Mistress Gilraen

Author: AfterEver

Nominator: Marta

2005 Award Category: Races/Places: Cross-Cultural

Story Type: Vignette  ✧  Length: Short Story

Rating: PG-13  ✧  Reason for Rating: adult themes, erotic content

Summary: Recently relocated to Rivendell after Arathorn's untimely death, Gilraen discovers what price is due for Elrond Peredhel's untimely hospitality.

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Reviewed by: Dwimordene  ✧  Score: 5

Apologies, AE, I'm going to resort to an older review! I enjoyed this story—there aren't many Gilraen writers out there, and the Elrond-Gilraen relationship is left something of a cipher in the books (as is pretty much everything Gilraen). It's good to see her as a young woman who makes mistakes, but who is determined to do her duty at any cost. This isn't a funny story per se, although it is comical in how badly Gilraen misread or rather, wrongly assumed, what Elrond's intentions were. It ends on a bit of a WAFF moment, but it's enjoyable WAFF, I think.

Reviewed by: Marta  ✧  Score: 4

Nicely told. I particularly liked Gilraen's disdain when she learned of Elves' diminished sexual drives, and that Elrond really *didn't* desire her as a mistress. Which of course we all knew anyway, but it was nice seeing Gilraen discover it, and with it just how different life among the Elves could be. I do love AfterEver's Gilraen! Probably better than any other I have ever read, though maybe Gwynnyd's is a tie.

Reviewed by: Bodkin  ✧  Score: 4

Poor Gilraen. It was a brave offer to make in order to safeguard her son. But doubtless a relief (in spite of the embarrassment of rejection) to find it was out of place. It must have been very hard for her to understand the motivation of a race working to totally different priorities. I like both your Gilraen and your Elrond - and between them they do a good parenting job of their son.

Reviewed by: nerwen_calaelen  ✧  Score: 3

A very interesting and clever tale. You show the differences between the cultures very cleverly. Your characterisations of Elrond and Gilrean are very good, you show so much of their characters by their every word and action and it is all consistant and adds depth to them.

Reviewed by: LadyAranel  ✧  Score: 2

A wonderful story! Of course, *I* knew that it was not Elrond's intent to take her to mistress from the start, but still I was swept along by her not knowing! Excellent!

Reviewed by: Dreamflower  ✧  Score: 2

An interesting exploration: What would Gilraen, herself unfamiliar with Elvenkind, have thought was expected of her in Rivendell? Both sad and amusing.