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Tangled Web  by daw the minstrel 436 Review(s)
BenyReviewed Chapter: 17 on 7/14/2004
This story is a masterpiece and you are the BEST.
I’d like to join to Bodkin’s No OC Pruning campaign. Your OC are so wonderful that you could afford Eilian and Ithilden stories without Legolas!
Again, thank you for this great story!

Author Reply: Thank you, Beny. You and Bodkin made me laugh about the OCs! OK. They get to live.

I have to admit to being very fond of Eilian and Ithiden myself. I'd love to write about them before Legolas came along, but it doesn't feel very LOTR to do that.

Thank you for your kind words.

BodkinReviewed Chapter: 17 on 7/14/2004
No OC pruning. I'll start a campaign. The OCs are too good to lose. (Some can just go off on short trips during stories so they don't need to appear, if they must.)

Just remember - no deaths and none of them are to sail west. Until Legolas does. The family that plays together, stays together.

With elflings.

Thank you.

Author Reply: Bodkin, you're wonderful! OK. No pruning (that I know of). And elflings.

Yav14Reviewed Chapter: 17 on 7/13/2004
I just wanted to write and thank you not only for this story, but for all your work. You have created a backstory for the Wood-elves that is so vivid and intricate that it has become "canon" in my own mind. Your original characters are so compelling that at times I have been shocked to find myself more interested in them than what is happening with Legolas. This is no small feat. Anyway, cheers, and I hope you continue this series.


Author Reply: Thank you, Yav. I confess to being shamelessly fond of my OCs. They are out of control at the moment and I need to prune them back because the cast is getting too big. I think I'll write an elfling Legolas story next. That should keep things to the core family, which will be a lot easier.

I'm glad you are enjoying the stories. Thank you for letting me know.


IthildinReviewed Chapter: 17 on 7/12/2004
Great story daw! I enjoyed it thoroughly! Well done. I really enjoyed seeing this part of ‘The Hobbit’ from the Elves’ point of view. I loved the interaction between all the OC’s and with the canon characters as well. I’ve become quite attached to all the OC’s in the ‘daw-verse,’ so I do hope at some point you will consider coming back and continuing the story from here. :)

Already looking forward to the next story (whatever the timeframe),
Ithildin *(

Author Reply: Thank you, Ithildin. This story was tricky to write and took me far more chapters than I expected, but in the long run, I was pleased with how it came out. I think I'll do a little Legolas story next, though. I need something not quite so intense as the big battles that Tolkien writes. A little orc skirmish is as much as I can handle!

tigerlily713Reviewed Chapter: 17 on 7/12/2004
Wonderful chapter, and wonderful ending to a lovely story. It was very nice to have this take on the events of The Hobbit. I love the characters and relationships that you have created and I can't wait to read more!

Author Reply: Thank you, Lily. Now that the story's finished, I can say I enjoyed solving the puzzles involved in writing it. Figuring out what the elves were up to was not always easy. I think I'll do an elfling tale next. They're easier!

Rose SaredReviewed Chapter: 17 on 7/12/2004
Naughty daw, I go away for two weeks to visit the South Island and when I come back I find you have finished this wonderful work! In my absence, just so I would miss reviewing it as it went. Well bah, it was wonderful, the perfect fusion of canon and fanon. Clever writer you, and thanks for the ride it was the best. I annoyed my family mightily, whilst idling amongst the film sets, by noting at every opportunity that Nz's pristine forests and mountains would be mightly improved by importing a few hundred elves to enliven the greeness. They will live on there in my imagination at least.
More, more, she cries insatiably.

Author Reply: Thank you, Rose. My husband and I have actually been talking about a possible vacation in NZ, and my main interest is in seeing Elves. Or at least imagining them!

Now that this story is over, I can say I enjoyed writing it, although there were a few times there when I wondered what in the world I had been thinking to start it.

