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NelyafinweFeanorion
09/19/17 04:20 am
It worked!
ziggy
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I always use arda-lambion and don't worry too much about the grammar! Life's too short:)
Narya
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Anyone know of a reliable Quenya translator?
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Welcome FINALLY Nelyafinwefeanorian!! Hurray- you are here:)
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Okay, I hope it works. Maybe it was just some glitch :/ As I say it has happened once or twice before but goodness knows why
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I'll try again from this acct today and see if it works. Thanks to everyone for the encouragement and help and esteliel for the emails.
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I tried last night and it didn't work. I created another account name and tried that and that story posted. At least I think it did--I see it up there on the most recent. I'll try this accoun
Spiced Wine
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The only thing I can think to do is for esteliel or myself to use your password, log in and post your first chapter. I believe the last time this happened it's what I did.
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09/16/17 10:34 am
What did esteliel say, Nelyafinwe?
NelyafinweFeanorion
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nope still nothing. :(
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The Price of Eternity series suggested order of reading:


The Revolutionary and the Usurper: The story of Feanor and Fingolfin. (The Secret Language Brother a companion piece)


The Price of Vengeance I: Follows primarily the House of Finwe from the Years of the Trees through the First Age.


Eärendil on the purchasing of whores (or how to convince the Valar to save the world): Eärendil's story


The Price of Duty (The Vanyar's Rebellion is a companion piece), and The Price of Memory: The story of Erestor and Lindir.  Lost children of the sun: The story of Elladan, Elrohir, and Erion (Erestor's son).


The Price of Vengeance II: Follows the House of Finwe in the Second Age.


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Title: A Light In The East by Spiced Wine
Rated: Mature [Reviews - 104]
Summary:

A crossover gift-story between Esteliel's Ethuil'waew and my Dark Prince verse.

What would have happened had Legolas not been able to flee to Imladris and Glorfindel when he found he was pregnant? What if he fell into entirely different hands?
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After the Last Alliance, Vanimórë, freed for a time from Sauron's control, made himself the ruler of a Sud Sicanna, a wealthy city in the Harad. Five hundred years later, he journeys to Szrel Kain on the Sea of Rhun where rulers of the East are meeting to discuss renewing their attacks upon Gondor. Vanimórë goes to gather information, to keep his finger on the pulse of events.
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Legolas, banished from his home, wanders into the hands of a clan traveling back to Rhun after a summer of trading. The Men, afraid he will bring ill-luck on them, mean to sell him, and in lands where the Dark Gods are worshiped Legolas' uniqueness would mean sacrifice, the death of both himself and the child he bears: Glorfindel's son.
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He falls instead into the hands of the Dark Prince, the son of Sauron, who understands neglect and abuse only too well...
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Glorfindel felt anguish as deep as a crack in the world in Vanimórë's soul.

“I know how Legolas feels better than thou canst imagine. Thou didst name me Vanimórë. That is my name in truth. Thou hast penetrating sight, or did. Vanimórë Gorthaurion. The son of Sauron holds and will protect Legolas Thranduilion and
thy son. Is that not wonderfully ironic, Glorfindel?”
~~~
Book I of A Crucible Of Stars


Category: Fiction
Characters: Glorfindel, Legolas, Maglor, OMC, Sauron, Thranduil
Content: Angst, AU, BDSM, Dubcon, Hurt/Comfort, Kink, Mpreg, Slash
Challenge: None
Series: A Crucible Of Stars
Chapters: 29 | Completed: Yes | Word count: 114061 | Read count: 102672

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Reviewer: Encairion Signed
Date: November 03, 2011 Title: Chapter 29: Chapter 29 ~ Shadows In The Halls Of Memory ~

I finally signed up for an account to leave you a proper reivew.

Wow, where to start? This story gets more beautiful every chapter. As always the detail and richness you write into Middle Earth is mind blowing. I can see the lands and people of the south and Rhovanion so clearly, their cultures have so many deep layers, its beautiful.

The way you've written the Greenwood with all the politics and lords, is perfect. Isn't very different from the Noldor where the High-king had all the power.

You're OC's are always so beautifully imagined and so well thought out they could be cannon that's how seamlessly they fit into the world. I adore Bainalph. I love his serenity in the face of Thranduil and Celeird



Title: ~ A Far, Fierce Sky ~ by Spiced Wine
Rated: Mature [Reviews - 377]
Summary:

Book II of of A Crucible Of Stars

Following on from events in A Light in the East, Legolas continues his journey south with Vanim
Category: Fiction
Characters: Glorfindel, Legolas, OFC, OMC, Sauron, Thranduil
Content: Action/Adventure, Angst, AU, BDSM, Drama, Dubcon, Erotica, Explicit Sex, Hurt/Comfort, Mpreg, Rape/Non-con, Slash
Challenge: None
Series: A Crucible Of Stars
Chapters: 51 | Completed: No | Word count: 255572 | Read count: 155928

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Reviewer: Encairion Signed
Date: April 08, 2013 Title: Chapter 1: Chapter 1 ~ A Web Of Stars ~

So it’s been far too long since I read this story, and I have decided to go back and re-read to remind myself what’s happening again.

