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Reviews For The Flight of Birds
I had to go dig out my log-in information for this site to leave you a review, lol. I really liked this, you caught Elrond and Elros's different voices and aspects very well. I think it felt very real, to be caught in this muddied water of feeling and perspective. It's a controversial topic - and I started very early on in fandom hating what Elwing did, but I've had to consider all that went into it and my perspective's shifted a bit.
I also like the not-white and black aspect of the Feanorians and their life with the twins. Sometimes I think it's written as waaaay too simple.
Also I loved the glimpse of Gil's mom!
I still don't like Elwing, but this story gives some measure of why she risked her sons' lives. Being a mother myself, I would never do it, but I guess every person is different. I also liked the interaction between Elrond and Elros. Great story!
I'm honestly not a huge fan of Elwing either, but she has to have had a motivation for what she did, and I thought it would be interesting to explore that. I'm glad you enjoyed the story!
This was completely excellent, but one line in particular struck me:
"But we’ve decided that it’s better to risk harboring a thrall or two than to turn away people who are actually in need. There are far more of the latter than the former." So very reminiscent of the refugee crisis discussions over here, and pretty much my thoughts!
Now that's out of the way, I can talk about your wonderful story. I loved Ianneth (and I loved that she is not only a skilled healer, but Gil-galad's mother as well! I have been amiss in catching up with the story of her and Fingon's courtship, so this was a good reminder.), loved your Elros, loved your Elrond. The attitudes you show in this story reflect pretty neatly the different stances fandom likes to take on the matter - either the sons of Feanor did no wrong and Elwing is a monster; or Elwing did no wrong and the sons of Feanors are monsters. So Elros' and Elrond's discussion, and their conclusion that everyone made mistakes and learning to forgive them or at least look beyond them was such a relief to read.
So that would already have made for a satisfying tale, but moreover, you filled it with such great detail - the putrefied, I mean cured shark comes to mind, and Elrond's botanical lore. And what a fascinating idea that Elros would be able to talk to sea birds and Elrond's extraordinary talent for healing is also ultimately derived from Melian. I trust it runs in Elros' line as well, which is why "the hands of the King are the hands of a healer"? :D
In conclusion, wonderfully thought-out and written. Thank you so much!
Thank you so much! This is such a nice comment. :D
I agree with you on the fanon issue, obviously; the black-and-white view some parts of fandom take really bothers me. Every character has a reason for what they do, and in a good story (like the Silm!), the reason is usually a lot more complicated than "They're just a bad person."
Okay, that's just plain wonderful. The moment where Elrond realised there were two sides to the story, two wrongs, and that Maedhros and Maglor had even more to answer for than Elwing really spoke to me. Such a huge adjustment - it's all very well to be sent 'home' but not so much if you don't remember it and everyone talks differently and dresses differently and loathes the people you grew up respecting... I love this time and these people and it's so seldom I read a fic that deals fairly with the complexities involved. Loved this.
Thank you! This is one of my favorite time periods, too. It's such a complicated, strange situation for everyone involved, and there's so much ground to explore and so many different perspectives to consider.
aww poor wee bairns !