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Battle of the Golden Wood  by Marnie 4 Review(s)
whitewaveReviewed Chapter: 14 on 1/1/2009
These middle chapters are so exciting--the words give a good picture of what the defenders would have been going through and it fleshes out the few words in canon that mentioned the valor of the Galadhrim, which I wish had been shown in the movie instead of that "Haldir dies in Helm's Deep" scene. The detail about the elves re-using the arrows gives it an extra edge and sense of urgency.

Eruanneth_LuinReviewed Chapter: 14 on 10/22/2004
< Even beneath the oppression of the circling wraith, Calandil laughed at the thought, and wheeled away. >
< There, on his right, speeding towards the safety of the Golden Wood was the gleam and glimmer of Calandil's force, a brightness about it. Like spring after winter, or the dawn after a night of grief seemed Calandil as he cleft his way through the foe. A glad lord, alight with gold. >

The last glimpse of the gaily laughing warrior, cut down by an undead wraith the next moment; his passing to the Halls of Mandos a deep unhealing wound to the noble lord he loved and served his long joyful life.

Though I read of him only briefly, he holds a special place in my heart. Thank you.

Author Reply: I just couldn't leave him there either ;) It was partly Calandil's death which inspired me to write 'Seeds'. It seemed so unfair to do that to him, so I had to get him into the 'happy ending' story afterwards. At least we know that things turn out well for him in the end :)

Thanks for the review!

CorielReviewed Chapter: 14 on 1/9/2004
Oh no! Haldir is certainly in a bad way, but since I've already seen a non-canonical death for him, it won't surprise me if he goes that way here. But now Calandil has followed Beleg; it seems that my new favorite characters get picked off fairly quickly!

Anyway, besides all that, you are turning me absolutely green with all these great and cool descriptions of Celeborn. I particularly like that bit, "At that Celeborn smiled, like the gleam on the edge of a sword." Aaa! I simply HAVE to keep that theme in mind and see if I can't do much the same for Thranduil without being a copycat. ;)

Unfortunately, time presses, and I can't go read the next chapter yet. If only this weren't a school day!

TolkienFanReviewed Chapter: 14 on 10/6/2003

This is an excellent story, very detailed, and the characters really do seem realistic.

I very much look forward to each chapter. Please update soon!

Thank you!

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