I realized it would come next, when I started looking at you other stories. But it is not listed as part of the series, I didn't know whether you realized that. I look forward to reading it! (And any that are still to come)
Author's Response: **But it is not listed as part of the series, I didn't know whether you realized that. ** Oh thank you - will go and rectify that...
I agree, it sure doesn't seem like they knit. And knitting needles are very easily made, if they can make swords and arrows, they can make knitting needles! I can just imagine spidersilk knitted garments for the baby.... :D
Author's Response: A spider-silk shawl, I think...
Bummer, the story ends... I do love this chapter (I think I must be getting boring, I have definitely run out of synonyms..) Legolas wins the contest, and is constantly fending of single ellyth. And long live indoor skating rings (which is I am sure where Dawn learned to skate). The village I grew up in had a skating area in the winter on a field that in the rest of the year they played soccer (I think, or was it hockey? Who cares). The concept of flooding an area to get a skating rink is very familiar to me. I thank you for bringing back that memory. Thanks for a terrific story, and I hope to soon find more stories in this series. (You did say you had more, right?) You are a great author!
Author's Response: You can use the same synonyms as often as you like - I'm happy with it! I think the elves might rather like the transient nature of a winter skating rink - something to look forward to year on year! And there are more stories - In The Winter Garden is next, and I will post the next short one after that here soon - but I think I might extend it a little.
LOL, this was another great chapter! I love how you write sex scenes. They are just so hot, and so awesome! I wish we had celebrations like this... (and not just the part after you get hot and bothered.) ;D
Author's Response: **I love how you write sex scenes.** Thank you! It kind of justifies me doing the talk on the subject - and I mean that seriously - I wasn't sure about doing it, when it was suggested.
I just realized I didn't comment at something a few chapters back that I had intended to. The fact that Tindome picked up instructions to learn how to knit while she was in Sunnydale. I have at times while reading this been wondering what it would be like to be Tindome, and realized that I would likely have to find someone to make me some knitting needles! I have knitted for most of my life, and I would just not know what to do if I couldn't that. I loved the fact that you picked that up in you story! :D
Author's Response: It occurred to me that she would probably never have thought of knitting whilst she was still Dawn - but the elves are so good at sewing, embroidery, and so on that she wouldn't even bother trying to get as good as them - and it really doesn't quite seem her thing. But there is no sign that they knit... and she needed something to do whilst in Sunnydale, to try to keep her mind and body occupied. And there would be so many books on technique and how to make your own patterns that she could take back - as well as getting lessons from Althanea. She probably took a pair or two of needles back, but wooden needles would be very good - and she knows a few people who could make her some. I bet she could get metal ones from Gimli or the Imladris smiths, too - but wooden ones seem more elven!
What a wonderful celebration! I love winter stories, and this is definitely one of the better ones I have read. I also love the 'present' Legolas asks of Tindome. That is just a very sweet thing. :D
Author's Response: I like winter stories, too! Currently I am writing the first mid-winter they spend 'In the West' - as you can see there are a few more stories to upload here...
I love these two parts: "At least it wouldn’t be a lady-in-waiting; Legolas had assured her that, although should she want a personal maid one could easily be found, his family usually managed to dress themselves…"
" Elven arrows always flew straight; but their conversation rarely did." Well put!
Legolas appears to be under some bit of enchantment himself, just like Buffy was? Except that it seems to extend to others as well? Or have the Valar decided to make the enchantment less severe, but more of a broadcast from Tindome? Those are some disturbing ideas... Where are you taking this? :)
Author's Response: **Legolas appears to be under some bit of enchantment himself, just like Buffy was? ** The Elves think of their lives being worked into 'Vair
This is a great chapter. I loved learning about Legolas' family relations. It makes it kind of obvious where Legolas learned his ways. I wonder what the nod is about between Legolas and Ardoron, and I think he handled Haldirin pretty well. That is one very curious elfling! :D
Author's Response: Legolas' family is one of those wonderful 'holes' that Tolkien left for fanfic writers! There are those who believe he must be the only one as no siblings are mentioned, those who think he cannot possibly be the only one, of surely his father would not have sent hi as a messenger to Imladris, those who see his father as a loving figure, those who see him as hard and cruel, and so on... I'm really pleased that you like 'my' version. Haldirin bears some resemblance to my daughter at that age, and to a couple of small boys I have taught in Sunday School over the years!
It would only be natural that there are others like the Elrondionath who would sense a specific kind of enemy. How interesting that it is Galanthir, who does seem like a happy go lucky wild woodelf. It is an interesting reminder of how long their lives are. How many things they can experience. I would love to have some proper snow here! I don't think I have seen proper snow like that in 4 years! Glad to see that the elves most certainly enjoy it, especially when they are amongst themselves. Nice chapter.
