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A Question of Duty  by daw the minstrel 58 Review(s)
esamenReviewed Chapter: 5 on 2/27/2004
When the ghost of Thranduil slipped over Legolas’s form, even his friends trod carefully.

This is great. I had no idea of such extensive fanon. Love this Legolas! Grrrrr!

Author Reply: You can find Legolas fanon all over the place - for good and for ill, I might say. ;-)

esamenReviewed Chapter: 3 on 2/27/2004
Pippin looked surprised. “Is this an adventure?” he asked. “I thought we were helping Frodo.”

Just great! Just right! Love that line! And ooooo . . . isn't Legolas quite the forceful man when the need arises . . . ' "Apologize," he said flatly.'

Uh-huh! Let's all scramble to obey the young lord!

Mmm, yes, quite the warrior. Absolutely delightful read.

Author Reply: I've spent a long time writing stories that grow Legolas into this adult warrior. So it pleases me no end that you see him as strong and in command.

esamenReviewed Chapter: 2 on 2/27/2004
Oh, yes,it's getting better and better. Even though I'm not fully plugged into the world of Mirkwood Elves, I really like all the conflict and tension. And the lovely way that the hobbits are coming on the scene . . . and the way Legolas begins, so naturally, to sing . . . just wonderful moments.

Author Reply: It seemed to me that there would be cultural differences between the Mirkwood and Rivendell elves. They are separated by a long distance and a mountain range. And wood elves are quite different anyway, I think. In The Hobbit, Tolkien says they are more dangerous and less wise.

esamenReviewed Chapter: 1 on 2/27/2004
Oh, daw, this is wonderful!

I have never read Elf fics before today, and I went and scanned through a couple to see what is going on in that realm. I wasn't going to slow down and do close reading, but this is wonderful! I am going to read and enjoy every word. I'm only on the first chapter, but this looks like a very similar approach to the one I used for Boromir. I love it.

I am learning a lot by reading what you write. I love your pacing and the way you blend description with dialogue. Very good job. This is going to be fun! Thanks so much for all your work in sharing your vision with us. On to the next chapter . . . .


Author Reply: When I read your Boromir story, I was struck by how you were dealing with the same time period from the point of view of another Fellowship member. One of the things your story made me realize is how tragic Boromir is. He's a basically noble person who falls and even knows he's falling.

Estel_Mi_OlorReviewed Chapter: 9 on 1/20/2004

Wow that was great. Really great. Would you consider a sequel, perhaps? I love reading about how Legolas and Gimli became friends in the difficult beginning of the Quest to Destroy the Ring. Keep writing!

Author Reply: I'm glad you liked it! I hestiate to write about the quest because Tolkien has already done it. And then there are good stories by Thundera Tiger (While the Ring Went South) and Nimue (Unravelling the Tale) that deal with much the same theme. I hadn't seen stories about the time in Rivendell though (except for Bryn's brilliantly funny "Out of the Frying Pan"), so I was interested in this one.

sofiaReviewed Chapter: 9 on 1/2/2004
This one was brilliant, too. I always wondered what it was like for Legolas to arrive at Rivendell for the first time, and you gave me an idea of that arrival.

Author Reply: I know that some writers think there was quite a lot of traffic between Rivendell and Mirkwood, but I didn't think there really would be. They are a long distance apart with a mountain range in between. And I think the two realms are very different. So Legolas was ill at ease.

Thank you for the review.

CorielReviewed Chapter: 6 on 10/1/2003
You know, I often wonder how Aragorn's smoking habits fared after his coronation and marriage. It wasn't a customary habit in Gondor, as I understand, and I can't imagine Arwen was overly fond of it. :) There were probably *smoking* and *non-smoking* areas indicated in the palace! I doubt she let him teach Eldarion. And when Legolas gets his own place in Ithilien, he will have to deal with both Aragorn & Gimli!

Author Reply: I too have trouble picturing what Aragorn did with his pipe in Minas Tirith. And where did he learn it? Not at home in Imladris! It must have been from the other Dunedain, I think.

CorielReviewed Chapter: 3 on 9/15/2003
I like the differentiations you make between the Elves of Lasgalen and Rivendell. It does seem like Thranduil and his bunch would be more the rough-and-tumble type! Also, as someone who carries a knife everywhere, I can sympathize with them!

Author Reply: Coriel--

You're being very generous to read all this. I don't really expect you to unless you're enjoying it.

But I have to say the idea of wood elves spooking the more "civilized" elves of Rivendell tickled me.

Thank you for taking the time to review.

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