Oh my, what a crazy, wonderful, terrific ride! Amazing, brilland and hilarious; I've laughed so hard at some passages I cried, and grinned widely throughout the rest. I haven't been around in the early LotR Fanfic times and never happened to come across any mpreg stories, but I've seen similar in a different fandom and can totally relate to how this came about. What a fitting answer to the issue, and told in such a gorgeous way.
I love how Legolas seeks refuge in the library, and also that there is a nameworthy one in the Greenwood. And the voices you're giving him and Faramir are so spot-on, and work so well together for this particular story. I just can see the cogs and wheels turning in both of their heads, and steam nearly coming out of their ears! LOL
(BTW, what does "quicken" mean in this context? I'm unfamiliar with the term and the dictionary didn't help. Is it a synonym for gestating?)
I also really enjoyed your explanation how chosen gender / visual marks of gender come to be, and how that works for the elves of this story. Very believable and fitting!
Whilst Faramir tried to get to grips with the male part of procreation being ‘the lesser role’, and why someone, or some elf, might choose to be ‘female’ when they could choose to be ‘male’ – both strange concepts to him...
LOL So fitting!
And then, Legolas' mortification when he thinks he's revealed something that he shouldn't have - plain lovely, as are Elladan and Elrohir in their dealing with him. Hearing about Arwen's plight and the solution cracked me up again, and I can only imagine what thinking about THAT would have done to Faramir! *rofl*But how sweet of Aragorn to react in this way; even if he's just in the background here, you're keeping him beautifully in character.
That last line about what "half-elf" means in this regard - I had to dry my kindle afterwards from the tea that landed on it involuntarily. (I should have known better to drink anything while reading, I suppse. XD )
I really, really love your alternate story of the history of Elves. It's very well thought-through and believable, and really could have happened just in this way. Had Tolkien knewn some or all of big the Sci-Fi stories of our age, he might have well come up with this himself. ^^
(I might have asked before, although don't remember the answer, but are you familiar with MZB's Darkover Series? The beginning of that world reminds me strongly of your alternate history here, which doubles the fun for me as I love the series very much.) (I totally want to see your version as a movie, too.)
Thank you for giving us such a wonderful new tale!
"Oh my, what a crazy, wonderful, terrific ride! " I am so glad that you came along for the ride!
Legolas seeking refuge in the library, and the library at home, have just become part of my head-canon - someone (perhaps Daw the Minstrel) has him tasked with being the librarian for a while as 'punishment' and the idea of him feeling at home there sort of stuck.
I'm so pleased you thought that conversation between Legolas and Faramir worked; I needed someone for an elf explain it to! And quickening is an archaic term for conceiving so, yes, 'to quicken' is to become pregnant.
(I should have known better to drink anything while reading, I suppse. XD ) You so should!
It's very well thought-through and believable, Thank you! It took me a while to try and fit in as much of the 'creation myth' as possible.
I don't knw the Darkover Series - something for me to look out for.
And thank you again, for such a lovely review.
Brilliant, Wombat. Finally someone able to make sense of Tolkien’s creation myths!
Thank you! I did my best to give them all a possible starting point!
Oh this is so much fun! I love Legolas' angst that he has not only embarrassed Arwen and Aragorn but given away the secret history of how they came to be on ME in the first palce! Great use of the ideas (rather silly and preposterous of Tolkien) of Cuivenen and Earendil's space craft- just terrifically good fun.
Thank you! To be honest it has given me a deal of pleasure, on and off, trying to make it all work with the 'accepted history' of a planet with no sun and so on!