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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 (Recent 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 [(Recent 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
Review of chapter "Now We Are Three" from LallaBelle
Review:
Okay so that was not one of my guesses at all... okay, to be honest I didn't have any guesses really BUT I was really curious as to who it would be.

And wow! Did not disappoint. This was an absolutely lovely chapter!
Comments from author:
Thank you. I'm glad that you like the idea of them taking Legolas' mother back with them, to help her acclimatise before she gets back amongst many who think of her as their queen.
Review By [LallaBelle] • Date [31 Jan 14] • Rating [10 out of 10]
Review of chapter "Pause for Thought" from (Recent Donor)Luna
Review:
OMG!!!
Legolas' mom!?!?!?!?!

Ser good!!! Love this story! As spikes bag, awww
Comments from author:
I am making no comments yet as to who will travel with them :)

Glad you liked the chapter, of course.
Review By [(Recent Donor)Luna] • Date [5 Jan 14] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Pause for Thought" from Oxnate
Review:
Getting near the end? Please tell me it is only the end of this story. You have centuries of time before they sailed to fill in yet, you know.

-Hoping you never stop writing,
Nate
Comments from author:
Thank you! Yes - definitely only the end of this story.

I was thinking of the century or so between 'Winter Garden' and 'Dust' the other day, oddly enough. And then there is a whole new continent to explore here... I think there are still quite a lot of stories going around in my head yet!
Review By [Oxnate] • Date [3 Jan 14] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Pause for Thought" from (Past Donor)Joyful
Review:
WHO IS IT????

It's Legolas' Naneth, isn't it? I understand if you don't respond because of spoilers.

It wouldn't be the elleth who used to be the Key because Tindome's never seen her picture.

Oh, I hope it's Legolas' Naneth.
Comments from author:
I am afraid I am going to leave you in suspense for a while! But I will try to get the next chapter written a little faster than this one, I promise.
Review By [(Past Donor)Joyful] • Date [3 Jan 14] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Pause for Thought" from bookworm
Review:
Hmm, who could it be...? Guess we'll find out, hopefully soonish.

I'm amused that Spike brought Lords and Ladies. I could see him being a Pratchett fan actually. Seems to fit somehow.
Comments from author:
I hope to get the next chapter done more quickly :)

I'm not sure why, but in my 'head-canon' I have always seen Spike as a Pratchett fan; I have him with a collection in 'Ten Years After', and discussing whether 'Dawn's Elves' might, in any way, resemble those of' Lords and Ladies' in 'Return of The Key'. So I'm really pleased that this seem right to you, too!
Review By [bookworm] • Date [3 Jan 14] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Pause for Thought" from greysh
Review:
nice chapter :) I like how haldir is changing a little bit on this journey ^-^he needed it.
Great work!
Comments from author:
Thank you.

It has been a journey of discovery and self discovery for both of them, I hope. I'm glad you like that - although I hope he is still, recognisably, himself as well.
Review By [greysh] • Date [3 Jan 14] • Not Rated
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