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Spiced Wine
11/18/17 01:15 pm
It would be strange watching any adaption for me, so used to fanfic, lol. I would be keep thinking of the pairings I read and scratching me head :D
Narya
11/18/17 11:16 am
I'd really love to see Celebrimbor and Annatar in the Second Age...and maybe Gil-Galad too...although it would be weird seeing him without his Istelion! ;-)
Spiced Wine
11/18/17 10:51 am
Not the Silmarillion, that would be a separate agreement if it happened at all, but the Appendices are open it seems
Narya
11/18/17 10:27 am
I'm always baffled by what is and isn't on the table, rights-wise, but if Christopher T has resigned, does that mean we could get an adaptation of the Silm (or parts of it)?
Spiced Wine
11/15/17 01:29 pm
Article on The One Ring.net - Christopher Tolkien has resigned as director of the Tolkien Estate. This could change 'everything' to quote.
Spiced Wine
11/14/17 10:38 am
I got the news from his Facebook, lol, he was very excited!
NelyafinweFeanorion
11/14/17 12:38 am
Royd Tolkien just confirmed it on his twitter account. No details other than that.
Spiced Wine
11/13/17 10:29 pm
I should think they'll have actors falling over themselves for this. If it's done well the fandom will go boom!
Spiced Wine
11/13/17 10:28 pm
The One Ring.net is a good place to get the latest.
Naledi
11/13/17 09:41 pm
I found the link. It all seems very vague atm. I look forward to hearing more once they've got news on story, etc.
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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: 2487

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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 - 234]
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


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Characters: Legolas
Content: Slash
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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: November 19, 2017 Title: Chapter 42: Chapter 42 A

Once again ziggy, great battle scenes, wonderfully graphic imagery. It must have been painstaking to get the words to match your ideas.

Legolas poisoned again! Whatever will we do with him. lol and he keeps on fighting! Made of Mithril, this one.

I like how Elladan is having a few problems coming to terms with the idea of wielding Aicanaro; it's dark past. It's lust for blood, the dark energy surrounding it. Yet it is an unlikely shield against the Nazgul.

The Nazgul almost had him and Elladan both. Could you imagine Middle Earth with a half Elven Nazgul Lord with Maian blood running through his veins. He would be a force to reckon with and Sauron would indeed have dominion no doubt.

And was that Olorin and Mairon throwing their power about, back and forth. Ooh! I like that idea!

So many parts to like in this chapter!

Almost there, ziggy, and I'll be onto Shadows and up to date. Can't wait! :)

Author's Response:

Thank you again, Gabriel- it is just such a treat to get your thoughts as you read this. The battle scenes are often quite easy to write to be honest- I see them like a cinematic storyboard so describe those images but then try hard to get rid of adjectives and stick to verbs, then keep the sounds and senses it- colour, movement. But I don't agonise over every word- I know these scenes are often ones readers skim because they want to get to the 'good bit'! 

Yes- Legolas is just hopelessly unlucky:) Every now and again he gets some horrid injury that means Elrohir has to put his hands all over him and hela him;) But this is a bit nastier than your average poison- you'll see what I mean when you get there and no spoilers, but guess who has to heal him;D

 

I'm really happy you picked up about Elladan not wanting to touch Aícanaro- although it is only that right now, in the sequel, that is going to be important at some point (and I am squealing with delight because that has just come to me!!) The Nazgul hate Aícanaro- dunno why. (yes I do but I'm not telling just yet:)

Haha- Elrohir as Dark Lord- again, no spoliers:)

 

So happy as well you got that bit about Olorin and Sauron chucking things at each other!! Yes- it would have had to be like that, don't you think?

Happy that you've enjoyed this one and looking forward to you catching up the new one!!

xx



Reviewer: Gabriel Signed
Date: November 12, 2017 Title: Chapter 41: Chapter 41 The Last Battle

Wow! This was one heck of a chapter, Ziggy!

*Ahead was a pile of rocks like an island, beyond the ranks of Men, and high upon it a tall figure, golden hair lifted by the sudden wind, sighted along a bow, firing arrow after arrow at the pursuing Nazgul. The plunging, galloping horses, surged around and then past the island. Elrohir pulled at Elladan as they passed but he did not stop. He turned and stared even as Legolas sighted and followed one huge beast speeding towards him, almost skimming him as it fled past, towards the hilltop.*

I love reading Legolas in action, in his element. When I was reading this I could hear the music from the 'Two Towers' the part where Aragorn, Legolas and Gimli are helping escort the women and children of Rohan to Helms Deep. They are assailed along the way by Warg Riders. There's a part where Legolas is firing arrows at them from a hilltop. Great scene! Just made Legolas look so heroic.