I don’t think I’ve ever read someone who does descriptions, especially descriptions of the land, as well as you do.



Reviewer: Encairion Signed
Date: April 13, 2013 Title: Chapter 2: Chapter 2 ~ The Fruits Of The Soul ~

Oh Thranduil!



Reviewer: Encairion Signed
Date: April 28, 2013 Title: Chapter 5: Chapter 5 ~ A Time of Pain and Healing

Oh Glorifindel, you bastard!  Gosh but I want to strangle his neck still, as at the same time I relish in the way you’ve written him and hold so true to his character even though reading his utter un-repentance makes me want to cut off his genitals! 

Even if a part of him does regret the way he took Legolas, the majority of him does not because he wanted Legolas.  And even now he can only think of Legolas in terms of a sex partner (slave) and his broodmare.  He wants Legolas because he’s beautiful and sweetly submissive, not because of the gentle beauty of Legolas’ soul. 

And yet, for all that I still despise Glorfidnel, I think he’s a wonderful portrayal of the darkening of elves, the marring and twisting of something that was once glorious.  He has fallen so far, and in part it is not only his own fault for he has endured some true horrors that led to this moment; though there is always a choice.

In fact, I would love to read something in his past, some event from his perspective that might have started him down this path to get where he is today.  There is of course Gondolin’s fall and the many years he’s spent in war, but I’d love to read it if that makes any sense?  But of course, this is your story to do with as it leads you; and maybe Glorifndel’s part in it is not one that we are supposed to ever really emphasize with.  Maybe there really isn’t anything that can explain how he’s turned into this selfish rapist he is now.  There can be no excuse, but maybe there’s not even an understandable reason either…humm…that leaves me thinking… I love that your work leaves me pondering it for days after!

Sauron is so sneaky!  He’s done an admirable job slinking into Van’s confidence, and I worry for the men in Van’s party as well.  Sauron has always been a talented deceiver, and it would break my heart if he was able to turn some of them against Van with his poisonous words!

As always, your work leaves itself branded in magnificence images to the backs of my eyelids.  It’s so rich and vivid.  Some exquisite writing here, my dear :D



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Reviewer: Encairion Signed
Date: May 14, 2013 Title: Chapter 7: Chapter 7 ~ A Night at the Edge of the World ~

You know, when you first started writing Bainalph and Thranduiil’s story, I really didn’t like Thranduil; in fact I want to do him a harm, like a serious one :P.  And then, over time as you got into his motivations, I started feeling he wasn’t so bad, and I guess I could deal with him and Bainalph being together.  But now, now I have come full-circle after reading this, and am actually more on Thranduil’s side then Bainalph’s!  How is that possible?  I’ll tell you how:  you’re an incredible story teller!  You redeemed Thranduil completely in my eyes and have me in his cheer-squad :D

I think it was seeing little Bainalph and him interacting that started it, but the more I read, the more I connected.  I’ve known the whole time that Elvýr died and how, and that Thranduil had to kill him, but it was like, until these last two chapters I hadn’t really connected all the dots, followed the trail, really thought about what that kind of a scar could do to a person.  It’s actually amazing that Thranduil is as functioning as he is.  I would expect him to be drowning under bitterness and hate --and he is to a degree—but he’s not incapable of loving.  He still cares for his sons (minus Legolas, though I think he loves him too, but has acted monstrously against), and cares for his people.  Being forced to kill your own child, watching helplessly as they die in the most agonizing way possible…it’s amazing he’s still so sane.

So, yes, I am now a Thranduil cheer girl.  You and your fabulous writing has done this to me, and I hope for the day that he can find a measure of happiness and peace again (though I still think he needs to pay for what he did to Legolas.  To me, that’s different from Bainalph and him.  Legolas was his son, a child; Thranduil was supposed to love him no matter what, and he hurt Legolas perhaps most of all because he denied Legolas love from the very beginning).



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Reviewer: Encairion Signed
Date: May 26, 2013 Title: Chapter 9: Chapter 9 ~ Introspection ~

Here I am, feeling something I never thought I would for this Glorfindel: sympathy.  I was reading the part where he has to confront (for the first time) who he’s really become, and I was cringing with him.  It’s so hard to face such an ugly truth after running so long, and I actually felt bad for him.  You wrote that confrontation between him and Tindómion so well I could taste Tindómion’s sorrow, his furry, his disgust at what Glorfindel had become.  It was a very painful thing to read, but so beautiful!

