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One Year in Mirkwood  by daw the minstrel 38 Review(s)
pipinheartReviewed Chapter: 2 on 10/8/2005
It seems Eilian and Thranduil rub each other the wrong way. You can see the love and anguish he feels for the fear of his son.
The dreams seem of a future event, but all may not be as it seems...

Author Reply: When Galadriel talks about her mirror, she says that you can't always know what to do about what you see. Maybe the actions you take to prevent something are what's needed to make it happen. Prophetic dreams must be a bit like that too.

pipinheartReviewed Chapter: 1 on 10/8/2005
Eilian is better and needs to exercise his arm. His father worries over him more, because he loves a battle. ithilden and Alfin seems happy and they support each other. And Legolas loved the story told of his mother when she carried him...

Author Reply: Yeah, it's a nice, calm beginning. Too bad they don't get to stay that way.

wantanelfReviewed Chapter: 13 on 4/30/2004
I really love your handling of Alfrin and Ithilden's pregnancy (it really seems like the pregnancy belongs to both of them - wish it were that way with us mortals!!) and the birth of Sinnarn. It was really beautiful how they shared in the birth. I am really enjoying all of your stories. I found Spring Awakenings by accident and have read it all to date and have now gone back to start at the beginning with When the Shadow Touches Home. I hope you continue because I have become quite found of your Legolas and his family.

Author Reply: Thank you, wantanelf! I'm so thrilled that you've decided to go back and read all this stuff.

I'm actually thinking I'll write another young Legolas fic now, maybe set soon after "Growing Under Shadow." I can have lots of Ithilden (before he was married) in it. I have a long and growing list of stories I'd like to write. I'm shamelessly fond of Legolas and his family too!


esamenReviewed Chapter: 15 on 3/11/2004
Eilian entered the palace garden to find that the rest of his family were already there. Already dressed in his formal robes, Thranduil sat in a chair in the shade of an oak tree, contentment written on his face as he watched Legolas, who was stretched out on a blanket on the grass playing with Sinnarn. Ithilden sat with his arm around Alfirin, both of them smiling fondly at their son and his uncle. Eilian greeted them all and then dropped onto a bench near Legolas, eyeing Legolas's laughing face with satisfaction as he did so.

Oh! What a great ending!

Yes, how dare you think of killing off Elian? This is just way too much fun.

Beautiful . . . absolutely gorgeous. Every line was great. You've got the vision and the touch for details also. I just love everyone. You have made them live forever in our hearts.

Author Reply: Since I finished writing this story, I have repeatedly asked myself how I ever could have considered killing of Eilian. I must have been demented.

I am so glad you liked this story, Easmen. It's the longest one I've written and I really enjoyed writing about adolescent Legolas. I may have to do it again, I think.

esamenReviewed Chapter: 13 on 3/11/2004
But then he raised his hand, stopping the war party in a flurry of hooves, and was on the ground before his stallion had come to a full halt.

Oh, my gosh, I am loving this story! What an awesome tale!

All the story lines . . . and all the action . . . that quote above just took my breath away. And Legolas, all hormones and sweetness of heart . . . just great!

If I ever write this well, I'll be very happy. What a beautiful vision. This is just great. I'm almost speechless with pleasure (a rare thing for an English major). Thanks for writing it.

Author Reply: Thranduil in full rage is terrible sight. His sons are more precious to him than any jewel in his treasure and the Karik dared to harm Legolas. Karik the Cruel Fool, one of my reviewers called him.

EsamenReviewed Chapter: 7 on 3/11/2004
"patronymic" !!!

Well, well, we learn something new everyday! This is the great thing about reading your work . . . always something new to glean!

I just love these wonderful stories . . . and I love Elian more every chapter . . . what an eligible guy he is! Are you going to marry him off eventually so that he can enjoy life as much as his older brother does?

Until then, we'll just enjoy his exploits . . . .

Author Reply: I am considering marrying Eilian off soon, as a matter of fact. But I don't think it will be a nice dignified wedding, like Ithilden's. Oh no.

esamenReviewed Chapter: 2 on 3/10/2004
Oh my goodness! this one blew me away! This is a wonderful story! I just love intensity . . . and cuddling . . . and a wonderful father's love . . . and it's coming on in truckloads!

Author Reply: Thank you, Esamen. This is the longest story I've every written and I had a lot of fun building up a plot, developing character, and doing some little details of daily life too. I hope you continue to enjoy it.

LKKReviewed Chapter: 15 on 1/15/2004
Thank you for directing me to this story, daw. Thank goodness you didn't kill off Eilian as you had originally planned. What a horrible loss that would have been!

Things that really affected me in this story:
* Legolas' heartbreak over Miri is the top-most.
* Little Nitha was a delight. What a brave, forthright little girl, she is!
* Steadfast Annael, always exactly what Legolas needs.
* And poor Sadron, the beloved aging horse, seeing his replacement enter his master's life. :-(

Great story!


Author Reply: I was out of my mind to even consider it.

I did feel sorry for the sad ending of Legolas's first love. We've all been there, I think, but having it be Eilian she had the crush on would just make it worse.

In Sadron, I wanted the beginning of Legolas's understanding of how mortals will break your heart.

I'm glad you liked it.

FaerieQueenReviewed Chapter: 15 on 1/7/2004
That was a great story, but tell me did I hear correctly? Kill Eilian? How could the thought even cross your mind? Thranduil, Ithilden and Legolas would be so consumed by grief, that you'd have to write a whole other story and how they coped with that. Thranduil would really feel it, and he probably would never let Legolas out of his sight for the rest of their lives, which, coincidentally, is forever. So that wouldn't work. I really like the epilogue and where you decided to fit in the flashback. Congratulations to Legolas on his escape, and to Ithilden and Alfirin on their beautiful baby. Seems "Ada" is coming round... Keep writing!

Author Reply: I can't believe I ever considered killing Eilian. What was I thinking? My beta knew I was planning on it and told me she woke up worrying about how Legolas would ever survive the loss, and that's when I knew it was time to change my mind. And I couldn't have done it anyway. The thought makes me so sad.

sofiaReviewed Chapter: 15 on 12/31/2003
GOOD! very, very, good. it was really exciting, and you had me not want to stop reading. Im glad that you decided that Eilian wouldnt die. He is one of my favorite characters.
Also happy new year! :)

Author Reply: I have to admit that I have become very fond of Eilian. He is such a charmer! I'm glad you thought the story was exciting. I think it's my favorite of all the the stories I've written.

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