Elrond's ward Estel is dangerously ill, a Necromancer is in Dol Guldur, and Gandalf has arrived in Rivendell with thirteen Dwarves and a Hobbit. 2941 was a very hard year.
Contains examples of:
- Adult Fear: Elrond doesn't know what's wrong with Estel or how to cure it, but suspects Sauron is responsible. It takes Elrond and Gandalf using their Rings to break Estel's fever, and when he recovers he has gained memories of delightful events like the Downfall of Númenor.
- Happily Adopted: Estel considers Elrond his "atarinya" and doesn't remember his biological father at all (understandable, since he was two when Arathorn died). Gilraen does not approve.
- Interspecies Friendship: Between Gilraen (human) and Elrohir (Elf) and Estel (human) and Glorfindel (Elf).
- Young Future Famous People: Estel is a young Aragorn.