So I have to ask: Is Thranduil fucking insane or is Legolas Elvýr re-born?  I am not actually sure which one I am hoping for.  The way you described Elvýr sounds so much like the Legolas from lotr’s, that I wonderful if Legolas is  Elvýr and by the time the Ring Quest comes around he’s regained all his memories and is this exquisite blend between Elvýr and Legolas (strong and vulnerable).  But then I think if Elvýr is Legolas and he remembers his first life, then he would remember his death too, and wouldn’t that pretty much drive him insane?  On the other hand again, if Elvýr is Legolas, then I am really looking forward to him remembering and then punching his father in the face for how he’s treated him as Legolas (and this scene would be all the more powerful because Elvýr and Thranduil have a past relationship of love and trust).  As you can see, I am cannot decide which way I wish this one will fall; but as I am several chapters behind, you’ve either already written it, or already know the ending :D  I am sure I shall enjoy whichever path you choose :D

Wonderful, suspenseful packed chapters as always :D



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Reviewer: Encairion Signed
Date: June 01, 2013 Title: Chapter 13: Chapter 13 ~ Bonfires of Grief ~

I’m going to say something completing out there and I have no idea why I am saying this but: I kind of like Sauron in this story.



Reviewer: Encairion Signed
Date: June 09, 2013 Title: Chapter 14: Chapter 14 ~ Songs in the Wasteland ~

You know, I usually don’t pay a lot of attention to Gil for some reason, but he really stuck out to me this chapter.



Reviewer: Encairion Signed
Date: January 25, 2015 Title: Chapter 15: Chapter 15 ~ To The Edge of the Shadow ~

First, thank you for understanding why I had to put this story down for a time.  I have only read this chapter again as yet, and haven’t encountered Glorfindel again, but your words that Glorfindel gets better gives me hope, and I shall keep remembering that if he leaves me feeling distressed in the future :D

“He rarely looked at his reflection, because it showed him what was: an accumulation of slavery, violence, rape, showed him the truth: ugliness.”

Oh, oh, Van!  You are breaking my heart, and yet I can so easily see him looking into the mirror and seeing only this.  It hurts.

Sauron still intrigues me.  I love how complicated you’ve made his character, so much more than just a hammer of evil.  He does monstrous things and is a dark lord, and yet there is more to him than that.  What he did and allowed to be done to Van is unforgivable, even if, as I think you’ve hinted, there was a hidden reason behind it all.  I am beginning to think the reason might be kind of like why the Mother didn’t intervene when little Turin was being sexual abused as she saw it as something that just had to happen to fulfill the story.  I wonder if Sauron felt the same way about Van, that what happened to him just had to happen because it was written.  But then it could be something else entirely, you do have the best plot twists :D

“Jealousy; the thought warmed, then showed its teeth and mocked him. Only the beggar could find value in dross, and both Maglor and Legolas had, in their separate ways, been beggared.”

Oh Van!  But of course he cannot see how anyone could really feel jealous over him, for he sees nothing worth being jealous for in himself.  You make me weep!

I really enjoyed the conversation between Maglor and Van.  They both see each other as the other truly is, and yet cannot see what the other sees in them.  It is like an endless cycle of guilt and self-loathing, so painful to read, but so true to the both of them.

“Maglor whirled, hood falling away from his face. One hand rested on the globe, which fumed with diamond light. His eyes were burning stars.
“No right?” His face was that of a man whom had seen the end of his world, and would never accept it. “My father made this.””

Oh gods, THIS!  Maglor storming in there, burning like fire, like falling stars, he was so glorious, this moment so perfect!  Gosh this scene, I am just in love with it!

And now Sauron strikes!  The way you wrote Sauron shedding off his disguise and picking up his Power again was so potent, so vivid!

This whole chapter, just wow!  Really wonderful.  I loved it :D



Author's Response: If you're on this chapter, I don't think there is much you will find uncomfortable in the next ones, Encairion. Thank you for picking it up again.

Oh, oh, Van! You are breaking my heart, and yet I can so easily see him looking into the mirror and seeing only this. It hurts.

Sauron still intrigues me. I love how complicated you



Reviewer: Encairion Signed
Date: January 25, 2015 Title: Chapter 16: Chapter 16 ~ Convergence ~

“The oldest tales told that if an Elf died, they would be reborn among their people. Now, the dead became Houseless, were both feared and loved, (forever loved, unforgotten) but they never came back.”

This is always hard to think of.



