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A Creature of Fire  by daw the minstrel 33 Review(s)
YanicReviewed Chapter: 5 on 3/28/2005
This chapter only makes me love Beliond more, and Legolas was just too cute - a complete wreck over Tuilinn! Although I have a bad feeling about her going to Dale...I can't wait to see where this leads!

Author Reply: Beliond was a good keeper in this chapter. He watched over the young ones and made a quick judgment of Tuilinn. I suspect if she makes Legolas happy, she'll be all right with him.

I knew people would cringe at the mention of Tuilinn's destination. Sigh.

White WolfReviewed Chapter: 5 on 3/28/2005
What a lovely chapter. Seeing Legolas so smitten made me smile. I'm so glad that Tuillinn returned his affection.

Thinking of Beliond standing guard over the young ones while they spent the night together also made me smile.

I can only imagine what was going through Galelas's mind when Tuillinn kissed Legolas goodbye: Even on patrol Legolas gets a girl! I can't say I'm sorry he's unhappy.

Author Reply: I was happy for Legolas too. It was nice to write about him in full joy for a change. Beliond approves too. He wants his charge to be happy, and he's seen how good Celuwen is for Eilian.

Poor Galelas! He needs some fans too.

BodkinReviewed Chapter: 5 on 3/28/2005
Well, we have now returned my mother to her house and I can review properly.

The way Legolas is acting in Tuilinn's presence (good name, by the way) is so perfect - as is his realisation that he has spent the last 11 years loving her. He tries so hard to be cool, poor boy, and yet he is wrecked by having her there and not knowing what it means.

And she is so brave - donning the green ribbon and going looking for him must have taken a lot of courage. (Although if she has any grasp of male behaviour, she must have suspected from his complete collapse that he was pretty interested. And the staring. And the blushing. And the loss of limb control.)

And I am so happy for them. Legolas has had a whole night of happiness and a romantic involvement so powerful that he is already talking of visiting her parents to get their OK and banning Sinnarn from sending messages home before Legolas can speak to his family.

Only . . . Dale? Now? It sounds like offering her tickets for the Titanic. It's all very worrying.

I hope heartbreak is not required to make Galelas realise that being Legolas is not all he might imagine. And that his mentor's little brother is an all-right sort of elf with a lot of courage and a massive sense of responsibility.

I can't wait for what happens next. I'd plead, but I don't think it would make a difference.

Author Reply: It took me quite a lot of rewriting to try to capture Legolas's slow movement toward understanding his own feelings and Tuilinn's. I'm so impatient! And she really is brave. She doesn't know how he'll receive her. She's heard nothing from him after all and doesn't know why. And she was rewarded by the night in the tree. A moment for joy, as Lorellin would say.

I'm thinking I need to do something with Galelas next chapter, but he's a tough nut to crack.

DotReviewed Chapter: 5 on 3/28/2005
What an excellent chapter! Fantastic.

I had a silly grin on my face for the whole thing. I loved the comparison of Tuilinn to “a doe who cannot decide if she is alarmed or charmed by the Elf who is approaching her.” And Legolas seemed to be in a complete haze. Very amusing for Elorfin, I’m sure. He’s certainly giving the rest of the patrol something to talk about.

I thought it was hilarious too the way one minute he’s realising that he knows nothing about her and the next he’s thinking that helping others is so like her. Legolas is almost as amusing as Ithilden when he’s in love.

So Tuilinn was called home that time and didn’t actually intend to disappear without saying goodbye? Good.

“I am sure that both of our guests would like some stew.” LOL. The whole patrol are just too funny. They’re practically falling over each other in order to please this maiden. They all need to get home more often if this is the reaction they’re going to have when a member of the opposite sex appears. To be fair, though, it’s probably only once every couple of hundred years or so that a female actually turns up at a patrol camp.

I cringed when Legolas snapped at Vanduil. It wouldn’t have been too bad if it had been anyone else but Galelas’ protégé was already slightly wary of Legolas and I’d hate to think he’d tell Galelas.

