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Christmas at Edhellond: An Elf Academy Tale  by Fiondil 220 Review(s)
AmonyReviewed Chapter: 13 on 12/28/2014
Just to make things clear,Is Gregory having his doctors studying medicine watching Grey's Anatomy??????? and if so....... Atar help us!!!!! :D :D :D

Why were there no more elflings in AMAN since the ice age?? Because as far as I am concerned, the ice age didn't affect any of those in Aman, did it?? and even if it did A LOT of time has already passed since it was over. :D :D I think that now if they saw a pregnant elleth, they would bring her to the mansion of the Elder King where she would be served by Maiar for the rest of her days and the fortunate baby would be adopted by the High King since the moment of their birth :D :D :D :D :D

"MANNY" is a good and fine name for me, I don't actually see what Manw is upset over :D :D :D

It must have been a shock for Finrod, to learn that the person who took care of him since he was in Mandos suffered such :( I wonder if he would bring it up to Nmo if they had a private conversation. But I think Manw should have asked him first, since it was his story.

Happy Christmas and Happy New Year :D :D :D

Author Reply: Hi Amony. No. They are reading Grey's Anatomy, a classic medical book that all medical students read.

As for your question about no more elflings, the short answer is "despair" and a lost of estel.

And Manw did not really tell Nmo's story, just how he felt about what happened. And how do you know he didn't ask Nmo for permission? They can communicate through telepathy after all. *grin*

Happy New Year. Thanks for reviewing.

spinsterReviewed Chapter: 2 on 10/14/2014
I love the Elf Academy stories. The characterizations are very believable and charming.

Of course I had to look up Wiseman on Google and Google Earth and was disappointed to find just a small hamlet of log cabins with a population of...wait for it...21 (6 in the winter). But "street view" was there so I got a good look at the desolate landscape.

I do think you could have done some research on dawn/dusk times as well as temperatures. For instance, around Christmas, sunrise is at about 11:00 AM and sunset at about 3:00PM. Temperatures are often below zero with highs at about 8 degrees F.

Thank you for writing these great stories

Author Reply: Hi Suzanne. I'm glad to hear that you are enjoying this series. Yeah, my version of Wiseman is pure fantasy, imagining the area to be more developed than it is. I really just borrowed the name and location for my stories.

At the time I was writing this, I really wasn't able to find the information on dawn/dusk times and I've been meaning to go back and revise this when I had the time. As for temperatures, I live in an area of the States that sometimes is colder than Fairbanks, so I think I got the temperatures pretty much right. *grin*

At any rate, thanks for the review. I appreciate you taking the time to let me know how much you love Elf Academy and its characters.

demeter dReviewed Chapter: 3 on 7/7/2014
As soon as they were on their way to The Gold Nugget Caf, you had to know someone would show up. "Rock Band", so what do you do with the rocks? Ah, yes, there is still a lot of "culture" for the new ones to absorb! His reaction to Gloria's open friendliness reminds me of how often in your stories the Valinorean Elves come up against American Democratic attitudes and sensibilities. The educated among us still give respect to other land's royalty, as we would to any leader. But we do not expect to let them dictate our lives. Someone in EA3 mentioned movie nights as a way to give them a bit of cultural reference. I think some education on Thomas Jefferson and his notions might help some of them understand the new world they are living in a bit better. So Vaire has been making ball clothes. How fun!

Author Reply: Hi demeter d. The Gold Nugget Caf seems to be Valar Central sometimes, doesn't it? And Finrod and the others do have a lot of culture to absorb that we just take for granted. And when you come from a more hierarchical society, the easy-going manner of Americans can certainly be off-putting, but I think Finrod, at least, is adapting to the style better than others. Thanks for leaving a review. I appreciate it.

demeter dReviewed Chapter: 2 on 7/7/2014
Oh, yes, I almost forgot. "Clair Du Lune" is quite definitely Elvish! It is the kind of music which creates pictures in your head as you become lost in the sound!

Author Reply: I always thought so, which is why I had Ron playing it here.

demeter dReviewed Chapter: 2 on 7/7/2014
It is July 2014 as I write this. I just finished reading Chapter 55 of EA3, and it occurred to me I never did review any of this one. Even though I did then, and continue to now, enjoy it very much. I very much liked the way Fionwe set up his challenge for Finrod. "Do you mean the gift was a donkey?" I remember THAT had me giggling all day at work. I am sure, as Finrod begins his quest, that somewhere "beyond the circles" Andreth watches him and smiles. I liked that it was Grace, the Academy Elves capable, MORTAL friend, who steered them to "Secret Santa", which will help many of the new elves get into the spirit of the season.

Author Reply: Hi demeter d. I'm glad you enjoyed this chapter, especially Fionw's challenge to Finrod and Grace steering the Elves to play Secret Santa. I'm sure Andreth is watching and smiling as well. Thanks for the review. I appreciate you taking the time to leave one.

EruherdirielReviewed Chapter: 18 on 6/11/2014
I like having Finrod explore the true meaning of Christmas. You integrated two conflicting stories well. It's not easy to mix two accounts that directly contradict each other at certain points.

I'm looking forward to Sador coming to Wiseman!

Author Reply: Hi Eruherdiriel. Integrating two conflicting stories isn't easy but it is doable with a little care and sensitivity and it was fun to see Finrod learning something about what had only been a rumor and a theory for him all those ages past. I'm glad you enjoyed this. Thanks for letting me know. I appreciate it.

EruherdirielReviewed Chapter: 11 on 6/11/2014
Father Charlie did a pretty good job of explaining things, but I personally would have gone back to the Fall, because without explaining Sin, the whole thing falls apart.

Author Reply: Well, I didn't want to complicate things too much and he was explaining things based on the stained-glass windows in the church about the history of the Jews and their relationship with God or Eru, as Finrod would call Him. Besides, Father Charlie gave Finrod a bible to read so he would've learned about the Fall, something he already knew about actually because of his conversation with Andreth as described in the "Arthabeth Finrod ah Andreth". Thanks for reviewing, Eruherdiriel. I appreciate it.

DianaReviewed Chapter: 18 on 4/6/2014
Sweet ending! Thanks.

Author Reply: Glad you liked it, Diana. Thanks for letting me know. I appreciate it very much.

DianaReviewed Chapter: 17 on 4/6/2014
Hi, Fiondil.
Good chapter. I wonder if we find out about the mysterious blizzard, but then again, sometimes we never *do* get the answer esp. if it prevented something from happening. I like that touch of realism. The Spirits are always watching and are more often silent than not.
I really loved the way the Elves handled the tree. As a kid I always worried about the Karma of such a greivious injury to such a beautiful being. We've been doing live trees in pots for years now.
Thanks for such a good story!
That's enough outta me!

Author Reply: Hi Diana. Growing up there was no such thing as doing live trees in a pot, but I always felt sorry for the trees that were cut down, especially the ones that didn't get picked. It seemed somewhat cruel and I couldn't imagine the Elves doing anything like cutting down a tree and this was the solution I came up with. Thanks for leaving a review. I appreciate it.

LindeleaReviewed Chapter: 11 on 4/3/2014
Hah. When I read this:
Once, a long time ago, Finrod replied, shaking his head, giving him a rueful look. I am not a king any longer. I gave up my crown.
I was thinking of Phil 2:5-11

And the ending to the chapter simply clinched the notion...

In a sense, Finrod's choice is a mirror... or a picture.

Author Reply: Yes, that bible passage is fairly apropos to this chapter and you're right that Finrod choice is a mirror or perhaps a foreshadowing. Thanks for your thoughts on this. It's much appreciated.

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