Legolas was simply awesome in this chapter. You really wrote him at his best and someone needs to give the Archers a pay rise!

*Elrohir looked around, searching for Legolas for he had leaped down from the rocks and disappeared amongst the soldiers. Suddenly Elrohir saw him. He felt his breath catch. Legolas had not seen him and though all around him was chaos, in that moment the Elf was utterly still. Legolas' head was bowed, his shoulders slumped slightly and he had covered his eyes with his hand. Elrohir's heart clenched with an almost physical pain; he could not see his beloved in despair.

Elrohir strode swiftly up the slopes, pushing through the panicked soldiers, and as if he felt Elrohir's coming, Legolas lifted his head. His eyes widened, lips parted and before he could speak, Elrohir was before him, had cupped the back of Legolas' head and brought him close. Elrohir stared for a moment into those green-gold eyes and pulled Legolas toward him, pressing his mouth against his.* This part brought a tear to my eyes, that Legolas thought Elrohir lost to him, had fallen. This whole chapter was such an emotional ride!

Then just when you think everything is going to be okay, that Elrohir has escaped from the Black Gate and 'The Mouth' to see his beloved once again, only to have the Nazgul finally get their wish. Elrohir on his knees before them, in a horrible reenactment of Legolas' time on the mountain. OMG! NOOOOOOO! Somebody do something!

I want to mention, Ziggy, that your battle scenes between everyone; Men, Orcs, Uruks and Trolls, an Elf and two Half Elves, oh, can't forget Pippin, were really vivid and wonderfully choreographed. Fantastic!

Thoroughly enjoyed it!

Author's Response:

I think this is one of my favourite chapters actually, Gabriel, and you are at the best part of the story. I really really love that moment where Legolas thinks Elrohir is dead and then he strides up and snogs him! I do keep pulling it out and using it in other fics- just love it. 

Thank you for appreciating the battle scenes- I do spend time on those trying to make sur ethey aren't boring. and thank you for being kind enough to review so much- it is so very much appreciated, Gabriel. I love reading your reactions and it reminds me what has happened so I don't lose those moments in the new fics.

xx



Reviewer: Gabriel Signed
Date: November 05, 2017 Title: Chapter 40: Chapter 40 The Mouth of Sauron

You know Ziggy, Legolas must be made of Mithril.

You start off the chapter with Legolas in an absolute state. It's any wonder he's able to keep functioning. Then have Elladan's familiar blue calm wash over him lending him peace and strength and for a heartbeat I thought, you know, I wish Elladan and Legolas were together they would make such a great couple and then as quickly as I'd thought it I crushed it. Somehow I can't imagine Elrohir and Imrahil as a possible couple either.

I don't know! I think I just had an Elladan moment, you know 'stars in my eyes' your Elladan is such a wonderful character, a source of strength and dependability I became swept up in his awesomeness.


I learned something today! That the 'Mouth' was once Numenorean. Did not know that. Yes, and that was a heartbreaking story in itself.

Ah! Yes, the "Mouth' of Sauron, He is the most disgusting creature and here I was thinking Grima was pretty revolting. Can I ask you something Ziggy? Why do they, the Nazgul, want Elrohir so much? It's bordering on obsession on a hunger. Is it the power Elrohir exhibits or something I have missed or forgotten about? :)

Author's Response:

I have to say that for ages I wobbled between Elladan and Elrohir- but Legolas and Elladan are too simialr and serve the same function as each other in relation to Elrohir- that they balance and calm. Oh, Imrahil is far too urbane to go for Elrohir- he would horrify him!

Thank you for your lovely comment about Elladan- he is rather gorgeous. 

Where did you read about The Mouth- I don't know his story?

Re your question about why they want Elrohir- there are several things- firstly, in Through a Glass, he offered himself to Angmar in return for Elladan- so they have him. Secondly, he is a great prize because he is descended from just about anyone who is anyone in Tolkien's world, but he has immense power himself so will be a great sorceror if they can seduce him. And he can be seduced- whereas Elladan cannot, nor Elrond himself, nor Galadriel or any of the Elves with power- Elrohir is corrupt and corruptible. Does that explain? It's good when you ask questions because it makes me check if I have not been clear or need to go back and remind readers of something.

