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Reunion in Mirkwood  by Mirkwoodmaiden 24 Review(s)
NurayyReviewed Chapter: 18 on 4/9/2021
Dear Mirkwoodmaiden
So good that you included the Beornings in your story. I love how open and direct you show them. Dalaria is so wise and caring, and it is so good how with her way she insists and in the end helps Legolas. She reminds me of somehow of Holdlith in Destiny's Child.
And Daria is so sweet.
The nightmare is really sad.
I like the respect and high regard those people have for Thranduil, and how they bring it to his son.
Take care, stay safe

Author Reply: Nurayy!

Hello! I was looking for something to happen in the Misty Mountains on their way to Imladris and as I was reading my research said that the Beornings held the High Pass open during the Ring War and the High Pass was the route our four intrepid elves were taking so they were going to cross paths. Also somewhere I read that they had fought alongside Thranduil in Northern Mirkwood so there you have it. The Beornings respect strength and skill at arms which Thranduil most definitely has.

Beorn seems a straight forward character in the book and the Hobbit films so I made them a very direct people. You live in the mountains there is no time for beating around the bush!

Dalaria is definitely a wise-woman. Much in the same mold as Holdlith. These omen see more, they pay attention to the world around them and to people. They carry their empathy with them as a way to heal.

I wanted to somehow to make reference to Legolas' mum but I was unsure how until this little section just kinda wrote itself.

Thanks for writing!

Stay safe!

((hugs))

MM (the fully vaccinated!!)

NurayyReviewed Chapter: 17 on 3/7/2021
I liked it how you described Legolas' connection to the wood. How he feels the joy in it, and also the sadness and where the trees are marred by the darkness.
A touching moment was when Sadron gave him the pendant as a reminder of home, carrying the joy of the wood in it. It was sweet that he gave him his since his father did not get the chance to give this blessing to him. Thranduil would be so glad and grateful for this gesture of a caring big brother. And he does care so much. I could feel again how hard it was to him to let his little brother go into possible danger, to let him go and let him grow.
The part where he let the sound of the river and the sky full of stars soothe his heart was very peaceful.
The sadness at the memory of when his mother was taken is so tragic. It changed their lives and will always be felt.
And you refer to some past events involving Aragorn. I might go and find out what relationship already exists between them.
Take care

Author Reply: Nurayy!

Thanks and I pondered what it would be like to have that connection cut off when it was as natural as breathing.

It will mean a lot to Thranduil to know that Legolas has at least his brother's pendant.

It is hard for Sadron. He is Legolas' big brother and wants to protect him as he always has, but he knows he has to let Legolas go knowing as you say to "let him Grow..."

I pondered how would Legolas would see and feel about a wide open sky full of stars. I figured they would at least partially bring him peace. Rivers, lakes, streams, oceans. They all fill me with comfort and I thought it might be the same for Legolas. :-)

The story "The Heir Apparent" where Aragon and Legolas meet is when Estel is only 15. The first 8 chapter deal with Arathorn and Gilraen and litte Estel. After that it is set in Imladris!


Thank you so much for writing! Hope you do check out "The Heir Apparent"

Stay Safe!

((hugs))

MM

NurayyReviewed Chapter: 16 on 2/5/2021
Dear Mirkwoodmaiden
Let me leave this here also...
I enjoyed the lightness that the teasing between Erthion and Vivelle brings.
Seeing Thranduil so shaken by the letter was moving. I like to see the way the feelings break through his usually regal, composed facade. I loved as that tear streaked his face, a beautiful touching image.
Legolas' visions might be disconcerting and confusing to him, but they bring also a sense of peace and guidance. To me they are beautiful to read.
Stay safe

Author Reply: Nurayy!!

I couldn't if I responded on FF.net so I am replying here as well. And I will post this there too. I do love the personalities Legolas' friends have developed. And they do lighten his spirits greatly.

