Blood and Smoke

Author: Dargelos

Nominator: unknown

2004 Award Category: Times: The Silmarillion: Romance

Story Type: Other Fiction  ✧  Length: unknown

Rating: R  ✧  Reason for Rating: mature sexuality

Summary: How alike, Men and Elves. How different.'

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Review scores are not available for 2004.

Reviewed by: Larian Elensar  ✧  Score: N/A

I've never pictured Elrond and Isildur together, but it does fit. And of course, how easy to see the futureĀ…

Reviewed by: Dwimordene  ✧  Score: N/A

In this short fic of under 700 words, every single one of them counts. This story stands out among the Elrond/Isildur slashes out there for the well-handled present tense narrative that brings us close to Elrond. You can taste the ashes to which Isildur will shortly return when reading this story; mortality and loss are everywhere evoked. There's a sense of rush and fear, not just of death but possibly of a mistake, too; and coupled with it, the comfort that even a mistake can bring when everything is reduced to the present, and to one cataclysmic moment looming before Elrond and Isildur beyond which there is no future but that indicated in the last line: mourning.