Galelas is quite the gentleman, isn’t he? He actually seems to be on of the few not making an idiot of himself in front of pretty maiden. Fyndil is going to stay with him? It would be so funny of he tried to find out from Galelas what Legolas was like and what was happening between Legolas and Tuilinn. From Galelas.

Poor Legolas. The guy really is in love. My heart went out to him in his confusion and despair. It sounds like there really is that connection between them that elves supposedly feel. That’s serious stuff. I kind of felt sorry for the bemused sentries too…

She wore a green ribbon for him! I can’t tell you the relief I felt that she feels the same way about him. It had never even entered my head that she might have been wondering why Legolas never tried to find her. LOL, by the way, at the image of Eilian kicking Anyr into the river. That’s not so very far-fetched, really.

You’ve just got to love Beliond. He clearly approves and it was good of him to sacrifice a night’s sleep to protect these two ;-)

“What will Grandfather say?” Good question, Sinnarn. I somehow think Thranduil has a little more faith in Legolas’ discretion and self-control than in Eilian’s. But I guess what Thranduil says, or if he’s even told, will depend on what you’re going to do with Tuilinn…

Galelas’ reaction was interesting. He obviously knows she didn’t spend the night on her flet. I don’t imagine he’d be particularly pleased at having to wait on Legolas’ girlfriend. I thought “venom in his eyes” was a strong reaction, though. Oh well, at least Legolas is too happy for the time being to care much.

“And then, suddenly, she turned, ran back, grasped his tunic in both hands, and drew his head down to kiss him firmly on the mouth.” Yay!! I was hoping one of them would do something like that.

“I approve of love. Love makes warriors cautious.” Oh, how wonderfully Beliond! It’s true too. I love that he seems so happy for Legolas. And at least Beliond will have something to write to Maltanaur about now. Surely keepers can share secrets??

I really and truly enjoyed this chapter so much. I didn’t want it to end. Of course, I’m completely ignoring the fact that they’re heading to Dale and possibly death and destruction. There’s only two stories after this and the fact that she’s not mentioned doesn’t mean anything because Legolas was very much otherwise occupied in both. O.k, so he was still looking for maidens with untidy curls at Tonduil’s wedding, I think, but that could be because he missed someone who was away in a settlement. Or Valinor. Yes, that’s it. She’s injured in Dale and goes to Valinor. No? Alright, I’ll go back to pretending all will be well. Because it might be. Anyway, incase I didn’t mention it – I just loved this chapter! :-)




Author Reply: I'm sure the whole patrol (with the exception of Galelas) is amused by Legolas's foggy behavior. Poor Galelas. I'll have to see what I can do with him in the next chapter. I hope I haven't sent him so far into bad temper that I can't get him back.

I've been thinking about comparisons between people and nature (or the rest of nature, depending on how you look at people, I guess), and I thought about how we often anthropomorphize nature in a comparison. So we see might see rustling leaves as being like clapping hands, for instance. But I wondered if elves might see things the other way around and see people in terms of nature. So Tuilinn is like a nervous doe. (Long explanation there, but this is my first chance to trot those thoughts out for inspection!)

It never occurred to me to have Fyndil quiz Galelas about Legolas! You are so wicked, Dot! That would have been fun. I think I need to let things with Galelas start working themselves out a little though.

You may remember that way back in the first chapter, I had Ithilden be aware of Alfirin's presence before she actually was there. That little thing was there specifically to prepare for Legolas and Tuilinn sensing one another now. I wanted them to have the beginnings of a real bond.

And Tuilinn was brave. She didn't know how Legolas felt, but she went to her flet, combed her hair, put on the green ribbon, and took her in courage in hand to go look for him. And then she was rewarded. :-)

Alison HReviewed Chapter: 5 on 3/28/2005
What a wonderful chapter! It was so heart warming to see Legolas so happy, after his initial fear that Tuillin was already taken, but I have a great fear of my own......please don't kill Tuillin off! I don't think I could read of Legolas being in so much pain if that were to happen.See.....your original characters are so well written that they're almost real.You are very talented in that respect.

