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Elflings   by Bodkin 11 Review(s)
Jay of LasgalenReviewed Chapter: 11 on 10/29/2005
What a lovely chapter, Bodkin, and what a range of emotions!

I must start with Oropher's return. I wondered what had got the trees so worked up, but didn't anticipate this. I loved how strongly Eleniel felt the trees' song - she's far more wood-elf that her mother would like. Thranduil's reunion with Oropher was just wonderful, very moving.

I started reading this by feeling so sorry for Eleniel - it seems her mother is trying to fit her into a mould that's the wrong shape. I, too, would hate to be doing girly things like sewing and stitching and be left holding the baby (quite literally!) while the boys do exciting things. I liked her observation that Nimloth and Aewlin wouldn't be in that position in the first place - very true!

Author Reply: I can imagine, somehow, that Elerrina finds it much easier to let Galenthil be a Wood Elf - but expects Eleniel to be more like her. I'm hoping that Laerwen manages to make her ease off - probably more because she doesn't want to damage her relationship with her daughter than because she truly understands. Maybe Miriwen or Sirithiel would be better able to get Elerrina to grasp the underlying problem. Legolas cherishes his wife - and probably (male) doesn't see the problem - because, after all, ellyth do have to learn how to do girly things. Despite male and female roles being supposedly less defined, I can say I've seen much evidence of it - the ellyth look after people and the ellyn fight. And rule. Galadriel being the exception. And Eleniel is a reasonable, amenable kind of elleth - she will comply (unlike Aewlin and Nimloth) because she wants to please her parents. Maybe, the return of Oropher will help.

Eleniel is Legolas's daughter - and Thranduil and Laerwen's granddaughter. Her bond to the forest is much greater than most others, even among Wood Elves - and she has a communion with it - like them.

I'm glad you enjoyed Thranduil's reunion with Oropher - I can imagine it being a great joy that could become an extremely complex situation, both politically and emotionally, so I've been putting it off a bit. Thank you.

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