God I love Gimli. His faux-hatred of the boots "He almost sighed but remembered he hated them and stamped his feet instead" and his protectiveness of Legolas "he just needed to know where the Elf was, who he was with and that that person, whoever he might be, knew that Gimli knew what he had done, how he had done it and why and that Gimli was onto him if anything should go wrong". This last part just killed me! It is absolutely hilarious. I can just see Gimli at their wedding sneaking some very unsubtle treats into his best man speech while Legolas glares at him and Thranduil smiles smugly.
Speaking of which, I saw you sneak that Thranduil reference in there with the map! Damn I miss seeing him.
Fantastic chapter! Hope you had a Merry Christmas and wishing you a Happy New Year!
Thank you my dear- I have missed you this Christmas writing our advent calanedars but maybe next year- this year was just overwhelming I think for many of us.
So happy you picked up Gimli's faux-hatred:) I love Gimli so much.
I miss Thranduil too- might do something of him next... except I have promised Elladan some me-time.
So glad you enjoyed this- I was so anxious about it, spent WEEKS tweaking and adding, deleting and scraping whole chunks of it. Merry Christmas to you as well my dear, and Happy 2020!!
Whether you sail the Sea, or if somehow you find Mandos’ Halls, I will follow,’ Legolas continued softly, his eyes fixed upon Elrohir’s averted face, willing him to look up. ‘If you remain here in Middle earth for all the long days of your life until you fade and are but a shadow in the woods, then I will be your shadow.’ He placed his hands on either side of Elrohir’s face, but Elrohir kept his eyes downcast. ‘I will never leave you. Say that you are mine and mine only. Forever.’ Legolas pulled Elrohir towards him. He knew there was a note of pleading in his voice that was unfamiliar but he had never felt like this.
This is so beautiufl, it reminds me of Ruth: 'Do not plead with me to abandon you, to turn back from accompanying you; for where you go I shall go, and where you spend the night I shall spend the night. Your people will be my people, and your God my God. Where you die I shall die, and there is where I shall be buried.
I didn't know Ruth's words until you said but yes, they are very apt and beautiful. I think I had in my head the lines of a Genesis Song- Afterglow, which has these lines:
But I, I would search everywhere
Just to hear your call,
And walk upon stranger roads than this one
In a world I used to know before.
I miss you more.
It's what I hear when I write Elrohir and Legolas declaring themselves. I heard it first at Uni and never forgot it. I am hoping to finally finish the last chapter and then can indulge myself with some reading -I am woefully behind! xx
Re: my last comment
Are you sure Thranduil doesn't sail in the end? I could have sworn that he did sail.
As for what you said, about what I said about the twins:
"Yes- twins in the next chapter. Heartbrothers, bloodbrothers. Soul and body and mond. I like the way you see them- interesting dynamic."
I was actually quoting what you wrote in the fic(= I'm curious about THAT and how YOU see them (=
Can't wait for more!
ooh- how did I miss this one?? So sorry Nash.
I don't think there is anything anywhere that says whether he sailed or not but happy to be corrected.
And about what you said that I said that I said that you said...:)
Last chapter on its way- full of fluff.
Awww...the cat had kittens! She should have had 7 kittens so there would have been a cat for each remaining member of the fellowship! I did wonder if the cat's sock-stealing was a nod to Squeaky in Nightwing's To See A World. I loved how the cat went loopy over Gimli's boots. It reminds me of how my cat used to bury her face in my dad's slippers and go into ecstasies!
Galadriel's becoming downright scary. She seems to only see people for how they will serve her schemes. Rather like Gandalf, I suppose!
I did have 7 for each of the 7 dwarves:) but I thought someone would ask how they all fit into the boot!! Yes- I LOVE Nightwing's gorgeous fic- so sad that she is gone. Actually though it is my own old moggy who does this- some cats do it as they become senile and others do it for nesting- making a nice soft home for their kittens:) I am sure Nightwing did influence me though.
Aha- yes! Galadriel and Gandalf are very similar in fact- well spotted!
You are going to love the next chapter - or two.
I know I've mentioned this probably a thousand times already, But you really write, in particular, the Hobbits, Gimli and Gandalf, perfectly. It's like I'm watching the film, every time.
And what are we going to do about Galadriel? She just never seems to stop. Also, I so love how you've given Celeborn more of a role. I like the dynamics between these two. You've really created something gritty and interesting there.
Thank you so much Gabriel- I admit that PJ put their voices in my head and I can write them really easily because of that- so all credit goes to him.
Yep- Galadriel- unstoppable. A force of Nature. She is not going to let a little thing like the Valar stop her!! You've got to admire her for that. 'gritty and interesting'- thank YOU! What a compliment:)
The chapter was so sweet! Glaurang is absolutely adorable and the kittens were a splendid addition!
