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Review of chapter "Less the Stranger" from AndreaH
Review:
Lovely as always. I really like that Gimli is off to Aulë's forge! What an honour for a dwarf.
Thanks for a great story.
Comments from author:
Thank you. It is, apart from seeing Galadriel, the biggest honour and pleasure Gimli could have here in the West - I will write it sometime, I think.
Review By [AndreaH] • Date [30 Aug 12] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Less the Stranger" from (Recent Donor)Luna
Review:
Oh! The end!

I am so pleased that Legolas and Ithilenne are a thing now :) So wonderful! I love this saga far too much and now will have to wait for the next chapter in your tale.

Thank you so much for writing!
Comments from author:
Thank you. It really is my pleasure. There is a tiny 'Small Return' almost ready to go - and other bits shaping up....
Review By [(Recent Donor)Luna] • Date [13 Aug 12] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Less the Stranger" from Oxnate
Review:
An excellent end to a wonderful story. Now, I wonder if you will go further into this world or fill in more of the gaps in the previous years? Whatever you choose, I just hope you update soon.
Comments from author:
Thank you - and both! There is a 'Small Return' gap-filler waiting for my beta to look at it, another one set a year or more after this (at present anyway) scribbled in a note-book, the opening chapter of one that picks up at the very end of the Return of the Key epilogue on my hard-drive... and a few others that are just points on a time-line!
Review By [Oxnate] • Date [13 Aug 12] • Rating [10 out of 10]
Review of chapter "Lead me out on the moonlit floor" from AndreaH
Review:
About time indeed!! I have to agree with Lithôniel, and really enjoyed Legolas' slight disarray. Looking forward to learning more about Naltatamë in time. Interesting that Legolas doesn't speak Noldor... Lovely chapter in short, thanks!
Comments from author:
Thank you. Many years before Legolas' birth the Sindar elves swore never to use the language of the Noldor who had slain so many of them in the battles over the Silmarils - but Aragorn was brought up in the partly Noldor household of Elrond and, as a great lore-master, Elrond would have kept the language alive.

Celeborn, too would doubtless know it in the same way as scholars in past centuries knew Latin or Ancient Greek, I think, hence Tindómë would have learnt a little.

But Legolas' father tried to distance himself as far as possible from the Noldor - so I am sure Legolas would not have had to learn it at all!
Review By [AndreaH] • Date [31 Jul 12] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Lead me out on the moonlit floor" from (Recent Donor)Luna
Review:
Aww, yay! This was so wonderful! Aww, finally they got together - and I loved how the other elves watched. Ha, yes Legolas, you *were* that obvious!

Lovely update, darling! Thank you! I had been thinking of this story recently and am so happy to have an update.
Comments from author:
Thank you, Luna. You'll be pleased to know that the next chapter is already over 1,000 words long!
Review By [(Recent Donor)Luna] • Date [31 Jul 12] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Lead me out on the moonlit floor" from starshinedown
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I'm so delighted that the plan with the buttons was so dead on, and that Legolas is on board with the plan now. :D

As ever, I love reading your updates and your interpretation of Tolkien's world.
Comments from author:
He's going to have button fantasies for a very long time....

He's finally realised that when the females begin to gang up on you - and even co-opt their friends - you might as well just give in. Especially when you realise that they are right!
Review By [starshinedown] • Date [30 Jul 12] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Lead me out on the moonlit floor" from (Past Donor)Joyful
Review:
About damn time!!!!

Yay!!!
Comments from author:
Thank you!

Scheming women will usually get unsuspecting young men to see things their way in the end... :)
Review By [(Past Donor)Joyful] • Date [30 Jul 12] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Lead me out on the moonlit floor" from (Current Donor)MarcusRowland
Review:
I wonder how Gimli will react? I think he likes elves, but it may be he doesn't think of them that way.

Nice to see Legolas finding romance!
Comments from author:
He may well never think of them that way... although she would probably have a better chance than most!

I think Legolas deserves a bit of romance - even though it has come from a direction he would not have expected.

Mind you, come to think of it, if we add your two sentences together there is a less likely direction. :)
Review By [(Current Donor)MarcusRowland] • Date [30 Jul 12] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Lead me out on the moonlit floor" from Oxnate
Review:
I read this as Olympic Beach Volleyball played in the background and I had an inspiration similar to the song one. It's time for Tindómë to teach the Elves beach volleyball as soon as the sun rises. :-)

They haven't been near the ocean so Legolas wouldn't hear the sea's call. So she hasn't had the chance to teach anyone yet. All elves will be on equal footing.
Comments from author:
Now there is a thought! Probably not in this story... but later, perhaps.