Author's Response: It is a reminder that the elves have many layers... We had snow a couple of winters ago - and it still makes me happy when we have it, even when it stops normal life for a day or two!
A very nice chapter. I am always amazed by the different tunes of your chapters. This one feels a bit dreamy, otherworldly. Very appropriate of course. Sweet little Haldirin talking to the mallorn is just an awesome picture, and I like that Rumil (and Orophin) choose such a wonderful way of seeing goodbye to Lorien. It was not only likely that this was the last elfling the trees would meet, but it is probably the only elfling most of the trees have ever met, I would think, or at least it would have been an awful long time since they last saw an elfling. Great chapter, Thank you. Oh, just one thing: "of course Orophin will want to bring Lith
"“We are here for each other,” she said, “and even Rumil and Orophin will understand it, a little. When it pains you too much you can come and be sad with me, and when I think of… Buffy and the others, as well as those here, I will come and cry all over you."" This actually made me cry. It hit a little close to home. Of course I do age, but most of my family lives very far away, and some that I knew as a child are all of a sudden adults. It is just hard to fathom that someone I remember as a toddler now has a toddler of their own. I think it is similar for the elves, even though the time span is probably longer, and they see it happening over, and over again if they are in contact with the human world. Not mushy, this was very well written.
Also, having Haldarin give his bow to the little boy was wonderful. It showed how Tindome sometimes still reverts back to mortal thought patterns, and how that is very, very different then the elf though patterns. The arrival at Lorien was also awesome. I love the idea of the Mellyrn being drowsy. After having had the elves as active company, singing to them, talking to them etc, it would make perfect sense that they would just get drowsy. And I think there was some allusion to the trees of Fangorn being sleepy, at some point in the books. I love it.
Author's Response: **It is just hard to fathom that someone I remember as a toddler now has a toddler of their own. ** I know that feeling. In this story Tind
Yes, I did realize you thankfully didn't kill anyone. :D It may have come right behind brotherhood when writing, but when reading in chronological order, it come right behind 'Left Behind', which means as a reader, I am fully aware of the ability of elves to die.... ;) Thanks for letting her survive. :D
Author's Response: **Thanks for letting her survive. :D** I'm glad I did, too!
I know they were important to the story, but still... ;) But I am glad you didn't actually kill off anyone here. :D
Author's Response: I really don't do it very often!
What a wonderful coincidence! I am glad Tindome got to catch up with Alith. Wonderful. I guess Tindome would not have seen much snow, either in SoCal, or in ME. As for the walking on snow? I don't think I quite believe it, unless they somehow manage to not weigh much either. But then, they are elves, they can walk on snow. I just don't think the same trick would work for humans...
Author's Response: **I am glad Tindome got to catch up with Alith.** I like to 'tidy ends' - and I liked the idea of them meeting again and seeing how 'time flowed differently' for the two of them. Tolkien is quite definite about the elves walking on snow - Legolas comment about horses and men ploughing through it is a paraphrase of something he says in The Fellowship of the Ring. The physics is, of course, all wrong - and there needs must be a bit of Elven magic there... but Legolas is telling it as he believes it, I think!
This is one action packed chapter, but of quite a different kind then the fight chapters. But like always, you have a great way with words and I was almost literally sitting at the edge of my seat during this chapter. I am glad no one died this time, and thrilled that Orophin finally has a fea singing to him. :D Of course he watched Rumil have that experience, and I love the fact that he has almost the same experience, except that he already knew the elleth, and was attracted to her. It was kind of funny that the elves would not know CPR. I wonder if they are less likely to go through great measures to try and bring someone back from the brink of death, as they know they will see them again in Valinor, regardless of how long it takes, as time does not mean the same thing to them as it would to a human.... Sorry, I think I was rambling a bit there. I hope you could follow. It makes sense that any elf who is not killed by a headwound would recover, as they heal quickly. I believe (though I could be wrong) that I remember that it is usually internal bleeding or some such, which would have to be very bad to kill an elf I would think. But it was still a very scary chapter. Thanks!
Author's Response: And, of course, you realise that I didn't kill Orophin off! Although I did think of doing it to Lith
I was thinking that Orophin HAS to survive this, but I am all of a sudden not sure, as this is after the events of Return Of the Key. But I think she mentioned Orophin in one of the later 'window' visits. Oh, I hope you didn't kill him... As you said, since you don't just kill unknown characters, I don't know if I can trust you not killing him! :) (I am afraid Alpha Ori kind of got me terribly paranoid on that aspect...)
