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Discretion  by Bodkin 174 Review(s)
Kitt OtterReviewed Chapter: 14 on 5/18/2008
“Galadriel’s voice held the bloodstained shadow of Alqualondë; the attrition of the Grinding Ice; the final echo of the screams in Menegroth.” – ooh, that is haunting.
Glorfindel’s little horse was Asfaloth? How wonderful! *g* The twins smiles seem rather creepy to me. I almost feel sorry for Glorfindel. “Elf of mystery...” Then again, Glorfindel needs to learn to laugh at his own golden self.
Perfect conclusion. I really enjoyed this story. ;)
-Kitt

Kitt OtterReviewed Chapter: 10 on 5/17/2008
I had to laugh (maybe with some wickedness) at the suggestion of asking Aule the new meaning of their words...
It was sweet when Legolas quoted Gimli.
I loved the moment Celebrian had with her sons, blooming so warmly with their affection.
-Kitt

Kitt OtterReviewed Chapter: 8 on 5/16/2008
Now the twins know they knew! Well, it was fun while it lasted... but Legolas is right. Brave of him to stand up to Galadriel. *g* And the aftereffect - just how many Elves really have been mimicking the twin's vocabulary? I guess this has a long way yet to being resolved.
-Kitt

Kitt OtterReviewed Chapter: 6 on 5/15/2008
Good, Gimli told Aragorn; at least he won't embarass himself further. I trully can imagine why Arwen does not want to spoil it for her brothers. "eyes of liquid starlight" - that was good; simple and poetic.

I liked the interaction between Elrond and Celebrian; their happy thought from the long seperation from their sons could only me smile. (As well as the "conversation" they overheard).

-Kitt

Kitt OtterReviewed Chapter: 4 on 5/13/2008
Poignant scene for Galadriel and Celeborn, tied flawlessly through with the discussion of their grandson’s, uh, battle cries.
Light in dark indeed.

I like the way you expressed how the twins hide their sadness in mirth. At least Gimli is wise enough not to be the one to tell them, and to watch out for his Elf.
And Aragorn does it too! Oh sigh.

-Kitt

Kitt OtterReviewed Chapter: 2 on 5/12/2008
Ha! So many knew. It took at least an age for the twins to catch on, did it not? : )
‘Wilier,’ Glorfindel contradicted him. ‘By far.’ - That is my favorite line. Wily is too fitting of a word.

-Kitt


Kitt OtterReviewed Chapter: 1 on 5/10/2008
Redheredh directed me to this story and I am not disapointed. This is fun. You have simple, vivid descriptions that I admire. Oh, the revelation in the twins and Legolas's conversation was too funny. How embarrassing for the two Els, though. At least their family is merciful about it. : )
Will read more.
-Kitt

Author Reply: Thank you, Kitt. I'm glad you liked it. I hope you find other stories that you enjoy. Redheredh - and her stories - are great!

DreamflowerReviewed Chapter: 14 on 10/11/2005
This was utterly delightful! How nice to see those who had to spend millenia intriguing and manipulating simply in order to survive and help their people, now putting that same intelligence and cunning to work on something as harmless as maintaining a little joke.

By far, my favorite parts were Gimli's determination that *his* Elf was not going to be made a fool of, oh no. And Galadriel's amusement being so transparent to Celeborn. Just lovely.

Of course, there are now all those garbled phrases being repeated throughout Arda. And I wonder what other members of the Fellowship besides Aragorn might have picked them up, and if the Great Smials and Brandy Hall occasionally also echo to the desire to be a Dwarven maiden's lap-dog.

And you didn't happen to mention *Gandalf's* reaction. *snerk*

Author Reply: I am so glad you liked it! Elven jokes just never fizzle out - there's always someone there who can revive them!

I love Gimli - and his possessiveness about his elf really amuses me. (I wonder what Legolas thinks of it?) And I'm very attached to the relationship I see between Galadriel and Celeborn - of deep love, infinite understanding and a judicious dose of spice!

