| Login | Lost Password | Help | Rules | | |

Most Recent

Fire Dancing Upon Our Souls by cheekybeak Teen
 Misunderstanding and heartache cause antagonism between Legolas and Elrohir in the years after the War of the Ring.
Come of Age by Fadesintothewest Mature
*Completed*Fingon is recently come of age. Maedhros is recently returned to Tirion. Together they forge an everlasting friendship...
Three by Narya Mature
As children, Filwyn, Haddan and Leofwyne of Rohan barely spent a moment apart. But as they grow up and the War of the Ring...
At Sea in the Middle of Ithilien by UnnamedElement Teen
This is the story of Legolas' Sea-longing long after it started, through the eyes of his lover, and all the ways it pulls...
Wrath and Ruin by KimicThranduilion Teen
The battle with the Great Serpents of the North brought nothing but wrath and ruin for the wood elves. The aftermath is bitter...
~ Fragments of Fate And Fire ~ by Spiced Wine Mature
This will be a collection of fics, commissioned art, and gapfillers to flesh out events within my Dark Prince/Magnificat...
What is Lost by NelyafinweFeanorion Teen
Maedhros and Maglor in the immediate aftermath of the Nirnaeth Arnoediad. Flashbacks to Tirion. Maedhros and Fingon first...

Site Info

Members: 475
Series: 79
Stories: 1571
Chapters: 8078
Word count: 24239699
Authors: 136
Reviews: 14506
Reviewers: 218
Newest Member: ainisarie
Beta-reader: 29
Recommendations: 52
Recommenders: 13
Challenges: 14
Challengers: 9
 

Who's Online

Guests: 18
Members:

Shoutbox

UnnamedElement
09/23/17 01:27 am
Thank goodness for Fridays!
Narya
09/22/17 08:12 pm
ziggy, thank you for the tip! :) Happy Friday, Tolkien fans.
Ysilme
09/21/17 01:12 pm
Good to hear, NelyafinweFeanorion! :D
NelyafinweFeanorion
09/19/17 04:20 am
It worked!
ziggy
09/18/17 11:05 pm
I always use arda-lambion and don't worry too much about the grammar! Life's too short:)
Narya
09/17/17 09:30 pm
Anyone know of a reliable Quenya translator?
ziggy
09/17/17 06:31 pm
Welcome FINALLY Nelyafinwefeanorian!! Hurray- you are here:)
Spiced Wine
09/16/17 10:25 pm
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
NelyafinweFeanorion
09/16/17 10:12 pm
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.
NelyafinweFeanorion
09/16/17 10:10 pm
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
Shout Archive


Penname: Gabriel [Contact]
Real name:
Membership status: Member
Member since: February 12, 2017
Website:
Beta-reader:


[Report This]


Stories by Gabriel [0]
Series by Gabriel [0]
Challenges by Gabriel [0]
Recommendations by Gabriel [0]
Favorite Series [0]
Gabriel's Favorites [8]
Reviews by Gabriel


Title: The Letter by Alquien
Rated: General Audiences [Reviews - 7]
Summary: A thank you note provides unexpected insight.

B2MeM Day Twenty-Eight: Gondor. Today's Challenge: There was no avoiding it; the letter had to be composed...
Category: Fiction
Characters: Legolas, Thranduil
Content: Gen
Challenge: None
Series: None
Chapters: 1 | Completed: No | Word count: 966 | Read count: 2455

[Report This]
Published: July 02, 2011 | Updated: July 02, 2011


Reviewer: Gabriel Signed
Date: August 06, 2017 Title: Chapter 1: Chapter 1

This was beautifully written.

I especially love little Legolas, so adorable and Thranduil's exceptional love and patience with his son. Who wouldn't have, with such a cute Elfling.

A great read! :)



Title: The Sons of Thunder by ziggy
Rated: Mature [Reviews - 224]
Summary:

The Sons of Thunder meet a storm in the son of Thranduil, one of violence and desire. Warning for this chapter. Explicit sex and undercurrent of violence


Category: Fiction
Characters: Legolas
Content: Slash
Challenge: None
Series: None
Chapters: 46 | Completed: Yes | Word count: 315298 | Read count: 102235

[Report This]
Published: July 02, 2011 | Updated: January 20, 2013


Reviewer: Gabriel Signed
Date: May 16, 2017 Title: Chapter 1: Chapter 1

I thoroughly enjoy reading about Legolas and Gimli, their banter back and forth and their ongoing competitive Orc kill count always draws a laugh.
I do like a good battle scene, so I can't wait to see all these characters in action.
Great reading. :)

Author's Response:

So gald you are enjopying this one too, Gabriel! You might notice sometimes it doesn't quite follow everything in earlier fics because this was the second story I wrote after Songs of Rohan/Deeper than breathing. So there are things that I hadn't realised- so the orc that Legolas shoots and deprives Elrohir of his revenge isn't in this. 

