Somebody do something! I think what is drawing me to your story is seeing our heroine grow in her fighting abilities. Many stories start off with our female friend already being a seasoned warrior. It is refreshing to see her learn her trade. This chapter was a very good first example of how cruel sword fighting and training can be, especially for one just starting out. But I'm on the edge of my seat waiting for an update. She won fair and square. Who's this guy think he is?
Author's Response: Thank you! Those stories with perfect heroines usually bother me, because they aren't very realistic. I try to make Nimwen a normal girl with some strengths, and realistic weaknesses. Chapter Seven is on the way!
I am glad to see she is alive, but how badly hurt is she? Most mysteriously, what was her dream about? Good suspense going of here.
Author's Response: Thanks! More will be coming soon... with answers and new problems in abundance...
Ah, finally the kiss. I can't wait to see what happens next. I've been wanting to see these two express their feelings.
Author's Response: Finally is right! I have been dying for them to kiss for forever, and yet how it happened truly surprised me. The next chapter will be coming soon with the aftermath of that impulse! Glad you enjoyed and thanks for reviewing!
I can imagine Faramir would have felt strongly to protect his brother's good name. I think this relates to real life also. It seems people don't have much to say until someone does something wrong and then it's talked about for weeks. It's unfortunate the positive is not looked at with the same attention. Good story.
Author's Response: thanks! it annoys me also that the good things go unnoticed, while the bad is always what gets the gossip. i think we need to celebrate the good more, as well! thanks again for the review!
This one is different. Wizards obviously need a lot of rules. I especially like the Lady Gaga punishment, though I'm not so sure she could be considered a muggle. Oh and BTW, the NEW Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Studios in Orlando is pretty cool. Great set up. It looks just like Diagon Ally and the rides are great. I ate my first traditional English breakfast (blood sausage...yuk). If you like Harry Potter, you'll like this place.
Author's Response: Gaga is borderline muggle and witch/wizard lol. i know about the park. I just have to have money to go there lol. hopefully when i start working next year i can make enough to go there
You have managed to put much expression into so few words. Very good drabble.
Author's Response: Ah! Thank you so much. I follow your writing and think it very good. It means so much when someone I admire says a kind word.
I can totally relate to your description of autumn. I only saw my first fall 6 years ago, and I'm 42. It was very magical indeed. This brought me right back there.
Author's Response: Thank you for reading and for your kind response.
I am thoroughly enjoying this story. I am in love with your portrayal of Legolas. He is wild and unpredictable. It is a side of him I have not seen before and it makes perfect sense. I am so glad you decided to continue with your story and cannot wait to read more. You are a wonderful writer and I am hooked.
Author's Response: Thank you L8Bleumr -that view of Legolas comes from his irritating cheerfulness on Caradhras, and then he stops singing at Nimrodel and cannot translate the lament for Gandalf from sorrow, and then is so light hearted at other times. He changes quickly and of course Tolkien himself has Gandalf say the Mirkwood elves are 'more dangerous and less wise' than the Noldor Rivendell elves. As you say, it makes perfect sense!! You are very kind to say such nice things and I am flattered that another writer whose work I like, thinks so too.Just for you then. Next chapter.
Wonderful, wonderful, wonderful. I usually know what to say when I review but you have left me speechless. The interaction between all of the characters is so genuine. I find myself wishing that more of these moments between them all were in the books or in the movies. Legolas and Gimli are superb. Then you throw in the Hobbits and it is like the story within the story. I can't say enough. From one author to another... I bow with hand over heart. You are a true artist ziggy.
Author's Response: Well... that was so nice it left me a bit speechless. Thank you. I am flattered. I suppose Tolkien focused mostly on the hobbits and I always felt a bit starved for the others. I like the gap fillers and Pippin's voice is very strong in my head. A few more of those coming up but the next chapter is very hard for Legolas.
The end of this chapter left me heartbroken. Eomer has tried to leave it as it is but he is too deeply involve with his heart. I loved that Gimli was the one to intervene and how the fellowship gathered around Legolas to comfort him. Still, I am sad that Eomer got pushed aside once again. Every emotion, every description, every mental scene came across in true living color for me. It is not often that I read something that stays with me as if I just stepped from a movie theater. Your story is one of those rarities that has moved me with every chapter. Awesome!!!
Author's Response: Ah, Legolas is in shock but he is a very gentle soul and never forgets his lovers. Wait and see. Proise to update this weekend if I can.
I guess I hadn't realized before that everyone saw the vision of Mirkwood burning. What a horrible thing to have to witness. Your story is coming along nicely. I'm glad to see Legolas can still find comfort even after Saruman's cruel words. Nicely written, comforting scene in the woods. I think they both needed to soothe each others minds, among other things.
