Reviews by L8Bleumr
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: 47053
Published: Nov 23 2010 Updated: May 05 2011 [Report This]
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
Title: Chapter 16: Mirkwood's Shadows Reviewer: L8Bleumr Signed
Oh, my little Celemire has grown up so fast. Now she will have a little elfling of her own. Love this side story. Can't wait for Innas to find out. The whole memory thing of Thranduil and Legolas was intense. I am so glad to see this part of the story. Legolas was really distraught when Amorith left, or was sent away. So sad that father and son grew apart. The way you tell this story is great, with the flashbacks. And then you bring us back to the present with ease. So Thranduil is finally waking up. There are just so many directions in which I can see things going, especially once Amorith shows up. I'm on the edge of my seat. Can't wait for more.

Author's Response: Celemirė is definitely starting to see things in a different light. And now this elfling will force her to mature even faster. And Innas will find out soon enough. So happy you loved the side story. As far as the memory Thranduil has of Legolas, I expanded the original form, and it seems very much well-rounded now. I wanted to show how Thranduil felt afterwards, and the effect it created on Legolas, as well as their relationship, and how all this stood in relation to the people. It is sad they grew apart, but Legolas being in the teen years of his life was marred and it remained with him forever. I appreciate you telling me that my method between flashbacks and the present course isn't too confusing. And yes, our King is waking up. You can say that Celemirė is the straw that is breaking his back. He is holding on to her in a way that his life depends on it. I hope the story isn't going in so many directions that it will be a distration and hard to follow. Don't worry, the Lady Amorith will arrive soon enough and things will definitely take quite a spin. Thanks as always for your honest reviews :)
Date: Jan 04 2011
Title: Chapter 17: Stirring the Embers Reviewer: L8Bleumr Signed
In Tolkien's work, it seems that all the women or females have sacrificed themselves in some way. Galadiriel did when she refused the ring and agreed to sail, leaving the Golden Wood unprotected. Arwen sacrificed her immortal life to be with her true love. Even Eowyn sacrificed a part of herself. You have followed a theme here with mother and daughters. It's funny, what drew me to your story originally was Thranduil, but it is about so much more than that. And I get it now. A few months earlier I may not have. I don't know how to explain it but your story has touched me. Certain emotions and other events have seemed to coincide with my own recent life. I won't go into it here. It is just the strangest thing and the most enjoyable at the same time.

Author's Response: It's so true what you said about females' sacrifices in Tolkien's work. While I haven't read anything but the Lord of the Rings trilogy, The Silmarillion, and The Hobbit, that's more than enough to get the idea. I didn't really think of that when I wrote this chapter, but to me it seems that anyone who wants something, or more than one thing, very dearly has to give up another thing. It just seems like the natural course of life, fiction or real, otherwise general stability is overturned. Compensation to survive. I am not good at writing love stories, and while this is a romantic story (and fret not, Thranduil will definitely be on the horizons, with some *ahem* as you say!), I want to show a depth, try to portray what life could have been if any of this had been real. I guess in a way I am a bit pessimistic about love and such, but I don't entirely dismiss it. It's real, it's present. I am attempting to show the effects of a love gone sour, of the intricacies of lying for the cause of love, and of loving in the midst of a lie. Okay, that came out somewhat philosophical and maybe I lost sorry! I just hope my vision hasn't become too complex to contain in words! To tone it down many notches, I am really happy you are enjoying the story, and that it has touched you, and especially since it appears you are relating to it. I do apologize if it has caused some unpleasant things for you to be revisited. I appreciate your honesty, and hope you continue reading.
Date: Jan 07 2011
Title: Chapter 18: Descent into Darkness Reviewer: L8Bleumr Signed
I think secretly I have been longing for this chapter. I have a picture in my mind of Legolas laying next to Amorith, his head in her lap and she stroking his head. Such a beautiful motherly moment. Their relationship is so special that it touches my heart. I am hoping Celemire can make good on her lie about being wedded. This story is just as interesting as the main one. I so want Innas to know about his child. Where has he gone if you don't mind my asking? And now Amorith is injured. Good cliffy.

