|Reviews for The Lady's War and the Gentleman's Engagement|
| Doll-Fin-Chick chapter 93 . 6/19/2014
ha! Haiweth is not as empty-headed as we thought! I wonder if she can come to like Legolas...seems like there's more hope for her than Hammel. Like she said, they're not very lucky. Obviously Cobryn suspects, and is witholding judgement for now. I wonder how he'd react if it was more serious. Legolas should be more careful, people are on to him!
As always, lovely to see an update from you! :)
| Kiiimberly chapter 93 . 6/17/2014
Thank you for updating anolinde! It's great that Guthwyn was finally able to have that conversation. I didn't realize she has known Legolas for ten years. How old is she now? Looking forward to the next chapter.
| Larien Larry Arnatuile chapter 93 . 6/15/2014
"Haiweth swallowed; for an instant, she looked on the verge of tears. Cobryn pitied her- as wonderful a caretaker as Guthwyn in other ways was, she had done both of the children a disservice by refusing to address her fears and, consequently, theirs. He opened his mouth to try to rectify the damage, but before he could say anything Haiweth rose to her feet."
This paragraph here sums up everything I was thinking about this chapter. I love so much that you are writing everything out in such a lovely-paced fashion because it makes this fanfiction seem all the more realistic. Hammel and Haiweth are acting like spoilt brats, yes, but how on earth would they know any better about Legolas when they didn't want to go near him and nobody has done a thing to allay their fears. Also, you make people's faults so human. Elfwine with his selfishness, Guthwyn with her blindness to a lot of things around her, Hammel's anger- nobody in this story could ever be referred to as a Mary-Sue or Gary-Stew (which, if you ask me, are rather ugly terms).
Do you know anyone who is a survivor at all? Because this story (even though all cases are different) seems to be exactly the right thing. Nobody just bounces back after an experience like that and some people takes longer to recover. Some people have issues and problems for the rest of their lives. I once read a story about the same topic as this one. Girl fell in love with Legolas and *boom* back to normal. No nightmares, no tears. A day after the incident she is just back to normal. No- your story is good.
And by 'good' I do not mean that cases such as Guthwyn's are perfect writing topics because they aren't. It is difficult to depict a situation in which one isn't normally placed into. It is so hard to write about something traumatising and few people can do it well. Although the words "good" and "well" don't exactly fit into the topic... but they fit into the style of your writing.
I apologise if I am a little incoherent in my writing, I am still ill and I *still* want to shout to the world how great a writer you are.
About characters now: Legolas. I was a bit disappointed about how little Legolas there is in this chapter but you made up for it with a Haiweth POV. Of course, I am completely in love with your Legolas and I cannot ever get enough of him.
I love just how good he is with Guthwyn and Haiweth. He refrained from talking to Haiweth earlier (which I assume is because he saw her face... she wasn't exactly happy) and he knows exactly how to act accordingly around Guthwyn. He is so kind to both of the girls and you have written him in as the ultimate "good guy".
A while back when Guthwyn was ill and still living in Rohan Legolas was there. He heard her mumble "Borogor" and he thought he had heard the name from somewhere. Did he have a faint memory of Amon Hen or did he hear about Borogor being kidnapped with his brother to Mordor? Also, I know he is so polite but isn't he the *slightest* bit curious about Haldor? Guthwyn was terrified of him for ages and he barely showed any curiosity.
Hammel. Okay, I could rant about him 'til the sun goes down. I understand about the whole Haldor thing but to be honest he is such a prick right now, and I do apologise for the uncouth language. He is a perceptive young man. He should have figured out by now just what Haldor was threatening Guthwyn with, or even asked her. Instead, he just treats her like she is worthless. He is unnecessarily cruel to her and it sounds like he delights in seeing her like that. Kind of worrying...
I am still loving and enjoying your story as are all of my friends, so keep up the good work!
Larien Larry Arnatuile
| Brynhilda chapter 93 . 6/15/2014
This chapter has shown an interesting part of Haiweth's personality, that was not really explored before. I like this new depth that is given to Haiweth's character, and I hope we'll see more different points of view about the subject of Guthwyn and Legolas – maybe even Guthwyn's ? :-)
| Elfwine chapter 93 . 6/15/2014
I just posted a huge review for this chapter, even though the pop up said it was under my name, I wasn't logged in! So it was posted with the username 'Guest'. I didn't want to re-post it, because of spam, so, I just wanted to let you know I actually reviewed.
