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Title: Chapter 43 The Black Web Reviewer: Spiced Wine Signed
Abruptly Elrohir gained his feet, smoothly as though he had never been afflicted, and his cloak flowed around him like a shadow. He looked at Elladan for a moment and then he turned and strode down the hillside as if he had taken no wound, as if the Nazgul had merely inconvenienced him. He raised one gauntletted hand as he walked. Some few Men lifted their heads as he passed. And, after a moment of hesitation, they rose and followed him as if summoned. These were the Men whose hearts had no peace, who still wanted vengeance and their blood was hot. Elladan watched them gather about Elrohir. Baelderon was amongst them, his grief for his brother still darkened his eyes. Elrohir spoke. They did not cheer but their faces were grim and determined as Elrohir moved between them and Elladan could not help but think of them as shadowed. Incredible piece, because it, and that which precedes it, paints a very vivid image of the differences between Elladan and Elrohir. Elrohir is dangerous, and dark indeed, but glorious too. Come then, he said and opened himself, pulled the linen shirt over his head and bundled it up, threw it from him and tenderly, lovingly, covered Legolas with his nakedness. There was almost a hiss from the dark web beneath Legolas' skin. Oh my gosh! This had my breath stopped. It's beautiful and terrible and very dark. He knew there were words but he could not distinguish them- he was slowly wrapped in black threads that skittered and wove about him...the web cocooned him...and he felt himself falling, his heart enveloped and his lungs furred with the black web Oh lord. Now what. Every time I think it cannot ratchet up any more tension it does, but written so amazingly! (Oh Dark God was something I took from the Silmarillion; Of the Rings of Power and the Third Age.
In the East and South well nigh all men were under his (Sauron's) dominion, and they grew strong in those days and built many towns and walls of stone, and they were numerous and fierce in war and armed with iron. To them Sauron was both king and god; and they feared him exceedingly for he surrounded his abode with fire.
These were the peoples Vanimr had dealings with. And I am so flattered you would hint at his existence in this marvellous story!

Author's Response: Well as you know I have been reading all the DP and actualy it must have been in my ind anyway so it was inevitable. And I alway slike ot see references in other works of fanfic- makes me think its all really true!!
Date: Feb 26 2012 08:05 am [Report This]
Title: Chapter 24Nine for Mortal Men Reviewer: peamaps Signed
So sad! Omg, I don't see they getting out of this. It was a magical moment, the light, Legolas' spirit, it was beautiful to "see" in my mind. Congratulations to author and co-writer ^_^

Author's Response: Thank you. I am particualry proud of this chapter- I have a really clear picture of it in my head, of the fireflies, and hte light shining up on their faces.
Date: Jan 25 2012 12:21 pm [Report This]
Title: Chapter 22 Obsession Reviewer: peamaps Signed
perfect! never imagined that he had a plan
when we think Elrohir is beyond salvation...
beautiful art!

Author's Response: Yes- Mienpies does these gorgeous pictures for me. Such a lovely gift. And Elrohir HAS to be saved... doesn't he?????
Date: Jan 25 2012 05:52 am [Report This]
Title: Chapter 20 The Gift of Men Reviewer: peamaps Signed
So intense, I didint leave my eyes for a second!

Author's Response: Yes, this is Elrohir almost at his worst but it does come from feeling hurt and rejected- that moment when Legolas went after Eomer. It is not going to be easily resolved either. Thank you for leaving all these lovely reviews, Peamaps.
Date: Jan 24 2012 11:57 pm [Report This]
Title: Chapter 16 Awakening Reviewer: peamaps Signed
I'm thrilled!
I would never imagine …omer would come.

Author's Response: Oh- do you know I had to go back and read that. Yes- Poor Eomer! And stupid, stupid Legolas. It's all going to go horribly wrong now of course!!
Date: Jan 24 2012 05:17 pm [Report This]
Title: Rvyon Reviewer: peamaps Signed
Beautiful! Perfect!
I see hope for Elrohir, sometimes can't even believe it's the same story. Poor …omer and Elladan.
Very creative, thousands of things happening, I don't know how you get so many ideas.
I'm in love to your Elrohir more and more, and Legolas of course. He's so strong and usually he's made a weak carachter.

