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Paths Taken  by daw the minstrel 239 Review(s)
Asms2Reviewed Chapter: 8 on 7/6/2016
This was actually one of the first of your stories that I read. It was before I started leaving regular reviews. I just re-read the second half, and was like, dang this is a good one! Lots of interaction between brothers and father/son. This line really stuck out to me: “Thranduil had a sudden glimmer of how unpleasant it was going to be if Legolas chose to “protest” being removed from the infirmary”. Haha.

Poor Ithilden trying to maintain composure after he is bitten. And Thranduil always strikes me as such a good father! He was trying to split time between his kids and did so pretty successfully.

You write family dynamics so well! It is a treat read :)

Author Reply: Thank you!

I just had email from the artist doing the cover for the book I have coming out in the fall, and she wanted to know what inspired me to write it. I said I was always inspired by family dynamics. Apparently, I'm stuck on that because I've been writing it a long time.

I wrote this one because I was still trying to get a handle on Ithilden as a character. To do that, I had to write more from his point of view. Before I tried to write, I never realized how powerful point of view is in revealing the character even to the writer.

“Thranduil had a sudden glimmer of how unpleasant it was going to be if Legolas chose to “protest” being removed from the infirmary

Yes indeed! LOL. Apparently even royal children are capable of making a scene even with a father as intimidating as Thranduil.

You're kind to write this now, long after you first read the story.


endorearwenReviewed Chapter: 8 on 8/9/2013
Another satisfying story, Daw! You must have the most interesting children because you certainly have created a truly believable, growing Legolas! The struggles of those in-between years and the necessary consequences that follow ill-considered decisions... I liked the slip of Legolas calling Thranduil 'ada' again at the infirmary - a gentle reminder that he isn't really as grown up as he would like the adults around him to believe! Perhaps he has learned a lesson about his limits and his lack of understanding of the dangers in the world about him.

I expected Ithilden to be 'not smooth with the ladies' as you put it in our last communication and hence we get to see the first hint of it in this story! ;-) I will admit, you made me a bit nervous with that double spider bite but I did get that he needed somehow to be back in that infirmary again! The release of stomach in front of the object of his affections was very clever! Learning to live with that little moment of weakness won't kill him in the long run!

And of Thranduil? I think my favourite line is from the scene where he and Ithilden talk about the camping trip and Thranduil's concerns about Legolas - “I have always looked forward to Eilian becoming a parent...But I begin to think you may offer me some amusement too, iôn-nín.” That brought more than just a passing smile and I'm afraid the laughter got a bit loud in the house (definitely have to be more careful reading at night...) Well done!

Author Reply: I have just one child, a son, and I admit I do draw on my memories of him at this age. He was a great kid, responsible and well-intentioned, but he was, after all, a kid. Luckily for him, there were no giant spiders or orcs in our neighborhood. It takes Legolas a while yet to adjust to the reality that they are in his.

I made myself laugh at poor Ithilden here. Puking in front of the girl he'd like to impress must have been just awful for him. Poor guy. He's so honorable and strong and he's prefer to stay that way, thank you very much.

Luckily for any children Ithilden might ever have, Legolas softened him up a little. :-)

pipinheartReviewed Chapter: 8 on 9/23/2005
I wonder if Alfirin likes the Archery master it seems Ithilden feels she does...

Author Reply: Ithilden is a dense male!

pipinheartReviewed Chapter: 7 on 9/23/2005
Ithilden is sick and feels guilty about not watching Legolas more... Alfrin sat by him as he was sick,it seems she may like him too..

Author Reply: Ithilden is in a bad way, but at least he has a pretty girl to help him. Of course, he's not sure that having her watch him throw up is the way to win her heart.

pipinheartReviewed Chapter: 5 on 9/23/2005
Spiders, I didn't know they talked... But Legolas is helping his brother I hope Ithildren will be allright

Author Reply: The spiders in The Hobbit talked. I hesitated to make them do it here, but it turned out to be pretty creepy.

pipinheartReviewed Chapter: 4 on 9/23/2005
Poor Ithildren, he and Legolas are having a bad day, they seem to rub each other the wrong way. Legolas is stubron and dosen't listen to well, and wants to do everything his way...

