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A Meeting in the Woods  by Thundera Tiger 13 Review(s)
PSWReviewed Chapter: 1 on 8/29/2016
This was a really good story! I loved your description on Elladan -- I feel like too often people forget that although they're Elrond's sons, the twins are 3000 years old themselves... And this was an interesting foreshadowing event on a number of levels. Very nice! Thanks for writing! :-)

daw the minstrelReviewed Chapter: 1 on 3/12/2005
I hope you don't mind if I comment again because I've been thinking about this story in terms of making elves "elfy," a matter I struggle with. I think it's very difficult to make elves seem magical and "other" among themselves, because I think they look ordinary to one another. You made Elladan incredibly elfy when Primula is looking at him. He is just magical. Then the minute she goes and he's with Elrohir only, they seem much more ordinary to one another. Not completely, mind you. The effect of the first of the story lingers. And I love that moment when Elrohir says that Elladan frightened him too, so you still have the sense of a gift that is not taken for granted.

I'm just rambling here. It's a topic I've had on my mind.

Author Reply: No, ramble away! I really enjoy it. And I think you've hit on a very interesting point. To elves, other elves aren't going to look "elfy" because that's just what they are. It's all very normal. In order to get elves to be elves, you have to write them from an outside perspective. Because once you get into an elf's head, you have to change it into a man's POV just to have it be understood within the context of the story. That's part of why I liked writing this story so much, actually. It gave me a chance to paint an elf from the perspective of a hobbit who's never seen one before.

meckinockReviewed Chapter: 1 on 3/12/2005
He won't even cross the Brandywine in a boat

Ouch. You are wicked!

What an unexpected an interesting rendezvous! I loved Primula's thought processes - Bree being too large, too indifferent, and too lazy to have picked itself up and wandered away./i>

I also loved how this brief encounter opened her mind to possibilities she had never dreamed of. A Baggins on an adventure, indeed!

But Elladan really got my attention. Wow. I don't think I've ever read a more gripping and alluring description of him. Wow. I could just stare. Kind of like Primula.

Great story, I really enjoyed it!

Author Reply:
Hey you! Thanks SO much for your comments about Elladan. The part that underwent the most edits was actually the part about Elladan's description. It gave me no end of headaches, so I'm very grateful to hear that you liked it. I wanted to describe him in terms that Primula would use, but I wanted to give him a very unearthly feel, too. Interesting challenge, actually, and I'm VERY happy that you liked it. Thank you!

Mysterious JediReviewed Chapter: 1 on 3/11/2005
Interesting story. I wonder what the twins thought when they found out Frodo was the son of Drogo and Primula.

Author Reply: Like I just told Shirebound, no more plotbunnies! Bad people! Bad! Maybe someday I'll write a sequel to this, but not any day soon! Sheesh!

But the twins' reaction is something I'm now wondering about, too...

shireboundReviewed Chapter: 1 on 3/11/2005
What a marvelously creative story! I wonder if Elladan ever tells Frodo about this "chance meeting" -- an Elf's perfect memory would give Frodo a better physical description of his mother than even his own memory would.

Well done!

Author Reply: Okay, that's it. No more plotbunnies! Bad shirebound! Bad!

Still...the idea of Elladan telling Frodo about his mother could be interesting...

Gyah! Away plotbunnies! Away!

TithenFeredirReviewed Chapter: 1 on 3/11/2005
This story had such a magical feel to it, especially Elladan's sudden insight about Primula. She was very hobbity with her bit of spunk and her earthiness. A chance meeting with elves on the edge of the forest at dusk is so easy to visualize. The woods take on a air of mystery as the sun goes down. It was a wonderful touch to have Primula be a bit dazed after her encounter, for Elladan to seem to have magically disappeared and for no one to believe that she really saw something. The whole thing was enchanting. TF

Author Reply: Thank you! I was going for an overall eerie feel to the whole thing with a few interjections of darker and lighter moods, so I was very heartened by your comments. And I was especially grateful for your comments about a hobbity Primula, as that was something I was very worried about. Thank you for the review!

daw the minstrelReviewed Chapter: 1 on 3/11/2005
Oh my goodness. This blew me away. I loved your representation of the twins. They are completely elven. They are the wise, gracious sons of Elrond, something we seldom see in fanfiction.

I loved Elladan's foresight and also his "yeah and nay" answer to Primula.


Author Reply: Glad you liked the twins! I was hoping to get across a sense that Elladan could be quite the charmer if he wanted to. I'm not sure how well that worked, but it seems to me that Elrond's sons would have been very gracious and very charming. Legolas seems to describe them that way in the books, but it's a concept that's getting lost. Thanks for the review!

LindeleaReviewed Chapter: 1 on 3/11/2005
Wonderful, the way you blend so many diverse threads together in your weaving, some dark, some shimmering with elusive light...

And in the midst of the wonder I still find your humour, anchoring me to earth in the midst of timelessness...

"Oh yes. In fact, I'mI'm waiting for someone. Many someones. Large someones. My brothers. All of them. They should be along any moment. I believe I hear them now."

And I can see where Frodo gets some of his wanderlust.

Author Reply: For some of the story, I was trying to show elements of Frodo that he would have picked up or inherited from Primula, so I'm glad that came across for you. Should have known you would catch something like that, though. ;) And I'm glad you liked that line from Primula when she's not quite certain of Elladan. It was one of my favorites.

The KarenatorReviewed Chapter: 1 on 3/11/2005
What a delightful tale. I enjoyed Primula's thoughts about going on an adventure and the reality of finding herself on one she didn't bargain for.

Elladan was wonderful. He was mysterious, but kind, safe, but frightening, all the things a good elf should be. His sudden flash of foresight was surprising and confusing to poor Primula. He seemed a bit taken back by it too.

I enjoyed this immensely.

Karen

Author Reply: Glad you liked! And I'm glad the somewhat dual nature of the elves came across in Elladan. I struggled with that a bit and I'm still not entirely satisfied, but it's good to know that others saw it and enjoyed it. Thanks for the review!

MarnieReviewed Chapter: 1 on 3/11/2005
Absolutely gorgeous! I loved Primula who, despite being a Brandybuck, was rather Prim, and chuckled at the thought of Elladan being matchmaker between her and Drogo. Poor Drogo would have done better to stay away from the boats.

But Elladan was utterly wonderful. I don't think I've ever seen him be quite so elvish in a fic - his riddling words and his yes and no answer, and his flash of prophecy. I was just thinking the other day that people don't make enough of the twins' mystic heritage through both Melian and Galadriel. They aren't just warriors, and this brings that out so well. Nothing like a hobbit's POV to make an elf look extra elvish :) Brilliant stuff!

Author Reply: Mmm, I liked the line about the boats and I wondered if anybody else would catch it. I found the concept hilarious, but I've got a strange brand of humor. Anyway, thank you SO much for your comments about Elladan. I bow to your abilities in all things elven (or half-elven) so this means more to me than I can say. Thank you again!

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