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History Lessons  by Nilmandra 114 Review(s)
LKKReviewed Chapter: 19 on 9/15/2003
I love that Elrohir talks to his cast and to his sword. Every child knows that just because an object is inanimate doesn't mean that it isn't alive. And with as much love as went into painting the cast and with as much love as Elrohir feels for his sword, they both must surely be alive. I hope Albast survives his infection. I would hate for the twins to learn the meaning of grief at such a young age. Finally, thank you very much for your history lessions. I'm learning so much!

BejaiReviewed Chapter: 19 on 9/15/2003

This story is always so delightful! It was a treat to turn on my computer this morning and get a new chapter of one of my very favorites.

Loved Elrohir's discovery of the singing. It's such an intensly elvish custom, but it seemed appropriate that the elflings wouldn't be involved or aware of it yet. Elvish singing is joy mixed with sadness, and though it certainly speaks to Elrohir, he doesn't know enough yet to feel the sadness.

Although it looks like he is about to. I have this terrible feeling that you're setting them up for their first bewildering taste of mortality and the first time they realize that their father can fail. Oh, the angst! The twin's gentleness and compassion for Albast really quite beautiful.

The connections you've crafted between the characters is my favorite part of this story -- how they laugh together, how they support one another. I just can't say enough good things about this story, and eagerly await the next chapter.

daw the minstrelReviewed Chapter: 19 on 9/15/2003
I like the small changes you made. And as I've told you, I really like the First Age story here. I find it compelling and exciting. I also like the adorable elflings and appreciate the contrast that their upbringing forms to their father's. You can only imagine how gratifying it is to Elrond to give his children what he did not have. And I like the strength he draws from Celebrian.

LevadeReviewed Chapter: 19 on 9/15/2003
I was so happy to see this notification come up because I had thought you weren't writing any more on this. Thought I might have to go and start suggesting/hinting/begging for a new story! ;-)

The twins, as ever, are adorable. I love the part where Elrohir grabs his twin to race off and show his grandparents. Never broke anything, but I remember well my friend's near delirious joy at getting their casts off!

Alabast. You know it's odd how we get attached to non-canon characters, and dread seeing what fate the author has in store for them. I fear this poor Ranger might not live, and I've grown really fond of him! It's touching to see how everyone interacts with him as well, and how very gentle they are with him.

Younger Elrond is so cute! He's just an inquisitive thing, and the whole section with his listening to Cirdan whilst part of his attention was fixated on that beard was funny. Cirdan, of course, I love. ;-) Grumpity old barnacle.

Poor Glorfindel, bound by his own sworn oath not to touch a hair on Celebrian's head, and having it driven home by her husband... Naughty Celebrian! I think the Golden One simply needs to think around the problem and implicate someone else. *g* Of course he truly would never allow her to be harmed, but oh...the visions that come to mind if he could team up with Galadriel.... ;-D


DollyReviewed Chapter: 19 on 9/15/2003
I love this series. The Elflings are wonderful, so inquisitive but eager to learn and so funny. I like the way Elrond and Celebrian are portrayed as a happy couple ( so many other stories have them in an arranged marriage and I don't see them like that, I think it was a love match) and the way their little family extends to Glorfindel and the other Elves in Imladris. I also like Gil-Galad and Elros/Elrond as young ones. More of this very soon please. I am always on the lookout for updates.

khazar-khumReviewed Chapter: 1 on 9/15/2003
Just started reading this...I can't imagine a better instructor than Glorfindel(or, as one person misspelled it, Glorfondle). Ohh, wait, mind out of the gutter... Anyway, I just wanted to say that I like the premise, and will have more comments the further I get.


Author Reply: Thanks, Khazar. Now my Glorfindel (cloned, perfected v1.0) is wandering in and out of my office repeating that.... :)

All comments are appreciated. There are some little glitches I am aware of in the early chapters, where I am working on which name to use of Melkor/Morgoth to be accurate in the 'lesson' yet still make the elves seem realistic; and I just found where I called Balar by the name Sirion once. I am fixing these as I find them. I forewarn you: the elflings (and yes, I use that word occasionally) are adorable at times, but they just kind of moved in and made themselves comfortable, and it seemed impolite to ask them to leave. ~Nilmandra

mpfanReviewed Chapter: 19 on 9/15/2003
I've wanted to leave a review for awhile but never did. I absolutely love this story. I never really could get into the Silmarillion, and your history makes it all so fascinating. I feel like I'm the one having the history lesson!

I have only one complaint though...I loved how Glorfindel and Erestor had a practical joke rivalry going on. It would be so wonderful to see some more of that. Or perhaps I can entice you with a plot bunny for a future story based on those two? You have a real gift with humor.

Please update soon!

MirkwoodmaidenReviewed Chapter: 1 on 9/15/2003

I've only read the first chapter, but I love this! I'm going to make time to read a chapter at a time, but this sounds really enjoyable. I love reading about the Elves of Rivendell about as much as I like writing about the Elves of Rivendell. Your portrayal of Elladan and Elrohir as elflings is delightful. Their boredom is palpable in the schoolroom as is their joy at seeing Glorfindel. In my own stories I find the twins almost write themselves they are so fun!

I've never given a lot of thought to Elrond's young life but your story has really peaked my interest. Thanks for sharing! And thanks for giving us this wonderful site to play in. I really like it!

Author Reply: Thanks, Mirkwoodmaiden. You are right about the twins - they just kind of show up and take over the scene. My little 'Legles' did that a lot too, in my 'Valar' series. I hope you like the story. ~Nilmandra

FadesintothewestReviewed Chapter: 18 on 8/25/2003
Wow, this chapter, from both the previous and this second part was simply amazing! I love how you have painted the relationship between Elros and Elrond. It very much follows what occurs in canon, that is to say all that you have written fits seemlessly into Tolkien's tales.

I was touched by Albasts awe in Elrond's rendition of his king, his love for men. It is too bad that the modern media monster has done so much to render traditions of old as mere relics of the past. How much better is it to hear personal histories, indeed nation's histories from the mouths of those who lived them. Elrond is of course a master of this!

daw the minstrelReviewed Chapter: 18 on 8/24/2003
One of the touching aspects of this is how different Elrond and Elros are and yet how loyal they are to one another. Neither one seems to feel he has to say that the other's way is less worthy.

Gil-Galad is very charismatic in this as he must have been to have to many different peoples follow him. Elrond surprised him, however, and I bet he is surprised by very little. Poor Elrond! He is so embarrassed by fainting and vomiting and no one else thinks a thing of it.

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