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Elf Academy  by Fiondil 272 Review(s)
EruherdirielReviewed Chapter: 1 on 2/22/2015
Dear Family of Fiondil,

I don't know if you're ever going to read this, but I want you to know that he was a blessing in my life. He made Elvish something I could wrap my head around, his stories made me laugh, and he always, always replied to one of my reviews.

I'm so very, very, very sorry for your loss and I will keep you in my prayers.

AlReviewed Chapter: 20 on 8/15/2014
What fun! I loved it. Very original idea and obvious careful study of canon.

Author Reply: Hello Al. I'm glad you enjoyed this story and appreciated the care I took to remain in canon (as much as one can). Thanks for letting me know. I appreciate it. I hope that if you go on to read the sequels you will enjoy them just as much.

EruherdirielReviewed Chapter: 20 on 5/28/2014
I like this story. The part where the elves reveal themselves is especially interesting.
I think that that young elf is going to become quite a prankster, with the Twins around.

Author Reply: Hello Eruherdieriel. I'm very glad to know that you enjoyed the story, especially the Elves revealing themselves. I hope you continue to read and enjoy the (to date) three sequels as well. Thanks for letting me know how much you enjoyed the story. I appreciate it very much.

KathyGReviewed Chapter: 20 on 5/23/2014
Whoa! I think I can see what's coming--a Bible prophecy novel with a twist! Because, of course, before the Battle of Armageddon can take place, there will have to be the Rapture and the Tribulation, in that order. It'll be interesting to see how Tolkien's Elves will cope with the events of that horrendous 7-year period and the evil that will spawn it all, as well as what role that the Valar and the Maiar will have in the whole thing. You know, Fiondil, it's going to take more than destroying a Ring of Power, this time, to defeat Satan and his human henchman, the Antichrist! =)

Author Reply: Hi Kathy. The Dagor Dagorath in Tolkien's Legendarium is not the same as Armageddon, at least not as it is defined by the Fundamentalists of today. As a Catholic Christian, Tolkien believed in an End Time and a final confrontation between Good and Evil and the full establishment of God's Kingdom on Earth, but he did not believe in things like the Rapture or Tribulation; those are purely Protestant Fundamentalist beliefs. So, there's no Rapture or Tribulation here as you will find when and if you continue to read the series, which concentrates more on preparing for the war which no one knows when will happen rather than with the war itself. Thanks for leaving a comment, though. I appreciate you taking the time to do so.

MikoNoNyteReviewed Chapter: 20 on 5/9/2014
I will begin this with a pointing finger and a shout: IT IS ALL YOUR FAULT!!!!!

Yes, it is. It is your darned fault mentioning some composer that Daeron admires. Oh lookie there! someone I don't know. A few minutes later I am at Youtube and having my mind BLOWN! Morton Lauridsen's "Lux Aeterna" is beyond incredible. I have only an appreciation for Gregorian Chant (plainsong) style singing and never was one into Choral per se. But that one piece has changed my mind.

So Thank you, and I repeat: IT IS ALL YOUR FAULT. *grins*

Now, on to other matters. I really enjoyed the byplay between the characters, especially the Elrondionath and Glorfi. The whole "Do not make me regret allowing you to come," and their rejoinders sent me into giggles. You have captured with this all the humanity that is in these elves as well as their ancientness. Glorfindel's thought that perhaps it is their excitement and curiosity over living - not just existing! - in the Mortal World is a prime example of this. One wonders what would make such an ancient being even WANT to stay, but that oh-so-human 'what is over the next hill' kind of thinking would certainly contribute to remaining alive and healthy and not fading away.

I also want to remark over your Wiseman. *blinks, laughs* You weren't kidding when you said you changed it to suit your purposes, but really, I looked at Wiseman and then looked at YOUR Wiseman and frankly, I like yours better. LOL

There was so much here that entertained and opened up thoughts; I really was surprised and pleased at Daeron's method of helping Zach with his speech impediment. Way to go, Darren! And of course the pièce de résistance, the blizzard and subsequent Elvish revelation! You don't do things half way, Fiondil. Thank goodness! I felt a rushing thrill though me at Glorfindel's "You wanted Elves, Marian. Well, you’ve got them." After so long it seems that now, finally, the elves will STOP hiding. Be true to themselves.

What a relief! *grins*

I thank you for such a wonderful, warm story, Fiondil. And again, for the music recommendation. I must finish up "Sharpe's Triumph" before beginning another fanfic. But, to quote The Governator, * "I'll be back!".

* The Governator: Arnold Schwarzenegger, once governor of California (my home state) and just another Hollywood actor who thought he could run this place. LOL

Author Reply: Hi MikoNoNyte. Laurisden's "Lux Aeterna" is sublime. I'm not much for choral music either but this piece is definitely at the top of the list.

