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Brotherhood  by Bodkin 14 Review(s)
harrowcatReviewed Chapter: 8 on 12/27/2006
Poor Gilraen! Mere males, of whatever species, cannot understand that cutting apron strings causes wounds that are slow to heal, if they ever do!

Author Reply: It is so painful to let your children go. But necessary. Gilraen might have had to point out at times, too, that Estel was not an elf and that his milestones would come so much more quickly.

She will be lost in Imladris when Estel is busy with lessons and training and developing his independence. It is brave of her not to cling onto his early childhood.

LarnerReviewed Chapter: 8 on 12/27/2006
Letting ones beloved child go is not easy, but necessary. And how very well you've caught it!

Author Reply: It is so hard to let a child grow up and away from you - especially the 'firsts'. And Gilraen is alone in Imladris - there for Estel - it must have been even harder to let him try his wings. But it has to be done - and she possibly had to push for it at times, too, and insist that he was ready, since elven childhood is so much longer. Thank you.

Agape4GondorReviewed Chapter: 8 on 12/27/2006
What I love most about this story is that it is not the cloyingly sick 'little boy living among Elves' that I usually avoid.... but a really deep understanding tale of a mother out of her element and still growing and surviving.... and the fact that you do make Estel and the twins such fun to read, makes it even better.

I loved the pickle thing - I've got to go find pickles and see if they can do this....

Blessings, and happy holidays,

Author Reply: Estel is ... a catalyst, really! I think the central figures are more the adults and how they react to the unexpected presence in Imladris of a very young human. It is so hard for Gilraen - hers is a nurturing role and the whole point of that is to prepare a young male to take up a life that is hard and dangerous and will - if her experience is anything to go by - have him find an early grave somewhere in the wild. And the elves are changing, too - they have nurtured many young Dunedain, but this is a child learning who he is rather than an adolescent.

Happy New Year! Have a good start to 2007.

KittyReviewed Chapter: 8 on 12/27/2006
It was, she thought, almost indecent that a male even if he was an elf and old enough to remember the War of Wrath should be able to see her worries so clearly. Gilraen seems to have no very high opinion of males in general *grin* But what does she expect - this particular male had to survive Elrohir and Elladan as elflings, after all.

Poor Gilraen. It is not easy to let his children go, and I suppose for her it is even more difficult, as she has lost her husband so soon, knows that Aragorn will have a lot of dangerous duties, and as she is living among elves instead of her own people, she will feel the separations even more than usual. I think you caught her feelings very well.

Author Reply: It's a tough situation for Gilraen. She knows that it is her role to nurture and love and let her son go - but she is pretty much alone here in Imladris, without the network of cousins and aunts and so on who would surround her among the Dunedain. She must have wanted to cling on to Aragorn's babyhood as long as she could. I do think she is an amazingly courageous character.

Elrond understands better than she realises - he has been through his own suffering and lost more of his family than she has. But sometimes you don't want to be understood!

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