Always Something There to Remind Me

Author: curiouswombat

Nominator: Clodia

2010 Award Category: Races: Elves: Drabbles - Third Place

Story Type: Drabble  ✧  Length: True Drabble

Rating: General  ✧  Reason for Rating: N/A

Summary: Celeborn begins his life without Galadriel - but often unexpected things remind him of her.(True drabble written for the Tolkien Weekly challenge 'Tempest'.)

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Reviewed by: Clodia  ✧  Score: 10

The marriage of Celeborn of Doriath and the Noldorin Galadriel is one of the longest partnerships in Tolkien’s legendarium, lasting from their meeting in the First Age to their parting at the end of the Third Age (and presumably resuming when/if Celeborn eventually reached the Blessed Realm, Aman itself). This charming drabble from Curiouswombat offers a beautiful sideways glance at their millennia-long relationship from the perspective of Celeborn, left alone after Galadriel’s departure for the Undying Lands and having taken upon himself responsibility for the rebuilding Silvan society in the new settlement at East Lórien, now exposed to the elements by the failure of the Rings of Power in the aftermath of the Ring War. The heavens have opened and Celeborn is musing upon the meteorological phenomena that the new settlement has so far been fortunate enough to avoid; apparently despite himself, the image of the absent Galadriel springs to his mind: [‘Ha!’ he thought, ‘if they met a tempest on the voyage she would have quelled it with one look.’] His respect for his formidable wife’s occasionally imperious temperament shines through; a hint of wistfulness seems to lie behind his image of Galadriel standing at the white ship’s prow. Held back from sailing by his responsibilities to the Silvans in Middle-earth, Celeborn cannot help his mind drifting to Galadriel, whose journey across the sundering sea is well underway. Beautifully done; thank you, Curiouswombat!

Reviewed by: Tanaqui  ✧  Score: 5

Oh, the final line of this drabble made me chuckle, as Celeborn remembers with evident affection his fierce, confident, powerful wife. I also love curiouswombat's notion of Celeborn feeling Middle-earth is dumping all the (forced) unshed rainfall of several hundred years on him at once. (Even if I suspect it's really that he's mostly forgotten what real weather can be like after all those [Ages of stasis].) This is a really well constructed drabble that provides unexpected, amusing and yet poignant insights into Celeborn's life after Galadriel's departure. Well done!

Reviewed by: Virtuella  ✧  Score: 4

I found this image immediately convincing - after ages of being magically kept at bay, severe weather now gets its own back in Lothlorien. And Celeborn thinks of weather, which makes him think of storms, which makes him think of the sea, which makes him think of Galadriel - yes, how could it be other wise? All his thoughts would somehow or other end there at this time, wouldn't they? This is a beautiful drabble, stark and memorable.

Reviewed by: Larner  ✧  Score: 4

For Celeborn, once his beloved wife took ship for Aman, how difficult it must have been to linger within the Mortal Lands. After all, everywhere he must look there is something that must bring her to mind, even if it is an errant wind that must make him think of how she had tamed such things that they not trouble her realm. A wonderful glimpse into the mind of one who was ever described as one of the wisest among the lords of Elves.

Reviewed by: Elfique  ✧  Score: 3

A wonderfully unique little response to the original challenge. It is a very believable look into Celeborn and Galadriel and I was very pleasantly surprised by the fact this was not just some account of Celeborn moping around and being lonely. The gentle humour in this is excellently placed. Highly commendable!

Reviewed by: Raksha the Demon  ✧  Score: 2

Excellent drabble that contrasts Celeborn's wry wisdom with the power and pride of Galadriel, while subtly emphasizing the love they have shared.

Reviewed by: Azalais  ✧  Score: 2

A bittersweetly humorous look at Celeborn and his relationship with Galadriel, particularly in that last line!