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Title: F by Esteliel
Rated: Mature [Reviews - 4]
Summary: Right after weapons and silmarils, F
Category: Fiction
Characters: Fëanor, Glorfindel, Legolas
Content: AU, Slash
Challenge: None
Series: None
Chapters: 1 | Completed: Yes | Word count: 2591 | Read count: 3036

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Published: June 30, 2011 | Updated: June 30, 2011


Reviewer: ziggy Signed
Date: January 28, 2012 Title: Chapter 1: Chapter 1

I lose count of the number of times I have read this. I think I have reviewed it elsewhere but not here- I just need to say it is one of the most intensely erotic fics ever- all three magnificant elves in the same room, together and a needy, begging Legolas- what more could one ask?



Title: Through The Mirror Of Fire by Esteliel
Rated: Mature [Reviews - 5]
Summary: Legolas' fate seems to be settled when he is sold as a slave to the Tarb of T
Category: Fiction
Characters: Legolas, Maglor
Content: Angst, AU, Slash
Challenge: None
Series: None
Chapters: 1 | Completed: Yes | Word count: 3961 | Read count: 2590

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Reviewer: ziggy Signed
Date: August 02, 2012 Title: Chapter 1: Chapter 1

This is such a lovely story- popped up on the random story and I could not resist reading it again, slowly and at leisure, which is how it deserves to be read. Certainly one of my favourites of all time, and one of the most beautifully written



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?
~~~
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.
~~~
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.
~~~
He falls instead into the hands of the Dark Prince, the son of Sauron, who understands neglect and abuse only too well...
~~~
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: 102722

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Reviewer: ziggy Signed
Date: April 16, 2012 Title: Chapter 29: Chapter 29 ~ Shadows In The Halls Of Memory ~

How do you dothis lyrical, perfect prose so consistently?

A wolf howl. Legolas had never heard the sound, but he knew what it was. His people had known it in the deeps of time, and ever after. Heart bounding high and fast, he leaned to unloose the tent-flaps. Chill air whispered in, and the mountain night opened about him, roofless, immense. A horned moon scythed low in the south, and stars dazzled the sky. For a moment he let their light pour into his eyes and then turned as a figure moved nearby. Vanimórë. Legolas had seen before how his eyes retained their colour in the dark. 

And this

There had been another with him, a tall slender man, creamy hair in a multitude of braids, long-lidded gilded-green eyes, and a face startling in its delicate beauty. He had not spoken to Legolas, neither had Celeirdúr introduced him, which even then had seemed discourteous, but there had been the flicker of a smile on a sultry mouth, a long, summing, and not unfriendly look.

 

 

aaaahhh - how very very deeply satisfying this description is in terms of language- perfect, succinct, not overwhelming and utterly sensuously gorgeous.



Author's Response: If you, Ziggy, like it, I am thrilled, because of the stunning way you write.
I read somewhere the other day that writing is like exercising a muscle; you have to keep doing it. I agree, but in the above cases, I *see* and *feel* what I imagine the characters see and feel, then it's a matter of trying to find words. *Sweatdrop*.
So thank-you, so much. I appreciate your encouragement very much!



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: 156198

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Reviewer: ziggy Signed
Date: August 24, 2013 Title: Chapter 18: Chapter 18 ~ To Keep An Oath ~

I love Tanout. His couragous devotion to Van is inspiring and deserved. Vanimore must at some point see that he IS worhty if such men as Tanout love him. And Shemar's equalled devetion to Tanout is deeply touching- a real love story there.



Author's Response: Tanout is a good man. Van does have a way of inspiring devotion, and *not* just with the men whom he sleeps with! (Which is not all that many, really).



Reviewer: ziggy Signed
Date: August 25, 2013 Title: Chapter 19: Chapter 19 ~ Shadow Paths ~

Breathless tension withShelob acarier than Tolkien ever made her- in lotr she is just horrifying- here she is truly a nightmare.



Author's Response: I find sometimes it's more frightening to not see something, but to hear it and imagine it.



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Date: August 25, 2013 Title: Chapter 20: Chapter 20 ~ The Eastern Winds ~

This is wonderfully evocative- the sense of foreignness and exotic folk - not only the slaves but Imir himself who reminds me of Tanout with his great integrity- he's one of Vanimore's men but has not yet been 'found' and would follow him with Tanout's devotion I am sure. I like the fact that the Mage- however creepy- is right about Sauron too- and the orc cities are reminiscnet of the half orcs in Magnificat- capable of organisation and order but not civilization.