 

Anyway- I think there are some good battle scenes in this too!

Thank you:)



Reviewer: Gabriel Signed
Date: May 17, 2017 Title: Chapter 1: Chapter 1

I really do like the Silvan's ability, {Legolas in particular}, to connect to the land and the thread 'Song'that binds all life together.
I like how Legolas can read a person {Or in this case} a collective energy,'the dead' by feeling or connecting to the song'.
Love it. :)

Author's Response:

Yes- Legolas has a particular abilty to hear the Song- I like to think that this is why Gandalf chooses him actually, as well as his quietness and skills. He is able to hear the dissonance then unless other magic suppresses it- I must get something into the current fic about Sauron deliberating working something into the rings to disguise their dissonance! I like that idea of 'collective energy'.



Reviewer: Gabriel Signed
Date: May 22, 2017 Title: Chapter 1: Chapter 1

Wow! Great fight scene Ziggy.
Poor Elrohir, all fire and fury, I wish someone would hurry up and figure out what's going on with him-he's so tortured and of course everything he feels and does stems from this. {Damn Nazgul, planting images and beliefs that aren't his.}
Great scene between them though. I was a little afraid that Legolas would leave Elrohir in a mess; knowing how fast and how deadly Legolas is with those knives and how much slower Elrohir would be with a sword to wield, not that he's not a great swordsman or anything.
I was secretly hoping neither of them would win, just come away bruised and bleeding both in ego and body, only because I like both of them.
Great stuff! :D

Author's Response:

Thank you Gabriel- this must have gone into my junk box because I have only discovered it by accident:( But what a lovely surprise!! I'm not sure which chapter this is as they are all cimg up for chapter 1 but I'm guessing it's the scene where Elrohir jumps Legolas on the pier on the way to minas tirith? I admit I am rather pleased with that one. I didn't know until that scene that Elrohir really wanted Legolas.Glad you enjoyed it:)



Reviewer: Gabriel Signed
Date: September 16, 2017 Title: Chapter 30: Chapter 30 Old Friends

Oh my god! Not Gimli too! lol.

I had to laugh at Gimli's attempts to re-write several parts to the Fellowship, in which he killed or defeated key enemies, including the Oliphaunt at Pelennor Fields. He and Pippin, very sly. lol.

It should be widely known by now that no-one can pull the wool over Legolas' eyes, especially amongst his friends. And when it comes to deciding whether to stay in Minas Tirith and regain his health or go to war against the enemy, to fight beside and watch the backs of his brother's in arms, even while incapacitated he would rather die a hundred deaths before abandoning his brother's. I love how completely and stubbornly honorable Legolas is. :)

I also want to apologize Ziggy, for I think I may have unintentionally missed out one or possibly two or more of you smaller stories that fill in the gaps and give back story to the larger series. It was after I read the end of this chapter, you mentioned *Deeper than Breathing* as a prequel?. I will have to do something about that. :)

Author's Response:

Haha! Told you! (I hadn't read this review when I replied to your last one) I so enjoyed writing those bits- giggled as I did.

I love how completely and stubbornly honorable Legolas is.

That is EXACTLY how I hoped he would come across- he really is- you can see his face, can't you- NO WAY is anyone going ANYWHERE with out me!!

Goodness- you don't have to apologise, Gabriel!! There's a lot to read and I wrote them all out of sync- the order though is this:

Black Arrow (based on The Hobbit- a very different, light hearted Legolas, pre-Angalch's death)

More Dangerous

Through a Glass

Deeper than Breathing

Sons of Thunder

Where the shadows lie

 

It's lovely of you to read and review every chpater- certainly don't feel you have to read everyt hnig ever wirtten but it;s lovely that you do. I do that if I find a writer I really enjoy- it's a bit like reading a series of books of course- you want to have the whole story in your head so you can immerse yourself when you read. Not that this is anything as crafted as a novel although I do my best- professional writers spend all their time and not just cram in a bit at the end of a day's work! 



