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Review of chapter "Chapter Two." from Oxnate
Review:
This chapter, where she shows them CPR, always makes me think back to that scene in Brotherhood where she makes a mental note to explain IV lines to the Twins. Did she ever introduce any modern medicine to Middle Earth?
Comments from author:
I think those two things might have almost been it. She wasn't an expert, and I have the basics of cleanliness in surgery known to at least some. If the types of splinting and immobilisation of her fractures that the twins used were not known to the healers of Gondor, or Rohan, they, and Aragorn, could teach that. And i would guess that CPR would quickly be passed from the elves to those others as well.

The idea of IV therapy would have to include knowing that the liquid had to be sterile, and that saline was better than water - both things I'm sure she knew. And a basic knowledge of the existence of different blood groups to prevent anyone thinking that, if you could put salty boiled water into someone veins, how much better to give them some of someone else's blood...
Review By [Oxnate] • Date [5 Aug 13] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Chapter Eleven." from (Recent Donor)Luna
Review:
Simply delightful! I love how you weave in both aspects of her SunnyD and ME lives :) The ice skating was perfect! Enjoyed the insights into Legolas and Rumil as well :)
Comments from author:
It is so nice to see you enjoying these - and those little insights; Rumil is 'a warrior first and foremost' and would happily turn bow or sword onto Buffy et al if they were to try and take his beloved away again; Legolas avoids giving ellyth the wrong impression - but is certainly not shy, retiring and celibate... and so on!
Review By [(Recent Donor)Luna] • Date [12 Jan 12] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Chapter Nine." from (Recent Donor)Luna
Review:
Atheg!!
AWWWWWWWWWWWW!!!!!!

This was so cute! Gosh, I love everything about this world that you created! :)
Comments from author:
Hi Luna - I'm so happy that you are enjoying your re-read through.
Review By [(Recent Donor)Luna] • Date [9 Jan 12] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Chapter Seven." from (Recent Donor)Luna
Review:
This was lovely. I enjoy their silent communication and wonder at all of Dawn's musings. The comment about Dawn leaving and coming back was very interesting. Aw, cute lil Haldirin!
Comments from author:
I'm glad you enjoyed it. I thought that their separation and the way it happened, the abrupt reminder that she 'isn't really an elf but a twenty-first century Californian', would certainly have left its mark on her. And I thought it very likely that it had also left a mark, although less traumatically, on Haldirin. I'm glad that worked for you
Review By [(Recent Donor)Luna] • Date [6 Jan 12] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Chapter Six." from (Recent Donor)Luna
Review:
Watching 'The Hobbit' trailer made me thirst for LOTR fics. I, of course, immediately returned to my favorite saga - yours :)

Very cute snowball fight and I liked the confusion swirling within Dawn & Rumil making her feel better :)
Comments from author:
The Hobbit trailer is very tempting, isn't it?

I'm so pleased that it sent you back to this - which is certainly suitable for the time of year. I have another winter story almost ready to start posting - but it is set a good few years after his one.
Review By [(Recent Donor)Luna] • Date [22 Dec 11] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Chapter Eleven." from Rune
Review:
This is fun! It's nice to see how Dawn is living in Middle Earth and not all stories have to have fights or world endage.
Comments from author:
Thank you so much. I am really glad that you agree that sometimes stories can be about knowing who you are and having some fun!
Review By [Rune] • Date [27 Oct 10] • Rating [10 out of 10]
Review of chapter "Chapter Eleven." from morganna
Review:
I'm ashamed to say that I've read all of this series now while providing little to no feedback. It is nothing against you, but rather because I am mostly too shy to put my opinions out there for the public. However, I simply *must* express how delightful this entire series has been.

You've created such a rich story with customs, history, and language that truly draw in the reader. Suspension of disbelief comes so easily in this world you've created for Tindómë/Dawn. I particularly love the development of Rumil and Orophin, who I did not have much knowledge of before. It also adds realism that your characters have genuine issues to work through instead of being rushed towards a 'happily ever after' ending. I've gotten more enjoyment out of this and reread it more times than many books I've purchased.

Thank you again for a fantastic read, and good luck on your endeavors to tell us more of Tindómë and the elves.
Comments from author:
Thank you so much for the lovely review - I really do appreciate it. I have enjoyed developing Rumil and Orophin - there was little TO know of them before - they get a passing mention as Haldir's brothers who are also wardens, and that is it.

I rather like this big open space that Tolkien left for me with that passing mention, as you might have gathered.

I have the next story in the series well under way - but I intend to get it finished as part of a 'plot without porn' challenge in about six weeks time - at which time I will begin to post it.

in the meantime I am posting a non-crossover Dawn story that was written some time ago - but don't fear, this is only to fill in a posting gap, not that I have abandoned Tindómë and the elves.
Review By [morganna] • Date [8 Jul 10] • Rating [10 out of 10]
Review of chapter "Chapter Eleven." from Malyce
Review:
I do like your stories, they are well written and thought out and you've combined a modern girl in Middle-earth very well. The only fly in the ointment for me personally (and I stress personally!) is Dawn herself. Whilst I do put my dislike of the character to the back of my mind when reading your stories, I still honestly don't think she would be the girl of choice for Rumil or Orophin and Haldir, if he had been alive in your tales, would probably have found her intensely irritating. In fact she is irritating...period.

Truthfully, I believe she would have been a better foil for Legolas in any relationship since Wood Elves were more capricious in nature than the more dour Lothlorien Elves. Of course this would have meant travelling into the perilous 'Legomance' territory and I honestly cannot blame you if you wanted to avoid that pit of snakes!