Author's Response: Ah, well you know I like a strong Legolas too. I am so glad you are growing to love Elrohir- stick with him! He has some dark times ahead and needs your love!!! Love Ziggy
Date: Jan 24 2012 12:12 pm [Report This]
Title: Chapter 11 The Hunger Reviewer: peamaps Signed
I was thrilled through the whole chapter. Your creativeness knows no limit ^_^
Maybe Legolas can cure Elrohir, his secret is sooo terrible. Can't wait to read next chapter.

Author's Response: I'm sp glad you are enjoying this. I have to go back and see what I was writing and that's nice too. I was pleased with this chapter- I like the way it moves from one person to another and looking at Elrohir from these differrent perspectives.
Date: Jan 24 2012 01:33 am [Report This]
Title: Chapter 8 Aftermath Reviewer: peamaps Signed
Legolas is interested in Elladan, you are so creative. Thousands of things happening at the same time, so exciting.
I loved the twins talk, the comfort, I still feel for Elrohir and his older twin is just wonderful. Who wouldn't need someone that promised never let go?

Author's Response: It's so nice to read this- Elladan just gets nicer, better, more noble the more I write him. I will probably have to give him his own story sometime- maybe with Legolas. No spoilers!!
Date: Jan 23 2012 12:19 pm [Report This]
Title: Chapter 7 The Darkness Within Reviewer: peamaps Signed
It could not been more perfect, I waited for this. You described his darkness so well. Poor Elrohir, I still have hopes for the good in him.
But he is scarring. I would never imagine he would do something like this!
Wonderful chapter, very shashy!

Author's Response: Keep hoping! Elrohir needs all the help he can get- he has some very dark places to go before he comes out into the light!!
Date: Jan 23 2012 12:18 pm [Report This]
Title: Chapter 5 Reviewer: peamaps Signed
Amazing! What a complicated but stunning Elrohir you created. I feel so much for him, he suffers, maybe that's the way he finds to easy his pain. Loved this chapter.

Author's Response: I liked writing this chapter- it was in the days when I had more time and I think that shows in the writing if that does not sound too arrogant. You are absolutely right about Elrohir suffering to ease his pain- he punishes himself.
Date: Jan 23 2012 03:19 am [Report This]
Title: Chapter 4 Lust Reviewer: peamaps Signed
Talk about longing! It was fun indeed although I can't wait!
This Legolas is one of the strongest ever, I'm in love with him. I can't expect he to meet …omer again can I? It was so beautiful, I'll never forget that story as well.
Thanks for sharing such a wonder with us.

Author's Response: It's so lovely to get all these reviews in one go! Thank you for the lovely comment about Legolas-but he DOES meet Eomer again but it's never going to be the same. Poor Eomer.
Date: Jan 23 2012 02:09 am [Report This]
Title: Chapter 1 Keeping Watch Reviewer: peamaps Signed
I can't believe you made a sequel, I'm so happy.
I absolutely loved how strong Legolas was and the story with …omer, can't wait for what you hold to us in this one.
I'm sure I reviwed that one as well, maybe in other site but didn't hear from you ^_^
Going to next chapter.

Author's Response: How lovely to hear from you again, Peamaps! I think you reviewed on Adult Fanfiction but I had so few reviews I did not post this one there. I think you will like this- there is a bit where Eomer appears but the plot is about Elrohir and Legolas in this one. I hope you enjoy it! Love Ziggy.
Date: Jan 22 2012 01:37 am [Report This]
Title: Chapter 42 Reviewer: Lisse Signed
This review is being done on my I pod so it will be brief with another to follow. First, please prolong the sweet agony. Write as much as you want because I do not think it you could possibly write until I have had my fill of reading. Second, this is saying a lot but this is your best chapter. I was almost too much for my heart to take. There are only a few authors who can break open my chest, extract a beating heart, break it, return it, and expect me to go on with my day. You are one. Your writing leaves me changed.

