I've only just started reading this, I've been absent for a while but it's promising to be one of your signature epic adventures with a story line to make the rest of us authors green with envy and characters that we will no doubt fall in love with! very exciting to read some new works from you L8Bleumr! ~ Iri
Author's Response: Iri, so nice to see you again. Hope all is well with you. You'll have a little catching up to do with this one, but I'm posting a little slower. I have a beta who is a huge help to me. This story is a little different for me, since romance is not the main plot. I'm a little out of my comfort zone and have been struggling a bit, but I'm definitely learning something from all of this. It's nice to have you back and I hope you'll enjoy and keep reading.
Yeah I am newly registered but have been enjoying the stories for a while as a guest.
You're right they're definately worth the wait :) You're my favourite author for many reasons.
I know you're inspiration comes mainly from Eowyn, Faramir, Legolas and Haldir but I was wondering if in the future you might consider, even if just a short story, to write about Eomer? I think there's great potential there for a story of love, loyaly, trials and life's test. No pressure though just a thought.
Author's Response: I'm very glad you decided to join and review. I'm not sure readers understand how important reviews are to an author. It is our only form of payment and for me, each one is a bit of gold, so thank you again. As for Eomer, I love his character, and if inspiration hits me I would like to give him his own story. Actually, I had once considered writing a story for a OC from Journey of a Butterfly, telling her back story and involving Eomer in it. I still think about it from time to time. Maybe I'll get back to it once this story is told.
As usual you have me up till all hours reading your story. Great story. Love how it's developing. Very believable.
My only complaint is that you don't give a chapter everyday :) I understand writing takes time though. Please keep writing can't wait to read the rest. You rock.
Author's Response: I see you are new here. Very nice to meet you. Hope you get some sleep though, lol. I'm so glad you like this story. Believe me, I wish I could post everyday, but I can only go as fast as my beta, but she does such a wonderful job helping me that it's worth the wait.
So Legolas is at last going to Rohan... He will have to leave his little friend behind, poor child.
I'm looking forward to the next part!
Author's Response: Unfortunately yes, he will have to leave a lot of people behind, but Rohan will offer new relationships and adventures.
Nice chapter. You had me crying again at the burial. So Legolas found himself a human girlfriend? I can't wait to see where this is going, you really know how to keep us wanting for more!
Author's Response: Well, little Legi has to start somewhere, though this is quite innocent. Thanks for your kind words.
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.