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100 drabbles with Elrond Half-Elven trough the ages, focussing on the creation of and the living in Rivendell.
Characters: Celebrķan, Elladan, Elrohir, Elrond, Erestor
Chapters: 17 | Completed: No | Word count: 1808 | Read count: 9391
Published: July 05, 2013 | Updated: September 08, 2017
Date: September 09, 2017 Title: Chapter 14: Experience
Oh! What a lovely scene and great juxtaposition of the ideas of the two Fėanorions.
Rated: General Audiences [Reviews - 152]
Thranduil strikes a bargain with his fiery neighbour.
Smaug is dead and Esgaroth is devastated. Thranduil arrives with help
The story of how the black arrow that killed Smaug came to Bard. 'Black Arrow!" said the bowman. "Black arrow! I have saved you to the last. You have never failed me and always I have recovered you. I had you from my father and he from of old. If ever you came from the forges of the true King under the Mountain, go now and speed well!"
It was brought from the Lonely Mountain, from the forges of the true King under the Mountain. But it was taken from Smaug’s horde by someone quite unexpected.
The story of how the Black Arrow came to be in Bard’s hands, and how Legolas got his tattoo.
Chapters: 29 | Completed: No | Word count: 129453 | Read count: 12989
Published: November 01, 2013 | Updated: October 15, 2017
Date: May 09, 2017 Title: Chapter 23: Chapter 23
I didn't know there was a new chapter up! Love love love this chapter. I would hug it if I could!
Legolas and Anglach are just so absolutely adorable in this, I could hug them both. Their tender concern for Bilbo, their relaxed attitude to the whole parley. Anglach trying to feed Bilbo soup--oh my heart--how can he be any more sweet? Legolas singing Bilbo to sleep--I've always thought he did that for the hobbits when the Fellowship was traveling together--it's lovely it started here. . Really their overwhelming concern for Bilbo, over all the other things going on was endearing.
And Laersul!! I love Laersul--he's just a such a solid, reassuring, steadfast presence. So observant and kind. I am so happy he was so concerned about how Bilbo's actions affected Anglach and Legolas and gently schooled Bilbo about that. But oh my goodness! Does Gandalf find out about the ring now??
THank you again, Nelya.
Yes- Gandalf needs to be told about the ring now, and Thranduil certainly knows about it as he says that bit about Bilbo's shadow.
I'm always so glad you like Anglach and Legola sin this- they are a bit daft but so sweet as you say. And Iadmit I ma madly in love with Laersul - he's my hero!!
Thank you for reviewing on both sites my dear. It means a lot.
Rated: Mature [Reviews - 25]
Fingon is recently come of age. Maedhros is recently returned to Tirion. Together they forge an everlasting friendship. Maedhros comes to terms with aspects of himself. Together, the two face the conservative social customs and politics of Noldorin society. Maedhros/Fingon. Depression. Politics of Sexuality.
Characters: Fėanor, Fingolfin, Fingon, Maedhros, Nerdanel
Content: Angst, Explicit Sex, Hurt/Comfort, Slash
Chapters: 9 | Completed: Yes | Word count: 33683 | Read count: 2734
Published: December 03, 2015 | Updated: September 22, 2017
Date: September 19, 2017 Title: Chapter 1: Chapter 1: Come of Age
I read this all through, in one sitting. I love both Maedhros and Fingon and their relationship. You did such a wonderful job with them both. Poor Maitimo--so burdened, so conflicted, so torn. I had my suspicions that Findekano understood far more than he was letting on and that he was hinting far more than Maitimo was realizing. A lovely progression of their story to their mutual confessions and act of love
Author's Response: Oh wow, thank you for this review! I really enjoyed writing this story, offering me an opportunity to sit with these two. I cannot get enough of them, and of course Findekano understood fare more than he was letting on, our sly elf. And Maitimo, I love him as a character and love to play with his characterization. Your review also served to remind me that I never posted the concluding chapter here on Faerie!!!
Rated: Teen [Reviews - 63]
Characters: Aragorn, Elladan, Elrohir, Elrond, Gimli, Glorfindel, Legolas
Chapters: 16 | Completed: No | Word count: 28967 | Read count: 4821
Published: April 22, 2016 | Updated: November 05, 2017
Date: October 31, 2017 Title: Chapter 14: Chapter 14
Legolas completely irreverent impression of the members of the Fellowship is priceless here! Unvarnished. At least he realizes this may not be so much an honor as a suicide mission!
"Four small people with no shoes" so funny.
And poor Elrohir isn't going to like this one bit!
Oh you are so right .. . Elrohir is NOT going to like it. Am in the middle of that conversation at the moment.
Its not going well. :-)
Date: January 03, 2017 Title: Chapter 10: Chapter 10
This story is so entertaining. Each of the characters makes me laugh. Nice to see an update.
Thanks. Needed a break from the angst! This is easy to write because I don't have to worry too much about grammer or form...it just flows on out!
Rated: General Audiences [Reviews - 184]
Date: November 10, 2017 Title: Chapter 23: Chapter 23 Entrapment
Well there is no way I'm going to fall asleep tonight! Should have likely waited till morning to read that. My goodness Ziggy--the sheer menace and trepidation of this chapter--I practically had palpitations. From Faramir and Aragorn's encounter with Bearos to the discomfort the cat still gives me to the terrifying buildup of the last scene with Legolas and that horrific mirror! I knew it was a wild goose chase for Gandalf and Gimli! Just a way to get them out of the picture and use the Gimli note Bearos had. I still have chills from poor Legolas and how he kept trying to convince himself he wasn't afraid, using his memories of his brothers. :(
It was utterly creepy. Well done making my skin crawl!
I do hope you have recovered and slept properly last night after I traumatised you;) Thank you for saying such very nice things. It took ages to get this chaper right so it's gratifying to know I scared so many!!
What I'm really pleased about is that you KNEW it was a wild good chase and that note was just there, lurking, ready to be used. I can't say any more for spoilers:) but thank you for reading and reviewing.
Date: October 23, 2017 Title: Chapter 22: Chapter 22 Lothlorien
Elrohir's thoughts on his various relatives here made me laugh. As did his expected grumpiness.
