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The Sons of Thunder by ziggy Rated: NC-17 [Reviews - 282]
Summary: They are called the Sons of Thunder by the Orcs of the Mountains. A storm erupts between one Son of Elrond and one Son of Thranduil. In the aftermath of the battle of the Morannon, Elrohir has one final battle.
Categories: Book-verse, Book Verse Slash, Lord of the Rings Slash Characters: Legolas
Genres: General
Warnings: None
Series: None
Chapters: 46 Table of Contents
Completed: No Word count: 314756 Read Count: 66339
Published: Oct 15 2010 Updated: Jun 15 2012 [Report This]
Title: Chapter 24: Chapter 24Nine for Mortal Men Reviewer: L8Bleumr Signed
A stunning chapter and one that made me slap my forehead. Here I was worried that Elrohir was lost to his lust and hate and would sit back watching the Nazgul have their way with Legolas. I only hoped that I was wrong. Now I come to find out that not only was I wrong but completely off the goat trail (lol). I slap myself because I should have known Ro was going to call the Nazgul to himself and spare Legolas. My faith in him was temporarily restored. I say temporarily because now he is in fear of being seduced by the Angmar ring. Meanwhile, Legolas is being played like a puppet on a lifestring. Make it end ziggy. I can't take much more. Where's Gimli? I need a hug.

Author's Response: Funny you should ask about Gimli... I am glad you feel Elrohir has redeemed himself- not everyone does!!! But yes, he is still very vulnerable. He has hte ring and the only means of saving Legolas is to use it.
Date: Jan 22 2011
Title: Chapter 25: Chapter 25 Vigil Reviewer: L8Bleumr Signed
I'm almost sad that we've caught up. I knew it was coming but I will miss the regular updates. Wow! Brilliant chapter Ziggy. I must agree. I have never read anything like this before. I have to wonder where you get your inspiration. I was literally jumping up and down when Elladan scooped up Gimli and I loved that line about getting back their fools. But the best and most touching part is your explanation of Legolas' ghost, sad and desolate, watching Elrohir and begging him not to use the ring. Oh and Gimli holding Legolas was so... well... Gimli. I just love him. Wonderful stuff. You are brilliant.

Author's Response: Thnaks Moe. Glad you liked Gimli - I thought about what you asked me before and am just gently building up the Khazad culture and ideas..I could not tell you where the inspiration comes from.. I had no idea about the NAzgul when I started writing this- it was only supposed to be a slash fic on the black ships... but it sort of grew in the telling (where have I heard that before??!!)
Date: Jan 28 2011
Title: Chapter 26: Chapter 26 Khamul Reviewer: L8Bleumr Signed
Another heart-pounding chapter. I don't know how you do it but you do it every time. Such a rare moment for Elladan who is always so calm it seems. It's obvious the affect the ring is having on him. The roles were opposite for the brothers this time, Elladan being full of rage and Elrohir the apologetic one. Great stuff. Can't wait for more.

Author's Response: Yes, you are right- they do reverse. And Elladan is going to feel dreadful but I have written the next chapter already so I mustn't give it away! Elladan just lost it, didnt he- hope that came across OK because I was a bit unsure about whether it was too sudden and inexplicable. I'll update Rohan's Gold too today I think. Love Ziggy
Date: Feb 25 2011
Title: Chapter 28: Chapter 28 The Houses of Healing Reviewer: L8Bleumr Signed
I absolutely love Aragorn's story of how he met Legolas, thinking he was a stable hand. *smiles at the thought*. Pippin is wonderful in this chapter too. I'm glad Gandalf let him stay. Legolas' internal struggle is heartwrenching, of course, but one thing stuck out to me and made my heart leap forward. And that was when Elrohir said 'Legolas . . . beloved.' For some reason those two words give this story all the hope it ever needs that Legolas will come back from this torturous struggle. Excellent once again, Ziggy!

