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Brotherhood  by Bodkin 20 Review(s)
elliskaReviewed Chapter: 2 on 3/10/2007
Frogs! I bet she regrets how happy she was when she first heard those two would be her son's 'brothers'. So adorable to picture him happy with his tadpoles!

Author Reply: Little Estel is really rather appealing. Of course, I rather like the image of the much bigger twins, too! And the irony of a 25-ish woman scolding 3000-ish twins is rather fun.

DreamflowerReviewed Chapter: 2 on 12/29/2006
*grin* Elrond's reaction is just exactly what I thought it would be! This is wonderful!

Author Reply: Elrond can feel detached for the moment - but it won't last! Glad you're enjoying it.

meckinockReviewed Chapter: 2 on 12/21/2006
Poor Gilraen. She may not have fully understood what she signed up for when she enlisted 3,000 year old playmates for her son. Talk about knowing every trick in the book. Elladan handled that episode very smoothly, I thought. I just loved his surreptitious wink at Elrond, and Elrond's unobserved, backstage commentary. And beaming Estel with his hair full of frog glop - precious!

Author Reply: Elladan can do smooth! Almost too well at times. And how can Gilraen fail to have been touched by a happy little son who has just had a whale of a time. Especially if she doesn't have to clear up the frogspawn!

I can just see the whole of Imladris conspiring to give Estel a perfect childhood. Only trouble with that being that the next seventy years will have a job matching up ... But still. Better than a miserable childhood followed by 70 difficult years.

lwarrenReviewed Chapter: 2 on 12/20/2006
EWWWWWW! Frogspawn? Yuck! Still, I think perhaps it's worth it to see the twins and Estel playing again. I loved Elrond's thoughts as he watched from the balcony as the 'drama' unfolded below. And I loved Estel's trust as he looks up to his new brothers and fellow mischief makers! Gilraen must be as relieved as she is grossed out! LOL The only thing I can say is that it's a good thing that young boys (and the older ones, too) are washable! :-)


Author Reply: Elrond can be objective enough, I think, to be pleased - in a detached way - whilst also maybe casting his eyes up and wondering if he's ready for this. But Estel already adores the sons of Elrond - who are perhaps a bit more like indulgent uncles at the moment - and know sooooo much (and are willing to share it all with a little admirer).

I don't think Gilraen minds the mud. But she shares your reaction to frogspawn. (A childhood experience, I think!)

French PonyReviewed Chapter: 2 on 12/20/2006
Ah, Gilraen. Be careful what you wish for. . .

This probably applies to Elrond as well.

Author Reply: I don't think Gilraen minded the mud too much - she is, after all, one of the Dunedain - but I suspect she's not fond of frogspawn. I suspect brothers, frogspawn and the ewer on her wash-stand are responsible for the feeling.

Elrond might be having a bit of a sinking feeling at the moment - a bit of a 'back on the merry-go-round' feeling.

perellethReviewed Chapter: 2 on 12/20/2006
Another delightful piece! It is true that children that age demand full attention, so they are good to keep other prolems or thoughts away!And Gilraen is revceiving just what she asked for! ;-)

I liked that it was from Elron'd pov, and he being looking down. IT gave the piece a certain detached yet profound detail.

Author Reply: Children are excellent at providing just what you don't expect, too! The twins didn't expect to be receiving quite so much back from him, I think. At least, not yet. They are being his indulgent uncles right now - and offering him the sort of experiences that mothers might prefer to omit from their child rearing.

I don't think Gilraen minds the mud, really - but she wished that Arathorn had been there to be on the receiving end of his son's admiration. And she's not keen on frogspawn.

And the twins' involvement will, I think, be part of deepening Elrond's interest - and turning Estel from fosterling to son.

treymaineReviewed Chapter: 2 on 12/19/2006
Oh this was wonderful. I loved it.

Author Reply: Thank you - I'm glad you enjoyed it! I hope you continue to like it.

Linda HoylandReviewed Chapter: 2 on 12/19/2006
Raksha reccomended this lovely story to me and I'm so glad she did.I don'tusually like little Estel stories but this is most enjoyable and i'm so pleased you keep Gilraen alive !

Author Reply: Thank you! Little Estel is unlikely to make much of an appearance - at least until he's bigger Estel. I think it's more likely to be about how the adults deal with the presence of a child. (One of my initial thoughts was to have Estel as a non-speaking role ... but when he gets older that might be a bit too much of a limitation!)

And oh yes. Gilraen is not only alive, she is a strong woman who will insist on parenting her only child - and on having her voice heard, especially if she disagrees with others' ideas!

Agape4GondorReviewed Chapter: 2 on 12/19/2006
ROTFL - so now the fountain is going to be a breeding ground for frogs. Good tale, as always. Looking forward to watching them all grow....

Author Reply: Elves are happy to co-exist with the natural world. A courtyard full of frogs is a small price to pay. (At least when the alternative is a house full of frogs.) Estel is already the twins' devoted admirer - and Gilraen is beginning to see a different side to the ruthless warriors.

GwynhyffarReviewed Chapter: 2 on 12/19/2006
Bodkin, this was too cute and I really hope you continue it. I love Elrond's thoughts on the twins and the return of playfulness - of life really, I suppose. There is nothing like a child to remind people of how wonderous the world is. I look forward to more!

Author Reply: That's exactly it! The twins have been involved in death for too long. They are no longer the driven elves they were just after their mother's wounding, but they have not indulged in happy things for a long time - and they are introducing Estel to the delights of boyhood in Imladris and seeing them all through a child's eyes. It will be good for them - and I think the relationship is essential for Aragorn. Without his 'brothers' he would have been even more alone - and that isn't good for a child.

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