Heehee. Hilarious situation with Mandos. It reminds me of a time…not to long ago when Van (my older brother) and I were talking about what we imagine we would do if we were to meet Jesus Christ. Van would be mesmerized, and humble, and blessed, and honored, and just plain *great* with Jesus.
As for me, let’s just say that I would have a reaction VERY similar to Brandon’s. I'd slipup and be like, “Uh, H-hey, Je—Mr. Christ. Mr. Christ. Can I call you that?” Van laughed and said that Jesus would want me to be causal with him. I would still call him Mr. Christ, though. And the same awkward, awe-ness goes for if I were to meet any of the Valar. Or anyone in Arda for that matter.
Impeccable job on Brandon’s reactions and describing the Halls of Mandos and the Valar dialogue (really, it seems difficult) and just excellent, remarkable, great job overall. It must have really fun to write this chapter. Go Caller!
P.S. Hmm, if I got to go to the Hall of Mandos every time I slept, I would be sure to try to find Maedhros (or anyone from the House of Finwe) while I was in there. ;)Author's Response:
This chapter gave me more trouble than any other chapter I've EVER written for ANYTHING. I was originally going to have Brandon talk to Eru Ilúvatar, but it didn't sound right so I re-wrote everything to make it fit so that he was talking to Mandos instead. And originally Brandon was going to be underneath Laurelin, talking to Eru. But then I looked up everything and changed it to Mandos under the tree, but that didn't make sense because Mandos would be in the halls of Mandos, (quite obviously, haha). It completely screwed up the entire chapter and took hours to fix. But I'm very happy with it now, even though I was kinda disappointed in myself after I published it :(
It was difficult, but listening to music really helped. I tried to steer away from the stero-typical death image. You know, the whole "I SEE THE LIGHT!" deal, and hearing voices. Nope. Not for Brandon. He gets classical elven architechture, and a disgruntled judge of the dead who gets rebuked by a God before deciding where his soul goes. I hope I did an alright job with that.
Thanks for the compliments, they mean a lot. Your reviews really do mean a lot for me.
P.S. If you did go to the Hall of Mandos every time you slept, you would have to find Maedhros everytime you went because there is no way that Mandos and Eru would let you remember. It'd be like "50 First Dates...Special Mandos Edition". I'd watch that....