Always glad that you ask things!!

x



Reviewer: Gabriel Signed
Date: October 28, 2017 Title: Chapter 39: Chapter 39 Jaws of Steel

As if Legolas hasn't been through enough suffering, his memory of the events on the mountain come back to him and at the most inconvenient of times.

My first thought was, where's Elrohir when you need him.

Wow! The Nazgul are really utilizing their time while Aragorn's host lies in wait to sow some pretty cunning seeds. Well they wouldn't be Nazgul if they didn't.

Trust the Nazgul to use Legolas' weakened state to their advantage.And now Legolas is to believe his 'beloved' betrayed him, is about to become a wraith and he is the prize! Poor Legolas! They are really messing with his mind, just as they have done with Elrohir's.

Can't wait to read what happens at the gate with Gandalf and Elrohir.

Great stuff Ziggy!

Author's Response:

OH RIGHT - you're reading both this and Songs of Rohsn concurrently - how very flattering:) 

Yes, those Nazgul are really wicked, flying over Legolas and zapping him again- so he is distracted from what is going on uo in the mountains, that flash of steel he sees. Of course that's Sauron's amry getting into position above them- not that they can d anythng anyway to be honest- hopelessly outnumbered.

Yes- he has all the memory of what happened on the mountain back, sees everything clearly now. Poor Legolas, to know what Elrohir had intended (only at the time and only under angmar's spell of course!)

Ah, the Mouth of Sauron- he's really grisly. I feel for you! You're going to be reading Grima and the Mouth at the same time!

Thank you for all these very lovely reviws. 



Reviewer: Gabriel Signed
Date: October 22, 2017 Title: Chapter 38: Chapter 38

Poor Gimli, Pippin is really trying his patience. Wearing it down to a mere thread. Maybe that's how Pippin keeps his moral up, by playing with you. Tricking you and playing little silly mind games with you until you're so confused and befuddled you can't quite remember what you were originally getting flustered over. Lol

I guess too, that with all the fellowship and their allies have been through, weary from travel, from war etc, everything wearing thin, that some of them would have frayed nerves.

And Pippin is still excited about the idea that he was privy to Legolas' and Elrohir's romantic interlude, so sweet.

This whole thing about the half elven having to choose, is so sorrowful made even worse if you are twins. Twins should be able to decide together so they are not sundered, but I guess it's just another of Tolkien's genius ideas to create more drama and heartbreak. Still it's a terrible thing. :(

Wow! Legolas really has to do something about Eomer, Ziggy! Eomer must be in love with Legolas for him to act this way towards Elrohir. He has to let the young King down gently or something, otherwise there will be more problems than just a harsh exchange of words.

What is Elrohir thinking! He is purposely putting himself out there at the Black Gate as some sort of a distraction? More like a piece of meat being dangled in front of a Wolf. They want him! The Nazgul! And what, he believes he can outsmart them or something! They are not to be trifled with, as he well knows.

Can't wait to read what happens! Sorry it took me so long to review this week. Damn RL! Lol.

Author's Response:

Never apologise for taking time to review please, Gabriel! It is just nice to have the review:)

Pippin is so much fun! I love the sort of squuueeee he gives himself and those mental letters to Merry. He is one of the easiest characters to write to be honest - I just write 'Pippin...' and he tells me everything! Merry loses out because of that I suppose and I write him less as a result.

 

Eomer is still besotted after their fling in 'Deeper than Breathing'- which is the first thing I ever wrote. I spiced it up over here and posted under Songs of Rohan so it was slashier and more exlicit. But Eomer is just besotted- his heart is safe for Lothiriel when he meets her he will fall properly in love but he'll always be a bit starry -eyed about Legolas.

 

Oh Elrohir is all about redeeming himself right now and sacrificing himself for those he deems worthier, better, purer. He is completely blinded by this and so doesn't see how dangerous it is if he were to fall into their hands- it's not over yet! Just wait!!



Reviewer: Gabriel Signed
Date: October 09, 2017 Title: Chapter 36: Chapter 36

Oh my gosh! I so love these two!

