Reviews For Unexpected Call
Name: cheekybeak (Signed) · Date: February 17, 2015 6:00 · For: Chapter 1
I loved he way you put a positive spin on the sea longing, something that I don't think I have seen done before. Interesting to to see the positive effect Aragorn had on the Legolas's turmoil. I have always imagined myself that Aragorn's presence may have eased it for him, that the sealonging would be less when he was in the company of Aragorn, ( or Gimli). lovely story.
Author's Response: Thanks for your kind review, cheeky! It is interesting, this theme I see of the sea-longing being potentially bad/negative to Elves just from the reviews I have received here. I had always imagined it would bring about a sense of relief for the Elves, but perhaps not. I almost did not write Aragorn in this at all, but Legolas' restlessness and anxiety was very palpable to me so I did. Those two had such a strong bond, not shown very well in the movies I think, but more so in the books (even if Aragorn made Legolas fetch alot of arrows). It seemed logical that Estel's presence would calm the Elf, even for a bit. I tried to show some adverse effects the sea-longing would have, such as Legolas breaking his elfling promise to his father. I also tried portraying the idea that how can one compare perfection to near-perfection by having Legolas realize that what he knew of peace in Middle-earth could never compare to the true reality of it in Valinor. I drew this from my own spiritual/religious belief of Earth and what comes after. I thank you again for your response!
Name: L8Bleumr (Signed) · Date: February 17, 2015 2:38 · For: Chapter 1
Beautiful description of the sea longing. I love how he says elves have control of their spirit. That seems so true about the elves. I imagine the longing would feel like losing that control. I think it suggests something very human, having no control of our destiny but putting our faith in knowing that wherever we go it will be beautiful and peaceful. Awesome job as usual. I really enjoyed this piece.
Author's Response: Moe! *hugs* It has been too long, my friend! I actually gave a little scream of delight and my whole face broke into a grin when I saw your name as a reviewer! I have come far at descriptions since last you have seen any of my writing, I do believe! *proud smile* Tolkien has written that Elves have much greater command over their spirits than their mortal counterparts. I imagine the more ancient Elves had even greater control, so I used that to my needs. I agree with you, faith is a huge component of being human: faith in another person, an idea, etc. Destiny in regards to humans is something that is always questioned--perhaps this was my way of exploring this notion in terms of an immortal. Thank you for the review!
Name: Alpha Ori (Signed) · Date: February 17, 2015 0:02 · For: Chapter 1
loved it! A great perspective on the sea-longing. I like that you don't describe it as something bad, that is to be fleed from. Rather it is something wonderful, and inevitable.
Author's Response: Alpha, I am flattered that you loved this! *bows* Thank you kindly! I never really thought about the sea-longing as bad, but now that you mention it, I can see why. Having this sudden desire can be frightening indeed. To realize that all that you have ever known is ending, and something else awaits can also be terrible. Perhaps just knowing that true and real peace awaits is what quells any fears. Thank you again for your review!
Name: rikwen96 (Signed) · Date: February 16, 2015 23:26 · For: Chapter 1
I have read different versions of this event, but you have painted this so clear in your words that I can see it all happening. The combination of the gull and the sea and Legolas' longing is all very sad in a way and yet you have conveyed the thought that there is somewhere that does not require a bow or arrows and that is beautiful beyond belief. I liked your chapter very much.
Author's Response: Thank you for your response and warm words. Conveying descriptions of things other than emotions is a weakness of mine; luckily with my beta's help I am improving and so happy to see that I have achieved just that in this story at least! I have always felt that the sea-longing is more than just a gull's call--Elves are too spiritual for it to be so superficial. I added the piece with elfling Legolas and his father at the very end because Legolas' life in Eryn Galen I imagined to be sheltered in a way. Thranduil's attempt at maintaining "native" Elf origins might not have allowed exposure for his son to hear about the sea-longing awakened by gulls. It is bittersweet retrospectively. But also I feel that Legolas' heart lies too much in the green forests and peace, and that the bow and arrow are necessity, not nature. I imagine him to be very welcoming to the idea of eternally putting aside his weapons and just reveling in nature. Thank you again!
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