Reviews for Building Ithilien
Meg chapter 55 . 5/18/2023
Loved reading this story, you are a beautiful writer. Well done
aikishiyo chapter 55 . 3/28/2022
PMyungHee from A03 here! I'm finally done with this story (yes, another bout of binge-reading) - and it's... Wow. I do wonder if there was any use of the treatment that Aragorn suggested for Miredhel? Or did they not need it altogether (she self-healed before they could try)? Aaanyway. Thank you for all the various types of battles you've put us readers through!
Al chapter 44 . 1/29/2021
Still hooked! And will be till the end of the story!
Al chapter 29 . 1/28/2021
Excellent! Even though I know the real identity of the girl! (Snickers evilly)
Al chapter 17 . 1/27/2021
Thanks for a lovely afternoon reading this story! I anticipate a few more pleasant hours still to come!
luckyricochet chapter 55 . 7/28/2020
I've read this story several times and it never gets old. Your prose and dialogue are wonderful and I'm a bit jealous of how you can convey so many feelings, situations, and environments so beautifully. So many ups and downs, it's such a well-written rollercoaster. I think slow burns can be difficult to pace, but you've done really well at building up Legolas and Miredhel's relationship, as well as portraying their doubts and complexities. There were moments when I was frustrated at both of them for their actions or thoughts and I just wanted to jump into the story and explain/knock some sense into them, but it's their flaws and these moments that did make the development of their relationship realistic. And I have to highlight Cereril, who you made mischievous, vulnerable, gentle, strong, and romantic in just a handful of chapters-a testament to your own ability to craft characters! She was a standout to me and I thought her romance with Farothin was so adorable. I know the main story is about Legolas and Miredhel, but every time I finish a read-through I'm rooting just as hard for Cereril and Farothin! You ask for ideas; would you ever consider writing more about them? Something about Farothin's recovery and the difficulties that come with it, how he and Cereril fall in love...If you did ever write about them, I'd read it in a heartbeat!

I see you're writing a special edition of this story so I will be delving into that, but I'm also looking forward to new LOTR stories from you! Stories of this caliber are rare so I really commend you for the obvious hard work you've put into this fic.
Mat chapter 55 . 4/18/2020
The following is a review for the full book:

This is a wonderful achievement and rightly sits at the top of any list of best LOTR fan fiction; a full novel that expertly explores Legolas' life after the War of the Ring. It follow's Tolkien's style well (the prose read brilliantly) and presents a rich and compelling adventure worthy of a spin-off of the legendary series.

The only small issue I had was the levels of violence / injury detail present. I can understand the purpose of these, however I believe the same outcome would be achieved without such excessive brutality (either described or implied). For me this detracted from the otherwise joyous escapism of the piece.

This little niggle aside, I would highly recommend this book to any fan of LOTR looking to venture into fan fiction. It is fan fiction at its best.
Honoria Granger chapter 20 . 3/9/2020
It’s spelled “Eärendil.”
Honoria Granger chapter 13 . 3/9/2020
Heartbreaking. But from Lorien you go west to Imladris, not east—toward the Hithaeglir, which you then cross. And you head east to Eryn Lasgalen, not west—toward and across the Anduin. You have it the wrong way round. Check your maps.
Elicia chapter 55 . 2/4/2020
This is really a great story with so many ups n downs. Rarely I find great stories that developed deeply Legolas' character. Love the romance too. Thank u for the effort in writing this.
Alexandra chapter 32 . 1/6/2020
I have started reading your FF the day before yesterday and cant help but read on! I just love your way of writing!
Emma chapter 36 . 10/27/2019
I love this writing SO MUUUUUUCHHHH.
Gimli's Pickaxe chapter 55 . 10/20/2019
I have just finished reading your story, and although I don't write reviews often I thought I ought to tell you how amazing I thought your story was. Your characterization of the elves was much different from what I had imagined, freer, perhaps a bit wilder and more vivid, but I thought it wonderful. I loved the characters of Legolas and Miredhel, as well as the many others you portrayed so well in this story. Through your story, I came to see Legolas as an individual who could fight, make merry, grieve, defend, and love with a blinding passion - a much more vivid portrait than anything I could have managed on my own. The relationships portrayed in this story were beautiful, be it the bond between lovers, comrades, or family. I loved the fact that neither Legolas nor Miredhel was portrayed as helpless and incompetent, or godlike figures who needed no outside help. I could truly understand and feel for both of them, perfect in their imperfections. Quite a temper, both of them... :) The balance between battle scenes and quieter ones was perfect, and the while story was written beautifully. Thank you again for writing this remarkable story!
darksapphire29 chapter 25 . 8/24/2019
I'm loving this so far! Keep writing like this, you're amazing.
leelee202 chapter 23 . 7/24/2019
Well that took a sharp turn. From sweet lingering moments between Legolas and Miredhel, to the sudden change in mood when Oromer had a little 'chat' with his brother. And now the misunderstanding on Miredhel's part. Gosh, the road to their blooming relationship is not proving to be a smooth one. You really know how to aim for a slow burn here :D
Now...what dangers await her in the forest and will her confrontation go as expected and she'll finally get the truth?
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