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History Lessons  by Nilmandra 114 Review(s)
hawkeyeReviewed Chapter: 5 on 5/17/2014
I love how Glorfindel allowed himself to walk into that one. But then, who can say no to cute elflings?

The little glimpses into Elrond's character are wonderful. I also really enjoyed the fact that, despite so many years and such a close bond, Celebrian is till learning things about her husband. That's the essence of an enduring relationship; one that never grows old, but rather gets stronger and more beautiful with time. I'm very interested to see how Elrond explains the upcoming parts of the story to the twins. I think that ultimately Elrond himself is going to benefit from the story too :)

hawkeyeReviewed Chapter: 4 on 5/12/2014
This is one of those few stories that gets better every time I read it. Glorfindel is an amazing teacher, though after so many years of experience I suppose it's not so very surprising. I really like how you portray Glorfindel. I think it is one of the closest renditions to Tolkiens descriptions of him that I've seen. I want to hug him after this chapter. Elrond's past has a lot of shadows, and it was interesting seeing them begin to surface. Watching him with his little twins is pretty much irresistible too.

hawkeyeReviewed Chapter: 3 on 5/6/2014
Earendil has always been one of my heroes, how he really did give up everything to go and seek aid for Middle Earth. This chapter has only made me appreciate him more. It's sad, in a way though, that Elrond had to grow up without such an amazing father figure, even though he had wonderful adults who stepped into that role. And of course, Elrond himself is a wonderful father to Elladan and Elrohir. I love watching him take care of and nurture his elflings. Hopefully Elrohir's arm doesn't hurt too badly, but I think they will still enjoy Glorfindel's lesson tomorrow ;)

hawkeyeReviewed Chapter: 2 on 5/2/2014
This is without doubt the best summary of the Silmarillion I've run into so far. One thing that I really appreciated about Glorfindel was how he told the story truthfully. There's so much of that story that is heartbreakingly sad, and I think the instinct would be to shield children from that. But that would be changing history. Anyway, it's a bit of an odd take on this chapter, but I really enjoyed it. But Glorfindel is one of my favorite characters, so perhaps I'm just biased as to his wonderfulness. Actually, I think I understand the history so much better already and it's only chapter two!

hawkeyeReviewed Chapter: 1 on 4/28/2014
I love Celebrian's comment about Celeborn and her own education and how it was a highlight of her childhood. Istuion is wonderful, I'm sure, but who can compare with Elrond and Glorfindel for history? I see the potential for much fun and learning in the coming chapters.

VanadesseReviewed Chapter: 24 on 4/29/2009
This is beautiful. You made me cry. I have a twin and to be separated one day is my worst nightmare. I often wondered how Elros and Elrond could have made their choice and I discovered and like it your way : it was not a choice, but a confirmation. Poor Elrond. But life made if the incredible healer he is.

BronwynferchdaiReviewed Chapter: 24 on 3/15/2009
Criminy. Made me cry and cry and cry. I mean, I sniffled when I read the Silmarillion, but I've been crying for the last two chapters.

Just gorgeously done.

And now I must convince myself that it's too late to read the others tonight.

AiwenReviewed Chapter: 4 on 1/10/2009
I am enjoying the story, but you asked for canon quibbles:
I am a little surprised to see Maedhros in himring at this time. From reading the Silmarillion I understood that the sons of Feanor were leading a wandering existence in Avernien, unable to return to their homes in the north. I also understood that it was Celegorm's servants (on Celegorm's orders) who abandoned Elured and Elurin in the forests of Doriath, not Maedhros. Seems a pity to blame him for more crimes than he actually committed, considering he's guilty of so much already. Thank you for writing.

Author Reply: Thanks for the review Aiwen. There are many 'canons', and I think Christopher Tolkien did a phenomenal job trying to decipher each version of the story in its proper place.

I do not blame Madehros for the actual act - but have him express regret that it was done. That is in the Silmarillion

There fell Celegorm by Dior's hand, and there fell Curufin, and dark Caranthir; but Dior was slain also, and Nimloth his wife, and the cruel servants of Celegorm seized his young sons and left them to starve in the forest. Of this Maedhros indeed repented, and sought for them long in the woods of Doriath; but his search was unavailing, and of the fate of Eluréd and Elurín no tale tells.

With the death of Feanor, the 'headship' of his house, if you want to call it that, fell on Maedhros's shoulders. The others seemed to look to him - when his vengeance waned, so for the most part did theirs. When he could not rest for the unfulfilled oath, they followed him.

It is hard to know where Maedhros was after kidnapping Elrond and Elros. There is little information in the Silmarilllion, but HoME (vol 11, I think) did have more, as well as some timelines for all the acts of the First Age. Tolkien's Letters were the inspiration for the whole story, so I then used various bits that fit with that.

MarethielReviewed Chapter: 1 on 12/15/2008
Fabulous story! Thank you SO much for sharing this!


Author Reply: Thank you - this was fun to write.

PipMerReviewed Chapter: 16 on 1/8/2008
Hi! I know you wrote this story years ago, but I just stumbled upon it, and I wanted to let you know that I absolutely love it! I've just started getting more interested in the Elves lately, being mostly a hobbit person. I love learning the history of the Elves, and learning some of their language. This story is really aiding me in my education. I plan on reading the next two 'history' stories as well!

Thank you for writing such an enjoyable story.

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