Author's Response: I wrote this chapter with the purpose of showing the relationship between Amorith and Legolas as exactly what you said--a motherly moment. She came after the death of his birth mother, and so he clung to her just as desperately, and how could she refuse him? So young and need of matronly guidance. Amorith truly fell in love with him as if he were her own son. And seeing him then after all those long centuries, she saw him mature, yet still felt the part of him that was yet an elfling. But the part of him that resembled his sire--the resentment, anger--made her want to erase the harshness away as best she could. As for Celemirė and the child she carries within her, their story will come in due time. I can only say that in the next chapter your question about where Innas went will be answered. All the little side stories lead into the main one, and I really do believe this story is the first of three installments. And yes, Amorith has finally set out to Mirkwood, and now she has a fatal injury to boot. Hold onto your seats, things will get a little more complicated before they resolve. I just hope I won't disappoint you.
Date: Jan 10 2011
Title: Chapter 30: Mourning Mirkwood Reviewer: L8Bleumr Signed
This whole concept is absolutely wonderful. I can just see Amorith/Vanime infront of the people, holding the king's crown and glowing like the Noldo she is. Makes me want her to be so proud of her heritage no matter what crimes her ancestors committed. And it is so true that you can't have a king without the people. They need each other and just needed to be reminded of that. What a suspenseful build. I can't wait to see the outcome.

Author's Response: Thank you for your kind review; I am glad you are accepting my story and it's different take on things. She is starting to realize it is no sin of hers that she was born a Noldo, into a troubled lineage, and that she is without fault. Her greatest fault as she said was that she decieved everyone and inadvertently caused a schism within Mirkwood. So she is trying to repair it now as best she can. And truly, there is no kingdom without a leaderless people. Hope you enjoy the upcoming chapters. Several more and then the story is over, but I am planning a second installment.
Date: Feb 21 2011
Title: Chapter 19: The Rescue Reviewer: L8Bleumr Signed
Yes, you answered my question. Thanks. I think the last sentence sums it up. I'm sure going to Mirkwood, facing Thranduil, facing her own demons is the hardest thing she has had to do. Wonderful vision of Innas following Maeglin to find Amorith. And not a moment too soon. Patiently waiting for the next chapter ; - )

Author's Response: There, glad your question was answered; pleasure of mine to do so. When I read back through the earlier chapters, I realized in chapter 7 I had written he was going to Dol Guldur, but that was 12 chapters ago and who would remember (I didn't!)? Just hoping my mini-stories aren't too much. Yes, going into Mirkwood is the toughest thing for her, and already she feels herself starting to come apart. Vanimė is not strong, she is relying on Amorith. Glad you enjoyed the little bit about Maeglin and Innas; I've always had a fascination with birds, and since all Elves (Silvans perhaps more so) are connected with nature I thought I'd throw that in. Strap yourself in, it gets bumpier.
Date: Jan 12 2011
Title: Chapter 20: The Fears of All Reviewer: L8Bleumr Signed
Such turmoil she is in. I guess I never realized how much suspicion and animosity there was from the Lorien elves, even from Mirkwood. Yet she is the one who has to make things right. Her anger is apparent. She is the one who can save them all yet they distrust her. Most would say 'fine then, do it yourself and see how far that gets you.' I really feel for her. None of this is going to be easy. But I am so glad Innas is with her now. I really like his character. He stays true to his heart. Celemire is very fortunate, even if they are seperated at the moment.

