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Awaiting the Thaw  by Bodkin 26 Review(s)
Glory BeeReviewed Chapter: 2 on 12/30/2011
This is the night for you to make me cry I guess Bodkin. I loved this story, I really identified with the healer aspect of Miriwen and I adore good stories about the Sons of Elrond and this was surely one. I would love for you to continue this story, any chance of that?

LarnerReviewed Chapter: 2 on 11/21/2006
Oh, but this has been so wonderful, Bodkin. I'm glad to have read it at last.

Author Reply: Thank you, Larner. I'm glad you liked it! I do prefer my romance to be mostly inferred - but Miriwen is exactly the right person for Elladan, and I'm glad he came to see it at last.

LarnerReviewed Chapter: 1 on 11/21/2006
Aha! Healing comes at last for the twins, and in the end one healer will be rewarded for her concerns and desire for healing for the sons of Elrond.

Author Reply: The twins took a long time to begin to heal I think - probably because they blamed themselves for what happened to their mother, whether they bore any real responsibility or not. Miriwen knows that Elladan is far too damaged at the moment to see beyond his nose - but she can't help the stirring of feelings towards him, even if she is sensible enough to remove herself from the fall-out zone.

perellethReviewed Chapter: 2 on 8/17/2005
Unexpected indeed! I had almost forgot about this story, and it was great to see a second chapter.Can we hope there shall be a third? :-)

Legolas and Elrohir trying to trap her, and the three adult elfs behaving as elflings was priceless, and very much the kind of healing the twins would be needing. Poor elleth, though. She's been quite patient....I liked the glimpse of life in the blesed realm, and LEgolas tips to his friends on how to accomodate to the feeling... great, entertaining chapter... :-)

Author Reply: Sorry to be so long replying - I've had a mind-on-other-things kind of week. I wasn't expecting this to have a second chapter - somehow eight century gaps just seem a little long - but it bounced itself at me and then just flowed. I suppose a third chapter might at some time - but I wouldn't want to get mushy! Too much romance is bad. Best left to the imagination!

The twins definitely need light here, I think - and the chance to behave like elflings for a while, as they settle in to a very different world. It must be like rebirth, I suppose, to land somewhere that has the potential for everything to be sweetness and light. They will probably feel much more comfortable when they realise that light causes shadows, no matter where it is.

Poor Miriwen had pretty much resigned herself to invisibility where Elladan was concerned. But all it took was a look for her to realise that her defences were made of sugar - and it was raining.

Legolas is rather involved in settling his adar in, I should think, but he is far and away the best person to help the twins. Perhaps Elrond should take over the care of Thranduil and leave his sons to their friend!

Thank you - it was one of those fun-to-write chapters that pretty much produced itself.

RedheredhReviewed Chapter: 2 on 8/15/2005
This was simply great! I loved every line of it! Cussin' in Khuzdul! Hehe!
Maybe a little elfling fun and games was what was needed to reset their inner-elf mode.

This is to the death. Oh, what can Legolas expect in a perfectly safe place when there are no great troubles to put finding a little joie de vive in perspective.

The look at how healers would always be needed, even in paradise, was interesting.

More interesting though was Miriwen realizing that she did not know either of the twins except as grieving. So,in a way, both she and Elladan were meeting for the first time and that was so romantic.

Perhaps the third chapter will show up soon? :D That would be so charming!

Get it? Third time - charming... What? Tsk, in Arda, things are suppose to come in threes.

Author Reply: I'll bet Khuzdul is a great language for being expressive. Lots of consonants and gutturals. And nothing like elfling fun and games! Although I don't think they entirely disperse the black clouds. Yet.

Poor Legolas. I think he'd rather face orcs than maidens with marriage on their minds. Still, he'll be safe fairly soon - once he can get past Elerrina's adar.

They're Undying Lands - but falling out of a tree must still hurt. Or giving birth. The need for healers is probably not as great, but there must be some.

Yes, Miriwen and Elladan need to get to know each other - and she, at least, has enough sense not to want to rush into a relationship - but they do have that elven recognition of a link, so I think they can have confidence in each other's interest. And I think Elladan will find settling in much easier now!

A third chapter. I'll have to see. Funnily enough, although I like marrying certain elves off, I don't really like mushy romantic stuff. No promises!

Thank you for commenting!

The KarenatorReviewed Chapter: 2 on 8/15/2005
‘And it is still common for most we meet to stare somewhere between us and address the air.’

I love this line. It says so much about the difficulties people have with telling the twins apart. This is a delightful look at the beginning of the true relationship between Miriwen and Elladan. I got such a kick out of the 'just checking to be sure' part when Legolas and Elrohir sought out Miriwen to see if she could recognize Elrohir. I noticed that the other healer simply called Elrohir 'Elrondion'. That's a safe way to address either twin.

The easy friendship and bantering between the twins and Legolas is such fun. They're quick witted and never fail to give one another a hard time. Legolas has been there for a while and he'll be a lot of help in the twins' adjusting to the Blessed Realm. At least, he'll keep them laughing.

I'm so glad you did this chapter. It was such a nice insight into Miriwen's level headedness and Elladan's nervousness at approaching Miriwen. The last thing he needed at that point was rejection. She knew she loved him, but she's smart enough to give him room and to move slowly. Smart elleth, she is.


