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Reflections from the Paradise of Elves  by Bodkin 5 Review(s)
Jay of LasgalenReviewed Chapter: 53 on 2/5/2005
The picture of the elves dancing in the woods by moonlight and firelight is magical. It's a lovely image.

I always find discussions of the twins' heritage interesting - it's so mixed and complex. It must be strange to have such famous legends as your relatives - Lúthien, Earendil, etc. I liked this line:

'You could be a hobbit,’ Legolas said disapprovingly.

‘One of the races, at least, to which we are not related,’ Elrohir observed.'
True - hobbits, and dwarves. They're related to everything else!

What's Elladan planning? Is it time for Elrin to have a younger brother or sister?

Author Reply: Elladan. H'mm. Will become apparent shortly.

Not related to hobbits and dwarves. And possibly trolls. Because, of course, elves and orcses . . .

Their heritage is fascinating - I am fairly family tree obsessed at the best of times, and the family of Elrond covers various sheets of paper as I've had a go at working out their various percentages of what. It's a little hit and miss, as Tolkien decided to omit various unimportant people like Celeborn's mother - and Earwen's - and Turgon's - and Galadhon's - and practically all the women of the Edain.

I'm glad you liked seeing them celebrating in the woods - it has a certain excitement that is missing from their more orderly lordly behaviour.

SharonBReviewed Chapter: 53 on 2/2/2005
LOL, those three as always. It always does end in smoething, eh? A dare ... I wonder to what kind of dance? LOL, that their children might learn to take after them ... ‘We do not accept challenges without thought.’ As if this is compensation ... we'll think about it but still do it anyway? Is it any wonder that they need to make sure the elfings are being properly supervised, with such heritage mayhaps they should just lock them away forever. ;-)

Nice to see a hobbit reference in there. I wonder how much Loegoals thinks of his hobbit friends.

Author Reply: One of those very masculine energetic dances, I think. Competitive dancing.

And we come to competition again. How can they turn down a challenge? I expect they feel that they grew up all right - and optimistically expect their elflings to do the same. At least there are no orcs for them to have to face.

Elven memory being pretty sharp, I expect the Nine Walkers have their home in Legolas's mind - but he would have had to move on if he was not to stagnate. I think memory hits them sometimes, unexpectedly - especially when they are in their 'free time'.

I wonder if Legolas was remembering the time the Dwarves and Bilbo burst in on the feast?

elliskaReviewed Chapter: 53 on 2/2/2005
Ahh, I love the image of Legolas and his wife dancing in the forest. How beautiful that is. And I love the twins' memories of their first feast in Eryn Lasgalen. I loved picturing Elrond and Celebrian dancing and the twin's reaction to that.

‘You could be a hobbit,’ Legolas said disapprovingly.

‘One of the races, at least, to which we are not related,’ Elrohir observed.

Great interchange. I just love these. May they keep coming to your head.

Author Reply: They will! Although I now only have one in store.

Yes. Hobbits and Dwarves - neither of those races is on the family tree of the Elrondionnath. Although one could argue that Legolas is related to the Dwarves - by affection, if not blood.

(And there does seem to be something slightly elven about hobbits at times.)

I loved picturing Elrond letting his hair down and giving in to his Sindar / Maiar side.

LindeleaReviewed Chapter: 53 on 2/2/2005
A nice glimpse and a bow to "The Hobbit".

I laughed aloud at this: Two pairs of eyes met his disbelievingly.

The talk of Elrond joining the dance made me catch my breath somehow.


Author Reply: Thank you. These three know each other so well - they know exactly which buttons to press to wind each other up.

I think Elrond has hidden wild depths beneath his sober disciplined exterior. Perhaps Celebrian will take it as her duty in the Blessed Realm to liberate the poet from the politician.

daw the minstrelReviewed Chapter: 53 on 2/2/2005
You really are good at evoking atmosphere, Bodkin. The first few paragraphs of this are lovely, and the image of the wilder dancing is very evocative. It's like these elves are part of a more primitive world even while they are, in some ways, more refined than we will ever be. And what has Elladan got up his sleeve?

Author Reply: Thank you! They are closer to - well, reality, I suppose - nature. And that is pretty primitive.

Elladan's secret? Will be revealed in time!!

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