normally tread beyond PG13.

elliskaReviewed Chapter: 1 on 12/19/2005
Catching up with reading again and I was so excited to see this here!

How many times can I tell you that I love your Glorfindel. He was wonderful here, helping/making Elrond see what he was missing. I love how you show how well these two know each other--how easily they read each other.

And their 'courtship.' Hehehe--I always felt sorry for Elrond having to court Celeborn and Galadriel's daughter while all of Imladris watched. You did a great job playing with that. You are truly cruel to have Celeborn appear at the moment that he did. Poor Elrond! I was laughing much harder than that tree.

But I loved the note and the tryst--that was perfect, a perfect way for them to plight their troth. I just loved it. And I thought you did a great job showing the first time Elrond allowed himself to touch her fëa. I love that elfy sort of thing.

“And you were chaperoned.” *Snort!

On to the next chapter. :-)

Author Reply: I was thinking as I wrote this that nothing Elrond ever did was probably 'private' - too many people around! I could just see (my version of) Celeborn having great fun teasing Elrond - until Celebrian made him stop, of course.

Glorfindel does shine at times, doesn't he? And then he is so happy to fade into the background. He is a great supporting character for that reason! (I think he just doesn't want me to delve to deeply into his life, but he says he is happy to keep the spotlight on Elrond...)

DotReviewed Chapter: 3 on 12/17/2005
Oh wonderful. Magical. Beautiful.

I love the banter and easy relationship between Glorfindel and Celebrían, but I love even more the fact that Glorfindel knows when he has gone too far and apologises for it.

LOL at Elrond getting straight into the spirit of things! I’m sitting here smiling at the effect he has on her. A frisky Elrond is apparently a difficult person to talk to. Particularly if he’s licking your ear. I felt a little sorry for Celebrían, though, because she genuinely did want to talk to him. I was glad to see that he knew what she was thinking so that she didn’t have to struggle to voice it, even though it didn’t surprise me at all. Gil-galad’s begetting day! Oh, that’s perfect. I love the idea of her knowing that it should be today, without being able to figure out why. And Elrond is naked under his robes! LOL! She’ll have to try harder if she wants to surprise him. I kind of like the idea of him always going about naked beneath the robes, though…

I’m always fascinated by the idea that they can control their bodies to the extent that they can choose when to have a child – these children are always wanted and treasured! - and you write it wonderfully. It makes this moment so much more special and it’s romantic and beautiful and filled with love. How amazing it must be to be able to feel that moment when new life begins.

One of my favourite parts is when Glorfindel realises by looking into Celebrían’s eyes – and she promptly gets as much enjoyment as possible out of his shock! It’s right, really, that Glorfindel is the first to know, even if he can’t say anything yet.

All the stuff about the fëa and what it could mean that Elrond can’t reach it is so interesting. My heart went out to the two of them as they worried about their child. What an awful time. And I really felt for Glorfindel too, who must have been very troubled when he knew their news and yet there seemed to be no joy. Well, thank heavens for ancient elves with good memories!! You made me smile to see Galadriel and Celeborn’s amusement and happiness, Celebrían’s sheer joy and Elrond’s shock! Lovely moment. And an even more magical moment is when Elrond suddenly becomes aware of the two fëar and can even already get a sense of the people they will be. I admit I welled up a little at that! Having Celebrían sleep while her family gather around her to share this makes it more touching – it’s sad to think that these three will be looking down on her again when she’s suffering rather than content, but that’s far in the future and for now it’s a beautiful and special time.

I love the idea of the official announcement, even though they can all tell (and news seems to travel very fast in Imladris!). There seems to be great delight in the idea of twins! Of course, it does make wagering more interesting. Hilarious that Glorfindel had them all running off to the library! It seems Celebrían can look forward to spending the next few months either eating or sleeping. I hope she doesn’t neglect her duties in keeping Elrond from becoming too serious ;-) The ending, with the lullaby, is lovely. There’s such a sense of family in Imladris, with Elrond and Celebrían at the centre of it.

I thoroughly enjoyed this story, Nilmandra. Not only have you given me some rather delicious images of Elrond to treasure, you’ve shown us the depth and beauty of the love between Elrond and Celebrían. Definitely one to be read over and over again :-)

Author Reply: Writing frisky Elrond was fun! This was a completely different look at them, I hope, and so nice to show some joy in their lives. I have always thought that Celeborn and Galadriel was likely another great love story as well. They remind of a Lion and Lioness :D.

It was really fascinating to think about what control over reproduction the elves had - what they coudl control, when they first new the fea of the infant.. and then try to reconcile that with what we know of reproduction - fertilization of the egg, the implantatin of the zygote, when twinning happened. And of course, in reconciling it I managed to create angst for Elrond! All I can say is I promise that Arwen's conception and delivery were completely angst free.

I am glad you enjoyed it.. I stepped out of my comfort zone here, so I am really glad it worked. I hope you enjoy it over and over again. :D

ArielReviewed Chapter: 3 on 12/17/2005
Nicely written, Nilmandra! As I have always learned to expect from you - thank you for sharing it with us!

Author Reply: I am glad you liked it - its outside of the norm, but very engaging to write :)

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