I have always loved your stories, but this time you have out done yourself!! This is beautiful! Keep writing!!
Author's Response: It's nice to meet you and thanks so much for your kind comment. I'm glad you're enjoying this story. There's plenty more to come.
Nice story, I was wondering when Legolas would really become the las Sylvan. Isn't Laiqualasse Quenya though? It seems a bit strange that Thranduil would name his son in Quenya...
Anyway, I'll be waiting for the next chapter!
Author's Response: You are correct about Laiqualasse being Quenya. I am aware of that, but I'm not at liberty to say anymore about it. Guess you'll just have to wait and continue to read along. ; - )
This chapter brought some memories to the forefront of my mind. We a÷÷ dot what is best for the children and what reassures them. So staying a while is a good idea. And Legolas having a nightmare and then crying and sleeping with Elhadron reminded me of my daughter, either after a bad dream or during thunderstorms. I guess everyone with children recognised that. A very nice chapter and even better, that your readers can identify with it.
Author's Response: Elhadron will do anything that will protect and comfort Legolas. They only have each other, as elves anyways. And yes, I drew upon my own experiences as a mom when my daughter used to need comforting from her bad dreams. I'm glad you and hopefully other parent readers feel a connection here. Thanks for letting me know.
I always knew Mirkwood was a dangerous place but it is bad that Elhadron and Legolas had to go from danger to danger. At least they are safe now with the woodmen. At least until they go on. I really hope they are through with the dangers on their journey, though I somehow doubt that and I really hope that in the end Lothlˇrien and Mirkwood can reconcile.
Author's Response: The forest is full of danger and as you've come to know, there is always something hiding around the corner. The Woodsmen village will give them some security. And it will be a good learning experience for Legolas. As far as Mirkwood and Lothlorien, any healing that might occur is a long ways off.
Excellent chapter. I can see little Legolas drawn to that frog. I love him calling the creature “Mr. Frog”. Those are the small things some of us don’t think of that makes your writing so interesting and authentic.
The fight with the warg was exciting. Elhadron is no sissy is he? It takes a strong elf to survive in the wilderness without proper weapons, no gear, and a small child to care for.
The interaction between the woodsman and Elhadron was so well done. I could see every movement and feel Elhadron’s passionate resentment of Noldor apathy, which cost the wood elves their lives and the loss of Thranduil.
Author's Response: Little Legolas is fun to write for, though right now it's sad what's happening to him. Elhadron, as you know, is loyal to Thranduil even after the King's death. He really was the best elf that Legolas could have been left with. As long as he's breathing, he'll protect Legolas.
I already reviewd this but apparently my review is gone.
Anyway, it is a good start. I like Thranduil's character in the way that he puts his son above everything else but that he won't leave his people either. Elhadron will be good to him and I am really excited to see what will come of it and how Legolas will deal with being 'different' while growing up.
Author's Response: Hi Leia. I don't know what happened, but I never saw your review until this one. Glad you're back for more. I honestly have not much of an idea where this all will lead, but then that's part of the fun of writing.
The opening scene with Thranduil standing against the army of orcs…thrilling, but so sad he was swallowed up by the orc tide.
When Elhadron looked out over Mirkwood, seeing the spiraling flames and smelling all the foulness of death, what a moment. Not all excellent writing has to do with making us feel good. There was nothing that made me feel good here except that Legolas and his guardian escaped to survive. Still I enjoyed it immensely.
You no doubt have another rollercoaster ride of a story for us, told with your unique skill.
Looking forward to each word as you send them my way.
Author's Response: I really do owe it to you that this story was born to begin with. When you said 'what if . . .", that's all it took and here we go again. Thanks again for all you do and for riding with me in the front car of that coaster. It's always more fun with you.