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A Case of Mistaken Identity  by Conquistadora 2 Review(s)
AdrianneReviewed Chapter: 2 on 4/13/2007
Bravo! I have never, never understood the misplaced and unjustified tendency to endow Thranduil with such unsavory, if not downright evil characteristics. Thank you for pointing out that the son is an indication of the father's nature. I totally agree with your assessment that Legolas was a person of bright heart. He also had the wonder of an innocent soul. That kind of gladness and innocence does not flourish in an abusive environment. Legolas was obviously loved and nurtured not only by a good mother, but by a good father.

I appreciate also, your efforts to clarify Elven nature in the first chapter. I wish people would do their research. I find it appalling the base characteristics that slash writers and others are willing to inflict upon not only the Elves but others of impeccably noble nature in Tolkien's world.

I like that you pointed out that Legolas referring to his father as 'my Lord' is the natural thing for him to do. I think it also indicates the high regard in which Legolas holds his father. Lastly, on the point of Legolas' constant refusal to use his title throughout 'The Lord of the Rings', I agree that it was most likely out of deference to Aragorn and his pursuit of his rightful crown. I think too that it is also due to a natural humility on his part and perhaps a bow to the special kinship he felt to all the members of the 'fellowship'. I particularly remember when he introduced himself to Prince Imrahil in 'The Return of the King':
"I am one of the Nine Companions who set out with Mithrandir from Imladris," said Legolas; "and with this Dwarf, my friend, I came with the Lord Aragorn. But now we wish to see our friends, Meriadoc and Peregrin, who are in your keeping, we are told."

This is one who is not only humble, but who values his friends and esteemed his place among the fellowship. Such attributes are indeed fit for a Prince.

Author Reply:
Thanks for the support! It's always good to know I'm not lecturing in a vacuum. :)

LindeleaReviewed Chapter: 2 on 2/13/2004
Excellent points, in this and the previous chapter. I shall have to seek out Morgoth's Ring, for starters.

I have avoided elf-fiction, for the most part, concentrating on hobbits (though I began writing fanfic because of a fascination for Beregond and kind of side-stepped into hobbitry), but I have seen snippets of the themes you are refuting.

They made me approach writing Elves in general and Legolas in particular with great trepidation. I have been complimented on the joy of the Elves in my stories, which makes me think it is more common to find tortured, neurotic souls in the general LOTR elf-fanfic world.

In any event, if I get pulled away before reading and reviewing the last chapter of your essay, I wish to thank you for clarifying canon and Elves in my mind. I hope I do get to read all the way through...

Author Reply:
It seems angsty elves run rampant through fanfic in general, and that every Legolas-lover from every broken home in the world wants someone to commiserate with. As a result, these guys have taken quite an undeserved pounding.
Glad I was able to open a few windows to you. ;)
That's why I wrote it!

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