Author's Response: This story seems to have cheered a lot of people so I am gald it worked - we will see it from someone else's pov soon and htat may make you smile. Pippin has the whole of hte next chapter pretty much too and I think his 'voice' works well in these situations. Ah- yes, Elrohir. He let himself beleive, didn't he. But he has to learn to love himself first. And to atone, which he has not yet done. Not quite plain sailing yet. XX
Date: Mar 28 2011
Title: Chapter 29: Chapter 29 Fellowship Reviewer: L8Bleumr Signed
Best part of this . . . Pippin and Legolas. You write Pippin very true to form, the way he twists the story to make it his own. I can see and hear the little hobbit as he tries to make himself out to be 'all knowing'. LOL And of course Legolas would feel some connection or remembrance of him. I think these two have much more in common than some might think. Instigators, troublemakers . . . love it. The whole chapter was wonderful, but I was just really drawn to Pippin here. It makes me hope that, like Gandalf and Frodo, Legolas and Pippin will have that kind of friendship one day. And as for the length of time between chapters, don't worry about it. Your true fans and followers are always here. We love your work and support you. We are not jealous, but are cheering you on. You are an example to other authors and to me that is the best gift you could offer. So, rock on Ziggy.

Author's Response: I love Pippin with legolas and I am so glad it works for you too, L8. I have to say I was giggling to myself as I wrote it and htere is another bit coming up which I think you will like in the next chapter. Remeber Legoals feels protective of Pippin anyway and now thinks he is very unappreciated!! I really appreciate your support too- I do worry that I am taking too long and I love the buzz of posting and waiting for reviews - only human and feedback is so good!
Date: Apr 19 2011
Title: Chapter 38: Chapter 38 Before the Black Gate Reviewer: L8Bleumr Signed
Hey Ziggy! First of all, I had to giggle at Gimli and Pippin with that little part about the hawk and the bat. Reminds me of that “Who’s on first?” skit. I can see Gimli has little patience for Hobbits, least of all Pip. And then Gimli goes after Legolas about tucking in his hair. He’s such a papa bear sometimes isn’t he?

I love the kind of romantic undertones to this chapter. Legolas is so smitten with Elrohir and Ro seems not smitten but more accepting of Legi’s little nuances. There’s a look, a held gaze, a brush of an arm or a whispering breath and I feel the heat and the anticipation between them. And the same with Elladan and Imrahil, though very subtle, I think something might be brewing between those two and if so, good choice. It is evident also in the way Elladan speaks to Elrohir, more lighthearted as someone who has just felt his heartstrings pulled on. You know, like everything is suddenly right with the world and old feuds can be forgotten because something new and wonderful has replaced the bad.

This whole chapter is a mixture of tension and worry met by strength. Someone is always easing a worried mind, like Elrohir as he belittles the Nazgul. Wonderful speech by the way. And the Rohirrim striking their armored chests with their swords . . . so powerful. Candy and I both loved that part. We also want to tell Elrohir to stop, that he’s crazy to provoke the Ring Wraiths like that. What is he thinking? LOL

I know this is still the calm before the storm and wonder what you’re thinking having Elrohir ride to the gate. The suspense is building nicely and I cannot wait to see where this will lead.

Author's Response: Ah, my dear Candy and Mo- you noticed! Imrahil and Elladan is for you, (amongst others). I iwll follow that up after this is finished. I love your points about Legola sbeing so smitten and Elrohir less so but accepting- spot on! He IS more mature but in many ways less experirienced than Legoals in love- Legoals is comeplely rules by his heart...well, not just his heart! As you say, calm before the storm, because the Nazgul are really bent on revenge.
Date: Nov 03 2011
Title: Chapter 36: Chapter 36 Reviewer: L8Bleumr Signed
My heart aches for the twins. I so want them to mend their hurts, but I know it cannot be instant. Any real hurt such as this would take a lot of soul searching before forgivness can be given. On a lighter side, poor poor Aragorn, always the last to know. I mean, even Pip has a clue. But hey, Aragorn's had a lot on his mind lately. Still, I wouldn't play poker with him. He's good at reading people and there's no doubt he'd take all my money, lol. I'm also liking the way Legolas and Elrohir are advancing, even if they need to cool things down and put their feelings on hold. I like this Elrohir. It's nice to see him coming out of that darkness. And one more thing. As you know, Candy and I often talk about your story, break it apart, analyze it, get into the heads of your characters. We both agree that your Elladan is irresistable and would like to see him happy with someone. As much as it would be pleasing to see him with Legolas, I don't think he should. Legolas is untamed and more Elrohir's match than Elladan. Ell needs someone much more tame I think. I couldn't even begin to suggest a canon character. This is kind of out of my genre. Do you know Zig, that I am a devoted HET girl, and here you have me asking for your slash? That's just how good you are. I look beyond the act with your stories because it is about much more than that. Now, only you know what you want to write and I would not be disappointed if you didn't write an Elladan story. I just needed to tell you how much I really enjoy your work and anything you write will be looked for with anticipation. Reading your stories always gives me a boost when I'm struggling with my own. So, thanks for taking the time to give us such talented work. You are an inspiration.

