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Review of chapter "There's Always A Morning After" from (Recent Donor)Luna
Review:
Updates always make me happy! I fear I may never see the end, but I know you are writing and updating as you are able. I rarely read fanfic these days - only what you and a select few others write, since school/work take up so much time. I look forward to Legolas seeing his madre!
Comments from author:
Thank you! You will see the end, honestly - there is only one or two more chapters to go in this one.

Although there will, doubtless be others....
Review By [(Recent Donor)Luna] • Date [12 Apr 14] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "There's Always A Morning After" from AndreaH
Review:
Seems like Haldir is getting closer to deciding on what he will do in Valinor, and perhaps Orophin too.

If Legolas is feeling restless wil he be hit by the urge to go west? Fun if he were to meet the travelers on their way home...
Comments from author:
The journey has been almost as much about Haldir as about Spike...

As for Legolas feeling restless - wait and see :)
Review By [AndreaH] • Date [29 Mar 14] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "There's Always A Morning After" from (Past Donor)Joyful
Review:
You continue to keep me enraptured!
Comments from author:
Thank you - what a lovely compliment!
Review By [(Past Donor)Joyful] • Date [28 Mar 14] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "There's Always A Morning After" from Oxnate
Review:
I really should be in bed already, I have to get up very early tomorrow. But I just had to read this first.

I have to admit, if the Valar just whisked me away whenever and wherever they felt like it like that, I would start getting very annoyed.

Perhaps there are fewer houseless elves in the Greenwood than was thought.
Review By [Oxnate] • Date [27 Mar 14] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Hunters" from Angwen
Review:
Yeah, this was supposed to be where my review went. Blasted Interwebs... >.<

Anyway: Happy St. Patrick's! ^_^
Comments from author:
I rather guessed it was :)

And thank you for the greetings.

Also - although you haven't asked, the next chapter has been delayed a little by me writing a story for Back to Middle Earth Month. But it is due to be posted on that community by the moderators sometime this week - at which point, as it is a Returnverse story, I will also post it here. And there are 1,000 words written of the next chapter of this one so I should be able to post that, too, in about a week.
Review By [Angwen] • Date [17 Mar 14] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Hunters" from (Current Donor)richierich
Review:
Nice update. I liked the way this chapter jumped from one character and place to another. I can't quite describe my emotions except to say it felt like the aftermath of a busy Christmas day when everything is winding down and people are getting ready for bed. Maybe sitting before a fireplace in a dim room and recalling the days events. Maybe I'm subconsciously fearing that this great series is ending soon? Or maybe just equating the Midsummer festivals with the Christmas holiday. Anyway, this story is like an old friend that I enjoy coming back to time and again. The characters are familiar and comfortable and you've undoubtedly made them your own. And you continue to bring surprises into your work as well. Never dreamed I'd be reading about all these people making a new home for themselves in the West! It's been so long since I've read LOTR that I'm not even sure how much of them is Tolkien and how much is you. You've certainly embellished and improved upon them though. Same goes for BTVS. Awesome Dawn/Tindome. Many thanks for your time and effort with this story.
Comments from author:
Thank you.

Fear not - although this story is getting into its last few chapters there are more stories clamouring in my brain to be told!

** And you continue to bring surprises into your work as well. **
**You've certainly embellished and improved upon them though**

Thank you so much, you have really made my day.
Review By [(Current Donor)richierich] • Date [17 Feb 14] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Hunters" from AndreaH
Review:
Oh, how lovely to cross back and forth between many of the main characters on Midsummer's Eve. I like touching on Rhîwen, too, there is hope then that Thranduil et al will come over one day.

It does seem Silvan elves rode with the Hunt long ago. Interesting...

Thanks!
Comments from author:
I'm really pleased to know that you like the format of the chapter, moving from character to character through the day, and that touch on Rhîwen even though she is not there. There is certainly hope that some, or all, of Legolas' family will come in time.

And I like to think, myself, of Silvan Elves in the Great Hunt long, long, ago...
Review By [AndreaH] • Date [12 Feb 14] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Hunters" from (Current Donor)Sulien
Review:
*wipes water from a massive spit-take from laptop* THAT song?! *literally laughs out loud* Good one!