Author's Response: Yes, Amorith's turmoil is definitely growing now that she has gone into Mirkwood. The Lórien Silvans were known to be fierce defenders of their land according to Tolkien, and even though the Lady Galadriel is Noldo, it does not mean they welcomed Amorith. Amorith, as direct descendant of Fėanor, will always be under suspicion and prejudice--the immortal Elves never forget. As for their Mirkwood counterparts, they are even more withdrawn from the world, led by a formidable King who mistrusts his southern neighbors. Already Amorith doubts her decision, but now that she has gone this far there is no going back. If Innas was not present I do not think she would have lasted long. I am glad you are enjoying him, he is a personal favorite of mine as well. He is exactly as you described him. In a way I am slightly jealous of Celemirė for lucking out with him ;)
Date: Jan 15 2011
Title: Chapter 21: A Divided Court Reviewer: L8Bleumr Signed
Some great tense moments here. It really is a shame to see Mirkwood divided like this, especially with evil so close. I love how you are portraying everyone as defecting from Mirkwood, unable to support Thranduil's decisions or lack of. And who is left, the last one to stand with her king? Celemire. She has really developed in her character from her original self. It is wonderful to see this growth in her. You are also doing an excellent job setting things up for Amorith's return. Great work as always.

Author's Response: Thanks, Moe. Things are definitely escalating for everyone, and now that Thranduil has decided to take charge there are tough times ahead for all. However, not everything is as it seems. When Amorith comes the situation will be even more muddled. Celemirė is also changing because there is no other option for her. I don't envy Amorith's return at all.
Date: Jan 17 2011
Title: Chapter 22: The Dinner Proposal Reviewer: L8Bleumr Signed
I have always wanted to know what it was like when Thranduil and Amorith met. This is just a speck of a glance. I don't normally make requests because I know how busy most people are, but if I may... I would love to see a side piece with these two, how they met, what events might have been taking place at the time, how they fell in love. Yes or no it's fine with me. That being said, the part that moved me the most was this last section with Amorith's thoughts. The paragraph that starts with 'Love, the bane of every Elf and Man.', truly touched me. Your words are so passionate. This is what makes you such a wonderful writer. The last sentence however leaves me wondering what is about to happen.

Author's Response: Thanks Moe. I am planning on writing a piece about how Vanimė and Thranduil met, whether as the fourth part of the series or a seperate piece as you indicated. A kind of prelude to all this perhaps. And now that I have your support I may very well do it! I am glad you liked Vanimė's perspective. It was meant for you to be left with a wondering sense. I feel that love is a huge factor that really makes people's minds spin, and makes you do crazy things you might otherwise not have even dreamed of thinking about even. I appreciate your kind words. :)
Date: Jan 21 2011
Title: Chapter 23: Into the Darkness Reviewer: L8Bleumr Signed
You have me so revved up for this return to Mirkwood, I can't stand it. Between Vanime and Amorith, something's going down. I don't think it's gonna be pretty. And now Celemire is thrown into the mix. And Innas and... I'm so excited. It's a good thing I already keep my nails cut short or I would have chewed them off by now. Poisoned or not, sparks are gonna fly that's for sure.

Author's Response: I hope I don't disappoint you! There are definitely going to be many turns and twists in the upcoming chapters before the truth is revealed. I suggest you keep those nails short then ;)
Date: Jan 23 2011
Title: Chapter 24: Pride and Prejudice Reviewer: L8Bleumr Signed
Wow! I could almost cry. Such tragedy. Poor Celemire. Isn't it true to life that the most innocent are hurt or taken before steps are made to prevent such tragedy. Thranduil will suffer deeply for this. His pride was his downfall. It always was and he took his people along with him. Now he's responsible for so much sadness. It was inevitable and anyone on the outside looking in could see it coming, but could do nothing about it. I'm angry with Thranduil but at the same time I want to cry for him. Mostly for Celemire though since she is really the most hurt from all of this. Wonderful, excellent, heart-stopping chapter.