I'm glad Gandalf feels ashamed. Even though it's not his fault it gives me hope that he might get through to the Valar and release Maedhros or at least send him some assistance. I loved the scene you depicted after the mirror went black - everyone was so true to character. I especially loved what you said about Galadriel:
"...his incandescent queen, who, if she had brought them to this point in her hubris, was certainly intent on leading them from it in glorious disdain and righteous anger at the dreadful fate of her kinsman"
So poetic! So damn true. She really doesn't stop to dwell on her own failings or defeats, just moves straight on. It's interesting how she's already thinking of ways to use Legolas and the twins in her game of politics. Doesn't she know that Legolas is one big scandal waiting to happen (or perhaps a thousand little scandals and mishaps)? Hahaha. I'm excited to see more of the twins in your next installment. I want to see how those characteristics of Elladan winning the people's hearts but Elrohir leading them, come into play. I've always thought that those who hold the people's hearts will command them as well
I feel bad for Celeborn. Even though Galadriel loves him, she just pushes thoughts of him aside and moves on. She doesn't try to fight for his forgiveness.
Celeborn's story always made me sad. Him staying in Middle-Earth when the fate of the Elves left behind was to fade, is so sad...he never saw Celebrian again.
I saw how you added that reference to Haldir in there(= Bastard doesn't deserve our Legolas. That whole paragragh there is hinting at some really steamy stuff to come with Elrohir - I can't wait!
So glad you enjoyed this, Nash. We are coming to the end of this fic but as you so rightly point out, none if it is easily finished with and tidied away. I especially loved your comment about Legolas being a whole heap of scandals waiting to happen:)
Yes- twins in the next chapter. Heartbrothers, bloodbrothers. Soul and body and mond. I like the way you see them- interesting dynamic.
Yep- Galadriel is a piece of work for sure! Relentless, focused.
I agree re Celeborn. He is a bit like Thranduil- have you read Jael's fics? Just so heart breaking and poignant. You do wonder if he ever did sail- as you said, otherwise he never sees any of them again and just fades- and I can't imagine Celeborn fading. Or Thranduil. I think they might retreat to a kingdom under the hill - and become known as the Kings of Faerie.
Oh yeah- Haldir. Maybe more of that in later fics- but not sure Elrohir is quite able to hear all that now.
Thank you as always:)
I love the absolute love Elladan shows for his brother, knowing that Elrohir too easily blames himself when it was an evil great power! And the exchanges between Aragorn and Legolas. Don't know why made me a little sad. As always lovely!
Thank you fadestothewest- yes, Aragorn and Legolas always make me a little sad once we get to this point in the story- because the next bit we get is really Aragorn's death- but I aint writing that! It alwya makes me bawl my eyes out. Thank you:)
Wow, I can't believe this is coming to a close. I can't wait to find out what will happen with Elladan, but I'm relieved (although not surprised) he has not chosen the way of men.
But poor Legolas - his speech is just hilarious!
A couple more chapters to just finish off the loose ends- not all of them though! I think Elladan has to have his own tale o be honest- I want to give that time:) Glad you found poor Legolas' pain so funny oh merciless one! x
Yay! I don't have to kill Imrahil after all. I can't tell you how happy this chapter made me!
I'm guessing Elladan's mysterious words are about Erestor. I hope so, anyway. Elladan needs to be with Erestor and Elrohir with Legolas, and they'll all sail to Valinor together, leaving no one behind. No one!
I do worry about Legolas and Elrohir, though. No matter how much Elladan's acceptance has helped, I think Elrohir's feelings of being tainted and unworthy of Legolas will surface sooner or later. I hope Legolas can control himself around Tindomion, too!
Haha! makes me laugh that you loathe him so violently on Erestor's behalf- but don't think Erestor is going to just give in, will you? Whether they all sail, or together or whatver i am not sure yet- remember that Erestor has sworn to something and he won't go until that id done mwhahahaha!!! Lots of peril yet!! No one is safe!
Legolas knows his heart is Elrohir's, but he is still the naughty sex-mad elf he always was and the the Wood, sex is not the same as love and they are more promiscuous- but he knows how that would hurt Elrohir and won't do anything.
Lovely that Elrohir and Elladan are not parting, and Elladan's acceptance and forgiveness that was so beautifully written it made me tear up.Just wonderful, Ziggy :)
Thank you Spiced- and I am hoping now that work has eased a little and I can finish this and catch up on ASOG!I have four chapters to enjoy:)
Another super chapter, Ziggy!
I'm so glad for Elrohir, Legolas' and everyone else's sakes that it's all over. It is all over, isn't it?
