Again Gimli is awesomely written. I love his take on how the cry of the gulls and the sea affected Legolas. It thrilled me to read that Rhav was softening up during her tending of the gardens in Ithilien, and felt myself grow sad for Legolas at the very end. Never saw that coming, honestly. Here she was so matured, and now I feel she has reverted back to where she was. She might just lose him forever. Sometimes I wonder if in this modern-day and age that our obsession with careers is a bit much, that the value of wife is under-rated? This isn't meant to be an attack on you or your writing, just my own thoughts. :)
Author's Response: I'm so glad you liked Gimli. He has always held a soft spot in my heart. Though it's true that Rhav is softening, I wouldn't say she's reverting back. This is a time of new growth, not only for her or Legolas but for an entire race, the human race. I always thought the elves took pride in being there to witness this and help where they could. Legolas' role in rebuilding Ithilien's gardens is very important as is Rhav's role to protect the queen. They will gladly serve those who need their assistance before satisfying their own needs. Though Legolas is saddened by this new information, he is also very supportive. They understand each other on a different level now, and they know they will always have one another. I think when you have an eternity to live, you have unlimited patience. Her happiness is his happiness. He just loves her that much. As far as the modern-day woman, I have to agree with you. Yes, having a career is important to some, but family is important to all of us. Unfortunately, our world has changed to where in most cases, both parents must work and it puts strain of the family, especially the children. I myself am very fortunate that my husband has a job in which I am able to stay home and care for my family. I think it has made a huge difference. It's still a job and a very difficult one at times. I don't get paid in dollars, but the rewards are just as valuable. But what I think we need to do is support one another as women. Working moms shouldn't see a stay at home mom as lazy, and stay at home moms shouldn't see a working mom as uncaring. In the end, we're all just doing what we must to give our families the best they deserve. OK, so I've gone way off the subject here. Anyways, don't think too unkindly of Rhav. She truly has learned a lot as you will see in the next and last chapter. Thank you for always leaving such insightful reviews. I always look forward to them.
As directed, the fan was going. Thanks for the warning. I must say Rhav has truly matured. It's hard for someone like her to realize that letting your gaurd down is ok. Especially in a marriage that cannot be, since Legolas is such a mature and strong person. I am glad they understand each other. And Antien is simply adorable.
Author's Response: Rhav has finally come full circle. She understands now and knows how faithful Legolas has always been. She would do nothing to destroy it now. Keep an eye out for my short story about Antien and Glandur. I will post it soon. They are really two very easy elves to write for and I love them, especially Antien. Thank you again for your support and for sticking with me to the end. Every one of your reviews was greatly appreciated.
oh boy this brings back some really bad memories...thanks for the guide :)
Author's Response: Your very welcome. :)
Certain vampire romance novels need to be banned; as well as half mermaid-fairy people. That's my story and I'm sticking to it!
This was another wonderful chapter; thanks for posting!
Author's Response: Ah, if only those wretched books could be banned...and half mermaid-fairies for that matter! Your welcome and thanks for reading.
This was the best chapter by far!
Author's Response: It was originally going to be split into two chapters, but I think it works best as one. Glad you liked it.
It's a very unique story, and I love your name even more!
Author's Response: Thank you Princess. It was a fun challenge to answer, and my first.
I am not a reader of slash normally, but your magic with story-telling has drawn me in. This picture of Legolas as a possible Vala with the command of Nature at his will is exciting. While personally I have considered the Silvans to be more in tune with nature, nothing of this grand extreme have I thought. But it is good. I like the interjections of humor, such as the mention of bets on Legolas, and Erestor's "piffle" remark.
Author's Response: I am glad you are enjoying the story. It is indeed, slash, however Legolas and Glorfindel are not in the slightest bit adverse to indulging in female company! Many thanks.
Undoubtedly this Mirkwoodian Prince has charmed many in more than one manner. I like the fact that you point out the price he pays: “Beautiful is he not? I do not wonder that he kept his hood up on his arrival, he undoubtedly knows the effect he has on others, and I daresay I saw a little irritation on his face,” said Elrond.
“Aye,” replied Erestor. “I noticed as well. It must be annoying to not be able to go unnoticed. However, you do have the upper hand, curse you two, I only saw his face.”
Beauty is something we are all drawn to irrevocably, and your story is a work of said element.