Author's Response: That comment about Legolas being a better match for Elrohir is spot on L8. He is a bit too wild for Elladan and I suspect he would end up hurting Elladan who is perhaps not quite exciting and wild enough for him. I know you and Lisse are rooting for him and I WILL write something after I fifnsh Sons- I am just focusing on that first. (You say such nice things - make me blush xx)
Date: Aug 24 2011
Title: Chapter 35: Chapter 35 Reviewer: L8Bleumr Signed
This was hands down THE best chapter of yours I have ever read. There's not one thing I can point out seperately that I liked more. I loved everything. Just let me ask one question. Any thoughts on giving Elladan his own story? You write him wonderfully. Poor guy deserves someone to love him too. Excellent work. I can't believe it's almost over.

Author's Response: Funny, I've been thinking that too. Below decks isn't going to be enough, is it? I have thought Imrahil was quite a nice character but so far, nothing's come of it. Maybe just for you... xx
Date: Aug 16 2011
Title: Chapter 30: Chapter 30 Reviewer: L8Bleumr Signed
We have been through so much with this story, especially lately. So, this was a nicely done chapter that brought us back to the original fellowship members and reminds us exactly why they are and will always be friends. I love the camaraderie between these three. They are playful at times and serious at others. Aragorn and Gimli's concern for Legolas is genuine, and Legolas not taking no for an answer is very true to his character, even with memory loss. I love how you have him remember little bits and scenes. It's like putting a puzzle back together. Great work. You said you lost your way with this but it does not show one bit. Another brilliant chapter, ziggy.

Author's Response: Thanks L8, we needed Legolas back to his own charming, sassy, irritating self and he will gradually get better until he remembers... everything...and that will be a challenge for more then just him of course.(You can tell, got back on track now — thank you for your encouragement and patience.)
Date: May 27 2011
Title: Chapter 46: Chapter 46 Submission Reviewer: L8Bleumr Signed
Well, after spending a week at Universal Studios Orlando with the family, my daughter and nephew pretending to have Brit. accents (thanks to the new Harry Potter world) and keeping me in stitches with a good healthy dose of reality, it was nice to come home to see your post. A lovely end to a lovely story, Ziggy. As always you've done a wonderful job and done it well from the first to the last word. There's always a mix of emotions for an author when we type those two final words, and for the reader too. But I am hopeful that this will not be your only story and I look forward to see what else you can come up with. You're an amazing writer. Thanks for sharing your gift. And thank you for the dedication.