Author's Response: Yes, sad times indeed for Mirkwood and her King. As I was reviewing this chapter, the exact statement that you wrote in your fourth sentence passed through my mind. Thranduil is already starting to suffer; there's nothing worse than being the cause of your own defeat. And my own heart goes to Celemirė as well. I am glad once more that you enjoyed this chapter, even though it was quite tragic. I beg you to hold on, for there are more twists coming soon. Not everything is as it seems.
Date: Jan 26 2011
Title: Chapter 25: Despair and Failure Reviewer: L8Bleumr Signed
This was just heartwrenching. Everything seems to have fallen apart. I can feel that Amorith is torn between despair for Celemire, hate for Thranduil and her hate and guilt for herself. Emotions were running high in this chapter. I am so fearful for Celemire. If an elf can fade over the loss of a love, I can't even begin to imagine what will happen over the loss of a child, especially in the manner it was done. I just want to cry for her. I am literally on the edge of my seat. As tragic and desolate as this chapter is, it is wonderfully done. You have not sugarcoated anything and that makes this very realistic. I've stopped guessing which direction you will take us next. You just keep doing what you're doing 'cause I'll follow you anywhere at this point.

Author's Response: Thanks, I am truly humbled by your review! It is so hard to portray emotions in words, especially the depth I am aiming for in this story. You definitely hit upon the self-hate Amorith has for herself, as well as towards Thranduil. Her despair over the plight of Celemirė is another blow. I am still unsure as to which direction myself I want for Celemirė's future. I do not want to sugarcoat, as you said, but rather to remain realisitic as best to my abilities. I want to let you know that the next chapter will be a bit delayed as tomorrow I am heading back home and may be jet-lagged for a few days. Since I have your faith, I will keep leading you onwards. Enjoy.
Date: Jan 31 2011
Title: Chapter 26: The Task Reviewer: L8Bleumr Signed
You know, when you said you were flying back I wondered if you would be affected. Of course, I don't know where you're flying to but with such a big portion of the US getting hit by this storm I thought you might be delayed. Well now, you have completely left my head spinning with this one. Everything I assumed has just been tossed out the window. I gotta tell you, I love Galadriel here. It's very true to her personality. Loved how you had her seem cold and threatening as she spoke of the rings and then returned to that motherly figure once more. Just the picture you painted of the three women-elves speaking together was very inspiring. Another great chapter. I hope you are not delayed too long and that you have a safe trip home.

Author's Response: Yup, out of sheer foolishness made it to the airport and found out our flight was cancelled. We're hoping to leave tomorrow but who knows with the weather. And flying into JFK during horrid weather isn't fun. Just keep praying for good weather and a safe arrival home, please. As for this chapter, I'm glad it spun you around. That was my intent. Playing Galadriel is hard; she is such a fierce character. Glad you loved how I portrayed her. She is a strong lady, and even Tolkien wrote that she strove against Sauron in thought and knew much of what he was planning. Plus being Noldo adds to one's machness ;) I wanted Forfirith to have some part in the story as well. If you think this is all the twists and turns you can handle, get ready for more.
Date: Feb 01 2011
Title: Chapter 28: The Resolution Reviewer: L8Bleumr Signed
I love the touch with the note. It is just what Amorith needs right now. And I have to say, the part where she is reminiscing about young Legolas touched my heart. My daughter used to play with my hair all the time when she was little. I can just see Amorit holding little Leggi, his arm snaked up around her neck and twirling her hair. It's nice to get a glimpse into her past with the royal family. What a beautiful family they made. I fear for what is to come but I'm anxious to find out also.

Author's Response: Thanks. She needed the extra push forward. All these little touching stories about baby Legolas I stole from my little cousin's mannerisms. He spent a few days with me. As you said, a little glimpse into their life, as you requested as well. Hold on to your seat. We're almost there.
Date: Feb 10 2011
Title: Chapter 29: The Return Reviewer: L8Bleumr Signed
You've got me spinning once again. I don't think I saw any of this coming. Well, I knew it was not textbook stuff. I am so reminded of Galadriel when Frodo offers her the ring. This is her test. Will she try to take over Mirkwood or resist and become a balanced version of both Amorith and Vanime. I know Thranduil fits in here somehow but I can't even begin to guess how. How do you do it? This story is one of the most mature and intriguing one's I have read. In your bio you say you're a nurse by trade. My best friend is a nurse too and she comes up with some of the most imaginative ideas. It must be a nurse thing, LOL.

