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Mathom  by perelleth 28 Review(s)
TariReviewed Chapter: 2 on 1/31/2007
I have just finished chapter 2 of this delightful tale and was wondering if you could tell me what seneschal means. My pea brain won't recall it.

Author Reply: Thanks to you, Tari.. A seneschal is an officer of person in charge of affairs in a medieval household.
I hope you are having a good time.

Author Reply: Thanks to you, Tari.. A seneschal is an officer, or person in charge of affairs in a medieval household.
I hope you are having a good time.

elliskaReviewed Chapter: 3 on 4/22/2006
I am finally getting an opportunity to catch up on fanfic reading. This was wonderful, perelleth! You write chaos...I mean the intereactions of a large group of well. Whenever I read your stories, that is always one of the aspects I enjoy the most. And I adored seeing Glorfindel's reaction to the sword!! That is something I'd never thought of before, so it fascinated me. And the trick you played on us, letting us assume it was Estel that needed protecting from the visitors--that was very clever. This was a great story.

Author Reply: I am glad that you are having time to catch up on ff reading.. meaning, I hope, that you are having some personal time!

You write chaos...I mean the interactions of a large group of people LOL! Yep, chaos I meant, and I am glad that it came across ! Thanks for the compliment!

It was an entertaining tale to write. The gap had been around for toooo long, claiming to be filled, and poor Glorfindel was the most appropriate victim for it. I am glad that you enjoyed reading it, you deserve some distraction!:-)

Thanks again, elliska, it is good to hear from you!

HalethReviewed Chapter: 3 on 4/7/2006
An all together delightful story from the misdirection at the beginning to the bickering at the end. I could almost see Elrond's fingers crossed behind his back when inviting Thorin and company to his cellars anytime.

Narya, or at least evidence of it, makes a subtle appearance, rekindling Glorfindel's hope. He needed it after swoo....I mean passing the night in recollection.

Thank-you for sharing this.

Author Reply: Yep, Narya was at work there, it was needed, after all.
By the time Elrond invites Thorin he already accepts that his cellars shall be filled with dwarven and ranger ale, so it sound like a minor evil to him. I belive that right now he is busy looking for a new place to etablish his private wine-cellars. ;-)

Thank-you, Haleth, it was my pleasure.

RedheredhReviewed Chapter: 3 on 4/3/2006
ROFLMAO! That opening was just killer! This whole story was delightful!

Glorfindel's reaction was over-the-top and I loved it! Not at all how I expected he might react! Whatever did the dwarves think of their drinking buddy?! Gandalf was simply great. So, were Bilbo and Thorin, for the little we saw them. The guys bickering like boys was very entertaining! Erestor can be such a *daring* fellow. ;) I really like his (your) sense of humor. The swords, the ale, the map, the keys, and some war plans to boot! All handled with a wonderful laughing grace.

Gosh, I enjoyed this Imladris incident so much and am glad you did not let us miss it. 'Twas a fun time, even if Elrond thought (if only for a moment)that it might be better to go with Gandalf.

Author Reply: The Imladris Incident, yes... if you look at it that way, it's no surprise that Tolkien tiptoed along it and dispatched Imladris in such scarce and concise lines..:-)

Whatever did the dwarves think of their drinking buddy? A belated hangover, perhaps? ;-)

I thought that being confronted with physical evidence of his past life would be kind of shock to Glorfindel and enough to send him reminiscing for some time... (Although he insists that I make it clear again that HE DID NOT SWOON. I fear Erestor's got more credibility than he has! :-) And Erestor is an entity of his own, nonplussing both friends and strangers at every turn. He's got me thinking...

I am glad that you enjoyed the tale, and I am, as always, very grateful for your kind and entertaining reviews.

LarnerReviewed Chapter: 3 on 4/2/2006
Oh, I would say it was well worth it. Poor Glorfindel--to come across such memories! But it appears more that was lost indeed might one day be recovered, and hopefully they are pleasant objects to recover rather than dread ones--save the one shortly to be found by Bilbo....

Author Reply: Yes, not all that is found is for good... :-) Yet they all could reinforce their hopes thanks to those long thought lost treasures -and even share some laughs in the end, so it didn't go that bad.

Thank-you for your kind words, Larner.

BodkinReviewed Chapter: 3 on 4/2/2006
This is just the most delightful story. I just love Glorfindel's reaction to his entry - Annoyance, distress, exasperation…Glorfindel was not used to hearing such emotions ringing along with his name. “What happened to the awe, admiration, respect?” Brilliant. Just brilliant.

And then to swoo... become contemplative when he recognised Glamdring. So contemplative that he failed to notice the rest of the night - not to mention dropping Estel. And not appearing to observe the slips of the tongue that suggest there is more than one sword to consider.

I love the silvery bells of Valmar - and the promise that the day will come. Glorfindel needed that.

Your sons proved invaluable, as usual. Another line to treasure. I just love Erestor's double-edged comments.

Orcrist. My, that was powerful. I suppose Thorin's fate was better than Maeglin's - in a way. He did not betray his kin but died fighting for the right side.

And the set up for the expulsion of Sauron from Dol Guldur - and along with it all the humour of Glorfindel's involuntary dismounting and Elladan's wound - and the key to the wine cellar.

This is a delightful tale, Perelleth. Just delicious on so many levels. I loved it. Thank you for providing it - and I hope there will be more tales of Imladris coming soon!

Author Reply: Thank-you Bodkin! you are truly kind!