Author's Response: Yes, I still cringe when I think about this myself. I really didn't know that was going to happen before I wrote it but it had to be painful otherwise Saruman would not have had his revenge. I did wonder about making Saruman more discrete but it just couldn't happen...thank you for the review. I liked Eomer being so ready to help Legolas but feeling shut out, and then Legolas going to him.
I love the way you describe the turmoil Aragorn is experiencing over the palantir and taking the Paths of the Dead. And also, Elrohir's reaction to Legolas. It seems only natural that he might be apprehensive about a Wood elf. I am curious to see where this leads. Will they have a confrontation? Will he see that Legolas is indeed a true friend and not the savage that he surely has been led to believe the silvan elves to be? I hope he brings word of Mirkwood which might ease Legolas' worried mind. Very interesting chapter. Leaves me wanting more as always.
Author's Response: I am so glad you picked up on that. Elrohir is very complex in this. There is only one chapter left in this and Elrohir remains suspicious I'm afraid. I have always felt that Tolkien neglected Legolas and Gimli rather- and when the Grey Company arrives, surely they would have had some news? So I wanted to highlight the sacrifice they both make to stay with Aragorn- there is only one small bit in the book where they even mention this but it hints at vast unspoken emotions. But you are spot on at identifying Elrohir as a key character in this- I spent some time refining his part in this chapter.
*hehe* I feel like was just called upon to respond to the teachers question and got the answer right. Extra credit for figuring out Elrohir. LOL Love ya Ziggy.
Author's Response: gold star for you. And ht next chapter before the end of the weekend, I promise.
First of all, love the way Elrohir fishes for information about Legolas and his intentions to follow Aragorn, and then Merry speaking up and defending him was most precious. But the best part by far was the exchange between Legolas and Gimli, the promise to revisit certain places, insuring their undying friendship. The other thing you touch upon that was never given much thought is Legolas' realization of what it is like to live a mortal life. We only ever think of Arwen and her choice. But for Legolas to struggle over the choice to heed Gladriel's words or honor an oath to Aragorn had to have been a very tough thing to swallow. I believe his choice was set from the moment the fellowship left Rivendell. He would follow Aragorn regardless. But to have glanced into his future would of course make him feel as though his days were numbered, hence making him closer to mortal men then elves once he heard the gulls call. This is by far the best, most honest depiction of not only Legolas but all the characters you have portrayed. I hope you will continue with writing more stories for I enjoy your work immensely. Your talent is truly a gift and thank you for sharing it. Always a fan, Moe.
Author's Response: As always, you pick up on all those little signals for the future! But I am so glad you picked up on Gimli and Legolas too- that is the most important and constant thing in Legolas' life right now with all the uncertainty. You are right of course, he is destined the moment he sets out from Rivendell, from Mirkwood almost- he cannot turn back, not in his character. You say such nice things, thank you. A new story up next week, just for you and Ladyjane and Melusine.
You speak 'gollumeeze' very well;) Great back and forth between the two personalities. I can tell you had a good time with this one.
Author's Response: Lol thanks. I really wanted to try that challenge and i did hehe. I most certainly had a blast writing this story :)
My, what this poor girl has been through. It's like an episode of 'I Shouldn't Be Alive'.(don't know where you're from or if you watch Discovery Channel) I am hoping she finds food, shelter and medicine soon. What an awful thing to have to go through. I am anxious to see who she will happen upon during her journey.
Author's Response: yes, i watch discovery channel, alot of it actually lol. As to who she happens upon... it's a suprise! i read your story "Guardian of the Light" i love it so far.
Your enthusiasm and sentiment for both author and director are very evident. I think you speak for many of us who are fans of both books and movies.
Author's Response: Thank you =) I've noticed some people only like one, but I find that I adore them equally, and I was thinking "where would we be without Tolkien?" It wasn't really supposed to be a poem, I have some better poetry coming later, but I just wanted to get my thoughts and thanks out =)
You have managed to portray Gimli's thoughts wonderfully. It is as if I am eavesdropping on his mind. Very good.
Author's Response: Thank you very much =) It was a challenging piece to write, I'm glad you think that I did it well.
I like your poem. I can see her whispering this to Haldir after they make love, before she runs off.
Author's Response: Thank you. it is a simple one. I'm not really prolific in writing complicated, layered poems.
Even being a prisoner cannot break his spirit. Very nice piece.
Author's Response: Thank you for your review, and for your enthusiastic support. I’ve enjoyed chatting with you. You are as fine a person as you are writer!