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The Elf Path  by Nilmandra 17 Review(s)
elliskaReviewed Chapter: 1 on 3/29/2008
This is a wonderful plot bunny and the story is wonderfully written. You really captured the mystery of the forest at night. The forest is such a complete character here--every bit as much as Frodo, the elves and rangers. I really loved that. And of course I loved Frodo following the elves and Merry's reaction when he found him. Great story!!

Author Reply: Thanks, Elliska. This was fun - once I had the plot bunny, i just had to figure out a likely location for the elf path and then it practically wrote itself :D

NeiliaReviewed Chapter: 1 on 3/29/2008
I have often wondered about the time Frodo went into the Old Forest and what kind of adventure he had. This is an excellent tale! Love, Neilia

Author Reply: A story begging to be told. Tales of the Old Forest - Merry has been in several times and seems to have lots of good advice about what upsets the trees - there must be a story there too!

meckinockReviewed Chapter: 1 on 3/29/2008
I love the imagery of the river crossing. But poor Frodo, making it safely to the other side only to get bonked on the head by an annoyed tree! Lucky for him there were friendly sorts wandering the forest as well. I laughed at the parade of rescuers. He is one lucky hobbit, indeed! A perfectly hobbity story for Shirebound.

Author Reply: The rangers were an afterthought, but I sort of liked having these nameless elves and men colliding with the wayward hobbit. Elbereth, looking after the ring maybe. :D

AntaneReviewed Chapter: 1 on 3/29/2008
Ah, sweet, innocent Frodo longing for his own adventure. Oh, be careful, darling, what you long for. And I know just Who kept him from tumbling into the water.

Namarie, God bless, Antane :)

Author Reply: I think Eru must have planted the desires in Bilbo and Frodo, and I love the idea of them knowing of the secret and magical paths of the elves. Thanks for reading. :>)

perellethReviewed Chapter: 1 on 3/29/2008
What a wonderful idea, Nilmandra. This was a story begging to be told, indeed! of Frodo's wanderings!

The SEntinel was keen on its duty, and I loved the kindness of the elf's rebuke, and the humour in the exchanges with the Rangers... II like the contrast between the magic that he is following and the concern shared by leves and rangers about why MIthrandir doubled the watch over the SHire... how blessedly ignorant the hobbits lived! :-)

Author Reply: Ignorance can be bliss! I like how the hobbits just sort of rose out of the tales of lore and did the deeds that small hands must do. The other fun thing about this tale was to do some contrasting of the different groups - elves look more elfy when they're with men and hobbits, hobbits more hobbity next to elves and men, etc.

This time of listening has aroused more stories begging to be told than any other time of reading!

shireboundReviewed Chapter: 1 on 3/29/2008
Looking up at the twinkling stars one more time, he thought of the elves and the stars and Elbereth. Then he closed his eyes and took another step forward.

Oh my goodness, what a marvelous adventure! This is indeed Bilbo's heir, and I just love all of it. Nilmandra, what a generous, lovely, magical gift. Thank you so much. I'm all a-bounce!

Author Reply: I am glad you like it. I got to this point in the FotR, where they went into the Old Forest and as I'm listening to Merry tell how he had been in, Frodo had been in once, it seemed it was just a story begging to be told. And I liked how Frodo kept up Bilbo's old habits of going to meet the elves. So this was fun, trying to figure out where the Elf Path actually was - they spoke to Tom, but I'm sure they didn't take the Ferry across the Brandywine! - and someone had to make that path up the Withywindle...

daw the minstrelReviewed Chapter: 1 on 3/29/2008
Frodo felt very real to me in this. He's the tough, adventuresome hobbit that Tolkien describes. And I loved the way the elves and the men slipped along the edge of the Shire without the hobbits knowing. I wonder how much the Brandybucks knew. Now there was a bold crew.

Author Reply: I love how when they were in the forest, Merry would say don't do this, don't do that, that only makes them madder etc - he has all this experience to speak of. Then there is Frodo - he went in once, long ago, but he lets Merry lead and doesn't offer any advice. Yet he also wasn't scared of the place. So this was fun, trying to give Frodo an adventure that fits what Tolkien said and what happened at the time of the Quest.

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