As xFanarix said, it's so hard for an immortal to love a mortal knowing that they will have to make so many sacrifices. That Elladan and Elrohir were willing to make the sacrifice and care for Aragorn as a brother really touches me. You portrayed the twins exactly as I imagined them.
This is so good for a first piece, I would be so proud if I could write like this. Keep up the good work!
Author's Response: Thank you for reviewing, Buckleberry. I’m glad that you enjoyed my portrayal of the twins. There will be more stories involving the twins to come and I would love to hear what you think!
If this was your first attempt at writing Fanfic I must say that I am very impressed as it was very well written and written with great depth and maturity. I do see a lot of stories that are written about young Estel but they are usually just to be “cute” and that doesn’t appeal to me but as in your other story you are really able to flesh out the characters with great skill and your little Estel (In the story) is indeed very adorable its not just a story about him getting into mischief with the twins, It touches upon deeper themes. I have to say I could really identify with Estel after his first meeting with the Orcs and feeling shaken afterwards, I dealt with my first real “life or death” emergency the other day and did feel like I was moving in a trance and didn’t truly realize it was over until someone pat me on the back and said to go get a juice because I fell over. Alright not *quite* the same as fighting the Orcs ;) Again its interesting to see more of a younger Aragorn because in the books we first meet a hardened and experienced Ranger but here is just a young man starting off and learning. Again I really like how you capture the twins and how Elladan copes with his guilt and how he blames himself for Arathon’s death and how it comes out in his dealing with Aragorn. Fantastic story, thank you for putting it up as I enjoyed reading it immensely and I really liked the very ending, Dear little Estel, trying to get some answers and only ending up with more questions!
Author's Response: Thanks so much for your kind words! Well, I certainly don’t care much for stories of the “cute little Estel gets into mischief with those zany prank-pulling twins” variety either, so we have something in common. Apparently, we also have in common that we have both faced “life or death” situations, as I based Estel’s reaction to his first taste of battle on my own personal experience of defending myself against an attacker (and he was not quite an “orc” but close to it!), so perhaps that’s why it feels realistic to you. Thanks for reviewing again, I’m so glad to know that you enjoyed this little fic so much. There are more stories to come, so hopefully, at some point, poor Estel will finally get some answers! :-)
I thought this was really good and the characterization of Elrohir and Estel was excellent. A very interesting fic and a great read!
Author's Response: Thanks for reveiwing, Gemini Elf. I always stive to create interesting and complex characters, and I'm glad to know you enjoyed them.
i loved this, well done if this was your first piece of writing much better than anything i wrote for the first time.
this is very in depth and thoughtful and interesting to see elrohirs point of view. i like how you have captured the changing nature with elrohir one moment serious the other laughing its how i imagine the twins
anyway well done again and keep up the great work
Author's Response: Thank you for reviewing! I've always imagined elves in general as having rapidly changing moods, and I'm glad you enjoyed my portrayal of Elrohir in this fic.
I really loved this. I know you say it is your first piece, but I see only that it is remarkable. We seem to hear a lot about Arwen loving Aragorn and what that means to her and Elrond, but only rarely this kind of insight into the twins feelings.
It is sobering and poignant to think of them knowing so many generations of Mortal's and befriending them and having them pass away over thousands of years. One can understand that with that constant grief Elves would not enter easily or lightly into friendship with a Mortal. But as the Peredhel, of course they do carry Mortal blood. The way Elrohir explains this to Estel gives such a sense of those long years of sorrow.
Lovely bit of writing, I think you are judging yourself a great deal more harshly than any reader would!
Author's Response: I’ve spent a lot of time thinking about what it would actually mean to be immortal, and it made perfect sense to me that an elf would not be so quick and eager to form friendships with mortals as some fics would have us believe. And then I got to thinking about what it would be like for Elladan and Elrohir, who Tolkien tells us “rode often far afield with the Rangers of the North” to watch so many men that they obviously counted as friends die while they themselves remained unchanged. This theme, amongst others concerning the unique nature of the peredhil, and the sons of Elrond in particular, will be continued in some of the fics to come.rnrnThanks so much for reviewing again, fanarix! I’m pleased to know that you are continuing to enjoy my writing.rn