I've been waiting and waiting for this to turn up on the aragornangst group, but you don't post there! So I finally went back to the Teitho site and realized it was you who authored this wonderful gem of a tale that got my 1st place vote! I loved it very much! I like stories that show the elves using the spider silk, and Legolas in this was refreshingly different. *applause* Thank you for such a great story! ~NiRi
Author's Response: *blushes* I'm deeply flattered. I think the MoME challenge called out some of the best stories I've seen on Teitho. When I read "Ripples" and "Arwen" in particular, I knew I wasn't going to win -- and I was delighted.
Ahhh, I remember Jael mentioned something about spiders' silk in one of her stories. I found it gross even then (you know me, highly arachnophobic). But thinking about it, it does make sense. Humans maybe wouldn't bother. But if you look at the vain elves with all their fancy clothes... they have to get the cloth for it somewhere! And since I don't think they're trading with the Haradrim...;-)
I liked the women in this. They do something that's important to society (or everyone would go naked - as if that was a bad thing *snickers*), but they still seem on the fringe of society. Their interaction with the warriors at least seems to be cut down to the barest necessities. Highly interesting!
Author's Response: Oh, you're right. If only Tathariel and the rest went on strike, they'd all be running around naked. !! Maybe I should write a sequel to my story about Orcs unionizing and add it to the naked elves series. Thanks for the positive response. I think your point is well-observed and true in our society as well. We all need farm workers, but we don't interact with them, or spend much time worrying about their exposure to pesticides and industrial accidents.
nice! quite...original. i loved it!
The "valor without honor" thing is one of my favorite parts of the book.
Author's Response: I'm glad you enjoyed it. After the brief glimpse of the Mirkwood elves in the Hobbit, I always wondered how they live their lives. (How did they keep moving that banquet, for example?) I really recommend that you check out the Teitho Contest, if you haven't already.