He is less overshadowed by the menace he felt on the road but glimpses of the past and his darkness still peek through. I am glad he was able to repress his jealousy of Tindimion and that he let Elrond in again.
Arwen is adorable--her lightheartedness but laser like focus on her brother and his mood/condition.
It is good to see him be open to himself about his much he loves Legolas.
And it was nice to see Legolas pining for Elrohir back in the city!
Trust the lovely hobbits to cheer him up. I liked the fact that he can laugh at the story of the dwarves in the cells and that he can bring himself to talk about my dear Anglach ( I have still not forgiven you). He needs to speak about Anglach and the hobbits are a good place to start. His bond with Pippin in this story is lovely and so right.
I needed to give poor Elrohir a break really! And I find myself writing Arwen really positively although I find her irritating in both movie and book- she doesn't really do anything but fulfil the stereotyical role of Princess, and I think I just can't be doing with that.
You are not the only one to be cross with me about Anglach's death - I wish I had written Black Arrow first because he would not have died then- although it does explain why Thranduil is so frgiving and tolerant- he knows something- that Anglach will not long survive.
Thank you for the swift review my dear! You know how important they are in a slowing down fandom. Keeps you posting:)
Date: August 15, 2017 Title: Chapter 19: Chapter 19 Pursuit
Ziggy!!! I was so stressed out and worried reading that chapter! I think I may be as furious with Legolas as Gimli is!! He shouldn't have been there alone in the first place and should have hightailed it out of there when he saw that creepy face!! Scaling walls in a rainstorm! I can't believe Gimli is actually going to go with Gandalf and let Legolas out of his sight.
You've even made me suspicious of the cat!! I know it's cute and skinny and sad but I'm suspicious of EVERYONE right now.
I immediately thought of the face in the mirror when you described the features Legolas saw. Something has escaped the mirror I'm afraid. Ugh.
Now I want Maedhros to appear to battle this thing like he did with the other mirror at Ost-in-edhil! If this thing is as fast as Legolas thinks it might be a match for even him. But maybe not a first age elf or Maia.
I worry about what Elrohir felt on the road-it's all related and I a, so uneasy.
Talk about building up the tension!!! Can't wait for the update!!
Haha! The cat ! Yes-creepy cat spy that's insinuated itself into the house of the fellowship. Over on Ao3 there has been a bit of a cat name competiton and here it's a Nazgul spy:)
I deliberately frighten myself when I am writing thse things- try to be on my own at night and imagine orcs, nazgul creepy things so I use my own scaredness (?!) to help me write. The face at the window is inspired by Henry James' The Turn of the Screw, which is one of the creepiest stories I have ever read.
Oh- wouldn't it be wonderful for Maedhros to be freed from the mirror and fight this thing- but it is not First Age so will not bring him. (I thought I'd be somewhere else in the story -thought I'd be back in Phellanthir but this story seems not to be going there so I'm thinking this won't get to that point- might need a further sequel)
Elrohir is in danger- yes. Maybe not quite now- but soon.
Thank you for the review, Nelya.
Date: August 23, 2017 Title: Chapter 20: Chapter 20 The House of the Dead
There is so much Aragorn needs to know. I am pleased although surprised that Gandalf is entrusting Gimli with this information. The memories of the other mirror and Glorfindel were as chilling as the first time. I love the references to Celebrimbor and Gimli knowing his preferences. I had a bad feeling when Gimli saw his own face with no distortion that the mirror has been tampered with or stolen. The plot about the guards of this place thickens.
I fear for Elrohor now--this mirror is tied to him in some way and that terrifies me.
Such tension and unease set up in this chapter Ziggy!
Legolas thoughts on the creature he saw near Dol Guldur and the references the Thuringwethil were well done. It does sound like a vampire.
He CANNOT be allowed out by himself again!! You think the four hobbits can take him?
Legolas you ridiculous Elf--relishing the fact that the cat was sick on Gimli's slippers!!
Glaurung?? Now I am even more suspicious of this cat--the heavy footsteps worry me.
I think frodo gives good advice--I like the fact that Legolas finds it hard to deny frodo anything,
I laughed at the image of hobbits perpetually eating with brief smoke breaks!
Bearas is up to something with that mirror I know it! That ring of his!
Hm. Yes- maybe you're right about Gandalf trusting Gimli with this info- there is a development that this sort of helps along a bit of course, but maybe it was a bit soon...it was as much as anything a plot device to remind readers/ tell first time readers what the mirror at Phellanthir was all about otherwise they would be mystified about the fuss. A bit of me really wants Gimli to have a chance to examine the mirror, but that would be so dangerous!!
Thank you for your very kind comments, Nelya. Making me blush.
Hahaa! Glauring's heavy footsteps!! Yes! But my cat sounds like an elephant when she comes downstairs- so perhaps that's just me:) Everything else is spot on! Bearas is defintely invovled - but he is trapped inside the Ring almost and it controls him (JUst written a quite horrific scene for the next chapter and wondering if I've gone too far...) But he is being controlled by the Nine, so it would be cruel. I think I'll get some flack though!
Going to enjoy reading your post now:)
Date: July 16, 2017 Title: Chapter 16: Chapter 16
New chapter!!! Yay!!
Ok so Bearos REALLY creeps me out and I hate that he has come to be so close to Aragorn and Faramir. I want him away from Beregond. I know it's the ring and not really his fault but ugh!
I liked Aragorn's short return to Strider and I loved the way Legolas kept him on point. Legolas and Gimli were great here. Gimli's stories and Legolas response to them!
Legolas is a bit of a romantic here about Ioralas and it makes me love him even more (how is that even possible, since I already adore him?)
Even though nothing terrible happened in this chapter the sense of foreboding certainly was elevated, especially with the mirrors!
So glad to see an update and hope you are recovering well Ziggy!
Hey NelyafinweFeanorian! It's been a long time coming I'm afraid. Just very fragile at the moment so it's nice to get somethong posted.
Bearas/Bearos (was it you who pointed out his name??) is gradually gaining influence - yes, Beregond is probably being influcend as well but let's hope our Dynamic Duo can keep away long enough to find out what is happening (and he has done something else that hasn't been discovered yet!). He is lost.
