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Ithilden's Begetting Day  by Nilmandra 24 Review(s)
perellethReviewed Chapter: 1 on 7/26/2005
Waht a funny, entertaining and great idea! I agree it is the best thing we could all expect for daw's birthday! :-)

And you threw everybody in! I so like overefficient Ithilden, even when he's soooo far from his usual self! I think he's been lucky to have been the only child in the family for such a long time, so he had time enough to live down such episodes as this one!!! Ho ho... I cannot believe it, poor one, wanting to save the realm and the helpless maiden on his own on one night! Great, Nilmandra, it was very funny!

Author Reply: See, knowing how well Ithilden turned out as a grown up compared to this story shows you how far he has come! Of course, my silly story doesn't have to be 'daw' canon either....but it sure could lead into some funny stories. I like writing funny stories when I know everything turns out well in the end.

elliskaReviewed Chapter: 1 on 7/26/2005
Oh this was great! I loved the fact that Ithilden already is packed all ready to go. And that Eredien informs him that Thranduil had been around inspecting the flet they built. That is definitely in character, isn't it. :-) I also liked Ithilden's reflections on Eredien's skills in fishing and flet building and the My adar says that anything you do yourself seems like the best. line. Too true.

But Ithilden's dedication got him in a lot of trouble this time--thwacked by a basket! Hilarious! The only wounds he got in (his first?) battle! Ithilden has never been that great with the ladies, and particularly the ones of this family--no wonder Gwaleniel was so good at advising Alfirin to be patient with Ithilden!

And having Beliond and Nithron be the guards--oh it is sad to see Nithron here, knowing his fate. What a great use of characters.

It was great seeing Ithilden as a child, with his friend. I love these 'presents' that we all get to enjoy so much. Thanks for sharing them. :-)

Author Reply: I love Meckinock's comments - Ithilden should have just been born an adult as childhood is way too stressful for him! Poor Ithilden. I had way too much fun writing this. :)

French PonyReviewed Chapter: 1 on 7/26/2005
Hey, lookit! It's a game of "spot the characters!" How wonderful to know that Ithilden's awkwardness around the ladies extends through two generations of the same family. I guess that's a problem with being an immortal elf. The embarrassing family stories have longer to stockpile. I can only imagine some of the toasts at Elf weddings. Probably this is why Elves try to use their fathers in the Best Man role.

And it turns out that all three of Thranduil's kids have the wandering foot. You know he'll look at Lorellin tonight after he sends Ithilden to bed and say, "This is all your fault, you know."

I'd say it's high time Ithilden got a few lessons in how to offer aid to a maiden politely. Not that he'll learn them very well or anything. But he's gotta know that charging at someone out of the night isn't going to look real good, especially since you never know if the helpless maiden isn't really armed and dangerous. This one packs a mean swing with an herb basket.

Author Reply: The embarrassing family stories have longer to stockpile.

Geez, I was thinking that. Now, the keepers promise to keep the confidences of their charges from Thranduil, but would that stop, say Beliond from telling Legolas about this? Or Nithron 'Red shirt' from telling Sinnarn?

Por Ithilden. His first injury from his first battle...and its from the maiden he is trying to protect. I didn't feel very bad for him though, since I know he turned out well.

Jay of LasgalenReviewed Chapter: 1 on 7/26/2005
What a wonderful present for Daw.

I loved this glimpse of little Ithilden - you write him so unmistakably; he's not really all that different from when he's army commander - still too serious for his own good! I liked this part: 'It is time our parents started letting us see to our own safety. Really, it is the beginning of us seeing to the safety of the realm.' Yes, typical Ithilden!

Thank you for the brief character list - I knew who most of the cast were, of course, but had forgotten about Gwaleniel (the name seemed familiar, but I wasn't sure who she was).

I love other people's birthdays!


Author Reply: I knew who most of the cast were, of course, but had forgotten about Gwaleniel

Well, that is oaky. So did Daw. Okay, okay, I did have to go look up her name. Karri suggested Alfirin's mother and I certainly didn't remember her name. That was the fun of the list at the end. I figured Gwaleniel had to have some spunk in her as she routinely tells the king's family what to do in daw's stories!

AliceReviewed Chapter: 1 on 7/25/2005
It's Ithilden! Yay! You pegged his character very well. I feel kind of bad for him now realizing that he had this experience to live down when he first started courting Alfirin.

Author Reply: LOL! Poor Ithilden is right. I wonder when/if Alfirin's mother ever told her? Of course, she probably found it quite endearing!

daw the minstrelReviewed Chapter: 1 on 7/25/2005
All right. Can I just say it's true Sinnarn was a fairly significant OC and I felt bad about offing him. But Nithron?! He spoke about 20 words before he did what bodyguards are supposed to do and heading off to shake hands with Namo.

And I already ate the cake. Too late!

Author Reply: Poor Nithron. I mourn him even more now that I know he was just a red shirt, created to die. No life, no family, no business. Poor elf.

Elena TirielReviewed Chapter: 1 on 7/25/2005
I love it! Bwahahaha! (Especially where you bawl Daw out for killing Nithron and Sinnarn -- bad Daw! No cookie for you!)

- Barbara

Author Reply: No cake either!

ManderlyReviewed Chapter: 1 on 7/25/2005
What a wonderful little story! So nice to catch a glimpse of a youthful Ithilden, before he turned all serious and bogged down with duties and responsibilities. And Nithron and Beliond made an appearance, along with talking spiders. Yay and yuck! I guess thanks are in order, to both you and Daw.

Author Reply: LOL, I think Ithilden must have been born serious. He really was fun to write like this, especially since we know he turned out so well. You are welcome :)

orlandochick05Reviewed Chapter: 1 on 7/25/2005
That was awesome!! I'm a huge fan of Daw the Minstrel's stories and characters and you used all my favourites!! Even Beliond, my favourite, favourite character, (who really had very little to do with the story but it's very nice to see him anyway) was there. A really smashing story.

Author Reply: No story is complete unelss Beliond shows up and insults someone. *grin*
Glad you liked this - it was great fun to write, a fun sandbox to play in.

meckinockReviewed Chapter: 1 on 7/25/2005
Adolescent Ithilden is just too much. I see everyone around him in a permanent state of eye roll. Nobody but him understands how important it is to protect Mirkwood! LOL. The poor kid should have just been allowed to spring full-grown into the world - childhood is too stressful for him. He needs to grow up so he can get on with being Adar's very best warrior!

Ithilden and Gwaleniel seem to have gotten off on the wrong foot, but at least when he asked to bond with Alfirin her mother she knew he would take good care of her daughter!

Ick - you just had to put a mouse reference in there, didn't you? But I squealed myself when Beliond appeared. YAY! I've really missed the growly old curmudgeon, and I loved the warrior party rescue. I was glad that the young'uns managed to take out a few spiders before that happened, though.
This was a wonderful story, Nilmandra, and thanks for sharing Daw's birthday present with all of us.

Author Reply: ROFLOL! You have completely summed up Ithilden in one paragraph. He was born an adult, what can he say? I admit the idea of writing a young Ithilden story became doubly appealing when I saw this overly responsible adolescent in my mind. But, he's teachable and we know he turns out well.

And yeah, the mouse was for you. Wonder if Mirkwood had housecats? (cavecats?)

The kids did do well, didn't they? I figure elven youngsters were pretty darn resourceful living where they did. Nothing like having a swarm of elf warriors descend at precisely the right time, though.

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