I've read your story translated into German on the website "Cúthalions Bogen" and I enjoyed it very much - so I am pleased to find you here because now I'm able to submit my review. And I only want to say that I loved it. I've read through it again and again and I just can't stop enjoying it :) By the way, I've read it two days before and I laughed that much... There are so many little allusions (sometimes I find it hard to understand that you can NOT know the stories or authors I'm thinking of while reading) and your humor is great. I was very sad as I reached the end, but... all good things come to an end... :D
Greetings from Germany :)
You went on writing? Oh, I'm so happy :) At the moment, I submitted a review for the first part and was very sad that the story was over - now I discovered the next part. I will not wait for the translation into German but I will try to read through it in English because I like it so much...
I'm sure I will enjoy... :D
This is so beautiful and sad I nearly cried. Thank you for sharing this!
I liked your story not only because it was (or is :D) the first English fanfiction I've ever read but also because I've seen what I've read and I like that. I was surprised that I was able to understand nearly every word (I'm only a little German student, so please forgive my mistakes :D). Your description of the scenery is brilliant and I liked the details you show your reader. The strained relationship between the three brothers and Haldir's inner conflict is well described. Okay, I'm going to use the same words again and again 'cause the right words are missing :) As a conclusion I repeat, that I liked your story and I hope we will read some more soon... :)
Author's Response: I'm so glad you enjoyed this! This is actually my favorite fic that I've written for LotR and I'm always glad when people enjoy it. I like to write this version of Haldir becase he's so different than movie Haldir, who's always either really flirty or a real grouchy and strict elf. I think he would have been more hopeful during his youth and that is how I'm trying to portray him. Tahnks for the review! -P.G.
Hello over there, I finally managed it to read through this amazing story and I just love it. I can't wait to read the next chapter. This cliffhanger just drives me crazy ;) Please tell me that you won't let Haldir die ;D Greetings from Germany, Ailin
Author's Response: Hi Ailin! I'm glad you enjoyed my fic so far. I do plan on finishing it when I get some spare time, which should actually be faily soon. I have been very busy with college and student teaching up until recently, but I finish it in a week and should have a little more time for writing then. I'll try and have more up soon. Thanks for the review! -P.G.
Oh my God! I must confess, I shrieked out a little bit when I got that mail, just like a stupid teenager :D. I'm sooo happy you finally updated another chapter, and such a nice one. A beautiful scene between Haldir and Belegwen. Aww. And I can't believe that she asked him to stop when he finally (finally!!) brought himself to tell her. Argh! And poor Rúmil discovers his brother's secret :D Yes, Haldir, too, is not as perfect as he always tries to make everyone else think he is :)
It was great, and I'm really looking forward for the next update!
Btw, I guess it's spelled "ellon" and "elleth".
Author's Response: I'm so glad you enjoyed the new chapter! Lol, thanks for telling me how excited you got over the update. It made me smile :). Haldir was terribly close, wasn't he? There's still time though; maybe he'll get himself together next chapter. As for Rumil, well...you'll see. I wouldn't want to spoil the story for you. Anyways, I'm already 1,500 words into the next chapter, so hopefully you'll be reading the next installment fairly soon. Thanks for your support! -P.G.
Oh my God! I never thought elves would dream the way mankind does, but that was harsh. I really trembled while reading and the final sentence is cruel. I was hoping that he would return, after all, and that nearly destroyed my hopes :/ I just wonder what that dream has to do with Orophin - or were you simply in need of a person Haldir knows? Anyway it was very intense and great!
I really like his thoughts about the dream or vision - but it frightens me that even Galadriel would not be able to understand its meaning.
It is an absolutely lovely scene between the two of them
Okay, my review was not fully taken over o.O Here's the rest of it.
But why is he just so stupid and still thinking about "unrequited love"? *sigh* Anyway, I loved her gesture of helping him, but I found it very sad, too. It is of an intimacy I fear we'll never see again between them?
It is sooo typically for Haldir to think of his own selfishness while doing everything not to burden her -.- Not to tell her that he loves her just to keep her alive, very selfish, indeed. And if he continues thinking of "duty", I'll shake him :D
And poor Belegwen. I wonder how she will get along with this on the journey. The dialogue between her and Celeborn is awesome. I nearly cried while reading it and I don't want to know how many tears the following chapters will bring :(
Celeborn's prayer was wonderful, but I liked the picture of all the wardens in the same position even more. Great :)
And oh Rúmil, why can't you just trust both of them? As if they had done something so much wrong...
So Galadriel has seen Haldir's destiny in her mirror? This is not at all fair ^^ You just can't leave us hanging here awaiting the next and next and next chapter :D
Thanks for a great work!
Author's Response: Thanks for reading and for taking the time to leave such a lengthy and kind review; these are the sorts of reviews us writers dream about! Speaking of dreams, I'm glad you found Haldir's very creepy, as that's how I wanted it to turn out. I can't say too much about the content; it could be just a dream or it could be a little something more. Time will answer that question.
I don't think I was as clear as I should have been about why Haldir is waiting to tell her. As was expressed in previous chapters, Haldir really does think he's going to die in this battle. He looked into the lady's mirror and saw Orophin and he can't shake away the feeling it left him with. He doesn't want to make things serious with Belegwen because he doesn't think he's going to come back from this battle and he thinks she might be able to recover and find someone else if that should happen. I can see why you think what he's doing is selfish, but he doesn't mean it that way. He thinks he's being helpful by not putting extra stress on the relationship during a time when they can't work towards building it. What he doesn't understand is that his plan is backfiring on him, because the lack of words is stressing Belegwen out.
I'm glad you liked Celeborn's part. It was something I came up with spur of the moment, but once I started writing it, I was glad I did because it needed to be said. As for Rumil, there is more on him to come... Thanks once again for reading. I really enjoyed your review; it's so nice to know when readers are enjoying my stories. -P.G.