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The Tide of Times  by daw the minstrel 19 Review(s)
pipinheartReviewed Chapter: 1 on 10/11/2005
Thranduil at the council he seems worried. Legollas and Annael are growing up, coming of age are they ready...

Author Reply: I wanted to write about Thranduil outside of his forest for a change. He's not happy being in Rivendell, but he'll do what he has to if he thinks it will protect his people and woods.

LKKReviewed Chapter: 1 on 10/21/2003
Excellent first chapter, daw. Thranduil's reactions to life in Imladris and the upcoming council (and its powerful members!) are very much in line with the character you've been presenting in your other stories.

I miss little Legolas, but I'm anxious to see your young, not quite an adult, Legolas.

Finally, I love the fact that you give real personalities to even the smaller characters -- for example, Pilin, who knows better than to gallop into a sword thrust, and Arwen, whose beauty and grace affects even very married elves. :-)

LKK

LeraReviewed Chapter: 1 on 10/20/2003
Hey I had to read it again. I forgot to say, I can't wait to see what kind of parents Ithielien and Alfirin have turned out to be. Ciao.

LamielReviewed Chapter: 1 on 10/20/2003
What a wonderful beginning! I'm so intrigued by Thranduil's interactions at the Council--poor king, having to be diplomatic, and with three Ring-bearers in the room, too! And I loved his shudder at the thought of having Galadriel as a mother-in-law. Poor Elrond.

Marvelous note of Legolas learning to ride with tack, and yes he was showing off just a bit with the great horsemount, wasn't he? But it sure comes in handy when one needs to get up quickly without getting trampled by a whole regiment of horses. :)

Oh, this is great, just great. Cannot wait for more! Valar bless your incredibly creative imagination, and your energy!

Lamiel

LeraReviewed Chapter: 1 on 10/19/2003
I'm so happy! A new story! I hope there's not too long between posts. Seeing Thranduil in a place other than Mirkwood was interesting. I was wondering if he ever traveled or if he always sent one of his sons or some represenative. I which I had a bathtub like the one in his room. You can't even stretch out to full length in mine. Grump, grump. Anyway, so what are the bathtubs like in Mirkwood?

It's about time Legolas and his friends grew up. I'm curious about his relationship with Amdir now. I'm glad Maldor's still around. I know he's rough, but for whatever odd reason, I always liked him.("Did that hurt? It's just pain.")

I wonder, has Ithielden actually agreed to put Legolas in the Southern patrol? To say nothing of Thranduil. If he does end up serving there it'll be interesting to see how he serves under Eilien. Actually, I think Legolas will do fine, it's Eilien I'm worried about. I remember how he hated anyone being at all protective of him. We'll see how he does with his "brat" in danger.

I'm glad Annael is happy. His maiden seems sweet. I always thought Annael was a doll. Wonder where he's planning to serve? With that pretty girlfriend how far away from home is he gonna want to get?

Ah, well, we'll see. Don't make us wait too long, please...You've made me a huge fan of your stories. Don't ever stop writing.


ElemmireReviewed Chapter: 1 on 10/19/2003
Wheee! Another story!

This made me chuckle:
Having tested the water, he unfastened his leggings, pulled them off over his lean hips, and then climbed into the tub and sank back with a groan of pleasure.

Trying to give Thranduil some fan-girls? ;)


Elemmire

Jay of LasgalenReviewed Chapter: 1 on 10/19/2003
A new story! Great! I love this description of Thranduil: 'Away from his own woods, he felt less certain of his power to control events, and that made him very uneasy.' It sums him up perfectly. And I liked (of course) the description of Legolas' training, especially his dislike of the saddle.

Jay

DotReviewed Chapter: 1 on 10/19/2003
Ah yay! Iím so glad you have such a long list of stories you want to write Ė and Legolasí coming of age is definitely an interesting one to choose. Iím totally engrossed already, anyway!

I particularly loved the part in Imladris here. Thranduil seems to be slightly uneasy away from his beloved home and itís intriguing to see a figure that we usually see as so powerful feel somewhat out of his depth. I like the look at the varying emotions he experiences, the acknowledgement of the beauty of Elrondís home, the hint of jealousy and regret that circumstances donít allow such peace for him and his people, the feeling of guilt at being away from home and a sense of anger at himself more than anyone for having to seek help. Itís such an insight into his character and youíve really allowed us to glimpse more of him simply by placing him in a different situation. I had to laugh when he decided to slip the dagger in his boot. And he should have worn flowers if thatís what he wanted to do!!

I really enjoyed Thranduilís perspective at the dinner table, the way he gauges everyone. It was so sad when he thinks about the loss Elrond must feel and how thoughtful of him not to mention the orcs in front of Arwen.

LOL at Thranduil shuddering when he thinks of having Galadriel as a mother-in-law! Um, he does know she can probably read his thoughts, doesnít he?!

I thought the way he considered Gandalf was very interesting. He seems to have a sharp eye for tactics and the fact that he trusts Gandalf and places a measure of hope in him nicely sets up future events.

So, Legolas is still training? I felt quite worn out after reading that! What a hard life these elves lead.... Poor Pilin Ė I love the picture you create of a deep bond between elves and their horses and the way that the saddle interferes with that. Plus Pilin seems to be every bit a show off as his master!

The description of the coming of age ceremony is fascinating Ė did you invent that? I canít wait until itís Legolasí turn.

Synia, eh? Hmmn. I think Iíll wait and see where this goes. I like the way ďShe admires my mind,Ē was followed soon after by ďI read,Ē he said defensively. ďI just cannot imagine doing it all day.Ē And Iím still sniggering at Legolas imitating Thranduil to make them all shut up!

Annael seems happy Ė I always liked him! :)

JustMeReviewed Chapter: 1 on 10/19/2003
It was fun and interesting to see Thranduil in the "diplomat" mode. I can only imagine how grumpy he may get if he does not see any progress in the meetings. I don't imagine that there is much that will get him to miss the coming of age of his youngest son - I know that I wouldn't want to be in his line of fire if that happens.
So Annael and Legolas have finally reached the threshold of adulthood. So many things are about to change for them. It seems that they are both involved in "romances" - though at this point Annael's seems more serious than Legolas's. It will certainly be interesting to see how the "boys" handle all these new changes and responsibilities. I can hardly wait!

ArbelethielReviewed Chapter: 1 on 10/19/2003

Yay! A new story! I was a little afraid you wouldn't write one right away, so I'm very happy you couldn't help writing :)

Naked Thranduil! You know that drool is bad for keyboards, do you?

He would no more have gone about with no weapon at all than he would have gone about naked.
Well, *I* wouldnít mind...

For a fleeting moment, he wondered what it would be like to be Elrond and have Galadriel as his mother-in-law. He shuddered.
Rotflol! But Elrond maybe didnít mind. I wonder how much CelebrŪan resembles her mother ;)

The slender, dark haired maiden on the left rose and came forward to kiss Annaelís cheek. He kissed her forehead and then put his arm around her waist.
I didnít expect that :) Is it serious between them? Thereís no mention of Annaelís marital status in A Question of Duty as I recall. I look forward to seeing more of them. And who is this Synia? Is Legolas going to be another Eilian, flirting with maidens because itís the only thing his duty allows him to do?

Thanks for another great story. Iím looking forward to the next chapter.

~Arbelethiel



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