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The Heir Apparent  by Mirkwoodmaiden 5 Review(s)
LarnerReviewed Chapter: 15 on 4/6/2020
The Winged Crown, for all it was fashioned with the wings of sea birds, would indeed seem to be emblazoned with stars, I think. And now they are free, Legolas and Aragorn, known now as Estel. A wonderful image, young Estel receiving a bow of thanks from Thranduil.

Author Reply: Larner!

I think the image that sticks with me always where Elladan and Elrohir were fighting with stars upon their brows. That image has always stayed with me though I forget when it is from.

And I thought it was an fascinating idea to form a early relationship between Thranduil and a young Aragorn.

Stay Safe!

MM

LarnerReviewed Chapter: 15 on 11/10/2005
One correction--the Winged Crown is not a circlet, but a helm, and the wings are not those of eagles but of sea birds, in token that Elendil and his folk came over the sea. Other than that this is a wonderful chapter, showing the ties being forged between Wood and the world of Men of the Northern Dunedain.

Author Reply: Larner!

Now that I think about it, you are right! Thanks for pointing it out! I shall re-read and fix!! Oops!
:-)

MM

DotReviewed Chapter: 15 on 2/27/2005
Hey there. So sorry this is late Ė I was away for a few days and am gradually catching up! As always, I was thrilled to see an update, and this was certainly an exciting one!

I loved seeing Thranduil and his wife together; there was something extraordinarily touching about the mighty Thranduil wondering if he deserved the love Lasgalen obviously has for him. Even in this short glimpse youíve made her come alive and given her a very infectious personality. I like the connection with CelebrŪan and itís so sad to think that Lasgalen tried to spare Thranduil any reference to the sea-longing when thatís what will one day take his son from him. It was a very moving look at some of the last moments between Thranduil, Legolas and Lasgalen and it definitely adds strength to Thranduilís despair and anger in this story. The suggestion that Thranduil is overtaken by memories from time to time, to the point that Celebren is familiar with such moods made me gasp aloud! I know youíre fond of Men, but someday youíre going to have to do a Mirkwood story!!

Thranduil is scary when heís worried!! For a moment there I nearly felt sorry for that OrcÖ;-)

My heart was in my mouth for the whole part where Estel and Legolas try to escape Ė you create tension far too well!! I was a little surprised that Legolas was taken and Estel rescued him but I guess itís important in terms of Estel gaining confidence and he does need to get to a point where Elrond feels he is fully adult at only twenty because of what heís experienced.

My God, for a moment there I didnít think Elladan and Elrohir would find them! But yay, they did! I can only imagine their astonishment to find Legolas sitting there too!

I donít blame Celebren for being frightened by his Adar, and Iím glad Thranduil realised for a moment how he must appear. But at the same time I felt so badly for Thranduil and could completely understand his rage and anguish.

I loved the reunion between Legolas and Celebren and I had to laugh at Estelís vehement defence of Elrond in the face of Celebrenís understandable confusion at the story heís just heard! I like Celebren, by the way Ė he seems as open as his younger brother. I had tears in my eyes at when Thranduil was finally reunited with his son. It was a great moment too when he thanked Estel Ė thatíll teach those Imladris elves to think ill of Thranduil!!

Estel did really well here too. Youíve brought him a long way and he really seems to be maturing and growing into himself. I love the bond youíve given Legolas and Estel too as a back story to the events of LotR. Iím curious as to what comes next. Iím such a fan of Thranduil and Legolas but Iím so fascinated by the way youíre telling Estelís story and the way youíve brought Gilraen and the Dýnedain to life as well as focusing on what Estelís heritage means not only for him but for all those who know the truth that Iím looking forward to more of that side of this tale!! Ah well, Iím sure Iíll enjoy wherever you take him (and us) next! :-)

TiggerReviewed Chapter: 15 on 2/22/2005
I've been wondering when you would update this. I was up until five in the morning a few months ago reading this and got hooked badly. You just knew somehow Estel would end up getting in trouble. Loved how you've made Aragorn and Legolas' first adventure also being how they first met. Wonderful!! Also love Elrohir's visions of a crown on his beloved younger brother's head.

Can't wait for the next installments!!

Author Reply: Tigger!

So glad that you've liked the story!! I've done a few late-nighter with stories I couldn't stop reading! Happy to see that mine has evoked the same feelings! :-))

I love writing Estel as a bright, inquisitive, "active" child! I have also really enjoyed writing of Estel's relationship with his two foster-brothers who are so fun to write!

The foreshadowing almost wrote itself.

So happy you liked it!

MM

daw the minstrelReviewed Chapter: 15 on 2/22/2005
Iím a big fan of both Legolas and Thranduil, and the relationship between Thranduil and his sons is interesting here. As a matter of fact, Iím such a fan that Iím a little offended that the young man had to come to the rescue of the elf. So I canít believe Iím saying this, but I so miss the focus on Aragorn as the future chieftain! Itís something Iíve always wanted to read about and there are so few stories out there about it. You are just so great at picturing what that Dunedain culture is like and how the secrecy about Aragorn is hard on them. And Gilraen! I want more Gilraen! You do her so well and most writers just erase her. Send Legolas home now with his adar now! Make Aragorn start learning about his obligations and duties and stuff!



Author Reply: Daw!

Don't worry, Legolas is going home with Thranduil to stay. I just wanted Estel to meet with those from the Fellowship that he could meet with. Also get him away from his family a bit and see how he would react. I didn't mean for Estel to save Legolas, I meant for it to be the other way around, but as I was writing that didn't seem to want to happen. so much just happens as I write! Outlines, what are those?

The focus will return to Estel in the next chapter. The chapters about his being fifteen just needed a little more space was all. You're right about Gilraen. Too many fanfics leave her out. She is very important in Aragorn's life. I'm playing with an idea of a chapter when Estel is about 17 or going straight to when he is told who he is, at about 20. That promises to be a challenging chapter! Fun!

MM

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