I love 'seeing' how the elves deal with some of the unavoidable challenges of traveling. Look forward to the next chapter, as long as you didn't kill Orophin. (Yep, paranoid here!)
Author's Response: Oh yes - the first time she did that I was sad for him - the second time she did it was worse! But the deaths were important parts of her story...
Ah, wonderful, well done! A lovely tale, one I assume you will be continuing?
Author's Response: Thank you - and Oh yes! There is more. Just at the moment I am posting 'A Powerful Absence', which is a three chapter story, very angsty, which is not in the Return-of-the-Key series. Writing that took over my life for a while at the time and was really quite stressful - it is one of those stories. But I will start to upload the next story in this series next weekend. I really should rename it - I didn't write them immediately one after the other so the similar names wasn't a problem at the time - but the next one is called 'In the Winter Garden'. Actually it is this one which has the more boring name - but too late now!
Ah, some nice erotic fun in the orchard there - I liked the drum beat idea. I love the idea of the ribbons in the male elves' hair and in general, the general ambience you describe is very much how I see the Sylvans.
Author's Response: I think it is really interesting that we both see the Sylvans regularly using drum beats, and also as exotically, and erotically, different when compared with the Noldor or even the Sindar. I think, in some ways, the biggest difference between the underlying cultures in your stories and mine is that your Sylvans are in a time of peril, and still have to put so much more emphasis on being warriors than on anything else, whereas mine are now in more peaceful times, and so although they are still 'warriors first and foremost' they can be a little less intense about it. Although, in the far in the future story that is my current WIP at LJ and Twisting the Hellmouth, even in Valinor the Sylvans are lost until they can get back to their regular warrior training sessions.
Gayer than gay? No way!! Not HIM - I am glad you cleared that up!! I do like the idea of bejewelled hair, it is something I also describe in my stories - it seems unlikely that beings with such long hair would not decorate it. The celebrations you describe give a very warm and fuzzy feeling - candles, the smell of pine, gifts and elflings, perfect!
Author's Response: Oh no - certainly not gayer than gay! I have a picture, but I can't find uploaded anywhere, of some of one of the ellyn' hair decorations - possibly Galanthir's. There are beads of different colours of cut glass, copper chains, copper leaves... As for the celebrations - things will hot up a wee bit when the elflings go to bed!
Another lovely chapter, and Haldirin is a crack, thanking the king for the use of his toys!!
Author's Response: Hee - he's a well brought up and polite elfling!
I loved this chapter. Legolas' brown-haired brother seems very nice, and Thranduil - impulsive as he whips away his son, in spite of his guests.
And I laughed at this...
“Only up as far as your buttocks. Although I suppose we can be grateful that, from what I have learnt of dwarves over the years, he would have had no ulterior motive in keeping an eye on those…”
I wonder now, what Thranduil will make of Haldirin...
Author's Response: I'm so glad that line amused you - it is one of my favourites. As for what Thranduil makes of Haldirin - quite why some people are wondering is also of interest...
it is difficult to imagine what an immortal may think on the question of slow decline. It must, necessarily be a challenge to their imagination, and a source of great saddness. Loved the last sentence. "my father will love him."
Author's Response: Coping with the slow decline is part of the price of befriending mortals - it is as if your friends develop fatal illnesses and die in their youth or middle-age. No wonder that so many elves chose to have no contact with mortals. I'm glad you like that last line - it was quite hard to try and keep Haldirin on the right side of too twee.
What a lucky turn of events. Alith found herself a worthy husband, so it seems, one impressed by elven lords sleeping in barns. glad the tree didn't do too much damage.
Author's Response: Alith has a happy life - she is a survivor, a strong woman in a land that breed strong women (Well - I like to think of the Rohirrim that way!) I did think of killing poor Lithoniel off - but I had been rather cruel to Orophin in Brotherhood and this was meant to be a pleasant wee tale, so I decided to make it a 'Tind
Ah, a lovely start to this story. Just what I fancied, a little Greenwood adventure. Let's see what happens with that tree!!
Author's Response: **a little Greenwood adventure.** It started out with the plan of a three chapter, fluffy, tale for Christmas a couple of years ago - but ended up being a bit more of an adventure that I finally finished that April!
by now both her and we know this is not the case('Educating Éowyn', 'Left Behind!'). In a future story his sex life starts to form more of the plot line - but it is a few tales into the future still.
I can't wait so I hope you are busily writing it now!!!
Author's Response: It is the very story I am currently writing - although there are a lot to post here before we get to it. I had meant to spend this afternoon writing - but I have to go see my Mum - sometimes there is not enough time in the day...