Reviewer: Encairion Signed
Date: January 25, 2015 Title: Chapter 17: Chapter 17 ~ Some Things One Cannot Run From ~

OMG I devoured this chapter!

Everything, everything so good! Maglor meeting his son, finally, finally, being with him, that moment their eyes met.  Glorfindel being Glorfindel, but more the Glorfindel I remember from the House of Princes, or at least edging towards it, and the moment he looked upon Maglor, and when he called him uncle, and Legolas, my gods Legolas!  He just stole my breath in this chapter!  He’s come into his own, so beautiful, all that hidden strength come forth.  And when Thranduil finally met up with them, at long last, and the way he looked at Legolas, the way he said his name, it was everything I could have wanted.

This chapter, my gods this story!  I can’t believe I’ve missed out on it for so long.  I need to re-read everything again so I can savor it because every line is beauty, perfectly executed, but I am so caught up I can’t wait to see what happens!



Author's Response: I thought Glorfindel would not be so discomforting in these latter chapters, mind you, I have to go and re-read some things, but I think he has already gone his length in this, and the only way really is for him to hit bottom and then rise again. Not that he's not always a complete dominant, because he is, but what he did to Legolas was beyond the pale.

Poor Legolas. He has found out, horribly, that when you love some-one more than yourself, (which he does not anyway, not love himself, I mean) you find within yourself a strength you could not imagine. You out yourself aside for them. He's awfully young to reach this stage, but also about the same age as Van was when he had to kill his sister.

I honestly don't blame you for avoiding this if Glorfindel troubled you so much, because he was very hard to right, but I wanted to see him almost unforgivable before he began to change and accept what he had done. Thank you!!



Reviewer: Encairion Signed
Date: January 25, 2015 Title: Chapter 18: Chapter 18 ~ To Keep An Oath ~

Such loyalty Van inspires in his men.  I have always loved that about him.  Tanout is so right, Van is an honorable man.  More honorable then Thranduil or Glorfindel, he is the most honorable of men and well worth severing and laying down one’s life for.  Oh if only Van could see that himself!  But alas, I fear he never will :(



Author's Response: Van has always loved his Men, and genuinely cared for them. He probably does not see it; thinks they just see the 'glamour' of some-one who's clearly not Mortal, but it's more than that. And no, I don't think he'll ever accept what he is truly worth. :(



Reviewer: Encairion Signed
Date: January 25, 2015 Title: Chapter 16: Chapter 16 ~ Convergence ~

Tolkien even said the Elves in Valinor would eventually become souls, not bodies, and that is a terrible thing for beings who so clearly should always be alive. Sod that, that is going in the trash with the rest of the stuff I don't like.”

Oh yes, I don’t head-canon that either.  I think it was a lie the Valar perpetrated to justify to the Elves why they had to stay in Valinor with the Two Trees, that if they left the light of the trees they would eventually turn into nothing but spirits, wearing away their bodies.  Nope.  I am not OK with this!

As for the Wood-elves, I’ve been thinking over this recently (and wrote something about it in The Revolutionary and the Usurper).  I think now that, given enough time, an Elf whose body has been slain can reform their own body.  I think the process would take centuries, and those are centuries after the bodiless soul has already been wandering, healing and coming to terms with its new existence.  But I think, while it is possible for an Elf to re-make their own body in an Age, it has not been done yet because of all the Valar’s lies.  The Halls of Mandos are a Valar construction, and the while the Wood-elves never followed Mandos’ call, they would have known of its existence, and Oromë probably planted the seeds of the belief that they could not be re-embodied without the Valar’s help, so these bodiless-souls would have also had the barrier of that lie to overcome before they could start learning how to create their own new bodies.  Of course Feanor was the first to start questioning the truth of Mandos.  That’s just how he is :D



Author's Response: But I think, while it is possible for an Elf to re-make their own body in an Age, it has not been done yet because of all the Valar



Reviewer: Encairion Signed
Date: January 25, 2015 Title: Chapter 17: Chapter 17 ~ Some Things One Cannot Run From ~

"Not that he's not always a complete dominant, because he is, but what he did to Legolas was beyond the pale."

It's not that he enjoyed mastery and dominance in sex, I like reading that the way you wrote it in The House of Princes, and I like possessiveness in partners too.  But it was the way he objectified Legolas, made him nothing but like what you said in one of your notes: a baby machine.  Or a sex toy.  It was like Leoglas wasn't a human being to him that really upset me.  I can read and write that kind of thing in say the way a slave is treated, or when it is clear-cut abuse, but I think the problem was I like Glroifndel and I wanted to see him in a healthy relationship with Legolas, but what he was doing and thinking was so not ok, and you wrote it all so very real, that it just disturbed me so much. 

