The memory of many things both glad and sorrowful

Author: Tanaqui

Nominator: Tanaqui

2011 Award Category: Drabble Series: General - Honorable Mention

Story Type: Drabble  ✧  Length: Drabble Series

Rating: Teen  ✧  Reason for Rating: Disturbing Imagery/Themes,Violence

Summary: Five drabbles exploring the friendship between Gil-Galad and Elrond over the ages.(5 drabbles written for adlanth)

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Reviewed by: Larner  ✧  Score: 6

Of all of the writers of drabbles in the LOTR fanfiction community, Tanaqui remains one of my favorites, as her drabbles always have to them a precision of expression that sets them off so well. So it is here in this series, as we watch Elrond interacting with Ereinion Gil-galad—first being comforted by his cousin as Elros leaves Middle Earth to take up his role as King of Numenor, then as word comes that Elros has gone beyond the Circles of Arda; then as he and Gil-galad begin the march to Mordor in the Last Alliance, and at the end of that war when he assures the dying Gil-galad that the war is won; and at the last as they meet anew within Valinor. A series of small gems that sparkle within the mind, as Tanaqui’s series always are.

Reviewed by: Dwimordene  ✧  Score: 5

Gil-galad for me is always hard to grasp, so it's lovely when others can open him up as a character. Tanaqui writes him and Elrond beautifully - their long friendship, all the difficult times they have gone through, encapsulated in little 100 word snapshots that cover an immense stretch of time. The title, though, is deceptive - memory seems to focus around sorrow (well no wonder!), and drabble four is particularly affecting. Gladness - for better or worse - is not a memory; it does, however, get to be reality in the end. Well done, Tanaqui!

Reviewed by: Elleth  ✧  Score: 4

I enjoyed the quiet tone of these insightful snippets and the hints that may be interpreted as either deep friendship or romantic love. Until recently, Elrond and Gil-galad weren't the most interesting characters to me, but tied in with the skillful characterization and choice of moments to portray, this set of drabbles definitely helped to explain the fondness many people have for them. Thank you, Tanaqui.

Reviewed by: Raksha the Demon  ✧  Score: 4

The enduring bond between the last high king of the elves in Middle-earth and the orphaned son of Earendil and Elwing makes for high drama and, in this series, a shared love to mitigate the loneliness. Tanaqui wisely leaves it to the reader to decide the nature of that love. The most haunting drabble of the set is that of Gil-galad's death, powerful action and tragedy packed effectively into 100 words.

Reviewed by: Darkover  ✧  Score: 3

Well written. Elrond had a difficult life for an Elf, and the author has done a fine job of exploring the friendship between him and his liege-lord. Elrond lost so many whom he loved, it was good to read of the two friends being reunited at last. A good reminder that the Eldar had their own joys, and just as many sorrows.

Reviewed by: Adonnen Estenniel  ✧  Score: 3

In this drabble series, Tanaqui shows readers a side of Elrond not often seen. For myself, his relationship with Gil-galad is not one I have had the chance to read about, so finding it here was wonderful indeed. I loved the different angles and attacks on their friendship--it helped to show the constancy of their relationship.

Reviewed by: grey_gazania  ✧  Score: 3

These drabbles beautifully explore Elrond and Gil-galad's long-lasting friendship and care for one another. I love the tone, and I'm truly impressed by how much Tanaqui manages to show in a mere hundred words.

Reviewed by: Liadan  ✧  Score: 2

Elrond remembers life with Gil-galad in Lindon and at Dagorlad. Later, they are eventually reunited in Valinor.