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The Tide of Times  by daw the minstrel 17 Review(s)
FadesintothewestReviewed Chapter: 3 on 10/26/2003
Curunir, he bugs me too Thrandi! Ah but our dear Woodland King is as tempermental as ever, but he controls his temper so well. I think
as is his character, Thranduil will come around to understanding the
larger picture and not begrudge Elrond and Galadriel too much, esp.

Oh no, Synia, it seems to me that maybe she did understand Legolas
just fine but doesn't want to admit it and so she is stating otherwise,
hoping to corner Legolas. She is as much to blame as Legolas in letting
things go to far, but their purposes in doing so are entirely different,
hers are more questionable in my mind.

NilmandraReviewed Chapter: 3 on 10/26/2003
I am enjoying seeing Legolas at this age. He is taking responsibility well, has more insight into his own behaviors, and we really see his leadership skills coming through. It was fun to contrast this set of novice games to his first set.

The insight about Synia is most important too. He is not blameless, but he needs to stop her now! She is apparently announcing plans he didn't know about. Adar would not be happy.

The council is interesting. Curunir sounds 'right' and believeable, except that he is sidestepping the question. It really is interesting to think about how long he was undermining the council with his own agenda.

Tapetum LucidumReviewed Chapter: 3 on 10/26/2003
This time I didn't even try at
I LOVED your Thranduil/Elrond interaction. Thranduil was playing his part well. Trying to figure out what everyone else knew without tipping his hand too much. His interpretation of Elrond's response to his comments, the twins' apparent abscence, and Arwen's behavior at dinner was excellent. You have given him very strong people skills. Something many authors leave out. He cannot stay king of his realm without learning to read a situation. He figured out what was up all on his own. That was great!

So is Saruman evil yet? He seems to be walking that line already. He certainly doesn't think much of Galadriel. Thranduil timed his request for aide well but it still didn't help. He must be frustrated about the trip. I would think it hurts his pride enough to ask for help, much less be turned down. It would be hard on any monarch. I guess Radagast's comments weren't exactly the ringing endorsement he had hoped for.

Your warrior games were superb as usual. I always look forward to your strategic thinking. It is good to see Legolas in command. It is where he belongs. It was very clever to use the same spot. He would be better prepared than Annael was in the fall because he was aware of the difficulties in attacking the base. He did a great job giving feedback to his warriors and taking responsibility for his error in protecting Galor's back. He is definitely growing up.

You are right, he obviously didn't take Synia's plans into account. She needs to leave MY elf alone. I knew she was trouble from the start. The worst part for Legolas is that he is not even interested in her and she is planning his future. I imagine dating a Prince can skew your perspective. I hope he breaks it off soon. I am getting jealous.

I love to read your updates!

JustMeReviewed Chapter: 3 on 10/26/2003
There is someone who is actually more irritating than Thranduil? I'm not so sure that I would like to meet this Curunir! And I will be curious to see if
Thranduil can keep his "cool" during what promises to be a long drawn out series of meetings. It is easy to see how he has maintained his realm for as long as he has - he is very perceptive when it comes to sizing up other people.

Oh, Legolas! I warned you, didn't I? I hate to say "I told you so", but it was so easy to see that Synia had a different agenda. You may have thought you made yourself clear to her, but apparently she was only hearing the part she wanted to hear. Now feelings will be hurt, and hopefully her friendship with Beliniel will not affect your friendship with Annael. Hurting her good friend will not endear you to Beliniel, and that in turn could make your relationship with Annael a little rocky. It's time to take Galor's advise and face up to your responsibility - even though it may not be pleasant. For whatever it's worth - I believe in you!

Jay of LasgalenReviewed Chapter: 3 on 10/26/2003
I like the latest chapter. I agree that Thranduil would probably have been on the White Council, especially as one of its key aims was to discover the identity of the Neromancer - and Thranduil had more than a passing interest! But when it met in 2941 Thranduil wasn't there - he was busy locking up Dwarves!

I like Elrond's obvious worry over his sons, and Thranduil realising he can't stop them. And the training exercise was good, too - Legolas has clearly learnt a lot from similar exercises in the past! I do hope his 'wood-elf' companion will shape up - I like him.


ArbelethielReviewed Chapter: 3 on 10/26/2003

Oops, I'm so sorry, I forgot to review chapter 2. I blame Uni on this one.

Just so you know, I loved Annael’s coming of age ceremony, even though Legolas acted very rudely (and stupidly too!).

I can understand Thranduil’s impatience with the Council. They’re all away from harm, and do not deal with orcs, spiders, etc. on a daily basis. Clearly they all need to spend a few weeks on the Southern Patrol to get a good view at reality.

Nasty surprise about Synia. As we have not seen much of her, I reserve my judgement, but is she more interested in Legolas or in the son of the King? Or do you interpret bonds as being only between two people very much in love?

I think that Legolas is going to be a very good leader of men (elves?). He’s still doing errors due to his inexperience, but he is not afraid to acknowledge and correct them.

Thanks for another great chapter.


The KarenatorReviewed Chapter: 3 on 10/26/2003
Things are moving along...The White Council meeting was great. Thranduil is as cunning as any of the others and is continuously putting the pieces of the puzzle together. I think he's starting to see and sense a bigger picture..especially where Saruman is concerned.
The war games were well done. It was interesting to see Legolas in a leadership role since in the last training exercise of this sort we know about, he was taken out early because of his archery skills. I thought he showed good decision making and compassion where little Galor was concerned. And then our littlest novice taught Legolas something. I really liked that.
I was afraid that Synia was a bit over confident and not really listening to Legolas when he told her his plans. He's a got a bit of problem with her. Thranduil will be most displeased. I'm still a bit anxious that Legolas is going to convince Ithilden to post him to the south. I know he's a better archer than either of his brothers and he may not be as unpredictable as Eilian, but he still lacks the experience necessary for this place. Gosh, I'm sorry, Daw, I sound like his mother.....and getting all worked up about my baby. "Well," she says, her ire rising again like a candy thermometer in hot fudge, "you are the one, I think, I need to see about this debacle! And I am holding you personally responsible for this whole mess!" :>)
I am truly enjoying this story, getting all a twitter...and looking forward to the next chapter. Thanks, Daw... Karen

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