I wasn't prepared for Gollum, how exciting! He definitely is one you pity at first glance without knowing his truly devious nature; I think of schizophrenics when I hear his name. And the fact that the Elves were kind to him is how he really escaped.
Glad that Rhav got her wish, though sadly with a rather disheartening price. At least Legolas was there. And Antien, I am in love with him. :)
Author's Response: I threw Gollum in for a time line and I needed to get Rhav out of the castle. Got your back Rhav. She's gonna fight if it's the last thing I do. Your support for Antien is wonderful. He was a character I just threw in at first and I didn't give him much thought. But he seems to be making a good impression and he's grown on me too. I actually rewrote this chapter. I was going to have him die in this scene, further pushing Rhav to lead a warrior life. It never did sit right with me and I decided to keep him. I might write him his own piece about how he meets Glandur. Don't know. We'll see. Thanks so much for supporting my story. We writers gotta stick together.
It was bound to happen. Her vivacity is too much for her father and Legolas to handle out of their love and concern. And now that she has been wounded, and could have died, or taken by the Orcs (a far worse fate than death) all the hidden agendas come out. It is too bad that marriage pushed that way seems to her father to be the solution, and out of love for her Legolas feels the same. I just hope Rhav finds what she needs.
Author's Response: She is strong and will pull through. It is like the straw that broke the camels back and she just needs a little push. As you said, her father and Legolas only do this because they love her so much. But she needs to find out what she's made of. I'm so glad you get this. No woman should be held back and she's gonna find her way.
Great chapter. I just actually watched FotR and the Council scene reminded me that I didn't review, so here I am :)
Author's Response: Glad you're here and still enjoying it. You know, I haven't watched the movies in a long time. You mentioning it makes me want to go back and watch 'em again.
I can't imagine how it feels to know the one you love may never return, and to feel both encouragement and anxiety at the same time is hard. Understandably they would want to spend their last night together in a memorable way.
As for Rhav, seeing Frodo step up boldly as Ring-bearer certainly made her encouraged to pursue her dreams. I hope she finds what she needs in the Golden Wood. Though now her future with Legolas is hazy at best.
Author's Response: It was a night well spent for both of them, but she will not let him woo her into returning to Mirkwood. For too long Rhav has done what's right by others. And I like to think that Frodo affected everyone that was at that counsel. It was just the thing she needed to give her that final push out the door. It's what's waiting for her that will be her biggest surprise and discovery about herself.
Poor Legolas, waking up to an empty bed with that letter. I am glad Rhav followed through with her decision; the first step is always the hardest. I sense a friendship will develop between her and Haldir. Can't wait!
Author's Response: You hit the nail on the head about first steps. It's usually the toughest thing to do. Rhav is tough and she knows what she has to do. One thing is for sure, nothing comes easy and we are in for one hell of a ride. Thank you for always being so prompt with your reviews. It's nice to have your support and you definitely have mine. ; - )
Haldir is definitely an enchanting character. Love how you are playing up the refinement of the Goldwen Wood Elves versus the Mirkwood Elves.
Author's Response: Glad you like Haldir. As for Lorien vs. Mirkwood elves, I owe that to ziggy. I always knew there was a difference but couldn't explain it. She makes it very clear in her stories and I completely agree. Tolkien wrote (using Gandalf) that Mirkwood elves were in a word savage. I like to compare them to a native people who live off the land where Lorien is more civilized like city folk. At least that's my interpretation and it would explain Rhav's wild ways a little better.
I like how you are pointing out some of the differences between the Golden Wood and Mirkwood. Whereas the Silvans of Mirkwood are more "native" and the Galadhrim are more refined since they've been assimilated with the Noldor and Sindarin ways of their Lady and Lord respectively. Interesting developments with Haldir, can't wait to see where it goes with him. Can't yet determine if I like him or not.
Author's Response: Glad you are getting the differences. I like the idea of the two elf races being so different. As for Haldir, I like to think of him as a refined Lorien elf who deep down wants to be more "native". I'll leave it at that. Soon things will heat up again.
I think Haldir is the better choice for Rhav in that he allows her the freedom she so vividly desires, but sometimes too much of a good thing is deterimental. Legolas only said what he said out of protectiveness, I hope he doesn't become too crushed. And Rhav is still young, so that her heart may shift in different directions. Can't wait to see what happens.
Author's Response: It seems the Marchwarden is making a good impression. He is in a position where he can't say no. The Lady Galadriel allowed Rhav to fight and Haldir has no connections to her... yet. And of course, Legolas loves her and any male wants to protect the one who holds his heart. They are two different elves, Hal and Leggi. It's a good experience for our young Rhav.
Whooo boy....I woke up cold, now I am quite the opposite. I was glad to see that Rhav didn't let Haldir completely dominate her.
Author's Response: Haha... you're too funny. Yes, Haldir might have met his match with Rhav. She won't give in too easily.
Once you are involved with someone like that, it's hard to draw a line. Wonder what will happen when Legolas arrives in the Golden Wood and sees her--if she stays that long. And referring to women and sacrifices, it seems Rhav has to do the same soon. Everything has a price, you just have to figure out the cost you are willing to pay.
