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May the Valar Protect Them  by Nilmandra 54 Review(s)
KatReviewed Chapter: 26 on 8/14/2015
I love this. I love the meeting between Legolas and Bregolas. I love how they are now all safe and heading home. I live how you have written all of this and I am excited for the chapters that I have yet to read.

Sweetpea DeepdelverReviewed Chapter: 15 on 2/13/2014
Is the strange elf Malgnor?! Very pleased with how the story is playing out. Sorry for the misspelling!

endorearwenReviewed Chapter: Epilogue 2 on 7/9/2013
This review is for the entire story rather than just the last chapter.

I'm positively stunned at how beautifully you write! The characters are engaging immediately from the first word we read of them! Tathiel in particular is very inspiring. The tenderness and love that permeates the interactions between the characters is excellent. There is a sense of true feeling, genuine caring, between these people who are not blood relatives but who are as devoted as family to each other by choice. The strength of the bond between Tathiel and Legolas mirrored so completely the true bonding of mother and child that all you did with them in the story felt 'real', if I may be permitted to use the word! The detail included about Legolas' personality enchanted me and I instantly fell in love with this little elfling! I must also thank you for having written Thranduil as such a compassionate he-elf towards Tathiel. The gentleness of his approach when he asks her to continue acting as surrogate mother to Legolas was more than heartwarming. This was only one of the moments in the book when I must admit to having shed tears, so connected had I become to the 'reality' of their lives! Thranduil, as you have written him, is a King I could easily discover loyalty towards within myself.

I must also compliment you on the plot development of the story. The highs and lows have been written with sufficient frequency to make this reader feel she had also been on an exodus! To bring the reader so often so close to reaching the goal and then cast them on to another series of tormenting delays is difficult to do without making the reader feel discouraged. Yet, you have achieved it so well that your twists and turns served only to strengthen my resolve to 'stick with them' until they finally are found by the elven warriors. I thoroughly enjoyed getting a greater insight into the 'feelings' a warrior might have when on such an endeavour and which provide them with the motivation to soldier on despite the sense of uncertainty that dogs them throughout their journey. I loved the teasing you incorporated into the dialogue between the warriors! It was a perfect way to release the stress of all that must be passed through as the plot continues and provides us with a sense of how close these characters are to one another (something mere mortals cannot share as we do not live for thousands of years in each other's company!) You manage to achieve such tremendous depth of connection with so few words - an art to be sure! I would never have thought the ‘Watcher’ of that long, hard winter to be one of the Maiar! Until the very end, the question of who he was and how he was connected to the characters lingered in my mind. Unexpected as it was for him to be such a being, I cannot imagine how much more perfectly he could otherwise have been explained!

As you might have guessed by now, I think you've written an absolutely DELIGHTFUL story, full of emotion that draws its readers in and so consistent with the Middle-Earth that JRR Tolkien created that I was sorry to see the story end! KUDOS to you on a job well done!!

Red Squirrel Reviewed Chapter: Epilogue 2 on 5/22/2013
I have read all of Daw's wonderful tales and I noticed that you were her beta so I decided to check your work out and I am certainly glad that I did! I LOVED that large family! Each member played such a unique part in the family unit. I also liked Thranduil...he is one of my favorites. It was so nice to see a story about love and sacrifice. I rejoiced with them when they finally returned home!

I am certainly going to go and read more of your work! Thank you so much for sharing it with us!

ShlainReviewed Chapter: Epilogue 2 on 4/6/2009
Oh this was such a good story! I can't wait to read the rest. I was so angry and gasped at the ill treatment poor Legolas received from Hazad and his bad seed of a brother. Pitty his youngest died. Would like to have read that he got happily married. I was so glad when you paired Tathiel and Rawien. He is just what "Tafiel" needed. I had tears in my eyes at the family reunion. You are really a talented writer. Good job on keeping us guessing about the watcher. I thought it was Maglor *scoff* Keep it up! Shlain

JosieReviewed Chapter: Epilogue 2 on 7/26/2007
I just wanted to say- that was amazing! I've read several of you other stories, and they are all wonderful. You capture the known characters so well, and your own fit in perfectly. The relationships between the characters, and the voice and personalities of each are perfect. Its obvious from this tale and the others that you've spent a good deal of time around children, and can recreate their free and uninhibited spirits, as well as how they respond to different situations. Well done! Coming from a large family myself, with two younger siblings, I can picture many of the scenes without any trouble! ;-)
Good job, and keep writing!

Author Reply: Thanks, Josie, I am glad you enjoyed the story. It will always remain dear to me as the first story I wrote, but also due to the attachments I made to the characters.

RorrahReviewed Chapter: Prologue on 6/25/2007

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runnerbeastReviewed Chapter: Epilogue 2 on 4/16/2007
My review is late in coming, but I just read your fabulous story! (in book form) =) This was just WONDERFUL! Once I got started I couldn't put it down. Almost all original characters, you know, and they were all priceless! I loved how you wrote the ones you borrowed from Tolkien, too, of course. I loved the trips you took back to Thranduil's halls and the way Lathron's relationship with his father grew and how he could keep tabs on Legolas - that was heart wrenching. You made me struggle along with the 4 lost ones to get them home and keep them safe. I couldn't say what part was better or best. I just loved it all. I'm glad we found out more of who the Watcher was in the end, thank Eru for him! =D Thank you so much for this story. I can't wait to read more of their adventures as Legolas grows!

moonshineReviewed Chapter: Epilogue 2 on 4/6/2005
Wow, what an ending that was. I loved it and even cried myself. Lol! This story is really good. The writing for it was perfect, and the plot was excellent. I like the fact that you have a tiny bit of humor mixed in with all the suspense and drama. It is a very good story, and I can`t wait to read the sequel!

Author Reply: I love it when people laugh and cry at my stories - life is that way, I think, with wonderful moments of laughter and joy even in times of great despair and sorrow. I am glad you liked it, and I hope you enjoy reading more of Legolas as he grows up.

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