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|Brotherhood by Bodkin||16 Review(s)|
|SurgicalSteel||Reviewed Chapter: 4 on 12/21/2006|
Oh, that was so sweet! Iavas clearly still has a soft spot for Elladan, hasn't she?
Author Reply: Iavas is very fond of both twins - and Arwen - and will persist in seeing them as elflings until Arda ends, I suspect. She tries to hide it, though, but I don't think she's got them fooled!
|Lindelea||Reviewed Chapter: 4 on 12/21/2006|
|Ah, you wretch. Started out with a grin and ended with a tightness in the throat, as you no doubt intended.|
Some lovely descriptions and turns of phrase here. (Like Elladan musing about laundry--it takes skill to render such a mundane task into poetical terms.)
I liked this especially:
Clearly this little one was more than capable of winning his own battles.
What a lovely cook... and her memories... and the transformation in Elladan. Clearly he will make a wonderful father someday. (But he makes a grand "uncle" or "foster brother" or whatever you'd call him, too.)
Author Reply: Iavas doubtless mourned the change in two whom she will persist in seeing as children - and is deeply content to see the inner elfling surfacing! Elladan, I think, cares very deeply - and his loyalty, once won, is unfailing. He will be good for Estel - and, at the moment, Estel is very good for him.
I'm glad you're enjoying the tales!
|Larner||Reviewed Chapter: 4 on 12/21/2006|
|Aha! The inner child has slipped back out in Elladan, and Iavas recognizes and responds to it delightfully. And, for the moment at least, she has that child back, as ready to hug it to her as she is the human child who kisses her with honey literally on his lips.|
Author Reply: I think that, at the moment, Elladan and Elrohir are seeking out the memories of what made their childhoods special and are offering similar experiences to Estel.
Iavas can be a little crusty - but she loved the twins and Arwen and is surprised how happy it makes her to see little Elladan surfacing in the rather relentless warrior he has become.
|Kitty||Reviewed Chapter: 4 on 12/21/2006|
|Little Estel is so adorable! May I borrow him for a bit of cuddling?|
And it is absolutely sweet and thoughtful of Elladan to think of this. No matter how messy the kitchen may be in the end, little Estel has made something special for his mama and is now so happy and proud.
Author Reply: This is the sort of activity that children adore - and remember much better than you expect them to. And Elladan did his best to tidy up! He just lacks practice - most of his cooking is done over a camp fire.
I'm sure Estel would enjoy the cuddling. But you might have to listen to a lot of Elladan / Elrohir / Glorfindel says ... But you wouldn't mind that - would you?
|daw the minstrel||Reviewed Chapter: 4 on 12/21/2006|
|Lovely picture of Elladan, the Son of Elrond and fearsome warrior. I like stories that show one of the twins by himself sometimes. It allows us to think of that character on his own. Estel's piped up "Please" is just great. No doubt Gilraen will hear a great deal about what Elladan says and does while she eats her biscuits (that's cookies, right?).|
Author Reply: I rather like separating the twins at times. It helps make them more multi-dimensional, apart from anything else. And I think it opens them out more - they are each other's shield at times and between the two of them, they were able to fend off anything. Except Estel, maybe! I'm sure Gilraen will be able to endure the Elladan-admiration-society - considering what the two of them were up to! And yes. Cookies.
|French Pony||Reviewed Chapter: 4 on 12/21/2006|
|A sweet chapter, in more ways than one. You know that the staff at Imladris is happy to play along with whatever requests the sons of Elrond make, just to see them revert to their kinder, gentler selves for a while (but one wonders if the sons of Elrond themselves are quite aware of this). And I love the glimpse of cookie-making from the two-year-old perspective, of playing all afternoon with soft, nice-tasting things.|
Author Reply: It must be a pleasure for those who watched the sons of Elrond grow up to realise that there is still a soft and gentle side there. Even if they weren't keen to welcome Estel for his own sake, seeing the difference he made to the twins would have earned him their love.
And what a blissful afternoon for Estel - spices and honey and squishy cookie dough - and the undivided attention of one of his heroes. Just what any kid would love.