So much of how I write Thranduil is so influenced by Lee Pace's absolutely moving portrayal of Thranduil in the Hobbit films. I love his portrayal because when I was writing Thranduil in my later chapters of "The Heir Apparent" about Aragorn's young life as Estel the way he plays him was exactly how I imagined him as I was writing him ten years earlier! There is a regal calm but so much raging emotion just below the surface. Thranduil would hide his tears, even to his own son. The two tears the only hint at the maelstrom of pain within.

Thank you for what you say about Legolas. You write about the soulfulness of the Elves so well that what you say about my writing makes me very happy! I am trying to sketch the gradual growth of Legolas throughout the chapters to arrive at the cheery and confident elf who becomes one of the Nine Walkers.

Thanks so much for the thoughts. You know they mean a lot to me. :-)

Stay Safe, Mellon Nin!

((hugs))

MM

EllynnReviewed Chapter: 16 on 2/3/2021
it's a great pleasure to beta this! :) <3

Author Reply: Ellynn!

I am so happy to hear that! So...what did you think...? Yes I am shamelessly asking for a review! LOL!!

Stay Safe, mellon nin!

((hugs))

MM

demeter dReviewed Chapter: 14 on 11/19/2020
The thing that most came to mind as I read your last three chapters or so is, their creator is beginning to use these first-born children as part of a much greater plan, one whose ultimate end is now so shrouded in the mists of possibilities that even Mithrander can not see far ahead! Legolas and his troubled father are learning to forgive each other their errors in judgement, and to depend upon each other for the emotional support they will desperately need in the coming months. Why, tho, do I get the impression that our Leaf and his personal bodyguards will now leave directly from Sadron's holding to Imladris? If they do, then the letters of forgiveness will truly be the last tie the father and son will have until the end of the up-coming war! No wonder Thran was so anxious for his son's return. One more bit. I did not go back and check which chapter it was in, but Legolas woke to see Vivelle and her husband asleep in each other's arms. You said something about Legolas once having someone who fit like that, but she was taken from him. Is that in one of your earlier stories? If so, which one please? I freely admit I have not read many of yours. But now that I have discovered this one, I am trying to catch up some of yoour older ones.

Author Reply: Demeter d!

Thank you for the long and thoughtful review. When I write I have only a vague notion of where I want the story to go. As I write that is when I discover where the story is taking the characters which is sometimes off in a slightly different direction than I had planned. Mithrandir cannot see all ends and while I am writing the story I know how I want it to end. In the writing of the chapters will determine how I get to that end. You are right. Legolas, Erthion, Navedir and Vivelle will leave from Sadron's holding for Imladris. Legolas and Thranduil will not see each other again until the end of the Ring War and the events after the war.

It was originally my intent that they would have had no communication, letters or otherwise until they met again after the War, but in the writing of the chapters I had brought the two of them to such an emotional pass that neither could properly see to their respective responsibilities without at least some form of forgiveness and healing, hence the letters. But Sadron is right. When Legolas leaves their lives will never be the same.

In LOTR, Legolas never does come back to Mirkwood to live permanently. He will go to Ithilien to live and then take Ship for the West. It is why in my story he is the youngest of three brothers. Celebren is the heir and Sadron is the "spare" as in the way the English talk about their own royal family line of succession. Legolas is free to chose his own path which is divergent from Mirkwood. But that does not mean there won't be joy in reunion even if things have changed. How I don't I have written those chapters yet!

You ask about when Legolas seeing Vivelle and Erthion sleeping. That is unfortunately a story I haven't written yet, but I will. It will also speak to to why Legolas is free leave Mirkwood. His great love already awaits in the Halls of Mandos and Tolkien Elves love only once, with only a few very notable exceptions.

Thanks again for writing!

Stay Safe!

MM

Author Reply: Wanted to also mention that Legolas and Thranduil are learning to forgive one another. Their problems stem from the fact that they love maybe too much and each wanted to save the other from hurt which in the end hurt both of them. Relationship are messy and very rarely clean cut but the love does remain within both of them.

