Oh this is such a dear little moment. I don't know what tugged my heart more, Elrond's little scowls, Maedhros feeling he has lost his touch with children or Maedhros' inadvertent echoing of his mother's words and the heartache he feels at that. Lovely little one shot. Elrond's eyebrows are epic in the movie.
Author's Response: Argh, Nelya, I'm sorry, I didn't see this comment! I'm so glad you enjoyed this; I had fun writing it. Mini Elrond is cute :D but yes, there's a lot of poignancy here too from Maedhros's perspective.
This is so sweet! I so love Elrond, and also stories about his time with Maedhros and Maglor. This is just perfect in every regard, and they're all so adorable here (if I might say so; I hope you don't mind my happy squealing about picturing this scene and the various grumpy looks, secret eye-rolling and desperate pleas for absent brothers and such. ^^ ) I think Elrond and Maedhros have something special going on.
How fun, too, to imagine this inspired by that movie scene (if around two corners) and these eyebrows! I adore this scene in the movies, although I always think Elrond looks indignant there not because the two rascals gtae-crash as such, but because his beautifully-if-quickly-thought-out solution to the problem at hand, when Aragorn etc. have spoken up, won't work because of the younger Hobbits - only to have it even improve within seconds.
I don't know if that makes any sense, it's difficult enough to explain. *g* But it's definitely a trademark Elrond expression which he so must have already had as a child. (Now I want a detailed story of Maglor and Maedhros raising one young geek and know-it-all with the name of Elrond.... *lol* )
Author's Response: I am so so sorry, I don't know how I managed to miss this lovely comment! Of course I don't mind squealing, I take it as a compliment :D and yes, I think Elrond and Maedhros do have a special bond.
Oh goodness, those eyebrows...I can only imagine the amount of times he must have given Elladan and Elrohir *the look* over the years. I also like to imagine that Arwen inherited it and used it on her own children from time to time!
I do plan to write more about Maglor, Maedhros and Lalwen raising Elrond, Elros and Gildor, but I don't know when :/ I have so much I want to write!!! Anyway, thank you for reading and commenting, and I'm sorry it's taken an age for me to respond.
Oh! Narya! I was giggling when the above link took me to your main blog on tumblr and you had the screen shot of movie Elrond with 'Those' eyebrows. Lol
But, I really loved this. I liked that it was Maedhros by himself having to take care of the boys. Unsure of how he's supposed to do this whole parent thing. How to successfully speak to children and the like. In my eyes Maglor is the one who seems to be a natural with children, Maedhros finds it a little more difficult having any kind of rapport with them etc.
In my hc I've always seen Elrond as being highly intelligent, a genius of sorts and you conveyed this so well.
Elrond's mind ticking over every nuance of Maedhros' questions and answers. Pulling every aspect apart to study it. Love it.
Great little story. :)
Author's Response: Aww, thank you so much! Yes, the eyebrows make me chortle too. I remember the first time I saw that film, they flung me right out of the scene, I was at the cinema with my uncle and we were just dying of laughter XD
I don't think Maedhros was too bad at the parent thing; after all, he did the older brother thing for long enough! But I think he has got a little "rusty" so to speak, and he's been through so much at this point, so those instincts aren't at the surface for him any more. Also I think (and this is headcanon only) that the twins were much closer to Maglor, and that Maedhros was always acutely conscious of the circumstances of their adoption, so very very wary of deploying any "tough love" tactics. I hope that makes sense!?
I'm so glad Elrond's intelligence came across :) I agree, I think even as a child he was exceptionally bright.
Oh, god movie!Elrond, I just cannot. I wipe him out of all memories, but not well enough, obviously as I can’t bear writing him.
I am always amazed and touched that Maedhros and Maglor should have the emotional strength to take two young boys into their care after such devastating personal losses. It says a great deal about those two. This was sweet :)
Author's Response: Thanks :) I try to forget about movie!Elrond too but I can't. He's the only character where the film version has totally superseded my imagined book version - except maybe Gandalf, but Ian McKellen was pretty much exactly how I imagined Gandalf anyway. I don't think of Elijah Wood when I think of Frodo, or Viggo Mortensen when I think of Aragorn, or even Cate Blanchett when I think of Galadriel (although I do like her, particularly in The Hobbit trilogy), but for some reason Hugo Weaving has just burned himself into my brain. I think it's the eyebrows...