Reviewer: Gabriel Signed
Date: June 01, 2017 Title: Chapter 1: Chapter 1

I like Gimli in this. He's a friend, confindant and Legolas's conscious, in the very rare moments Legolas needs one.
He really has a problem with Elrohir, but who can blame him. Elrohir has had it in for Legolas, when there appears to be no reason for it. If only they knew. Gimli's fealty to Legolas is unrivalled.
I don't quite agree with Aragorn's attitude though.It seems to me he's accusing Legolas of the whole fight club thing, a bit unfair,I think he lets his biases cloud his judgement a bit too much, especially when Legolas has proven his loyalty and love for him as the King by being a part of the fellowship and all that entailed.
Elladan, I'm actually starting to really like this one. Even with his calm sensitive exterior, sometimes he comes across a lot more resilient and strong than Elrohir.
Fantastic! :)

Author's Response:

You are dead right about Aragorn's bias in this- even though Legolas is risking everything, he still takes his brother's side. He does come to regret that of course.

Elladan is a really lovely character- he is calm blue where Elrohir is roiling crimson and pounding blood. They make a good contrast, but it can't stay peaceful with all the secrets Elrohir carries.Thanks forreviewing- IJ really appreciate it, Gabriel.



Reviewer: Gabriel Signed
Date: September 24, 2017 Title: Chapter 32: Chapter 32 A Memory of Rohan

This is just so awful Ziggy!

The scene in the stables where Aragorn realises there's an agonising and unmistakable tension and rift between his brothers. He knows they have quarreled, thinks it can be easily sorted but quickly learns otherwise.

Elrohir's shame and Elladan's unmerciful censure. I don't like where this is going Ziggy. They aren't even talking to each other and worse Elladan is not even acknowledging Elrohir's presence. This is just horrible. If anyone were twin pillars of strength for Aragorn or anyone, it is these two and now that seeming unbreakable bond and fortitude is in tatters.

I just hope they don't choose their paths, go their separate ways never to speak or see each other again, without knowing the truth. Maybe then their relationship can hopefully be repaired. Fingers crossed.

I loved the part where Eomer and Legolas get a bit up close and personal only for Legolas to suddenly be assaulted by the song of Raveyon striking him like a blow. To turn and find Elrohir standing some distance away in rage and then sorrow.

I love Elrohir, such an awesome character. :D

Author's Response:

I always have to re-read the chapter to remind myself what happened - it is just SO useful while I am writitng Where the Shadows Lie, keeps me rembering what has happened before.

 

Yes- that rift between the twins is dreadful- but right. Elladan is so deeply angry and so slow to anger that when he is furious, it lasts. Keep your fingers crossed though- you never know! Once thereal danger is threatening, they will either find their love again or it has fled forever.

 

Yes- the lingering affection Legolas has for Eomer is part of who he is- he stays friends with his lovers but Eomer is struggling with this a bit- he's hurt. In Songs of Rohan, he spent the whole time being confused by Legolas and seduced, Nothing has changed!! Yes- I like that bit with Elrohir staring at him, first in anger then in sorrow, and the melting away.

 

Thank you for such lovely reviews, Gabriel:)



Reviewer: Gabriel Signed
Date: September 21, 2017 Title: Chapter 31: Chapter 31 Confession

Wow! There is so much in this chapter!
And so much anguish.

I found I did not like Gandalf much in this chapter. Aside from sending Legolas on a mere suicide mission, {And that was bad enough}, he now regards Elrohir with unfriendly and suspicious eyes. Okay, Elrohir has done some pretty strange and suspect things lately one of which involved the Nazgul. So I can see in a sense why Gandalf would treat him as such. On the other hand I would think Gandalf would have some compassion and keep more of an open mind, possibly even council Elrohir, but probing deep into Elrohir's mind without permission? Tut!tut! Gandalf. Anyone who has shameful thoughts of any kind, the last thing you would want is someone else finding out about them. I must say, Elrohir has a pretty awesome safeguard against unauthorized proding of his most secret thoughts. It even shocked him the raw power that lifted a Maia off his perch or was it the shock of finding Gandalf in his mind? Maybe a bit of both.

I have always imagined that, all the descendants of Melian would have some kind of power inherited, even if it was never explored further in any of the books, oh, with one exception, {Elwing changing into a bird}. I think that was the only one. It would be a great and interesting subject to examine.

'Get out!' Elladan cries, 'Get out before I kill you myself!'