The thought of Pippin perpetrating mangled Khuzdul is rather amusing. It is just the sort of thing he would pick up! And Merry - warrior's words. I wonder if Gimli would let them in on the secret and just leave the elves to play with the secret language.

Gandalf. Never thought of him. Now there's an idea!!

harrowcatReviewed Chapter: 14 on 9/30/2005
Enough of the secret tongue for now ? Never!!!!
Sad this is ended but a brilliant last chapter. Imagining what people are saying about you is worse than actually knowing!

Author Reply: Well - Elrond thinks he's got off easily. And he doesn't want any boats rocking just now. Maybe in a few centuries they'll all find it funny.

Who would have thought that Glorfindel would be so sensitive! I don't think he likes feeling that the balance of power might have shifted a little - but I'm sure he'll be getting his own back.

It had to end - but I had tremendous fun with this and I'm glad you enjoyed it. Thanks for coming along for the ride!

KittyReviewed Chapter: 14 on 9/30/2005
*LOL* Another hilarious chapter! *wipes eyes*

Glorfindel considered her point and rejected it. ‘Do you think I appreciate hearing words casually dropped about the stuffed toy I took into the bath with me?’ Well, why not? It is so cute to imagine the mighty elf-lord as a little elfling! Anyway, probably everyone did this as child, elf or man, then why is it so bad? There could be much worser stories! *thinks of some my mother tells about me*

There were times, she thought, when Glorfindel’s delight in being an elf of mystery was a little overdone Coming from *Galadriel*, the mysterious Lady of the Golden Wood, that's funny!

I am left constantly suspecting that I am the butt of their amusement. And that is bothering the mighty balrog-slayer? *eg*

Elrond smirked, his friend decided resentfully. There was no other word for it. However he tried to shield it, the half-elf was enjoying watching him squirm. Perhaps, he thought, a word with Elwing was required. She had not spent long with her sons, but enough, surely, to be able to provide him with some barbed arrows. *Then* this game will be going out of hand completely. But the image of all these elf-lords, looking for embarassing childhood stories about each other ... *rofl*

Elrond rested an affectionate hand on his friend’s shoulder. ‘It would seem that we all want what we cannot have,’ he remarked. ‘I would like the chance to hear tales of my youth from those who cared for me.’ That is a bit sad. Poor Elrond, he'd lost so much in his life and so early on top of everything!

‘And a defeat that does not appear to be a defeat is a form of victory, is it not? And a victory that seems to be a defeat is still a victory.’ Now, that I would call 'blandishing'!

Uh, I should quit this, else I quote the whole chapter ...

I am sad this story has come to an end, Bodkin. (Well, at last this time is will seem so!) Thank you for a lot of fun! I'm still grinning every time I think about it and will re-read it repeatedly. It was so wonderful and funny and I enjoyed it so much!

Author Reply: I don't think Glorfindel wants to be cute. Cool. Sophisticated. Skilled. Powerful. But not cute! (Galadriel was very selective in choosing who should meet the twins. I'm sure there are some rather more saucy stories out there.)

Elves of mystery - well, it takes one drama queen to appreciate another fully! And people who enjoy their own mystique don't much like being laughed at. (Not that either of them really take themselves that seriously.)

They have a very very long time to play these games. And somehow I can just imagine them taking great pleasure in seeking out embarrassing stories. Celeborn, of course, can sit back smugly. His closest family hasn't yet been rehoused - at last, a reason for him to be glad of that! I always feel for Elrond. But he has more family restored to him than he expected - and grandchildren. But he will always miss those who are not there. And he will always have missed out on the childhood he could have expected - nothing can change that.

Glorfindel is being rather jesuitical here. The same outcome - different spin. Still, if it makes him happy and they come to some agreement.

Thank you - I am so glad you enjoyed it. It has been such a fun story and virtually written itself. I'm sorry to end it really, but it would have got too rambling if it had lasted any longer. Still - there's always the curse of the sequel! Maybe.

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