Once again, love and graditude

Author's Response: You are an angst queen, Lisse! I'll see how it goes although I am not sure if they can hang on any longer! Poor Legolas- would you have him endure poison AND heartbreak? Hm- yes, I htought you would! xx
Date: Jan 16 2012 11:42 am [Report This]
Title: Chapter 42 Reviewer: Spiced Wine Signed
Oh, and yes, the sensual aspect of it is gorgeous, which might seem paradoxical in such a bloody battle, but it isn't. It is all about the senses, and you wrote that better than a pro.
Date: Jan 15 2012 10:09 am [Report This]
Title: Chapter 42 Reviewer: Spiced Wine Signed
Yes, I thought Elrohir was going to fall. My eyes were stinging.

Then Elrohir looked upon him with such love and he felt him open his hand. 'Let me go, Elladan.'

Author's Response: i LOVE it that you thought Elrohir was going to fall! That moment was his redemption I think. xx
Date: Jan 15 2012 09:27 am [Report This]
Title: Chapter 42 Reviewer: Spiced Wine Signed
Wow, Ziggy. Again, such a titanic, desperate emotion and blood soaked chapter.
The interaction, the love, the despair between Elladan and Elrohir was so beautiful, my heart was in my moth, as I thought Elrohir would fall in the end, into the void.

I could see all of this, as I have ever since you began this wonderful story, so rich, overwhelming, beautiful and terrible as these last chapters have been. A true tour de force. Brava!

I would certainly like to see more, but it wholly depends on what you, as the author feels compelled to write.

(Will post this on too.)

Author's Response: Thank you Sian. ooh- did you really think he was going?! That's brilliant- I am so pleased. I think that's the testament I needed. Thank you. Am reading Dark Prince again to reward myself for finishing this chapter and letting htings mull a little before I start the next.
Date: Jan 15 2012 08:51 am [Report This]
Title: Chapter 42 Reviewer: ebbingnight Signed
The internal battles here (Legolas's decision to go to Aragorn's rescue rather than Elrohir's in order to fulfill his sworn oath of "following" him, and Elrohir's struggle to free himself enough from the sorcery that keeps him wielding the Morgul blade and wearing the iron crown to save his brother at least) dwarf the external ones, though those are brilliantly done too: we feel the ongoing nightmare of sliding on the entrails of friends and foes alike, and facing the prospect of either being crushed by a troll or disemboweled by an orc as your strength finally starts ebbing away over the course of this long, long day....

And, yes, please feel free to prolong our enjoyment of the suffering as long as you like! :)

Author's Response: What a fabulous review - I am really glad the sensual aspect of it worked - I always try to make it more than waht they see and what happens and I felt that the slaughter, the sheer numbers of orcs etc would make it like this. I am getting really mixed responses to my question (which I had forgotten I'd asked of course!!!) so I'll wait for a few more. But I am writing as we speak so `i hope it won't be too long! Love Ziggy
Date: Jan 15 2012 02:54 am [Report This]
Title: Chapter 41 The Last Battle Reviewer: Lisse Signed
How do you do it? How can you possibly have such a brilliant imagination as to see and feel the Nazgul attack so vividly from Elrohir’s pov. The whole thing is genius! How can I stand it until the next chapter is posted? Btw, I loved the kiss. It’s about time. And I was touched by what Elrohir thought as the Uruk attacked him. He wished he had not spent his life on self loathing. I hope he keeps his will strong and takes off that crown. Zig you have left me stunned as always. You just get better and better and how can this be possible for someone who writes with an already perfect result?

Much love and thanks, Candy

Author's Response: Hello my dear Candy! Yes- the kiss was the main thing I could see whe I was writing the previous chapter actually. And don't worry, the next chapter is with Anar now and I think I will get it posted by the weekend. You do say nice things. Thank you Ziggy
Date: Jan 10 2012 11:44 am [Report This]
Title: Chapter 1 Keeping Watch Reviewer: Alpha Ori Signed
OK, after having been on the move for quite some time, I have finally arriving on windy Anglesey - twelve hours travelling on planes and trains, taxis and busses, braving near hurricanes and horizontal rain, ignoring a few twats along the way, and the odd stray sheep - am I unhapy? frustrated? did I get bored?
The answer of course, is no, for I had the good fortune of being able to read this chapter through it all, and at the end of the day, now in festive pyjamas with a glass of strange, welsh read wine - may I say what a lovely journey it has been.

