A Family Trait

Author: Marnie

Nominator: unknown

2004 Award Category: Genres: Drama: Pre-War of the Ring - First Place

Story Type: Other Fiction  ✧  Length: unknown

Rating: G  ✧  Reason for Rating: N/A

Summary: Young Elladan and Elrohir make a present for their father, and a career choice that disturbs their mother, Celebrian, and grandfather, Celeborn.

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Review scores are not available for 2004.

Reviewed by: Larian Elensar  ✧  Score: N/A

I guess Elladan and Elrohir will realize why Celebrian and Celeborn shared that look between them after the twins learn more of the the family and Noldor history. I liked the way you made Celebrian (despite the blacksmithing) more normal instead of an evil witch or as too fragile to do anything but look pretty.

Reviewed by: Thundera Tiger  ✧  Score: N/A

It's a short little fic, but somehow it manages to give me chills. The idea of Elladan and Elrohir growing up to become like Celebrimbor is an idea I really don't like, and the unease on the part of Celeborn and Celebrían seems to indicate that my view are shared. Somewhat unnerving piece of fiction, despite its relatively innocent narrative. Nice contrast in moods.

Reviewed by: Sulriel  ✧  Score: N/A

This is one of my favorites. What a delightfully fresh view of Celebrian from the cringing tortured helpless victim we normally see in fanfic. I chuckle in agreement every time I read your author notes on the irony of the twins decision to make weapons.

Reviewed by: Alexcat  ✧  Score: N/A

I smiled when I read this one even before I read the endnotes… elves and metal and jewel work did not result in positive results… but the twins were pleased none the less. A sweet story with a little bite

Reviewed by: ElenaTiriel  ✧  Score: N/A

Ah, I liked this very much, Marnie! The twins are so earnest and eager to learn, and the atmosphere is so warm (literally and figuratively). Such a short story, but it's interesting how you separated the twins' characters so well, and showed some of their natural sibling rivalry. Celeborn was his usual sensible self, and it was a pleasure to see that he had earlier tried and failed to learn smithing, and it didn't seem to embarrass him in the least. It was a pleasant surprise to find out who their tutor was, and a pleasure to see the affection between the twins and their mother (as well as their thoughtfulness about Elrond). The hidden interplay between Celebrían and Celeborn when they thought that the twins might want to follow the paths of the Fëanorians was well-written, as was their relief when the twins decided they wanted to create swords -- although that, in itself, is something of a double-edged sword, so to speak. All in all, a lovely vignette!

Reviewed by: Mirasaui  ✧  Score: N/A

As a metal-smith, I truly liked this story of the twin's lesson in jewellery making. But what surprises were in store! First, the smith is a lady, none other than Celebrian. Second, she and Celeborn worry over the interest the twins take in the craft which was the bane of their forefathers, Feanor and Celebrimbor. Luckily, the young ones prefer the art of swordmaking, and all ends happily.