Author Reply: Legolas is very stubborn. It's the age, I think. He'll grow out of it, assuming Ithilden doesn't kill him!

pipinheartReviewed Chapter: 3 on 9/23/2005
I feel for Legolas. He feels his father bosses him around and his brother to, and nobody lets him do anything he wants. They are overprotective, and should be a little more flexible..
Ithilden hasn't taken a leave in 4 yrs...Quite funny how his asssistant told him that...

Author Reply: Legolas does feel like he has a lot of people bossing him around. They're so aware of how dangerous things can get and they remember the death of his mother. But it's not good for him to be over-protected. You're right about that.

shana40347@aol.comReviewed Chapter: 1 on 9/22/2005
Legolas needs his father to be more invoved if only he'd take the time... His older brother Has a love interest, nice for him.

Author Reply: Ithilden's courtship of Alfirin is long and slow, but in the long run, she'll be very good for him, I think. Legolas does need his father, but Thranduil is pretty busy.

EmilyReviewed Chapter: 8 on 8/20/2004
I really do love Ithilden. He's wonderful. He's just what I wish my brothers were. The plot was so wonderful. Poor Ithilden. Thranduil's comments about looking forward to Ithilden having sons made me smile. Poor guy doesn't know what he's getting into.

Legolas is the one who really tugs at my heart here. I'm the family baby and can relate to a lot of what he went through here. Nothing he does is right, he's always being told what to do, and he's probably at the stage where his voice tends to be whiny. Add to it that he's surrounded by warriors with no motherly influence...yes, it's hard being baby.

The prank was perfect. Just the kind of thing a boy his age would go for. Still...ugh...I hate snakes! Give me a spider of ridiculously monstrous size any day over a baby snake. Speaking of spiders...

Wow! They creeped me out. Glad they were nice and safe on the other side of my computer screen. Ithilden made me love him more with his rescue. Then brave Legolas stole the show. I simply exaulted when he made Thranduil take Ithilden on his horse. What a kid!

I love Annael's nana! I really loved the ending, where she's singing a lullaby to the forest. Beautiful and very Wood-elfy.

Author Reply: You are certainly jumping around in terms of Legolas's age here! That's ok. I didn't write the stories in any particular order either. I like being able to go back to Little Legolas after I've written something like "Tangled Web," with its big battle scenes.

I wrote this story partly because I wanted to get a better handle on Ithilden, who was much harder for me to get clear in my head than Eilian was. But you better not let Legolas hear you calling him a baby! :-) I'm a middle child myself, so my sympathies are with Eilian.

It wasn't until I started writing about the spiders that I realized how nasty they were. Ick. Poor Legolas, caught in the web. It must have been so wonderful when he felt Ithilden's arm around his waist as his big brother cut him loose.

I love Annael's family in general -- his father (whom you saw speaking to Eilian in "My Brother's Keeper") and his mother (who turns up in a lot of my stories). Legolas was lucky to have this normal family to go to, not just because his mother was dead but also because they didn't live in a palace and he saw another side of life.

tianaiaReviewed Chapter: 8 on 8/8/2004
i like your story. i like the childlike innoence(sorry but i dont know how to spell that)lol. I said i like the childlike innocence* but i also liked the older brotherly love and then jumped to the responsibility so its like legolas gained some sort of maturity and responsibility under bizarre circumstances.

Author Reply: Thank you, tianaia. Yeah, I thought that both brothers had some things to learn here. Legolas did a brave thing in going for help by himself, but he also had to admit that he behaved a little badly. And Ithilden learned that Legolas was not someone to be ordered around like a warrior. They each learned about their own limitations.

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