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Hunting  by Thundera Tiger 8 Review(s)
docmonReviewed Chapter: 1 on 7/8/2008
Leave it to Thundera Tiger to give us breathless, heart-stopping action! This story takes you to the edge of your seat immediately and leaves you there till the end. You are an amazing action writer!
As many times as I've read these lines, I still enjoy them:
"It seems that elves and dwarves disagree upon the meaning of prudence."
Legolas raised one eyebrow. "A short time ago, you yourself became bait in a forest filled with goblins."
"That was before I counseled prudence!"
Legolas raised the other eyebrow.
"Mahal save me from the stiff necks of the elves," Gimli groused, twisting his axe in his hands.

LOL! You do great things with these two. I really enjoyed this.

Author Reply: Well, this "amazing action writer" is very grateful to a certain beta who made possible the "amazing" part with some incredibly good insights into pacing and tone and urgency and what a dwarf would or would not ask when they realize that the woods around them are probably full of orcs. Many thanks! As for those lines...they're some of my favorites, too. Though I have to admit that I my absolute favorite is the mini-debate over how Legolas is going to resupply his arrows. Anyway, thank you for all your help, and thank you for the review!

BeverlyReviewed Chapter: 1 on 7/5/2008
Great gap filler. It was all very logical and fit quite well as to what Legolas and Gimli might have been doing during that time. I always wondered what they were up to everytime I watch that scene; now I can just remember this story and think, 'Hold on Aragorn...Legolas and Gimli are a wee bit busy, but they're on their way.'
I always look forward to seeing a new story up with your name on it. Please...some more.


Author Reply: Thank you very much, Beverly! I'm very relieved that you found it to be a logical explanation of where Legolas and Gimli were, and I'm glad you enjoyed the story. Though really, it's not Aragorn who needs to hold on; Boromir's the one with the orc problem. Of course, telling him to hold on probably won't do much good... :) Anyway, thank you again for the review!

fliewatuetReviewed Chapter: 1 on 7/4/2008
Great gapfiller! I fully understand your reluctance of writing battle scenes, but the result was well worth the effort. And of course, the Gimli-Legolas interaction.

I don't dare ask what your WIPs are doing at the moment. As long as you come up with a one-shot like this now and then, I am a very happy fliewatuet.

Author Reply: If it makes you feel any better, I don't dare ask what my WIPs are doing, either. :) But I'm relieved to know that the one-shots can still make you happy. Thank you so much for the review! It's always good to hear from the Gimli-Legolas fanatics.

LarnerReviewed Chapter: 1 on 7/3/2008
A well-crafted gap-filler! Yes, it probably did happen that way!

Author Reply: Well, I wouldn't presume to go that far, but in my twisted little mind, I see it as being possible. :) Anyway, thank you very much for the review!

rikkiReviewed Chapter: 1 on 7/3/2008
This was an amazing story. From start to finish, I was on the edge of my seat, cheering on Legolas and Gimli as they tried to draw the orcs away from the rest of the Ring members. Even knowing the outcome, I felt a chill run down my spine when you started with the mind games that confused Legolas and then made him run towards the trees. It was most fortunate that Gimli followed. The tension hightened and the pace went into double time as you had the pair dodging patrols and attacking where they could. Knowing that Frodo and Sam were escaping across the river about the time you had Legolas and Gimli feel that the hunt had turned away from them was awesome. And then the Horn of Gondor sounding. That must have been a very desperate sound. When it ended as Aragorn, Legolas and Gimli prepared to send Boromir to the Anduin, I was sitting there thinking I just didn't want it to end, I wanted more to read. You, as author, and Docmon as beta have written a tightly woven and exciting tale. I am saving this to savor again.

Author Reply: Thank you, rikki, and on behalf of Docmon, kudos to praising the beta, too! They definitely don't get enough attention. On to more specifics, I am so relieved that you felt there was an increase in pace and tension. A big part of that is because of Docmon, who spotted several pacing flaws early on in the section you're talking about. And I'm thrilled that the story was synched enough to canon that you were able to imagine in what everyone else was doing. That's really what a gapfiller is supposed to do, but I wasn't sure if I'd shifted the focus too much for people to be able to do that in this story. So thank you again. Your review has definitely made my evening!

Agape4GondorReviewed Chapter: 1 on 7/3/2008
Absolutely excellent! I cannot even speak further except to say that this tale was riveting... very well thought out and very well written.


Author Reply: Many thanks! Your description of the story as "riveting" is exactly the kind of response I was hoping for, so you've really made my day. Thank you again!

NalediReviewed Chapter: 1 on 7/3/2008
What a great tale - this meshed in so convincingly with the events as Tolkien described them.

I loved the way Legolas and Gimli drew away the orcs. Your vivid descriptions of the action made me feel as though I was there watching the whole thing and my heart was in my mouth when Legolas was being attacked by Garg. (Fantastic name for an orc, BTW!)

Thank you for sharing this - I love tales that show the close camaraderie between Legolas and Gimli and this was a real gem.

Author Reply: Thank you so much, Naledi! Anything that involves both Legolas and Gimli is a gem for me to write. I have a blast playing with those two (although sometimes I have too much fun and the story suffers for it ;) ). Anyway, I'm glad the tension worked for you. Action doesn't really function unless a reader can get pulled in, so your words on that point were very reassuring. And I'm thrilled you liked the descriptions of the action, too. It's so hard to know where the line is between too much and too little, and I have to give most of that credit to Docmon. So I'll pass the word along to her, and once again, thank you so much for the review!

DreamflowerReviewed Chapter: 1 on 7/3/2008
This was an absolutely marvelous gap-filler! The action was heart-stopping, and even knowing it was canon, and that Legolas and Gimli had to remain unscathed, I still was at the edge of my seat reading it! And the scenario makes so much sense: that sensing the presence of orcs, the two of them would attempt to draw them off from the rest of the Fellowship is exactly the sort of strategy that would occur to them.

And I have to say, I loved Gimli's taunts about Azog and Dain! What a brilliant use of obscure canon fact!

This was so worth the anticipation!

Author Reply: Hey Dreamflower,

Many, many thanks for such a kind review! I'm glad the action was intense enough to get a reaction. I was a little worried about that, mainly because it's always difficult to judge mood when you're doing the writing. As for drawing the orcs off, it always bothered me that Boromir, Merry, Pippin, Legolas, and Gimli seemed to encounter an entire battalion of orcs while Aragorn, Frodo, and Sam missed the party entirely, so I figured that the first five kept them busy by drawing them off. At least, that's my answer.

Glad you enjoyed Gimli's brief foray into obscure canon. I had no idea if that would fly at all, but I was too interested in it to let it pass. Thank you again for the review!!!

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