That Which Cannot Be Forgotten

Author: Marta

Nominator: Marta

2011 Award Category: Cross-Cultural: Elder Days

Story Type: Story  ✧  Length: Ficlet

Rating: Teen  ✧  Reason for Rating: Violence

Summary: Sometimes it is hard to keep the past in the past. An encounter between the dwarves of Moria and the elves of Eregion.

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Reviewed by: Virtuella  ✧  Score: 5

Dear Marta, this is a very convincing ficlet, both serious and funny ( the dwarf hairs in the gravy boat in particular gave me a grin…) and not without links to the real world. How hard it is not to fall into the trap of indefinite What-they-did-to-us, and “they” being not necessarily identical people. Galadriel does well to read Celeborn’s mind and to remind him that it wasn’t these dwarves who did it. I like their relationship as you sketch it here, the way they are so completely at ease with each other, complement each other but each still remain a clearly separate person. Well done.

Reviewed by: Darkover  ✧  Score: 3

Presented as a conversation between Celeborn and Galadriel, this story is a brief but thoughtful view of why Celeborn detested Dwarves so much. Dwarves have a long memory for injuries, but Elves, being immortal and unchanging, remember injuries because they were living when the injuries were inflicted.

Reviewed by: Adonnen Estenniel  ✧  Score: 3

What an interesting scene between these two! Celeborn's deep hatred of Dwarves, though it has perfectly understandable roots, has always been one of those things that draws me to his character, as it shows his human flaws. And Marta has presented that aspect of him here with great delicacy, making me like Celeborn even more.

Reviewed by: Ellynn  ✧  Score: 3

Excellent story about civility, forgiving and forgetting. I think all people in the world should read it, because no matter how hard it may be to forgive and forget some things from the past, by doing so we become better people and the world becomes a better place.

Reviewed by: Liadan  ✧  Score: 1

Political necessities often make for unusual accommodations to help keep the peace.