In any case my dislike of whiny little Dawn as a character and my thoughts on her as a wife for Rumil aside, I still enjoy the actual stories and this is what tells me that you have a nice little series going there and one which I will continue to read as long as you write it, Dawn notwithstanding! I might take a deep breath every time Dawn opens her mouth in the story but I still like the way you've approached the whole thing. Of course it also does occur to me that good old Dawn was the Key and millions of years old, a fact which has helped your plotline develop. After all, apart from Anya or Buffy, she was the most likely to end up being immortal out of all the Scoobies.

I will greatly look forward to further offerings.
Comments from author:
Thank you - although I'm sorry that you think my, older, Dawn is still whiny.

I rather think the original Dawn had a right to be rather whiny anyway, though! It's like discovering you're adopted, but no-one told you; and then they can't even say you're special because they chose you - they had no option. Then your entire family dies. Then the people, who did at least seem to care about you, forget you as soon as they bring your sister back to life. Your sister ignores you for days and weeks on end, and you are rather left to bring yourself up, with an occasion 'No!' from her when she remembers you exist...

I think Buffy is simply not adaptive enough for Middle Earth - Dawn is younger and, without having to be a Slayer, has less of a need to dominate things. I set out in the first place, in Return of The Key, to purposefully not write a Legomance, simply because it has rather been done to death - although some are very good.

As for Haldir - ah, yes. Well, of course, Tindómë has promised that they will sail to Valinor with Legolas, and Elves eventually get let out of Mandos Halls into Valinor... what Haldir makes of his brothers and new relatives is a big part of a future story.
Review By [Malyce] • Date [7 May 10] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Chapter Eleven." from robertlisle
Review:
A very nice story. Look forward to see where you take Dawn next.
Comments from author:
Thank you so much.

Where I'm taking her next is back to our world - except that wouldn't be this Dawn, if you see what I mean... I'm going to put my first long piece, written a while ago, onto TtH as a non-crossover whilst I hide here behind the curtain getting on with the next one in this series.

The next one in this series is only a couple of years after this, set in the human settlement in Ithilien, and will, hopefully, not be terribly long!
Review By [robertlisle] • Date [6 May 10] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Chapter Eleven." from (Past Donor)Joyful
Review:
AWESOME!

I can just imagine all the times that Buffy had dragged Dawn skating when they were little, so that Tindome would be awesome at skating, even if she hasn't done it in more than twenty years.

I am sad that it'll be 3-4 months before I get more Tindome. I love this series. And I'm very interested in seeing adult Haldirin and meeting Ithilienne.
Comments from author:
Thank you. I have had that last scene, with Tindómë skating, in mind right from the beginning of the story because I was sure the monks would have given her memories of skating with Buffy.

I have plans for the adult Haldirin, and Ithilienne, but the next story, which is going to be for a Plot without Porn challenge in August, features Haldirin when he is just a little older than he is here - about the equivalent of a four year old.

I am going to post my non-crossover story - the first long thing I wrote, and a couple of other short non-crossover pieces, here over the next few months, but they are elfless, I fear!
Review By [(Past Donor)Joyful] • Date [6 May 10] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Chapter Eleven." from (Current Donor)MarcusRowland
Review:
A lovely end to a lovely story.
Comments from author:
Thank you so much, I'm really glad that you liked it.
Review By [(Current Donor)MarcusRowland] • Date [6 May 10] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Chapter One" from starshinedown
Review:
Lovely! Thank you for this bonding moment for Tindome and Rumil.

Sigh. I'd love some elven ribbons in my own hair.

Annd....awwww for Legolas being the slightly awkward older brother as he explains things to his sister. :)
Comments from author:
Thank you. This chapter was somewhat self-indulgent as I gave rein to designing elven culture and let them have some bonding time.

Legolas, the slightly embarrasses older brother, is fun - and then he will say or do something so totally unembarrassed when someone back in Sunnydale would be all blushes... (as he does in the next, partly-written, chapter.)
Review By [starshinedown] • Date [28 Apr 10] • Rating [9 out of 10]
Review of chapter "Chapter Nine." from PATM
Review:
Lovely and satisfying.
Comments from author:
Thank you - it really is good to know that you enjoy reading whet I enjoy writing.
Review By [PATM] • Date [16 Apr 10] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Chapter Nine." from Ailsam
Review:
I just wanted to say again how much I love this story. You have a real gift for describing activities and scenes; they are so vivid that I feel as if I am in Middle Earth whilst I am reading the tale! My only complaints are that the chapters are never long enough nor the updates frequent enough!

Thank you and I look forward to the next chapter.
Comments from author:
Thank you so much for the lovely compliments. I do try to update more or less weekly - but occasionally off-line life gets in the way!
Review By [Ailsam] • Date [16 Apr 10] • Rating [10 out of 10]
Review of chapter "Chapter Nine." from (Past Donor)Joyful
Review:
*giggles* So cool! I love the idea that Dawn does an art that nobody else did. I wonder, since her fashion sense is trendy, will others ask her to teach them to knit?


Hey, how much stuff did Dawn bring back too Middle Earth with her? Did she ever get those Ray-Bans she wanted? Any of her favorite books from California? I've been curious about this for a while. Any stuffed toys Joyce got her as a child?
Comments from author:
I have thought of a short story 'Shopping for Elves' but haven't quite got around to writing it!

In Return of The Key "She reached into the wardrobe and took out a bag. It contained the things she had bought, with Buffy, when she had expected to be going home to Middle Earth quickly." So a bagful - but probably quite a big bag. I think she took quite a few books - she can read them even if no-one else in Middle Earth can. They would mostly not be fiction though - I think there would be reference books... the knitting one to start with, but a few others too, for various reasons. I don't know that she would take stuffed toys - she is well aware that all the memories of being a small girl are false. The Ray-Bans though... they'd come in useful...
Review By [(Past Donor)Joyful] • Date [16 Apr 10] • Not Rated
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