Author's Response: I have so much more interest in the people of the East and South than I do in the folk of Gondor and Rohan. I have no idea why, except that they're supposed to follow the 'Dark' which is true, Sauron was their Overlord, but the majority were not evil people, I think. They had cultures and civilization, and were as complex as any other people. Vanim



Reviewer: ziggy Signed
Date: July 27, 2011 Title: Chapter 2: Chapter 2 ~ The Fruits Of The Soul ~

Oh. This is the most perfect writing ever. Ever word, every phrase like poetry but intense with action and emotion. 

I am supposed to be at this very moment leaving to go on holiday and just could not go without finishing it and without telling you, Sian, that this is the most gorgeous writing ever. Love the bit where G runs his hand through L hair and one strand catches in his fingers- like a ring- yes, that reference is not lost. 

Will read and review again when I get back.

Love

Ziggy



Author's Response:

h, Ziggy thank-you so much for reviewing when you are going on holiday! I hope you have a lovely time. Thank-you so much for your kind words. I got emotional over writing this, as the intensity wore me out, and I thought it would be awful, but I got to the stage where I was writing and re-writing and couldn't see the wood for the trees any-more. Thank-you!



Reviewer: ziggy Signed
Date: August 29, 2011 Title: Chapter 3: Chapter 3 ~ Memory Is A Doorway ~

Spiced Wine -how apt your name is. This is like drinking a rich wine and the words just open images in my imagination so effortlessly. There is not a scene I cannot see in every detail, not an expression missed. I had to re-read the whole thing just to savour it. The emotional themes are so complex and full, so Maglor cherishes a child really in Legolas and sees the potential effect of his own crime. And even Sauron seems to have been a little the hand of justice here ironically, but in my mind, you have created such sympathy for Maglor I find it very hard to see him as a rapist (although you never let me forget that) and Van and Legolas share a fate. And your descriptions of Thranduil's turmoil are supserb. His complicated denial of his feelings are of course, at some point going to have to be confronted and Bainalph seems to read him like no other. 

I have theory about the one who looked out for Legolas- that gentleness, either Elvyr or I did wonder if this was a portent of Elgalad because you have not really told us yet what HIS powers are and I have a suspicion about him being more than he seems. (I could be completely wrong though!) It would be intersting to see it as Elvyr becasue that way might heal Thradnuil also - and that twining of the two sons in his mind is intersting.

In reading the previous chapters again, I have to say the image of Legolas' hair is lovely- just a light image but so full of significance.And the slo-mo of the elves riding to the rescue- sigh. Gorgeous.



Author's Response:

Oh Ziggy, thank-you so much. {hugs!}

in my mind, you have created such sympathy for Maglor I find it very hard to see him as a rapist (although you never let me forget that)

Maglor's crime was a long time ago, but it acted on him like a poison that eventually drove him mad. He can't forgive himself, so the subject can't be dropped. It's very unlikely he ever will forgive himself, as he's not the kind of man to think it's acceptable, even in war.

His complicated denial of his feelings are of course, at some point going to have to be confronted and Bainalph seems to read him like no other

Thank-you again; I am very glad I can manage to describe Thranduil's emotional turmoil. I think Bainalph reads him because he loves him, and Thranduil has made himself so aloof that although Celeirdúr and Galuron love him, and his lords, they are aware there is a barrier they can't cross. Bainalph sees the man behind that barrier.

I have theory about the one who looked out for Legolas- that gentleness, either Elvyr or I did wonder if this was a portent of Elgalad because you have not really told us yet what HIS powers are and I have a suspicion about him being more than he seems.

This is going through my mind too. Elgalad, (what and who he is) is only revealed in Weapons of the Gods, but if he is in this AU, he will be the same being. The 'twinning' of Elvýr and Legolas is something I am thinking about deeply.

I have to say the image of Legolas' hair is lovely- just a light image but so full of significance.

I am so glad you liked that. Thank-you for the lovely review!

The slow motion idea was of the way people see things apparently happening slowly when under great stress, and sometimes in dream. I was imagining it actually as a film-shot, d;-) and how I would film it if it was, with so much going on but in such a short space of time. And to those who took part in it and witnessed, it did seem as if the world slowed down to honey. 

 



Reviewer: ziggy Signed
Date: September 15, 2011 Title: Chapter 4: Chapter 4 ~ Concourse ~

oh WOW!!!!!!!

