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Reunion in Mirkwood  by Mirkwoodmaiden 2 Review(s)
mystarlightReviewed Chapter: 7 on 8/17/2020
I don't know why but I somehow missed this update. To tell the truth I agree with Thranduil. Legolas should have told him about Gandalf's schemes. It was lack of trust and no wonder Thranduil was angry and disappointed. This decision was very important to the realm and had nothing with personal feelings. Legolas definitely made a mistake and it was him who should apologise first. Thranduil is definitely too protective of him but still it is not an excuse to have a sort of tantrum because of it. It was realm which was important not personal needs or feelings that someone treated him like an adult.

Author Reply: mystarlight!

I agree with you. Legolas made a poor decision based what he does admit in the end were reasons that were not good enough. Thranduil was right to have expected more from his son if not Gandalf. Not to defend Legolas but we often don't make the best decisions when we are emotional. He does realise that he used to bad judgment. And he going to try to make amends...

Thanks so much for writing and bringing these points. So nice to see someone interacting with my story!

Stay safe, mellon nin!

MM

demeter dReviewed Chapter: 7 on 8/15/2020
I want you to know that there is more than one person reading this story. I have been enjoying it very much. (I am, though, a horrible lurker. I try to spend less time in Middle Earth, but I am afraid that is a lost cause.) Thranduil is interesting, isn't he? The one Third Age elven ruler without a ring of power, so we know he had to be strong and smart. And no mother is ever mentioned for Legolas, so we all guess that something must have happened to her. I have enjoyed your take on her. Dead from tragedy, not merely sailed like Celebrian. This way, her spirit can be allowed to visit and comfort her husband, as in the tender scenes you have written. I also like the dynamic of our Leggy being a youngest child, the last born before the mother was killed. You depict very well why his father has been, maybe, OVER-protective over the years.

Author Reply: Demeter d!

Thank you so much for writing! And yeah it nice to know that more than one person is reading the story! So happy that you are enjoying it. And YES! Thranduil is very interesting. I always point out to my Thranduil-bashing hubby that Thranduil WITHOUT aid an Elven ring has to keep the forces that would overrun Mirkwood. It is through sheer will, smarts and his archers. (we generally have to agree to disagree. He refuses to listen to my sound reasoning as why Thranduil very interesting. LOL!)

I recently tried spending less time in Middle Earth. It didn't last long. :-)

I don't know where I got the idea that Legolas' mother died tragically. Perhaps from the reams of fanfic I have also read. It is a storyline that works for me. this way, as you say Lasgalen can comfort Thranduil at times of great distress.

It has bothered me that Legolas leaves Mirkwood, forsaking his inheritance to live in Ithilien. So I created to two brothers (the heir and the spare so to speak!) :-) And that expands the relationships I can write about! And Legolas being the youngest and the Last gift of his mother and the fact that Grief lives in Elven hearts for long periods of time leads to Thranduil being WAY overprotective of Legolas.

I am happy to hear that Thranduil's tendencies are coming across so well. He loves his children beyond anything else and the fact that he has hurt Legolas so much is devastating to him. It was the last thing he wanted to do but when we are blinded by pain we don't always recognise the harm we ourselves are causing.

Long winded reply, I know. So glad you are liking it!

Stay safe!

MM

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