That was really good. I loved how you kept it elusive until the very end. You can really get a sense of her loss. The way she waits for her death is very sadly beautiful. Nice.
Author's Response: Thank you. I was afraid I wouldn't do it justice. I'm really glad you liked it.
Hee hee, great start. Nice mix of humor and comraderie; but really, sending the four of them out together? Have you lost your mind? Do you honestly think Arda can survive that? ;)
Author's Response: Thank you. I appreciate the compliment. Could have thought of a better way to confront whatever was on Black Mountain than to send our four intreepid heroes up there? Could anything, no matter how dangerous, survive them? :o)
Of course; it wouldn't be a true "ALEE" story without mistaken death and an infected wound, would it? Heh. Very nicely done so far. Good descritions, and explanations as well. The picture of the mountain and the howler's cave is quite vivid and very well presented.
Author's Response: There are a lot of givens in an ALEE story, that's for sure. Again thank you for the complements. I work hard to give a good read to those who give me their time. I'm glad you are liking it.
Oh charming! Not only eaten, but eaten alive. Just the fate you want to look forward to... *grimace* I love your bad-coincidences. All too often the only coincidences are good ones, but your sense of irony is well done and adds nicely to the story.
Oh, perfect spot to leave off. Or perhaps not! Tell me, there's an update soon, yes? As in, quite soon? After all, you wouldn't wish to leave the poor Elf stuck under that rock for long, would you? He's not a fan of close rocks, you know, so it's not very kind to do something or the sort. And since I know you're a kindhearted person, that must mean that he'll soon be yanked free by Elrohir and the others, yes?
Anyway, this was nicely done. A good mix of suspense and character with a nice plot and sense of history to back everything up. The descriptions also added a nice element of reality to the story. I eagerly await the rest! :)
Holy crap. Well, that was beautiful. Great level of detail throughout, describing the process of both rescue and healing intimately enough that it formed a vivid picture. Then you slam us straight from relief and narration to what the heck, dying? Beautiful last four paragraphs, and pleease don't leave it there for long! Update, update!
Author's Response: Thank you. I had made so much of the bite wound that I thought going into detail about Estel trying to heal it rather than me just skimming over it was really the only right way to handle it. I just couldn't let well enough alone and end the chapter on a happy note. Im often evil that way. I'm rather proud of those last paragraphs, too. It shows everyone's emotions at that point, as well as the dire condition Legolas is in.
Ooh, good sense of suspense there. Legolas's groggy thoughts were well portrayed; his half-oblivious state was both amusing and worrying. After that last line, I'm wager to see what you cause next!
Author's Response: Thank you. I try to add different elements into my stories, and suspense and humor are certainly two of them. I also like to leave my readers wondering what is coming next, but I'm sure you know that by now. :o)
Aww. How sweet an ending was that?
No, seriously, awesome story. Had me gnawing at my lips like I was trying to draw my own blood--and, incidentally, when the idea of a transfusion occured to me in chap 22, I was engrossed thoroughly enough to spend a few minutes shouting at our three healers in a vain attempt to speed up their brainstorming. So, excellent, excellent job at sucking me in so well. This was a quite cleverly thought out story, and it left me very impressed. Excellent job!
Author's Response: Thank you very much. I know how easy it is to want to yell at the characters, when you think of a solution to their problem(s). Congrats on out-thinking the healers, or at least being quicker at it. :o) Anytime I can impress a reader, I\'m thrilled, especially on a long story. Thanks again.
Wow, that was great. Really touching. You captured the essence of the loss of the elves really well. Beautifully written, and beautiful interpretation of the theme. I loved it.
That was truly a beautiful moment. I can't think of anything to add; it was just lovely.
Author's Response: Thank you so much. It's one of my favorites of the stories I've written.
Sorry, can't review--I'm too busy doubling over and dying of laughter! Priceless!
Author's Response: Aww, thanks! I had a lot of fun writing it. Glad you enjoyed it...
Heh heh heh...I wish I'd read this one before the ice-fic, but I liked it anyway. Very cunning of Gimli to direct his pipe so...sighs and rolls eyes at the dwarf... That last line of Legolas's was great. All in all, just as funny a fic as the ice and words one was! Another good job!
Hee hee hee...I want to see what form Aragorn's revenge will take. And I think that from now on, I will constantly use the words "disenjoy" and "skud," and smile knowingly when people give me strange looks and reply "oh indeed?" when they try to tell me they are not words. After all, if I want to speak in Hobbit, who is going to stop me? ;) Very humerous. Hope to see more of this eventually--I'm sure Aragorn will be suitably ingenious. Poor elf! heh...
Aw...that was very sad and sweet! Good choice of title, too.
Author's Response: I thought it fit pretty well myself. Thank you for replying and letting my know you enjoyed my piece.
That was beautiful. You kept the tone of Tolkien's work very well, and I think added quite a bit to the story. Everyone was written exceptionally well, and seeing it through unfamiliar eyes that we soon grew to love made it a wonderful and novel experience. The story earned every moment truthfully, as well as every smile that must grace the face of a reader as the story progresses. The level of detail is wonderful and the tone you adopt meshes perfectly with that of the original. It really seems like a missing part of the story has now been filled. A joy to read and a lovely job.
Author's Response: Thank you very much Tathrin. I can honestly say nothing pleases me more than to hear that something I have written has given pleasure. My absolutely favorite kinds of fanfics are the ones that sound like a missing piece of Tolkien's own work, so I am delighted to have provided you with that seems to fit that bill for you!
That was good. I'd love to see an epilogue, but that was a pretty good ending nonetheless. A "happy" one. Very nice AU idea--and one that make lots of sense, being as how close it actually did come there...Well-written!
P.S. Would you rather have reviews here or on ff.net? Which is easier/more fun for you?
Very nice. Great way to have Merry--and Pip--come to terms with missing their cousin and letting him go. I liked how you included the reminiscing (that is not spelled right, methinks!) without losing track of the present moment. One or two typos you might want to catch when you have the time, but they aren't glaring. Very sweet, especially with the mushrooms and thank you at the end. Good job.
Um, interesting. I'm not really a fan of Evil!Thranduil and the numerous arranged-marriage fics that seem to spring from that, or of Mary Sues (and this brief encounter with Ithi makes me think she is one, although I could be wrong) but this was well-written. The intro was especially beautiful. I liked the emotions and interactions between the two while the baby was being born, that was very nice. So, while it's not exactly the type of story I generally like, it was nicely done, and I did enjoy the reading (although much less after Thranduil's apperance I have to admit). But anyway, it was good writing--and here's your review! ;)
Author's Response: Thanks, Tathrin. I have gotten really frustrated the last few weeks. I don't hold with the theory that Thranduil is a bad father but that was just how he decided to be written for this series of stories. If you do get further into this Be warned that Boromir could be considered slightly OOC in his reaction to Ithilin. While not intended to be a Mary-Sue, in the LOTR universe it seems that any story that has an OFC that falls in love with a canon character is one.
That was exceedingly well-written. A great fleshing-out of a very short few scenes, with perfectly handled characters and history. I eagerly await whatever's coming next!