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T‚d Edhel a Firion   by Fiondil 121 Review(s)
tiinaj1Reviewed Chapter: 15 on 4/26/2015
What a great story. I've been reading quite a lot of fan fiction lately and much of it is filled w tons of misspellings, missing phrases or confusing passages - your writing is very smooth, the characters are easy to connect with and the flow of the story makes it easy to understand and interesting to read.

I'm off to see what other stories you've written - thanks Tina!

EruherdirielReviewed Chapter: 15 on 7/12/2014
Cute little story. A much more believable Aragorn-meets-Legolas story than many I've read.

Is Estel always this much trouble?
~Eruherdiriel

Author Reply: I'm glad you found the meeting between Aragorn and Legolas believable, Eruherdiriel. I never cared for the Legolas-and-Estel-get-into-trouble-all-the-time stories. Those seemed unrealistic to me when you consider that Elrond went to great lengths to keep Estel's identity a secret. Anyway, it was fun to have the lone Mortal in the group get into all sorts of trouble while the Elves around him don't even get their hair mussed. LOL! The sequel to this story, "Stirrings of Shadows" is a bit more serious in tone but you might still enjoy reading it. Thanks for reading and reviewing. I appreciate you doing so very much.

MichelleReviewed Chapter: 15 on 6/24/2010
I bookmarked this story years ago, but lately I don't find as much time to read longer fics as I used to (sadly), so I only took this up now. Basically, it had everything I love in a story.

It is a gapfiller. Yes, a very long and elaborate gapfiller, but Tolkien was kind enough to leave many blind spots for fanfic authors to fill, and I love seeing what different things different authors do with it.

It had Aragorn - lots of it. Nothing I could love more, and most I liked most was the fact that she convincingly showed him on the bring from still being Estel (being brought up in Imladris by elves) and Aragorn (chieftain, king-to-be). This worked really well for me. (Funniest moment: bingdrinking!Aragorn - never thought I'd see this in a fanfic *g*.)

And it had lots of other fascinating characters as well. I just saw you also wrote a sequel. I hope it won't take me another four years to read this:)

Author Reply: Hi Michelle. Well, I'm glad you did finally get a chance to finish reading this story and that you enjoyed it. I like filling in the gaps, and this one was a lot of fun to write. And I'm glad you liked my portrayal of a young Aragorn still finding his way between 'Estel' and 'Aragorn'.

There is indeed a sequel, "Stirrings of Shadows". It is, however, much longer and not as light-hearted, though there are still some funny moments. I do hope you are read it, though. I think you might enjoy it.

And, just for the record: I'm not a 'she' but a 'he'. *grin*

Thanks for reading and reviewing. Enjoy my other stories when you get the chance to read them.

Susana RReviewed Chapter: 6 on 6/21/2010
Dear Fiondil,

I know you had asked to leave reviews only at the last chapter, but I am not sure when I will have a chance to finish reading and wanted to tell you how much I am enjoying this story. Kaylee had highly recommended your work, both for readability and use of canon and elven language, and it is even better than I expected. It is wonderful to read such an engaging account of a young Estel/Aragorn with his foster family, going through the experiences that would mold him into Strider/Aragorn. I am working on what has turned into a fairly long story about how Faramir came to be called Wizard's pupil, and a ranger of Ithilien, and how he and Aragorn came to work together after ROTK, and I've found your work very inspirational in respect of what might have been Aragorn's background, and his relationships with his elven foster family.

Thanks again!

Susana

Author Reply: Hello Susanna,

No problem. You can leave reviews for any and all chapters. I've actually forgotten I'd put that in about reviewing at the end of the story. I'm not sure why I did that. I'm going to remove that sentence as being irrelevant. *grin*

I'm glad Kaylee pointed you to my stories and that you are enjoying this one. I am also glad to know that you find my work inspirational as well. Thanks for letting me know. I really appreciate it. Good luck with your own story. It sounds quite interesting.

TariReviewed Chapter: 15 on 4/22/2009
Now Estelís training really begins as he becomes Strider and sets out to learn about every corner of his kingdom, and to forge his relationship with the King of Rohan and the Steward of Gondor.

His mother must learn to let go which is naturally hard for her. I think staying in Imladris is a wise choice. I know I would stay were I in her shoes. Elrond will be a great comfort for her.

This is an excellent ending to this tale. Now, on to the next part.


Author Reply: It was because of this story that Ainu LairŽ asked for a sequel showing Aragorn as Thorongil in Rohan, which is how "Stirrings of Shadow" came about. Many people wanted to know what happened to Erestor once it was revealed that he was the one to send the two scouts, so I wrote "Erestor in the Dock" to tie up that particular loose end.

TariReviewed Chapter: 14 on 4/15/2009
Oh, to be on that flet and be able to hear two beautiful Elves singing. ďsighsĒ

I wonder what King Thranduil would have thought upon finding an inebriated Estel sitting on his throne. This is just one more reason for never getting drunk. Poor Estel. His head must feel as if it were the size of a watermelon.

I'm hoping they have an uneventful trip back to Imladris

TariReviewed Chapter: 11 on 4/10/2009
Estel makes a good emissary for the race of men. Those among the Elves who mistrusted men are learning not to prejudge them.

I wonder if there is any part of Estelís body that has not sustained injury. If Elves hair turned gray, Elrondís would be white by now.


Author Reply: Yes, I'm sure that the Elves of Mirkwood see in him the best of Men. As for his injuries... well... I suspect Elrond's hair would not only be white by now but falling out. *lol*

TariReviewed Chapter: 10 on 4/3/2009
Legolasí built in radar failed? What a hoot. I didnít think an elf ever got lost in his own territory. That must have been some snowstorm if even the horses couldnít find their way. Itís a good thing Mithrandir arrived when he did. But then, isnít that what the Istari do?

Author Reply: Well, it could happen to anyone, I suppose, even an Elf. The storm is somewhat suspicious. Even Thranduil did not sense it coming and so there's the hint that it was sent by Sauron or whoever was hiding in Dol Guldur. So Legolas and Aragorn were lucky that Mithrandir returned to the Stronghold when he did.

TariReviewed Chapter: 8 on 3/25/2009
So, Legolas has two friends who are even worse that the twins. I love it. ďgrinsĒ This chapter was such fun to read. I donít recall Tolkien every saying how Aragorn and Legolas met; I love your interpretation. I have to say, thought, that I cannot understand why Legolas was afraid to go into the cave with Gimli when he lived in one in Mirkwood.

Author Reply: I think that Legolas endured the Stronghold out of necessity, not out of love of living in a cave. At any rate, Tolkien does not say how Aragorn and Legolas first met. Iīm glad you like mz interpretation. I used the lines from the film here because the way Legolas said them and the expressions on their two faces at the time led me to believe that this was a private joke between them and so I thought this would be the appropriate place where the joke first originated.

TariReviewed Chapter: 7 on 3/18/2009
So, Glorfindel likes to make "angels" or whatever they call it in the snow. I'm with him. Who says we can't act like a kid now and then. Age is a state of mind.

I like the way you worked Beorn into this story, even though he could only protect them so far. Poor Estel seems to have gotten himself into a bit of trouble again. It will be interesting to see who rescues him.

Author Reply: Just goes to show that no matter how old you are, there's always a child lurking inside you waiting to come out and play. *grin* I couldn't have them travel through the vales of Anduin without them stopping to pay their respects to Beorn. He's too much fun. As to who rescues Estel... *grin*

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