But you have said Glorfindel has passed the worst of it, and he does seem to be trying to save Legolas as much as Gil now, so I have hope for him :D



Author's Response: It was really hard, both reading Eseliel's work, and writing this, to make Glorfindel villainous, because he was the first character I loved when I read Lord of the Rings - and then I had to read the Silmarillion to find out more about him and the Elves. I can see him as being dominant, but it's really difficult to write a character you love as doing really awful things. He didn't even have any real excuse, (as F



Reviewer: Encairion Signed
Date: January 25, 2015 Title: Chapter 19: Chapter 19 ~ Shadow Paths ~

Ah, it was so painful to read from Thranduil’s POV, and yet I do believe he deserved to feel that much pain, that much regret and grief, for he knew what he’d done: Legolas would have died if Van had not found him.  Thranduil knows he has no right to Legolas’ love, and for the self-loathing he feels, the understanding of the terrible thing he has done, I can forgive him.  If only Glorfindel now can understand too that he has no right to Legolas or his son, not after what he has done.  I am dying to see what will happen when Legolas and Glorfindel finally meet again!



Author's Response: Yes, I think he deserved to feel pain, too! Whatever his grief for his dead son, he should never have banished Legolas who'd been so ignored and was so innocent. So yes, he had to go through this, and so does Glorfindel.



Reviewer: Encairion Signed
Date: January 25, 2015 Title: Chapter 21: Chapter 21 ~ Power In The Ash ~

You write OC’s like no one else!  I love Imir.  He is so brave, so strong, and I want desperately for him to escape the fate waiting for him.  Let Van find him, let Imir learn what it truly means to serve someone worthy of his devotion, let him learn what it is to be respected for the service and love he brings a lord.

OMG I did not see this twist with Sauron and Gil coming!  It blindsided me, and I love it!  I almost want Sauron to get away and raise Gil as a prince like he plans.  It would be so fascinating, and Gil would be magnificent.  He would have something of Van in him (for did Sauron not raise Van too, however twisted that raising?), I can see the person Gil would be in my mind’s-eye, glorious, resplendent, steel and pride and arrogance.  And yet Legolas, oh Legolas, no, no, as wonderful as that Gil would be, I cannot bear to see him separated from Legolas.

Ada,” the child said clearly, with an awful, adult sorrow. Imir did not know what the word meant, but his heart squeezed. A faint smile curled the Lord's beautiful mouth. He said something, softly, and tears bled from under the child's long lashes.

“He is Esshenin*,” the Lord said, caressingly, as D'nez lead forward Chalûn's horse. “And he will be as a son to me.”

This last twists me all up.  Gil’s sorrow, and oh how I want him back with Legolas, and yet Sauron’s last words: he will be as a son to me.  And I can’t help thinking (hoping like a fool?) he would have learned to really love Gil, would have really treated him as his own son.  Not that that would have changed him or redeemed him, but I find myself drawn to the idea of it, wishing I could see this future, even as I am longing for Gil to get back to his father.  Gosh, you really threw me with this chapter, but it’s so good!



Author's Response: OMG I did not see this twist with Sauron and Gil coming! It blindsided me, and I love it! I almost want Sauron to get away and raise Gil as a prince like he plans. It would be so fascinating, and Gil would be magnificent. He would have something of Van in him (for did Sauron not raise Van too, however twisted that raising?), I can see the person Gil would be in my mind



Reviewer: Encairion Signed
Date: January 25, 2015 Title: Chapter 22: Chapter 22 ~ To Find The Light Within ~

What just happened?!  Did you just kill off Bainalph?  No.  I am in denial.  No way.

“Oh, blessed Earth, the pain. Pain without pleasure, as if to punish him for his sensual delights, eating away at them as it ate at his eyes.”

If you killed him…oh my god, and kill him like this?  This suffering?  To die like this, still feeling like he had to be punished for what he was, that because of Thranduil’s scorn he still believed there was something wrong with him?  No, no, no!  And yet how real, because people die all the time in the middle of their stories, when they are not ready, when it all comes so sudden like this that there was no time for kisses goodbye or last words or final moments of understanding and conviction, just this…this cutting off.  I can’t…he had better not have died like this, no matter how realistic it is! 

“Swallowing around dryness like ash, Legolas whispered, “Elvýr, please. Lead me out.””

Oh oh gods, yes!  I love that it is Elvýr!  For a second I thought it was Oropher, but Elvýr, Legolas’ big brother, is so much better!  This, this, is so perfect.  How do you always do this? 