And then suddenly the door was flung open and Elladan was there. He swept in like the fresh wind off the mountains, clean and pure, his peaceful calm spread over the rooms. Elrohir heard the healer who was working on his dressing, sigh and her shoulders dropped as if she had been carrying some great burden.
Your descriptions are always so wonderful! And the imagery it evokes is so amazing.
And I am bursting at the seams to know who or what Elladan is speaking of.
Thank you again, Ziggy! Your stories always make my day.
Thank you Gabriel- yes, it is all over for them and everyone is safe. Elladan is a very good foil forElrohir because hisacceptance iss o important. Ah- haven't yu guessed who he has realised is his? Well- you'll have to wait:)
What a stunning chapter! As always you render both the power and terror of the elves and the weight of what that mythos entails. I've read it multiple times to catch details I missed. Just now i returned to it and found this gem: aedhros had an inhuman grin, the red flames of the Balrogs cast a demonic glow upon his face. He moved forwards a little more and swung Aícanaro slightly. A wind swished from the blade, sent a cold drift of air through the Glass. 'My name is no longer important. It is what I am, who I am.'
Thank you so much ,Fadestothewest. This is such a lovely review. I am so happy you picked out that bit- I spent so long trying to get this chapter right and I didn't get many reviews so each one is very precious as you know. This is particualry lovely. x
Ziggy! You can't see it, but I'm dancing in joy! I'm so glad we have reached such a favorably outcome!
Great negotiations! I'm so pleased we spoke!
On a more serious note, I will truly be happy with anything you chose to write (especially anything Legolas related). I am helplessly addicted to your verse.
My puppy dog eyes and I thank you(=
Haha- if it makes you happy Nash, that is all I ask:) I have a new fic in mind... a scene that came to me quite suddenly. Think you will like it but I need a bit of time to get this one done and work is very very busy. I wish I was rich.
Just "a bit of time together at the end"? That's all? You can't see it, but I'm making an extremely sad pouting face. There might be a tear slowly creeping down my cheek. And you can't say there isn't, you can't see me.
Any chance we get a Valinor fic with Legolas, Elrohir and crew? I know I've asked for a million plot bunnies already, including a Thranduil-Elrohir meeting...but you know it never hurts to put that out there, right? You can't see it, but I'm putting on my most charming smile with big pleading eyes.
I need four lifetimes to write everything you want, Little Miss Pout. You are so demanding!
OK- a bit more than one or two scenes- if I write them in Valinor, I have to face Aragorn's death and I just can't. I find it too upsetting- sorry. But I have quite a lot more plotlines (some are indeed yours!!) before we get to the point of sailing so I hope that will keep you happy with your soppy pleading puppy-eyes! I have to write Elladan- Erestor, Maedhros and the Glass in Phellanthir, Tindomion, Maglor and Elrond, the hobbits, what happens to Glaurung... your demands are ENDLESS!!!
Wow, You gave us a taste of the great battles of the past and the glorious bravery (or hard-headedness, depending how you look at it) of the great Noldor lords. I would love to see something of yours set during the first age. You write it so well!
...but then my beloved Legolas wouldn't be in it...I'm conflicted!
Great chapter as always!
I am so releived you liked the battel- I spent AGES agonising over that scene so I am very pleased you found it good. I have committed to writing a bit First Age - but as you say, no Legolas- and we do love Legolas! Back to Legolas in the next chapter though my dear.
Wow, I don't know where to begin...
Everyone coming to rescue Legolas and Elrohir and tending to them tenderly was so sweet. I loved seeing everyone together. A family reunion! I liked how they found Legolas and Elrohir cuddled together under the rubble. My heart is just melting.
I also totally forgot about Celeborn. Why do I have a feeling he will save them all? I hope he does because those crazy Noldor need a Sindar to set their head on straight!
Also, I know this bad, but I loved Tindómion being so sweet with Legolas. Legolas needs more love! Also the part where Gimli said Legolas and Elrohir shouldn't be allowed out alone and Glorfindel agreed made me smile so wide(=
As for the second part with the Three, I'm so excited to see Maedhros, but oh my god...what are they doing?! Legolas and Elrohir just got together! Don't ruin this for me!
Glad you enjoyed the reunion and Elrohir and legolas' moment of tenderness- and yes, it is bad that you liked that but it's oh so good as well!
Celeborn to the rescue- sort of. And Maedhros- well, read on...(
The rings are insanely creepy and why do they keep objectifying Legolas as 'Yozaira'? Do they need him and Elrohir for something.
The last part with Legolas and Elrohir was so sweet! Just what I was waiting for!
Read on, as Mr Bennett says in Pride and Prejudice!
Glad you enjoyed the last bit:)
Finally! Legolas saved Elrohir! (I realize this for most readers this isn't news but I'm making my through the story slowly but surely).