Glad you are enjoying the fellowship - a bit more of that in the next chapter too but a bit more action as well.
Thanks for reviewing my dear- now...where is your next chapter?
Date: March 19, 2017 Title: Chapter 10: Chapter 10 Dreams and Discoveries
I can't believe I missed this chapter! Still stunned and grateful you let Laersul live I suppose!
I am so distressed that the ring was found and I am so worried for Bearas and his family--it only took a few moments for him to start having visions.
Oh Elrohir!! The mirror is as tainted by The Witch King as anything and I'm so devasted that its proximity is stirring that darkness in Elrohir again--I had so hoped he was past it and cleansed of it. His self-hatred is so devastating to him and those around him. His jealousy rising is concerning as well. Ugh. I think Elrohir's disquiet is what Legolas senses in the night.
The full impact of what occurred in the Greenwood is affecting Legolas now--he was so elated by Laersul, Thalos and Thranduil being alive that I don't think he immediately processed his other losses and it dredged up the whole Anglach misery for him, my poor boy. I'm still mad at you about Anglach, just so you know--you broke my heart killing him off like that.
What a good friend he has in Gimli. I love that final paragraph.
I am glad it pleased you that the news from the WOOD was so good- but as you say, Legolas has already lost one of the most importnat people to him- it is one of the things that has made him grown up really- before he was realy such a lightweight!!
And you are right that the Mirror is really not good news for Elrohir- Angmar's spell has not be cleansed and he will not see the truth until it has been. Yes- Elrohir's disquiet is exactly what Legolas senses-and he too has time now to grieve and to htink a bit more clearly about Elrohir too...mwhahaha
Yes, I know. I am sorry for killing Anglach- but he was already dead before I ever wrote him really because he had been killed in the LOTR anyay- but I'm still sorry. And it makes me sad too. I think that is why Thranduil s never angry with him whatever he does.
Date: April 06, 2017 Title: Chapter 11: Chapter 11 The Coronation
Ugh Bearas and that darned ring, I am really worried for Elrohir--everything around him seems more intense right now.
His memories of the heirs of Isildur and the realization that their role as foster family is done was very poignant. His own feelings for Aragorn were lovely.
The ring moment was chilling and disturbing. Now the ring and the mirror are together and nothing good can come of that. Doesn't Gandalf sense anything??
I don't know why I find Imrahil/Elladan slightly concerning. I like Imrahil. I like Elladan. But I just have an uneasy feeling about them.
Oh Legolas!! These two! Like randy teenagers! Aragorn would be mortified if he knew which makes me laugh. And poor scandalized Gimli, great chapter but I have a feeling it's about get dark, very dark.
Mwhahahaha!! Yes. Be afraid, That ring is going to get stronger. And the Mirrors is also in Minas Tirith now too. Gandalf doesn't know about the ring- it is being careful to avoid him and Bearas has not met Gandalf- dont forget that Gandalf didn't recognise the One Ring either for ages.
So glad you picked up on the feelings Elrohir has about Aragorn and his ancestors- a discerning reader makes such a difference as you know.
I suspect you find Imrahil and Elladan disturbing is because Imrahil is mortal, and Elladan has had feelings for Erestor and Erestor certainly sees Elladan as his beleoved but he is not worthy of him, too old, too soiled, too associated with kinslayers and completely unsuitable- also there are The Laws, although Erestor would scoff at those, he might baulk at risking Elladan. It will be interesting when Erestor arrives with Arwen and Elrond!
Yes- dark indeed:)
Date: December 05, 2016 Title: Chapter 3: Chapter 3
Just got caught up on this! Love the way the story is progressing. The lingering evil of Minas Morgul is palpable.
I am worried now that Legolas looked in the mirror--I don't think that was a good idea. Elladan is right to be worried, knowing what happened before. I am afraid that there will be memories or
revelations about Rhawion's end that will not be good for Legolas.
Oh Gimli! Do I look good in black, is my shroud hanging properly! So funny!
His shrewd comment about seeing ghouls. I love Gimli.
But I have a very bad feeling about this mirror. Can't wait for the next chapter--you built up the tension so well in this one.
Legolas looking into the mirror is a real unknown at the moment- was it just his own face or a ghoul looking back, or something worse? And you are right that at some point, someone is going to have to tell Legolas what happened ot Rhawion- that will screw him up good and proper!!
Love Gimli- so happy you liked that bit.
Thank you Nelya.
Date: March 05, 2017 Title: Chapter 8: Chapter 8 The Elendil
I loved the details of the beginning and I was lulled into the simplicity of this voyage I thought--just a trip back to the city.
Elrohir managed to control himself for the most part during his conversation with Imrahil--he's really made progress. It's not good for him to be alone though--his mind is not kind to hm.
The chilling air of menace in the last half of the chapter!!! I was agitated when Legolas looked in the Mirror in Minas Morgul--this was worse!!
What do you have in store for my poor boys--the Mirror is affecting them both so very much.
THank you Nelyafinwe- a lovely review:)
Yes- Elrohir really tried with Imrahil- he couldn't sustain it for very long though and had to run away! But going into the hold was not a good idea- and a strange place to end up, don't you think? Almost as if the mirror drew him there...What have I go in store? Lots of angst and misery of course:)
Date: April 17, 2017 Title: Chapter 12: Chapter 12 The Reign of Aragorn II
So very much to love about this chapter Ziggy!!!
I loved the idea of Erestor helping Aragorn! And the call back to his time with Maedhros was perfect--my headcanon too, that he was Maedhros' man in Himring.
Very nice scene with Aragorn and Elladan and I like that Elladan believes his sister will take a very active role--I so enjoy fics where Arwen is strong, capable and wise. I also like the way he describes the difference between himself and Elrohir.
Poor Elrohir. Legolas really needs to be more verbally loving--the physical manifestations of his love are not enough for Elrohir to truly believe he is Legolas' One true love. And I know the conversation about the string of past lovers is going to be difficult but it won't get any easier if Elrohir keeps avoiding it. It will be worse once they all converge on Legolas at once!