That was not me. He does not know what happened, but he remembers how Maedhros' face could rout a legion of orcs, the passion of his fury, all his loss and suffering, his indomitable will compacted into a core of flame. Maglor had thought his own passion long dead, no embers even to stir, to coax alight. Vanimórë had proved him wrong, he and Legolas. But that light was not mine. It was the memory of fire. It was an act of defiance. Light in the Everlasting Dark.

It was them, all of them.”

It was the ones in the Void reaching out, their souls giving their light to Maglor in the darkness?  Oh yes.  I love how ancient everything feels, how interconnected everything is.  It’s a feeling I always get when reading your work, the way nothing is forgotten, the way all the secrets of Ages past come forth, and it is so potent when reading the House of Finwë, because their souls still reach out through death and Ages to touch each other, nothing able to cut those bonds.  It is beautiful and heart wrenching, and I am so glad Maglor had this.



Author's Response: I am sorry! I had to write this bit. I will explain - or maybe it will be self-explanatory later.

This suffering? To die like this, still feeling like he had to be punished for what he was, that because of Thranduil



Reviewer: Encairion Signed
Date: January 25, 2015 Title: Chapter 21: Chapter 21 ~ Power In The Ash ~

Gîil would be magnificent, yes. I think you may get your wish!”

I am spoiled that I get to read this all at once, because I can’t imagine having to wait (especially not after that last chapter, like it would have driven me wild not to have the next one!)

Wow, it seems to have been quiet for me for a long time, and today certainly made up for it.”

I am so glad you received some good reviews from other readers.  You deserve them :D

I am reading The Revolutionary and the Usurper (again) :)”

Are you really?  Wow, just to know you like it so much sets me grinning :D I should post the next chapter.  It’s done.  Only the last time I re-read it for finally editing I thought it was terrible.  The same with the next chapter for Vengeance.  Give me a little time to get out of this blah period.  Reading your work is inspiring.  I will it another go :)



Author's Response: You must almost be at the end of what I've written so far. I know what you mean; I like to really read and read, but I also re-read a lot if I like the story, so I can anticipate. I never read something I love only once, neither fanfic or books :)

Are you really? Wow, just to know you like it so much sets me grinning :D I should post the next chapter. It



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Date: January 27, 2015 Title: Chapter 16: Chapter 16 ~ Convergence ~

I had to come back and re-read this chapter.  It is so rich and long, and deserves savoring.  I cannot get over how good that scene where Legolas goes down the side of the wall is.  Not only is it visually beautiful, and so emotionally charged and powerful, it is also such an altering moment for Legolas himself.  It was the moment he stepped into his own.  He stood alone, crushed with panic and terror, and had to find the will to go on, the strength to succeed and live and hope from his own chest, from the power of his own love for Gil.  No one came to rescue him.  He rescued himself.  I just really love that moment :D



Author's Response: I cannot get over how good that scene where Legolas goes down the side of the wall is. Not only is it visually beautiful, and so emotionally charged and powerful, it is also such an altering moment for Legolas himself. It was the moment he stepped into his own.

I am so glad you liked that. As you say it was pivotal for Legolas, because sometimes there is no help, and that is when we stand or fall. Also I am terrible with heights, so the thought of him getting down that wall almost gave me a panic attack.



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Date: January 27, 2015 Title: Chapter 15: Chapter 15 ~ To The Edge of the Shadow ~

 “No right?” His face was that of a man whom had seen the end of his world, and would never accept it. “My father made this.

Maglor turned back to the palantir, caressed it as one would caress a lover's face. The light welled through his flesh. He bowed his head, and Vanimórë saw terrible yearning there. Tears streaked bright paths over the high cheeks. His mouth shaped silent words, but Vanimórë heard them resonate in his mind, the names of his father, his brothers, his uncle, his cousins, those gone into Night. And Vanimórë's heart clenched like an open wound. This should have been an intensely private moment.”

This.  I kept thinking about this scene.  It is so stunning, so heart-wrenching.  I am yearning alone with Maglor, wishing that was Feanor’s face under his hand he caressed, wishing that cold stone began all the fiery-souls he longed for so I could hold them cradled in his hands.  Oh gods, this is just so beautiful, so so beautiful.



Author's Response: I am yearning alone with Maglor, wishing that was Feanor



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Date: February 01, 2015 Title: Chapter 27: Chapter 27 ~ Like Fire And Falling Leaves ~

I’ve read this twice in a row, it was so good!



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Date: February 02, 2015 Title: Chapter 27: Chapter 27 ~ Like Fire And Falling Leaves ~

 “(I was literally just reading your Glofindel and Maglor, and I think we almost must have been writing these scenes at the same time, lol) These Fëanorions!”

These Fëanorions is right lol!  Maglor knew what he wanted :winks: 

(There was Maglor and Fingolfin too, though that’s only hinted at).

