A Golden Thread

Author: Two-point

Nominator: Levade

2011 Award Category: Elves: Elronds Household

Story Type: Story  ✧  Length: Short Story

Rating: General  ✧  Reason for Rating: N/A

Summary: Erestor tells his secrets to the river and receives a gift in exchange.

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Reviewed by: Erulisse  ✧  Score: 8

This is a love story. A love story of two, told by one, with the other one long gone but ever missed. Erestor, taking a day out from his busy schedule, goes to a secluded spot by the river and thinks back on the relationship and love he had with Glorfindel, rarely mentioned but unmistakable. He explores the depths of his love, the history between them as well as his history without him, and sorrow that his life is empty and meaningless, or at least loveless, without Glorfindel. Ulmo, seeking to give hope to the elf from Imladris, requests a Golden Thread from Namo, a thread to offer hope and love to this steadfast lover. As the day comes to an end, and Erestor's thoughts turn to living his life without love in it, the golden thread of Glorfindel strikes him and renews his love, his hope, and his faith that they will be rejoined some day. I remember reading this when it was first published and how much I had fallen in love with the descriptions used by Two-point in this tale. The phrases about love lost ring true with anyone who has lost a lover in this life. Recommended!

Reviewed by: Caunedhiel  ✧  Score: 5

awww, I loved that, I really did :) Often you find with stories such as yours the surviving lover is... just broken, can't function and wanders about crying etc... very heavily laid on and very 'oh why? WHY? why do you punish me so, cruel world?' if you get what I mean. But with your's there is such bitter sweetness and longing in every word Erestor says, every thought he thinks that it nearly brings you to tears. I commend you on that, I love stories that grip you with such emotion that it makes you want to laugh or cry or even smile through bitter tears. Especially I loved Ulmo's compassion, his letting Erestor have hope :) Your story was brilliant and I enjoyed reading it very much :) Thanks, Caunedhiel

Reviewed by: The Lauderdale  ✧  Score: 5

Parted lovers will easily recognize Erestor's feelings of love and grief as he speaks to the absent Glorfindel in a litany of fancy ([You would love this day and you would make me see things about it...]) and remembrance ([...you loved a necklace that your mother wore and you searched the house as if you would one day find it in a forgotten chest...]). The details employed and the element of a divine intercessory in Ulmo make this a touching and magical interlude. It took me a while to ascertain when it takes place - before the Ring War, or long after - but I think that initial moorless quality serves the story by drawing readers into Erestor's sense of loss. I also like where the author chose to end things: not with a joyful reunion but on a note of hope and happy expectation, the sense of a good thing coming. The notion of the golden thread is a lovely choice, like something out of a fairy tale.

Reviewed by: Adonnen Estenniel  ✧  Score: 3

A Golden Thread is stunning. Two-point's prose is flawless and lyrical. Stunning in its quality and range of emotion. The descriptions here were perfect, and gave so much to the story. Fantastic!

Reviewed by: Melusine  ✧  Score: 2

This is a beautifully written, moving tale of love, loss, and hope. Lovely imagery, subtle, as befitting the subject.

Reviewed by: Himring  ✧  Score: 1

Very gentle and moving.