It's wonderful! Also I hope it finally gives them the opportunity to grow together as a couple and I really can't wait to see that(=
Narya! Thought I had lost you somewhere!! So glad you have caught up:) I promise you will get a happy ending for these two and a bit of time together at the end.
Wow - Balrogs and Morgoth - what next?! I feel a bit sorry for the Valar - I doubt even they are a match for Galadriel on the war path.
Ha- yes, she is (I hope) redeemed a bit. But we have still got a few things to wrap this one up- maybe two or three chapter. x
Yay! I finally found time to catch up. What a chapter! I love that you've given Celeborn a more heroic role, btw. He doesn't really do much in LoTR, but he must have something going for him for Galadriel to be attracted to him.
Even though they've shut down the mirror, you're so evil, you still have to give a sense that something is lurking within... :)
Celeborn- lots of people are liking him but have you read Dawn Felagund's latest fic- Celeborn is hilarious!
Oh, Ziggy, I sobbed through most of this. Morgoth so titanic and inimical, and the balrogs and Maedhros just not giving up, but so alone, until the end. And still there — still alone, without even the scrap of cloth from Fingon’s banner.
That was incredible, I am a mess, here!
I am so happy to read this, Spiced, especially from you:) THank you. Inimical is a great word! Glad it breaks your heart- you might write something to cheer him up. and I hope you saw the tribute to Dark Star which I think started all this- it lingers in my mind and just has been slowly perculating!
OMG! What a fantastic chapter!
The anguish I felt, as much as Elrond and Erestor at having to watch Maedhros fight flipping mountains was a living thing. I'm so glad he was able to escape and I hate to admit it but he wouldn't have survived, had he kept fighting them and I would not have been a happy camper had his spirit been extinguished forever.
And I have to mention it again, I loved reading Celeborn in this, especially him and Erestor.
This is such a fantastic story, Ziggy!
Thank you for another wonderful, on-the-edge-of-your-seat, chapter.
Haha- love your comment! I was a bit concerned that readers would wonder how he managed to keep fighting so many balrogs but my beta said she thought it was OK as Aicanaro increased his power. (Maybe I should have added a line... might do that). Happy you liked Erestor and Celeborn- they REALLY don't like each other!
I hope this comment finds you well, Ziggy! *HUGS* And typing with one hand must be excruciatingly slow. Here's hoping everything gets better soon.
What a fantastic chapter!
You absolutely made my week with writing about Celeborn. A character I can't get enough of, lately.
I like how you had the ice between he and Galadriel thaw during and in the wake of the "mirror incident". Despite how dangerously close they came to allowing Ungoliant through the portal, they both needed the shake up, to bring them back to realising how important they are to each other. Although I think Celeborn will have a few choice words, once things settle, to say to his wife about all this.
Such a great chapter, Ziggy! You never cease to amaze!
You take care, okay!
Thanks Gabriel. Although it was one handed to do this I am back and almost fully fit.
So glad you enjoyed Celeborn - lots of people have liked him so I am happy. But yes, I think things are going to be siad- whether or not they can recover, I don't know. He doesn't sail with her, does he and Tolkien never says if he does eventually sail, or Thranduil. I can't see far enough ahead to say what happens in this arc either. Thank you for the lovely complent, Gabriel. Much appreciated:)
Wow, Ziggy, that was MAGNIFICENT— I am stunned!
Except that she had brought them to this. And Ungoliant was not alone in the Dark. The Mirror was smooth Glass once more but he thought he noticed the faintest ripple in its surface. The merest suggestion that far away,somethingmoved in the Deep and sent a ripple through the vast emptiness. Like something colossal stirred in the deep.
Yes, there is more in the Void than Ungoliant, and I think his attention has been caught.
Well. Thank you, Spiced. THat's really nice to hear- bit overwhelmed actually. I've been so anxious about this one- more so about the next though because, yes, HIS attention has definately been caught. I had to read your Dark Prince for inspiration:) Your Morgoth is always so HUGE and malevolent:)
So on the plus side - Legolas and Elrohir have been rescued.
On the slightly worrying side - I hope Elrohir doesn't pick up on the intimacy between Tindomion and Legolas.
On the minus side - Galadriel seems to have opened a door into the void that threatens to suck everyone into non-existence. I really hope Celeborn, Glorfindel and Erestor work out what's happening, because someone needs to stop this madness!
O h naledi- you so do not hope Elrohir misses that! You KNOW you want the angst, the torment, the self-doubt, the break up and the glorious make up!!:D
Yep- she's sooo dangerous.
I think I HAVE DONE A REALLY GOOD HATCHET JOB ON POOR GALDRIEL- better start rowing that back and rehabiltating her a bit:/