So it begins....sparks are flying...
Author's Response: Indeed, and there are a few more to come. Thank you for your generous remarks.
Again, such wonderful writing. Your dialog is amazing--I wish to learn from you! You portrayal of Mithrandir, as the wise Istari, cheeky nonetheless, is so spot on of how Tolkien wrote him. One thing in particular I want to note:
“Well, well” he exclaimed, as he pushed a steaming cup towards his lord.” That was – interesting?”
“Indeed, snorted Celeborn at the gross understatement. Galadriel simply smiled as she sipped at her camomile tea. Celeborn new exactly what Galadriel had tried to do, and was actually enjoying the fact that she was failing miserably, but he was too intelligent to openly mock her for it, instead opting for patting her white hand in commiseration.
I often wondered how Celeborn felt in relation to his wife being a Noldo of such might, power, and lineage. I think I know how, now.
I am as anxious as Erestor now in finding out how the festivities will proceed.
For an unknown reason I thought of the natives of such places as the Amazon, or the South Asian islands from the description of Legolas. What a wonder to behold.
Author's Response: You would be right, to an extent - his culture is native, and you will perhaps see that later on, he and his will remind you of the New Zeland natives, the Maori - not in their style or fashion, but in some aspects of their warfare tactics. Thank you once more for your comments.
I've always coveted Lord Elrond, but after this chapter, tis a shame he does not really exist. This chapter was brilliant; the "nightcap" references were divine. I am quite thankful for cool breeze blowing in from the open window. :)
You have outdone yourself again. I can see Galadriel steeping quietly in misery, aching to know what the men are up to, yet restraining herself not to. And Celeborn, he seems a big goof to me, the sort of grandfather anyone would want. It must be tedious for Galadriel to maintain an air of "stiff upper lipness" when all she wants is to be "normal". The scene in the dying garden was wonderfully done, and Legolas' telling of part his tale leaves me hungry for more. Like Elrond, my curiosity has only been partially sated. I can't wait for the next installment.
Author's Response: You are most kind, I am glad that you interpret the story in the way it was meant. The next installment is The Protege: Training Day, when Melven will "instruct" the prince in the short swords - I hope you enjoy it!
Nice reference about teenager's closets. I think Snape has a slight crush on Marie?
Author's Response: Thanks, I'm glad you liked the closet joke. I thought that was pretty funny, too. I always wondered how it was that teens could fit so much into such a tiny space. This seemed the only logical conclusion. And as for Snape having a crush...maybe. I'm not one to kiss and tell. After all, Snape would kill me if I let it slip that he-...oops. Guess you know now, huh? Oh well, he hates me anyway. Have you seen the way he treats me in my disclaimers? I have no idea why that man is my favorite Harry Potter character. Perhaps it's because he's so good-looking?
Author's Response: Glad you are. Welcome to my crazy little world
LOL: CAN WE DO THIS?
YES WE CAN!!!
Author's Response: Yep. Don't know if anyone got the Bob the Builder reference. I thought it was pretty funny.
"Hmmm.."Aragorn bent over it. "Any idea where it leads?"
Gandalf shook his head. "No, I'm afraid." He brightened. "But that's a really catchy tune and nothing bad ever happens in a place where there are really catchy tunes!"
Author's Response: Heehee :) Thanks for the review!
Marie inspected him intently, then gave him a look of pity. "You're very handsome, you know...lots of fangirls go for handsome..."
He scared the birds off of the top of the factory with his screams.
just not weird enough hahah; loving this but to bed now
Author's Response: Goodnight! Sleep tight! Don't let the Orcs bite. (Seriously, they're cannibals, one bite and you're history)
"Thanks." He said proudly. "And you know it's all eatable." He informed them with a wave of his magnificent cane and a mischievious grin. "Even I'm eatable. But that is called cannibalism, my dear guests, and is frowned upon in most societies." Marie chuckled, while the others just stared warily at him.
Maybe by this time though Aragorn and/or Boromir were considering that option. ;)
Author's Response: Maybe....can never tell with those two.
Gimli snorted. "He's gone and made nice with a tree. Just like an Elf." Maire laughed along with him and slowly, the Fellowship and their newer additions joined her.
Somehow that came across dirty to me lol...
Author's Response: That's just..wow..heehee. I never thought of it that way, but now that you mention it...