Dear lovestruck Faramir. I'm glad Aragorn cleared the air--they needed to have that talk.
No, no NO Aragorn!! Do NOT get near Bearas! Do NOT put him on your council. Ugh!!! I really worry about his attention to Legolas and Elrohir--the ones most affected by the evil artifacts--the mirror and the ring. Aargh.
P.S. I live for smug Gandalf. Great line.
I really think Erestor would enjoy this job, you know. Frightening the locals, bossing all the mortals about. Arwen gets such short chage in LOTR that I feel she needs a bit of a role as Queen. I think too, Eowyn will be wonderfully in charge of Faramir and these two strong women will basically rule Gondor!
Oh Legolas is just hopeless. Doesn't understand neediness in Elrohir because he just thinks he's so strong and confident and wonderful- Legolas is a bit obtuse at times.
string of past lovers is going to be difficult but it won't get any easier if Elrohir keeps avoiding it. It will be worse once they all converge on Legolas at once!
Oh I have DYING to write that scene- it's the only reason I am writing this fic! I just want them all to arrive in MT in one go and poor Legolas be well and truly seen for the slapper he is!!
ANd yes, well, Bearas is carefully plotting. Did you notice how he was careful to defend Elrohir only when he knew Aragorn was listening? He has become very skilled... well, not Bearas- but the Ring. And it wants to find its daddy!
Date: April 17, 2017 Title: Chapter 12: Chapter 12 The Reign of Aragorn II
I just read cheekybeak's review and I laughed at the Imrahil/armpit fiasco!
The Elrohir/Legolas "I love you"/ "of course" dialogue immediately brought to mind the Princess Leia/Han Solo "I love you" / "I know" bit. Legolas you are such a dolt as far as emotional intelligence!!
Oh he is! But bless him, he just ASSUMES Elrohri knows. He has only ever dealt with very secure people who are happy slappers like him, poor boy! Anyway, I am taking it on board and he is a bit more understnading in the next chapter:) And then again, not in the least. But then. neither is Elrohir!!
Date: April 19, 2017 Title: Chapter 12: Chapter 12 The Reign of Aragorn II
I am going to have to join in the generalized Imrahil bashing. I do not want Elladan making a life choice based on Imrahil. Erestor definitely needs some love. If Elladan has had feelings for him prior to this then I hope Imrahil's only function is to get Erestor jealous when he arrives in Minas Tirith and then bow out gracefully. He can go "console" Eomer!
Not you too!!! Surely Imrahil has not done anything to really deserve this??? OK- so he's mortal. And yes, Elladan has not made his choice. And OK, it will kill Elrohir, Elrond and Erestor if he chooses Elros' path- but give the guy a break! He's very sophisticated and attractive, urbance and rather dishy. I'd go for him:)
Rated: Teen [Reviews - 250]
Misunderstanding and heartache cause antagonism between Legolas and Elrohir in the years after the War of the Ring.
Characters: Aegnor, Aragorn, Arwen, Elladan, Elrohir, Faramir, Gimli, Legolas, OFC
Chapters: 46 | Completed: Yes | Word count: 104370 | Read count: 14544
Published: October 31, 2016 | Updated: September 26, 2017
Date: May 18, 2017 Title: Chapter 33: Chapter 33
I love this chapter!!
Yes! YES!!! Oh I was waiting for the follow up to that comment of Gimli's! I love that it was conjecture but he got Legolas to basically confirm it!!
So Gimli suspected and I must agree with him--what he saw that morning certainly would be suspicious, considering Elrohir's past attitude towards Legolas. I think the others forget just how observant Gimli is. He may not see as far as Legolas abd may not always sense emotional turmoil in others as Aragorn or Arwen can but he is unbelievably astute at reading body language, facial expressions and tone. And he can multi-task--fight battles and still keep an eye out for subtle alterations in the behavior/affect of others. Three cheers for Gimli.
I love how patient he is and how he really tries to reassure Legolas that he will do his best to understand. Poor Legolas has likely realized Gimli is even more of a prude than Aragorn so confessing to Gimli and having Gimli take it all in with no major recrimations is a good start. The whole Maewen/Erynion thing may take him a bit to get used to.
I think Gimli as a go-between with the others makes sense although his forthright tone and ways may complicate things a bit! I'm looking forward to his conversation with Elrohir--yikes!
But Gimli doesn't appear to have noticed the import of Legolas' words about Elrohir's ability to stave off the sea-longing. He kind of blew by that and that's a key to Legolas regaining his walls and re-ordering his mind I think.
I think Arwen has more insight than others realize as well and I think he would be wise to seek her out--she is far less volatile right now than any of the other players.
Good old Gimli.
I love how sweet Legolas is when he speaks of Elrohir.
He wants Maewen now but this triangle is still unstable and precarious with Maewen-Legolas-Elrohir. She may have sent Elrohir to Legolas but that balance is still lacking and at some point they need to talk about it.
Glad you liked it! Gimli is intelligent and astute. I think how observant he is is often underestimated by the others. He watches people.
This senario Legolas has presented him with is way out of his comfort zone and will be very difficult to get his head around, still, Legolas comes first for him. He worries about the Maewen implications, as he worried after the Black Gate when Legolas seemingly didn't see Elrohirs infatuation, but he worries because he can only see hurt ahead for Legolas. Wereas Aragorn saw it as a betrayal, an anathema of what he knew of Legolas, appalling behaviour in his moral upright eyes, Gimli sees disaster.
And he is also aware of Legolas' very fragile, not completley logical state.
You are right though; at the moment Elrohir's effect on the sea-longing has passed him by. Just wait until Gimli pins Elrohir down though! He still badly resents the Dead Marshes incident even though he doesn't know exactly what happened there. He had to pick up the pieces of Legolas Elrohir left behind.
Legolas is in the flush of new love when he speaks of Elrohir...that infatuated, floating on air stage, but he wants Maewen because she is a stable rock for him....she anchors him and also....she is the silvan one, the one who's love he is most secure with. You are 100% right. Their love triangle is by no means stable. Nothing has been sorted, they have not defined their roles and because of that Legolas—scrambled as he is—feels very insecure. Plus he still needs constantly to ensure to himself Maewen is accepting. He doesn't really believe that yet.