Elrohir took a step towards him, hands outstretched, 'Then do it! I cannot live with myself, Elladan! I cannot live with it any longer. Please. Give me some penance that I may atone. I will take the way of Men so I never come to Valinor. You can go in peace, and Mother will never have to see me. I will die and go the way of Men, I swear this, Elladan. My Fea is no longer Elvish, it is mortal. I will die and you can be in peace!'

This just tore me up! Reaching for the tissues. Poor, poor Elrohir, I don't want him to die. And Elladan's disgust and horror and anger towards him unwarranted, {although he does not know it}. He needs his brother right now, not more animosity.
Just to clarify Ziggy; aren't the memories that Elrohir has of finding Celebrian in the caves, implanted? Making him believe he had thoughts of raping his own mother? Sorry to ask, so much has happened since then and it's been so long since I read the first couple of fics.

I can see Elrohir feels so isolated and lonely and more so now that Elladan knows what he believes to be the truth.
He's almost bordering on taking his own life, feels there's nothing worth living for anymore. So sad!

Phew! So much to talk about in this chapter, I hope it all makes sense. :D

Author's Response:

I love this review, Gabriel:)

re Just to clarify- yes, the memories of Celebrian have been distorted by Angmar so Elrohir becomes convinced he raped his own mother - or at the least he had been about to until he realised it was her. Keep reading:) It is confronted at the end and it will be picked up again in Where the Shadows Lie (it won't quite read like this in Sons of Thunder because I wrote that before I wrote More Dangerous or Through a Glass. Sometimes the continuity doesn't quite work:(

 

I am always releived when readers sympathise with Elrohir- he has been dreadful to Legolas but he is so tormented and confused. The false memory of his mother means that sex and the idea of it sickens him but he is a very sexual being and has high eroticism. It messes him up. Also Haldir corrupted him (in Elrohir's mind) by seducing him when he was untouched and initiating him into a more exotic sexuality (BDSM etc) so he feels cheated of love and innocence. He's a mess.

 

And yes, Gandalf doesn't come out of any of this covered in glory!!And yet I love Gandalf as a character- he's like a general, making decisions for the good of all.



Reviewer: Gabriel Signed
Date: September 12, 2017 Title: Chapter 29: Chapter 29 Fellowship

I loved this first part of the chapter with the Twins.

I wish there was more of Elladan and Elrohir just talking to each other spending time with each other without anyone or anything else's interference. There's just something special about their relationship and how they interact. Beautiful! But that's okay, Ziggy. I don't expect you to come back to this story and write extra bits. It would just be nice, that's all.

I've got to say Elrohir has become particularly tender towards Legolas. Not that Legolas doesn't deserve it. It's just so unusual to see, with all that has gone on lately.

I think my absolute favorite part was Pippin taking advantage of Legolas' loss of memory. Re-mastering the story of the Fellowship as if he was the hero of the hour and he was the wise Hobbit that everyone listened to for council. lol. Love it!

What I am especially looking forward to is Gandalf's little talk with Elrohir. Can't wait to be a fly on the wall for that.

Author's Response:

That's always the troubel in wrioting- you could just write every scene that happens but it would be really slow!! I have written a gift fic for someone that is Elladan and Eomer- chance encounters- you might like that:) Elrohir had always been besotted with Legolas- he just is so confused and messed up (the reasons for this are explained in Through a Glass) but remember that he saved Legolas from the Nazgul in the city and they were getting close when Eomer blundered in- and turned his anger back onto Legolas because he felt rejected. So he has not stopped loving Legolas, but it's such a confused, dark and jealous love! I know it seems a dramatic contrast given the way he has treated Legolas in the way up th emountain but you have to remember that it is only yesterday that Eomer blundered in and Legolas left elrohir and went after Eomer- so he thinks Legolas was just toying with him, leading him on when it is Eomer he loves.

 

I loved writing Pippin telling all thise fibs! That will come back to bite him of course- you'll love the next bit with Gimli and Pippin!



Reviewer: Gabriel Signed
Date: August 06, 2017 Title: Chapter 17: Chapter 17 Gandalf's Plan

I really don't think Elrohir is going to want Legolas after that disastrous episode in the last chapter. Oh, he may still lust after him, he can't help that, but, it will take alot of work on Legolas' part to bring him round again. In fact I might even wager there's going to be another fight or maybe a lot cold shouldering from Elrohir.

Every time Legolas hangs around with Gimli, he seems to become a slob.
That scene in Aragorn's tent, where Gimli and Legolas tuck into the food laid out there, completely ignoring Aragorn and anything he may want to say. lol.

