From a Strange Country

Author: Azalais

Nominator: Azalais

2011 Award Category: Drabble: Elves

Story Type: Drabble  ✧  Length: True Drabble

Rating: General  ✧  Reason for Rating: N/A

Summary: After the routing of the Nazgul at the Ford and the events of the Council, Elrond awaits the return of the last of his scouts... Written for the LiveJournal tolkien_weekly "Water: Puddles" challenge.(100 words.)

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Reviewed by: Dwimordene  ✧  Score: 6

Nice use of the text to get the title, and a good portrait of Elrond, as both father and strategist during this difficult, uncertain period. The hobbits don't seem to see much of Elrond during their stay in Rivendell, but it's easy to forget that the Ring having come to his realm, it would be his duty to determine the next step and how to execute it once the Council had made its decision. He would've been very active behind the scenes, since Imladris's resources are his to command, and he has more help to call on and order than anyone but perhaps Aragorn, who had the Rangers at his disposal. Az gives us a sense of this in this short drabble, and also echoes to more hopeful purposes a line from later in the story to bring this drabble to its close, for a nicely book-ended ficlet.

Author response: I'm very fond of Elrond, and we don't see a lot of detail of those weeks in Rivendell when he must have had an immense amount on his mind, so it was good to take a snapshot for this prompt. I'm glad you enjoyed the result!

Reviewed by: cairistiona  ✧  Score: 4

It must have been so hard for Elrond, waiting for those all-important last two scouts to arrive. This drabble gives us a lovely glimpse of the tedious and nervewracking wait. Even with so few words, Elrond's relief is palpable as his sons finally return. And the candle slowly melting is the perfect symbol for the long wearing of time as he waited. Really a brilliant capturing of a moment in time, this.

Author response: I'm so glad it spoke to you. The image of the candle slowly burning down came to my mind first - the prompt for this drabble was "puddles" - then I had to work out who was sitting watching it, and why. I'm very fond of Elrond, and I do enjoy writing him when I get the chance.

Reviewed by: Elleth  ✧  Score: 3

An interesting behind-the-scenes look of the Last Homely House. Reading the Lord of the Rings it is often easy to forget that Elrond is more than just the kind host and wise advisor. Azalais took that aspect of his character and fleshed it out in difficult circumstances in a very picturesque drabble.

Author response: Thank you! I'm very fond of Elrond, and always enjoy gap-filling with him - he's seen and known so much by the time of LoTR. His relationship with his sons barely gets touched on in canon, so it's fun to play with. I'm glad you enjoyed the result.

Reviewed by: Darkover  ✧  Score: 3

This drabble is good in its imagery, but its real strength lies in the near O. Henry-like ending! Very convincing and well written, and believable, too--you have done a fine job of capturing Elrond's character in just one hundred words. Nicely done.

Author response: Thank you so much! I'm very fond of Elrond, and enjoy writing him, so I'm glad you feel this captures him well - and that you like the reveal at the end.

Reviewed by: Adonnen Estenniel  ✧  Score: 3

A wonderful view of Elrond, who in this drabble is both father and wise leader. The play of these two roles is obvious in his line of reasoning here, and it gives the reader a great deal of insight into his character and personality.

Author response: I'm very fond of Elrond - I'm glad you feel his character comes through here. Thanks for reviewing!

Reviewed by: Nieriel Raina  ✧  Score: 2

I love how the author manages to portay Elrond's emotions so clearly in so few words. Nicely done!

Author response: Thank you! I'm very fond of Elrond, I'm glad his character comes across in this one.

Reviewed by: Nath  ✧  Score: 2

This subtly tense drabble sets the mood for a very intense time for Elrond as he awaits the return of the last of the scouts that were sent out after the Council.

Author response: Thank you. I'm sure it was indeed a very tense time as far as Elrond was concerned!

Reviewed by: Altariel  ✧  Score: 2

["Your sons have returned"] after great deeds... A study in light and darkness; beautiful image of the candle, and a great sense of foreboding, shot through with sudden relief and joy.

Author response: "A study in light and darkness" is very apposite - I suppose it is! The image of the candle with the puddling wax came to mind as the response to the prompt first, and then I had to work out the who and the wherefore. I'm very fond of Elrond - I'm glad he gets a good ending this time.

Reviewed by: Tanaqui  ✧  Score: 1

A nicely worked look at Elrond's competing priorities and duties.

Author response: Thank you! Poor Elrond does have an awful lot on his plate at that particular point ;-)