Oh Elladan! You beautiful creature! showing the kind of compassion and understanding that is so inherent in him. Finally we see the tenderness and love creeping back into their relationship. Yay!

No matter how much I love Legolas and Elrohir together, I'm glad Elrohir stuck to his guns and refused Legolas' advances. In fact it was quite a surprise. For I half expected him to take up the offered invitation wholeheartedly. But instead he sighted the need to be there for Aragorn, his strength, his council, no distractions. To not allow any kind of vulnerability that would draw the Nazgul to them. It's so great to see Elrohir in this role. For so long we have seen him a brooding thunderstorm with all the crackling intensity of lightning, its just such a change to see him so in check, calm and reasonable.

Great chapter Ziggy! :)

Author's Response:

Yes, it was never going to be for long that Elladan hated his brother- they are too close and know each other too well. But it's still a lot for Elladan to forgive really- until he knows that Angmar has put these ideas into Elrohir's brain!

I am so glad you see Elrohir as he really is! Calm and reasonable though will never last for long:)



Reviewer: Gabriel Signed
Date: October 15, 2017 Title: Chapter 37: Chapter 37 The Last Deep Breath

Hi Ziggy! I hope this review finds you well and that everything is going great guns for you.

Pippin was such a laugh in this chapter, penning a mental letter to Merry. He being privy to the revelation of Legolas and Elrohir being more than friends and brothers in arms. He acts like a child who has just witnessed two people kissing for the first time, tittering and smiling behind a cupped hand to his mouth, adorable! For some strange reason I cannot fathom, I hear Billy Boyd's voice whenever you write Pippin. Which is fine, because it makes Pippin all the more comical and sweet.

I love how he has taken on Gimli's versions of the twins' names, Elrodan and Ellahir because he can't tell them apart. Lol. And his description of Mordor being all rocks and slag heaps, {I admit I had to look that one up} as I had no idea what a slag heap was. That Mordor could do with a team of Gamgees to clean it up. He is so awesome. Always makes the most banal of things sound more interesting.

Then to find out the Nazgul have been following, I instantly thought, they think Pippin has the ring. No wonder everyone seems so on edge and Gandalf and Legolas have been playing musical chairs with him.

In many ways I wish Gil galad had not fallen in Dagorlad. I love the character of Gil galad. Just to have someone from the direct line of Finweons to have survived would have been awesome, just to see what sort of story would come of it, but I guess that was all part of Tolkien's plan, all the sorrow and pain, makes for great storytelling.

Sorry this is a bit long. :) I just find so much to talk about!

Author's Response:

No review is EVER too long!! I love writing Pippin- he is far more observant than the others - he makes me laugh when I write him too. I love your image of him giggling. I think you hear Billy because that is the voice I hear too and I think I catch the cadence of him (nice to think that is what you hear too).

I really enjoy writing the fellowship- Gimli is always easy to write, he is grounded, earthed but has his own Power and is a rock to Legolas. Glad you noticed and understood the musical chairs!! I love hearing that readers have got what I have been attempting to convey. Thank you:)

 

Ah- Gil-Galad. Yes. What would you imagine? Of course Elrohir and Elladan are Finwe's blood through Galadriel, daughter of Arafinwe.But yes- Tolkien really does enjoy heaping on the pain and sorrow to the Noldor. They commit the sin that takes them from Paradise/Valinor, and so are cursed like Eve for eating the forbidden fruit!! 

Thank you for the lovely review, Gabriel. Made my weekend!!

 

 



Reviewer: Gabriel Signed
Date: October 06, 2017 Title: Chapter 35: Chapter 35 Penance

Okay ziggy! You got me! I do enjoy all the drama surrounding Elrohir. :D

Yay! Elladan's finally forgiven Elrohir. But he had almost lost him in the process, before Elladan came to his senses. Thankfully realising the Nazgul must be close and the dark energy affecting his thoughts.

That's how I see it, Ziggy. In the last chapter where Elladan Gandalf Aragorn and Elrohir were riding to Minas Morgul, the closer they came to it the more dark Elladan's mood became towards his brother, {dark energy}. Although you may not have written it this way, {it just being his black mood of disgust for his brother} I see it as being made effectively worse by the energy of the place. :D

Those moments on the battlements where Elrohir believed he would die. Where he was ready to give into the sorrow of having to live his entire immortal life believing what he had done and bearing his brother's eternal hatred and disgust for it. Heart breaking.