Author's Response: Hi L8 -that sounds such great fun!! Aren't kids wonderful?! Yes, it was really really hard to write the end - and I am still in mourning for it I think. Thank you for sticking with me throuhg it all L8- you have been so encouraging. love ziggy
Date: Jun 15 2012
Long Long Journey by Caelhir Rated: PG-13 Round robin [Reviews - 2]
Summary: Elrond sends Legolas on a long and difficult journey to retrieve something very valuable.
Categories: Book-verse Characters: Arwen, Celebrķan, Elladan, Elrohir, Elrond, Erestor, Glorfindel, Legolas, Thranduil
Genres: Action/Adventure, Angst, Family, Friendship, Hurt/Comfort
Warnings: None
Series: None
Chapters: 3 Table of Contents
Completed: No Word count: 5037 Read Count: 1839
Published: Oct 19 2010 Updated: Nov 27 2011 [Report This]
Title: Chapter 1: Chapter 1 Reviewer: L8Bleumr Signed
I think your story is off to a good start. The young twins are very playful. Legolas is sweet also, though I sense something dark within him. Very interesting. Just one question though. Is this meant to be a Round Robin? You didn't mention anything about it and I was wondering if it was.
Date: Oct 19 2010
Summary: COMPLETE! When Lórien is attacked by the forces of Dol Guldur, Amorith is sent to request Thranduil's help. But this mission is more than a simple request for assistance, for between Amorith and Thranduil lies a deep shadow of pride and prejudice, and many hidden secrets begin to surface. Will she be able to overcome the King's mind, or will both Elven realms fall into darkness forever? Precedes The Circles of the Worlds in the series A Time of Healing.
Categories: Book-verse Characters: Caranthir, Celeborn, Ents, Galadriel, Haldir, Legolas, Orcs/Uruk-Hai, Original Character, Oropher, Orophin, Rśmil, Thranduil
Genres: Action/Adventure, Drama, Friendship, Hurt/Comfort, Romance, Suspense, Tragedy
Warnings: First Draft, Rape, Violence
Series: A Time of Healing
Chapters: 39 Table of Contents
Completed: Yes Word count: 125282 Read Count: 37020
Published: Nov 23 2010 Updated: May 05 2011 [Report This]
Title: Chapter 2: Into Thoughts Reviewer: L8Bleumr Signed
Don't worry about reviews. They will come. Sometimes it takes a while, especially with a new story. I think you are off to a good start. I can tell this is just the build up or intro to the real tale. I must admit, I am a sucker for a story with Thranduil and was excited to see him mentioned in the summary. I am curious to see where this leads to. On with the show.

Author's Response: Thank you for your thoughts. It has been about five years since I have written any fanfic, and this story has been in my head all these years, nagging me to be finished. I really am in love with the story, so here I am, back at it! Although I have chapters 1-26 already typed (and on the website where this story is already posted, I think up to chapter 21 is present), I am revieweing each chapter as new ideas came to me. I am trying not to let my disappointment over lack of reviews get to me. So yes, as you said, on with the show!
Date: Nov 25 2010
Title: Chapter 3: Beginnings Reviewer: L8Bleumr Signed
This is such a unique way to start a story. You have given us much of the sister's history in this way without having to actually visit the events. I cannot wait to hear from Amorith herself. I like her strength. I have always had a thing for a feminine warrior. I am ready to know more about her. I'm enjoying how you are slowly unfolding this story. Keep it up.

Author's Response: Thank you L8bleumr for your thoughts and kind words. I wanted to take a different approach and highlight the ancient magic and crafting abilities of the Noldor in a distinct manner, but not outrageously so either. I'm glad you found Forfirith's history told in an appropritate manner. The next chapters are mostly regarding Amorith, with a few diversions. Don't we all romanticize the idea of a feminine warrior? ;) Anyway, I am revising the next chapter and hope to have it posted soon.
Date: Nov 27 2010
Title: Chapter 4: Poolside Problem, Talan Trouble Reviewer: L8Bleumr Signed
Great chapter. Such emotions wrapped around wonderful use of dialog. Haldir is written well. I like to see him like this. And Orophin and Rumil seem very mischievous. But I love how Amorith seems to come unraveled in the talan as she relives a moment in time. Can't wait to know more of their story.

Author's Response: This chapter took me a few days, as I stripped it down from its original content and had to think of how to rewrite it in such a manner that the new ideas merged with the old that I wanted to keep. Haldir has been one of my favorite characters when I read the books, and I have always wanted to write something involving him. As for Amorith, all that rage and pent up desire she has been holding onto for centuries showed her softer side, and I am trying to portray her as more than some tragic heroine. Everyone has a past, and there are always motivating factors. Glad you are enjoying this, and thanks as always for your thoughts.
Date: Nov 30 2010
Title: Chapter 5: Meaningful Memories Reviewer: L8Bleumr Signed
Another wonderful chapter. It's so nice to see both of their thoughts. They still long for each other but pride seems to be the resisting factor keeping them apart. This is flowing very smoothly. LOVE your Thranduil. I would play for him any time, lol. The vision of a young Legolas being tucked it by his father is just precious. You have instilled a new picture of the might king in my mind; bare chest, goblet in hand and holding open the talan door. What a welcoming sight. Gives me goose bumps. Have a wonderful vacation and will be looking for more next week. ***L8***

