A Leaf on a Stream

Author: Marnie

Nominator: unknown

2004 Award Category: Races: Elves

Story Type: Other Fiction  ✧  Length: unknown

Rating: G  ✧  Reason for Rating: N/A

Summary: Little Elladan and Elrohir get a history lesson from their grandfather, Celeborn, resulting in burnt fingers and no appetite for lunch.

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Review scores are not available for 2004.

Reviewed by: Ainaechoiriel  ✧  Score: N/A

I like this Celeborn very much and like him chagrined that so much of Sindar history is overshadowed by the Noldor's showy history of betrayal and overweening pride.

Reviewed by: Larian Elensar  ✧  Score: N/A

It takes a big person to put aside personal prejudices for the greater good. Seems to me that Celeborn does it very well, without ever losing sight of his own (and the twins') histories. I guess what I mean is that he wanted to make sure the twins valued their Sindar side, though he didn't want to get all defensive and angry himself...hard to do that and not take it personal, but he did it so the twins could learn.

Reviewed by: Thundera Tiger  ✧  Score: N/A

I love Marnie's work. I love her version of young Elladan and young Elrohir. I can only imagine that Elrond might have been similar at that age, though one wonders what kind of influence Maglor would have been. And that's another thing I love about this story. Marnie never lets the reader forget that there are different groups of elves out there, and that though they are all elves and all bound in some way or another, there are still a few fairly important differences. Leave it to Celeborn to fill his grandchildren in on history as it was seen by the Moriquendi. Brilliant piece that is light-hearted when needed and sobering when appropriate.

Reviewed by: Alexcat  ✧  Score: N/A

This is another excellent glimpse of Celeborn and history through his eyes. Celeborn is gentle and melancholy in his telling of his own past and the sorrows of his people. The twins are written delightfully from the first glimpse of Elladan as he comes out with his breakfast to his more timid brother. And the chestnuts! I can taste those hot roasted chestnuts!

Reviewed by: ElenaTiriel  ✧  Score: N/A

This story really opened my eyes to how biased is the the Elven history we see in the Silmarillion - how Noldor-oriented it is. I had never really understood that the Sindar had really been fighting the Dark long before the Noldor even returned to Middle-earth. I loved your characters here -- well, I've always loved your Celeborn, but the twins are interesting and distinct in this story (impudent young rogues! -- loved their comments about Galadriel's answers for questions they pose). I was delighted that Celeborn taught the twins how to travel through the trees -- an obvious oversight in their prior education (silly Noldor)! The twins' disgust at the love between Elu and Melian is so like a child, as is Celeborn's revelation that he would not ever go "home" if that meant leaving his grandchildren. Such a satisfying story, Marnie!