2007 Award Category: Genres: Romance: Second Age or Earlier - Third Place
Story Type: Story ✧ Length: Short Story
Rating: Teen ✧ Reason for Rating: Some suggestion of intimacy between a married couple. Nothing graphic.
Summary: A newly-wed Celebrian and Elrond spend some time together away from their daily responsibilities.
Reviewed by: Imhiriel ✧ Score: 10
A lovely, gentle, highly romantic interlude in the life of newly-wedded Elrond and Celebrían. The characterisations are complex and heart-warming, the language and imagery lyrical and evocative. There is a sensuous, tingling overtone to the story that is all the more effective for being not quite explicit or graphic, and alternating smoothly between intense and moving and more playful and amusing. I like the sense we get of the freshness and newness of their marriage, that both still are feeling their way into ever greater intimacy and knowledge about each other. I also like the tight focus only on the married couple and their day together. Celebrían's portrayal is particularly delightful. She is playful and radiating joy, so full of love and longing for her husband, and she manages to draw out Elrond, who is prone to brooding and guardedness; and it is also made quite clear that she has a very strong personality and that her husband depends quite a lot on her - which makes the later grievous events all the more tragic and painful. The last paragraphs were especially poignant in light of what is to come in the future, and I hope these statements: [I am with you always. Whatever might become of us in the centuries to come, whatever challenges we might face, I am with you always.] and [Whatever happens, she said, however bad it might be, we will cope with it, because we have had now.] proved true and sustained both in their long time apart.
Reviewed by: dkpalaska ✧ Score: 10
Beautifully sensual and loving... The reader gets a very clear and tantalizing picture of the Lord and Lady of Imladris and their (relatively) newly-forged and still-developing bond. (Twenty years and still newlyweds - Elves!) Bodkin's usual excellent writing leaves me grinning and inwardly cheering at their joyful marital bliss, and sniffling at the end when a moment of foreshadowing briefly darkens their glowing future. But these two do not know of it, and I rejoiced in what must have been many, many times of great happiness before the painful separation. Marvelous characterizations. Elrond is wonderfully portrayed; it's very nice to see him in all his ogle-worthy near-naked physical being instead of the intellectual scholar. Celebrian is the real delight, however. I love her more risque attitude; it seems to fit her partial Sindarin heritage, which I think of as being rather down-to-earth compared to Elrond's more formal Feanorian upbringing. She is a forthright and intelligent woman, and an excellent match for the mighty loremaster and warrior. I love her thoughts about their marriage and union being a ["dedication"] to each other. And this thought of Elrond is absolutely beautiful: ["Her love had healed something in him that he had not even realised needed mending and she was now the steel that held him together."]
Reviewed by: obsidianj ✧ Score: 4
This is a heartwarming story. Elrond and Celebrian are so in love here as nearly newlyweds. I like the characterization of Elrond and Celebrian. Elrond here shows more than the usual tragic side of him, although it lies just below the surface. This is one of the few fics where he seems completely happy, at least for the moment. Celebrian as his counterpart is a strong woman, who can draw him out and give him safety.
Reviewed by: Raksha the Demon ✧ Score: 4
A sweet interlude in the marriage of Elrond and Celebrian, as they camp out and enjoy the beauties of nature and each other. There's a wistfulness underneath it all, in that the author succeeds in driving home the couple's happiness and their hopes for the future and the reader knows that this happiness will be, ultimately, bittersweet. Nicely done, as usual, from this excellent writer.
Reviewed by: Larner ✧ Score: 4
An afternoon of pleasurable togetherness along the Bruinen in company with his wife convinces Elrond he is one of the most blessed of Elves, although even though he's seen nothing to foretell the future he still desires assurance his Celebrian will not leave him. Gently erotic without being graphic; sensitively and beautifully told, this is one of Bodkin's most pleasing tales of life amongst the Elves of Arda. A dozen elflings they'd contemplate?
Reviewed by: Marta ✧ Score: 3
I liked the amount of passion you communicated through this story -- Elrond and Celebrian are very clearly in love. I like how you had Elrond realize his need of healing through his love of Celebrian, that seemed very appropriate.