Can't wait to find out what happens with Elrohir. :D

Author's Response:

I really don't think Elrohir is going to want Legolas after that disastrous episode in the last chapter. Oh, he may still lust after him, he can't help that, but, it will take alot of work on Legolas' part to bring him round again. In fact I might even wager there's going to be another fight or maybe a lot cold shouldering from Elrohir.

Oh- you're so right. LUST indeed and even worse now. ANother fight- yes, something like that:D

Every time Legolas hangs around with Gimli, he seems to become a slob.

I think he does it on purpose.I admit I am writing in antidote to the fics that have Legolas nibbling on a twig, so I make him eat ravenously- but he can also be a gent.

That scene in Aragorn's tent, where Gimli and Legolas tuck into the food laid out there, completely ignoring Aragorn and anything he may want to say. lol.

I'd forgotten that bit- glad it made you laugh:)



Reviewer: Gabriel Signed
Date: August 11, 2017 Title: Chapter 18: Chapter 18 Cake and Ale and Smoke

It was so good to read about Merry and Pippin again. You write all these characters so well, Ziggy.

Oh, and I love the song Legolas made up. So typical of Legolas. lol

:D

Author's Response:

Glad you are still reading this, Gabriel! A marathon task. I love writing Pippin in particular- he comes very easily. Thank you for the review:)



Reviewer: Gabriel Signed
Date: August 14, 2017 Title: Chapter 19: Chapter 19 The Request

This chapter I found a little sad.

Legolas' visit to Eowyn, such a beautiful scene. His tender attempts to lift her spirit and give her strength.

Legolas! What an Elf! Is going to face the Nazgul without a second thought for his own safety. Just to give Frodo and Sam that little bit of an edge. I hope he can escape of his own accord.

Tensions building. :D

Author's Response:

Yes- it is sad. Gandalf does some terrible things in the line of duty- he sends Frodo and Sam off to almost certain death, and so it is no great surprise that he takes this chance- as generals do in times of war.

 

 I'm pleased you liked the Eowyn scene- Legolas and Eowyn have a special bond after their adventure in Rohan so he is keen to know she is well. (I mustn't forget that in the current story!!)

 

Yes- you are coming to the really tense chapters- lots of violence and stuff I'm afraid and Elrohir doesn't acquit himself very well in the next couple of chapters- we'll see what you think as you read it. 

I really appreciate all these lovely reviews:) Thank you.



Reviewer: Gabriel Signed
Date: August 16, 2017 Title: Chapter 20: Chapter 20 The Gift of Men

Oh! Ziggy! I just wanted to cry for Elrohir in this chapter!

What he did to Legolas because he was hurting. Wow! The unrestrained violence. A real shocker! I mean we've seen his violence before, but this, OH MY GOD! And poor Legolas, so totally humiliated and defeated.

And now he thinks he has lost his brother, thinks himself vile and wants to die. I had to reach for the tissues. Sniff.

On the edge of my seat, chapter, this was. Awesome!

Author's Response:

Oh- you feel sorry for Elrohir- that is so good. Usually I get people wanting to kill Elrohir at this point and losing all sympathy for him- I had to work quite hard to get that back with some readers!! So pleased you enjoyed this and engaged with it so much:) It's really nice re-reading it along with you.



Reviewer: Gabriel Signed
Date: August 18, 2017 Title: Chapter 21: Chapter 21 The Remains of the Fellowship

Another sad chapter, Ziggy.

I also like Gimli and Pippin in this. Their facial expressions and mannerisms, absolutley classic!

But I think the parts of this chapter that stood out to me, was; Legolas promising to have Gimli ride out with him to meet the Nazgul, only to get him rotten drunk, so he could slip away bright and early the next morning, much to Gimli's shock and horror.

The part that really brought a tear to the eye was Elladan's realization his brother and Legolas had left him too, without a word. Sniff! That was a bit of a shock too, to me that Elrohir had not mentioned anything to his brother, his twin, the one person he shares everything with {Maybe not everything} but most things, to be given no parting words. Its almost as if Elrohir has become a complete stranger.

Such an emotional roller coaster! Great story!

Author's Response:

Yes- I liked this chapter too- there was a bit of redemption in my view for Aragorn for having said at the council of Elrond that Thrnaduil's folk had 'failed their trust'- he is so angry with Gandalf in this. But as you say, Legolas and Elrohir both slipping away to spare their loved ones a farewell or to prevent them from going on a journey that is intended to end in th death of at least one, is shocking and quietly heroic. But I love your point that it is as if Elrohir has become a complete stranger, so remote and distnat so his terrible secrets are not revelaed. He is hiding.

