Grrrrrr! Grima is such a snake!!
And there goes Legolas again with the unconventional way of doing things! Sneaking out the window to avoid being caught - that had me in stitches! Very clever!
I loved the back story for Grima, we never really do find out how he becomes so twisted do we? I think you've filled in the blanks very adeptly! Great chapter! ~ Iri
Author's Response: Isn't that the great thing about fanfic? There's always some story that leaves things open for us ff authors to add our own touches to. Grima's story is very mysterious, leaving lots of room. Actually, I had a really good time writing such a slimy character. Unlike Legolas, who needs to make sure he is not offending anyone and following the rules, you can make a bad character do anything you want, and they'll not complain. They just smile evilly and say, what's next madame writer, lol.
Awwwwww Arod!! So cute! And what a way to get a girl's attention huh? I think Legolas needs to write a book on all this hahahaha
Lovely to see the boys all grown up - sort of :P And you've painted Theoden as very warm which is nice. A very intriguing reference to Grima as well. I can't wait to see how you spin his story with Legolas in the thick of it now :D Another great chapter L8! ~ Iri
Author's Response: Well, I thought if Rohirrim are bonded to their horses, then an elf and his horse would be devoted for life, so why not bond from the start. Legolas and Grima are wound together for a time, especially while Legolas is living in Rohan.
It's nice to see these poignant moments in Legolas' maturity. In just a few days he went from being a mischevious Elf drinking and sneaking into places he shouldn't be going to standing on the cusp of being a fully mature Elf-warrior. And it's great to see the bond forming between him, Eomer and Theodred!
Also you nearly lost me at the line 'No time to consider that now, he had panties to steal'. Seriously I laughed so hard I couldn't breathe! :D :D ~ Iri
Author's Response: When I decided to write this story, this was the part I couldn't wait to get to, these three boys getting into all kinds of trouble.
Hmmm young Theodred and Eomer just smell of trouble don't they? I love how headstrong Eowyn is at a young age too! A very suitable introduction into Rohan for young Legolas. ~ Iri
Author's Response: Eowyn is my all time fav female. She's everything all rolled into one young shield maiden, and the basis for many of my own female oc's.
I'm very glad that Elhadron diligently teaches Legolas their history, lore etc! What a shame if all that knowledge was lost!
And bravo to young Legolas for his first kill (show-off *cough* *cough*)
It's great to get the feel of the woodsmen and how they live and it's lovely that Sefa gets another 'child' to nurture ~ Iri
Author's Response: Well, with Legolas, he will eventually go to Rohan, and right now, the woodsmen are his influence. So I wanted to make sure Elhadron taught him as much of his elvish heritage as possible. I want Legolas to be well rounded in the ways of men and elves.
Awwwwww little Legolas in a nightshirt?? That's sooo cute, I just wanna eat him!! LOL!
Ahem. Sorry about that bit of silliness! :D But another touching part of that was Legolas curling up with his 'uncle' and twirling his hair the same way he used to with his father - what a sense of trust he's placed in Elhadron!
I LOVE the banter between the woodsmen and you've introduced a nicely rounded ensemble for them with each character being a different age, marital status etc - this makes it all very believable and relatable. ~ Iri
Author's Response: The hair twirling thing is something that my daughter used to do as a baby and then a toddler, usually while I was nursing her. One arm always came up around the back of my head and twirled a lock of my hair. Funny thing is, her father does that too, and still does from time to time, lol.
Your description of the shifting is fascinating! I've never thought of it like a ceremony kind of affair, I've always just envisioned teeth, claws and fur exploding out of jerkins and coats Wolfman/Hulk style. Loved it!
And I had to giggle at Legolas' first kiss. It was very much how one would expect - just two curious children, not some grandiose romantic gesture like we see in many stories (I say raising my hand guiltily). That said - if the first boy I ever kissed stood in front of a charging bear to allow me to escape I would have married him immediately without question. Legolas sets the bar high for romantic gestures on that front ;P ~ Iri
Author's Response: LOL, your review made me laugh. Yes, Legolas defending Katala against the bear would be hard to top. I imagine the man she will marry one day will always live in that shadow, haha. I'll tell you, writing this scene with the first kiss was a little difficult. I had to keep reminding myself that Legolas is just a young boy here, not the grown up sexy elf that I usually write about, and I had to keep myself in check. But there will be a time and a place for him to be more of a romantic once I get him older.
Katala and Legolas have become fast friends haven't they? I can't help but melt at their cute innocence.
How very sad that Folvar and Sefa (Sefa especially) have to say goodbye to Legolas after all this time.
I like that you've come up with a very valid reason to move Legolas into a new chapter and what a spin - Legolas in Rohan? This should be VERY interesting! (Mind you not that you EVER don't come up with a great plot or twist or reason for doing something, which is all part of why reading your work is so amazing) ~ Iri
Author's Response: Legolas in Rohan ... that's what started it all. My friend and I were talking one day, and she said something to the affect of 'What if Legolas grew up in Rohan.' We were talking about Eomer and Theodred and Eowyn I think. Anyways, as soon as she said it, this plot bunny exploded, and well ... here we are.
I can't believe she climbed the tree hahaha good on Sefa! And at last, the dreaded chapter I knew was coming :( Very well constructed and I think everyone's reactions were just as they should be.
Oh and the way you had Legolas remembering his father through the smell of the trees was so beautiful!
I hope Legolas one day wanders back to visit them all! It may be many years away but I'd like to think he'd make time to see them again. Another fantastic chapter L8! ~ Iri
Author's Response: I like Sefa, and I'm glad she was able to be a mother to young Legolas, especially since she could have no children of her own. I think her and Legolas would have had a strong bond. They were each missing something, a mother without a child, and a child without a parent. Folvar, too, was important in this way. Another chapter in Legolas' life has come to an end, and a new one is just beginning. Off to Rohan.
A beautiful and simple farewell for our friend. The talisman was a nice gesture and a nice symbol of Legolas growing up a bit more. It's great to see Legolas making friends, especially having just lost the closest person to him.
How cute is little Katala? And another important step for Legolas in the growing up phase.
L8, you write Legolas as beautifully as a child/teen as you do an adult! I love how you can just get into the heads of your characters. I can see traits of him from your other stories but portrayed much more youthfully. Quite the talent as I've said before I'm sure, but it always deserves to be said again. And again :D ~ Iri
Author's Response: Thanks so much, Irial. I really hoped little Legolas would be believable. And in having Elhadron die, it kind of forces Legolas to take a few steps closer to adulthood. He's still with the woodsmen, and they will take care of him now, but as far as being an elf, Legolas is on his own now.
I've only just started reading this, I've been absent for a while but it's promising to be one of your signature epic adventures with a story line to make the rest of us authors green with envy and characters that we will no doubt fall in love with! very exciting to read some new works from you L8Bleumr! ~ Iri
Author's Response: Iri, so nice to see you again. Hope all is well with you. You'll have a little catching up to do with this one, but I'm posting a little slower. I have a beta who is a huge help to me. This story is a little different for me, since romance is not the main plot. I'm a little out of my comfort zone and have been struggling a bit, but I'm definitely learning something from all of this. It's nice to have you back and I hope you'll enjoy and keep reading.