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Brotherhood  by Bodkin 18 Review(s)
KittyReviewed Chapter: 5 on 12/22/2006
Estel is truly good for his new family. I'm glad to see how much this child influences Elrond and his sons, giving them back the joy that was missing so obviously over the last few centuries. The twins seem so much more relaxed and content in comparison to the vengeange-driven warriors earlier, and even Elrond is increasingly bewitched by this boy. Simply cute to watch Estel sneaking closer and then attacking :-)

Oh, and of course I would not mind a lot of "Elladan / Elrohir / Glorfinden says" if I could cuddle Estel. On the contrary - I would be very happy to know everything Estel could tell me about them! ;-)

Author Reply: I suspect that destiny was playing its part in Estel's arrival in Imladris. And in his name! Elrond and his sons - and the rest of the household - do need the freshness that he is bringing to the haven. And he needs their love, experience and constancy.

In your dreams tonight! You will be visited by a very cuddlesome Estel. (I'm sprinkling the fairy dust now.)

SeleneReviewed Chapter: 5 on 12/22/2006
An other lovely little story.
It's good to see Elrond playing with Estel, it was a good idea of the twins to get him to try and steal the pen like they did when they were young.
Gilrean will not be happy with the ink, but she will indeed blame the minders instead of Elrond :)

Author Reply: I think the twins are dipping into their memories of childhood at the moment rather than just letting things happen. And Elrond deserves to join in the fun.

(And if I was going to blame someone, it would definitely be the approachable and mischievous twins rather than the very dignified Master of Imladris!)

perellethReviewed Chapter: 5 on 12/22/2006
Very amusing. A child with a pen and ink is such a danger! Let us hope Estel learns soon that ink is to be used *only* on a parchemnt.

Ah, the wonderful world of handmade ink! Galls, burnt bone, fish gelatine... heheh. If Elrond was using Erestor's irremovable ink, then we will a have a Dunadan with a tatoo! ;-) Another lovely piece, Bodkin. What fun!

Author Reply: Oh goodness, yes! Elrond really doesn't need childish scribbles over the walls! Although the availability of pens, pencils and ink isn't what it would be now.

And it's remarkable how you end up looking up things like the ingredients of ink and the method of construction of pens - even for a short piece like this! The ink will wear off Estel in time ... I suspect Elrond knows that from experience.

GwynhyffarReviewed Chapter: 5 on 12/22/2006
Ha ha ha! That's right, Elrond - let the twins take the fall! Once again, Bodkin, I loved it. Estel is really helping everyone lighten up a bit and if anyone is in need of comfort it is Elrond and his family.

Author Reply: Thanks, Gwynhyffar, I'm glad you liked it - and I'm sure Elrond won't even have to say a word to excuse himself for letting Estel play with the ink. I don't think the inhabitants of Imladris knew what a difference Estel would make to them. Rightly and very prophetically named.

ElflingimpReviewed Chapter: 5 on 12/22/2006
Aw! that was so very cute! Merry Christmas!

Author Reply: Thank you. Merry Christmas to you, too! Have fun.

daw the minstrelReviewed Chapter: 5 on 12/22/2006
Oh man. If someone had let my kid play in ink, I'd have been questioning their common sense, but I suppose you don't do that with Elrond.

I suppose it would be easier to delight in a child in a place where there were many people to care for him and keep you company as you did it.

Author Reply: Well - it'll wash off. In time. Although the recipe I found for Exchequer ink promised that it would last for centuries!

Gilraen would rather - far rather - have brought her son up in his own home with his father present. But she could have done a lot worse than end up with the care and support of the elves around her.

harrowcatReviewed Chapter: 5 on 12/22/2006
oh, *snigger* Elrond gets the fun and the twins get the blame - well done Elrond but brilliantly done twins to lift Elrond's spirits too.

Author Reply: Elrond might just be a bit too dignified to indulge in playing with Estel without his sons' encouragement. And he'll be really glad he took part in the games.

And of course Elrond would admit his involvement if challenged - but can you see Gilraen accusing him? So much simpler to blame the minders!

French PonyReviewed Chapter: 5 on 12/22/2006
Very good early training for the boy who will one day have to slip unseen through the Wild right under the noses of Black Riders. Definitely worth the minor injury to Elrond's dignity. But one does hope that the ink is edible. . .

Author Reply: Oh my - ink research!!

"Exchequer Ink.--To 40 pounds of galls, add 10 pounds of gum, 9 pounds of copperas, and 45 gallons of soft water. This ink will endure for centuries."

Aleppo galls are best apparently ... and galls have medicinal uses and can be used as a gargle for sore throats. They have an astringent taste with a slightly sweet after-taste. While copperas - aka ferrous sulphate - is in iron tablets.

And you wouldn't believe the number of recipes I've found for ink!

I wouldn't recommend taking up secret ink swigging - but I don't think the odd taste will do any harm.

And I daresay E3 will do a lot of scouting practice! Some of it rather more subtle than this.

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