What can I say? I can't think of a criticism. You just do this so well. I enjoy all of your writing. This is so authentic. I feel a wise ancient being is telling this story
Author's Response: Thank you so very much for taking the time to review and for the lovely compliment. Thank you!
OMG...*jaw drops* How did this ever get past me? Magnificent! This is Glorfindel as he deserves to be seen...nothing sugar coated, nothing of his inflated legend, just plain, raw truth in his own words. Gawd, I'm impressed!
Author's Response: *blushes* Thank you so much! I just wanted to portray a different side, a more personal side. I never feel I do him justice, but I guess one can only try. HUGS!! Thank you so much for reading!
Yes, you're right, the Noldor - any-one actually, is more than the sum of their legendary battles. I know they say in battle everything contracts, so to speak, there's no room for thought, but before and in dying, I am sure there is.
Glorfindel probably did get his blondness from the Vanya, because they dwelt long with the Noldor in Tirion before removing to Valmar. I know whose son I am going to make him, but unfortunately I don't claim credit for it, it was something posited in an article I read years ago.
I have often wondered what he thought of the ' many songs ' made for him, when his own experience must have been, as you say, quite different, terrible sorrow, fear, anger, despair. And in Bolt II there were many balrogs slain in Gondolin, Ecthelion died with Gothmog and Tuor killed them too. He might have thought others were being forgotten.
Of course, his battle and death did save the refugees and Eńrendil, who was perhaps fated to be emissary to the Valar, so he is remembered. I have only read a couple of works where his thoughts - after rebirth - were written of, and it always moves me.
I liked this very much, as I mentioned, hero's can be hard to write, people see the glamor and legend and often don't look beyond it.
Another beautiful piece. I like this humble Glorfindel. He was afraid of the Balrog? Oh, of course! Courage isn't the lack of fear, (I've been told). This had wonderful narration, taking me right into his head.
You're very talented, and I hope to see more from you.
(BTW, you don't know badly baked bread till you've tasted mine. : ))
Author's Response: Thank you! I think Glorfindel was proud, but humble, otherwise he would not have fared so well in battle. Feanor being a prime example of what I mean, though he was just nuts at the time. Maybe Glorfindel is a bit insane too. I like that: Courage isn't the lack of fear. That's a very nice saying. Thank you! I plan on reading more of your stories too, because I really enjoy them. Scaldo just makes me giggle. I plan on printing it out and reading it to my daughter. It just screams classic childrens story to me. :)
I like the way you approach this. I have written of Glorfindel's battle as part of a story, and umm -- okay, I can't remember exactly what I wrote. ( The curse of Too Much Writing! ) but I believe that grief motivated him, that fury which comes with having seen so much death and the ruin of the city he loved.
Hero's can be very bland. I have seen Glorfindel written of as a blond meathead who was all muscle and just fought the Balrog because he knew his duty and didn't have the imagination to be afraid. I don't agree with that. Whenever I have written of the deaths of the Elves of legend, Fingolfin, Fingon, Gil-galad, there is a chiaroscuro of emotions, anguish, despair, rage, and of course they were intelligent enough to fear, although I feel they were also beyond themselves in their anger ( Fingolfin certainly was when he met Morgoth ).
I like the way you want to portray him as having feelings any-one can understand.
Author's Response: Lolol I wish I was as prolific. My muse is slow! Glorfindel did have his share of hell many times over. I know he was Turgon's captain but I believe, though it doesn't say, rhat he was also half Vanya. They were poets and something else, I can't remember. So in my mind he most likely had a very deeo=p, maybe even artistic side to his personality. I mean look at Ecthelion. He was a flautist, one of the best, so they were more than the sum of their battle. I agree. I believe it was their emotions that made their greatness, not their sense of duty. Thanks for the kind review. I feel I still didn't capture him but I learned from it and from the review! :)