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A Question of Duty  by daw the minstrel 58 Review(s)
NilmandraReviewed Chapter: 10 on 6/22/2015
Hey, I didn't know you wrote this. It must've been when I was really sick because I don't remember it. It's perfect though. It's that missing scene, that thread that needed to be tied up desperately. I'm in tears and since I have to dictate now I can't say more.

Author Reply: Thank you. It was interesting to write because, as you see, there's no plot. It's all emotion. It's what these people feel at the end of a long battle and a long family life together. And because I've so written so much about them, I could understate it.

Thank you for all you've done for me, Nilmandra.

AnnarielReviewed Chapter: 10 on 6/22/2015
Well yes this is a missing scene!! So glad it was written :)
Beliond facing Thranduil and Ithiden... so scary!!
I adore this elf family and I miss your stories. Maybe could you write about Legolas in Ithilien? I hope...

Author Reply: Thranduil is one scary guy, and Ithilden is not much easier. But Beliond has known Thranduil a long time, and not much scares him. Still, I wouldn't want to be the one to do it.

Thanks for the kind words.


AliceReviewed Chapter: 10 on 6/21/2015
Ahhhhh! Another chapter! What a delightful surprise. I'm not returning every day to check for new stories anymore but I do come back every so often to reread your stories. Your stories are up definitely comfort reads for me. I'm just THRILLED that you are having a book published and will keep my eyes peeled for it in September. I miss your fanfiction though. Will you be returning to write anymore?

I'm so glad this is a scene you wrote. After reading everything about Thranduil when Legolas was growing up (and about Beliond), it's such a necessary scene. While reading it I had this horrible fear that Thranduil was about to clap Beliond in chains for failing to do his duty.

I find it so interesting to see how much the last few decades have changed Thranduil's perception of Legolas as an adult, dwarves and the world at large. A few centuries ago and Thranduil would have hit the roof at either Legolas going off to destroy the one ring or bringing home a dwarf for an undefinable long stay. It makes me so sad to think of everything that the Mirkwood family has gone through during the return of Sauron.

Author Reply: How nice to hear from you, Alice!

I was telling someone else that to me, Tolkien's tone is often melancholy. I think of Frodo, who saved the Shire which he was, to quote Bilbo, still in love with. And then he can't live there in contentment any more. Legolas's sea longing is like that too. Poor Thranduil. He's fought a long fight.

Writing stuff that's not fanfic is fun, but trying to publish it is a big pain. However, I'll tell you that the book coming out in September has a pair of brothers I think of as young Ithilden and Eilian born into a different world. So I hope people like it.

As for more fanfic, tomorrow is Nilmandra's birthday. Just saying. :-)

LarnerReviewed Chapter: 10 on 6/12/2015
Oh, yes, the world has indeed changed, and nothing is as it was before. An Elf and the son of a Dwarf mistreated by the Elf's father are now friends, the Greenwood must heal as is true of the rest of Middle Earth, and many have suffered. But at last peace has come, even if it is but a brief time for those Elves who yet live in Middle Earth to make their choices as to stay or sail west at last.

A wonderful tale, and I rejoice that you added this scene to it. Thank you so!

Author Reply: Tolkien's tone has always struck me as melancholy or, at best, bitter-sweet. Everything costs and hard won battles don't stay won. But, as you say, for now, there's peace.

Thank you for all these nice reviews.


LarnerReviewed Chapter: 9 on 6/12/2015
I find myself proud of both Legolas and Beliond. Both now have a better feel for the reality of the danger facing them here in the wider world, and Beliond realizes that Legolas will indeed be needed on this quest.

Author Reply: It was a hard decision for both of them. It pulled them right out of the path they each thought they were on.

LarnerReviewed Chapter: 8 on 6/11/2015
Aha! It would appear these ruffians are dealing with Isengard, or perhaps stealing from those stores Lotho has been sending southwards out of the Shire. Got the good stuff, eh? Legolas will in time be well experienced in what the good stuff smells like, I'd think! Heh!

Author Reply: The pipeweed makes a nice link with bad guys. Fortunately it's fallen into better hands. :-)

LarnerReviewed Chapter: 7 on 6/11/2015
I love the reference to the cairn on which Gandalf left his message after he was attacked on Weathertop. A good way to leave messages. And Amdir is obviously learning to accommodate to circumstances and the company that the Elves find themselves among.

Author Reply: This story was one of the most canonical ones I've ever written. I had to keep checking the time frame and looking up what Tolkien might have written about any part of Middle-earth. I don't know how he kept track of his own story.

LarnerReviewed Chapter: 6 on 6/11/2015
I have always loved the responsibility displayed by the northern Dunedain. At least Legolas and his fellows are beginning to find reason to respect these Men.

Author Reply: The part set in the angle was interesting to write. I'd never thought about how it would look or be like, so it was a chance to develop a whole new setting with a different culture. The Dunedain were tough and loyal. Their hard life still had room for love and joy.

LarnerReviewed Chapter: 5 on 6/11/2015
Ah, but we see the beginning of Legolas's eventual agreement to join the Fellowship, I think. And Beliond can perhaps see where Legolas will go in the end, I believe.

Author Reply: Poor Beliond. He's worried for Legolas, and he'd also have to go home to face Thranduil.

LarnerReviewed Chapter: 4 on 6/11/2015
Ah, and welcome, Boromir. The Council now gathers, and in moments they will begin hearing one another's tales and learning just why the Powers have drawn each and all of them here at this time. And the reality of Isildur's Bane will be made plain.

Author Reply: Scary thought!

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