|Reviews for The Battle of the Golden Wood|
| earthdragon chapter 24 . 9/7
This has been a wonderful story and beautifully written. Of course Haldir would have been defending the Golden Woods, rather than fighting in Helm's Deep. The Galadhrim were not a large army and - as wood elves - were more used to fighting in trees than defending a castle. Celeborn would never have agreed to send the major part of his forces to Rohan, leaving his own realm vulnerable to invasion and destruction.
I have only one criticism. You use Elvish language in chapters 3 and 4 but do not provide a translation at the bottom of each page.
| andrew.rodland chapter 24 . 5/1
Thank you. It's a beautiful story. You do justice to the world and the characters — I really feel for them — and, what is just as important, you get the prose right. The narration style of Tolkien is there: detailed and direct, sometimes lavish but never florid, without out-of-place words that would jar the reader out of the story, and with a hint of the poetry of the old epics. The bits of Rohirric and elven tongues are also well done and not too distracting, although I'm always a bit amused at how Tolkien's fans always seem to rejoice in playing with the contents of his linguistic toy-chest even more than he did :)
| Ithiliel the Chosen One chapter 24 . 4/1
I wanted to review for quite a time but didn't have any to do so.
(This could be long, be warned;))
First of all: I just terribly love this. It is so great! I don't even have words for it. The Rohan OCs were just perfect. I liked especially Oswy and Leofwyn. How you wrote them was just ...aaaaww (you know what I mean)
And then. There are Galadriel and Celeborn. And the only thing I can say is:wtf. They were sooooo awesome! You portrayed their relationship, their struggles, their story in such a perfect way, I nearly cried. (I don't cry often, so well doneXD) Khamul's ring and Oswy being drawn to it was great too, Leofwyn's changing feelings towards the elves and their lady and, oh, Haldir, Orophin and Rumil, my babiiieees! I loved how you wrote about Galadriel's curse, how it will, and already has, destroy everything she starts. That's exactly how I think it works. What happened to her because of her ring, because of that cursed thing of Celebrimbor, was wonderful too. I imagined it in nearly exactly the same way! This story is entirely great, every single chapter and the end just killed me!
It is so sweet and angsty, so hopeful and so utterly desperate at the same time!
And Calandil, poor Calandil! I recognized him immediately and he's such a great character! In this story are such epic lines, I would copy them and write them on the wall in my room! (I mean"Today I buried my laughter" wtf!) So, before this gets even longer, I dhould stop.
Awesome work and I will reread it forever!
| Guest chapter 24 . 10/1/2015
I love, love, love it! It was Sooooo hard to put it down. Throughout the story I hated the fact I read slow.
| marduk-report chapter 23 . 6/25/2015
The tale of Galadriel has always brought me to tears.
Your tale of her has managed the same; how bitterly they fall for her long sorrow
| BadGirlgoesworse chapter 24 . 5/11/2015
An excellent piece! I absolutely adore it!
| pronker chapter 24 . 4/20/2015
Hi, here from a TVTropes rec. I just wanted to say that this is premier among LOTR fanfics, and that it deserves to rate M not for sexy times, but for the achingly mature end of the Galadriel/Celeborn pairing. It just made me want to shake them. I see that there are many more LOTR fics from you on this site, and I look forward to reading them.
Lovely battle writing, and evocation of Elfkind's 'otherness', both in their dialogue and description. Oswy is right not to want to live /too/ close to them, just far enough away not to be touched by passions which are not in the human species.
| Toaofwriting chapter 24 . 3/18/2015
Beautiful story; you did an excellent job with characterizations and attention to detail, and I loved your insights into both Celeborn's character and his relationship with Galadriel, as well as how Nenya and her long life wear on her.
| crmagic chapter 24 . 1/27/2015
Beautifully written story. Thank you.
| Ligeila chapter 24 . 12/25/2014
An amazing story. Everyone left out of the spotlight in Lord of the Rings gets their share. Thranduil at the end is the best for me. May he and Celeborn grow close again.
| Lakshmibai chapter 24 . 11/12/2014
This is simply one of the best Lord of the Rings stories I have ever had the pleasure of reading. You added to canon without ever going outside the bounds set by Tolkien, you kept everything so perfectly in character and your style wonderfully echoed his. The inclusion of Oswy and the Rohirrim gave us the outsiders' perspective on Lothlorien we needed, but (as many other reviewers noticed), I think the true genius may be the explanation of Galadriel and Celeborn's relationship. Both seemed so real and so in love, and yet separated by their differing desires for the future.
Celeborn in particular was a favourite of mine, with his wit, courage and kindness to Oswy. And his bitingly polite remarks to Thranduil (I especially liked the bit about the shortest truce in Eldarin history!).
I loved this whole story - heartbreakingly sad, breathtakingly beautiful and, despite it all, upliftingly hopeful. Thank you!
| schur655 chapter 7 . 6/17/2014
This is gem buried in the muck of Tolkien FanFic. Few make Elves sound like Elves yet you have managed it. Anyone who criticizes a female warden is foolish and not done their research. Galadriel fought at Alquolonde, Idril at Gondolin and lets not forget the Singer of Mass Destruction Luthien. Easily the most powerful child born to Middle Earth. You quote Home correctly, an Elf-Maid was equal, though once a child is born it weakened the Nissi spirit more hence the fate of Miriel.
| MyRandomName chapter 24 . 9/15/2013
I'm so glad I stumbled across this story. it was a delight from start to finish.
| Freyalyn chapter 24 . 8/21/2013
Oh dear, I shouldn't have started this story tonight - it's far too late and I'm up early in the morning. But I have finished this now, and my heart's at rest, and I have finished the yarn I wanted to.
Thank you so much for the hard work, imagination, and heartbreak I think this story must have cost you. It's beautiful.
| Titook chapter 24 . 1/8/2013
Of all the charactarizations I've read of Celeborn and Galadriel, I think yours is the best. You manage to portray the pain and the dilemma of leaving and staying between them in a wonderfully genuine and touching way, and also highlight the depth of the love they have for one another.
I'm very impressed indeed, and though I know you wrote this years ago, I still have the audiacy to suggest an epiloge (or even another multichapter [yay ]) telling their reunion in Valinor? It would truly be brilliant.