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The People of the Stars  by shirebound 23 Review(s)
PSWReviewed Chapter: 1 on 12/8/2015
The thought of all that time lived in only starlight -- huge, close stars -- always makes me a little shivery. And the thought of laying there in the place where it started, staring at the stars -- that makes me a little shivery too. Very nice... :-)

Author Reply: Thank you. I'm so pleased that this piece moved you.

martaReviewed Chapter: 1 on 11/22/2008
This was a really enjoyable story... I did not expect the result, even when you started talking about Durin, and Legolas's ennui was very well captivated. As much as I love your hobbits, I'm glad you gave these other races a try!

Author Reply: Oh Marta, I really appreciate that. It's taken me a long time as a LOTR writer to get more courageous in my subject matter. I really enjoyed researching and writing this.

ziggyReviewed Chapter: 1 on 11/14/2008
this is wonderful. The final image of Legolas ,lying anchored to the earth and looking up at the stars, and just connecting it all, is somehow impossibly sad too - poignant, and as he tells Cuiviénen that he will tell the First Ones that he found it, I felt this terrible sense of loss- becasue he will leave, and although there is a joy and hope in reminding them of the place, it also reminds them / him of everything they have lost in leaving ME.... I always find Legolas' destiny the most heart rending in a way, becasue he will continue when all those in the Fellowship are lost- only Gandalf remains and he is not the same. You caught this for me without making it explicit or telling too much. Beautiful writing.

Author Reply: he will continue when all those in the Fellowship are lost

Oh my, that is incredibly poignant, I agree! I'm very happy this moved you, and seemed to hit the right note with Legolas and his motivations. This type of fic is breaking new ground for me.

julchen11Reviewed Chapter: 1 on 11/14/2008
This is so heartbreakingly beautiful, sweetie.
*weeps* You did an amazing job, my dear. Thank you soooo very much!
*hugs tight*

Author Reply: Oh Julchen, thank you. You can imagine how challenging a completely non-hobbit fic is for me to write. *hugs you back*

Freelancer of ArdaReviewed Chapter: 1 on 11/14/2008
This is absolutely beautiful, Shirebound!

Author Reply: Thank you very much! :)

PeriantariReviewed Chapter: 1 on 11/13/2008
Wow how beautiful, different and utterly unique perspectives!
So enchanting and what a cool idea to write about!

He bent to touch a flower, overcome by emotions he could not even name.
Lovely line.
And love the last bits about Legolas a descriptive and wonderfully written. Right on character!

This gave me tingles, Janet, it really did. ♥ Amazing.

Author Reply: Thank you, Peri An. This was such a different type of story for me! I'm so happy it moved and enchanted you. Wow. :)

InzilbethReviewed Chapter: 1 on 11/13/2008
This was just to wonderfully beautiful. Words fail me!

Author Reply: Thank you so much. I really appreciate that.

lwarrenReviewed Chapter: 1 on 11/12/2008
Shirebound, I am another who is so grateful you left your hobbity comfort for a short time to share this lovely story with us. I can only echo all the other reviews here, for really, words fail me. I will reiterate that Gimli accompanying Legolas to this extraordinarily special and sacred place is, to my mind, entirely appropriate and shows clearly the understanding and bond between these two friends. The last scene of the elf laying under those fiercely glittering stars is most evocative. Thank you again for sharing this wonderful piece with us!


Author Reply: Oh my, thank you! This truly felt like a departure for me, and I'm so happy the images and feelings were conveyed as I hoped. LOTR, for me, is a story of unconditional friendships, and this is certainly one of them.

LamielReviewed Chapter: 1 on 11/12/2008
This is lovely. The purist in me might question whether Cuiviénen could have survived the War of Wrath and the breaking of the world and the removal of Valinor . . . but it doesn't really matter. The important thing is that this is a beautiful story, offering a new perspective on our favorite characters and their relationship to their history and legend. One doesn't quibble with beauty.

I particularly liked the description of Legolas as he lay and looked up at the stars that "glittered fiercely overhead." That is a wonderful phrase, recalling the Elves' long history of battle and defiance in a few brief words. I also like the positive impetus it gives to Legolas' journey: he is not just departing Middle-earth in grief for the friends he has lost, he is also traveling with a purpose to share all that he has seen and experienced with the Eldar who await him in Valinor.

This is a beautiful piece. Thank you for sharing it with us.

Author Reply: Oh, thank you very much. And you caught perfectly something I was trying to convey -- that Legolas may have journeyed West with a sense of completion, and eagerness, and with a special knowledge that might bring something new to the lives of those he will soon join.

Independence1776Reviewed Chapter: 1 on 11/12/2008
Oh, wow. The imagery in this tale is flawless. I could so easily picture Legolas and Gimli there.

Like you, I like thinking that a peice of that land lasted as long (hopefully longer) as the Elves lived in Middle-earth.

"No Elf had been here in countless millennia, and perhaps none would ever walk here again." No, I don't think any would. If it had been lost even from Elrond, none would find it now that the vast majority of the Elves had left.

Sad, but incredibly hopeful in a way I can't really explain.

~ Indy

Author Reply: What a lovely thing to say! Thank you. I'm glad that a feeling of hope balances out the bittersweet experience.

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