Date: September 26, 2017 Title: Chapter 46: Chapter 46
Ahhh! So bittersweet to see this end but what a lovely end!
I love the idea of Thranduil writing for his son--the time and care and openness between them.
But oh my heart for dear Elrohir again-Maewen is right--it just cost him to write those letters but it is also a testament to the openness of Legolas to share this with him and a testament to the determination of Elrohir to make this work.
And Erynion is making his way back to Maewen as well. So this five sided relationship is working.
I was so happy to think of a healed Greenwood with a healed Legolas. It makes sense to me that he truly gets himself back together (even the traumatic inability to write improving here) in his home. The place that has nurtured him his whole life and that is finally whole itself.
Beautiful story and beautiful ending. I will miss these boys dreadfully.
Glad you liked that touch of Thranduil. As you say it demonstrates an openness between father and son but also, and perhaps more importantly it shows an acceptance from Thranduil of his son's disability. Legolas was worried....about his position in Ithilien, what his inability to write would mean to him as a prince, and here is Thranduil saying, if you need a writer I'll do it. He sees his son no differently. He will make this work.
And Elrohir, oh yes those letters were hard for him to write. And I don't think Legolas expected it of him. More likely Elrohir found Legolas, missing Maewen, frustrated he could not write to her in Thranduil's absense and he stepped into the breach. Elrohir has given Maewen a gift here, and I hope the knowledge of that goes some way to alleviating his guilt. He has enabled her this moment in time, to return to her healed homeland with a Legolas who is not burdened by the sea. It is something in "Darkness" we saw Maewen bitterly resented and regretted being stolen from her. How precious will this time be! I hope Elrohir can see with this he is enhancing Legolas and Maewens relationship, not disrupting it.
Legolas' writing continues to improve from here but it remains problematic for him as you will see in the Valinor story. It is perhaps good enough for family, but not really for formal correspondence. He will always need help with that and at times he will resent that.
Thanks SO much for all your lovely, thought provoking reviews, which have at times changed and moulded the story into something slightly different! They will be back, these two.....three.....(actually as you say, 5) There is more story to tell.
Date: September 25, 2017 Title: Chapter 45: Chapter 45
Oh my heart! That last line.
Oh my poor dear Elrohir you HAVE needed a Silvan!
Poor Elrohir's bewilderment at everyone's joy at the flighty, bouncy Legolas was adorable. And sad--because he really hasn't had a chance to see that side of him--the council of Elrond was not a carefree time and Legolas has been through much sorrow and hardship when they met the twins for the trip to the Stone of Erech--he's never had a chance to really see carefree Legolas. The Legolas he grew to know had the sea-longing.
He hadn't seen this brilliant beguiling creature and he still fell in love with him, even with that dimmed.
It is unutterably sad that Elrohir has had such a hard time because of his bond with his brother. It was breathtaking to see how lightly Legolas took it and how he accepted Elladan's presence and was cheeky about it too.
I had worried about the three way relationship with Maewen (four way with Erynion, if he comes back int it) but truly it is a FIVE way because of Elrohir. And somehow that makes me think it truly has a chance to work because Elrohir understands being pulled in two directions, just in a different way than by a second lover. But it fits. It makes sense and of anyone can understand and accept it, it will be Legolas.
Gimli's utter glee at Elrohir's expense was amusing--he knows exactly what Legolas is.
I knew from the description of the wild ride and acorn tossing that Legolas was back to himself--Gimli complains because that's just how their friendship goes--he wouldn't be Gimli if he didn't fuss about all that.
This was such a hopeful uplifting chapter but still with a cautionary warning being sounded--things will not go well if Elrohir isn't upfront about his concerns and issues. Legolas is right to chide him on that and I think Elrohir, with all else on his mind, has missed that very clear warning from Legolas.
But oh that last line. Perfect.
Poor Elrohir indeed!
Yes, he has never seen the Legolas Aragorn and Gimli know. The lighthearted flighty Silvan he is at heart. By the time the twins showed up, if you remember in"The Hands of the King" Legolas was injured and all of them crushed by the weight of Galadriel's prophesy. Gimli and Aragorn at loggerheads. Elrohir simply had no chance to get to know this Legolas. And as you say, even despite that he fell in love with him. Imagine what joy he has ahead of him discovering the real Legolas in the renewed Greenwood.
Of course Gimli's grumbling here was simply the pattern of their friendship. Gimli is expected to grumble. It is a strange form of showing affection and Legolas interprets it completely differently to Elrohir watching on the sidelines. What a happy day this must have been for Gimli, riding with his friend, re-capturing some of their old dynamic.
And now finally you get to see why this WILL work. Because Elrohir is not such a stranger to a shared love after all. He has suffered because his Noldor lovers could not accept his closeness to his brother....and given a choice he was completely unable to leave Elladan behind for anyone, no matter how special. If he did, as he says, he would no longer be Elrohir but simply a shadow of himself. As he says to Aragorn, having to share Legolas is more like Elrohir than anyone has known ..........except Elladan, who must struggle similarly. (If you think back in the story Elladan has shown less resistance to this love affair with Legolas than any of the others. He has—in fact—been quite encouraging. Because he KNOWS Elrohir can do this. He has seen this could be an answer for him.)
They are so entwined, these twins, it must be very hard for a lover to cope with their closeness. But Legolas has another life, another love, and now he has matured he can easily accept Elladan's importance. As he says, there will be times he finds it harder than others, but he is never going to see Elrohir as something "less" because of his interedependence with his brother.
so a happy ending. But there's always a warning! Elrohir is an introspective worrier, and Legolas is relatively open comparatively. This WILL be a problem if Elrohir is not careful. His fears can easily come between them, even if those fears are not real. Especially if they are not real and he doesn't know that because he hasn't bothered to open up about them!