Author's Response: I am trying to put as much perspective into this as possible. It's not always wise to hear one side of the story. Yes, pride is definitely their major obstacle. Thranduil is the hardest character of all to unfold, but the most enjoyable. And I agree, give me this King any day ;) I wanted to show the most tender side of Thranduil, as well as his most stubborn. I am glad you appreciate the image I have portrayed of him. Anyway, I have my laptop and great net access, so within a day or two the next chapter will be up.
Date: Dec 02 2010
Title: Chapter 6: Thranduil's Decision Reviewer: L8Bleumr Signed
Let's see. Love your Thranduil. He is so stubborn in a good way. I feel his hurt and animosity. Same for Amorith. You can feel the love she still holds for him and I can't wait to learn more of their story. But my favorite thing about this chapter is your oc's, Celemire and Innas. I can see how she might be a little uneasy with the King coming to her if only for her musical talents. And Innas is so stong. Love how he stands up to Thranduil for the sake of his land and it's people as well as Lothlorien. Keep up the good work.

Author's Response: I will start with the two OC's who are your favorites. As for Innas and Celemirė, I love them as well. Innas is a seasoned warrior who loves his home very dearly, but is concerned about it and his King. Thranduil's refusal to listen to the truth is very frightening, and so Innas takes it upon himself to be patriotic and appeal to the King's senses one last time. Celemirė is like a swoony teen, caught up in the glitz and glamor of the royal palace life but doesn't understand "the real world". She has a good heart, but is somewhat hapless. That's why I made mention of her little crushes on Legolas and his father, before she realized where her feelings truly lay. I am glad you are enjoying Innas and Celemirė. As for Thranduil, his stubborness seems to be his only quality showing through, but he is King. Deep inside him he still loves Amorith, but again his stubborn ways refuse to let him admit that what he did to her was wrong. And Amorith, she is just as stubborn, refusing to admit that she may have contributed to this. Bah, gotta love the old Sindar vs Noldor fued.
Date: Dec 07 2010
Title: Chapter 7: Doomed Departures Reviewer: L8Bleumr Signed
Innas noooo. Darnit! Just when Celemire admits her feelings he must leave. Wah. O.K. I'm done with my little pity party. At least she got a little *ahem* first. (hehe) Lots of mystery as to where this is going. Great history lesson about the Silmiarils by the way. Hope you had a great vacation and rock on.

Author's Response: I know I know, it is very hard to watch them seperated after admitting to each other their love. However, real life is not always pleasant, and I am trying to lend an air of that in the story, that not everything is happiness and sunshine. And our reluctant maiden is starting to learn this as well. Yes, at least the *ahem* will remind them of their love. Glad you picked up on the mystery, I am not always good at conveying that in my writings. Thanks for liking the abridged version of the Silmarils. Yes, my vacation was great, but now I am stricken in bed with some kind of cold ailment. Lots of fun.
Date: Dec 07 2010
Title: Chapter 8: Anger Abounds Reviewer: L8Bleumr Signed
Your Thranduil comes across very well. It seems as if he has built a wall around him and now it affects everyone else. Raising a hand to Celemire was his breaking point I think. Nicely written letter too. Celemire and Amorith must have been very close. It must have been painful when she left and now with Innas gone, Celemire seems so lonely. Lots of wonderful emotions in this chapter. Sorry to hear you were sick and I hope you are feeling better now. Thanks for the update.