Yes, I can see how this would happen so easily.  I cannot remember if you wrote anything more than a kiss between these two, but with how much Maglor looks like Feanor, not surprising at all :grins:  (I may have written a little somethin somethin too with these two, just too much potential to leave alone!).  I am glad that Tindómion feels no guilt though, that it all feels so natural.  I understand Maglor taking his clue from Tindómion, I do hope they get a chance to explore this more.

I know it's the end of the weekend, but hope you are thinking of writing :)”

Well we are in luck, for work has been cancelled for a snow day tomorrow!  So once I get myself caught up, I shall post another chapter :D

This chapter was just so lovely, I cannot get over it!  I’ve read the Tindómion/Maglor part again!  I just love seeing them come together like that, and having that root of pain so immense…I cannot put it into words like you can, but my heart breaks and then it gets sewn back together when Tindómion accepts his father’s kiss and –for a time—takes the pain away.  It’s just such a beautiful scene!



Author's Response: (I may have written a little somethin somethin too with these two, just too much potential to leave alone!).

Woo-hoo! (Absolutely too much potential to leave alone!

Yay for snow days! I noticed you updated, so I just have to get up to date with some work and then I can settle down to read!

I just love seeing them come together like that, and having that root of pain so immense



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Date: January 26, 2015 Title: Chapter 23: Chapter 23 ~ The Ending of the Road ~

“Legolas called him Bainalph. He must have been the rearguard.” He was beautiful as a drowned moon, face marked, even as the moon's face was, by the sear of venom.

“Legolas was never here.” Glorfindel flicked the creature's blood from his blade.”

This felt so…cold.  Yet so true, for Bainalph was indeed unknown to them, just Thranduil’s companion.  And it made me think of all the times OCs are introduced in stories, or side characters in O-fic, and they are just killed off, just examples in our hero’s path that this scenes is/was dangerous, and look how close to death our hero came.  It really hit me like a blow. 

Van showed the compassion of his nature, and did not walk passed a fallen warrior, even one he did not know.  But Glorfindel would have.  His thoughts had already moved on to Legolas.  I was right there with Van wanting to hamstring Glorfindel for that.  This scene is so powerful, so painful, and I haven’t even read the reactions of those who had known and loved Bainalph. Bainalph’s death, as hard as it is turning out to read, is not one that will be forgotten.  The way you have written it is complex, pulling up things I don’t often see, and so powerful.  Now I am really hoping you will do something to bring back the Wood-elves’ souls! 

or Legolas to find sex shameful, and yet not be able to resist thee? That is the drug of power Glorfindel, is it not, to play another like a harp, to push them to breaking, to make them feel things they never dreamed of, to reduce them to toys, making them loathe themselves. Where is the respect in such behaiviour?”

This, exactly this.  Van understands it all, he understands what attracted Glorfindel to Legolas, but he showed the measure of the man he was every time he did not hurt Legolas (just as he never hurt Elgalad), and Glorfindel showed what kind of man he’d fallen to when he did.

Glorfindel says he knows regret, but I don’t feel it yet.  Not yet.  He still grasps too eagerly onto anger, when he should fall to his knees at the very thought of the vileness of his deeds.  He’s not there yet.  But I am still hoping he will get there.

“His surrender had reft him of his arrogance, the gilded cruelty, and finally Vanimórë could see something of the man he had been.”

Ah, yes it is coming now!  He offered himself in Legolas’ place, and did not pick up anger against Thranduil.  Finally, finally.  Be the glorious Glorfindel once more!  Be the golden lord of honor we all fell in love with!

“Vanimórë, wrenching away from a desire to kill them both, for how would this help Legolas or Gîl? turned away.”

I am with Van here, this will help no one.  Rape does not pay for rape, or torture, or whatever it is Thranduil plans to do with Glorfindel.  Thranduil will lose himself in darkness if he takes Glorfindel to Mirkwood, and while Glorfindel will change, undoubtedly learning what it is to be in Legolas’ place, that is not the path of compassion, of mercy.  Legolas should be the one to bring Glorfindel to his needs with the goodness of his soul because he is so much more then what Glorfindel would have made him in the darkness of his heart, not Thranduil with pain and humiliation.  Oh no, now I am all worried, but I trust you to work everything out.

You have such a talent for suspense, Spiced.  All these chapters, and I am still desperate for more!



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Date: January 26, 2015 Title: Chapter 24: Chapter 24 Soul Searching

Glorfindel would have made him a willing slave, thou wouldst have coddled him. His father, were Legolas with him now, would treat him like fragile glass. Under Mairon's aegis Legolas will grow into adulthood and strength. No-one will either use him or protect him. Thou wert forced to rely on none but thyself, and the result is...powerful.”

