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The Heir Apparent  by Mirkwoodmaiden 4 Review(s)
LarnerReviewed Chapter: 12 on 3/28/2020
I have Aragorn naming his new steed Carnaxio, or RedBone, for a similar reason. A painful lesson, but a necessary one.

Author Reply: Larner!

Most definitely. A ten-year old Estel needs to understand the difference between necessary risk and vainglorious action. And Elladan and Elrohir need to understand that Estel idolizes them and will take to heart whatever they say and will always copy their actions.

Thanks for taking the time to read and write!

MM

LarnerReviewed Chapter: 12 on 11/8/2005
Lesson learned, even if from experience. And all three sons are reproved and grow as a result.

DotReviewed Chapter: 12 on 12/7/2004
Hiya. Iím finally getting around to it! Apologies againÖ

You know, I love the idea of the twins taking the time to train Estel. Theyíre very encouraging too and I imagine it must reassure him somewhat to know that even they werenít always as good with a bow as they are now.

Elladan and Elrohir play off each other wonderfully Ė you write them so well. Although, I did cringe during the horse story, having a little inkling that perhaps it wasnít the greatest idea to share such escapades with a ten-year-old boy! I laughed at Elladan nudging Elrohir to remind him of that fact. LOL at ĎSnowdropítoo. I loved that little glimpse into Elrondís sense of humour!

The description of how much of a handful Estel is was great. I can just imagine him getting into anything and everything. You create such a vivid image of this vibrant little boy and even though he does get into scrapes, itís still wonderful to see him so full of life. The unspoken messages passing between the adults around him really made me smile. Teensy question, if you donít mind Ė why is Elrond referred to as a ĎSindarin Lordí. Iíve just never seen him called anything like that anywhere else and I was wondering why Gilraen sees him that way.

I really liked the little comparison between Elrond and Gilraen, that theyíve both lost someone and had to learn to live with that pain. I think they could be good for each other. Gilraen certainly seems to get strength from his presence and I suppose he might gain some comfort from what she brings to the household as well as from the unquestioning love of her son.

I almost couldnít bear to read the part with the horse! There was just no way that was going to end well for poor Estel. I guess heís just at the age where he feels that he must prove himself and it canít be made easier by the fact that he must sometimes feel he has to live up to the standards of the elves, something heíll never attain but he may not have fully realised that yet.

That scene with Elrond was fantastic. He must have been horrified and then he has to not only help Estel and hide his alarm but deal with a panicked mother as well. I just love the way he takes control, despite his worry. What a great person to have around in a crisis! It seems too that this little incident has really brought home to Elrond how much he has come to love the child. That moment of realisation was so touching.

Arenít you clever to fit in the White Council! Iíd never have realised that, me being absolutely terrible with dates. Itís a good reminder of the events that are taking place beyond the protection of Imladris in the world into which Estel will venture.

I actually felt quite bad for Elladan and Elrohir when they were told about Estel. After all, they genuinely didnít think heíd do anything like that. Still, I suppose itís made them realise how Estel sees them and has probably made them more aware of how much influence they have over him. I thought Elrohir explained it to Estel very well, and of course Elrond is as wise as ever in what he says to him. It must indeed be hard for them to watch him take pointless risks when they know that danger is likely to be in Estelís future anyway unless times drastically change. Itís quite sad, really, to see them trying to protect him and all the while knowing that heís beginning to leave childhood behind already and cannot forever remain in their protection. But for now heís just so lucky in the family he has and the love they give him.

Great chapter as always. And now on to the next oneÖ!:-)

daw the minstrelReviewed Chapter: 12 on 12/1/2004
I loved it when Elladan elbowed Elrohir to make him say that riding Elrond's horse was, "of course," the wrong thing to do! Also, "Snowdrop" was a hoot! That does sound like an Elrond with a smart sense of humor.

There's a story on the site somewhere (I think it's called "Toy Story") that talks about how Estel's time in Imladris was different from that of the other heirs of Isildur because he didn't know who he was and also because he was younger when he came. I thought that was an interesting notion and it fits well with what you have Elrond feeling too.

Elrond's explanation of the difference between bravery and recklessness was right on.

Author Reply: Daw!

I have a lot of fun writing Elladan and Elrohir! They flow through the keyboard and are so easy to write! Also I wanted to further strengthen the relationship between Estel and them. I think it was a very important one because I don't imagine there were any Elfings in Rivendell at the time Estel was growing up there.

Also I wanted section where Elrond and Estel were sharing father and son moments. I have read some really good ones and want to do the relationship justice!

I'll check out that story you talk about. It sounds like it would be worth a look. Thanks for always reading and reviewing. It is really appreciated.

MM

Author Reply: Daw!

I have a lot of fun writing Elladan and Elrohir! They flow through the keyboard and are so easy to write! Also I wanted to further strengthen the relationship between Estel and them. I think it was a very important one because I don't imagine there were any Elfings in Rivendell at the time Estel was growing up there.

Also I wanted section where Elrond and Estel were sharing father and son moments. I have read some really good ones and want to do the relationship justice!

I'll check out that story you talk about. It sounds like it would be worth a look. Thanks for always reading and reviewing. It is really appreciated.

MM

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