Heart's Ease

Author: Bodkin

Nominator: elliska

2005 Award Category: Races/Places: Elves: Post-Ring War - Second Place

Story Type: Story  ✧  Length: Short Story

Rating: G  ✧  Reason for Rating: N/A

Summary: Celeborn spends time with his daughter as he settles into life in the Blessed Realm. Featuring Galadriel and Elrond.

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Reviewed by: elliska  ✧  Score: 8

The opening scene of this story--with Celeborn in the tree and Celebrian joining him--is one of my all time favorites. I so like the idea of Celeborn and his daughter together like that. I think he would have made a wonderful father as you portray him. Their discussion about Galadriel and rings of power was very well done. And Galadriel's entrance into the conversation was too funny. I like the idea of Celeborn and Galadriel together in a woodland glade quite a bit too. Poor Elrond having to climb up in the tree. That was funny. (As was the later part of the conversation where Elrond discovers the trees are intentionally playing with him). And his reaction to seeing Celeborn and Celebrian and what it reminded him of was very sad. The discussion of them spending time amongst the trees was very well done--including the little memory that prompted it. It goes without saying that I found the conversation about Thranduil absolutely hilarious. I wish he could have heard it. That would have been ugly. And the ending between Galadriel and Celebron was very touching. This is a great story to go along with your Valinor series.

Reviewed by: Leaward  ✧  Score: 6

Bodkin has an insight to Celeborn that few other writers have shown ... and in this work she also exhibits an understanding of a parents' love for their child, and even more amusingly the trees ability to challenge Elrond. Her writing is fresh and easy to ready, while managing to keep each character 'in-character'. The idea of the family sitting in a tree, Elrond watching Celeborn with Celebrian and remembering Arwen and feeling the depth of despair at never seeing her again is especially touching. But Bodkin easily manages to lighten that angst by having Celebrian reveal to Elrond that the trees 'try' to make it difficult for him to climb them -- an lovely, and very Elven idea.

Reviewed by: Thundera Tiger  ✧  Score: 5

I think what I liked most about this story were the changes it depicted in the elves now that they are in the Blessed Realm. Galadriel, in particular, really impressed me. She and Celeborn are probably right: the Ring she bore affected who she was. She was proud and haughty before she came into possession of Nenya, but the way Celeborn described it seems to indicate that Nenya had a greater hold on Galadriel than either of them could have anticipated. Good reunion story that read very smoothly and packed in a few punches of humor to lighten the mood.

Reviewed by: sulriel  ✧  Score: 3

Celebrian is one of my favorite characters, much too much undersung in my opinion and I especially enjoy your portrayal of her. She is shown so many times only as a victim, but you do well with her characterization, not only as a daughter and a wife, but as an individual.

Reviewed by: lainien  ✧  Score: 3

This is a really nice story of Celebrian with her father after his arrival in Valinor. I like seeing these characters happy and I like seeing Celebrian with Celeborn--I bet he was a wonderful father. And I liked Elrond in the tree and I thought his response to seeing her father's love for her was sad and touching. Great story.

Reviewed by: Larian Elensar  ✧  Score: 2

Oh! I liked this story a lot! Celebrian has become a favorite of mine recently, and this little scene went exactly as I would have imagined it. Well done.