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Elflings   by Bodkin 110 Review(s)
illereynReviewed Chapter: 12 on 7/2/2008
*giggles* So...what *did* happen the first time Galadriel and Celeborn met? And what was Oropher doing at the time?

I really liked how the elflings grow up bit by bit as the stories progress, and that there are clear traces of their parents and relatives in them, while each elfling is still very much an individual!

artistic spriteReviewed Chapter: 13 on 11/9/2007
Wicked!When are you going to update it?It'll be a shame to leave this unfinish!

GwynhyffarReviewed Chapter: 13 on 7/14/2007
Bodkin, I have been rereading this series over the past couple of days and wanted to let you know how much I have enjoyed it! I love the extended families and close friends all trying to guide the elfling in their growing, and I love the elflings turning the tables when Oropher returns in order to try to get him and Galadriel to reach a more peaceable understanding. Thranduil and Laerwen having a baby is great, and I look forward to seeing more of them, as well as more of Oropher with Eleniel. It's been awhile since you have written any chapters here. ... surely it's time to revisit these wonderful tales??? :-)

Author Reply: Thank you, Gwynhyffar. I do enjoy playing with these - there is another one part written, but I seem to be in holiday mode at the moment and am finding it hard to focus on much... I will (if I can ever kill all the paperwork) get back to the fun soon. I've got so behind on everything that it's quite disheartening ... but it's great to have you reminding me why I enjoy all this so much.

RedheredhReviewed Chapter: 13 on 10/29/2006
Ah, a most satisfying tale of youth and parenthood. ;) But, then "Elfings" is always like that! :D

I am glad Galanthil stuck in there. Glad you included the surf lessons. And disappointed that Radag was not allowed to burst in on the ellyn later as a joke.

Actually, none of the kids, except maybe Eleniel, really understood how brave Surion truly was. He did not take the easy way out. He accepted the challenge to his courage, even if he saw it as a mere question of face. If they had all come there as friends, he still would have stepped up to this endeavor. As he will Galenthil's future suggestions for fun.

Loved Elrinna trying to console Nisimalote.

And their dads getting together to check on them was so entertaining! Eleniel the diplomat! Camentur should know! But,ROFLMAO "I need a daughter!" That was absolutely great!

I am sure Surion's parents will be very relieved that they made the great effort to help their son find less damaging activites, if not completely safe, than what he had open to him to in the city.

Author Reply: I so wanted the dog to burst in on the ellyn and have them fearing that Eleniel was just about to turn up - but it just didn't work itself in!

Surion is at that awkward nearly-grown-up age when kids think they know so much more than they do - but Galenthil is a good kid. I'm sure that now they've all been waterfall-surfing together, Surion will be more one of the crowd. And, actually, I think Calion could be a really good influence on him.

Eleniel - being a girl - is just a bit more mature for her age than Galenthil and his friends. And, I think, she is naturally clear-sighted and thoughtful. And possibly feels slightly less need to keep up with the challenges the ellyn enjoy.

If Legolas and Camentur get damaged, though, Elerrina and Nisimalote won't be impressed! Although I think Thranduil would laugh his head off.

And if it's a toss up between Surion's city pals and some good healthy(?) country activities, I'm sure Surion's parents will resign themselves to waterfall-surfing.

KittyReviewed Chapter: 13 on 10/26/2006
‘No rolling,’ he commanded. ‘Not for a while anyway – you would not want me to feel that my efforts had been wasted.’ *grin* I wonder if elven horses listen to advice like this? My own pony certainly doesn't - as soon as I release her, she is rolling in the dust, or even better, in the mud. She is not the one who has to clean her up, after all ;(

Súrion isn't making it easy for the others to get along well with him, but well, he is of a difficult age. There is not much difference between men and elves, between Middle-earth and our world, I fear. Galenthil certainly did his best to help him and to include him in his circle of friends. I was glad he succeed in the end, at least for now. Hopefully Súrion will change for the better during this visit.

Loved the conversation between Thranduil and Legolas, particularly about Legolas' friendship with the twins. And of course the one between Legolas and Camentur. The idea of the fathers slipping out in the evening and doing the same as their sons was so much fun!