MM :-)

eliza61Reviewed Chapter: 14 on 11/19/2020
Great chapter MM, I have to say you have great writing, I can imagine Sadrons little fiefdom and the supporting characters all have "personalities".
Poor Legolas, kids got hundred emotions running around his head, some times becoming an adult sucks royally, knowing you have to do something you really prefer not to. I did giggle when he got testy over the treatment of his adar, so like family. You are allowed to criticize them by. woe to the outsider that does it.

can't wait for the next chapter.

Be safe mellon

Author Reply: Eliza!

Thanks for writing! I have had a lot of fun creating Sadron's little enclave. And yes poor Legolas has so much going on his head and he isn't quite sure how to figure it all out. He will somehow find a way. It really is a journey of growth and discovery he is on. One that he never expected. He will face his demons and he will succeed. How yet I'm not sure! Really glad you are enjoying the story!

Stay Safe. Mellon nin!

MM

elizaReviewed Chapter: 13 on 10/17/2020
Gorgeous, absolutely gorgeous story telling. You gotta give me a hanky warning next time.
loved both parts, the first section with Thranduil and Daernir was so eloquent and I could almost feel Legolas growing up

Author Reply: Eliza!

So happy to hear from you! :-)) I am really glad you liked it! I really didn't know how Thranduil was going to read the letter until I wrote it! And Legolas really done start going down the road to maturity in this chapter! So happy you liked it!

Stay Safe! Mellon nin!

((hugs))

MM

elizaReviewed Chapter: 11 on 9/12/2020
aaah poor Legolas, so many emotions. I guess no matter the race, growing up isn't easy. Again I am truly enjoying the family dynamics. update soon.

Author Reply: Eliza!

So happy you are enjoying it. Growing up isn't easy even you are an Elf. Family dynamics are what they are. Even when we don't want to cause harm we do without realizing it. How we treat each other after we realise the hurt matters as well. I always suspected Elves were this deep! :-)

Legolas is having to deal with experiences that he has never really had.

I am working on Chapter 12 now, it should be out sometime in the next week!

Stay Safe!

((hugs))

MM

elizaReviewed Chapter: 10 on 9/4/2020
Wow, you need a tissue alert for that one. Please, please, please let Legolas get this letter.
I really enjoy the family dynamic angle to the story. You have great writing, I can really feel each brothers different personalities.

can't wait for the next chapter, it's really interesting wanting to see if Legolas finds Gollum and knowing he doesn't (lol wish I could whisper in his ear right now).

Thanks for the lovely read

Author Reply: Eliza!

So glad you are enjoying my story! Rest assured in the next chapter Legolas will get the letter! It would have been this chapter but after I finished writing it the chapter was way too long to post as a single chapter!

I have worked to paint the differences in the three brothers and their differing relationships with their father. The family dynamics are just kind of writing themselves as I go so I am discovering as I write where their relationships are going!

Next chapter will most likely be up tomorrow!

Thanks for writing!

Stay safe!

MM

elizaReviewed Chapter: 9 on 8/28/2020
LOL way to go Vivelle, I think everyone needs one friend who loves you but won't put up with your crap and gets to the heart of the matter and also to follow you even when they know you are wrong. Awesome supporting characters.

Another chapter where I really enjoyed Thranduil, nice showing his emotional storm.
sssh...how about giving me a tiny hint, does the letter find it's way to Legolas?? ***giggle*** I promise not to tell anyone else.


Author Reply: Eliza!

LOL! Yup! It takes a women to cut through the crap! The two guys were pussyfooting around! :-) Vivelle takes no prisoners which is why Erthion loves her! I'm having fun writing the supporting characters!

So glad you are enjoying my take on Thranduil. So much has happened to him over the long course of his life. I must admit that Lee Pace's amazing portrayal of Thranduil in the Hobbit films really plays a large part of how I see Thranduil. So much power and so much repressed pain. What has lead to that?

And yes! Legolas will definitely receive the letter probably in the next chapter, but as I am currently only beginning to write it that MAY stretch to the chapter after that. Thranduil may or may not receive the letter he will write back but that is at least a couple of chapters away!

Thanks so much for taking the time to write!

Stay Safe!

MM

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