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Answering the Call  by docmon 4 Review(s)
LarnerReviewed Chapter: 3 on 1/21/2006
How horrible a torment, to have to ask that forgiveness. As with Boromir, the Ring again sought to seduce through the initial image of It wielded by the strong present ruler, to be supplanted ere It reached that one by the victorious Son. So glad you didn't follow this one through to its possible conclusion as you did the first two.

Author Reply: Yes, somehow, I didn't see Legolas keeping the Ring. I didn't realize, though, how similar it was to Boromir's story. That's interesting. Thanks for reading and for your comments!

RadbooksReviewed Chapter: 3 on 1/19/2006
I forgot to review this one! This one was not so much spooky as I could almost understand Legolas's reasons and so maybe even scarier than the other ones. I did enjoy how we clearly knew what he was thinking and why it made so much sense to him. When he choked Frodo, I assumed that was it, but then when you left it uncertain there at the end, that was even better. You write Aragorn very well by the way - he's my favorite LOTR character and I have liked him in each chapter so far. I am NOT going to like the one when he takes it! :)

Author Reply: thank you, radbooks! I'm so glad that you're enjoying how I'm writing your favorite character. That is gratifying. And you're right, sometimes, the more realistic something is, the scarier, even if there is less Death and Destruction.
I almost did end it after Legolas realized what he was doing. But then the characters kept talking...
Can't wait to hear what you think of Aragorn's chapter.

fliewatuetReviewed Chapter: 3 on 1/17/2006
Quite a different turn than the previous vignettes, but an interesting turn nonetheless (and Aragorn stayed alive in the end ;-)) It is not that much of a 'what-if' compared to the previous chapters. That one of the Fellowship almost fell prey to the Ring's lure during their journey is not so far off. Tolkien might just have skipped to tell this particular event ...

Author Reply: hi fliewatuet! Yes, not so much death in this one. It does stay rather close to canon. I think you're right, Tolkien might have just skipped over this one... ;-)
Actually, I find it hard to believe that during this long journey, none of the others (save Boromir) felt the effects of the Ring. They had to feel some sort of effect. Tolkien simply chose not to focus on that. He left that to us!

Jay of LasgalenReviewed Chapter: 3 on 1/17/2006
This is excellent. I've often wondered what effect the Ring would have on others, and this is exactly how I think it would seduce Legolas. Why is his father the only ruler not to have a ring of power? Why must they fight shadow and struggle alone? Why can't the Ring be used to protect his family, his people and his home?

I liked Aragorn's argument about what would happen when Sauron discovered the whereabouts of the Ring, and will happen to the other elven realms when it is destroyed. Then, the strength of Mirkwood wil be their salvation.


Author Reply: Thank you, Jay! I'm so glad you enjoyed this. Some of this one was tough, especially towards the end, but Legolas's thoughts on the Ring came quite naturally. I think it's just how his thoughts would go, given influence by the Ring.
I'm glad you appreciated Aragorn's arguments, too. It was the most logical counterargument I could see. After I wrote it, I thought, wow, that makes a lot of sense, which was a good thing. ;-)

thanks again!

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