Author's Response: Here's a secret: I never saw this coming either! I sat down to type, with a vague idea of what I wanted, and this happened. I like when my imagination takes over and not the limited set ideas of my mind. Very encouraging that it worked out and you liked it :) Yes, I wanted to show just how deeply the schism is within her own self. She is at conflict now with everything around her, and in her. And tough choices lie ahead. Thranduil will come along shortly. As for how I do this...well sometimes I get stuck on a chapter for a long time. Case in point, 6 chapters ahead, I've been working on it for about 3 wks and still not done. Sometimes it comes easily and other times not. No idea if it's a nurse thing, but very well could be. We do have to be imaginitive at our jobs ;)
Date: Feb 16 2011
Title: Chapter 31: The Awakening Reviewer: L8Bleumr Signed
Again, I didn't see that coming. Thranduil was there the whole time. I wondered where he was. This also shows how disconnected they are, to a degree; if it's true that when elves love each other they can sense each other. Here he was literally beneath her nose, yet they were still very distant. Thranduil is still very untrusting of her, but I think I see it from his point of view now. There was a time when I just thought he was being stubborn, but now I see him as being a great King. He is worried more for his people. Oh, and the poem really sums it all up for Amorith/Vanime. Very well done. I can hardly wait for more. I'm anxious for those first words spoken between Sindar and Noldo and hope they can once again see each other as Thranduil and Amorith.

Author's Response: Glad I am keeping you on your toes. I didn't see that coming either ;) Yes, you picked up on the degree of disconnection between them. They shared the exact same waking dream-memory and didn't even realize it. Also, am happy you picked up on Thranduil's point of view. The story starts out depicting him as blind because of his prejudices, but The Resolution shows that there was more to him, as well as his history in Doriath. Of course, he still is stubborn and proud, but those aren't the only factors. Yes, that song is so touching; it loses it's meaning when translated, and I did my best. Hold onto your seat, we're almost there :)
Date: Feb 28 2011
Title: Chapter 32: Reconciliation Reviewer: L8Bleumr Signed
Beautifully written chapter. Some tense moments, saddness, longing. My favorite part was the end when Thranduil lays his head on her stomach and embraces her. It was just such a wonderful and sad moment. He still loves her but it can not be. He must be king. He is Thranduil. I am happy but heartbroken at the same time. Simply wonderful writing!

Author's Response: This chapter was a challenge to write. So many emotions running high; I had a soundtrack playing in the background for inspiration. I do believe at the very end I even shed a few tears. Thranduil is so overjoyed to see her, and he is thankful for her choice. They are both starting to acknowledge their mistakes. But with the impending doom upon them only the most serious matters must be dealt with. So many dynamics at stake here, Vanimė is trying to take the higher, harder road. Thanks again for your review and continued support :)
Date: Mar 05 2011
Title: Chapter 33: Lingering Doubts Reviewer: L8Bleumr Signed
This is so heartbreaking, but Vanime is so strong. She does not want Thranduil to suffer as she has, divided. I love Innas' reaction. He wanted to see them together once again and I feel for him. As I read this I was feeling their rekindling and then despair. It's just so sad that they cannot be together now. And then Thranduil's doubt returns in the very end. Oh, and the hawk and dove part is a very nice touch. I am so glad that you will be writing more. I really enjoyed this story and can't wait for more.

