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A Little Nudge Out of the Door  by Jocelyn 56 Review(s)
aykevinReviewed Chapter: Epilogue on 2/16/2017
This is so good.... keep writing authornim

KwistoweeReviewed Chapter: Epilogue on 8/30/2014
This is the most incredibly well written story based on Tolkein's characters of Middle Earth that I have ever come across and it was such a pleasure to read! I couldn't put it down. It is a rare thing to find a writer who captures the essence and spirit of the original books while seamlessly blending in elements of their own. Every single character was beautifully written, never once seemed to slip out of character, and their stories were developed realistically. The way you took elements of each character from the books and supplied events and experiences that explained what makes them tick was just brilliant! Great care was obviously given to Legolas's journey and to his relationship with Thranduil. What a bitter-sweet experience to ride their ups and downs with them! My heart ached with them as they struggled and endured loss or pain, and it rejoiced for them as they found peace. This story had me smiling, holding my breath (in anticipation, excitement, or dread), crying, and laughing. I think this is how I will forever think of Legolas's years before he became one of Frodo's companions, because I cannot imagine anything could do more justice to those years than you have done with this story. I fully intend to reread this whenever I read 'The Hobbit' or 'The Lord of the Rings', and I plan to share this with anyone else who would appreciate it. Very well done! Thank you for this beautiful labor of love!

TiTaNReviewed Chapter: 17 on 12/8/2013
now I hate legolas' mentor and mirkwood's captian even more, he has defenatly ruined a family!!!!

Ivy-GreenReviewed Chapter: Epilogue on 9/9/2009
Okay, so I read this story YEARS ago now, and I absolutely LOVED it!! It's one of the best I've ever read, and I'm being honest here. I found it when I was younger, and silly me, never thought to write down the author and soon forgot about you, but remembered the story. I FINALLY remembered the name this year, for some random reason, and looked it up, and now that I can, I wanted to say that this is BRILLIANT!! I loved it, and you are a great story teller and writer. Thanks for the wonderful tale. It's still enjoyable, even after all these years!!!

NoorReviewed Chapter: Epilogue on 9/7/2006

I read this stoy earlier this year and thought that I had sent you a review. My mistake. I loved this story! It is so well written and the characters are so well thought out even though they are canon. It was a pleasure to read. many thanks

NoorReviewed Chapter: Epilogue on 6/22/2005
Just finished reading your excellent story!
Very well written.
Excellent characterisations.

Thank you

docmonReviewed Chapter: Epilogue on 10/3/2004
wooooo-hoooooo! What a great story! It was fun, and sad, touching and heartwrenching, filled with adventure and drama - terrific! You described action scenes so well, not only could i see the action happening, I felt it - often I was out of breath! Your use of language did well to set the tone, and you did a magnificent job of keeping the tone of the narration consistent with the books. I think it would be very hard to write in the same tone (at least that's the word I'm using for it) as Tolkien. Many words are used differently as we use them today, or put together differently. Yet you manage to do this so well, I felt like I was reading the books. And when you got to the Council of Elrond scene, you blended your words with Tolkien's so well, it was hard to see where one ended and the other began. I thought your interpretation of the characters in that scene was dead on; everyone's thoughts rang true to how I saw it unfolding in the books. In fact, I found your characters kept true to the characters as Tolkien wrote them. I never felt a person was out of character. And, AND (as I go on and on), your original characters were terrific, never 2-dimensional, or placeholders, but real characters. Poor, Tathar! How I missed you! Silivren was so awesome! And then the novices! Your descriptions of the characters emotions were so strong, so telling, I felt their anguish when someone perished, and laughed with them when they pulled pranks. When the family thougth Legolas was dead, it simply brought tears to my eyes. Their despair and anguish were so keen, and you simply wrote it so well, I felt it with them. And so too with Legolas's absolute despair when carrying home the novice... I felt it. What else can i say?
But nothing rang true more than the drama, ups and downs, of Legolas and Thranduil. This is how families are, how they struggle, how they live. Two strong personalities, far too much alike, clashing violently, then dancing around each other for too long. Who doesn't know a family like that, if not having lived it themselves? It so often takes nearly losing one of them for both of them to realize, you both love each other, why are you so afraid to show it? Those two each could face a hord of orcs without blinking, but it took Legolas apparently dying for them to forgive each other. And they both had things to forgive. I loved how balanced you portrayed that relationship. Neither one was always right or wrong; they both had faults and did wrong. Like real life.
Believe it or not, I think I'm even forgetting thigns! Like the hysterical match making scenes! And tons of other things I enjoyed about this story. Oh! I almost forgot - how you used the movie-verse for Arwen taking Asgolath to rescue Frodo, and Glorfindel all put out b/c she 'stole' his horse - ROTFLMAO!!!! When you first hinted at this I thought it was just poking some fun at the movie, but then you took it further, and it was hilarious! I love your sense of humor and how you can get it in even in the serious moments (like Legolas falling off teh roof when asked to join the Fellowship!!!)
Sorry I didn't reveiw by chapter, but I just had to read this all at once.
Wonderful, terrific job! Please write more!

docmonReviewed Chapter: 18 on 10/1/2004
That argument b/w Thranduil and Legolas was heartbreaking! The emotion of the scene came across very well, and very strongly, because I was getting upset myself! great job! I love this story!


docmonReviewed Chapter: 3 on 9/29/2004
I just wanted to say what a great job you did writing this race. I was out of breath while reading it!! You did wonderful in creating the action and the tempo of the scene. Just terrific. I'm enjoying seeing this developmental story of Legolas. And the matching making (a bit later than this chapter) was hilarious! great fun.

back to reading,

websteransReviewed Chapter: 26 on 4/8/2004
By the way, love this story.

Just one detail: Legolas isn't going to cast spells in Quenya, because that is the high speech of the elves from Valinor, the Noldor and the Sea Elves. The royal family of Mirkwood has never left Middle Earth--they are Sindarin, and their people are Silvan.

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