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Prodigal Sons  by daw the minstrel 20 Review(s)
Eirinn LeighReviewed Chapter: 7 on 7/21/2016
It's nice to finally have some context (temporally) about where Legolas is in relation to other members of the fellowship. When we meet him in Rivendell he seems fairly young compared to the other elves present- I wonder if he ever talked with Aragorn about his first meeting with the Dunedan?

Author Reply: Tolkien doesn't explicitly tell us how old Legolas is. Actually, he tells us very little about Legolas and especially little about his life before the Quest. That's one of the things that makes his a good subject for fanfiction. The field is wide open apart from what we see of Thranduil's realm in The Hobbit. Legolas seems young compared to other elves to me too.

I'll bet he did talk to Aragorn about meeting his ancestor. They were friends a long time.

endorearwenReviewed Chapter: 8 on 8/24/2013
This was a sombre and sobering story, Daw. I held my breath with each new chapter knowing that one of these times sorrow and loss were going to be Legolas' hard teachers. The pathetic imagery of the litter arriving in the stronghold... very moving. You did a great job of presenting the various perspectives around the circumstances. I stand amazed at the clever and wise punishment you had Thranduil mete out to his youngest - "Their father was sometimes far deeper than a casual observer might expect" indeed! Legolas' world has been forever changed. I expect we will see him profit remarkably from the experiences of this adventure and become (throughout the coming pages) the judicious warrior we meet in the Fellowship of the Ring. I think this was a marvelous 'transition' story, stirring in unexpected ways even for the reader!

PS - I had wanted to share some further remarks to your comment about Alfirin's attraction to Ithilden from the last story, but it feels almost irreverent to do so now!! :-} Sigh....

Author Reply: You hit the nail right on the head. This is Legolas's crisis moment when he finally realizes how dangerous his world is. He had to see it for himself rather than just taking the word of the adults around him, but what a price he pays. I wrote this story before I'd written about Turgon as a cute, if maddening, elfling. Otherwise, I couldn't have stood to do it. I nearly warned you about it when I responded to your last review. Sigh, indeed.

AnnarielReviewed Chapter: 7 on 8/28/2007
ai ai You killed Turgon!! I adored him! Poor reckless and cracked Turgon, my grief in your death weight in my spirit. *sobs*

Daw the minstrel, you weave beautiful stories with enchanting words and infinite grace. The world you have created is amazing and I am so glad to read it.

greetings Mirkwood minstrel.


ps.- In this link there are gorgeous songs about Tolkien:

Author Reply: I feel bad for poor Turgon. This is the third story I ever wrote. If I'd been writing about him for longer before that, I never could have killed him.

Thank you for you kind words about these stories. I was down about my writing today and you cheered me up.

MariashaReviewed Chapter: 8 on 4/27/2006
I had already read some two or three of this serie on another page but I was glad to have found this site and read them all in the right timeframe.

I have to admit that, even though I felt it from the very first mentioning of Turgon in these stories, that he would find an untimely death, I was still shocked when it happened so early and I found myself crying.

But hard as his death was, it had one good point...the character development of Legolas. Some things are best learned the hard way, I am afraid. :(

Author Reply: Mariasha--

Thank you for this very kind review. I think this was the third story I wrote, which is the only reason I could kill of Turgon. If I'd been writing about him any longer, I never could have done it. Fortunately, I can always resurrect him by writing a story set earlier. :-)

Legolas certainly learned something the hard way on this one.

Stories of Arda is a great site.


pipinheartReviewed Chapter: 8 on 10/3/2005
Legolas has to help train the younger class.And he has a student just like Turgon, not surprisinly its his younger brother, if only they will teach him in ways they never taught Turgon there could be hope. They needed to take care with Turgon and they didn't and he is now gone...

Author Reply: I still feel bad about killing Turgon. I wrote this story very early. If I'd written about him more first, I never could have killed him.

pipinheartReviewed Chapter: 7 on 10/3/2005
Turgon...he was always the adventurous one and Legolas cared for him deeply. I kinda liked his character, his advengerous nature was his downfall as well. This will always mark Legolas.

Author Reply: I think this and the death of his mother do always mark Legolas. This was a real turning point for him. He settled down after this and recognized the fact that he lived in a warrior society in a dangerous world.

pipinheartReviewed Chapter: 6 on 10/3/2005
Ithilden has a temper and I can't really blame him. Though Turgon had the mind to speak on Legolas's part was brave in the face of Ithilden wrath.

Author Reply: Ithilden was deeply ticked off, and he wanted Legolas to know it. He knew right where to stick the knife in too. Legolas felt the sting of that scolding.

pipinheartReviewed Chapter: 5 on 10/3/2005
It seems they are being treated well by the human companions... An very funny that Legolas brought back a squirrel... It seems Turgon shouldn't have spoken about who Legolas's father was...

Author Reply: These men are Dundedain. And as you probably know, one of them is Aragorn's ancestor. So they do treat the boys well. But Turgon was not discreet.

pipinheartReviewed Chapter: 4 on 10/3/2005
How they are tied up by humans, not a good thing.

Author Reply: The boys are having a much bigger adventure than they even anticipated and that is definitely not a good thing.

pipinheartReviewed Chapter: 3 on 10/3/2005
You would think Legolas would know better than to go around spiders...knowing the dangers. I wouldn't want ot be him when they are found...

Author Reply: See you think just like Thranduil does! He'd think Legolas would know better too, but apparently he doesn't.

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