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The Tide of Times  by daw the minstrel 247 Review(s)
pipinheartReviewed Chapter: 8 on 10/11/2005
Orcs of all the trouble they have to show up... Legolas and Celuwen get out, and her father wasn't pleased...Legolas injures his foot again...Nice work...

Author Reply: I hesitated about adding the orcs to this story because I already had a lot going on, but it worked out okay. At least for me.

pipinheartReviewed Chapter: 7 on 10/11/2005
I don't like Solith, he seems selfish and hard. Putting water on the cottages could work, but thats risky to chance.
Legolas is awake at least. Celuwen loves Eilian but why does she subject herself to the pain, she says she wants to fight the shadow, why not together....

Author Reply: Solith is not a likeable character.

I think stubborness is a characteristic of wood elves. If it weren't, they wouldn't have lasted as long as they did.

pipinheartReviewed Chapter: 6 on 10/11/2005
Thranduil left the council, and he seems to know something is wrong at home at with Legolas...He did end up at Celuwen's house and she still makes Eilian stop in his tracks...

Author Reply: she still makes Eilian stop in his tracks...

That's a good way to put it!

pipinheartReviewed Chapter: 5 on 10/11/2005
A fire... and the novices get to help, but them Legolas gets hurt, and on his first time out too.

Author Reply: Legolas does indeed get hurt, poor thing. After I started writing this story, wild fires broke out in California, so I was sure that people there would know how wrong I was undoubtedly getting things, but no one said anything!

pipinheartReviewed Chapter: 4 on 10/11/2005
It seems synia thinks Legolas and her are closer than they truly are. And Legolas wants to go to the southern patrol, but he didn't get the answer he wanted...

Author Reply: Legolas is having some trouble getting the various parts of his life sorted out. I hope he learned his lesson with Synia!

pipinheartReviewed Chapter: 3 on 10/11/2005
Thranduil is having problems at the council and is angery, and who could blame him. He needs help but they are not listening....

Author Reply: Thranduil was in a difficult position. His realm was under attack in a way that Rivendell and Lothorien were not, and he had no ring of power. Of course, those with the rings had other burdens too, but he can't see them.

pipinheartReviewed Chapter: 2 on 10/11/2005
Little Sinnarn is a bundle of energy, you have to feel for ithilden trying to keep him safe.
You can feel how proud Annael's parents are for them, and how time goes past so quickly...

Author Reply: Sinnarn is a bit too much like his Uncle Eilian for Ithilden to be easy with him. But he treasures the kid and does his best by him. And I've always loved Annael's family.

pipinheartReviewed Chapter: 1 on 10/11/2005
Thranduil at the council he seems worried. Legollas and Annael are growing up, coming of age are they ready...

Author Reply: I wanted to write about Thranduil outside of his forest for a change. He's not happy being in Rivendell, but he'll do what he has to if he thinks it will protect his people and woods.

GilraenReviewed Chapter: 2 on 4/9/2004
This is getting interesting... I've been reading your stories in (chronological) order, so this is the first that I've seen Legolas this close to adulthood. Ack! Synia! I loved Miriwen- she's so sweet. I'm glad Legolas has no intentions of seriousness with Syni. This is really enjoyable. BTW, Elves with tack makes perfect sense :)

mistry89Reviewed Chapter: 9 on 2/1/2004
I said I would comment later in the series - well, this is it.

As with all of your stories, there is a mix of action, character interaction, "forwarding the story", but underlying all is the slighlty melancholic almost-not-quite-lump-in-the-throat and the nearly-prickling-tears-behind-the-eyes feeling that is so very approppriate for JRRT's elves. The end of ME for them is approaching and for those who delight in it (elves, not readers!), it must be its own kind of Long Defeat (ta, Galadriel!). The almost-bittersweet tone comes through even the happy little interludes (Legolas as an elfling being ..... a young naughty, curious,troublesome being!) and they highlight the more obviously sad, tragic, or dangerous events.

In this chapter it is Elian and Celuwen with emotions at odds with duty, honour, and fate.

You manage to maintain this tone without descending into maudlin drippiness and have captured Thranduil for me best so far of all the fanfic authors I have read - some avoid the mistake of making him too a-too-hard-conveniently-bad-tempered-elf, and acknowledge that he has problems with his own race (as well as Men & Dwarves), but you are the first to acknowledge the problem with Galadriel, and that was a biggie, so I've been looking for someone who writes that (at all, let alone well!). All JRRT readers have their own bits of canon they feel shouldn't be tampered with - Thranduil and Galadriel are too often addressed in ways I wish they weren't. I don't dislike stories where they are ooc, as long as there is a reason, and as long as 99% of the stories aren't they same, it just seems to become a new kind "accepted canon", and *that* bugs me!

All that said, a well-written story drags you in regardless of the reader's own (believed) preferences .... I never suspected I would enjoy "toddler" Legolas, but I did, and I thought that very sad toned (ala Nancy Springer's The White Hart et al) books were left behind in my (very long ago adolescence -LOTR- excepted). Perhaps I can cope with a little melancholy after all! I'm sadder still that I have nearly reached the end of this story arc - thank you.
Helen


Author Reply: I think that Tolkien is rather melancholy. There are no completely happy endings. Everyone loses as well as gains.

I thank you for reading all of these fics. I have been swept up in writing them, so I know there are a lot. But if I dragged you in, despite yourself, then I am pleased.

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