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Reflections from the Paradise of Elves  by Bodkin 5 Review(s)
lwarrenReviewed Chapter: 51 on 1/19/2005
I can't imagine how close twins must be, much less of the elven variety! Nimloth in withdrawal from her twin was rather intimidating! I loved the 3 adars trying to formulate a plan to help her out...and in the end Aewlin had the best solution of all! Round 1 to Aewlin, 1 of many I'm afraid! Good description of Nimloth's frustrated anger and hurt...I was ducking those rocks! LOL Another great chapter!


Author Reply: Yes, I don't think Nimloth is one to shut herself away and cry. Much like her great-grandmother. I think they might get on quite well together when Nimloth outgrows her 'pain in the butt' phase.

Aewlin is more subtle - maybe more of a Celeborn. Don't know, haven't quite thought of them in that way.

Growing up is a tough experience - everything is so earth-shattering, and being told that in a few weeks time something won't matter makes no impression, when just at the moment it matters very much.

Poor adars. Their hearts are going to be torn regularly over the next decades. (The hearts of their naneths, too, but they only appear peripherally in these.)

SharonBReviewed Chapter: 51 on 1/17/2005
Yes, our boys have the rights of it. It's hard to stand back and let our little ones grow especially when they have this type of pain to go through. But I had to laugh at Elladan's description of what he thinks girls might get trained in. LOL, is he truly that clueless? ;-) But Nimloth's dad certainly has the right solution to really help her. And at least her twin did the right thing to diffuse the situation as well. Elrohir's little girls are growing up.

Author Reply: You can do your best to intervene and soothe things down - but you can't change the reality of the changes that are taking place. Perhaps Miriwen should take Elladan in hand and insist on a bit of role reversal until he has more grasp of what is involved in running a large household! (He might not be that aware of girlie-lessons - too busy training / orc-slaying / being macho - and, of course, the twins were over a century older than Arwen. He only has a son, too, so maybe he's just not paid much attention.)

Elrohir knows the limitations of what he can do - but being assured of unconditional love is very warming, and he has learned from his own experience not to push her where she is not ready to go. And Aewlin is clever - good empathy, especially with Nimloth. They are beginning to change - a good thing in some ways, but it is still sad when your little ones begin to grow up.

elliskaReviewed Chapter: 51 on 1/17/2005
Hi, sorry about the blank review. I got distracted and started clicking the wrong buttons. :)

This chapter was a sad little glimpse at the elflings but unfortunately all too true. Children do find it so difficult to grow apart in interests that way and it takes some time to recover from that. But the way you used that to explore everyone's personality was really clever. I always love seeing these!

Author Reply: Growing up is hard - and taking 2-3 times as long to do it won't make it any easier. And being identical twins must be harder that Eleniel and Galenthil's fraternal bond.

Thank you. I love doing these - and there appears to be no likelihood of them ending anytime soon.

Jay of LasgalenReviewed Chapter: 51 on 1/17/2005
Poor Nimloth. Elrohir is right, the fact that he knows what is happening won't make it any easier for her - but he *does* understand a twin bond, and it must help a little.

I liked the glimpse into the twins' childhood, and the hint of discord there when they were growing up.


Author Reply: It'll help him, probably. He can try to encourage Sirithiel to believe that it's only a phase and will pass soon enough, but I doubt it'll be much consolation to Nimloth. Kids do have a tendency to believe that their experiences are unique - because old people certainly can't have felt the way they do now.

The twins can't have live in sweetness and harmony ALL the time. And maturing (like learning) is uneven, rather than a nice smooth progression.

daw the minstrelReviewed Chapter: 51 on 1/17/2005
This would be a hard moment for twins, especially identical ones. They must have issues in working out their separate ways. But at least Elrohir would have known about this whereas most parents wouldn't. Actually, I think his answer "love her" is good for most of what ails kids.

Author Reply: Growing up is painful at the best of times - but, when your other half wants to change and you don't, it must be hard. Loving them is always a good policy. So is standing back, but it's hard to do.

At least in a couple of centuries they'll be able to look back and smile about it.

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