 

Thank you Gabriel!



Reviewer: Gabriel Signed
Date: August 21, 2017 Title: Chapter 22: Chapter 22 Obsession

This is so agonizing, Ziggy!

These two just should not say anything more to each other. It would save so much angst or misunderstanding or hostility between them and just get on with what they came to do.

I fear for Elrohir's safety here. Not just physically but mentally as he summons the Nazgul. Especially when he seems to be giving into the images he sees and the lust, for power, for violence. Just letting it swallow him up, consume him.

There is so much danger to be had in offering himself up to them.

I hope he knows what he's doing and doesn't get them both killed or worse. {Biting nails in anticipation} :(

Author's Response:

I'm afraid he really has no idea what he is really doing, or what the consequence will be, or why he is doing it really...or how he KNOWS to do it. I think these few chapters are where he absolutely hits rock bottom. You're so right when you say he lets it just swallow him up and consume him.



Reviewer: Gabriel Signed
Date: August 23, 2017 Title: Chapter 23: Chapter 23

Poor Legolas, he seems so withdrawn and miserable and yet still after everything Elrohir did, he loves him. So, so, beautiful and heartbreaking. Sniff!

Oh, Elrohir, what have you done. And where are you? Legolas needs you, big time!

OH, LEGOLAS! He can't die. This is all a dream or something, surely.

Ziggy, this is so horrible. I just wanted to cry. :(

Author's Response:

Yes- this is the saddest chapter for Legolas (oh, there is another one though coming up) but he is so lovely in this I htink- prepared to sacrifice himself so that frodo is spared for a little longer. ANd yes- he loves Elrohir even now. I'm afraid you're going to find the next few chapters really hard...sorry:(



Reviewer: Gabriel Signed
Date: August 25, 2017 Title: Chapter 24: Chapter 24 Nine for Mortal Men

This whole situation is just getting worse!

In order to save Legolas, Elrohir must become one of the nine! How on earth is he supposed to get out of this one?

He's damned if he does and damned if he doesn't.

On the flip side, I always like it when you refer to the history of Endor, such as mentioning Maeglin and Idril in this story and Maedhros in an earlier story. It helps to connect all the line of Finwe through time and space, so they don't appear to be so sundered by all that has passed. And it reminds you of the present Character's lineage and where they got their strengths and possibly weaknesses from. Am I making sense, Ziggy? I hope so.

I hope Elrohir can save Legolas without becoming a Nazgul. Fingers crossed.

Such a nail biting couple of chapters. :{

Author's Response:

I love the fact that you appreciate mentions of Elrohir's lineage, Gabriel. You're making perfect sense! I have a deep fondness for Feanorians especially Maedhros. He is in one of the earlier stories (Through a Glass) although I wrote it after this one.

 

Glad you are still enjoying it! It's a bit of a roller coaster and the next ones are pretty intense as well.



Reviewer: Gabriel Signed
Date: August 29, 2017 Title: Chapter 25: Chapter 25 Vigil

I really liked the 'Vigil' part, where Gimli and Elladan sit together watching the mountain. And then Elladan suddenly jumps up and disappears, only to reappear with a horse-extends an arm to Gimli to ride out with him. Loved that part in particular.

Gimli is so angry with Gandalf right now and he is not the only one. I understand this whole situation may have been a necessity, but, still not liking his apparent dispassionate, 'Let's throw the woodelf under the bus' attitude.

Another part to your story, where Legolas' ghost keeps touching Elrohir's face with compassion. Oh! Just beautiful! Even in death Legolas' is just so, so, honorable, beautiful and hot.

Great chapter Ziggy, but another sad one. :(

Author's Response:

I have to admit, this is one of my favourite moments, when the ghost touches Elrohir, the firefiles alit on Gimli etc. Elladan galloping off with Gimli. It just wrote itself to be honest but I wish I could draw or paint the fireflies/Legolas' fea fluttering around Gimli. I can use words, not colours.

So pleased you enjoyed this one, Gabriel- I've been waiting for you to read it and wanting you to enjoy it so much! Thank you for all these lovely reviews:)



Reviewer: Gabriel Signed
Date: August 31, 2017 Title: Chapter 26: Chapter 26 Kham

Wow! I honestly thought Elladan was going to kill his brother several times in this chapter, or at least maim him severely. That was too close for comfort and a bit of a worry, although I can understand where he's coming from.