Date: August 06, 2017 Title: Chapter 40: Chapter 40
I love this chapter. We needed Legolas POV. At least he understands why he runs and he knows it's a bad trait he shares with his mother. Coming to terms and stopping it is another issue in itself. I can understand his anguish here--in many ways he has left Thranduil and the thought that Thranduil also felt him die and return and Legolas has not reached out to him--simply awful! But they are all to blame a bit--Legolas was not himself. Someone should have considered Thranduil in all this mess (I'm looking at you Maewen and Erynion!) yes I know they were consumed with Legolas but still!
Gimli is such a stalwart voice of reason and I'm glad Legolas realizes how integral Gimli is to his well-being. Good for Gimli for reprimanding him--he's still fragile but they can't coddle him forever and sometimes bluntness really works best with this Elf.
I love Maewen's plan. She and Elrohir are really being respectful of each other and of their mutual love of Legolas. But they are starting to understand and come to terms with their differences too. This is an excellent plan--Gimli will be there to steady him, Elladan for his healing issues, and Elrohir to push away the sea-longing and surround him with love. And he can enjoy his home without the sea-longing for once and he and Elrohir can have time to get to know each other in a private, loving way. They need alone time. They need to learn how to communicate without the snark and battle of wits. They need tenderness, quiet time, time to love each other properly. And Thranduil needs to see his son. There is healing only he can provide. This also gives Maewen time with Erynion--to work out how this quadrilateral relationship will work out.
Love love the idea of the trip to the greenwood!!
He does realise his running away during times of conflict and upset is a weakness....but yeah, he struggles to control that initial response though he always forces himself to return. It's like he needs that calming down time. I see Legolas as a little bit ADHD. He gets overstimulated and needs to remove himself to be able to sort through things in his mind. (Although I doubt he understands that, it's just an emotional response to leave) This is why Gimli's bluntness always works so well. It helps Legolas focus on what's actually important!
Ah, now do you seriously think steady responsible Erynion has not contacted his King??? Of course he has! Legolas just doesn't know it yet and hasn't thought to ask. It will come up soon. (Actually that knowledge doesn't really help Legolas. He is more upset his father hasn't recieved a personal connection from himself.) but yeah, Erynion has written....frequently, and Arwen, initially when she wrote to Gimli. Thranduil knows what is happening with his son. But Mirkwood is a long way away and this letter has crossed paths with others, been held up by something, (possibly lost in the chaotic mess on Aragorns desk!) . I imagine both Aragorn and Erynion have had correspondence from Thranduil before this.
I am glad you like the idea of the trip. I have known they would do this for a long time. Maewen and Elrohir are united by that short moment of grief they experienced together. They both of them know the reality of losing Legolas and the both of them will do anything to keep him well and safe. A shared experience like that can be incredibly bonding. Yes, Elrohir has difficulties dealing with his "betrayal" of Maewen but they are a team regardless.
Maewen understands Elrohir in this better than Legolas. She sees his discomfort and admires the way he is prepared to embark on this totally foreign way of loving for Legolas' sake. She quickly realises they cannot co-exist. Elrohir can cope with the fact Legolas loves another but he cannot deal with the feeling he is morally wrong for inserting himself into their relationship. Elrohir and Maewen need to find a way to love Legolas while keeping themselves at a distance. It will involve sacrifice from both of them. This is the first step.
Oh, and Maewen is right. Much as he feels badly about having this new relationship while she does not have her old one, Legolas needs to leave Maewen and Erynion to sort things out themselves, in their own way which will not be his.
Date: September 04, 2017 Title: Chapter 41: Chapter 41
I'm glad Maewen gave him a piece of her mind. He's wallowing in self-pity. I know he died and came back. He's obviously depressed. He had some near psychosis moments early on. But he has made progress and the things he is saying to her now are somewhat ignorant--as she points out.
Of course Erynion would be in contact with Thranduil! And if he wasn't there Maewen would be doing it. Letters get lost/waylaid/delayed--he knows this too. He's in a state where he is overreacting to everything. The poor Elf is like an irritated nerve--jolting at every touch.
But it's good Maewen can tell he's in a mood to argue and shuts him down and walks out after the Ithilien comment. But finally she zings him with the comment about herself and the others.
That slaps him into some introspection. And there are some positives to his introspection although his response is still out of proportion.
He's still so raw and impulsive--things that he has been but are insanely multiplied in his current state.
I'm glad Elrohir showed up but darn it Legolas!! He's proposing a romantic, sultry night under the stars and you berate him for being gentle with you? That comment of Legolas' really got to me--I feel so bad for Elrohir here--yes he's always been fiery and feisty and strong. But Legolas don't you think that sometimes he may want to not have to be the strong one? That sometimes the fire burns low and he craves the cool solace of that? That he is showing you a side of him that perhaps no one else sees, because he loves and trusts you?
Good lord I would be out under those stars with romantic Elrohir in a second--and I ADORE his fiery side. But a caring, loving, romantic side just for me? Bring it on!
And Elrohir gets fiery and feisty, which is awesome but Legolas cheats and runs away!
I'm glad he feels more like himself with his escape and travels up the walls but I'm not sure middle of the night is the best time to apologize/make things up to Aragorn. There is HUGE potential for him to muck it up.
And poor Elrohir! Can't win tonight, poor guy. I'm actually pretty miffed at how Legolas treats him in this chapter. The guy has put his hidden, tender, damaged heart on display for Legolas--given it to him freely, accepted the weird (to him) three way relationship, pissed off his brothers and now gets jilted for the night. Plus he's likely stuck with clean up duty with whatever happens tonight.
The fact that you have made me so loving and protective of Elrohir is a testament to your writing and why I had to give him fluffy time in that fic!
Yes, Legolas needed a kick up the butt! He was wallowing.....yes with good reason, but it wasn't helping him—and Maewen is right. He needs to look outside himself, to start to understand what everyone else who is supporting him has suffered. It will help him if his thoughts are not always swirling about only himself.
You can see how she has grown here. Back in "Darkness" she would have fallen into his trap, taken the bait, and allowed this conversation to descend into argument. Here she was wise enough to spot the clues of his mindset and walk away.
Ah poor Elrohir. He was fated not to do well this evening.
Both you and Legolas have a point here.