There is so much in this that I enjoyed- really really enjoyed, savoured, like a feast! I know I have said this before - but how true it is. Got to read every word all over again.

I think I am most satisfied with the fact that Vanimore and Maglor and Tindomion all disapporve so compeltely of Glorfindel - not only the rape, but his desire to subjugate Legolas. And I think you have preapred the way thoroughly now for Glorfindel's humbling of himself that HAS to come before Legolas could possilby accept him. And the reaction Legoals has is so credible, utterly real. 

And the philosophical elements of this chapter are really extraordinary. From Sauron's thoughts about the nature of spirit, falling through PLACE (wonderful thought!) to the fabulous idea of Ristas faer (oh, I am so jealous of that idea!!!). Just complete and sumptuous!



Author's Response: Thank-you so much, Ziggy!
Glorfindel's just such the antithesis of humility, and his and Legolas relationship in her series is that of Dom/sub, which Legolas likes, but rape is different, Glorfindel absolutely does have to believe he needs to be forgiven. Legolas has been with Van two or three months, and has come to trust him and feel cared for in a way he never has before, so I suppose his reaction was the only credible one, at this moment in time.

Sauron knows what happened but does not believe it could have been caused by the Elves, and that is bothering him.

The ristas faer is not really original, so feel free to use it. Beruthiel's Cat was telling me of a native American tribe who, if one of their warriors is going to die, sings or chants a last death song, so I really just borrowed that and made it into a 'soul song'. Since there is the Great Music, and every-one is within it, I imagined the Elves souls, with all their love of Middle-earth singing this last song, a lament and love of the Earth and every-one and everything they hold in their heart. I am so pleased some readers liked it. :)

Thank-you so much for the review!



Reviewer: ziggy Signed
Date: October 14, 2011 Title: Chapter 4: Chapter 4 ~ Concourse ~

Have I told you yet how much Ilove this chapter- the scenes between Thradnuil and Bainalph, between VAnimore and Legolas, I am afraid I hate Glorfindel in this! Not from your writing but his destructive cruelty and absolute arrogance. You write him so well. You write them all so well.



Author's Response: Thank-you so very much, Ziggy. Yes, Glorfindel is hateful, and did something monstrous. He has a long way to go, which is just as well really, as the series is kind of tailored around the mental or spiritual journeys as well as physical ones. There is no easy 'kiss and make up' in such a situation (and never has been in Esteliel's original work either.)
I was surprised, but understood when Legolas declared he would prefer to be with Vanim



Reviewer: ziggy Signed
Date: October 14, 2011 Title: Chapter 5: Chapter 5 ~ A Time of Pain and Healing

OMG!!!!!!!!

SAURON is accpeted into the closer circle now! That is terrifiying. 

I love this chapter. I love how you make Legolas stronger and sweeter, shades of Elgalad but not him. And love that final scene- sweetly erotic and absolutely loving. So glad you saved Tanout and have him with Shemar. Both deserve someone.



Author's Response: Sauron's kind of slipped under the radar very well, partly because Van is concentrating on something else, and when a mountain is right in front of your eyes, you basically see some rock, not the whole mountain. And it's been 500 years. Van knows Sauron is not gone forever, but that's still enough time for him to 'breathe'.
Legolas, I think, desperately wants to show he's not baggage, he's not useless, and he is worth something. Of course he is not useless; he did learn things in the Greenwood, and listened and watched. Now he has had a chance to do *something*, and clearly has some gifts he did not expect. Van has no healing gifts. He knows some remedies, and would know how to set bones etc, from long experience, but Legolas has something more.
Tanout and Shemar do need each other; it will give both a chance to grow, as really any-one who's Van's lover, unless they're Elven and as alpha as he is, after a while, going to feel overwhelmed, and Tanout is a young man who will now have some-one younger, and damaged, to look after, which will be good for him and Shemar too.
Thank-you for review again! :)



Reviewer: ziggy Signed
Date: October 14, 2011 Title: Chapter 7: Chapter 7 ~ A Night at the Edge of the World ~

Wow. Well I htough the last chapter was steamy, but that was nothing compared with this. I think htis has t be one of the most pwerfully sexual and erotic pieves of writing ever! Where do I start? Perhaps witht e descriptions of the two characeters - just breathtakingly beautiful an dpowerful and so present, so real, so strong and thrilling. Thradnuil is completely dominant, but Bainalph is never entirely submissive, and certainly never anything but a powerful elf-lord and prince.



