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The Gift  by Dot 17 Review(s)
TariReviewed Chapter: 1 on 12/27/2006
All I can say is wow! What a delightful story.

Author Reply: Thank you, Tari! I'm so pleased you enjoyed it - thanks for the review :-)

BrazgirlReviewed Chapter: 1 on 8/3/2005
Ah, what a delightful reading! Wonderful job. You caught a vision of Thranduil that amused me vary much. I like his relationship with his son.

Author Reply: Thank you so much! I'm a big fan of Thranduil's so it means a lot to me that you like my portrayal of him, especially of his relationship with Legolas. I'm so glad that you enjoyed it :-)

Brenda G.Reviewed Chapter: 1 on 7/29/2005
This was SO WARM AND WONDERFUL. The love between father and son is so apparent. Thranduil's gift was as much to Legolas as to the Land, and your gift to Daw has now become a gift to us all.

Thanks for this, Dot.

Author Reply: Oh, thank you! I'm so glad you like the relationship between the two of them. The depth of love between father and son was very important to me and I'm thrilled that it came through. I like the idea that Thranduil was maybe helping Legolas towards a little healing as well as the land. Thank you so very much for such a generous review, Brenda :-)

The KarenatorReviewed Chapter: 1 on 7/23/2005
Dot! I just saw this. How did I miss it? matter, I'm glad I found it.

What a beautiful tale. I've always thought that it was hard for Thranduil to see Legolas go to Ithilen, but I also think that he would have supported him in the decision. I really like how you've portrayed this event.

The scene where Thranduil and Legolas sing to the land and the trees to bring healing is just lovely. When Thranduil moved his hand and there was green growth beneath it, I gasped. Wonderful!

The relationship between father and son was so well done. There's love and respect and it was so nice to see them united in their 'elven magic'. And Thranduil generously pointed out Legolas's contribution to the healing. Sweet moment between them. I especially liked the part when Legolas told his father that Elrond had always said that Thranduil was as great a healer as he was, and Thranduil dryly agreed! I love funny Thranduil!

Just a lovely story and a wonderful birthday gift to a wonderful lady.

Thank you for all who were not having a birthday, but reaped the benefits.


Author Reply: This is a nice surprise this morning!

I think Thranduil would have understood Legolas' wish to bring elves to Ithilien, to bring life and healing to the place but as a father it must have been hard to let his son go again, especially when he was only going to remain in M-e for so long. I'm so glad you liked the portrayal of their relationship and of Thranduil's support of his son.

I wasn't sure if the part with the green growth under Thranduil's hand was too much so I'm very relieved you enjoyed it! The Elrond bit wasn't originally supposed to be funny but Thranduil couldn't help himself ;-)

Thank you so much for such a lovely review, Karen.

NilmandraReviewed Chapter: 1 on 7/22/2005
Apparently yesterday slipped by me entirely - I saw this at, not SoA first! Thats what I get for working so late.

This is really well done. I like wood-elf stories that show their connections to the land and the trees, and this did that really well, especially showing Thranduil's power. I like that it flows in Legolas too. That Thranduil would come and help heal Ithilien is a sign of his love - he is leaving a part of himself there.

Poor Thranduil - how sad for him to see Legolas go to spend his final time in Middle-earth near Men..and know that Legolas would soon need to sail anyway. Very poignant that he would give of himself to what he had to consider a temporary venture...though the effects would last much much longer.

Author Reply: LOL. You work too hard, Nilmandra!

I'm thrilled you liked Thranduil's connection to the land and trees. It's difficult, really, to understand the magic of the woodelves but I love the idea of him drawing his power from the forest. I hope Ithilien realises what a great gift it received, having the Elvenking give a part of himself to it!! I thought this would also be a nice connection between Thranduil and Legolas. It must be difficult for Thranduil to let Legolas go - in so many ways - and I wondered as I was writing what his reaction would be, but he loves his son :-)

Thank you so very much for this review. You're very kind :-)

BodkinReviewed Chapter: 1 on 7/22/2005
Lovely Thranduil/Legolas relationship. And, having seen the torment of the land, it isn't in Thranduil to leave it without trying to bring relief to the suffering of the remaining trees. Elrond is right when he describes Thranduil as a powerful healer.

I loved it when he raised his hand and there was green spreading from his touch and they could hear the whispers of life in the dead lands.

And I reckon that Thranduil only had to see Ithilien to know why Legolas could not resist the land's need. Regardless of Aragorn, regardless of the sea-longing, this is something that would call to a Wood Elf.

A delightful story, Dot.

Author Reply: Thank you, Bodkin! I'm delighted that you enjoyed this. I'm glad their relationship came through. I thought this might be something that would bring them even closer together.

I think Ithilien was deserted rather than damaged but I still figured that it would have seen some horror and been touched by evil, and even the memory of the fear of those living there would remain and be felt quite strongly by the elves. I think you're right that Thranduil, having gone there, couldn't turn away now and would also understand why his son felt he should stay there and restore the land. I love the thought of Thranduil as a healer too!

Thank you so much for such a great review :-)

TinnuialReviewed Chapter: 1 on 7/21/2005
That was so beautiful. I love this gentle side of Thranduil. I've always imagined Thranduil as a Woodland king to have a deep connection to the forest, just like the kings in old Arthurian legends who were inextricably connected to their lands. It suits him somehow. And you've put this connection into words so sweetly.
Thank you for sharing this with us.

Author Reply: I love your description of Thranduil as being like "the kings in old Arthurian legends who were inextricably connected to their lands." That's exactly how I'd picture woodelves, and the elvenking in particular! I'm so glad you felt that the conenction came across.

Thank you so much for such a lovely review :-)

KelseyReviewed Chapter: 1 on 7/21/2005
That was really, really sweet! Very good job. I love how songs can heal the lands. Very good story.

Author Reply: Thank you so much! It's hard to imagine what wood-elf magic would really be like but this is as close as I could get to it! I'm so glad you enjoyed it :-)

meckinockReviewed Chapter: 1 on 7/21/2005
This seemed like a very familiar scene - father goes to visit son's first apartment, is secretly appalled at the neighborhood, and brings his toolbox to help fix the broken appliances. Or not. I really liked how Thranduil is able to heal the trees, and how he supports Legolas even though he would rather have him at home. I also loved his dry comment about Elrond! Lovely story.

Author Reply: LOL. I think I'll have to get you to write the summary for me in future!

I do like powerful!Thranduil and I thought this might also be a good way for him to show support for his son's project as well as providing a little healing. And Elrond is very wise, you know!

Thank you so much for the review :-)

Rose SaredReviewed Chapter: 1 on 7/21/2005
Ah, the magic I would write if only I could. Thank you, inspirational after all the elf magic I have put in my fic recently, though I think i will leave it to the experts from now on LOL.
Much enjoyed

Author Reply: I was just speechless after reading this review! I had more or less finished this the other night and happened across your last chapter. Your descriptions of Legolas' song were so incredible that I nearly didn't post this! Seriously. Then I figured I should just bookmark it for the future so that I could refer to how this kind of thing should be done. Imagine my surprise when I got this review!

Thank you so much. I'm really touched by your lovely words and I'm glad you enjoyed it :-)

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