Author Reply: I'll bet they think they're being clever, too, as they angle for clues as to which twin is which. And call them Elrondion. Or my lord. Even though E2 must be accustomed to it, having someone who clearly knows each as an individual must shine out.

I think Elladan is reluctant to trust the spark of interest he feels. So he thinks the smart move is to check out if Miriwen can identify Elrohir, too.

The kind of hard time they give each other is good for them all. But it can only come from someone with the same level of shared experience. Legolas is probably the ideal person to help E2 settle in - only problem being he is also attempting to help his adar settle. Which could be a pretty big job on its own.

Miriwen is ideally suited to Elladan - he needs someone who understands the parts of his life he doesn't want to talk about and yet loves him anyway. She's a bit wary, too - she's been telling herself not to think about him for a long time. But I don't think it'll take them long to see that they have a future together. And somehow, that is going to help Elladan settle in more than anything!

Thank you.

elliskaReviewed Chapter: 2 on 8/15/2005
Oh I am so glad you wrote this. It was wonderful!

I love Miriwen speaking to them, telling them apart easily enough to stun them and then just walking away. I know she wasn't intending to--but that is the best way to pique someone's interest. Much better than the method of the elleth with the 'creation' on her head. That was hilarious as was Legolas's reaction to it. ‘That, my friend, was a game,’ Legolas protested. ‘With both sides understanding the rules. This is to the death.’ Too funny!

Legolas and the twins' conversation about arriving in Valinor and the sense of loss was very well done. Sad and powerful.

And Elladan's 'accident'! Oh that was terrible! I laughed myself silly over it and felt guilty for laughing at the poor injured thing--Miriwen's comment about only interacting with him if he came into the hospital bleeding copiously was very prophetic, unfortunately. Great!

Then the whole scheme to put her in the position to test her with their names again. I was thinking to myself that it sounded like something lovesick males tend to do and then I got to this part: ‘He said we should be mature enough to be able to talk to ellyth rather than setting up juvenile traps for them.’
I burst out laughing. That whole part was great.

And I loved it when they finally got together and talked--I like the way Elladan handled that: ‘Miriwen, I would like to come to know you better.’
She could feel his sincerity beneath the simple words he spoke. This was no suggestion of a casual flirtation, but an admission of a deeper link between two fëar.
. That is very well done.

I absolutely loved this--very clever writing, wonderful dialogue. This was great!

Author Reply: I'm pleased you enjoyed it.

Fate. It must be fate. Miriwen wasn't angling for their interest, but - as Uncle Glorfindel knows - there is an element of destiny here. And chasing E2L must be a prime way of driving them as far away as possible.

There's no going back, is there? That must be one of the hardest things for adventurous elves to adjust to. Time - physical limitations - things like that have never bothered them much, and loss - they've lost Aragorn and Arwen until the end of days, but mostly they can expect to be reunited with people, but now they've lost their home.

Poor Elladan. I think they were too embarrassed to admit to behaving like kids. But very convenient! The scheme seemed a bit adolescent - but then it's quite nice not to have them too slick over emotional matters - and I can just see Glorfindel shaking his golden head in despair over them.

And I think Miriwen would be cautious - she's been thinking about Elladan for a long time. And Elladan is rather pleasingly uncertain at the moment - but that probably won't last long!

Glad you enjoyed it - it was fun to write.

meckinockReviewed Chapter: 2 on 8/14/2005
I absolutely loved the twins with Legolas. The dialogue is so natural and funny. The dry comments about everyone and their father were delightful. And it's wonderful to see Miriwen again. It's amazing to think how much time has passed, though.

Author Reply: E2L spend so much time talking - in fact, that's often how a piece starts! (And Elladan said something here that sent me off to record a Reflection.) I like Miriwen - she has a lot of sense. But imagining having the time to spend a millennium or so between meeting and first date is mind-blowing. It makes Aragorn and Arwen's 60-odd year wait seem nothing!

NilmandraReviewed Chapter: 2 on 8/14/2005
Oh, I really liked this. The twins come through so well as being just in that beginning stage of healing ,when they see light and learn it is safe to love again. They might be being treated with kid gloves, but fortunately there are many who know and love them who will allow them only so much time for self-pity before encouraging them to live again.

I love that Glorfindel went and lectured them on behaving like juveniles!

I think this might be my favorite look at the twins in your world. It really was very well done.

Author Reply: Thank you, Nilmandra. I'm glad you liked it. The relief of twins on the edge of happiness must seem good at the moment - when you have them in such despair.

Elrohir finds his brother's sudden interest in Miriwen quite difficult, I think - they have leaned on each other for so long - but he adapts. (And takes an interest in leggy blondes if I can remember that far back in the Reflections.)

Glorfindel has seen this coming for a long time - must be fascinating to take such a long view that a millennium here or there is nothing - and he is in favour. But he does feel that they need to behave a bit less like teenagers! I think it shows a level of insecurity in Elladan. He needs to check - to be sure that what he thinks he sees is actually there.

I'm glad you enjoyed it.

DotReviewed Chapter: 2 on 8/14/2005
Uhhh... the review I just sent was for chapter two. I don't know how I did that. *sigh* Sorry.

Author Reply: Magic powers. Nothing to be sorry for. Sheer talent.

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