Naming the Stones

Author: Deborah Judge

Nominator: unknown

2004 Award Category: Times: The Silmarillion: First Age

Story Type: Other Fiction  ✧  Length: unknown

Rating: G  ✧  Reason for Rating: N/A

Summary: Elrond remembers the First Age, the Silmarils, and the guilt of his people. Sequel to 'When I am Wise.'

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Reviewed by: Larian Elensar  ✧  Score: N/A

I admit I had trouble wrapping my mind around Elrond and Elros not being twins, and Elros having silver hair, it fit the story well. Interesting view of Elrond, and the hate. I often wondered how he survived without pain and hate eating him up inside. Well done.

Reviewed by: Dwimordene  ✧  Score: N/A

This is a very powerful story, and it particularly strikes me as appropriate, given the wretched conditions of the present time. How does one forgive an age of betrayal and bloodshed, inhumanity and hatefulness? How does one learn to see those who have wounded us most deeply in a clear light, so that forgiveness can come about? These are important questions both for fiction and for real life, and it's wonderful to see them addressed so beautifully here. To name the stones-to be truthful, to understand desire, and to renounce it while forgiving all that was wrought in their names, is indeed the hardest lesson to crack. And it can't be directly addressed or pursued, either; it isn't something that can be directly aimed at and striven for, especially given the lineage-a veritable genealogy-of guilt passed down through blood and association. It takes years of allowing oneself to come to understand oneself and others, and to learn to be truthful in naming them and oneself. Galadriel here functions as her own mirror, reflecting to Elrond what he is and needs to accept in himself before he can genuinely accept the "sins" of others, including Galadriel's. Celeborn, too, has a part to play in living forgiveness for Elrond to see and understand. This is the Elrond of the books, "kind as summer" and yet great-here he is at the beginning, when he first enters into the realm of wisdom. Wonderful writing-clear, simple, and there's a serenity or a song-like sense to it all that fits Lothlórien perfectly, even when tension surges up in the third chapter. Marvelous work!

Reviewed by: Ainaechoiriel  ✧  Score: N/A

I was very glad to see someone acknowledge Galadriel's shame for the Kinslaying. I was shocked when I read the Silm to learn that she'd be held so highly after all that. I liked that Celeborn also had something against her, though I am glad he could forgive her. This was wonderfully written, poetically and very Elvish-feeling.