2011 Award Category: Romance: General
Story Type: Story ✧ Length: Ficlet
Rating: Teen ✧ Reason for Rating: Sexual Content
Summary: Aragorn and Arwen must have returned to Rivendell at some point after the war. How might it have changed?
Reviewed by: Raksha the Demon ✧ Score: 6
Marta provides an outstanding reprise of some of Tolkien's most powerful themes - that change is inevitable, and joy is often tinged with sorrow. The great victory over Sauron exacts a bittersweet price - the departure of the most powerful Elves in Middle-earth as well as five Ring-bearers. Here, Aragorn's recognition that Rivendell is no longer the pristine stronghold of elven magic, its flaws apparent, is an ode to the passage of time as well as magic. And yet, Aragorn and Arwen are free to love each other openly, which is more than enough payment for the loss of Rivendell's perfection, at least for Aragorn. I loved the blending of love and melancholy, happiness and the acknowledgment of loss. A beautiful and haunting ficlet.
Reviewed by: Darkover ✧ Score: 5
This story is almost poetic in its descriptiveness. Following his wedding to Arwen, Aragorn/Elessar learns that Imladris has changed, become diminished. That may because of the breaking of the ring Vilya, that Elrond had used to maintain that land, or it may be as much because by wedding a Man, Arwen has chosen a mortal life, the mortal has not joined the Eldar. As a metaphor, it works either way, and I also agreed with the implication that in order to get something great, something great has to be given up. But this story is not truly a sad one; Aragorn does not regret his choice, and by implication, neither does Arwen. This is a lot to pack in to such a short tale, but the author manages to do so.
Reviewed by: cairistiona ✧ Score: 4
This is lovely! There's an air of wistful bittersweetness to this moment between Aragorn and Arwen. They are a couple for whom love will always be intertwined with loss, and the idea that they could not have as a married couple enjoyed Imladris in all its glory stands as a poignant symbol that achieving all they desired bore a price. And that in itself shows the depth of their devotion for one another.
Reviewed by: Linda Hoyland ✧ Score: 4
I enjoyed this bittersweet ficlet very much, which shows the gains and losses that Aragorn and Arwen, my favourite couple, experienced. Before the two were wed there were, of course, boundaries they could not cross, but Rivendell was a vibrant living place. Now Aragorn and Arwen can visit there as husband and wife, but it is not the Rivendell of old and Aragorn feels that despite his joy in his bride.Just lovely, a must for Aragorn and Arwen fans.
Reviewed by: curiouswombat ✧ Score: 4
This is lovely. The idea that there might be a sense of completion, of triumph even, for Aragorn to now return with his wife to Imladris - where, before, kisses were always the end of a night rather than the beginning - and yet for there to be that elven sense of long sorrow, of melancholy, tingeing it all - seems so very right to me. I'm so glad I noticed this on this last day of reviewing and stopped by to read it.