Author's Response: Vanimė is the one who has to sacrifice more because Thranduil must remain King; his sacrifice is to sunder himself from her, this time officially. Poor Innas is devestated. He loves the Noldo as much as he loves his King. Life isn't always about what you get; at times you reap what you sowed. And Vanimė realizes this and is accepting her fate slowly. As for Thranduil, his desire to redeem himself before his people and to himself as well is making him think everything through from all possible angles. Mirkwood is now at war. I am glad you liked the part about Maeglin (the hawk) and the dove.
Date: Mar 11 2011
Title: Chapter 34: Final Battles Reviewer: L8Bleumr Signed
Great self-doubt and conflict in this chapter. And I love how you brought back Haldir's words. I remember reading that earlier. I didn't know then what a significant part it played later on. With all the wonderful characters in this story, I never pictured it being Haldir that would give her the one thing that would bring her back from the edge of despair. Very well done. I'm hanging on the edge again. Who will find her and help her? Can't wait for more!

Author's Response: Thank you. Vanimė has reached the point of no return now. All her inner fears/doubts have risen into this new form to confront her. She had hidden many things away even from herself, but she can no longer hold them back anymore. Depression, self-denial, and repression are never good things. Haldir is her rock now; he was from the beginning. He knew how to handle her angry outbursts and short bursts of temper; he knows the true lady inside is wanting to be saved. Vanimė is realizing he is the one person who can love her now; he is free from other entanglements, unlike Thranduil. And it was the fact that she unconsiouscly connected with Haldir rather than Thranduil that surprised her as well. But as Galadriel warned, "Not all is well between Sindar and Silvan...". At any rate, the ride is almost over! Keep hanging on a bit more, and then we fold this first installment and begin the second. Thanks for your continued support, Moe! :)
Date: Mar 17 2011
Title: Chapter 35: The Shadows' Calls Reviewer: L8Bleumr Signed
Nice flashback and such a sad one too. It is interesting to see a glimpse of the sisters' childhood, no matter how unfortunate it is. Now, the ending has me thrown a little. Is Vanime really gone? Is this her ghost? An out of body experience? Another dream? And even with all these questions, I'm glad to see Celemire again. I have been wondering how she was and what happened to her. Can't wait for more.

Author's Response: A quote from the movie "Mr and Mrs Smith" will be borrowed to reply to your first statements: "I guess when you're at the end you start thinking about the beginning". With her head trauma and the massive bleeding she began to think of the reason she came to this point. Again, I cannot say anything more regarding Vanimė other than that keep reading :) I have even surprised myself with this one. We will see where my creativity (or lack thereof!) takes me. And yes, Celemirė has returned. She will play a rather important role. I think this story might have a few more chapters before it officially ends. Thanks again for your support and hope you enjoy the rest to come.
Date: Mar 22 2011
Title: Chapter 36: Pleas for Help Reviewer: L8Bleumr Signed
What an absolutely wonderful and mysterious twist here with the Entwives. Your portrayal of Galadriel, Vanie and the mirror are so vivid and very true to the attitude of the Noldo, almost insulting at one point. This is understandable though, which I am learning as I read Silm. Just when I thought this tale was told, you manage to take us in a new direction. Excellent and still enjoying this very much.

Author's Response: This chapter was difficult to write; took me quite awhile. And again the twist with the Entwives was such a surprise even for me. I'm glad you liked my portrayal of the Noldo women; Galadriel is such a challenge to write. She's so multi-faceted as well, a very ambitious woman. I meant to put that insult there---as the fierce and defiant lady she is Galadriel is having a hard time restraining herself and not directing things in Mirkwood as she wishes. To quote Tolkien from Unfinished Tales "Galadriel saw that Lórien would be a stronghold and point of power to prevent the Shadow from crossing the Anduin ... but that it needed a rule of greater strength and wisdom than the Silvan folk possessed." That's the point I was trying to get across. Glad you are reading The Silmarillion; it is a bit diffcult to digest at times but it's really rewarding. Once more, I am happy you are enjoying my drabbles :)
Date: Mar 30 2011