Hmm, what she says has truth, but so too does Van’s.  It looks like I get my wish and Sauron raises Gil, but Legolas gets to be with his son too!  Legolas will keep Gil balanced, keep him capable of love.  And I think that vision of the future Sauron showed will not be completely true, for as long as Legolas and Gil have each other they will not grow cold, for they will have love.  But Legolas will indeed not be the same person he is now when he returns.  And Van…ah he does feel deeply, but I would not say too deeply as Dana does.  It is his greatest strength: his compassion that never runs dry (not for those worthy of it), his desire to see the world cleaned of pain.  He would not be Van without that, and having that compassion makes him the man he is.  It has allowed him to survive and not become a cold, remote tool, nothing but a killing machine in Sauron’s hands.

Please, Vanimórë said, blood squeezing hard through his veins. Dana, I woke thee. Dost thou not owe me something? I have never begged thee for anything. I beg thee now. Take my life if thou wilt, but bring them back.”

This is so hard to read.  As Van begging his father was too.  As much as Van in concentrating on how much he wants to protect Legolas, I think he needs Legolas as much as Legolas needs him.  Someone to protect, someone to love, someone to be loved by, it is a shadow of Elgalad, and Van needs it.

:squeals:  Bainalph is not dead!  Oh, oh you tricked me, but I love it!  Yes, I can’t wait :D

I loved that moment at the last where they all linked hands, and how Glorfindel rose to the occasion, finally, finally becoming the man he once was.  He drew himself out of his own inward looking sight, spread a glance for something that was not connected to himself, and became again the kind of man who would carry children across the Helcaraxë.  I am crying now, it just makes me so happy to finally see him as he should be!



Author's Response: as long as Legolas and Gil have each other they will not grow cold, for they will have love. But Legolas will indeed not be the same person he is now when he returns. And Van



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Date: January 26, 2015 Title: Chapter 25: Chapter 25 ~ Hope, Always ~

Their unified fight against Mandos was stunning!

And then for all the beauty and unity to unravel, to strike at each other like starving dogs, ugg!  It was hard to read.  But then here comes Maglor being freaking awesome:

““Is it thy custom to mistreat hostages?” Maglor stepped between them. “Shame on the both of thee for allowing matters to come to this!” His eyes blazed mithril, and now he was the Maglor whom had held Maglor's Gap in Beleriand, had ridden to war against the hosts of Angband. “On thou, Glorfindel, for raping an innocent youth, on thou, Thranduil, for banishing Legolas, on both Imladris and the Forest for turning upon one another! And on the Valar forever.” He cursed. “Both of thee should know that we might have won the battle of Unnumbered Tears had Doriath and Nargothrond brought their forces. And now an ancient shadow grows in strength while thou turn inwards to fight one another. Hast thou learned nothing about division in the face of the enemy?””

Yes!  I loved this!  I loved seeming him step up, not letting the guilt over his past deeds cripple him and silence his clear eyes.  It was about time someone knocked some sense into Imladris and Mirkwood!

“Thou art thinking that slavery, ill-usage will pay for rape, that it will cleanse thee, be thy salvation. It will not. Thou must repent here.” He laid a hand on Glorfindel's breast. “In thy heart. Or it means naught. And even so, no-one but Legolas can forgive thee.”

Yes, this.  Van sees to the heart of the matter.  He understands.  I wonder what Glorfindel is planning now, for Van is right, surrendering to slavery is not like Glorfindel, and yet…if it could end the war?  Would Glorfindel, the one who once was, sacrifice himself?

And now Van has left!  I confess, I am worried about Van leaving like this.  He pushed aside the guilt and self-recrimination for the sake for the pursuit, but it will crash now, won’t it?  And he will be all alone when the storm comes.  He should not be alone.  And yet, he always is.  This was indeed just a brief few months of beauty and companionship in a bleak life.

Arrg!  This is making me so sad!  And yet that there is no happy ending is such a truth of life, though it is a hard one to read.  I love this.  Still one more chapter to go!  What a day this has been, such a pleasure to read this magnificent story :D



Author's Response: Yes! I loved this! I loved seeming him step up, not letting the guilt over his past deeds cripple him and silence his clear eyes. It was about time someone knocked some sense into Imladris and Mirkwood!

You are right, and now Maglor has to go back to Imladris and see what it's like there, which will enrage him, as they'll want war, but can't have it - we hope. And to him it really will be the ultimate in stupidity. He accepts what he's done (which is not to say he wouldn't do it again!) but his vision is clear.

I am worried about Van leaving like this. He pushed aside the guilt and self-recrimination for the sake for the pursuit, but it will crash now, won