Elladan's struggle against the Nazgul ring. Even though he had no idea what he had found or what it was doing to him. It's subtle manipulations to hurt, to make his brother pay for what he did, or rather did not do for their mother.

I really liked Elrohir's surprise attack on the Nazgul at the end. Nothing and no one touches or hurts HIS Legolas even as a ghost, and rightfully so.

This chapter, such a surprise! :D

Author's Response:

That made me smile- I forget what was in each chapter so it's a really nice thing to read your reactions. That ring that Elladan eventually throws away, yes. That is one of the Nine Rings for Mortal Men doomed to die. He probably should not have left it lying around there....but at least he did escape it. The next few chapters are Elladan's as much as anyone's- he is so angry and I think it's the fact that he is the peace and calm of the two that makes it so shocking perhaps.

Yes- Elrohir has sunk to rock bottom and is now going to start coming out of it. Rehabilitation needed now after his many, many crimes. Yes- HIS Legolas!

 



Reviewer: Gabriel Signed
Date: September 02, 2017 Title: Chapter 27: Chapter 27 Fireflies

Oh, thank god, Elladan did not give into the temptation of the Nazgul ring! Whew! For a moment there it looked like he would and was being swept up by its power, but no. One point to Elladan. No points to the Nazgul.

Elladan was quite different in this chapter, and a bit brash with Elrohir. I know he's angry with his brother, but didn't Elladan say he would forgive him anything? And now he's going back on his word. Tut tut Elladan! Does he not stop to think that maybe Elrohir has tortured himself over his inaction with the rape of his mother.

I loved the part with the fireflies. Gimli gathering them to him then passing them to Legolas' body. Nature breathing life back into our beautiful Woodelf. :)

Author's Response:

Ah, I thought you had already read the fireflies bit- it is one of my favourite bits. I wish I could paint it - Gimli is really lovely in this bit. His tenderness for Legolas and protectiveness is what keeps Legolas' ghost there- just protecting Gimli as he protects Legolas. 

 

I am really interested in your rather wonderful reaction to Elladan! Poor Elrohir got such a bashing from reviewers (I know he has done some pretty dreadful things) and Ellladan is always the good guy- but I like that you understnad it is more complex. Elladan does know he is going back on his word- he said something without really thinking if it were true- and you get that such a lot in epic stories. It annoys me when characters say these things because they don't really know. This is a real test for Elladan over the next few chapters. And Elrohir is going to torture himself a little bit more yet!



Reviewer: Gabriel Signed
Date: September 06, 2017 Title: Chapter 28: Chapter 28 The Houses of Healing

'Legolas opened his mouth, eyes wild and staring and for a moment nothing happened. But then a terrible scream burst from him and it did not stop.'

When I read this, I thought, 'What the...?" Then you find out what Legolas is seeing and experiencing and you completely understand. The horror of being consumed by fire. Being torn apart over and over.. So horrible. *Shivers*

Then at the end of the chapter Elrohir realizes Legolas only knows his name and naught else. OH MY GOD! What has happened, for him not to remember his life, recognizing people and places, only his name.

This is really sad. Sniff! :(

Great chapter Ziggy!

Author's Response:

I felt it was important that he didn't just wake up sleepily and smile but the horror of wakening and remembering be really visceral and real. SO actually, it is almost a cruelty that he is awake and his soul left his body, so it had to be huge and significant enough for this t happen. And of couse, only knowing Elrohir will be such a punishment and torment to Elrohir- after his betrayal. Thank you for all these very lovely reviews (again- but they do make me so happy!!) I love hearing how it is making you feel and the impact on you. It keeps me writing:)



Reviewer: Gabriel Signed
Date: July 22, 2017 Title: Chapter 14: Chapter 14 R

Yay! I'm so glad Legolas has realised Elrohir and Elladan were not playing him for a fool. That it was all a misunderstanding on his part. And he apologised for his mistreatment of them, which just goes to show how honorable Legolas is.
For once the sea longing has worked in Legolas' favor barring the Nazgul from gleaning anything of value and importance from his mind. But had left him open to physical harm.
Thank god for Elrohir!
One of my favorite parts was Elrohir realising he's in love. Maybe there's romance just round the corner for him, I hope so. He needs Legolas.
Great chapter! :)

Author's Response:

One of the really nice things about you reading and reivewing, Gabriel, is that I have to go back and re-read what I had wrtten and I admit I have enjoyed writing and even reading this. 

