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Reflections from the Paradise of Elves  by Bodkin 5 Review(s)
NilmandraReviewed Chapter: 36 on 9/12/2004
LOL at the fathers being in trouble...especially Elladan merely by association, although I suppose they consider child raising a household affair.

The funny thing is, I actualy cannot imagine Elrond being in trouble with Celebrian like this. I can imagine Celeborn being in trouble with Galadriel for aiding and abetting his daughter when she was young though :D

Author Reply: You are very clever, Nilmandra. I can't imagine Elrond in this situation either now you mention it. But I can see Glorfindel, as adopted uncle, falling into these situations all the time.

And I can picture Galadriel looking daggers at Celeborn - and him sharing the trouble rather than automatically getting the blame.

Maybe it's because Elladan, Elrohir, Legolas and Glorfindel seem so much more light-hearted - and are so famed for their own mischief.

I imagine the twins went for shared responsibility in their early youth - I can't see either wanting the other to be blamed for something on his own, and it certainly would have been one way of attempting to make them think before they threw themselves into adventure.

I quite like the idea of extended family and all living together in an enormous house and raising children with all their kin around them. (As long as I'm excluded, of course.) It's probably very good for the children.

EllieReviewed Chapter: 36 on 9/12/2004
Oh boy. Too funny! Yuck! but funny.

I think that Elrohir and Legolas will make most formidable fathers of their pretty daughters. They should deter the suitors for a little while at least.

Author Reply: Poor elflings.

There's a saying that poachers make the best gamekeepers. I suspect that Elrohir and Legolas will do their very best to protect their daughters from the dangers of boys. They won't stand a chance, of course. They might scare the boys, but their daughters will run rings round them.

Jay of LasgalenReviewed Chapter: 36 on 9/12/2004
Poor elflings - getting drunk on stolen punch! I knew they had wine down there! And sure enough, their fathers are to blame. I must say I'd be surprised if Elladan and Elrohir didn't have a very similar experience at some feast in Imladris when they were young - oh, is that a plot bunny I see?


Author Reply: Elrohir and Elladan getting into something they weren't supposed to? Is that likely?

Fathers are always to blame. It's a good rule to establish when the children are very small. Fortunately the elflings were - unwell - although I suspect one of the things that their wives found so annoying was that they were unwell in the middle of the dance floor, instead of having been whipped smartly outside.

But they will learn. Well, the elflings will. Not so sure about the fathers.

daw the minstrelReviewed Chapter: 36 on 9/12/2004
Oh dear. That must have been a mess!

Actually, little kids and alcohol don't mix at all. One of my friend's kids drank mouthwash when he was toddler and the doctor had her give him stuff so that he'd throw it up again. Apparently alcohol poisoning is a real risk. So these elves should be all happy about how lucky they are! :-)

Author Reply: Alcohol is a good thing to keep away from kids. Drinking mouthwash - yuk. Another thing they are sometimes known to do is go round finishing what is in everyone's glass. Still, maybe elves are genetically less susceptible to wine - they seem to drink enough of it.

They've got (very quickly I know) slightly beyond the toddler stage - they are learning archery now, so must be sixish (HE), at least, for Elrohir's and a bit older for the others. (How time flies!) This is really, really episodic and odd moments.

elliskaReviewed Chapter: 36 on 9/12/2004
I knew it had to be wine or something like that--pretty fruity looking punch is even better. This was hilarious. Can't you just see three husbands swaeting over how much trouble they'll be in after their kids get in trouble? That is how it always works (at least it certainly did in my household) and it is so funny to see in Legolas and the twins. Sounds like the children had a memorable experience. My favorite part though was: 'Oh well - I can think of one good outcome to this,’ Elladan said, stretching and yawning as he spoke.
‘Which is?’ ‘I do not believe we will be trusted to look after elflings at a ball for a good few years.’ If only it were that simple. :) It is wonderful that this one really can continue for a long time. Legolas (and probably worse still, the twins) with daughters old enough to be courted--oh trouble!

Author Reply: It's always adar's fault. That's a rule worth establishing from the start! If they had spoiled the elflings fun when they weren't doing anything, they would be in hot water - but you can guarantee that turning a blind eye means they will have been doing something terrible. E2L will survive - they've dealt with worse things than cross wives.

They will not be trusted to look after the elflings for a while - and be reminded of their shortcomings for a while longer - but no exhausted mother will refrain from handing the kids over to dad for too long!

Can't you just see their faces when their little girls start taking an interest in boys!

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