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Storm-tossed  by Levade 9 Review(s)
ImhirielReviewed Chapter: 1 on 10/15/2011
This is a wonderful character study of Ereinion Gil-Galad. I purposefully use both names here, because you really show in vivid passages the complexitiy of this figure, both as a person and as a king, in his private thoughts and in his relation to his heritage and his subjects, in all its disparity, as you rightly call it.

For all that he king over such a vast domain and so many different peoples, and reigned for such a long time in Middle-earth, he has always been a rather nebulos figure in canon; and I'm always glad to encounter stories that help me to get a handle on him, make him "real" to me; and you succeeded wonderfully.

I like the somwhat "impressionistic" style of the story and its atmosphere (and I enjoyed the picture of Círdan rescuing the starfish one by one by one). I especially loved the descriptions of the different peoples Silvan/Sindar/Noldor and their respective reactions, which capture in just a few brief strokes so much of what distinguishes their cultures and attitudes.

gentryReviewed Chapter: 1 on 10/8/2009
A beautiful and moving story. You are gifted as a writer. and your love of animals such as myself if admirable. thank you and write more please.

LarnerReviewed Chapter: 1 on 3/2/2009
Oh, very sweet and delightful.

For us it was a cantankerous pigeon we found with a broken wing in the Sears parking garage. He lived with us for ten years, and only tolerated me.

Lady_RoisinReviewed Chapter: 1 on 3/2/2009
I liked how you wrote this. I liked you writing voice and found it enjoyable to read. I am sorry the gull that inspired this couldn't be saved, but I enjoyed this story very much. I like how you included Cirdan and Gil Galad in this.

B. HalcyonReviewed Chapter: 1 on 3/2/2009
You're back!!! And these jewels of stories have been well worth the wait (3 years to be exact, unless you've been publishing your stories elsewhere.)

It is amazing how you have woven such a whimsical event into the defining factor for unification of elves under Gil-Galad's rule. The various interpretations given by each race shows the disparity of the elven kindred so elegantly. Well done!

CairistionaReviewed Chapter: 1 on 3/2/2009
This was lovely, absolutely lovely. You've drawn Gil-galad as a very real person, bringing the legend to life and showing him as a very accessible, warm person, yet a mighty and valiant king and warrior as well. Gil-galad is one of those tragic heroes in Tolkien that makes my throat ache to read about, but in a good way. And this tale of yours accomplished the same thing. Very poignant on all levels.

Elena TirielReviewed Chapter: 1 on 3/2/2009
Touching on so many levels! I loved the seagull, and I felt much more empathy for Ereinion than in any other story. His foresight at the end was chilling.... but in an odd way the sign, a gull, was also comforting.

Beautifully done, Levade!

- Barbara

RadbooksReviewed Chapter: 1 on 3/1/2009
I enjoyed this a lot, it's always nice to find a good Ereinion tale.

daw the minstrelReviewed Chapter: 1 on 3/1/2009
Silvan. Ah, there was an unruly horse

Geez. I'd forgotten how well you write.

Ereinion ignored the black braid that dangled forward to drag in the sand, though the bird watched it with interest.

Lovely detail. And then I really like that moment when Cirdan watches him and thinks of how he's cultivated patience and how that's a good thing given the people he's supposed to rule. I loved the way the various elves saw his relationship to the gull, each interpreting it a little differently, giving it their own twist.

This is just wonderful. I think I have to go reread that poem about Gil-galad, the elven king.

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