“Elladan? Would you and Elrohir like to make your presentation now?”
Erestor tried not to smirk as he wondered exactly what the elflings
Nodding in tandem, the twins hopped out of their seats and walked in
step to the front of the room. Around the edges of the hall, which was
the temporary classroom for the day, sat various proud parents and other
members of the household who came to see the first year students give
their very first oral reports.
Both brothers stepped up onto the stage from the left while the
butcher’s daughter carefully stepped down on the right side. There were
only two steps, but it still seemed a bit frightening to most of the
students, despite the fact that they had run through the order three or
four times earlier in the week. Erestor motioned that they should begin
whenever they were ready now that the pair was side by side at the
center of the stage.
“Good afternoon, family and friends,” began Elladan. Elrohir leaned
over and whispered something, and Elladan added, “And classmates.”
Another whisper and Elladan hissed back, “I can not say that, he’s the
Erestor narrowed his eyes as Elrohir put a sweet look on his face and
continued with, “Today, we would like to tell you about our Ada. Our Ada
has a very important job.”
Breathing a sigh of relief, Erestor settled back in his chair. Many
of the other children had decided on the theme of one or the other of
their parents and what they did; others chose to talk about a favorite
pet or game. For some time, Erestor had been worrying about what the
twins would decide to say, but it appeared – for the moment – that
things were going well.
“Our Ada is in charge of the valley. He is a elf-lord. An Elf-lord,”
Elladan corrected himself. “And our Nana is an Elf-princess. Which
should make our Ada a prince, but it does not.”
“Actually, our Nana’s name means queen, but our bigger Nana’s
actually a queen, but not really, so Nana has to be the princess.
Besides, Ada’s not a king, so that would not work,” explained Elrohir.
Off to the side of the stage, Erestor suppressed a groan and covered
his hand over his eyes, peeking out between his fingers to look past the
rows of students sitting in chairs at the center to where the lord of
the valley sat.
“It gets confusing,” Elladan admitted, “because if you have not
noticed, we have another Elf-lord here.”
“Except he is not as big as our Ada,” Elrohir said, “just taller and
Even Glorfindel laughed at the description that was given of him.
Erestor kept his smirk in check; logically, after discussing their
parents and moving to Glorfindel, then tended to get to-
“The thing is,” Elladan said rather seriously, “even though Ada is in
charge and owns the place-“
“He always says ‘This is my house’”, Elrohir interrupted, doing a
fairly good imitation of his father, eyebrow of doom included, “ ‘And
these are my rules. And if you do not like my rules, then someday you
can build your own house, but until then, I am the one in charge’.”
Lady Celebrian snorted during a poor attempt to cover her mouth as
she leaned over the side of her chair, away from her laughing husband.
“Even though Ada is in charge,” began Elladan again, “and owns the
place, the person who makes sure everything stays in order is Master
“Erestor will not even let you move books different than how he puts
them,” said Elrohir seriously. “Even though there are spaces on the
shelf for more of them, he puts them in funny order instead of pushing
them all together. If I were in the library, I would just squish them
all onto shelves, and then we would have more shelves for more books.”
“He knows all the rules,” added Elladan. “Even the ones that get us
To this, Erestor could not help but chuckle. Elladan and Elrohir
glanced at each other, trying to determine why everyone in the room was
laughing at their presentation. Deciding it might be a good idea to end
it now with everyone happy, Elladan said, “When we grow up, we think we
might want to be like our Ada. Then, we would have someone to do all of
“Like Erestor,” piped up Elrohir, in case no one was aware of whom
they were referring to.
“-and someone to make sure no one attacks our house that we built-“
“-and we would have the prettiest ladies in all of Arda as our
“Like Nana. Except, Nana is the prettiest lady in all of Arda, so we
would have almost the prettiest ladies in all of Arda.”
The twins bowed just before stepping off of the stage. Daring to look
across the room, Erestor found that now it was Elrond who was narrowing
his eyes in the direction of the twins, but beside him, Celebrian was
watching her children dotingly as they sat back down on their chairs,
and then turned and blew kisses at their parents.