You are right....strong masterful, antagonistic Elrohir is not going to be the only Elrohir Legolas sees now. There is another side of him, softer, and Legolas has to learn to appreciate it. Plus Elrohir has done absolutely everything asked of him....and some of it has been so incredibly difficult....and he's done it all for Legolas. For all his introspection Legolas didn't get as far as thinking of that, even though Maewen pointed it out to him in the previous chapter.
Dont worry. Someone is going to give Legolas a lecture about this in the next chapter.
But Legolas has a point also. He probably shouldn't compare Elrohir with Maewen...he's done it before and it isn't fair but that's what's triggered this reaction here.
Maewen has just stood up to him. She has treated him as Legolas Thranduilion, Lord of Ithilien, not Legolas the poor damaged creature everyone must whisper around and pander to. That's what he needs now. To be held to account. They need to raise the bar for his behaviour. To be normal. It was the comparison between her strength and Elrohirs gentle attempt to dissuade and cajole that irritated Legolas.
He wants to be normal and treating him as such is invigorating. He resents being "looked after and protected" He needs to see they have enough faith in him to challenge him. And Elrohir....yes he has a softer side but his behaviour at the moment around Legolas is full of guilt and anxiety. It's driven by the wrong things. He is scared of making a mistake, (we saw it in that scene with them in the bedroom when Legolas managed to get Elrohir to talk about his mother) He is awkward and unsure and doesn't know how to relate to Legolas as a "normal" person. He has two modes of operation with Legolas. Confrontational, disdainful and aggressive —and conciliatory and pandering, tiptoeing around a sick person. He needs to find a more normal path.
Legolas was being ridiculous. Elrohir needed to tell him so.....and that's what Legolas wanted.
Yeah...going to see Aragorn in the middle of the night is foolish. But Legolas is all about impulsive behaviour at the moment. He thinks something then he must do it. There was never any stopping him. It's all down to Aragorn now!
What you see at the end is, in fact, Elrohir as a healer. (Although he doesn't know it.) Elrohir's strength...from his Maia blood...is mental/emotional health. And this is not confined to Legolas. He induces wellbeing in Elladan as well, and if he explored it he could probably take it further. His "fire" as Legolas called it, the touch of his spirit, has wiped Legolas' depression aside much as it defeated the sea-longing. No wonder Maewen is so anxious for Legolas to visit Elrohir in that other Valinor story.
Date: September 05, 2017 Title: Chapter 41: Chapter 41
Ok so I absolutely ADORE that the fire in Elrohir burns away the sea-longing, depression etc. He always sells himself short in the healing department. As I've told you before I find him incandescent and it is the Maia blood shining forth--Tolkien's Secret Flame of Iluvatar.
And yes Elrohir does need to stop treating Legolas like he's made of glass. He's got to look and realize that's why Gimli has been so successful at getting Legolas better--he's talking to him like Legolas not an invalid and Gimli's making him do Legolas things.
Elrohir needs to get him out under the stars, go climb in the trees with him, race their horses across the Pellenor Field and then get hot and heavy in a tent far away from everyone!
I suppose waking Aragorn in the middle of the night is an impulsive Legolas move that's in line with his pre-death behavior.
At least he realizes Aragorn went beyond to find him just to say goodbye properly!
This is exactly what I was thinking about....this is why Gimli is SO successful. He never loses sight of who Legolas really is. He is not at all lenient with him...he may be gentle and nurturing at times but he absolutely does not allow misbehaviour He has—right from the beginning here—expected Legolas to behave like the adult he is. He continues to react to him just as if Legolas was the same friend he has always been.
One of Elrohir's problems is he doesn't actually know who Legolas is.
Elrohir could do great things with this talent of his for mental healing but he doesn't understand it and no one else....not even Elladan recognises it for what it is. Galadriel, perhaps, could have trained him if she had realised.
Legolas' waking Aragorn is true to form. The problem is Aragorn is not himself either...so much rests on how he reacts.
Date: September 06, 2017 Title: Chapter 42: Chapter 42
Aargh!!! That one is for faerie sending the long comment I JUST WROTE out into the eternal darkness!!!!! And I can't remember everything I wrote!
Aargh!!! This one is for Legolas.
I am happy that Legolas and Aragorn have reconciled even if it was in this completely unorthodox manner that could have at least waited til early morning. This would have happened far earlier if either of these dolts had bothered to communicate!!! Aargh.
Speaking of communicating: Elrohir gets a big fat A+ for his valiant effort at communicating. And his glorious attempt at romance under the stars. And being what his partner needs at any particular moment. And for listening.
Legolas hurt Elrohir so many times in this chapter. And was completely unfazed and unaware of it.
It was uncalled for and unkind.
Elrohir adapted, changed gears, did what needed to be done. And Legolas did not appreciate a moment of it.
Again I'm happy for Legolas and Aragorn, and Arwen too for this has affected her too. But my heart HURT for Elrohir here. He opened his heart-wide open--with his love for Legolas. And Legolas didn't even give it a moments thought, so single minded about Aragorn. I don't know if it's this whole fractured fea thing or if he's really that oblivious when he's focused on something but it is painful to see the fallout on others when he does it.
I felt so much for Elrohir--I'm imagining him going to wake up Maewen, reaching out for her to help him. I think of him going it wake Gimli, who he knows doesn't like him, to ask for his help. He drags Elladan along, who's been going through a lot himself, to help care for these two semi-invalids. He's not only opened up to Legolas tonight--he's opened himself to these others and then been made to look a bit of a fool by Legolas, who whines about him bringing the gang when it makes PERFECT SENSE to do that because there is a daft, unpredictable Elf on the battlements in the middle of the night!! And then my poor Elrohir tries to communicate his distress and emotions about the night to Legolas right away, so they won't fester, and he gets SHUT DOWN. Not only shut down but his confessions of how his feelings have been hurt by his partner not only get steamrolled and ignored but Legolas has to deflect and blame Elladan for everything. Which is a great example of poor communication on Legolas part. Deflect and shift blame.