Author's Response: Sounds like a jourapy through hell so I am very very glad you enjoyed reading that chpater on the way. A real compliment. Next chapter is already finished and just needs some tweaks. I'm getting through it more quickly now I hope and updates should be more frequent as I actually know where I'm going with it now- first time in ages!! Love ziggy
Date: Dec 26 2011 10:42 pm [Report This]
Title: Chapter 41 The Last Battle Reviewer: ebbingnight Signed

I should have guessed that you'd get the stinks of battle right, from the orcs to the trolls to the Nazgul themselves.

And the ways in which time on the battlefield can race by, and drag on, and stop dead.

And, of course, how choices made can play out in unexpected ways....

Thank you for putting up the chapter as a special holiday treat!!!

Author's Response: It's a pleasure, ebbingnight. Glad you enjoyed it- and thank you for noticing the smells! I added some of those just in the final edit -I like descriptions to be sensual in its literal sense and the troll wod be smelly, wouldn't they!! You are such an observant reader - it makes it all worthwhile, time is funny - Anar was very ruthless with the editing and wanted ot make sure we got that sense of pace and 'jagged' edge in the chapter. Happy Christmas ebbingnight and thank you for the review Love Ziggy
Date: Dec 24 2011 09:27 pm [Report This]
Title: Chapter 41 The Last Battle Reviewer: Spiced Wine Signed
What are you doing to my poor heart, Ziggy?

That was incredible, an absolute landslide of a chapter. I felt a terrible dread building it me as if I was standing in the path of an unstoppable force. Legolas, so beautiful firing his arrows, and believing that Elrohir was dead...

I felt as if I was actually in the midst of that battle, in all the blood and horror and dust and violence, feeling the emotions of Pippin and Legolas and Elrohir. Battles are hard to write well, but gosh! you took me and plunged me into the midst of it, but it was not simple a wonderfully written and colossal battle, the emotions that the characters feel give it even more depth.
That kiss between Elrohir and Legolas was beautiful; it almost had to be, I would have felt it was missing if, in all that horror and impending doom, you had not written it. Passionate, gorgeous, poignant.

And then everything gets completely overwhelming. And just as I think 'This must be the time that the Ring goes into the fires of Orodruin,'
No! Elrohir...!

I need a drink, Ziggy.

Also, what an amazing early Christmas present. (And now I am so hyped I won't be able to sleep!)

Just stupendous stuff.

Author's Response: I admit I felt very mean leaving the cliffhanger but it was getting so long and I have not completely decided how hte next bit pans out... Elrohir will just not always do as I want him to- I think we have talked about this before!! I am in 'talks' with him, negotiations if you like. I had to give them that kiss- just to get Legolas completely confused!!! And you are right, it's needed for balance and to keep us on track that this is love story. Thank you for the double reviews and have a great day today. Love Ziggy
Date: Dec 24 2011 09:05 pm [Report This]
Title: Chapter 40 Reviewer: L8Bleumr Signed
Sorry it took me a while to get to this. It was Thanksgiving here in the states when it posted and things have been rather hectic.

Anyways, wow zig, I don't even know how to tell you how much I liked this chapter. One of your best by far. YOU are the only author I have ever read that uses quotes from the books in such a way that I feel like I've never read it before. Usually I see that and skip over it because it seems so repetitious, but you know how to work it in with your own story and make it seem new.

Everything in this chapter was wonderful, from Eomer wanting to protect Legolas to the Mouth of Sauron, from Elrohir at the gate to Elladan rescuing him. And that line Elro uses about his brother being his light and there has to be light to cast shadow. Absolutely gorgeous. At the end when Elladan rides to Elrohir, one of the best scenes by far. Elladan is so valiant here and I just love that. I think you could possibly have your next story with him as your main character. I'd love to see him on a more personal level, know his strengths and weaknesses, just know his story. Great great chapter!

