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|Brotherhood by Bodkin||18 Review(s)|
|Redheredh||Reviewed Chapter: 7 on 12/24/2006|
|That was beautiful... I am glad you brought up what fostering can mean to children in need.|
Sharing a father does finally make them real brothers. But, just to be fair, does that mean that Gilrean gets to be a mother to the twins as well?! Now, they have to eat their vegetables and drink their milk too? ;) Wipe their feet... come right when called... explain that broken cup... that empty candy dish... heh!
Whilst waiting for Santa to come down the chimney - Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year, Bodkin! To you and *your* family.
Author Reply: I think Dunedain life would have made it necessary for parenting to be the responsibility of the community - and to have Estel adopted into the family in Imladris makes his future more certain. She would have mourned the need - but far better for Estel to have a father. And it does make the twins his brothers - I can somehow see them responding to Gilraen in a maternal role. At least during daylight hours ... maybe once Estel is in bed their relationship would change.
A Happy New Year to you, Redheredh. Enjoy the weekend - and best wishes for 2007.
|Larner||Reviewed Chapter: 7 on 12/24/2006|
|How wonderful that we get to see the moment when Elrond becomes a father of four. And love how he dives on Elrohir here.|
Author Reply: You learn to be very wary when kids are trying to get comfortable! Elrohir accepted Estel's announcement very well - and I'm glad he was concerned about Gilraen's response to Estel's adoption of Elrond. But I think she would be practical about it - even if she mourned the need for her son to have a substitute father.
|Selene||Reviewed Chapter: 7 on 12/24/2006|
|Now this is a very significant turn of events. Estel has just received two older brothers and I think that is something he really loves, especially if they are Elladan and Elrohir. |
Author Reply: Estel admires them immensely - I imagine that when he grows up he wants to be just like them! And he would want their adar to be his adar - such a little word and yet so meaningful when it comes to Estel's position in Imladris. And I do think that Gilraen would deal with it well - in public, anyway - and see it as a good thing, even if she spent long nights grieving over the need for it.
|Armariel||Reviewed Chapter: 7 on 12/24/2006|
|Sweet! My favorite, so far. So nice and so telling of Elrohir not to be annoyed at having his blissful rest so precipitously interrupted, and lovely that he should accept little Estel as his brother. He's a sweet little boy, small wonder!|
Author Reply: Elrohir was thoroughly enjoying his lazy morning in the warm and dry - so it was good of him to welcome Estel. But I think of Elrohir as having a very warm and loving heart - and he realised before sending the child away that actually his presence there was a gift. Accepting Estel as his brother has implications that Elrohir understands - while Estel just knows he is with his family.
|Jay of Lasgalen||Reviewed Chapter: 7 on 12/24/2006|
I'm loving all these tales - but this is the best yet. From Elrohir's happy dozing - a feeling I love when I wake at the usual time and realise I've got the day off - to Estel's appearance after Elladan's suggestion that his twin might be lonely, and especially Estel's casual mention of 'Ada'.
Elrohir is wonderful in the way he responds to Estel here, and I simply love the final line: ‘Brothers,’ Elrohir agreed. ‘You, me and Elladan – we will be a team.’ He offered a big hand to the boy in a grip that just felt – right. ‘Brothers to the end.’
Thank you, and merry Christmas to you.
Author Reply: To wake up warm and dry - especially if the mud is still close enough to taste - must be a whole different level of pleasure. Elrohir felt tempted to send Estel back to persecute Elladan - but fortunately realised in time that there are far worse ways to spend your day off than cuddling a little live-wire and listening to him burble on. And of course the foal is much more important than the word!
Elrohir is a star - and (unlike Estel) he does realise the full implications of declaring brotherhood with the child. ... ... Although I doubt he suspects the Arwen outcome. Not yet, anyway.
Glad you enjoyed it - and a Happy New Year back!
|daw the minstrel||Reviewed Chapter: 7 on 12/24/2006|
|Now that's a nicely achieved moment. Brotherhood through having a common adar.|
Elladan was sneaky to suggest Elrohir might be lonely. LOL. But Elrohir is wise enough to realize that these moments don't come along all that often in one's life.
Author Reply: Very manipulative of Elladan! But Elrohir is awake enough to realise that this is one of those moments for joy! They will lose Estel in time - but he will have had this day. And Estel would, I think, adopt Elrond to a fatherly role - especially if he spent much time playing with the twins!
The irony would be that if Estel adopts Elrond as an adar and E2 become his brothers, then Gilraen becomes adoptive mother to the twins ... Weird situation that would be! But I think they'll cope with being extra adoptive sons during the day - although she might find it rather odd.
|SlightlyTookish||Reviewed Chapter: 7 on 12/24/2006|
|WHat a lovely chapter! I love the understanding between Elrohir and Estel, and the understanding Gilraen shows as well. I'm so glad I found this story.|
Author Reply: Thank you. Gilraen is a good mother - and prepared to sacrifice her own wishes to raise her son. I think the twins show courage, too - because they know, as Estel cannot, that they will lose him to duty and old age. One way or another. But not yet - now is the time to build up the memories and the love that will sustain them.
|harrowcat||Reviewed Chapter: 7 on 12/24/2006|
|Brothers,’ Elrohir agreed. ‘You, me and Elladan – we will be a team.’ He offered a big hand to the boy in a grip that just felt – right. ‘Brothers to the end.’ |
Brothers? Oh, oh that can spell a lot of trouble for Elrond and the whole of Rivendell as well as a lot of joy. I do love the way that you meld together all the potential joy and grief on many levels for so many people at once. Masterly Bodkin!
Author Reply: Thank you! I think their role is more uncle-like at the moment - but they are growing together, and I reckon Elrohir has taken to the child far more than he would have believed possible. Still - brave to let a child so deeply into his heart, knowing he would grow and age and die. But that's a good while off yet - and Estel has the pleasure of growing up among those who love him.