Author's Response: You are right. Rhav has paid a price so far by not following her heart and soul. Now that she is finally on her own, she's finding out that not all is easily claimed. A warrior's life is not easy and this new discovery complicates things.
Oh boy, it was just as I thought. Legolas versus Haldir. And how can either one understand? And Rhav has to choose now for good.
Author's Response: She's got it rough right now. There's so much she's still learning and these two sexy elves don't make it any easier. The upcoming times are going to be difficult for her, for all of them actually and it won't be pretty.
oh boy, things are going from bad to worst for all. revenge is always the first thing to think of after being hurt so deeply, not to mention the Ring affecting everyone. and Rhav came to tell the truth. we shall see what will happen.
Author's Response: Even I am closing my eyes and I wrote it. hehe I usually don't write such tormenting scenes and it's not over yet. Stick with me and we'll get through it together. ; - )
Ugh, nothing worse than being so confused that you get yourself into a worse fix than before. And Haldir's very conceited mannerism isn't helping.
Author's Response: It may not be helping Rhav but it sure is helping me lol. We've all been young and foolish at some point. This is their moment. And maybe Haldir should know better, but his heart is leading him on, not to mention his and Rhav's connection.
It's hard to deal with the fear of the unknown all over again, because it's so much the tougher. It's a sign of maturity when two people can realize their differences and let go of each other, though you can feel the tension. I'm glad Antien made an appearance, I had a feeling he would. And Haldir is still so very smug it sickens me.
Author's Response: I think they need this seperation. As you said, they are maturing. To let go of someone you love dearly is one of the hardest choices someone can make. Imagine letting go of someone you have known your whole life. As for Haldir, well, he's an elf all of his own. Love him or hate him. lol
oh boy, so complicated. both letting gaurds down pre-battle. and seeing legolas again. but I love Antien and am glad for his presence. he is definitely Rhav's conscience. I hope he doesn't get killed.
Author's Response: I can safely tell you that Antien will be fine. I could never hurt that sweet elf. He's become special to me. Still, the next chapter won't be pretty. It was not the easiest to write either, but necessary. It's definitely another turning point for everyone. And btw, you are in my prayers for a safe return home.
The emotions were higher in this chapter than the previous. At least Rhav and Legolas reconciled a bit, that is good, and none too soon now that Haldir is severely injured/dead. Now she has him to fall back on for support, and Antien as well hopefully.
Author's Response: Antien will prove to be a major avenue of support in an upcoming chapter. And now we'll start to get away from some of the darkness and back into the light. I assume you made it back so welcome home.
Despair is the worst thing. Poor Denethor; I do pity him.
Author's Response: I always did feel for him in a way. His mind was so clouded that he didn't even have faith in Faramir anymore. His was a tragic story for sure. Rhav was luckier in this aspect. She had Legolas to lift her from a similar fate. And it's because of this that she sees what has been in front of her the whole time, his love and devotion.
This is a sweeter side of Rhav, the "new" Rhav if you will. I know she was dying to go battle, but it is very comforting and more noble to sit with someone who is dying. This I have experience from my profession, during my time as an RN on an onocology unit. People are always afraid of being alone at the very end; I am glad she stayed. Would have liked to know her thoughts about the sitatuion, since she is an Elf and Faramir is a Man.
Author's Response: I guess I hadn't really thought of that since we all know Faramir doesn't die. But I think the experience would have humbled her even more. When I wrote this chapter, I was so tired after writing the previous battles. I just didn't have it in me to write another one. That's where Faramir came in. He was my 'out' I guess you could say. And Rhav really needed to be calmed. Battle would only get her excited again.
I loved this chapter the most I think. Rhav has truly matured. I know it's hard for her to admit to anything, but this was perfect. It's so tough to admit anything, especially when you need someone so desperately. And Legolas is a changed Elf now. He needed to hear her words. Loved how you wrote Gimli, too. I see Legolas and Rhav as both having matured and come a long way.
Author's Response: They really are coming into their own now. They have been through so much but they always come back to each other. The love between them is strong. It has always been there. They just didn't recognize it. Rhav admitting she needs Legolas was maybe the hardest thing she has ever done, but it is also the most satisfying thing her heart has ever felt. Gimli will get a little more time in the spotlight in the next chapter. I really love writing for him. He flows so easily.
five words--thank god for the fan!!!
oh and I had a certain song playing, and at the climax of both the story and song, it was too much of a coincidence. now I won't be able to hear this song the same way...
I loved how you touched upon Rhav's incessant need to be in charge, and I am glad Legolas spoke up about it. His journey with the Fellowship really has made him more mature. Not the same whimsical dreamy Prince of before.
Author's Response: Ha ha ha! And I've got five more words for you--don't put that fan away. Two more chapters and the last is very fan worthy *wink*. Well, as you can tell, Rhav is changing a lot and this just might be one of her most signicant. First she needed to deal with her self indulgent pride, now she's learning to give into and trust Legolas during her most intimate moments. Next she will get a lesson in giving into herself, but we'll save that for the last chapter. She will finally be able to relax and just enjoy everything life has to offer. Besides, she's got Legolas. What more could she want? Oh, and glad the song thing worked out. Music really sets the mood.