Reviews for Aftermath of Fire
Galad Estel chapter 2 . 10/2/2011
I am glad youcomes to gave Celebrimbor a nickname. Both of his names are long and clumsy. Since reading The Unfinished Tales I have been very drawn to Celebrimbor/ Galadriel pairing, though I have always supposed that they knew each other in Valinor, and that perhaps it was the kinslaying that drove them apart, Celebrimbor looking to much like his grandfather whom Galadriel has learned to hate. Though Tolkien said that Celebrimbor loved Galadriel, he never said whether or no Galadriel returned these feelings, however he said that there was great love between Galadriel and Celeborn. Celebrimbor is rather a confusing character. He loves Galadriel yet overthrows her, then comes to her for counsel and gives her Nenya. This ring eventually drives Celeborn and Galadriel apart.
Ellwyn chapter 2 . 11/9/2002
I love this. It's a wonderfully crafted story and once again, as always, I'm awed by your expanse of knowledge on LOTR, the Silmarillion and, basically everything that Tolkien wrote. Even if I don't know the history or what all the names mean, I think it is a beautiful story in itself. :)
Woman of the Dunedain chapter 1 . 8/20/2002
This is truly wonderful! There is something so romantic about it all, even though they must go seperate ways and she has found Celeborn. Poor Celebrimbor...he will die alone. Way to unfair that he must carry the Curse.
toastedcheese chapter 1 . 8/14/2002
I am not exaggerating when I say that this is one of the best fanfics I have *ever* read. It was excellently characterized, wonderfully written, spectacularly researched, and had the effect of turning me, the reader, into a big puddle of giggling, sighing, watery-eyed goop. Pulling off romance without making it cheesy is difficult, but you did it. Also, I love your rendition of Celebrimbor; what a sweet guy.
Beruthiel10158 chapter 1 . 8/11/2002

This was gorgeous!

I loved the imagery you created-the scene with the molten silver being poured into his hand especially.

We need more A/U stories that delve into Tolkien's abandoned manuscripts as this one did.

There's a certain element of Shakespeareanesque tragedy in this. Was that just an ironic consequence of your plot idea, or was it intentional?

Very nice.
Ithilwen of Himring chapter 1 . 8/7/2002
Why do Feanorians never realize that runing away from DOOM only brings it on the quicker? Celebrimbor SHOULD have married Galadriel - and gone West with her. Had they both humbled their pride and accepted the Pardon of the Valar, the resulting tragedy would never have happened. But instead he decides to remain in Middle Earth, and in his attempts to expiate his family's guilt brings on the next great disaster of Middle Earth. And his refusal to listen to his heart's longing brings great pain to both him and Galadriel. Can't he see his own hubris, thinking that it is within his power to atone single-handedly for the crimes committed by a previous generation? And yet, the reader has to pity him. At least Galadriel seems to finally find peace and healing in her marriage to Celeborn.

I loved the imagry of Celebrimbor puring the molten silver into his hand - "Silver-fist" in a most literal and painful way.
Thauhen chapter 2 . 8/6/2002
This is a beautifully written story, which does not surprise me after reading your other uploaded stories. Once again, you show believable emotions in your characters with how they deal with situations (like how Galadriel doesn't quite want to understand Celebrimbor's reasons for rejecting her). I also loved the excelent images your phrasing creates for the reader, like "intricate flight of birds, designed to pursue each other around the wearer’s finger," and "a twisted, tortuous scrap, useless and unlovely." I noticed you avoided involving Celeborn in this story past using his presence to advance the plot (since you can't really just wish him away out of existance), resisting the temptation to protray him as the stoned airhead that many people seemed to enjoy in the movie.

Anyway, great job, keep writing, and do it fast so your muse doesn't abandon you.
Finch chapter 1 . 8/6/2002
This is a rare gem; it perfectly captures the sadness and melancholy of what-might-have-been (including no interference by Annatar plus the resulting disaster). Celebrimbor's moral integrity is amazing, and a source of admiration. Galadriel and he would have made a great couple, but I was also reminded of the French saying that instead of marrying your life's passion, you had better choose someone 'bien sympathique'.

On a final note: IMO it's impossible to write an AU Celebrimbor/Celeborn/Galadriel story, in view of all the conflicting evidence.

Thank you for writing this.
Soledad chapter 1 . 8/6/2002
A beautiful story! Interesting, that you think Celeborn was not really part of the Mírdain's revolt against Celeborn. I never thought of that, but in the context of your story it certainly makes a lot of sense.

I do agree with you, though, that Celebrimbor deliberately didn't marry (you can see something similar in my Prologue). There is something very disturbing how they all believed that the curse of the Fëanoreans would be inherited by every new generation. Sometimes I wonder if it's true or they simply used it as an excuse for many different things.
Maeve Riannon chapter 1 . 8/6/2002
A very different onlook of the story. Here, its Galadriel who is rejected! And, as you say, its slightly AU, for Celeborn and she had been mmarried from the First Age, but who cares?

I like the way you portray Celebrimbor. Deeply ahamed of his familys actions, and not willing to bring another heir of the Fëanorians to the world, his fate seems more tragic, as we know hell finally follow his grandfathers steps, even unwillingly.
Deborah Judge chapter 2 . 8/5/2002
Beautiful story! Great romance! Oh, that horrible curse of Feanor. You tell the story of this unusual pairing quite powerfully, so that now i am sad they couldn't marry. how the history of the second age would have been different.
Furius chapter 1 . 8/5/2002
A most bitter story indeed. Great flow of the theme of rings here. The silver ring he gave sound lovely "intricate flight of birds"

I feel so sorry for Celebrimbor, he is protecting others from the curse of his blood. His character is portrayed nicely, the conflict of emotions, the fear of himself(autophobia)the sacrifice he made.

Of course, I have to compliment you on the effects of beauty on the three generations of Feanorians.

This tale still demean Celeborn somewhat, oh well, Celebrimbor is the focus here.

Well done, at last someone else takes up the great tradition of unfinished tales.