ETA - much later... and I have done just that! See here - http://www.tthfanfic.org/Story-23510-13/curiouslywombat+For+Small+Returns.htm
Review By [Oxnate] • Date [30 Jul 12] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Shooting Stars... and Sparks" from fayefree
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I love your story, you have made me cry and laugh, and everything in between. I can't wait to hear more about where they will finely settle, and their day to day life. I have all ways wondered about just what does Elrond and his household do with their time. They were so involved in protecting middle earth, just what do they do now. And what kind of influence do they have on others there. None of Lord Elronds household seem shy and retiring, it must have been something of a shock when they arrived.
Comments from author:
Thank you so much! There is a long story outlined that may go some way to determining where they will finally settle - but I am saying nothing more about it just yet!

They really must end up doing something - Elrond's healer skills are going to be less in demand, but those who have been purely warriors - it will be even harder for them. And yes - how do these people fit into the hierarchy that already exists? Especially as there are likely to be other layers of Noldor royalty and aristocracy returning from Mandos' Halls as well...

I may skim some of this for now; but things will be going on - just outside Tindómë's knowledge at present.
Review By [fayefree] • Date [16 Jul 12] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Shooting Stars... and Sparks" from AndreaH
Review:
Hmm, a smith in Elrond's household, now that is interesting. I really like Gandalf's sudden appearance at the celebration, and that he managed to confound all (?) the wagers... Now is Gimli going to work up the courage to ask Galadriel to dance or not? And will Legolas have to wait in line? How is Tharhîwon doing at his first Solstice celebration? A lovely chapter, thanks! AndreaH
Comments from author:
Thank you. The answers to these questions are currently being written - the next chapter is about 1,000 words long at the minute so should only be a week or two - honestly!
Review By [AndreaH] • Date [4 Jul 12] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Shooting Stars... and Sparks" from (Past Donor)Joyful
Review:
*flail*


Love love love as usual and can't wait for more!!!
Comments from author:
Thank you! There will be a couple of chapters more to this story - but the next episodes are in my head ready to go!
Review By [(Past Donor)Joyful] • Date [1 Jul 12] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Shooting Stars... and Sparks" from Oxnate
Review:
Did you know, that every time I read an new chapter of your's I have the urge to watch LoTR but a dare not, for fear that they would pale in comparison to your story?

You know what I'd like to see? Tindómë teaching the elves some of her songs. Either on her own or encouraged by her friends. I'm trying to remember what was popular back then...

EVERYBODY! (yeah-eah)
Rock your body! (yeah-eah)
Everybody! (yeah-eah)
Everybody, rock your body right.
Backstreet's back. Alright.

I would lay a wager that Dawn knows every word to that song.
Comments from author:
Thank you for the lovely compliment!

As for the song - hmm- perhaps she has... I might try to add something in sometime!
Review By [Oxnate] • Date [30 Jun 12] • Rating [10 out of 10]
Review of chapter "First Star" from AndreaH
Review:
Ooh goody, a new chapter! Hmm, what indeed is going on between Ithilienne and Tharhîwon. He is a really nice character, tying all sorts of people together in interesting ways, I like him a lot!
Looking forward to the dancing in the next chapter...
Thanks, AndreaH
Comments from author:
He does tie a lot of people together - how very well put.

And I am hard at work writing the next chapter, honestly.
Review By [AndreaH] • Date [13 Jun 12] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "First Star" from (Recent Donor)Luna
Review:
Oh what fun! Winter Elfling and Ithilienne!

I do wonder sometimes...the whole 'fea sings' can be so difficult when it comes to writing. It almost takes the suspense away, ya know? Not that I am critiquing *you*, my darling, but fanfiction based on Tolkien's work. It is why I always struggle when I write LOTR romance because a part of me is like "why make with the misery? It is obvious to the elf character that he will end up with so-and-so, so why fight it?" Blah, I dislike writer's block.

Anyways, lovely chapter - although I am still hoping for some Vala action!!
Comments from author:
You are absolutely right about the problems of this 'one true love' type thing - but there can be problems where one of the pair is sure, the other isn't at all, or is convinced the 'sure' one is totally wrong.

Or an elf is convinced THIS IS IT - but they are totally wrong, just as people think the same thing. After all, if it only happens to you once in your lifetime how do you recognise it?!

You might be convinced that you have found your life partner - and the fact that they are married to someone else means that they were wrong before - and you might be right, or you might be totally wrong.

Rumil was in the awkward position of being pretty sure it was the only answer to why he KNEW Dawn was alive under a heap of bodies, and KNEW she was not one of the enemy, when the person who had had the effect on him was not an elf. Within elven history that looks pretty much a recipe for drama and things going wrong!

The Vala may not appear in this story - but will have a big role to play in the next long one. Although there might be one or two shorts in between - one of which will feature one of the Vala, too.
Review By [(Recent Donor)Luna] • Date [10 Jun 12] • Not Rated
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