I was so glad Elladan felt repentant for the way he treated Elrohir remembering how much he loved his brother and not wanting to part from him with such bad blood between them. Phew!

Gees Ziggy, I hope I haven't bored you to death with my blabbering on. Lol

See you soon!

Author's Response:

Never bored with your lovely reviews, Gabriel!! Love it!

Yes- dark energy, I agree. It's the same with the One Ring- the whispers and malevolence. Minas Morgul was the stronghold of the Nazgul for years- it would be full of menace and sorcery. You are absolutely right that Elladan would be deepy affected and Elrohir more miserable and guilty. 

 

I confess the scene on the battlements is another one of my favourites! I really enjoyed writing it- especially with Legolas being all glorious and heroic, ready to die for Elrohir and then Elrohir being just as heroic and soppy and both ending up injured and vulnerable. We love that, don't we?!

X



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 29, 2017 Title: Chapter 34: Chapter 34 Y

Hi Ziggy! It's so lovely to hear I have been able to help with the creative flow in some way. Sparking the old memory!

When I read Elrohir's account of riding to Minas Morgul and how during the whole journey Elladan had, quote, 'pointedly ignored him', I felt so sad for both of them. How he couldn't approach Gandalf because Elladan was riding beside him, that Elladan's 'cold hatred' was a shield around him pushing Elrohir away.You know, these two are supposed to be closer than close, inseparable, bonded as one and to see them like this is heart wrenching.

Back in Osgiliath Elrohir decides to stay well away from Legolas and with good reason. For when Legolas calls him forth into the ruins via his song then begins to seduce him, Elrohir is almost animalistic in his approach. No control whatsoever, so unbridled in his need for Legolas it's frightening. I just feel sorry for the guy. You mentioned he was a very sexual being, yet sadly it seems that the very passion that makes Elrohir, Elrohir coupled with the Nazgul's tampering of his memories and thoughts has created a monster, where the passion builds and builds and spills over becoming something else entirely. Something ugly, where Elrohir is not himself.

I hope things don't get any worse for him.

Can't wait to read the next chapter and find out what in all of Arda happened to Legolas! :D

Author's Response:

Yes- that chapter is a real power-play between Legolas -a confident sexual being with such poise and self-knowledge, with Elrohir, who in spite of his lust and power, is very niave in his sexuality- he doesn't understnad anything abouthimself really. I love this chapter- it's Legolas completely in charge and even though Elrohir thinks he is the dominant one, it is Legolas who lures him there, draws him on, insists on the sex, throws Elrohir down out of the way of the Nazgul and who leaps to challenge them. 

You hope things don't get any worse??? Fibber!



Reviewer: Gabriel Signed
Date: September 27, 2017 Title: Chapter 33: Chapter 33 Osgiliath

I really like your Gimli, Ziggy! I know I've said this before but, it needs to be said. You just write him perfectly, right down to the smallest detail, his little mannerisms. And we can't forget Pippin. You write him wonderfully too. I can tell you enjoy writing these characters the most, because it shows.

I had to smile when he was asked his advice as a *Stone Master* by the Mason's on how to best rebuild Osgiliath. He was so in his *Element* Lol.

*Gimli beamed with delight.'Ah! It would be my pleasure, masters. I see you have some plans there. Would you allow me to look...,' Gimli stuck his hands in his belt and bent over the plans with delighted interest.*

Now I know others who have read and reviewed this story would say that Elrohir, with all that has transpired, does not deserve Legolas. On face value alone, no he does not. And they would try to fathom why in all of Arda, Legolas would want to reconnect with him. Well I say doesn't Elrohir deserve a second chance, especially since his memories and thoughts have been tampered with. I wonder why people became angry at Elrohir's treatment of Legolas when they know as much as I that the *Son of Thunder* has been toyed with by the Nazgul, the most heinous of Sauron's servants, while offering himself up to them, to save his brother. Wouldn't that be worth forgiving?

A great read Ziggy!

Author's Response:

Yes- I do love gimli. He just writes himself and lets me in on lots of little Khazad secrets- he really IS in his element as you say:)

I am always so glad Elrohir has an ally in you - there are some reaers who just want his angst and torment, and others who think he is so undeserving, and then ones like you- who think he should have a second chance. Thank you:)



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.