Aaron seems very pleased by your request and is very glad to tell you about the house. He invites you to his room and offers you a drink while he sits down and recounts for you a short history of the house
The house was originally built by the ancient Elrond Half-Elven, son of Earendel and Elwing, at the end of the Black Years, now known as the Second Age. Elrond lived in and refined the house throughout the many centuries he lived in Rivendell, then known as Imladris. While Elrond lived there, it was said that "His house was perfect, whether you liked food, or sleep, or work, or story-telling, or singing, or just sitting and thinking, best, or a pleasant mixture of them all."(The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien, pg. 61) When Elrond, along with the other remaining ringbearers, left for the Sea near the beginning of the Fourth Age, the house remained but seemed to have lost its identity as it passed through the hands of a long secession of owners. Much damage and many changes were wrought to the house during this long period.
Finally, in this century, the rediscovery of the ancient history of the house, Elrond and all the events that occurred in the first three Ages came about through the efforts of the scholar J. R. R. Tolkien. With this rediscovery, the house became a major historical landmark and many were they who wished to possess it.
By luck and much work, the house finally ended up in my hands. I have made great efforts in the time since I took possession to try to both maintain and restore as much of the house as I could to its original condition but also to make it a house of the modern age with all the modern capabilities. Fortunately, I have been able to assemble a wonderful staff to help me run the place but much work still remains. Likely, improvements will continue to be made for years. Hopefully it will soon again meet the high standards which it set in the past.
Aaron thanks you for your interest in the house and invites you to stay for as long as you would like. He also mentions that he welcomes any suggestions you may have for improvements and tells you that you are best off contacting him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
April 8, 2011 - Given the huge changes in the web in the last 17 years, I have stopped seriously updating these pages for a long time. I've just gone through to remove broken links and do some minor updates but have tried to leave the House mostly as it is for historical reasons. Everybody nowadays uses Google or Bookmarks to navigate so the original idea of this site as a kind of portal page with personally selected links no longer really makese sense. It remains though my house and so I do try to keep it up somewhat.
Thanks to the following people/pages that have made links to one or more of the rooms in this Last Homely House.
Special thanks to Glenn Davis for picking the Last Homely House as the Cool Site of the Day on October 9, 1994 and to The Spider for picking the Hall of Excellence as the Spider's Pick of the Day on November 16, 1994. Thanks to David McWha for including several pages on his RedStar's Net Personalities entry for me. Thanks to Wave of the Day for choosing the House as their pick on March 25, 1996.
The March, 1996 edition of the magazine The Net mentions my personal page and parts of the house and newspaper (you can see the review from page 94 of the Sitings->Vanity section). Thanks to Dietrich for bringing this article to my attention.
The house has also been selected as a NetGuide Gold site.
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