awesome, truly awesome! i'm currently rereading the silmarillion and agree with your other reviewers: your style is very similar to that! amazing writing!
Author's Response: Thank you so very much! I'm just a cheap imitator when it comes to his writing. Hmmm now you make me want to go read the Sil again. LoL! Thank you again. *Hugs*
You would have many more reviews praising your talent, but readers are awestruck. Spiced wine has said all there is to say. You're amazing!
Author's Response: You are very kind to say so. :) I'm not great at taking a compliment. And thank you again for taking the time to read and review. It means so much to me.
I am going to put this here due to your decision today.
Los Gloriol writes with the distinctive elegance of mystic fable. One could easily believe they were reading a hitherto undiscovered draft from Tolkien's older works. There is a veil of antique beauty over her story that takes one back far in time, immerses one in the Elder Days.
Having read her other works, I have come to love her portrayal of Tyelkormo (Celegorm). She writes the characters with tremendous passion and love, recognizing their flaws and forgiving them, knowing instinctively that black and white, good and evil are far too simplistic to apply to the sons of FŽanor. Celegorm emerges from her hands as a character we can understand, seeing his faults and also seeing beyond them to his heart. The FŽanorions should be treated in this way, not seen as misunderstood, or beyond redemption, but rich, complex characters driven by Oath and by Doom and by their own personalities, which are as subject to hate, love, desire and error as any one of us.
The Sons of FŽanor, indeed the Silmarillion itself, still remains a niche within the Tolkien fandom, but I believe it is a niche which contains some of the most talented authors and produces some of the most superb stories. Los Gloriol is not new to Tolkien, although she a 'new' author, in that she has not long been posting her work publicly. She is a great asset to the fandom, and I am proud to support and review her.
Author's Response: Thank you so much! I am speechless and completely humbled by your review. It was elegant and I never associate that with my writing. And by far the most beautiful review I have ever read concerning my writing. What a wonderful gift. I will never forget this, because you described exactly how I feel about the Feanorians, especially Tyelkormo. Thank you my dear friend. You are truly wonderful and I am extremely fortunate that we have crossed paths. Hugs and much love.
I’d been meaning to read this for a few days, and I was rewarded for my wait; this was brilliant! I’m a sucker for bittersweet romances and again I loved the folklore style. It’s not too stilted… sometimes I see it done and the characters have no “real-person” personalities at all, but here they do. I mean, I see things in them I see in other people; they actually interact. Like in this line especially: “But none dared ask as to why, save CurufinwŽ, his brother. Then naught was said but a grunt from the lord and a slim smile from the fair maiden Telperien.”
I like that the characters’ moods and personalities are the driving force in the story. That’s kind of hard – trying to define the boundaries of each character and then making them rub against others.
Definitely one of the best parts was the revelation that Telperien was a spectator through the whole of the 1st age events in Beleriand. Very original. I also liked that Lintaran played a part here, and how the other story actually fit into this one.
Altogether, this was eye-opening. Never gave any thought to Tyelkormo being the romantic type; I am thankful to see this side of him I never would have otherwise.
This was excellent work, Los Gloriol!
-Kitt ; )
Author's Response: Thank you so much! This one was a challenge from beginning to end because I had to redefine Celegorm, and find him a potential mate. I wanted to make Telperien the Juliet of Tolkien's world without going overboard. But I also wanted some light-hearted interaction between the two. My main goal was to take a complex character, Celegorm, and give him a rich history. But I realise people don't like him and so you have a strike against you before you even start. I really appreciate your review because feedback whether bad or good is so valuable. And you have said so many insightful things. I really really appreciate all your comments :D
I said on LJ, but it bears repeating :)
I love the way you have written this, the prose looks lifted straight from the Silmarillion, which very few people can manage, since very few people are comfortable with formal older English. I fell in love with the Silmarillion however, and feel just the same about this.
It's like a bard's tale of this period in Celegorm's life, and incredibly beautiful. It definitely has the atmosphere of the Years of the Trees, which I feel is difficult to capture, usually.
I am glad you finished it, and posted it.
Author's Response: Thanks xFanarix! You are very kind with your review . I really appreciate that you gave me two reviews here and my LJ :D Being one of my favorite Tolkien fanfic writers I feel very fortunate that you read my work and enjoy it. Thank you! :D