Haldir dancing around a fire with feathers in his hair... *coughs & shifts on chair* Um, yep, I'd definitely be interested!

Thank you for this, I really enjoyed it! *g*
Comments from author:
Ah - but you can so imagine it being in Spike's head, can't you?

And yes - Haldir with feathers tucked into his hair, dancing to the beat of the drum, is a mental image to dwell on... :)
Review By [(Current Donor)Sulien] • Date [11 Feb 14] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Hunters" from Oxnate
Review:
Frankie Says Relax, despite the title and lyrics, is not a very relaxing song to me. For myself, I would have chosen some Christmas carols.
Comments from author:
I totally agree - I don't really like the track. But I could imagine it being right there, in Spike's memories.

"O, Come, O Come, Emmanuel" would be more relaxing for me, too! Whereas the Elves might need to go for "T'was the night before Yuletide"...
Review By [Oxnate] • Date [11 Feb 14] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Hunters" from (Past Donor)Joyful
Review:
Yay! Loving it! Can't wait for everyone to meet up again!
Comments from author:
Thank you. You will not have to wait *very* long before some of the threads begin to wind together again.
Review By [(Past Donor)Joyful] • Date [11 Feb 14] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Now We Are Three" from (Current Donor)ElzaCBoe
Review:
I just love it..... wish I could actually see all the forests from this story, but as they are only fictional I will have to live on without that image :P

Cant wait for the next chapter :P
Comments from author:
Thank you. I have three or four different images of bits of forest on my hard-drive to give me the idea of where they are - but it is sometimes even better to go with what is in your head, I think!

The next chapter is half-written, but the characters keep trying to interrupt and want me to add extra bits...
Review By [(Current Donor)ElzaCBoe] • Date [9 Feb 14] • Rating [10 out of 10]
Review of chapter "Now We Are Three" from (Recent Donor)Luna
Review:
Love the update! Thank you so much!!

And this --- Tindómë was surprised. Then she realised that the queen was absolutely right.

Awww, this is true! Very nice how this has all come together.

Now we just need to get Spike back...although I reckon that will take some time, so perhaps you are not incorporating that into the story yet.

Thanks!
Comments from author:
Thank you. Spike will need to spend quite some time in the Halls of Waiting, I think...
Review By [(Recent Donor)Luna] • Date [8 Feb 14] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Now We Are Three" from Keshkreature
Review:
Still loving it!
Comments from author:
Thank you - it is always really good to know that you are reading.
Review By [Keshkreature] • Date [4 Feb 14] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Now We Are Three" from (Past Donor)Joyful
Review:
I am so happy that I was right!! And I can't wait for more!
Comments from author:
Well spotted - and more will be forthcoming, the first scenes of the next chapter are already written.
Review By [(Past Donor)Joyful] • Date [31 Jan 14] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Now We Are Three" from (Current Donor)Sulien
Review:
*does the Dance of Joy*

A new chapter! And not only that, a slightly longer one that is full of the wonderfulness of the trees of Arda and Valinor. *happy grin* This was absolutely lovely and it made me want to hop into my car and head up to the Quinault rain forest. I also very much enjoyed Ferveren. I think she will have a lot in common with Galadriel, and not just the fact that neither of their husbands are likely to make it to the shores of Valinor in scores of yen, probably even longer. The parting of Galadriel and Celeborn always struck me as one of the sadder things in Tolkien's writing.

Apropos of nothing I can mention without giving you a spoiler, I have to ask if you have ever read "Magnetic Force" by Marnie, over on the Henneth Annûn story archive? If not, I can't recommend it highly enough. Just be warned that it will leave you a bit melancholy, but it is so worth the read!. http://www.henneth-annun.net/stories/chapter_view.cfm?stid=2056&;spordinal=1

Edited to add: I forgot to say this, but thank you!
Comments from author:
Thank you! And I can see Ferveren and Galadriel having quite a lot in common - and yet being very different in some ways.

The separation of Galadriel and Celeborn is very sad - I want to hope that, eventually, he sailed too.

And as for the recc on HASA - thank you! I have read a lot over there, but not anything by Marnie - not only that one, but some of her others too, look like that is going to be my Sunday afternoon spoken for.
Review By [(Current Donor)Sulien] • Date [31 Jan 14] • Not Rated
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