I like the fact that he began to check things out, Googling Imladris and then looking for the books. He may be young but he can still think quite clearly.
He also has the typical rashness of a young person in taking four sleeping tablets! O_o. If any-one took for of mine they would be out a good long time!
This made me smile, with ( very old ) memories.
Brandon wasn't the smartest, but he did know that if Elrond read the trilogy, history in Middle Earth could change for the better or for the worse in the blink of an eye.
"Knowledge may be power, but it can destroy people too," Brandon thought to himself.
I attempted a Tolkien fanfic about 18 years ago, but set in the Elder Days where the character was supposed to go back to the First Age and live through until the War of the Ring knowing everything, but unable to change anything. The OC took back a copy of the Silmarillion which she kept referring to, but knew no-one must see. I would agree, Elrond reading LOTR ( let's assume in some way he could read English ) could cause a paradox, or actually cause a complete F.U.B.A.R situation. Tampering with events causes all sorts of problems.
I am still impressed with your portrayal of Elrond, he seems more like the Elrond of the book than of the films, and I appreciate that a great deal. He is acting in with wisdom, caution and the experience borne of his long life.
I was actually thinking about what I would do once I stopped panicking/rejoicing that I was in Middle Earth when I slept. I once had an especially cryptic dream, so I googled some of the different symbols and things mentioned in the dream. Of course, I wasn't worrying about my sanity or dealing with mysterious rope burn around my wrists and ankles...
I'm glad that my portrayal of Brandon is realistic enough!
I do think Elrond would be able to read English...I think that English is the assumed common tongue in most stories including Tolkien's. Ah, I wish there was a way that I could ask Tolkien himself! Oh well. He'd probably flip out on reading some of these stories. I think if he read Arwen's diaries he'd yell at me, haha.
I agree whole-heartedly with you say about Elrond finding out all this. I love that word, F.U.B.A.R...tampering with time and outcomes seems to be a problem.
Thanks for the praise on my portrayal of Elrond. I'm trying to keep him closer to the original book-type Elrond, and I'm so glad to hear that I'm succeeding! Thanks!