Author's Response: Wow. thank-you, Ziggy.
I had such a strong 'scene' in my mind when thinking about this and during writing, and I thought 'No way ever is this going to come across if any-one reads it, because the gap between what I imagine and what I personally have the ability to form into words is unbridgeable.'
Words are phenomenal, but I feel mine are so clumsy, like trying to write copperplate with a raggedy old mop. You and the reviewers who 'felt' and commented really have given me a huge glow!



Reviewer: ziggy Signed
Date: October 16, 2011 Title: Chapter 7: Chapter 7 ~ A Night at the Edge of the World ~

Ah, Sian- I had to read this again. It is the MOST erotic thing I think I have ever read. Bainalph is just the essence of eroticism, his  lustful submission that is really no submission at all but a complete seduction is just utterly wanton, as you say, or rather as Thranduil recognises. And Thranduil is so much more then he seems - and I am releived because I am a real Thranduil fan so these last two scenes have left me absolutely replete. 



Author's Response: Oh, bless you, Ziggy.
I like Thranduil too, although he's not a character I ever read much of. I decided if I ever did, I would take what canon suggested, but explore him myself, and using Esteliel's story and background proved to be the springboard where I could do that. No man who had to kill his own son could be less than incredibly damaged and complex. (Van killed his own sister. He ought to understand, and I wonder if he'll come to? It's Legolas' lack of nurture that is really enraging him, as well as Glorfindel's rape at the moment, since Van would have loved to have a child, and cannot. Elgalad was a kind of substitute child for a time. ) That's what I want to explore, because the Thranduil that *was* is still there.
And yes, I did try to write Bainalph's submission as seduction. He really is incredibly wanton, but he's not shallow, and there was obviously this huge 'surge' between them from when they first properly met which has never died because there was never indifference.
I'm writing of them now in Magnificat, so I hope when this horrible bug finishes with me, to have that up soon, then back to this.
Thank-you so much. :)



Reviewer: ziggy Signed
Date: October 26, 2011 Title: Chapter 8: Chapter 8 ~ Naked To Truth ~

Ah-where on earth do I start? THranduil is so absolutely glorious! So utterly dominant and powerful and magnificent! EVERYTHING I could possibly want — as are all your characters. They seem so much more than the Elves Tolkien imagined-as you have said before, he wrote epics and certainly LOTR is quite two dimensional and very much of its time-still wonderful but in focusing on the plot, he sacrificed the character- and my dearest Spiced, you do not. I can't pick out one or two lines because every phrase and every image is poetry-in that there are layers and layers of meaning within each scene, each thought.



Reviewer: ziggy Signed
Date: November 19, 2011 Title: Chapter 9: Chapter 9 ~ Introspection ~

Ah- so frustraiting- I am on my way out and htis pops up. I have glanced becaue I cant resisit... glorious writing!



Author's Response: Awww, thank-you for looking, Ziggy. I do appreciate that, thank-you, and enjoy yourself!



Reviewer: ziggy Signed
Date: November 20, 2011 Title: Chapter 8: Chapter 8 ~ Naked To Truth ~

I just had to go back and read this chapter again- the richness and complexity of it still stuns me, and that glorious submission that is so much a gift of love from Bainalph. How much he gives Thranduil



Author's Response: Wow, Ziggy. I am just off to hit the hay, but really 'rich and complex'? Really? You have completely made my entire week. I've always wanted to write something 'rich and complex', and am convinced chapters like this suck like a huge sucky thing. I'm not even sure how I write them. I know what they *ought* to be like, but mentally scribble 'Must try harder' in red pen underneath. So, just thank-you so much!!



Reviewer: ziggy Signed
Date: November 20, 2011 Title: Chapter 9: Chapter 9 ~ Introspection ~

Argh! Just spent ages writing a review only for the site to crash and wipe the review.



Reviewer: ziggy Signed
Date: December 21, 2011 Title: Chapter 10: Chapter 10 ~ Strange and Fragile Barriers ~

I think htis is glorious, Spiced Wine. It starts with this deeply beautiful image of the forest pacing like some great cat and you do this with the landscapes- make them alive in ways that Tolkien never does.

Oh, and Bainalph (have I told you recenlty how much I love Bainalph?!) and Thranduil - your Thranduil is like no other- steamy hot, emotionally charged and I feel he is always at boiling point, ready to erupt at any moment - all that lovely pent up aggression and sexual tension. (You get this at a differnt point in Magnificat). That 'venom' in his blood- that itch beyond endurance.

