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Losses  by daw the minstrel 18 Review(s)
pipinheartReviewed Chapter: 1 on 2/18/2008
Poor Eilian, he took the wager a bit to far. He lost the horse his Adar gave him which hurt both of them. He should have thought it out a bit more.

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Author Reply: You're so right. Eilian should have thought before he acted rather than after. He learns though, and he never makes a bet like this again.

obsidianjReviewed Chapter: 1 on 12/27/2007
Eilian, Eilian, you have a lot to learn still and a lot of growing up to do. No wonder that Celuwen turns around and walks away from him. It's bad enough that she watched him, but that her father saw him was at least as bad. Now I understand why he never warmed up to Eilian, king's son or not. He probably always sees Eilian as a spoiled brat.

Author Reply: Eilian once said of himself that he learns slowly but he does learn. I think that's accurate. He means well. His heart's in the right place. But he's impulsive and despite his ability to read people well, he's deeply dense when it comes to Celuwen.

ponypetterReviewed Chapter: 1 on 11/22/2007
How heartwrenching for Eilian to realize that he hurt Thranduil as much as he disappointed him. Add Celuwen's anger on top of that, losing the horse in the first place, and looking like a spoiled brat, he's just plain had a bad day. Poor thing. I think that's one of the reasons I love Eilian so much. He's been on such a long road to self-discovery. It's tough to disappoint even yourself, but he presses on despite his setbacks. In my mind, he's absolutely your most lovable character.

Author Reply: He sure did have a bad day! Truer words were never spoken. He never intends to do wrong, but he acts before he thinks. At least he's willing and eager to learn to be better, as you say. I find him loveable too, despite his obvious failings.

perellethReviewed Chapter: 1 on 11/19/2007
I knew that I had forgotten to review this! This Eilian is os full of life and so eager than he losses himself in action... beside lsing other important things! And I like it how the naneth is coming out in thses late stories. HEr trick with the bracelet was a typical wonderful motherly blackmail, but one can see how much Eilian lost when she died, for surely this was more effective in making him reflect than any of THranduil's scoldings. BUt poor Eilian, what a long road he has still to walk before he earns Celuwen's trust!



Author Reply: Sometimes I wonder what it would be like to be deathless, like the elves. Would you just go on learning forever? So would Eilian be expected to eventually come to some sort of sense? Or would you get stuck somewhere along the line?

Fortunately for him, his parents nudge him into being his better self.

mistry89Reviewed Chapter: 1 on 11/17/2007
I confess than on one level I felt more upset about the loss of the horse than of Elian's problem with Celuwen (possibly because I know that will be resolved eventually). The way things unraveled for Elian rang so true - a sort of domino thing that had a few pivotal moments when things "could" have turned out differently had he stepped back and looked at what he was doing and the reasons behind it all, the thought "Can't see the wood for the trees" springs to mind :)
Thank you - delighted to visit your 'verse again!

Author Reply: I thought the horse thing was bad too. Long ago, I mentioned the incident in another story, so I was trying to figure out how it might have happened and the more I looked at it, the more painful it was. He never means to hurt someone else, but he does it. He needs time and experience to grow up and find himself.

erunyauveReviewed Chapter: 1 on 11/11/2007
>>"Yes, and that stallion was your adar's gift to you. He took such joy in giving it to you, Eilian. You hurt him tonight when you treated his gift as if it did not matter to you."

This is so painful! I felt so sad for him when he lost his horse, and even more so when he had to explain how he'd trifled away his father's gift.

The frustration between Eilian and Celuwen is almost comical, however - neither of them realise how much they are alike, and they each condemn the other for faults that are their own. (I *do* recall Solith making a comment in another story about the horse - Eilian would have done well had he never left his chambers, for all the damage he did that day!)

Author Reply: The frustration between Eilian and Celuwen is almost comical, however - neither of them realise how much they are alike, and they each condemn the other for faults that are their own

Oh that's funny. It's true too! I mean, if Celuwen didn't like a bit of excitement now and then, she wouldn't be spending all that time with Eilian. What can I say? They're both wood elves, more dangerous and less wise.

BodkinReviewed Chapter: 1 on 11/10/2007
Good grief, but Eilian is an idiot. Well-meaning, but completely lacking in any real conception of how his actions affect others. It's not surprising that he is constantly in trouble. More surprising, really, that everybody keeps on giving him another chance. (Of course, he is seriously charming. But I'm glad Celuwen is tough on him.)

It's actually painful to read about this particular lesson - Eilian always needs something extreme to get a message into his Wood-elf skull. And it will be a long, long time before there is real understanding between father and son. Post Flower-face, probably. (Who, I hope, will give her flightly father a really, seriously hard time.)

Author Reply: At this stage of his likfe, I don't think Eilian thinks ahead. On the other hand, as he once said of himself, he learns slowly but he does learn.

Flower Face is likely to be the adventurous sort. We'll have to see how that goes.

elliskaReviewed Chapter: 1 on 11/8/2007
I really enjoyed the argument here between Celuwen and Eilian. He is so young and clueless. What is the height of stupidity, Eilian?! He had a lot to learn about women! :-) Oooo but when he said he'd wager his horse I just cringed. It is hard seeing people do things so wrongly when they are sure they are doing it right. Poor thing. And Thranduil! Cringe again. But my favorite part was with Lorellin--she definitely knows how to hit hard too! Eilian would definitely understand what he really did wrong after that with the bracelet. Poor thing. Eilian really did lose alot when he lost her.

It was sooo great to read these characters again, daw! And happy birthday Karen!

Author Reply: Thank you, Elliska. Eilian is always interesting to write about because he's flawed but he's also struggling against his flaws. Since I feel that way most of the time, I sympathize. He screwed up here, of course. His mother really is the one who's best at getting him to understand what's going on.

NilmandraReviewed Chapter: 1 on 11/6/2007
Ooh, I admit I'm tickled pink. I really like the changes. A lot. :D

Author Reply: Thank you for all your help. I liked the changes too and I enjoyed the challenge of making them. It was good for my writing anxiety to see that they were just craft issues, something I could analyze and work on.

LarnerReviewed Chapter: 1 on 11/6/2007
Indeed, where is the victory in this? And several have been hurt from what was pridefully intended to be a wager to awe the other.

I certainly hope he has learned his lesson--WELL.

Author Reply: Well, in a story set later, he does say he never again wagered for big stakes, so he probably learned something anyway.

Thanks for the review, Larner.

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