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Fields of Gold  by Levade 39 Review(s)
EllieReviewed Chapter: 5 on 2/13/2006
Poor Glorfy! OUCH!

I think it is amusing that Glorfindel is comfy being quite the exhibitionist. He's very stubborn, too. That healer will have her hands full with him!

Thanks for another fine chapter!

Author Reply: Hi Ellie,
Ouch, yep! He kind of gets himself into those situations, doesn't he? Stubborn old elf. ;) Hopefully Bronwe has thought this over in all the years she's had and has some strategies. Thanks, Ellie!

BodkinReviewed Chapter: 5 on 2/12/2006
It's just as well Glorfindel isn't body conscious.... It's to be hoped that nobody in sight of him is body conscious either - although, come to think of it, some are probably conscious of his body in Quite A Different Way!

I love gruff nautical Cirdan. And Bronwe, of course, was on hand at a very useful moment there. Mind you, I hope there was an interlude between the luxurious hot bath and the dip in the nasty cold sea. Or Cirdan needn't have bothered carrying all that water!

The damage to the plants and the plethora of jellyfish sound ominous signs of ... something. Something is afoot!

Quick. Bronwe needs to be treating those jellyfish stings. Before Glorfindel decides to heed Namo's call.

Author Reply: Ah, if only Glorfindel could have appreciated the appreciation! Then again, his hair was full of salt water and his skin was marred, so maybe not. ;)

I think we'll see this show get on the road next chapter, if the muses cooperate and we don't have any costume malfunctions. Thanks for reading and commenting, Bodkin!

NilmandraReviewed Chapter: 5 on 2/11/2006
You know, Daw has a good point with the Naked!Glorfindel thing. He may not have noticed that he wore nary a stitch of clothing, but we noticed and were suitably impressed. Impressed that he didn't care, really.

I love how you worked in the jellyfish stuff and his glimpse of home and the way it conflicted with duty. Nicely done.

Author Reply: Here we are again with the breach of breeches. *g* One might think it was the highlight of the chapter! Glorfindel, as you know, is a shameless creature, and I blame him for inducing the author to mix water with Naked!Glorfindel (not that it's tough).

Thank you for reading and beta'ing -- I believe we saw your Glorfindel sans clothing once in HLII as well, didn't we?? ;D For all your time and advise, mille grazie!

Jay of LasgalenReviewed Chapter: 5 on 2/11/2006
Ouch - poor Glorfindel! Like you, I tend not to think of jellyfish as that dangerous (though to be swimming, surounded by them, would be horrible) but I know that some (the Australian box jellyfish, for example) are very bad news :(

I like the way you introduce more and more signs that there is some great upheaval in the natural world. Great work!


Author Reply: Hi Jay,

I've never tangled with a jelly, but my brother stepped on one once and hopped around, screaming like a banshee for a good long while. His foot swelled and he had some lovely burn mark type things for a while but he survived. *g*

Thanks for reading and commenting! :)

daw the minstrelReviewed Chapter: 5 on 2/11/2006
I couldn't help but notice that Glorfindel is naked for most of this chapter. I just thought I'd point that out.

So something is wrong in Mithlond. Hm. The corruption of the natural world can't be a good thing. What's going on?

And Gildor is coming soon. He's an interesting figure. He seems to be nomadic. It's a life that's hard for me to imagine.

Author Reply: Glorfindel naked. Really? Good thing it's words and not art then, isn't it?

What is wrong will be clearer by the next chapter, I hope. Gildor is one of those people you invite to a party because they say the most unexpected things. It's never dull with him around.

Thanks for reading and commenting, Daw! The Board for the Care and Clothing of Elves will be looking into this breach of breeches, though I really think Glorfindel was perfectly happy.

BodkinReviewed Chapter: 4 on 2/8/2006
The fishing boat crisis - there's such a contrast between the dangers of 'those in peril on the sea' and the immortality of elven lives. The poor mother. Yet even there, there is the irrepressibility of life going on. The new baby - and the little boy. I loved the small boy clutched in his sister arms. "Glows, sissy!" That must be a disconcerting thing to see for the first time.

It must be so distressing for a healer like Bronwe to be up against mortality all the time. Especially abrupt mortality. I love the way Glorfindel just opens his arms for her. Such good time contrasts between the elves and men.

Great practical Cirdan.

Author Reply: I've questioned myself having an elven healer helping mortals as well, but since I set this up as some of the Men of Numenor had remained after sailing to aid Gil-galad, I decided it was plausible if not really canon. It would be hard though. At the same time, I see it could be rewarding in seeing the renewal of life through each generation. Thanks for reading and reviewing, Bodkin! :)

EllieReviewed Chapter: 4 on 2/6/2006
You do a really nice job of showing the emotion of the folk at the seaside town and protraying the mortals in such a way that they feel very different from the elves. Enjoyed the reunion of Bron and Glor.

Author Reply: Thanks, Ellie. :) I'd love to say something really intelligent or witty now, but the brain is blank. Thanks for reading and reviewing!

meckinockReviewed Chapter: 4 on 2/5/2006
I'm afraid I'm not up to a coherent review, but I really enjoyed all of this, Cirdan especially. It's not often that we see a portrayal of him.

Author Reply: Cirdan is a great character, I agree. I always find it interesting that he gave up his ring to Gandalf. To me he was a wise, gruff old elf, far happier building ships and holding his haven safe for all who would sail. Thanks for reading, Meckinock!

daw the minstrelReviewed Chapter: 4 on 2/5/2006
It's interesting to see men and elves living so close together. That kind of loss would be awful in a small community. Was it all men, do you think? Do elves work as fisherfolk?

Author Reply: I don't know if, in canon, this would have flown. Considering Men once came to the rescue of Lindon and Mithlond in Gil-galad's day, I didn't think it was too far-fetched that maybe some of the Men of Numenor had stayed. I think when I first wrote this I had all of the ships lost as just men and not elves. Elves did fish, but not like Men did. I see the Teleri fishing more from the shores rather than going to sea in boats, then bringing hauls back in for market. Elves to me would take only what they needed for that time. Same for men, but I always kind of thought they would have a market and sell the fresh catches where the elves were more self-sufficient (or lazy and went and bought at the market!). Thanks for reading, Daw!

BodkinReviewed Chapter: 3 on 1/22/2006
I love watching Elladan and Elrohir being sensible and protective - it so goes against their usual portrayal!

Beautiful description of Imladris - it builds a lovely picture in my mind of the open, airiness of it. And of the way it is part of its environment. And I love the reflections on the qualities of the different races of elves.

Poor Erestor! Left sorrowing for the lack of the local trouble-makers. He will have nothing to complain about and he and Elrond will be able to live in peace and harmony over the winter. Maybe silence and companionable study is what Elrond needs right now. I don't know - he seems very alone to me, but then that is not an unfamiliar experience to him. Erestor will be a good support for him, but he seems to lack the warmth that Elrond is missing.

I'm left with a lovely clear picture of the pair of them warming their toes in the serenity of Imladris.

Author Reply: Thanks, Bodkin! It's always lovely to know what readers do like, and what needs improving. Elrond had a really rotten lot in life in many ways, but he was such a pivotal person and I always like to think there were companions placed around him who could support him through all the awful times as well as celebrate the happy ones. Thank you so much for reading and reviewing -- I appreciate it!

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