Author's Response: Portraying Thranduil is the hardest part of this story. I am glad you like my take on him. There is a wall he built around himself, and it is affecting him and everyone else as you pointed out. Glad you noticed this. Yes he has almost reached his breaking point. As for the letter, it will serve many purposes later. Celemirė is very lonely, because now she is starting to understand the ugliness of things. She is scared because she knows she is not strong. It's funny you liked this chapter alot because when I was revising it last night I wasn't very happy with it. This was written about five years ago, and I couldn't think of how to retouch it. And yes I am feeling much better now. Thanks :)
Date: Dec 13 2010
Title: Chapter 9: Return to the Past Reviewer: L8Bleumr Signed
Well, you sure have put me on an emotional rollercoaster today. This is by far my favorite chapter yet. What a beautiful flashback. Thranduil and Amorith are so loving and little Legolas is just precious. So sweet how Amorith wishes little Celemire will be Leggy's princess one day. And the King's account of his wife's fate was so sad. I just loved this and feel so much closer to understanding how everything came to be. Great unraveling.

Author's Response: Sorry about the emotional rollercoaster! I am glad you love this chapter. I edited it from it's original version to include the story of Legolas' mother and add another dynamic to everything. I also wanted to show the love Amorith and Thranduil have for each other, to show that the Elven-king hides his most tender side deep down where he can only reach it after much difficulty. Little Legolas is definitely adoring, I think I love him the most! Flashbacks is what Amorith and Thranduil have left of each other now, and I find it to be a nice neat way of portraying things. I am glad you are understanding everything, and hope you continue enjoying the chapters as they come. It's a little confusing for me because on the other site this story is much further along, though it's in the original format, and when I am revising chapters here I tend to lose my way between the original version and the current theme.
Date: Dec 14 2010
Title: Chapter 10: Desperate Call Reviewer: L8Bleumr Signed
Another wonderful chapter. It was nice to see Thranduil and Amorith connect the way they did. First steps are the hardest, right? (lol) Such a tender moment between them. He still needs her and that is so romantic. I just love your portrayal of the Elven King. You give him so many more emotions than I've seen before. Good luck on your travels abroad. Hopefully you will not be completely without internet.

Author's Response: Thanks again for your thoughtful review. First steps are indeed the hardest ;) I am happy you enjoyed the connection between Amorith and Thranduil and my portrayal of him. He is the most difficult character to write, as I am trying to play up his hatred of the Noldor while balancing his love for Amorith. He feels betrayed, so he retreated behind many walls, and with each wall there are emotions. His emotions are the most challenging, and I hope they are coming across well. And yes, he needs Amorith no matter how hard he tries to convince himself he doesn't. I have always enjoyed Thranduil, and this is my first time trying my hand at a (hopefully) deep and intricate storyline involving him. Plus I wanted to dabble with the Sindar-Noldor fued. Thank you on the well wishes for my travels; I am leaving tomorrow, and hope to have the next chapter up by tonight. Onto more emotions ;)
Date: Dec 18 2010
Title: Chapter 11: Fears and Confessions Reviewer: L8Bleumr Signed
Amorith must feel like a weight was lifted off her shoulders. Somethings seems so right that it was Haldir she found comfort in. Loved how he held her and rocked her. I don't know where you are going with this but I enjoyed seeing Haldir open up and tell her of his love for her. He is very sweet and loving. As for Thranduil, I could get angry with him for sending her away, but I can't. He was only trying to protect his kingdom, though he was wrong in his assumptions. Great chapter. Happy Holidays.

Author's Response: Yes she feels better knowing at least someone worth his salt knows her true story. Can you imagine carrying a hurt and pain that big around for centuries, millenia maybe? I find it perfect as you have that it was Haldir indeed. Yes, the rocking and comforting he gave her...she bared her soul and showed more of herself than she really wanted to--reduced herself to her most weakest vantage. As hard and distant as Haldir may seem, he really is a softy and loving at heart. I myself get upset over what Thranduil has done, but as you said, he did what he did thinking it best for his people, even though he behaved under incorrect assumptions. I hope to have the next chapter up tomorrow. As always, thanks for you reviews, greatly appreciated, and I hope you enjoy the rest to come. :)
Date: Dec 20 2010
Title: Chapter 12: Amorith's Accord, Parting Paths Reviewer: L8Bleumr Signed
I love the first half of this. Your Haldir is so charming. It makes me want to root for them to be together. As for Celemire, she has finally found her voice and her strength. Thranduil has become so lost in his anomisity that he is now chasing away those closest to him, the last ones that would stand by him. I can totally see how this would play a part in the seige of their southern realm. He is blind to all around him and evil will seep in once it finds the weakness. Another great chapter.

