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Brotherhood  by Bodkin 19 Review(s)
DreamflowerReviewed Chapter: 9 on 12/29/2006
Glorfindel was excellent at consoling the child, and I noticed also excellent at avoiding offering *himself* as a substitute playmate! LOL!

Darn! No "next" button! *sigh* now I have to wait!

Author Reply: Glorfindel is good with children - he was a much adored uncle to the twins and Arwen - but he doesn't much enjoy the - er - messier side of children. Odd, since he copes with the messier side of battle without too many problems! He didn't offer himself as a playmate - but I suspect that he and Elrond will enjoy sharing out the responsibility of entertaining little Estel.

No 'next' yet ... I have got another couple of pieces more or less ready to go though, so the wait won't be too long!

EllieReviewed Chapter: 9 on 12/29/2006
These are all so very wonderful! I am enjoying them immensely!

Author Reply: Thank you! I am glad you are enjoying them - they are proving to be great fun to write.

Jay of LasgalenReviewed Chapter: 9 on 12/29/2006
Poor Estel - it must be a hard lesson to learn that his newly discovered brothers are also warriors defending their home - and that they *must* go, whether he wants them to or not, and that they face the chance of being injured. I'm glad that Glorfindel didn't deny the possibility.

I think the twins will be much releived to go with Estel's blessing, rather than with his tears.


Author Reply: The twins have left before - but I think the difference this time is that Estel is a little older and has made the connection between warriors and injury. Glorfindel was as reassuring as he could be - but he wouldn't lie to the child. Estel might be a little kid, but he is a warrior in training, even now. He needs to accept the truth.

The twins will be happier to have their goodbye hug - and I don't think it's a bad thing for Estel to know what it is like to be left behind. It might help him understand his mother better, for one thing - smiling as your loved ones go off into peril must be one of the hardest things that anyone can be asked to do.

ImhirielReviewed Chapter: 9 on 12/29/2006
I am so enjoying these little vignettes! Like "Reflection", they often make me smile and choke me up at the same time. And they are about so many facets of true life and relationships, presented here poignantly by marevellously realised characters.
I love how you show how Gilraen slowly acclimatises herself into life in Imladris, how she and Estel slowly become part of the family. And, in particular, how both "sides" learn from each other and have something to give to the other side - love and affection, playfulness and safe harbour, and, above all, family.

Author Reply: they often make me smile and choke me up at the same time

I'm rubbing my hands here! My work is done... There is so much emotion to explore with these character - so much pain. And sacrifice - and, at the same time, humour and silliness and runny noses.

Gilraen has, until now, been pretty much bound up in caring for her son - I think she is just beginning to see that she needs a life beyond him if she is to let him grow up properly. And the elves / Gilraen and Estel - they are good for each other. Just as you say. Healing and growth for both sides.

daw the minstrelReviewed Chapter: 9 on 12/29/2006
I can see how Estel would be distressed at the twins' departure, especially since he knows that warriors get hurt sometimes. Glorfindel made me laugh with his finickiness with a snotty, tearful child. I understand, but it's still funny.

Author Reply: I think the twins must have gone off before from time to time - but this time Estel has learned that warriors can get hurt. And maybe is getting old enough to make connections.

Glorfindel can cope with battle quite easily - but snottiness! Well, that's a completely different thing. (And I think it's funny! I'm glad you do, too.)

ElflingimpReviewed Chapter: 9 on 12/29/2006
Well Elrond will certainly be surprised wont he?(or not) I hope they all have fun!

Author Reply: I suspect Elrond and Glorfindel will share out the twins' roles in their absence. And it will be good for both of them to spend some time with their inner child!

Idril CelebrindalReviewed Chapter: 9 on 12/29/2006
Oh this was terrific! I enjoy reading about the kinder unsure side of Glorfindel.

Happy New Year!

Author Reply: It's odd - Glorfindel can cope with the - er - effects of battle, but he's not at all keen on runny noses. But he is fond of small children and will look after Estel - and ensure he has fun in the absence of the twins.

Glad you liked it! Happy New Year to you too!

SlightlyTookishReviewed Chapter: 9 on 12/29/2006
Oh, young Estel is just so darling!! And Glorfindel is so sweet and gentle with him. What a lovely chapter!

Author Reply: Glorfindel is very understanding - and he likes children. Just as well, really! I'm glad you liked it.

(I suspect his charges might go off him rather once they enter his training programme - he has extremely high standards and doesn't accept excuses.)

GwynhyffarReviewed Chapter: 9 on 12/29/2006
awww. I love little Estel, and Glorfindel is being too cute himself. :)

Author Reply: Glorfindel can cope well with the emotion - he's just not keen on bodily fluids!

I think he's just about to become rather more involved in looking after a little boy than he had intended, however.

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