I'm glad you enjoyed this story and the interactions of the characters. This was a fun romp with the Elves trying to blend in and failing miserably and then in the end consciously deciding to reveal themselves to the mortals of Wiseman. I get shivers myself every time I read Glorfindel's words.

When I was contemplating writing this story and needing a location for it, in consulting a map of Alaska, I found Wiseman and saw that it was above the Artic Circle. There are other communities around it, but I liked the name, so I borrowed it and its location but pretty much invented the rest of the town. I figured if in Finland they could have a city with a community college in Lapland, which is also above the Arctic Circle, then there was no reason why there couldn't be something similar in Alaska. Finland, of course, is much more developed than Alaska but that's a minor point. I'm glad you prefer my version of Wiseman to the real version, though. Too bad it doesn't really exist. *grin*

Anyway, thanks for letting me know how much you enjoyed this story. I appreciate you taking the time to do so. And I hope you enjoy the rest of the series just as much.

LindeleaReviewed Chapter: 1 on 3/7/2014
How deliciously ironic!

“Now I know how Julie Andrews must have felt in ‘Victor/Victoria’.”
I was thinking the same thing, actually.

Looking forward to reading more.

Author Reply: Hi Lindelea. I liked that line and the whole premise is ironic. Odd that you started reading Elf Academy 3 without first reading this one, but whatever. Enjoy.

AndrandirielReviewed Chapter: 4 on 2/14/2014
You have no idea how happy it makes me that you cite Vinyar Tengwar and Parma Eldalamberon as sources. I should become an E.L.F. member again... My aunt gave me my first year of membership for Christmas when I was in 8th grade. I renewed a couple years when I was in high school, but haven't seen any of those publications since. Good times.

Author Reply: Hi Andi. You will find me quoting from Vinya Tengwar and Parma Eldalamberon quite often. I have most of them and refer to them constantly for my stories. I also utilize the Histories of Middle-earth mainly because Tolkien often provided more detailed descriptions of people and places that were left out of the Silmarillion and other writings. I hope you are enjoying this series. I'm sure you will get all caught up with it soon enough and perhaps you'll even take a look at some of my other stories along the way. Thanks for reviewing. I appreciate you doing so very much.

AndrandirielReviewed Chapter: 2 on 2/14/2014
Okay, can we just talk about Glorfindel having a mini-van? And everyone being totally in awe of him and getting all stuttery? And just... ELF ROAD TRIP TO ALASKA! That'd be a fun fic in and of itself.

THEIR ROOMMATES ARE ALL SO CUTE! I'm... curious to see if Mithrellas gets over herself and starts becoming less willfully ignorant about all things mortal. Doesn't seem likely, but I guess nothing's impossible. I also kind of want Jud to be friends with the twins.

I very much look forward to whatever epic, half-million-word monstrosity this story turns into (or rather, discovering what it has already turned into without my knowledge)


Author Reply: Hi Andie. What can I say? Glorfindel is modern and he's cool. LOL! As for Misty, she's putting on an act, I think. After all, she's been hanging out in the mortal world for ages now. Glad you think the roomies are so cute, and yes, you can be sure that Jud will be friends with the Twins. I'm glad you are looking forward to reading more. Thanks for taking the time to leave a review. It's very much appreciated.

AndrandirielReviewed Chapter: 1 on 2/14/2014
There's an elf yule school in Finland?! THAT IS AMAZING. My friend tells me that in Elf Academy 3, you have the elves take the Myers-Briggs, and that one of your OCs with whom I share a type (INTP) is frighteningly similar to me in academic interests as well as personality. Figured I'd give this a shot. I anticipate that if I fail my classes this semester, it will be your my own fault because I will be reading this story instead of studying. Because looking at the number of chapters, I'm going to be spending a LOT of time reading.

Author Reply: Hello Andrandiriel. Welcome to the Elf Academy series. Sarah said you and Valandur shared the same type. I hope you enjoy the series. People seem to have a lot of fun with it and I have a lot of fun writing it. And I refuse to take any blame for your inability to get all As in your courses because you're too busy reading my stories. LOL! Thanks awfully for taking the time to drop a review. I look forward to reading other reviews from you whenever you feel like leaving one. Happy reading!

LegolinReviewed Chapter: 20 on 12/24/2013
This series was such a great read! I wish this could really happen lol who knows, anything is possible right? Thank you for writing such a unique story! I'm off to read part two!

Happy Holidays!

Author Reply: So glad you enjoyed this story, Legolin, and I hope you find the rest of the series just as enjoyable. Thanks for letting me know. I really appreciate it. Happy Holidays!

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