I was always intrigued by the story of those two swords, and what would have been Glorfindel's reaction when he saw Gandal carrying Turgon's sword. I also thought that being confronted with a tangible memory of his past would be a bit more shonking than hearing songs or tales.... and that's when all began to take form. Why did I have to put Glorfindel through such embarassing situations is still a mystery to me, though. He's still wondering, too! :-)

Thorin led Orcrist to a noble end indeed, so the blade, at least, was redeemed! :-) THe Hobbit at this point is so full of loose threads that it was very entertaining to fill in the gaps. After all, Gandalf "abandons" the party and goes to join the White Council to attack Dol Guldur, so they should have agreed on that some time before... I must confess that I had a great time toying with the ideas, but also reading your entertaining comments.

Thanks again, I am really glad you enjoyed it.

daw the minstrelReviewed Chapter: 3 on 4/2/2006
Annoyance, distress, exasperation…Glorfindel was not used to hearing such emotions ringing along with his name. “What happened to the awe, admiration, respect?” LOLOLOL

Ah, so Nilmandra guessed right. Glorfindel was to be kept away from the treasures the dwarves had found. Maeglin, eh? That's a great invention.

Intriguing story, Perelleth.

Author Reply: Thank-you, Daw! I love gap fillers, and the Hobbit is so casual when dealing with elves... I could not resist the temptation.

We are told there that the swords were from Gondolin, and that one of those had been Turgon's... Then the Silmarilion says that Maeglin's skill helped improve the weapons of the Gondolindrhim, and that he had fought beisde Turgon in the Nirnaeth Arnoediad, so it was too tempting to use this to build up the story of Gandalf and Thorin's blades, and what would have been Glorfindel's reaction to them. After all, Gandalf carries Glamdring around for the rest of the age, he should have seen it one time or another...

I hope you had an entertaining time!

NilmandraReviewed Chapter: 3 on 4/2/2006
LOL, nothing like bickering elf lords! Your Imladris a very merry place. Poor Glorfindel, though... I am not sure he will recover any time soon. He was dismounted by his horse, fainted in front of elves, dwarves and a perian, dropped Estel.... he will need a few centuries to overcome all of this.

And clueless!Elrohir, LOL. I did enjoy devious, doesn't know when to keep his mouth shut Erestor. I think we know who runs Imladris.

Good story.

Author Reply: Well, Glorfindel sends word that He.Did.Not.Swoon.Or.Dropped.The.Child. He just went "meditative" and "allowed" Elladan to take care of Estel. I just thought you might like to know... :-)

I'm beginning to think that Elrohir loves making them believe he's so clueless, just for the fun of it. And this Erestor would die before letting a good rejoinder go missed... I believe that Elrond needs somoene like him to keep things under control... although from time to time he has to chime in, just to make sure everybody remembers who is the Lord of Imladris... LOL

Many thanks for your words, Nilmandra. I am glad that you enjoyed it. I had a great time writing it, :-)

grumpyReviewed Chapter: 2 on 4/2/2006
So it was not really only Estel they are trying to keep away from the dwarves, wizard and hobbit. It is Glorfindel, but why? Is he someone, like great uncle Hurbert, who must be kept away from aunt Mary, at holidays.
Do like Elrond's keeping track of the wine, but holding both keys to the cellar.

Author Reply: Elrond is being prudent with his wine...:-)
You are right, it is not *only* Estel. The reason? Well, I got the inspiration for this story in the chapter " A short Story" of "The hobbit." But you shall find the answer here soon, in the third and last last chapter, :-)

Thank-you again, grumpy.

DotReviewed Chapter: 2 on 3/31/2006

Ok, this’ll have to be a quickie, I’m afraid…

I do like your Erestor. Great conversation between him and Cook about Gandalf and Bilbo! In fact, the whole kitchen scene was most enjoyable. And you have the best explanation I’ve ever seen for that “tra-la-la-lally” song! Oh, and for some reason, the story about Gildor and the fig tree struck me as very funny!

So, it’s Glorfindel who needs to be kept away from Gandalf! And Thorin! Hmmm… interesting… ;-)

And Elladan is spending his time with Estel teaching him how to break into the kitchen?? He is the coolest babysitter! I had to laugh at Erestor’s reaction too – showing him how to do it properly!

[...]engaged in what sounded like a contest of growls and howls accompanied by some erratic table-hitting with their cups. *chokes* What a perfect description. Sounds like fun!

You know, Elrohir doesn’t seem to be the brightest star in the sky. And I admit I chuckled a little evilly when he got landed with Bilbo! Although, to be fair, he did manage to wangle his way out of that later…

Love Elrond and the map! And Erestor’s pride in him made me smile :-)

Actually, one of my favourite parts is the image of Glorfindel playing with the young ones. Estel made me laugh with his jokes – especially as Glorfindel was just about to launch into a tale about Aulë! *snigger*

“…have such long…er, good night, Elrond, Elladan, Erestor, uh…everybody. Are we interrupting?” Everybody??? Uh-oh!

More please! You really are marvellous at comedy :-)

(Why do Dwarves have such long beards?!)

Author Reply: I suppose that Erestor would have had a calmer day if he had locked everybody up in a cellar. But Elrond would not hear of such thing, so Erestor has had a very busy day, chasing them all around and glaring at everything out of place!! To me he is the closest thing to a stressed Elf!

Poor Elrohir was too smug and fast for his own good. But he is a caring big brother, so when he heard of someone having to be kept safe, he inmediately thought of Estel... LOL! That was Erestor's mistake, after all!:-) so he spent the rest of the day paying for it... in his way. Landing the unsuspecting twin with good old Bilbo was a bit too much in my opinion! :-)

And the sight of an oblivious Glorfindel having the time of his life first with the dwarves and then with the children was enough to incense poor Erestor!

Many thanks, Dot, I am glad that you are enjoying!

(We shall have to ask Elrohir about that...)

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