| Guest chapter 93 . 6/15/2014
It is interesting that you still continue to remind readers that Guthwyn is not the only person unnerved by Legolas' presence. And perceptive. But in all honesty, I don't see how Hammel has any right to get involved in Guthwyn's personal choice of friends or dear friends, considering that he himself, does not wish to be warm toward Guthwyn anymore. In know there is more to it than just simple hate, and that somewhere, deep down, or perhaps not so deep, there lays an affection for the only mother figure Hammel has had for so many years. But I think his behavior is quite childish sometimes, and a little too imposing. But I'm not surprised. I should go back a re-read the earlier chapters for this story. I remember Cobryn tried to explain why Guthwyn did not resist Haldor to Hammel, but perhaps if Guthwyn told the boy himself that she didn't do anything because she worried for Hammel and his sister being harmed in the process, as Haldor threatened, then he would be less harsh in his judgment of her. I know that might never happen, and I'm not sure if it would do more good than bad. I am also looking forward to the moment when it dawns on Guthwyn that Legolas' behavior is not the same as just a friend. Although, I also dread it as well. Her good opinions of Legolas seem so firm, but also easily broken if the wrong word is spoken. I just adore this story for its relationships. I look forward to what happens next! Thank you for such a provoking chapter, and such wonderful characters!
| gginsc chapter 93 . 6/15/2014
I am really sick of these children. Someone else should have adopted them. Ungrateful, stupid brats.
| ZabuzasGirl chapter 93 . 6/15/2014
Update immediately, please!
| funnygirl00 chapter 93 . 6/15/2014
No, no, no, no, no, no. How could things have taken such a dramatic turn? They were going so well at first. I'm holding my breathing waiting for Legolas or Guthwyn to make one more or something. Out of curiosity, is their first kiss anywhere in the near future?
| Midknight911 chapter 93 . 6/15/2014
I liked this chapter with Haiweth and Cobryn. They are good together though it is hard to tell what she is thinking. I hope she gives Legolas a chance. Can't wait for the next chapter.
| Midknight911 chapter 92 . 6/4/2014
I have just spent the past few weeks reading and rereading the Ronan Pride Chronicles, and I loved it. I picked Alone out at random and once I picked it up I couldn't stop until I had finished, even though I knew next to nothing about the Lord of the Rings universe except for things from the Hobbit movies. Then I downloaded the ebooks and reread it because it was fantastic and worth rereading for the entertainment value and because with something this long you tend to forget some details. The grammar and writing really exceeds my expectations for fan fiction, and even though it is slow at times there is always something in each chapter that I like. I think it is kind of sad how Hammel and Haiweth have turned out; Hammel being so rude and Haiweth acting so shallow. I really like Elfwine and Legolas' POV and cannot wait to see Legolas' reaction when he finds out what Haldor did. Anyways this chapter was cute (I love the Gúthwyn and Legolas scenes) and I can't wait for the next one.
| Doll-Fin-Chick chapter 92 . 6/1/2014
You're doomed Guthwyn muahahahaha Leggy likes you too much and vice versa :) I am interested in her intervention with Haiweth. I'm dying to know what Hammel is thinking. And looking forward to more alternate povs ;)
Great job as always. I love opening my email to see an update from you! You always take us in unexpected ways!
| Brynhilda chapter 92 . 5/26/2014
Thank you, Anolinde, for this very nice chapter.
I like very much the titles of the last chapters you have published, they are well found and quite funny.
My interest keeps growing and has been happily rewarded with these bedtime stories.
Guthwyn and Legolas were cute spending quality time together.
Her conversation with Cobryn was also interesting in many ways.
I hope to see more interaction with Haiweth and Hammel in the future chapters.
Keep writing ! :-)
| Kiiimberly chapter 92 . 5/24/2014
Thanks for updating anolinde. I always look forward to reading another chapter. I think it's great that Guthwyn is finally going to speak to Haiweth about Legolas. I really love how Guthwyn and Legolas' relationship continues developing and that she's making fewer and fewer comparisons between Legolas and Haldor. On a side note, I honestly can't stand how the children treat Guthwyn; I think it would be so much better if they realized what Guthwyn actually did for them. Anyways, I can't wait for the next chapter!
| Elfwine chapter 92 . 5/24/2014
I finally have a chance to 'type' a review for one of your wonderful updates and not text it! It is refreshing! Anyhow - Guthwyn learning 'Elvish' history in such a way was very charming and reasuring. Not only does it help her bond more with Legolas and help her become more excepting of his close presence, but it also makes up for some of her lost chances at learning more of the world and its multi-layered history. Perhaps Thranduil will not be so fixed on his opinion of her 'lack of knowledge' of his people? At the end of this chapter, I would like to think there is a hint that Guthwyn's relationship with Haiweth might be re-strengthened later on...? The dynamics between her and the children are very realistic but also entertaining and somewhat saddening to. This chapter seems to focus a lot on acceptance and coming to grips with the reality of the changes occurring in Guthwyn's life. It's nice to see that she's finally taking the next big step in recovery, and that's encouraging. There's a lot to appreciate in character development here, and I also enjoyed Guthwyn's sudden realization concerning Legolas and Cobryn. Oddly enough, it amused me. Though, I'm not sure why. I cannot wait to see what comes next!