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Reflections from the Paradise of Elves  by Bodkin 12 Review(s)
aiholicReviewed Chapter: 5 on 3/19/2016
It might be of interest for you to know I took an English paper on Tolkien literature that had the same exact question Elladan asked: what is the purpose of Arwen in LOTR, and suffice to say I'm happy I'm of the same mind as Legolas and said the exact same thing except mine is a bit more long winded and less of the corpse and maggots prose XD

LarnerReviewed Chapter: 5 on 3/30/2006
Arwen's song does go on.

The speculation here is weighty--until we think of perhaps Legolas as Aragorn's father-in-law. Now, that is an image that is priceless!

I love the subtle blend of humor and grief.

Author Reply: Elladan, Elrohir and Legolas are not going to let go of their memories of those they love - but they're not going to wallow, either. They will insist on combining humour with regret. And pride.

ArmarielReviewed Chapter: 5 on 10/23/2005
Funny and rather sweet too. Loving this I am........

Author Reply: I'm glad. It's quite a long time since I wrote some of these. But some still touch a soft spot - and this is one of them!

LeawardReviewed Chapter: 5 on 5/26/2005
I've finally got around to reading this, Bodkin, and what a treasure! I love the thought you've put into Arwen's being the lynchpin of the whole fight against Sauron. What a wonderfully insightful idea!

And your twins and Legolas are portrayed so well, I'm quite enjoying this.

Author Reply: I'm glad you're enjoying it! It has been huge fun to write. No plots. No sustained action. Just three friends talking and teasing each other.

The only thing is that it has become so long it's probably off-putting to those coming on it now who think it will take for ever to read. Each segment, though, is (by my rules) no more than two pages of Word and nobody but the twins and Legolas are allowed to speak. (Occasional sleeping elflings turn up.)

I do feel there is a whole 'fate' element that means that Arwen was predestined to be Aragorn's emotional motivation for carrying on dauntlessly through the long years of trial.

I hope you continue to enjoy them - and last long enough to get to some of my favourites!

LindeleaReviewed Chapter: 5 on 5/30/2004
Oh, lovely, bittersweet chapter!

Legolas sighed and turned his back, lifting his face to the sun and closing his eyes. ‘The Dark Lord in control of Middle Earth; Men reduced to slavery; Dwarves and Hobbits wiped out; the Elves in flight, waiting for the final attack as the forces of the Shadow proliferate like maggots in the corpse of Arda?’

How clear Legolas' vision is! I caught my breath at this speech.

The ending is comforting. "Her song goes on" indeed.

Author Reply: I think Arwen was an absolutely necessary part of the fight - even though she just hung around and did girly things - because she provided the backbone and gave Aragorn the reason to fight. I also feel that Elrond and Galadriel knew she was the sacrifice - because otherwise she would have been in Imladris changing little Estel's smelly diapers/nappies. Can you think of a bigger turn-off than that!

I was thinking of the traditional tale 'All for the want of a horse-shoe nail'. Without that one small element, everything led to disaster.

This one is less - pointless? - than the rest. But that is how it came.

OakWolfReviewed Chapter: 5 on 5/24/2004
ROFL:Legolas as Aragorn's ada in law,LOLOLOLOLOL.....

Author Reply: Neither of them would know how to cope, would they!

Aislynn CrowdaughterReviewed Chapter: 5 on 5/23/2004
Hi! This part is unexpectedly earnest after the slightly ironic mood of the others, but I like it, too. And I loved the idea about Legolas telling Aragorn "stay away from my daughter"! This story is great. anyway, I think you should put all the parts as chapters in one story; it is irritating to have them announced as different stories when they are obviously just different parts of the same one.

Greetings to you,


Author Reply: OK, I will amalgamate the separate sections. I put part 2 in on its own because there really is not any consecutive thought or planning to them. They just arrive almost fully formed. However they do seem to be in sequence, so they should work as one.

They are fun to do! (And they just happened to be going through a serious moment here - they do have them, from time to time.)

NikaraReviewed Chapter: 5 on 5/22/2004
Very nice. Yes, this should be all part of one story. It would make the flow a lot better.

Author Reply: Thank you. Opinion seems to agree. I will assemble them into one, although they are episodic rather than designed to flow. In fact, there was never intended to be more than one, but they keep talking in my head as I am driving. Silly elves.

Elena TirielReviewed Chapter: 5 on 5/22/2004
Hi Bodkin,

I echo Jay's words. Nice story!

I also recommend sending an email to Nilmandra and Rorrah, asking if it is possible to copy reviews from one story to another. They *may* be able to do so, and since there is not a huge number, they *may* be willing to help you with this (it probably has to be done by hand).

Hope this helps!
- Barbara

Author Reply: Thank you.

I think I will try putting it together. Although the fact that it is not actually a story will probably show more - it just comes as bursts of frivolous conversation. Which do follow in sequence - at least at the moment.

daw the minstrelReviewed Chapter: 5 on 5/22/2004
This is sad, but I think Legolas is right. Arwen and Aragorn were fated for one another, although I suppose they could have refused that fate.

Author Reply: One of the things about fate, though, is its inevitability. And I suppose it becomes even more inevitable (tautology, I know) in a world where there are all-powerful figures like the Valar and the Istari who will intervene to ensure that what should happen, will happen. I suspect that Arwen became set up as sacrifice about the same time that Luthien met Beren - there is a completeness to the pattern. (Actually, even that was probably a set up, just like Elu Thingol and Melian.)

The most tragic aspect is not so much Arwen's eventual death - after all, elves did die in battle - but the eternal division of the first and second born. When Celebrian sailed, it was sad, but they all knew that they would be reunited in time, but Arwen and Aragorn will be divided from their family even after death.

La famille Elrond get a fairly rough deal one way or another.

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