Thranduil pressed his hands to his head, closed his eyes, his face gone stark.



Reviewer: ziggy Signed
Date: January 14, 2012 Title: Chapter 11: Chapter 11 ~ The Winds of the Night ~

Third time I have read this now and I am still incoherent. The words just are so rich and conjure such images. The Earthblood scene is amazing- absolutely archetypal, and as so much of your wiritng, resonates somehow more deeply because it touches those archetypes, but I could not say how- and frankly, I don't want to . It would disturb the loveliness of it. 

The twinning now almost of Thranduil and Glorfindel, and Legolas and Bainalph, but at the same time at complete opposites, takes this so far beyond fanfic (I know I have sad this before but I really have to say it over and over). Where BAinalph is wanting and pursuing, Legolas is pursued and guilt ridden where Bainalph is free and so generous. And Thranduil in rejecting his lover is really rejecting that brutality he dislikes too, in himself. But Glorfindel has, until recently, gloried in it. Such complexities.

And every word is perfect.



Author's Response: Wow, thank-you Ziggy. I am trying to write an image and a feeling about it (aren't we all :) without trying to think about it too much myself. The Earthblood just felt right in the context of Thranduil, and the wood-Elves. I am so glad it read as I was envisaging it!

Where BAinalph is wanting and pursuing, Legolas is pursued and guilt ridden where Bainalph is free and so generous. And Thranduil in rejecting his lover is really rejecting that brutality he dislikes too, in himself. But Glorfindel has, until recently, gloried in it. Such complexities.

That happened kind of organically I think; again, I didn't think about it, but it's how people with the same kind of tastes and personalities can act and react and be so different from one another -- and so alike. Then it becomes a different kind of journey to crossing part of the world, or at least, the two journeys can't be separated.
Thank-you so very much for your kind words!



Reviewer: ziggy Signed
Date: April 16, 2012 Title: Chapter 12: Chapter 12 ~ Fathers and Sons ~

Oh wow!!!!!! I don't often feel that but really- wow! You had me completely lulled by that sensuous flirtation, that 'rill of danger' with Sauron, so knowing, so damned clever and pleased with himself, and Vanimore so uncharacteristically relxed and then bam! You unleash this.

And all of that after the thrilling communication between Thranduil and Legolas  -

'Green vines swarmed up and around his body. The earth exhaled, and a wind caught his hair; leaves scattering through the blowing cloud. In that instant of power Sauron saw Legolas not as a frightened youngster, but a tall Elf secure in his strength, a great war-bow pulled to full tension. Then the ground breathed in, the wind was sucked back. Sauron, in the baffled confusion, cast a glance back, saw the tendrils of power withdraw into the dim north.'

Loved that 'muscular pour of water' - how absiolutely accurate is that- I was sooo jealous when I read that!!!

I love this reference to the Green Man and also to the sense and recognistion of Legoals becming adult- maturing and making decisions that will lead him to the Legolas of hte Fellowship and later. As always, gorgeous gorgeous writing that is complete and sensuous and rivetting. 



Author's Response: The Green Man. You got that :D I had just been reading about it, and I couldn't resist connecting it with the wood-Elves.
That communication did affect Legolas a lot more than he yet realizes, but it was he, not any-one else, who saw the consequences of his father's proposed 'sacrifice' of Glorfindel (Not that it would be that easy to capture him, and it *is* more likely they would try and kill one another.) His horizon has broadened now from thinking of himself and his son, to the wider world. Van was right when he said 'We grow through pain, and love and responsibility' so the time was right for that kind of *shock* into deeper vision and maturity. Legolas has some much potential, and he will come into it probably without even realizing it, as people do. he's also soaked up a great deal from watching Van.

Unfortunate Sauron saw the Thranduil/Legolas connection, because this is why he'll go to Amon Lanc, and make it Dol Guldur -- his interest in the wood-Elves has been thoroughly piqued.

Muscular pour of water. Do you like that? That, again, is one of those phrases that came out of the blue, and didn't need working on. If only everything were that easy!

Thank-you so much (again) for your continued encouragement, Ziggy. I'm so grateful to you and my reviewers.



Reviewer: ziggy Signed
Date: August 10, 2012 Title: Chapter 11: Chapter 11 ~ The Winds of the Night ~

This scene has been haunting me recently and I had to re-read it, just the sheer power and physicality of Thranduil is overwhelming, and his connection the Earth blood - such  a scen -it is burned into my imagination.