Author's Response: Funnily enough we don't have Thanksgiving over here :) I worked really hard on this chapter so it is really really gratifying to hear you say it was the best so far. I felt it was right and recently some of the chapters have been squeezed out probably a bit too soon- just pressure of work. But I intend to go back and rework it as soon as I'm finished- and post it on Esteliel's new site. I'll move stuff over there when I'm done. I just felt Elladan fans need a bit of love too - and both of them came out of this well. Legolas' turn next chapter, which is shaping up nicely. Of course its the final battle scene so it wil lbe long but I really want to get that sense of the intensity of the battle - I htink Tolkien really skipped over it actually with Pippin getting knocked out.
Date: Dec 02 2011 04:25 pm [Report This]
Title: Chapter 40 Reviewer: ebbingnight Signed
Ziggy, I think that perhaps the reviews are slower in coming because it's really, really hard to come up with anything to say that's worthy of this chapter!

So I'll just go with the snippet that I think best expresses how much deeper and darker your version of the confrontation with The Mouth of Sauron is than Tolkien's: the moment in which Legolas regains his memories and realizes what he believes the Shadow wants (though not, thankfully, we know by now, what Elrohir himself truly wants... but it was a choice, not a given, throughout this story.)

Yzira. The Gift of Longing. He was the Nazguls' promise, the reward for Elrohir if he delivered the Ring, the lure into darkness. He was Elrohir's downfall.

And the Nazgul's repeated dives at them both, physically appalling as they may appear to the observer are far less chilling than the unseen mental assaults being made at the same time....

Yes, if all fanfiction were like this, as Sian said, I would never be able to take my eyes off the screen!!!

Author's Response: Well... I'm a bit speechless to be honest, ebbingnight. That's a fabulously nice thing to say. Thank you. I'd better live up to it in the next chapter then... x
Date: Nov 27 2011 12:15 am [Report This]
Title: Chapter 40 Reviewer: Alpha Ori Signed
Well, well - and here I was thinking this would be the last chapter!! There are always more than you think there are going to be!!
Great writiing, as usual - I really look forward to seeing how you are going to end this, the task seems almost - impossible!

Author's Response: Funnily enough so did I.. for ages, but I felt it needed to be given time to play out - so I am currently working on the battle scene and then, well, if I am really honest, I am not exactly sure how it plays out yet... it can go one of two ways...and hten hopefully I have time to catch up on reading YOUR story as I have fallen so behind.
Date: Nov 26 2011 06:41 pm [Report This]
Title: Chapter 40 Reviewer: Lisse Signed
Ziggy, I truly am inadequate to review this and the previous chapter. But I will try. I have said from the beginning you are far better than Tolkien. This is one more proof. I could not stop reading once I started.

Once more Eomer’s unrequited passion for Legolas is heartbreaking, and I can see Legolas as almost tiring of it.

The black gate, the mouth, it’s tempting and taunting, all so masterfully written as to make me hold my breath while reading.

When I write I have trouble explaining and balancing the emotion and thought of two characters and you manage to make the horses heroes to us also.

Yes this chapter was for Elrohir and Elladan fans. Trust me, I am that! I love the hints of feeling between Imrahil and Elladan even in the middle of this horrible contest. Elladan is absolutely stunning in his courage and strength.

Ziggy, really it all comes down to this. This chapter was flawless, brilliant, and unforgettable. What beautiful artistry. What a gift you have. I’ve said this before, but I wish there was something I could give you that would show my appreciation for what you do, and who you are. But all I can do is thank you. This is one of those stories I will read over again several times. And it stays with a person. I find myself thinking of your characters and wondering about them as if they were real people I know. Btw, I love your twins with a passion. They are both magnificent.

Thanks again Ziggy,

Love, Candy

Author's Response: I like your idea of Legoals almost tiring of Eomer - as at some point he should probably. After all he did finish it cleanly and Eomer is still puppy-dog eyes after him.But I like Eomer and they were good together werent they?And as I have said to Ebbingnight, and Alpha Ori, I am not QUITE sure yet which way it goes...I have to let them reveal it to me rather than drive them down a path. They'll only rebel later and do something uncontrolled. It's enough that you review as that's all the reward I want. Thank you for being so absolutley postive, encouraging and consistent. x
Date: Nov 26 2011 10:34 am [Report This]
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