Mariner's Son

Author: Adina ATL

Nominator: Marta

2005 Award Category: Books/Time: The Lord of The Rings: Rivendell

Story Type: Vignette  ✧  Length: N/A

Rating: G  ✧  Reason for Rating: n/a

Summary: The Dunadan called it cheek to write verses of Eärendil in Elrond's house.

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Reviewed by: Rhapsody  ✧  Score: 10

I often wondered how Elrond must have felt to be abandoned first by his father for the sea, then his mother who rather sought her demise with the Silmaril then to remain with her sons, and in the end Elros, who chooses a different fate. In this light, it is also sad to consider that his daughter will choose a different fate as well. These thoughts swirled through my mind when I read Mariner's Son written by Adina ATL. Especially when Bilbo mentions the Dunedan. Elrond’s response to that is very understandable. The way in which Elrond touches upon his childhood so briefly, the reader can read between the lines how much this affected him. I adore the conversation between Bilbo and Elrond. Bilbo, curious as ever wants to find out more about Elven Lore. The statement that he feels a bit ashamed of singing about a subject this serious is very touching. The half spoken apology about Bilbo having caring parents moved me deeply. Maybe Middle Earth was better off if it was inhabited by hobbits only. Adina beautifully writes the manner how Elrond responds to this: it reflects the deep friendship that has grown between them over time. With great skill and care for her characters, Adina gives us a gem of vignette that not only makes it a pleasurable read, but also leaves the reader behind with many thoughts and ideas (maybe even a plot bunny) to ponder on. Great writing Adina!

Reviewed by: Marta  ✧  Score: 6

Another enjoyable scene. it's nice to see a new perspective on the great events of the First Age. Hobbits really do shed new light on such things! But I think my favourite thing about this vignette is the treatment of Elrond. So often we get men-are-weak!Elrond, all gloom and doom like he is portrayed in the recent movies. But here you give him humanity (or elfanity, I suppose -- you know what I mean, you make him more approachable). He is a character who generations of young heirs of Isildur (to say nothing of his own children) would find approachable. Thank you for this illuminating moment. I never thought how Bilbo might feel about Aragorn's comment, but this is a nice peak into an area of Middle-earth lore that I had not considered before.

Reviewed by: nerwen_calaelen  ✧  Score: 3

A lovely view of Biblo and Elrond. I like the way you show their interaction. Elrond's thoguth are interesting. It is nice to see how he feels and thinks. It is also nice to see Aragorn being over protective of him, it adds an interesting factor to this tale.

Reviewed by: Dwimordene  ✧  Score: 3

A nice, short little interlude. Elrond and Bilbo don't seem to get much time together, and I like the way this story takes up a single line from "Many Meetings" and deepens it, gives it a different perspective. It's good to see a bit of tension between Aragorn and Elrond over something other than Arwen, too!

Reviewed by: Dreamflower  ✧  Score: 3

What a sweet little moment between Elrond and Bilbo! We are shown so very clearly, how dear Bilbo is to the Lord of Rivendell, and how fond they are of one another. I love Elrond's insights into hobbit nature, and the familiar courtesy between them! A lovely vignette!

Reviewed by: Larian Elensar  ✧  Score: 2

Do have to feel sorry for Elrond, to be abandoned for a silmaril. I guess I'd be bitter too. Though I like to think he saw them again when he went west, but I like happy endings too. *grin*