Author's Response: Oh, thank-you so much, Ziggy! I am so pleased you would read it again, and liked the way I tried to depict Thranduil; that was what I was attempting, so I am thrilled that it worked for some-one! :)



Reviewer: ziggy Signed
Date: September 29, 2012 Title: Chapter 13: Chapter 13 ~ Bonfires of Grief ~

Is this the third or fourth time I have read this now? And each time, there's more

 

The night was cool, dry as salt

Love that image- wish I'd thought of it!

 

And that complex relationship between Sauron and Vanimore, how he stays hidden adn so close, how he admires what he has created- you are carefully seeding the future arent you - for the Weapons of the the Gods. I need ot go and read it all again! I need a sabbatical just so I can indulge myself and read it all in one go!

 

Vanimore's strength and redemption is always his compassion, and he is their dark avenger too - like Kali, but merciless when there is no excuse - I havent expressed that very elegantly but I have said it many times. And you do write erotica so well!!!



Author's Response: Ziggy, you are so kind to read this again, and review it here and on AO3. I have been getting huge hit count jumps on this and all my work on this site, but I can't tell if people are enjoying it or not because they don't review :\ so I appreciate it very much.
you are carefully seeding the future arent you - for the Weapons of the the Gods.
Yes I am 8D There will be a spectacular showdown which may not go as planned.
I am enjoying exploring a less written part of Vanim



Reviewer: ziggy Signed
Date: September 29, 2012 Title: Chapter 13: Chapter 13 ~ Bonfires of Grief ~

It disappoints me that folk arent reviewing her in particualr- because THAT is our responsibilty to each other I htink- even if its just one line. I have noticed a definite falling off of reviews too- and hits for me so I'm really glad you are getting them - as you should! 

 

But yes, your exploration of that relationship is fascinating in all your work- there are layers and layers and layers. I do beleive you are one of the greatest fanfic writer though-genuinely and honestly. I read what you write and I really wish I could create like that - and I know I cant. Genuilnely. Honestly. You take ME beyond anything Tolkien imagined.



Author's Response: Oh, well - I am not sure hit counts mean anything, really. People could be clicking one one page and reading five words and hitting the back button. LD (Probably!) I'll never know. But the fandom has slowed down a lot even in the past year. I hope (for the fandom's sake) that The Hobbit films will inject a lot of enthusiasm back into it (:)

I read what you write and I really wish I could create like that - and I know I cant.

Bah! What is this stuff and nonsense. You already have and do. All I do, is often write 'outside' the places Tolkien explored, and there is nothing amazing about that. I just like maps :D



Reviewer: ziggy Signed
Date: October 29, 2012 Title: Chapter 14: Chapter 14 ~ Songs in the Wasteland ~

This just gets richer and more complex every time you update. The subtlety of Osulf/Sauron slips just a fraction here and everything in me is screaming to Van- He's behind you!!! That dialogue is loaded with irony and foreboding, the not-quite questions and answers veiled in not-quite honesty and not-quite loes. Sauron the Deceiver indeed.

And how Legolas IS changed. It has been so gradual and delicately written, but just that note of muscle, the determination not to leave Tanout, says everything and both Thranduil and Glorfindel will find a very changed Legolas fianlly.

 

There are such gorgeous descriptions as always but I htink the imagery for Mordor and the surrounding lands is really wonderful- the sense of the Morannon being a mouth, or maw is perfectyl done- empty but tstill thrwtenting and not toothless by any means. The sens eof weight, of darkness like a claok, everything weights it down, and hte fact that only one spring remains clear and tastes of the Wood suggests that the malevloence is still creeping forwards.

 

And finally, the eroticism of Legolas' swooning sensuality, so like Bainalph now. LOvely.

Scuse the typos- its very late.



Author's Response: The subtlety of Osulf/Sauron slips just a fraction here and everything in me is screaming to Van- He's behind you!!!

Lol, that was deliberate. Sauron is hmm, becoming more excited, more anticipatory of what will shortly happen (if it works out) and Vanim



Reviewer: ziggy Signed
Date: January 22, 2013 Title: Chapter 15: Chapter 15 ~ To The Edge of the Shadow ~

Oh my - what are you doing to me, Spiced! You go from this incredible irony -“I would still have you,” Osulf continued. “I think you would be quite astonishing.” He laughed, swept his hair back over his shoulders.