Author's Response: This was actually two chapters....but the second part was too short so I made it into one. Plus I kinda like it, as if Amorith does end up with Haldir it'll be a parting from Thranduil. Haldir is definitely a charmer...he's Amorith's anchor. And yes definitely makes you root for them. As far as it goes for my dear Celemirė, she has been pushed to her breaking point. She realizes that not everything is fun and games, and she is alone. So she did the only thing she could to show Thranduil how hurt she is without jeporadizing herself entirely; she can't manage on her own outside. And you are right, Thranduil's animosity has blinded him entirely. His kingdom and rule are now at a higher risk than before. Glad you enjoyed this chapter (2-in-1), and as always greatly appreciate your reviews.
Date: Dec 21 2010
Title: Chapter 13: Promises Reviewer: L8Bleumr Signed
Nicely done how you transformed from reality to dream. Now we know Thranduil turned her away just as they were about to marry. How sad. She was just trying to be honest and hold no secrets, but Thranduil saw it differently. If she really wanted to take over his kingdom, she would not have told him her heritage. Oh that Thranduil can be so stubborn. Hope you are having a Merry Christmas. ***Moe***

Author's Response: Thanks Moe. It's important for Haldir to realize what he is getting himself into before he commits himself. Amorith is deeply troubled. On one hand she is looking for someone to cherish her, but on the other hand she is frightened to take the risk again. Haldir's momentary hesitance fed into this second fear of hers, so she wanted to show Haldir how broken she is. This one memory haunts her, and in later chapters this incident will unfold more and transpire. Hope you had a Merry Christmas.
Date: Dec 25 2010
Title: Chapter 14: Councils Reviewer: L8Bleumr Signed
A very mysterious chapter. I like how you took Vanime and Amorith, though they are one in the same and made them seem like two seperate people. I cannot wait to see how you unravel this next part. And just one more thing, I loved the conversation between the Lorien brothers. Very light hearted.

Author's Response: I want to show a dynamical depth to Amorith/Vanimė, how her mind works, how she has been affected by her past. Not just portray her as a tragic heroine. It may mean that my efforts show her as bipolar or something when I am just trying to unfold her many dimensions/layers. She is starting to realize that she can't go on as she is without deciding which side is her reality. The coming days will need her to be either Vanimė or Amorith forever. I'm glad you enjoyed the conversation between Haldir and his brothers; I wanted to show a snapshot of them all together.
Date: Dec 29 2010
Title: Chapter 15: The Sparring Reviewer: L8Bleumr Signed
At the end of every chapter I think to myself, 'This was the best one yet.' Well, this is no different. First of all, I laughed out loud at Haldir and Rumil's jesting. Ask the enemy to wait... so funny and Rumil's answer even better. Very tricky of Haldir to come up with the sparring idea and such a heated moment afterwards. And Amorith/Vanime's revenge... that was good. I don't think I would have had as good self control around the Marchwarden. Funny thought just came to me. When Am/Van and Rhavaniel finally come to terms with themselves and they can finally breathe a sigh of relief, they should get together for a glass of wine... hehehe. Gotta love these strong females. Happy New Year to you.

Author's Response: I am speechless by the really generous review, specifically the first sentence! I myself was laughing out loud when I wrote the little bantering between the brothers. To me Haldir is the older sterner brother, set apart from his two siblings, yet loving them all the same. His quiet demeanor eggs on the two, and so they happily tease him at every possible chance. All is fair in love and war; and this holds true to the growing relationship between Amorith and Haldir. She is still very much in love with Thranduil but is starting to doubt herself, but she is not wholly convinced to jump into something with Haldir. Yes, he confessed to her, but she senses something darker and deeper in him, as well as in herself. Not to forget that she now has to choose who she truly is, Vanimė or Amorith. The heated moment and her revenge as examples of her almost bipolar tendencies: she longs for someone to cherish her yet she still is very mindful of her pride and embodiment as a woman. And not to forget that Vanimė loves to taunt men...sly vixen. It would be interesting for Rhav and Vanimė to connect over a glass of for thought?
Date: Jan 01 2011