Legolas proved a very good father in this chapter - making sure they were all right, but not spoiling their fun. He was so understanding - obviously he has not forgotten how it is to be a child, as many adults seem to do.

Author Reply: Well - as an elven horse, he might wait until he's out of sight before he rolls. Maybe.

Surion is going through a difficult time - he'll get on better with the ellyn now he's shown genuine admiration for their waterfall-surfing skills. And now he's stripped off his fancy clothes and joined in with their games.

I'm sure Thranduil would have been in despair if Elrond's sons had grown up on his doorstep. (Not that they're the same age. As far as I'm concerned, the twins are a couple of thousand years older than Legolas. But then, Elerrina is chronologically quite a lot older, too. Age doesn't really matter much when you're immortal!) But Camentur is happy to stand in and sneak out for a night of fun!

Legolas is aware, I think, that kids need space to grow. And he's sensible enough to check out their game while they're not looking and then prepared to pretend he doesn't know. Sometimes you just can't give permission - but you don't want to forbid, either!

LarnerReviewed Chapter: 10 on 10/24/2006
I think one of my favorite stories so far. Poor Galenthil, so in tune with the forest and its creatures, and by being so often in unnecessary conflict with his grandfather. So glad that Legolas understands and allows him the learning he seeks, within reasonable limits.

And I so love his ability to move unseen in the forest, as well as the badger's recognition these offer him no threat, only a benevolent interest.

Author Reply: Thranduil has high expectations of the members of his family - behaviour and responsibility. He had the same expectations of Legolas, too!

Galenthil isn't the sort of child who is deliberately confrontational - and his father is prepared to let him learn what interests him. There is no need, after all, for him to dedicate his life to being a warrior.

The badger is prepared to accept the elves - they are part of the world, too, and offer him no harm.

LarnerReviewed Chapter: 9 on 10/24/2006
Yes, indeed; "Thank you, I think." He would do well to heed the girls at the moment, for they have Olostariel's number quite well, I think.

Author Reply: Olostariel is far too 'mature' for her age. And has a mind that thinks Elrin is a very good prospect as a beau. (I don't think his cousins would let her keep that illusion for too long. They might not be interested in ellyn yet, but they can see falseness when it's in front of them!)

LarnerReviewed Chapter: 8 on 10/24/2006
Elrond's grandsons indeed, and relatives of those whose racial memories are of green waves crashing down over a foundering land....

An eerie adventure.

Author Reply: Very eerie. The dream of Numenor drowning has always seemed horrific to me. As has poor Miriel's fate at the hands of her horrible cousin.

LarnerReviewed Chapter: 7 on 10/24/2006
Yes, a perfect name for another of Elrond's grandsons. And I wish Elrin could have known his cousin and his cousin's father.

And the terrible two do seem to be maturing at last, for which I'm certain all are glad.

Author Reply: I hope Miriwen and Sirithiel are prepared to produce a few more grandsons for Elrond - because I have quite a list of possibilities!

E2L will never entirely get over grieving that Arwen and Estel and Eldarion (and whatever daughters) are lost to them. Neither, of course will Elrond. Or Celebrian and Galadriel and Celeborn. Or Glorfindel. And Legolas will always have a place in his heart for Gimli - and Boromir and the hobbits.

I'm sure Elrohir's hair would be grey now, were he not an elf! But Aewlin and Nimloth are showing signs of growing out of the worst of their habits - a big relief to all and sundry.

LarnerReviewed Chapter: 6 on 10/24/2006
Ah, wonderful to see both sides of their heritage made visible. Galadriel's gift of sight, and the healing gifts of the sons of Earendil. Their great grandfather may not rue their relationship quite as much now.

BTW, the idea he might have been made a star out of desperation as to what to do with one of Peredhil lineage was quite brilliant.

Author Reply: I reckon Earendil will still be wary of them. At least until they are grown up! But they are beginning to mature out of that exclusiveness that twins can show - and they will improve. Their family wouldn't have it any other way!

I think being a star is a bit of a cruel fate in a way. Splendid. But very, very lonely.

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