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Reflections from the Paradise of Elves  by Bodkin 10 Review(s)
LarnerReviewed Chapter: 86 on 12/15/2006
And all have acquitted themselves well. Am so glad the twins were the first down to do the on-site assists. Now, to get them out of there at long last.

Author Reply: Well - the twins weren't actually there at all ... not in the story that ended up being written. But if they had been, they would have left no stone unturned!

And this adventure served the purpose of increasing the understanding between father-and-son-in-law. So it wasn't all bad!

EllieReviewed Chapter: 86 on 12/14/2006
Even though it is AU to the other story, it is still a good tale. I love the bantering back and forth and the obvious respect and love.

Author Reply: I thought it was too nice to lose! Even though it's not what actually happened, right? E2L are just so great together!

SeleneReviewed Chapter: 86 on 10/28/2006
The twins to the rescue :) (sorry I'm a bit obsest by them)
Well it's good to know that the twins are "not completely stupid" because otherwise the both of them would have been in there for a long time.

Author Reply: The twins are rather delicious, I must admit! I think having had each other's company and support through over 3000 years, they have probably the closest sibling relationship possible - and that 120 years of Elessar's reign with Legolas in Ithilien has made a bond between the three of them - mainly because no-one else shares the same experience!

And I think that the twins would raise their eyebrows at the suggestion that they might be 'completely stupid' - and dismiss the insult! Under the circumstances.

perellethReviewed Chapter: 86 on 10/26/2006
‘Even your offspring have never got themselves in quite such a mess!’ For some reason this made me chuckle. It is fun to picture the elflings' reaction at seeing their Adar in such a state...once the fretting and worrying is over! Amusing AU.

Author Reply: I can just see them looking smug. And as if butter wouldn't melt in their mouths!

It worked better without the twins as a story - and I've just realised that the twins haven't really featured much for ages ... they really need to stop being so shy! Thank you.

RedheredhReviewed Chapter: 86 on 10/15/2006
Great dialogue is what I love about "Reflections"! Although, I preferred following this incident in "Bridges". Primarily, because Taryatur could have a voice and not be silenced by the necessities of format. Thus, seem less capable than he actually is. At least, as capable as he is when not suffering a flashback.

Author Reply: Poor Taryatur! Relegated to the background in his own story! E2L do tend to take over when they're together - and they can say anything to each other, too, which makes their conversations such fun to write.

EllieReviewed Chapter: 86 on 10/15/2006
This was nice. It is still AU from the other story, but I like it just the same. Makes me feel even more sorry for the dad-in-law with him being injured. You do such a wonderful job writing the twins and Legolas. Very nice and always well done.

Author Reply: Poor Taryatur - he had to be rendered unconscious, just to be sure he didn't attempt to speak and upset the conventions of the Reflections!

E2L are such fun to write - they know and understand each other so well that they don't have to bother with things like politeness. Thank you.

Jay of LasgalenReviewed Chapter: 86 on 10/15/2006
It's getting very> AU from Bridges now! I'm glad that you posted this as a separate tale, though - it would have been a shame to miss E2's efforts to locate Legolas.

There are always intriguing references to other events in your stories, that leave me wanting to learn the backstory. This, for instance: 'Time slows down – and you can see all possible outcomes and all the things you wish you had done flash before you.’

‘Oh yes,’ Elladan said. ‘I know the feeling.'

I love this comment of Elrohir's: '‘Oh my,’ Elrohir said, ‘we never thought of that. We will be stuck here for ever!’ :>) The friendship between E2L is great!

Author Reply: I did like the way E2 responded to the crisis - and they assured me that this is what would have happened if only they'd had the chance!

I hadn't even thought of that as being backstory, but of course it is... I don't know when, though. Perhaps it's part of the dragon story.... Maybe.

E2L are such fun.

LiannaReviewed Chapter: 86 on 10/15/2006
This is good, but I think the real Bridges is better. I think I prefer the competent Taryatur of Bridges to one who misjudges his own ability to make a climb. I like the element in Bridges of the whole unfortunate situation being a result of Taryatur's less-than-effective ways of coping with his war memories. And as much as I like the dynamics of E, E, and L, I think it was better for Legolas's and Taryatur's own families to be the ones who found them. This is an interesting alternate version, though.

Author Reply: Poor Taryatur had to be rendered unconscious here - as nobody but E2L are allowed to speak. But much as I liked parts of this, it just didn't fit with the way Bridges turned out. But it's been sitting in its file for a long time - and the twins said they would have been in on the rescue if only they had been there!

daw the minstrelReviewed Chapter: 86 on 10/15/2006
I like this version of the Lost story too. Legolas's surprise that he could fall made me laugh, but his wonder at Taryatur's heroic behavior is touching.

Author Reply: I did originally intend to make the two stories work together - but Bridges just went off in a different direction. I think Taryatur is much misunderstood - and that (with luck) Legolas will end up with a pretty good relationship with him. They're still circling each other rather warily at the moment, though.

KittyReviewed Chapter: 86 on 10/15/2006
I can see it happen that way, too. If the twins had been around and Legolas and Taryatur not been found so fast and all that ...

It's always nice to have my three favourite elves together, and their reactions seem so very like them - jesting in spite of the gravity of the situation.

I wonder if Legolas and Taryatur have formed a bond here, too - it seems not to be so. But you're right - it would be interesting to see the reactions of the twins to have the two on friendly terms for a change. If that isn't a new plot bunny for you? ;)

Author Reply: Could have done, couldn't it! I'm sure the twins would have liked to be there to take part in the rescue. If only so they could tease!

We don't see Legolas and Taryatur together here - I think it would have made a difference to them. Taryatur came after Legolas, after all.

I'm sure there will end up being some friendly Taryatur/Legolas interaction. Maybe even with Oropher. You never know!

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