And Elladan may have said that to Aragorn, may have meant that. But he's been caring for two stubborn people--one who died and one who came close--for some time now, pouring his spirit into the healing process. He's been mired in Legolas all engulfing sea-longing and had to fight off the damage that does to him because he's got the sea-longing too and it's exhausting. It's all exhausting. He's never been more wrung out. Absorbing the wallop of Legolas' sea-longing alone would be a blow but he's had to do so very much more. It wasn't his best moment saying that to Aragorn but I can't fault him one bit.
And it's the last straw for Elrohir tonight and I can't blame him. He's been attentive, receptive, nimble at adapting to Legolas' shifting moods, on top of calling in the appropriate reinforcements and all he's gotten is a set of blue balls and public berating. And now Legolas is bashing on his brother. It's devastating. He's opened himself up so many times tonight and Legolas has missed every opportunity to connect and communicate. It's maddening and I can't blame him for wanting to call it a night. He can't take any more of it tonight and I know he doesn't want to continue arguing. They both need a breather and some time to think. Alone. But I wouldn't put it past Legolas to know be all "Elrohir doesn't love me anymore" and someone (I vote for Gimli) needs to set him straight. Because Elrohir has loved him for years, even when they were at odds, even through insults and ignorant behaviour and comments. He's loved him through all that. This isn't going to change that. Elrohir's been showing his love all night--the romantic star gazing plan, the way he tells Legolas of his love, the way he tries to keep communicating. But he's weary of having his heart stomped on tonight.
This exchange just broke my heart:
"I did see it, and I am pleased. But he was already sleeping. It could have waited until morning, this urgent need of yours. There was no need to torment me and tease me. No need to ask me to declare my heart then run away."
"That is not how it was, Elrohir."
"It is how it was for me."
Legolas invalidated Elrohir's feelings and his words here. Heartbreaking. He's not listening at all and Elrohir is trying so very hard to be heard.
Well. Glad I got all that off my chest. The first version of this was more eloquent and even feistier but this will have to do.
I'm off to give Elrohir a well deserved hug and a cup of tea. And miruvor. Or perhaps aged dwarven whiskey.
I knew Legolas would really upset you when I wrote this!!
In answer to your question as to if this behaviour is all about the damage to his fea....no it's not. It is, perhaps, over exaggerated by that but this one of Legolas' faults. He tends to be flighty and inattentive with a mind that flits from one thing to another but he is also impulsive ... and things consume him totally when he focuses on them. We have seen less dramatic glimpses of this with Maewen throughout the other stories but
1. Over the years she has adapted to it and tolerates it more than she perhaps should, because it is also a part of his lovableness, this impulsive concentration. And
2. Because it has been watered down by at least a modicum of normal control and awareness from him it may have floated past you as a "well that was a bit out of line" moment.
Remember in Darkness when he first introduced her to Aragorn...out of the blue in front of a table of others...with no thought of Aragorn or Maewen's feelings. Because he was in a buoyant loving mood—and also slightly pissed at Aragorn's attempts to control him and wanted to hit back?
It was funny to read as an onlooker...but was it right? No. And Maewen knew it but gave him a pass and didn't challenge it meanfully.
Elrohir may well have done the same here had Legolas not made the terminal mistake of criticising Elladan. Legolas is very good at being loving, adorable, irresistible, when he needs to to avoid discipline and Elrohir would have fallen for that here, no matter how hurt he was.
There are two people that technique of Legolas' doesn't work for: Aragorn and Gimli. With Aragorn it just winds him up when he is trying to be serious, and Gimli shuts it down and won't be diverted. He sees it for what it is.
Even Arwen is a sucker for lovable Legolas!
Now, I hope you noticed that Elrohir...no matter that he was furious was VERY careful to say " I have had enough TONIGHT" Not, I have had enough —period. "I cannot do any more of this tonight, Legolas" he said. Trying to be clear—even in his anger—that this was not him storming away forever, he would be back but needed time out.
But you are right. Legolas won't have heard that. This is the first time he is on the end of some disapproval from Elrohir. He won't react well.
P.S. And he needs to learn a lesson from this. Don't criticise Elladan. Just don't go there.
Date: September 06, 2017 Title: Chapter 42: Chapter 42
Oh I totally noticed that Elrohir was very clear to say TONIGHT. On the other hand I am sure that Legolas, daft git that he is tonight, DID NOT.
So he's going to blow it out of proportion and be despondent and aggrieved and aggravated to have lost Elrohir until someone (please be Gimli, no one kicks ass like Gimli) knocks some sense into him.
He does need to learn a lesson. The Elladan one is only part of it to me though. The bigger lesson he needs to learn is to LISTEN. He loves Elrohir? Then he needs to act like it. And by that I mean take his partner's emotions and feelings into consideration, not just his own. There was some manipulation of Elrohir that occurred tonight and that was just not right. He should not have manipulated that romantic scenario into a potential sexual encounter and then used Elrohir's distraction to run away and do what he wanted. That was being a tease and manipulation of the first order, toying with him--just as Elrohir says.
"I have had enough, tonight, Legolas. I have had enough! You toy with my feelings and disparage my brother. I cannot do this any more. Not tonight."
And Elrohir is right. That's not how you treat a partner, a loved one. That is as big an affront, if not more. He mentions it with the insult to his brother. It's a BIG DEAL to Elrohir and Legolas has just blown by this.
It's not a deal breaker. Yet. But if he continues to show callow disregard for Elrohir's feelings and keeps up the manipulation it could be.
And Elrohir said "tonight" twice. TWICE!!
Now I need a cup of tea.
I hoped you have calmed down now!
Yes, Elrohir said it twice. He did explode with hurt and frustration but he had enough control to realise Legolas is vulnerable and try....futile though it may be ....to soften the blow.
Of course Legolas' reactions and decision making are flawed. Of course they are. He is missing things and not considering things he should. He does have some justification for this—for the increase in his impulsivity and his single minded focus, (hypoxia brain damage perhaps, contributing to this rather neurologically damaged behaviour). But he asked Elrohir in the last chapter not to treat him as an invalid. He asked to be treated as an equal; so now he has exactly what he asked for. No pandering, no coddling, no mothering, just Elrohir telling it like it is.
And as you say, he needs to listen. Maewen has already told him this message about his lack of empathy. He NEEDS to take it on board.