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Escape  by Bodkin 28 Review(s)
erunyauveReviewed Chapter: 1 on 5/27/2007
>>‘You sound … most philosophical.’
>>The man smiled wryly. ‘Too much time spent among your kind, elf,’ he said. ‘I shall fight against it.’

Nice slice of Woodland Elf/Dunadan interaction - both the man and the elves are believable, and in a little bit of space, you show us a lot about the two peoples - particularly the close kinship of the Dunedain with Elves.

Author Reply: Thank you, erunyauve. Dunedain are used to elves - but Wood-elves are a bit different. I think this particular Dunadan would probably prefer the company of Wood-elves - they are rather closer to the land and a bit less ... perfect. I'm glad you found the characters believable.

LindeleaReviewed Chapter: 1 on 5/27/2007
Glorious! Full of the little details the put the reader in the scene, and the occasional wry aside that sparkles with dry wit. Am glad I happened to be online, editing music, when I saw the chapter notification. (Stole a few moments to read, and now must really make my fingers fly. Ah, but it was worth it.)

Author Reply: Thank you, Lindelea. I'm glad you enjoyed this and liked the details. It was a most enjoyable story to write and it was fun to keep the characters anonymous.

I hope you get a bit more time to read and write soon! I'm suffering from MFH withdrawal. Bring back Ferdi!!

DotReviewed Chapter: 1 on 5/27/2007
This is great, Bodkin! It's very cleverly done and the descriptions are gorgeous as always. I'll leave you a proper review when I can but I wanted to let you know that I really enjoyed it :-)

Author Reply: Thank you, Dot. I'm glad you liked it - it was a fun story to write.

rikkiReviewed Chapter: 1 on 5/27/2007
Catches breath! If a hand had landed on my back when I was hiding in a tree from orcs, I am afraid I would have fallen out having a heart attack! Great imagery here with all the senses involved here - hearing, sight, sound, touch. The dunaden trying to hide from the orcs hunting for him below, watching the catepillar inching its way towards him, the elf captain who delivers the messenger to the brown wizard and the way that the elf and man interact with each other was very telling. Your characters have no names but the captain whose brother loves "full reports" and the dunaden who is determined to rescue his captain and take him home before his people forget what he looks like indicates a time period for the story and possible personal identifications. Lovely. Happy birthday Meckinock.

Author Reply: I think the Dunadan is accustomed enough to elves - well the sons of Elrond, anyway - to recognise their presence. And they certainly don't smell like orcs! It was great fun leaving the characters anonymous - because it offers the reader the chance to decide who they might be!

Thank you, rikki. I'm glad you enjoyed the story.

Agape4GondorReviewed Chapter: 1 on 5/27/2007
Excellent tale - excellent! I laughed to myself often; very nice to find a Ranger who is so - mature is the only word I can think of that expresses it. Able to handle himself, able to converse with Elves, able to keep himself from being killed, etc. etc. etc. EXCELLENT. My favorite lines.....

'He jerked awake to feel a firm hand on his back as he both remembered why he needed to be cautious in his movement and began simultaneously to slide from the branch. A pain-filled scrambling wrapped his legs round his support and his stiff arms clutched the ridged bark as he steadied his breathing. Fortunately, he thought, remaining in the tree had taken his attention, and, by the time he was able to seek one of the razor-edged knives he carried, he was awake enough to be aware that the hand on his back belonged to an elf – and that reaching for a weapon would be, at the very least, unwise.'

Author Reply: I do like to see a Ranger who can cope in all sorts of situations! And, really, the Dunedain had pretty wide-ranging experience of elves ... and battle ... and wizards - and sheer survival under difficult circumstances. This one is a little out of his comfort zone, but he is very determined to look after his captain - even if his captain doesn't particularly want him to! Good thing it doesn't take his brain long to wake up, too - I don't think it would have done him much good to go for that knife!

Thank you! I'm glad you liked it.

harrowcatReviewed Chapter: 1 on 5/27/2007
I like the fact that you don't identify the Ranger and I enjoyed this very much.

Author Reply: Thank you, harrowcat. I enjoyed keeping them all anonymous. Except for the horse and an incidental elf. And Mithrandir, of course. I'm glad you liked it.

Linda HoylandReviewed Chapter: 1 on 5/27/2007
I enjoyed your look at what it is like for the unknown people fighting againts Sauron,beautifully written as always.

Author Reply: Thank you, Linda. I rather enjoyed keeping the characters anonymous - and leaving it up to the reader to decide who they might be. Except for the horse. The horse got a name!

daw the minstrelReviewed Chapter: 1 on 5/27/2007
suspicion was a much safer state of mind than cheerful optimism.

He could, he thought, come to like these elves.


Hi, Hal! How's the aching back? I wouldn't like to try to sleep in a tree.

Loved the armed and dangerous elves and their capable, arrogant, dark-haired captain with the brother back home, who is doubtless even more arrogant. :-) Actually, I liked the way this focused on secondary characters rather than the big names. Very enjoyable, Bodkin. Just what I needed.


Author Reply: No, I reckon sleeping in a tree would be a very good way to suffer serious injury. I think he was just exhausted and dozed off without meaning to at all.

I found this rather fun to write - and relished that one of the few named characters was the horse. The brother back home won't be too impressed by all this ... but at least his father will have been informed. Of something, anyway.

Thank you, daw. I'm glad it provided what you needed!

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