2005 Award Category: Races/Places: Cross-Cultural
Story Type: Story ✧ Length: Novella
Rating: PG ✧ Reason for Rating: adult themes
Summary: Of Gilraen's arrival in Rivendell following Arathorn's death, and adjustment to an Elven realm, with glimpses of interracial politics and complex histories in the foreground. Features Gilraen, Elrond, Elladan, Elrohir, OC Rangers/Elves, and young Aragorn, with cameos by Glorfindel and Lindir.
Reviewed by: Marta ✧ Score: 9
I really enjoyed this story. It is a topic that has always particularly interested me, perhaps because I am particularly interested in cultural and especially cross-cultural details. So Gilraen's adjustment to life in Rivendell is a particularly fun read for me. And you have mastered something that I wish more authors could: creating believable original characters, without them overwhelming the story. They're definitely there and their personalities have depth, but they read more like minor characters than major ones. They are tantalizing. I think my favourite scene, though, has to be young Estel sitting on Elrond's throne (for lack of a better term) when he and Gilraen first arrive in Imladris. That is so unbelievably cute! I can just imagining Estel's smile. And later, near the end, when he asks Elrond if he needs cuddling... *awwww*. I can see this pair developing a very close relationship all the year, which would have of course made Aragorn's love for Arwen (which would steal Aragorn's only daughter from him) all the more painful. By the way- is their any basis for the alienating of the Angle from Rivendell in the time of Aravor's son that you refer to throughout this story? I am very interested, as I have never heard of it before.
Reviewed by: Thundera Tiger ✧ Score: 5
There really ought to be more Gilraen stories, particularly stories with such great characterizations on all involved. Elrohir, in particular, intrigued me. I enjoyed his patience with Aragorn, and I loved the little things that were added to his personality, such as when he accompanied the gift of an apple with a fantastic tale as to why that apple was enchanted. I think it was all the little things like this that added together in order to make the story feel so complete. Very satisfying tale.
Reviewed by: nerwen_calaelen ✧ Score: 3
An interesting tale. I enjoyed reading it very much. It is wonderful how you bring the characters to live and develop on a situation mentioned in canon and turn it into such an interesting tale. I like the way you characterise Gilrean. You make her into a very believable and sympathetic character.
Reviewed by: daw the minstrel ✧ Score: 2
Poor Gilraen. I know she is starting a different part of her life and that it too can be interesting and rewarding, but she has lost her husband, her hope of a new baby, and the continuity she could create by telling her son about his father.