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Brotherhood  by Bodkin 21 Review(s)
RedheredhReviewed Chapter: 11 on 2/1/2007
"... he was far more precious than any mere thing." Yet - "... it did not seem fair that she should be left mourning her small treasure whilst its destruction had faded from his recollection."

It lovely like how noble and, at the same time, human Gilrean really is. Estel may have his father's genes, but he has his mother's example. His willingness to bear his responsibilities comes directly from her, I think. with his brothers simply lending their good - and bad - graces. ;)

A very sweet and sentimental episode. "...doubly precious for that."

Author Reply: Gilraen is an amazing woman, really. Not in a headline-grabbing way - but she provided Estel with exactly what he needed, no matter what the cost to herself. (Very unfashionable.) I think the twins, while acting as brothers to Estel, were also able to provide a lot of support and subtle guidance for Gilraen, too. They might enjoy looking young and carefree - but they have lived through enough to know what help she needed.

I'm seized with interest as to how they all got on once Estel had left to follow his star! And once Gilraen had left Imladris.

LarnerReviewed Chapter: 11 on 2/1/2007
Oh, yes--Arathorn's son, and already the healer, even of small bowls he knows to be loved by his mother. Very precious indeed, seeing the desire to make things right. And Elladan and Elrohir are able to show him how to make it right indeed.

Bless them all, and particularly for teaching Aragorn positive patience and perseverence, skills he will need throughout his life.

Author Reply: Estel never knew his father - but he was very well parented. Not just by Gilraen, although she was strong and courageous and staunchly consistent, but by his foster brothers and foster father, too. And I think, in some ways, while playing at being her sons, the twins were old enough and wise enough to put in some positive reassurance for Gilraen as well.

French PonyReviewed Chapter: 11 on 2/1/2007
That was so sweet. I really was glad that Gilraen had her pot back at the end. It's just a thing, but there are some things that really are precious. Not many, but some. And it really hurts to lose them. Glue is a great thing in the world. You think of it mainly as a way to stick two things together, but sometimes it mends hearts as well.

Author Reply: Things aren't, perhaps, that important in themselves - it's the memories that come with them. Like all those treasured Mother's Day cards and kiddie drawings. In the end, I think the pot will be even more precious to Gilraen because Estel's fingerprints are on it - and because of the gentle care of the twins for both mother and son. Another contribution towards making this oddly assorted group of people into a family.

Baggins BabeReviewed Chapter: 11 on 2/1/2007
So many beautiful moments in this chapter, Bodkin. Gilraen's pride in her son, the twins standing with Estel and the child brave enough not to hide behind them. No wonder she is so fiercely proud of him.

Author Reply: Thank you. Gilraen is very focused on her son - and helping him grow into a man of whom his father would be proud. Estel doesn't want to disappoint her - and the twins want to protect them both. They make a good family.

harrowcatReviewed Chapter: 11 on 2/1/2007
Lovely Bodkin. I especially love the picture of Estel as a hunting dog eager to be released! AS a proud pack member with a flat coat retriever the image is great. (Said dog lives with my parents and definitely thinks that a mere weekly visitor rates lower in the pack order.!)

Author Reply: It must be hard to grow up as the only child among serene and timeless elves! And I love watching kids who are just twitching to be freed from restraint - and controlling themselves - just!

(Shame you've dropped in the pack order. I was watching Meerkat Manor last night - there's a lot of pack order there! Makes me very glad I'm not a meerkat.)

MithLuinReviewed Chapter: 11 on 2/1/2007
Now how did a small child do that good a job of mending it, hmmm? I think he had some help from his brothers... Very nicely done. I was waiting for this perfect child to do something bad and get in trouble - I mean, more than the usual mischief ;).

Author Reply: Oh yes - a shared afternoon of doing something for someone they loved. The twins provided the expertise, but Estel was patient and careful and did as he was shown.

Estel would have got into mischief - inevitably. He's a boy! But he is surrounded by adults, who all watch out for him - he isn't going to do the kind of things that require companions of the same age. I suspect he will have his moments as he gets older and a bit more independent, though.

daw the minstrelReviewed Chapter: 11 on 2/1/2007
There's something truly wonderful about that moment when Estel is so excited about what he's done for him mother, what he's given her, rather than a present someone else might give to him.

Author Reply: There is - and it's just the sort of moment that would contribute towards making Estel into the man he became. There was such potential for him becoming a brat - the only child in a household of adults - but they worked together to bring out all the best qualities in the boy.

It's a big moment - when you first learn the pleasure of giving. (As pranking Estel and twins would never have managed!)

Idril CelebrindalReviewed Chapter: 11 on 2/1/2007


Thank you!

Author Reply: Thank you! The twins are offering their own version of therapy to both mother and son. It's no wonder Estel grew up to be such a great man.

EllieReviewed Chapter: 11 on 2/1/2007
That was so sweet! What a delightful ending. Nicely done. I bet the twins have lots of experience at mending things...

Author Reply: Thank you! I'm sure elves must have learned to fix things - I can't see them being wasteful enough to live in a disposable society. And I daresay the twins will have had need, on occasion, to repair items for their own mother. And they're repairing more than the bowl - they are looking after Gilraen as gently as they care for her son.

Selene AduialReviewed Chapter: 11 on 2/1/2007
*sniff* The warmth of the gestures in this story is radiating from my screen.
The twins standing by Estel to share in his punishment was already hearth warming. But the hard work of fixing her precious bowl to see her happy was the best.
Your stories are always amazing me with the eye for details where feelings are concerned. More please?

Author Reply: Estel had responsibility bred into him, I think! The twins offered him reassurance - and wanted to help Gilraen as much as they did her son. And the bowl will mean even more to her now.

Thank you, Selene. Years of parenthood have their uses! Oddly the next one of these that is sitting on my computer takes place about 200 years after this one! I can't decide whether to write out of time order and attempt to slot them together - or just save that until later.

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