Sorry I haven't reviewed this excellent story before but I've had the flu and I've been catching up.

I'll be biting my nails for the next chapter!


Ali.

Author Reply: So sorry to hear about the flu. Is it that kind with the nasty cough that lasts forever? Being sick can really put you behind with everything, so you have my sympathies.

I hoped that readers would feel that hope when Tuilinn seeks him out and then feel his almost overwhelming happiness. He deserves to be happy. I feel like his mother! I want him to be happy! And thank you so much for saying that my characters feel real to you. :-)

Jay of LasgalenReviewed Chapter: 5 on 3/28/2005
Well!! Legolas is utterly besotted with this maiden - and she seems equally taken with him. It was funny to see him so tongue-tied, and snapping at the other warriors eyeing her.

I have a bad feeling about all this, though - they're on the way to Dale, and Smaug hasn't turned up yet. What's going to happen to Tuilinn? And Legolas of the fellowship isn't married. I have a bad feeling about this ...


Jay

Author Reply: It's hard to rejoice for Legolas when you have that bad feeling, isn't it, Jay? But for now, he's walking on air. I assume the other patrol members will understand why he was both stupid and snappish. :-)

BodkinReviewed Chapter: 5 on 3/28/2005
Superb on many levels.

Author Reply: Thank you, Bodkin. This chapter was tough to write, mostly because I was worried the romance would be either flat or over the top, so I appreciate your approval!

ValkrieCrowReviewed Chapter: 5 on 3/27/2005
I LOVE Tuilinn.

Author Reply: That's so good to hear! Sometimes readers hate any female I bring anywhere near Legolas. And I kind of like her myself. She's a good person and she was brave to go make her pretty and then come looking for him when she didn't know how he felt. She took a chance for joy, as Legolas's mother would have said, and she was rewarded.

SmallTriumphsReviewed Chapter: 5 on 3/27/2005
Okay, I don't have much time for a review, but had to write one after reading this chapter. I am admittably a long-time reader/lurker/admirer of your amazing series, and always am looking forward towards your next update! All of your characters have complexity, believability, and an overall roundness that makes them more than just OCs, but actual characters that readers can laugh with, care about, and relate to. Your portrayal of the Royal Family most of all is a joy to read about!

This chapter, like all others, was absolutely great to read. Even the romance! Now, no one is opposed to Legolas-romances more than I am, yet even I am reading and hoping these two can continue their affair and find happiness together. It's a shock even to me! lol The POV in this story is excellent- and I know difficult to do, but you pull it off so well. For the whole beginning of this chapter, I could feel Legolas' awkwardness and squirm with him! I love the subtleties and details, and I love that you make the romance not over the top but genuinely sincere.

Loved the chapter, waiting for the next anxiously! Oh my, whatever will Eilian or Ithilden say about Legolas' new-found love? We all know Thranduil's reaction will certainly be interesting! I'm getting the feeling there won't exactly be a happy-ending though, will there? Something tells me Galelas will soon discover that Legolas' seemingly perfect life is not all that grand.

~Small Triumphs

Author Reply: Oh wow. What a nice thing to say about my characters. I am shamelessly fond of them myself, so it's really gratifying to hear that someone else enjoys reading about them.

I'm also deeply grateful for your kind comments about the romance here. I really hesitated to do it, but I thought it was a part of Legolas's life that might be worth thinking about. And then I'm not a naturally patient person, so it took me some time to make it go slowly enough that we could see Legolas's feelings. Thank you so much for taking the time to tell me that you thought it went well.

I think that Legolas's family would be happy for him, although I suspect that Thranduil would also see all the problems. But then, Celuwen has kind of broken him in a little. :-)

Rose SaredReviewed Chapter: 5 on 3/27/2005
Awww - so sweet! But I am deadly afraid she is wearing a red shirt, say it isnt so, daw.

On tenterhooks
Rose

Author Reply: Love is sweet. I'm embarrassed to use such a source, but on the old "Love Boat" series the title song used to call love "life's sweetest reward," and while most of that show was crap, that line was true.

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