Yes- Elrohir has realised he loves Legolas. But Legolas still thinks he doesn't want him- and there is stil lSOOOOoooo much that can go wrong. You're coming up to the what I think of as BIG chapters in terms of the narrative and chracter developmnt- exciting stuff! (I hope so anywy)

xx



Reviewer: Gabriel Signed
Date: July 28, 2017 Title: Chapter 15: Chapter 15 Olorin

Oh, Ziggy! It was so good to have Gandalf/Olorin back, after so long even if he didn't use the extensive power he had before. Anything from Olorin is better than nothing at all.
So it seems that Gandalf had to go quite deep into Legolas' mind to glean the imformation he wanted, which just goes to show the extent the Nazgul go to also get what they want. {Poor Legolas} but he's strong, he'll make it through. {He's steel, as you say}.
Oh, and that poor Ranger, no words to describe his nightmarish circumstances. {Shivers}
But Elrohir! What a surprising and protective boon he has become for Legolas. And Gandalf's not quite sure how to take THIS son of Elrond.
What on Ennor is Gandalf planning for Legolas? It sounds extremely ominous and treacherous. But we all know Legolas would do it without question, because that's just who he is.
I loved this chapter!
Once again I felt like I was watching the 'Return of the King' except with a few extra scenes.
A great read Ziggy! :D

Author's Response:

Oh you are coming to the Good Bit (I think) Gabriel! Yes- I'm afraid Gandalf is going to abuse Legolas' sense of honour rather badly -and Aragorn is going to be unhappy and Gimli VERY unhappy, and Elrohir...well, Elrohir has a really important couple of scenese coming up - but oh, ...had to delete a whole paragraph so got rid of all the spoilers! I think you might have your impresions of certain characters bounced around a bit in the next few chapters:/ Love hearing what you think because when I wrote it, I had NO IDEA what was coming!!!! It's been quite nice just skimming the chapters to remind myself which bit you are reading next!

Thank you for sticking with this rather long and rambling epic, Gabriel. I'm glad it;s keeping you reading at least:)



Reviewer: Gabriel Signed
Date: August 02, 2017 Title: Chapter 16: Chapter 16 Awakening

This was such a great chapter, Ziggy!

With Elrohir showing a tender and more caring side to his nature-feeling great empathy for Legolas and his plight after the Nazgul incident. Even lets down his guard and we know that's unusual for Elrohir {to show vulnerability}.
Now, I love Legolas as much as the next person, but I found myself siding with Elrohir in this chapter.
Just for the simple reason that Legolas reels Elrohir in, shows his interest and then does the unthinkable by shoving him away, like he is nothing, when Eomer interrupts them.

Oh my god! That was the most awful, heart wrenching thing Legolas could have done. Now I know this may have been a knee jerk reaction to seeing Eomer standing watching them, but Elrohir seemed to be an after thought thereafter. It's no wonder Elrohir was so enraged. Really felt for him. Sniff!

Can't wait to read the next chapter! :D

Author's Response:

Yes- Legolas is crass and clumsy in this chapter. He has no idea of just how vulnerable Elrohir is and I completely agree with you. And the price is very very high. Keep reading Gabriel! It 's just starting to heat up:)



Reviewer: Gabriel Signed
Date: July 11, 2017 Title: Chapter 13: Chapter 13 Many Meetings

I felt so sorry for Elladan and Elrohir. They just seemed a bit out of place once it was all over. I guess being two of only three Elves fighting alongside thousands of Men must have been a bit sobering. And that whole misunderstanding with Legolas would have made matters worse, even with Aragorn close by.

I really felt for Elladan in particular this chapter, for he has only just realised his feelings for Legolas, only to have them thrown back in his face, poor thing.

Gimli, can't help but love him. I especially love what Legolas threatened to do if Gimli or Aragorn wager on him again. Something to the effect of chucking him in a barrel of ale, riding all the way to Erebor and back, with him bouncing behind and then pissing on his Pipeweed and not telling him. Classic! Legolas getting his own back.
:)

Author's Response:

Yes- you're right if course. It must have felt very lonely actually- and normally they would have each other but this misunderstnading has pushed them apart and Elladans realisation is quite complex because he has never wanted a man before. Actually at this point when I was writing it, it could very easily have gone with Elladan but Elrohir is a force of nature! What would have happened to him had Elladan truly fallen in love with Legolas and his back??