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More Dangerous, Less Wise

Azalais - 22 Mar 13 - 3:57 PM

Ch. 1: A storm breaks

Just starting to read this - I know, I'm very behind!  Anyway... I'm hopelessly in love with your Thranduil. His bravery, compassion, determination, the combination of the capacity for great joy with the damage done by the Dagorlad and the other traumas of his past...

And the relationship between him and Galion is both funny and very endearing.

Looking forward to catching up with more!

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Azalais - 22 Mar 13 - 4:37 PM

Ch. 2: The Quality of Mercy

This is such a heartrending chapter; the Wood-elves have lived for so long with so much danger and distress. I completely (as you know!) share your view of the cultural and political rifts between the Greenwood, Rivendell and Lothlorien due to two of those realms having the protection of Rings and one not...

I also love, as ever, your lush description and particularly, in this chapter, the way you bring it to bear on the profound connectedness between the Wood-elves and the natural world around them:

Legolas breathed in, the smell of the forest, leaves and berries and the shady ferns and clear forest river...He felt Thranduil's song soar, its deep, mellowed notes like wine and moonlight and the forest glades and the crown of autumn berries he wore at the feasts.


Those notes reminiscent of the "season of mists and mellow-fruitfulness" are perfect for Thranduil.

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Azalais - 23 Mar 13 - 8:03 AM

Ch. 3: A decision made

Hmmm, interesting!  I like the young, curious Legolas we see here, and his impulsiveness; though I'm having to work a bit at the idea of him being renowned for being tactless and crass, since I tend to see him as really quite reserved, and teasing etc only when he really means to.

Love the consideration of the Dwarves' position; I'd never thought about it in these terms before but you're right, if Dale had chosen to ally with Sauron the Wood-elves would have been in real trouble...

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Azalais - 23 Mar 13 - 8:18 AM

Ch. 4: The Best Laid Plans

Ah, I did wonder how you would get rid of Alagos and Galadhon!

And actually that's quite a convincing way of doing it - not a dramatic orc attack, just pure bad luck. I like Legolas' absolute sense of compulsion, after that, that he must get to Imladris. And we all know where that leads!

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Azalais - 23 Mar 13 - 8:28 AM

Ch. 5: The High Pass

Such an atmospheric and evocative chapter!  I love your writing of the Mountains as malignant characters, the storms, the weather, and Legolas caught in all that.

Lovely moment when he finds the Goblin-gate and Thorin's tinder-box! (I thought "but Gandalf was going to get the Goblin-gate blocked up by a giant...", then decided that was probably what the boulder was doing in the path and it had slipped out of place over the years :-)

Poor Legolas, you've left him in the worst possible state to make a good impression on all those snooty Noldor, cruel author!

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Azalais - 23 Mar 13 - 9:08 AM

Ch. 6: Chapter 6: Imladris

Poor, sopping wet Legolas...

Really nice exposition here of the cultural clashes between the Greenwood and Imladris (I never had the Greenwood Elves happy about everyone else calling it Mirkwood either!) I'm also reminded, in your description of Legolas' awe, of the expression on his face in FoTR-the-movie when he dismounts in Rivendell and looks around - curious, wondering, childlike.

And gorgeous pic - am so jealous! :-)

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Azalais - 23 Mar 13 - 9:18 AM

Ch. 7: Many Meetings

Ahha, such misunderstandings! And Gandalf is as gnomic as ever.

I love your sad, thoughtful, kindly Elrond and Legolas's powerful glimpses of his Song. And the hints, right at the end of the chapter, that Erestor may begin to look on Wood-elves - or at least this Wood-elf - with a little more respect...

All caught up now! More please? ;-)

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Azalais - 17 Apr 13 - 3:29 PM

Ch. 8: The Council of Elrond

A chapter for me?!  And it's taken me weeks to catch up with it - I'm so sorry!

My poor Legolas - you're so cruel to him... You little devil! (Though I appreciate this is your Legolas - the version in my head is a little less gauche at the Council, I think, though in some ways just as innocent...)

I love the dramatic description of Elrohir's Song (Elrohir's not Elladan's, I think?) which foreshadows Sons of Thunder so beautifully.

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Azalais - 17 Apr 13 - 3:45 PM

Ch. 9: The Hall of Fire

Legolas and Boromir - yes! I have always thought there would be great understanding and sympathy between those two.

Elrond - poor Elrond. So much sorrow, indeed, for his House. Elrohir with all that anger. It would almost be unbearable if I didn't know the end of Sons.

And as for Glorfindel in the hot tub - have mercy! Phwoaaar...

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Azalais - 17 Apr 13 - 3:55 PM

Ch. 10: On the banks of the Bruinen

Oh, dark, very dark. This is beginning to explain a lot about all Elrohir's jumble of feelings towards Legolas in Sons of Thunder...

The description of the aftermath of the Ringwraiths is so vivid - the greasy air, the tunnel of glass. And it makes a very convincing bond between Legolas and Glorfindel that it's so horribly familiar to both of them.

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Azalais - 17 Apr 13 - 4:04 PM

Ch. 11: Gimli's Boots

I love, love your Gimli, with his good sense and courage and compassion. And it's lovely to see here the very beginnings of what will one day be such a firm friendship with Legolas - and their tendency to make ridiculous bets...

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Aiwendiel - 17 Jun 13 - 6:36 AM

Ch. 19: Alone in the Wild

Oh my. Oh my my. Goodness. What a chapter, I so like the voice of Aragorn in this, experienced for a mortal man but completely naive next to the understandably suspicious and deeply foolish yet wise Wood Elf. Wonderful conversation about a certain lady-love and all the implications. What a remarkable portrait of Legolas's powerful presence, enhanced, perhaps by fever. Love that Roheryn considers becoming unfaithful, too! And I knew that we wouldn't get out of this whole thing without a trip back to look for poor Rhawion! 

Thnx, A

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