Wonder That's Keeping the Stars Apart

Author: Levade

Nominator: Cathleen

2011 Award Category: Post-Ring War and Beyond: Elves or Dwarves

Story Type: Story  ✧  Length: Short Story

Rating: General  ✧  Reason for Rating: N/A

Summary: Galadriel is leaving Middle-earth. Celeborn is not. Irreconcilable differences cannot always be overcome. Written for the Remix Challenge on the LOTR Genfic Community with the permission of Dawn Felagund author of The Ghost in the Garden.

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Reviewed by: Oshun  ✧  Score: 6

It is the concept that captured my imagination. I have always been fascinated to know and understand what exactly Tolkien was thinking when he separated Galadriel and Celeborn, when she sails for the West. I always suspected it had something to do with the rooting of Thingol's people in the forests of Middle-earth. I also suspect that I do not sufficiently understand the Sindar and the Sindar going back to Doriath least of all. She held my attention and intrigued me with her presentation and version of what might have been. She also conveys her own concept of what it means that Elves are different from you and me. The lifespan alone and the sense of time is enough to make fairly spectacular psychological differences, which I probably insufficiently take into account in my own writing of the elves. This story is a thoughtful exploration of the subject.

Author response: Ah Oshun, Thanks so much for the lovely review! I owe this one to Dawn though since it was her story that sparked it in the re-mix. I love the Sindar and Silvan Elves, and I know they're not your faves -- for that we look to the tumultuous Noldor! :D It means a lot to me that you took the time to leave a review, so thank you again! Peace, Levade

Reviewed by: Linda Hoyland  ✧  Score: 5

This is a lovely,thought provoking story concerning Galadriel's choice to leave Middle-earth with the other ringbearers. It is such a treat that Levade things to mention how she longs to see her daughter, Celebrian again and not just that she needs to return to Valinor now the Elven Rings have lost their power. It must have been a double blow to Galadriel that her grandaughter had chosen mortality while her husband chose to remain behind, but she will be reunited with the daughter she loves. I've always like Galadriel and am pleased that this story ends with hope and reconcilliation in the future.

Author response: Hi Linda, Galadriel is quite a character, one of Tolkien's great ladies, but it struck me as sad that she would lose so much. I'm a fan of happy endings, so Celeborn had to sail at last. Celebrian must have always been in Galadriel's thoughts - her only daughter. That's another bond that is not easily severed. It helped that Dawn gave me such a gorgeous story to do the re-mix as well! Thank you so much for the lovely review. I appreciate it! Peace, Levade

Reviewed by: Darkover  ✧  Score: 4

This story is a profound one. The author understands that Elves are not Men; they are of an older and far different species. The main characters of this tale are Galadriel and Celeborn, and through them the author explores the nature of Elves, their long lifespan, the nature of their spirits, and what happens to the bodies and spirits of Elves over time. This is an engrossing tale and a most thoughtful one.

Author response: Hi Darkover, Wow, thank you for such a great review. I appreciate it so much! Peace, Levade

Reviewed by: Raksha the Demon  ✧  Score: 4

A sober and sad look at what could be the final parting of Galadriel and Celeborn. There's a sense of completion to her time in Middle-earth, but it is bittersweet, because Celeborn cannot bear to leave and has no interest in living under the collective thumbs of Valar and Maiar. The uncertainty of this great couple's future adds tension and pathos. Nicely and believably written.

Author response: Hi Raksha, Thank you so much for your lovely review! I have to credit Dawn Felagund for letting me re-mix her incredible story though, and turning my thoughts in that direction. I appreciate your thoughts very much! Peace, Levade

Reviewed by: Liadan  ✧  Score: 3

A married couple faces many difficulties under the best circumstances but there are special difficulties attached to marriages where the couple are from widely different backgrounds. The marriage of Galadriel and Celeborn is one of these, and they are faced with their greatest test when she sails before he does.

Author response: Hi Liadan, Thanks so much for the reivew! Marriage is definitely work, and I can't even imagine being married as long as Elves such as Celeborn and Galadriel. Not sure I even began to tap into that line of thinking, but again, thank you! :) Peace, Levade

Reviewed by: Altariel  ✧  Score: 2

I don't know the original story of which this is a remix (I'll be looking for it), but this is a beautifully written piece, shot through with great tenderness and melancholy.

Author response: Hi Altariel (again), Dawn Felagund wrote the original story and I can't recommend it enough. I remember reading that Celeborn didn't accompany Galadriel and that got me thinking a lot about Elves and how different time is to them, not to mention relationships. I couldn't help but think that even for all of her vaunted strength and fortitude...Galadriel would miss Celeborn, and hope... I'm glad it worked for you. :) Thank you so much for the lovely words! Peace, Levade