It was disheartening to see Minas Ithil fall to the enemy at the end and the heroes of the story fall, but that's war. You did an excellent job. I was unable to find an exact date for the city's fall in The Encyclopedia of Arda or The History of Middle Earth.
Author's Response: Thank you for reviewing and for trying to find the dates! The fall of Minas Ithil is perhaps one of the darkest subjects of the Third Age to handle. Thank you again.
The ending is strangely bitter-sweet, despite all the horrors. Good work!
What now? The bitter end of King Earnur in 2050 just cries to be described!
Author's Response: Thanks very much! I thought to lighten the otherwise grim ending, it seems I succeeded. I have thought to write something about Dwarves next, but after that... Who knows?
Another great story, Formegil. Loved your description of shining Minas Ithil and your account of the battle. I am sure more is to come.
No, we have no exact dates for the siege: only 2000-2002. The shorter it is, the more plausible, IMO - because how come Gondor didn't send an army to deliver the city in 2 full years?
I recommend this thread here:
Author's Response: Thank you for reviewing! There will be one more chapter to this story. I have assumed that the siege began in spring 2000 (the usual opening of "warring season" in Middle Ages) and ended at late autumn 2002. A possible reason for lack of delivering attempt is the size of the enemy army. Blocking all roads to Minas Ithil the Witch-King would have made the attempt very perilous, a possible major defeat to Eärnil would have opened the rest of Gondor for the enemy. But this is only assumption. I'll check the thread you mentioned.
I found your first chapter to be very exciting and well-written. The battle scenes sounded authentic. I will do some reasearch on the date of the siege when I have a break from my spring chores.
Author's Response: Thank you for reviewing. I tried to find the dates, but not Foster nor Encyclopedia of Arda provided anything more but years. The same goes with the Appendices. The Encyclopedia was quite helpful though, poviding a good map. I guess the precise dates don't matter much, but as history student I wish always to be exact, be it a paper for the university or a fictional story.