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Review:MargaretLane says:
I really like that document at the start and the comment that elves were very powerful and expected to be able to beat wizards. It's so different from what we see in canon, but we do get a hint that house elves have powerful magic, so it's DEFINITELY credible. And it gives the lie to those who argue house elves just naturally enjoy serving as this would imply that house elves servility comes from many generations of having been raised in servitude rather than as being an intrinsic characteristic.

I like the different personalities you give father and son. The father seems wise, the son hot-headed.

One thing that's confusing me a little is that the King in the document first describes himself as Volundr IV, then later as Volundr IX.

Uh oh, looks like Thrandl is going to make things worse rather than better.

And I like the way the wizards are attributing similar disasters to elves that Muggles have in various times attributed to witches. It fits with humanity's need to explain things that seem unfair and random.

Yikes, killing children is pretty evil, regardless of provocation. Things are going to get rough now, I dare say.

I like the elvish inheritance here. I like to see variations on eldest son inheritance because it's not like that's always been the situation everywhere. We don't even know how kings were chosen under Brehon Law, but we do know it wasn't necessarily the eldest son. There are records of WHO inherited, just not how they were chosen. So it makes sense non-human cultures wouldn't all follow the system of feudal Europe.

Author's Response: Thank youu :D
It's always seemed so strange to me that house elves serve wizards, because the glimpse we get of them in the books makes it seem like they really do have alot of powers, e.g. they can apparate into Hogwarts, wandless magic and such.

I asked a friend who has studied some history what triggered certain wars and she mentioned, I think, that in WWI the official trigger was some assasination. I think that sometimes people get too caught up in the idea of vengence and take the word 'justice' to mean something along the lines of 'if you kick me I'll kick you'. That's the kind of personality I guess I've based Thrandl off.

Yikes! Thanks for pointing out the Volundr IV/IX mix-up - originally he was going to be Volundr IV but then I wanted his line of King/Queen's to be longer.

I think its so easy to attribute human culture when writing about other species and I wanted to reflect that in the elvish royal lineage without straying too far from generally recognised customs.

Thank you so much for your comments :D I really enjoyed reading them :)


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