Reviews for Knife Work
Ganheim chapter 1 . 3/1/2007
the senses of men were easily confused and confounded in the chaos of battle,

[‘Confused’ and ‘confounded’ have virtually identical meanings and usages, particularly in this instance. I’d delete one.]

but for Orcs to creep behind the wall…

[Didn’t the uruk army clearly breach the wall before there was the call of orcs behind the wall?]

And with most of the men now fighting behind the wall rather than defending it, the goblins were free to attack.

[I’ve heard that Tolkien uses ‘orc’ and ‘goblin’ interchangeably, but as I recall he remained pretty consistent about using ‘orc’ in the Lord of the Rings, and in my mind an orc, goblin, and uruk are each different creatures, so referring to orcs pouring onto the wall and then seeing ‘goblins’ causes a little bit of confusion.]

his knife up and ready to deflect any blows should the Orc by toying with him.

[I believe that should say ‘be toying’ instead of ‘by’.]

Or the distant future, for that matter.

[What are friends for?]

That was an enjoyable fight scene. Your writing is excellent, despite reading through several times I only found a few things to point out. I hope you have the time at some point to give your opinion of one of my stories (as long as you don’t mind the fandoms).

God bless and happy writing,

yllom21 chapter 1 . 8/21/2006
Interesting! Although I did not like the ending. (Is this going to be continued? It just seemed to randomly end) Nice job nonetheless, I really enjoyed this story.
Philippa chapter 1 . 3/11/2006
A satisfyingly detailed answer to a puzzling discrepancy :)
A. Person chapter 1 . 12/28/2005
That was awsome action! And it explained the phenomenon realistically, I think.
Frodo's sister chapter 1 . 10/11/2005
Good description of Legolas fighting orcs.
UniCornVampire3z chapter 1 . 8/19/2005
ah! that answers the question, i had always thought something like that might have happened, Legolas could beat Gimli with a bow, but if Legolas has to work with a knife then Gimli would tattaly beat him, which is what happened here. this story was really enjoyable, thank you!
Tathrin chapter 1 . 11/9/2004
As usual, pure excellence! I never noticed the gap before (being, shall we say, less than numerically inclined) but as soon as you pointed it out...! How, indeed? I adore your theory, it makes such sense. The characters were masterfully captured, and the moment with Eomer and Legolas warming up to each other (after the hole "die before your strok fell" thing) was wonderful. Even in such a brief fic, you still show your strategic mind in your vivid view of the battle, both personal and overall. The level of detail was perfect, and your sense of the inhabitants of Middle-earth spot-on. Of course they would go for the Elf! And the banter between the companions was as excellent as it always is. I STILL say you must have a weekly séance with Tolkien or something...Do you have friends among the Valar? ;)
docmon chapter 1 . 6/29/2004
thanks for answering the question of the ages! ;-) And so well, with a great sense of timing to your action, you left me breathless!
Tears of Eternal Darkness chapter 1 . 6/11/2004
thanx for pointing that out i didn't realise until now!

gr8 solution to your self-imposed question!
Silver Queen chapter 1 . 3/11/2004
Nice little ... thing. I really did like how you fit all that into a few thousand words and still managed to keep it interesting.
White Wolf1 chapter 1 . 3/1/2004
I really like this story. You describe Legolas's fight so well. It alternated between stark violence and a kind of grace. Love the title, too.
I always wondered, in the movie, why Legolas didn't count all the orcs on the ladder he sent crashing to the ground. I guess he didn't know how many were actually killed and didn't want to cheat, although he had no problem shooting the dead orc under Gimli and then adding it to his count by saying it had 'twitched'. Funny elf.
Great job.
FaerieQueen chapter 1 . 12/6/2003
Ah yes this scene didn't seem correct either when I saw it. At first I assumed Legolas had been injured. But then I decided that couldn't be so because he had none at the end of the battle. I like your explanation better. Thanks! Keep writing and updating!
PuellaStellarum chapter 1 . 12/4/2003
I have not ever read such a great battle scene, nor have I ever heard of anyone besides myself who was actually bothered by Legolas only killing four to Gimli's nineteen. I've imagined a few things, all that happen in two minutes, Gimli wildly swinging his axe, Legolas out of arrows and only having small knives, slitting throats, but there's no way I could've described it so well. Wow. Thank you.
LAXgirl chapter 1 . 11/30/2003
OMG! You researched Khuzdul too? That's great! I had to too for my latest story. Though since Tolkin never went into great depth to create an actual vocabulary for the Dwarves like he did for the Elvish language, I had to make up several phrases loosely based on the basic framework of Khuzdul...
I'm sorry... I'm a language major in school and all of Tolkien's languages just facinate me... Anyway! Awesome ficlet here. It really *was* an interesting point you brought up about Gimli managing to pull ahead of Legolas in their Orc-counting competition and explained. Well, on to more story-stalking!
Signing out
greenleaf-in-bloom chapter 1 . 7/30/2003
Yes! Excellent! Go Eomer! Go Legolas! Go Gimli!
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