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Knowing  by Rhyselle 8 Review(s)
LevadeReviewed Chapter: 1 on 11/1/2008
Aww...very sweet! Haven't read anything of Fiondel's but this stands alone quite nicely.

Mysterious JediReviewed Chapter: 1 on 11/2/2007
Sweet story. I have greatly enjoyed Fiondil's work and can see why you were inspired by it! It is interesting to get a glimpse of Glorfindel back in Endore!

BodkinReviewed Chapter: 1 on 6/2/2007
Glorfindel deserves a pair of twins to whom he can be devoted - and he will care for them well over a long time. Lucky Elladan and Elrohir.

ellieReviewed Chapter: 1 on 6/1/2007
How sweet! An enjoyable compliment to Elf Interrupted. Beautifully done!

FiondilReviewed Chapter: 1 on 5/29/2007
So now *I* get to leave a long(ish) review for a change! First of all, thank you for the birthday gift. Having someone else play in my "Elf Interrupted" universe is lots fun and I hope others will want to play as well.

I like the description of the scents that Glorfindel smells as he sits in the beech tree. I'm very poor with scents and wouldn't recognize jasmine from rose if my life depended on it. However I know what the smell of a night-enshrouded forest smells like, so it was easy enough for me to "be" there with Glorfindel.

I did not describe Glorfindel's time in Lórien in any great detail, being more interested in establishing his relationship with Sador and then reuniting him with Finrod, so it is good that we see something of what it was like for him as he tries to adjust to being re-embodied, yet still having memories of his time in Mandos and the special task he was given there to help heal the fëar of two lost souls. I always thought the story of Elúred and Elúrin especially sad and tragic because of their extremely young age when they died. At age 7 (3 years old in human terms) they would have been incapable of fending for themselves. Their deaths were needlessly cruel and they must have suffered beyond anything most of us can easily imagine about death.

Of course, I always imagined that, in fact, they did not die at all, but were rescued by a person or persons unknown who raised them in secret, perhaps not even knowing these were the twin sons of Dior (though how many twin children would there have been?). At any rate, that is a fairy tale of a different kind and not the one that suited my purposes in telling Glorfindel's story.

Anyhoo.... I like it that it was Lord Irmo who comforted the ellon, which makes sense. In a way, once within the borders of Lórien, the Reborn would be the responsibility of Lord Irmo rather than his brother. What Lord Irmo says, of course, is very true: there is a time to take up responsibility for those younger and weaker than you, and a time to let them go; the mother bird always seems to know when it's time for the baby birds to learn to fly. We have to do the same. If Glorfindel had remained in Mandos any longer than he did and tried to mother the twins, he would have only ended up smothering them and stunting their spiritual growth (as well as his own). As much as he misses them, he did the right thing in letting them go when he did.

Irmo's words, echoed by those of Another, help Glorfindel to see this but more importantly to actually "know" it as true. We often accept things intellectually, without necessarily taking them into our deepest selves and living them out as truths. This is a lesson Glorfindel had to learn and was able to keep when Elrond and Celebrían's twin sons are born. You know that Glorfindel is going to be the protector/teacher/big brother/confidant of the twins in the same way as he was for Elúred and Elúrin, but now he's matured enough to know just when it will be time to step back and allow Elladan and Elrohir the chance to fly on their own.

I'm sure Elrond and Celebrían, watching their friend with the twins, often wondered where Glorfindel's infinite patience, his unconditional love and his joy for the twins comes from. They might guess, but we "know"!

A lovely piece, Rhyselle, and a welcome "lost chapter" of the Lives of Glorfindel.

MithLuinReviewed Chapter: 1 on 5/28/2007

So well done! This is a scene it is unlikely Fiondil will ever have a chance to show us (at least, within Elf Interrupted), and yet it fits in so flawlessly with that story. The tree, the music, the promise and the voice...just, great! So, are Elrond's twin sons really his uncles?

Author Reply: I'm glad that you liked the ficlet. Fiondil's writing of the Valar and of Glorfindel's rebirth really clicked with me and when this came into my head, there was no way that I couldn't type it out and send it to him as a giftfic. I'm grateful that he was willing to let me share it with SoA.

However, I had not intended to give the implication that Elladan and Elrohir were Elured and Elurin reborn. Although that is an interesting concept on its own! Down, plot bunny, down!

Thanks for reviewing!

LarnerReviewed Chapter: 1 on 5/28/2007
Oh, yes, Rhyselle--a perfect response. He needed twins around him, I think.

Author Reply: I'm glad you liked it. Thank you very much for reading and reviewing!

Calenlass GreenleafReviewed Chapter: 1 on 5/28/2007
That was sweet. :)
A joy to read.

-Calenlass

Author Reply: It came pretty much full blown as you see it from my imagination to the keyboards. I'm very pleased that you enjoyed the story. Thank you!

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