The Wisdom of Isildur

Author: Marnie

Nominator: unknown

2004 Award Category: Races: Elves: The Silmarillion - First Place

Story Type: Other Fiction  ✧  Length: unknown

Rating: G  ✧  Reason for Rating: N/A

Summary: After Gil-galad's death, Elrond asks if Celeborn will support him in a bid to assume the crown of the High King.

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Reviewed by: Ainaechoiriel  ✧  Score: N/A

Ah, now that was not a side of the whole ring thing that I had thought of before. I *do* like those Sindarin better than the Noldor and here Celeborn reminds me why. Wisdom of Isildur, indeed.

Reviewed by: Larian Elensar  ✧  Score: N/A

I've read this before, but a thought occurred to me as I read it this time. Isildur was villified for not destroying the one ring, even Elrond called him weak. Celeborn is right by asking why the elves didn't destroy their rings when they had the chance, though it may have made it worse for the fellowship and everyone else in the fight against Sauron, maybe.

Reviewed by: Thundera Tiger  ✧  Score: N/A

Elrond and Celeborn at their best. Well, actually, they're grief-stricken, angry, and war-torn, but the writing is certainly at its best. And though these characters initially exchange verbal barbs and strike where they perhaps should not, they are still very much Elrond and Celeborn, which is more a testament to Marnie's wonderful writing ability than anything I can think of. Their wisdom is evident, and the differences in that wisdom as well as its origins are also evident. And is generally the case with Marnie's work, this story is as much about the individuals as it is about the historical situation. This is a time of changing alliances, and the way Elrond and Celeborn react is indicative of the Sindar and Noldor as well as the characters themselves. History is remembered, and Celeborn has vowed that history will not be repeated. He knows very well who raised Elrond and he's not about to mince words on the subject. It's a beautiful portrayal of a very forceful and very wise Celeborn. It's also a beautiful portrayal of a very forceful and very wise Elrond. In reading this story, it's difficult to side with one or the other because Marnie does such a wonderful job of showing their different backgrounds. Celeborn's reasoning is justified given what he's experienced, and so is Elrond's in that same light. Very powerful and very insightful look at these two elven lords.

Reviewed by: Dwimordene  ✧  Score: N/A

It's usually said that the lust for power runs stronger in Men, and perhaps the story's title suggests that, given that it is not the wisdom of Elrond or Galadriel that rules here, but Isildur's, to reach, take, and rule. But if such is the cardinal vice of Men, it does not explain either Elrond or Galadriel, who do follow in Isildur's footsteps, though they do not yet see it. Celeborn shows himself the wiser, and in his mourning remembers those who are apt to be unsung, being beloved of neither victors nor (obviously) defeated enemies. He has that attention to others that, perhaps, comes as part and parcel of his preference for the spoken word, whereas Elrond has an attention to texts which he can absorb and master, whatever the intentions of the author. Nice detail, that. And a nice, short exploration of the politics of the Eldar just after the first war of the Rings.

Reviewed by: Alexcat  ✧  Score: N/A

This one is one of Marnie's most interesting piecesÂ… again laying out very plainly the differences in the Sindarin and Noldor and how even after so many centuries, Celeborn was still angry and resentful of the way the Noldor treated the Sindarin. This quote is one that to me sums up the way Marnie writes my favorite elf: 'The day you are comfortable with mere politeness will be the day the world ends.' These wors were spoken by Elrond and this is how Tolkien portrays Celeborn too.