Oooh, nice! I admit I had to look up Maglor since it's been ages since I read The Silmarillion. But that was a wonderful touch - a bittersweet twist, well done!
The first ficlet was very good as well - you captured Elrond's voice in first person extremely well. I particularly liked the line: "yet it will be love that will defeat me" It's just so. . . Elvish! Brilliant, too. One question: could the Elves communicate in thought in Tolkien's writing, or is that from the movies? Hm, that makes me think of another question I might just have to toss your way over on the forums. . . ;)
Very nice, I can't wait to read your piece on Feanor when I come back from vacation! ~Gina :)
Thanks so much for your review :) Yes, its book canon that elves can communicate mentally. Its called Osanwe-kenta. Here's a link where Tolkien discusses it. http://www.alissonrveldhuis.com/Tolkien_Osanwe_kenta.html I don't use it very much in my writing because I don't think its as easily done as some people think it is. In Paradox (my WIP) Laureanna - the main OFC - only has a connection to her loved ones through dreams and half the time they make no sense to her. But Elrond explains to her that he and Galadriel can only see what Eru (Tolkien's version of God) allows them to see so they cannot read minds unless it is Eru's intervention. And his children can at times shut him out and he's aware they shut him out so its mainly something between very powerful elves and those who are closest to each other's hearts. That's all just my opinion and way of treating it in fanfiction - not canon. I don't want my elves to be able to read everyone's mind all the time because how intrusive that would be! lol