When I Am Wise

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: At the end of the First Age, Elrond and Elros must choose between mortality and immortality.

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Review scores are not available for 2004.

Reviewed by: Larian Elensar  ✧  Score: N/A

Yes, I love the thought that Elros asked Elrond to teach his children. Not that Elrond would have done otherwise, I'm sure, but it's still a touching moment.

Reviewed by: Thundera Tiger  ✧  Score: N/A

Intriguing look at Elrond's decision to join with the elves and Elros's decision to join with men. I like the way their different desires are told, and I really like what seems to be the motivating factor in Elrond's choice: Once he is wise, will he know if he could have done anything differently in Sirion? Or if he had acted, would he have become like Maedhros and Maglor? It's an intriguing question, but like Elrond, I'm not sure it's the right one. Fascinating story.

Reviewed by: Dwimordene  ✧  Score: N/A

I think this was the first story of the choice of Elros and Elrond that I had ever read. It remains a beautiful piece of work, and in Elrond we see the tearing pressure of conflicting desires: the desire to be free of Arda as Men are free, and as Elros will be free, and the desire for the wisdom to be a teacher for all those left in Middle-earth. Good set-up, too, for the sequel, where we learn that Elrond does indeed learn to forgive himself and others. I loved the image of Galadriel at the end, dancing for joy, but also the fact that it was Elros who first learned to forgive, as we see here when he chides Elrond for thinking he might have killed Maglor.

Reviewed by: Ainaechoiriel  ✧  Score: N/A

Sorry I can't do any better thanmy ff.net review, but my memory is shaky, and the review said exactly what I wanted to say: Very good insight there. The Silmarillion doesn't let us get close to the characters so Elrond and Elros are left kind of distant. We don't get their thoughts and feelings, but you let us have them here at the monumental choice they made. Thank you.