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Growing Under Shadow  by daw the minstrel 129 Review(s)
Eirinn LeighReviewed Chapter: 6 on 7/19/2016
My guess is mister C is diverting the real swords and Legolas and co. caught him in the act during their night hunting... too bad they are unlikely to tell anyone about what they saw.

Author Reply: It's hard to report what you saw when you weren't supposed to be out! LOL

Eirinn LeighReviewed Chapter: 2 on 7/19/2016
Considering the age gap between most elvish siblings Turgon and his brother are practically 'Irish Twins'!

Author Reply: That's true. I find it very hard to work out what a "generation" means for elves. How do Ithilden and Legolas relate to one another, for instance? I suppose that until recently, it wasn't uncommon for human children who were the youngest in their family to have siblings that were grown up.

Asms2Reviewed Chapter: 10 on 4/12/2016
Nice story! I enjoyed reading about the rafting and hunting adventures of the kids. And that last scene where Thranduil takes Legolas into his lap and realizes that soon his son will be too old for it, but not yet…so adorable! I really enjoy reading about family dynamics and you do a great job with it! :)

Author Reply: Thanks, Asms2. I think Thranduil has a soft spot for his youngest, partly because he raised him as a single parent while Naneth was around for the older two. He has a hard time letting his baby go. They all do really. They overprotect him. He was the anchor that kept them all grounded when Lorellin was killed.


endorearwenReviewed Chapter: 10 on 8/7/2013
Oh, Daw! What I wouldn't give to be Alfridin!! You promised Ithilden would get what he needed and I am absolutely delighted by the introduction of this character into the story! Dare I wonder what lovely scenes of romance I might encounter as I move through the coming tales? - sentence would be punctuated by hearts and flowers if I could but figure out how to make them using the keyboard! But I digress...

Enjoyed this story as much as the others, though, I did share in Thranduil's sadness at seeing his youngest elfling quickly slipping away into adulthood. Thranduil's character has always been a favourite of mine. He is so self aware that he makes the task of balancing wisdom with justice look almost easy - even when dealing with those he loves! His discipline where Legolas was concerned was perfect! I was almost as astonished as Ithilden when his father gave such open and sincere praise for the Prince he has become - long overdue recognition if you ask me (but I might be a tad prejudiced...)! Never did I doubt Thranduil carried these feelings for his eldest, but I certainly didn't expect him to 'gush' them forth as he did at the end! :-) Kudos again on another very well written story!

Author Reply: There will be romance, but it will take a while because, competent as he is, Ithilden is not smooth with the ladies. He needs lessons from Eilian!

Thranduil must be a difficult father to live with. The overlap between king and father must be confusing sometimes from both sides. And as you say, he's not usually "gushy." Is this the story where Legolas switches from Ada to Adar? I remember my son changing to Dad from Daddy. It's a big moment.

GilraenReviewed Chapter: 10 on 3/1/2007
Thank you for reply! I respect your opinion. Your whole story is very well written and I like it very much, I also liked, how Thranduil handled Legolas´ previous disobedience, this was in my opinion very good and fitting, only the in the last chapter he was too strict with so sweet and mild child as Legolas is. (My motherly instincts are in work now.)

GilraenReviewed Chapter: 10 on 3/1/2007
Am I the only one who think, that Thranduil was too strict with Legolas? Yes, Legolas misbehaved, but that´s what children in his age do. Yes, he deserves to be punished, but not so strictly!!! He is 11 years old (in human age) and he is a prince after all! Whole month of mopping vomit is not fitting punishment for 11 years old child nor for prince! (I would like to see Thranduil doing it himself!) And also expect 100% obedience from 11 years old child is steep expectation. Children this age have every right to be sometimes a bit disobedient and to be sometimes a bit irresponsible. Of course, Legolas deserved punishment, but this was too strict!

Author Reply: You could be right, of course, Gilraen. I'm trying to remember what I was thinking when I wrote this story. I think what sent Thranduil over the edge was that Legolas did the same thing twice, not learning his lesson the first time. And then, Legolas scared him too. He did something really dangerous. And the finally, Thranduil thinks of his sons as born to serve his people, so working in the infirmary is the kind of thing someone might do.

Anyway, that's what I think I was thinking. You may be thinking I was wrong! LOL.

pipinheartReviewed Chapter: 10 on 9/21/2005
Eilian has finally gotten his father's aproval he has sought many years... His father has seen him chage from a recless to responsible... and he is now Captain. Getting Tinar out of his company and getting his friend the sword he wants. Though he till loves the young Elf Maiden, but she is to hurt to see him and him leave...

Great story... I love Eilian' s Character, glad you wrote him...

Author Reply: Every once in a while, Thranduil and Eilian can declare a truce. And becoming captain will be good for Eilian. He won't take chances with his warriors that he might take for himself. But the loss of Celuwen is painful for the poor guy.

pipinheartReviewed Chapter: 5 on 9/21/2005
I think Turgon is a bad influence on Annael and Legolas....

Author Reply: You and Thranduil think alike about that one! Yet Turgon is an affectionate friend too.

pipinheartReviewed Chapter: 4 on 9/21/2005
I feel for Eilian having to deal with Tinar...He thinks he is something else, kind of a snob... He deserved that spider getting him, may teach him a lesson, but not sure about that...

AS for Turgon, I think his father dosen't spend time with him, sad really... Maybe that is why he is so adventerous... legolas is right, he reminds you of Eilian...

Great work...

Author Reply: Tinar is horrible. Sad to say, I modelled him on someone I know. I don't think anything will ever teach Tinar a lesson. He's too hard-headed.

And you're right about Turgon. He needed someone like Thranduil as a father (a thought that would make Thranduil shudder).

pipinheartReviewed Chapter: 2 on 9/20/2005
I really like Elian Character and you can see the friendship between him and Maltanaur that has grown through the years. And when Tinar shot him he was upset as he should be, he needs more practice with that bow...

Legolas young and wanting to have killed his first dear has two Elves that dosen't seem to like him...Tynd and Riolth, I don't like them they seem full of trouble...

Author Reply: I have to confess there's a soft spot in my heart for Eilian too. I'm glad you can see how he's grown over the years. The story I'm working on right now is set earlier, of course, and I have to keep reminding myself that he's really young in it.

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