NilmandraReviewed Chapter: 17 on 7/11/2004
This was a good wrap-up. I like the additions - Tinar is humanized a bit, and Ithilden's pain is just palpable. Thranduil is many things in this chapter - father, king, diplomat etc. He did bring home much treasure, but he expended much in helping Laketown and lost many of his warriors. What a price, but being the long-sighted king he is, he sees the bigger picture.

Now, I want Eilian to have a little elleth all his own. And she needs to drive him crazy. :D

Author Reply: Thranduil is my favorite character in this chapter. He's just such a wily king (let them all wonder about the source of the magic!) and good father (he knows what his kids are feeling).

And you and the Elvenking are on the same page about Eilian!

Estel_Mi_OlorReviewed Chapter: 17 on 7/11/2004
That was a fantastic fic, daw. I think it is my favorite of all the ones you have written. Thranduil was great, he really is a wonderful father. Eilian will be a good parent-but I will still laugh at his mistakes. Imagine Sinnarn having children of his I don't think it's time for that yet. :)

Thranduil did not become king for nothing-he really knows his stuff. I really liked his comment to Legolas about not dismissing an ally because he has flaws. It seems to me that Elves, especially, do not make allowances for the flaws of others. I am glad Thranduil is not one of those Elves. I also appreciated his foresight in realizing that the alliance that the North has now formed will serve a greater purpose in the War of the Ring, which is coming up...soon.

Thank again for this fic. I can't wait for another one, which should be out in a day or two, following your amazing schedule. :) Keep writing!

Author Reply: Thank you, Estel. Thranduil is, indeed, a good father. He knows that Eilian and Legolas both have things on their minds that he wants to help them with. But I wonder how he will feel when Legolas one day makes an ally of a Man and goes off on the quest.

I think you're right that Elves are not good at making allowances. Thranduil probably does it because he's a shrewd ruler who wants any strength he can get for his people.

emjoReviewed Chapter: 17 on 7/11/2004
Excellent story Daw. I loved every chapter! I know you probably have a story in mind to write next but can I tell you how much I would love it if you wrote of the time Legolas returns from the quest. I would love to read your take on Thranduil and his families reaction to Legolas and the quest. I would also like to thank you for your wonderful stories I enjoy reading them so much I always read every chapter twice. Thank you so much for your time and for sharing you talent with me and all your other devoted readers!

Author Reply: Thank you, emjo. There seem to be a number of people who want to see Legolas come home from the quest, so I might write it some day. It would be tough though. There was a terrible battle in Mirkwood while Legolas was at the Pelennor, so that would be grueling to describe, I think. I need a break from big battles right now. :-)

White WolfReviewed Chapter: 17 on 7/11/2004
I think I will have to get a computer version of a rubber stamp that says, "Another wonderful story." I have read all of yours, and I am not only never disappointed, but I am forever getting lost in the terrific family that you have created for Legolas and all their adventures, as he grew up. I love Legolas now, but I hope that you will go back and do some more of him as an elfling. I particularly like him at age four and also at sixteen/seventeen.

I enjoyed seeing Legolas take responsibility for the home Guard after Todith's death. I know he was an adult, but I think that was the point where he really came into his own.

When Thranduil mentioned to Eilian about having his own children and then stepped out of line was so funny. I could picture Eilian's being forced to continue on with his mouth wide open. I do hope that he and Celuwen will have children soon. They will be great parents.

The Battle of Five Armies, as I said before, was handled very well. I know the aftermath will linger for a long time, but I have faith in our woodland friends.

Looking for more very soon.

Author Reply: Thank you, White Wolf. As it happens, I'm thinking of doing an elfling story next, maybe when he's about 7 or 8. And I need another adolescent Legolas story some time too. I enjoy writing about that vulnerable age.

Legolas is, indeed, coming into his own. He's about ready to set of on the quest, I think.

Eilian as a father. I love the image. One of these days I'll write that too.

And again, thank you. I love hearing from you.

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