Warming things up, hmmm? Well, it did ;-)
A very good ending for a very good story! And I see that your plans for Eomer are taking shape. I just looked Lothiriel up as I was surprised to hear an elvish name and I'm getting the notion that I should read more about the human realms in Lotr. I was not even aware that Eomer indeed did marry! But I very much appreciate it that you keep yourself informed about the characters you're writing about, something that I really enjoyed during these two stories which made me somewhat fond of the Rohirrim and brought one or two things to my attention, that I wasn't really aware of concerning the non-elvish cultures in Middle Earth.
So now we are at half time, two couples happy and two to go (it were four stories, weren’t it? Or were it three?). As always patiently waiting for more…
Author's Response: Glad it was warm enough for you ;) I added the little part with Lothiriel just before I posted now that I am certain Eomer will get his tale told. I do not usually write canon pairs and know I know why...very hard! Even with so little said about their relationship (giving lots of room for interpretation) I try to keep things as close to Tolkien's ideas and design as possible; as I have said often before: He is the Master. I admit this is my first non-elvish fic so I had to do a little searching myself to get a feel for Rohan. It is what inspires me (that and Gamilng is just so sweet in the movies...) *sigh* I am showing my age!-lol. We are half way done, two more to go. Erkenbrand and Eomer and then just a little one-shot to wrap things up nicely. 'The Captain's Daughter' will start as soon as chapters come back from my Beta! Hang tight should only be a day or two. ~G
and another couple happy. Took them long enough as it is. It was a very very good and entertaining story, with a believable plot even.
Now you only need to make the king happy and everythings perfect.
I'll stay tuned for that story.
Thanks for this one
Author's Response: The King's story is in the works and hopefully be complete by the time I finish posting the nest story. The next story moves (I think) a little faster though it has a darked section that some might not be crazy about but work well into the story...I do not think I could right a plain, happy love story--always need to have some adversity. I will start posting as soon as I get it back from my Beta! Hang tight--this one will deal with the 'younger' crowd! ~G
I love this chapter.
I think Thea feels free in Rohan as she did when she lived among the Elves in Rivendell. I do not think that etiquette and such things are made for her.
It is a good thing she feels she finally belongs somewhere and with someone.
So yes, well done and don't let us faithful reviewers, muses, etc. wait too long for the next chapter.
Author's Response: Won't have to wait long for the next update or the next story in this series! While she is every inch a lady, you are right...she's not for the confines of court life. Rohan is a country of honorable, noble people who do not need the formal, social ladder of Gondor or Dol Amroth. that will come out more with Eomer's story. But first...the last chapter here (smut alert) and the Erkenbrand's tale. Enjoy! ~G
Nice two chapters. Aragorn will probably be very glad to see she's finally somewhere she belongs to, he seemed to be concerned at the beginning of the story that Thea would always stay a wandering soul, never belonging anywhere and never quite fitting in.
Elfhelm would probably have had the same problems in her position. He fits in with the people in Rohan, but he is more a warrior than anything else, I think he would have suffocated, too, in societies where etiquette dictates the public life in dogmatic ways, where only pretence matters.
;-) just my persoa interpretation of his character, correct me if I'm wrong...
So: was worth the wait...
and now the second NC-17 is in coming :D
Author's Response: You nailed his persona--Rohan is a simple land that does not stand on pomp and circumstance (that will come out in Eomer's story) That's what makes them so perfect for each other! And tomorrow...the long awaited final NC17 chapter! Hope it warms things up for ya! ~G
ahhh yes, jealousy, such a treacherous feeling. It can make us act like idiots. But I like Elfhelm being a little possessive, considering he already nearly lost her once.
But Argorn is right, a shortage of men would do no good.
Don't shoot angry looks, go and act!!!
Very good chapter once again ^^
Author's Response: Thank you! It is winding down now but the good new is part 3 is on the way! Hope you like the last 2 chapters... ~G
Now this chapter shows just why …omer is such a good king. He gives everyone what they want and the bad ones are not satisfied. Good job. But i would pity anyone who has to put up with Ethelfled, be it in Rohan or Gondor. I cannot wait for the end.
It is alright if you want to check the next chapter again, but hurry or I will die from withdrawal.
Author's Response: New chapter should be up in a day or two---don't want to blow the whole story on a crappy ending. I always imagined that Ethelfled will be humbled (just a bit) in Gondor and eventually find a pompous gentleman of the court who will dote on her and let her strut around like a peahen (to his peacock) while the rest of the world just looks on and laughs!
hmm, if that was such a wise decision? I would not send the most intrigant person to an ally of mine to wreak havoc. Well, we'll just wait and see ... ;-)
And Eadwald should learn to recognize a lost battle and how to predict the mood swings of his king.
Speaking of Eomer, I bet he has a rather bad headache right now ;-)
Author's Response: Sending Ethelfled to Gondor will bring her down a peg or two (I assure you Elessar will have a heads up)I think Arwen will humble her a bit, too. As for her nephew--he needs to learn what it means to be an adviser so I is going to learn that and that the world is not out to get Rohan. And yes, Eomer has a splitting headache and not because of a fun night of drinking and wenching! More in a day or so :)
Now it comes to a head ... just let me sum this up :
a morning grouch of a king confronted with a slightly stunted sense for matters of the court confronted with a full-grown love-scandal surrounding a brother in arms, a sister in heart and a harpy ... in everything. And all that before finishing breakfast.
Sounds like a lot of fun! At least reading it was a lot of fun for me, eagerly waiting for more!
Author's Response: Awesome sum-up! Hit the nail on the head. Tomorrow you can see what will transpire in the Throne room...needless to say, all hell will break lose! Glad you enjoyed reading 'Eomer's and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day'... no really it is a book! Okay, so it's Alexander and not Eomer but the title still fits! ~G
All I can think of right now is "not good" though I am not yet sure for which party. Ethelfled may be alone on her position, but everyone knows hat a scorned woman is able to do. But I think Thea has Elfhelm, Gamling and …omer on her side. I can't wait to see how this throne room discussion will go.
Author's Response: Oh not good at all! As Massanie said, all this before poor Eomer can finish breakfast! Me think's the king is fit to be tied! Thanks again for reading :) ~G
Thank goodness! And I thought she would manage to flee to Gondor and get a piece of Aragorn's mind ;-)
This version is way better! You made my evening after 20 chapters of waiting and hoping ;-)
Now I'm curious if our dearest Ethelfled will make an intrigue against her. She seems to be smart enough to think of some things or another to make her life ... at least a lot worse.
Author's Response: Oh it is not smooth sailing yet and that woman still has a few tricks up her sleeves! Just you wait.
Raaaah! When you said this was an NC-17 chapter I thought 'yay' (yes, the second time...) 'they have come to their senses', and then 'wait a moment ... the first of two NC-17? This is not going to end well'
You tease! ;-) But I loved it, great chapter, now I'm off to read the next.
Author's Response: heeheehee...end well it did not; sneaking out--again! Hope you enjoy the next segment! ~G
And me again!
I was right with the eyes by the way, Elfhelm was one of my 3 possibilities.
Well, Thea did not get very far with her escape. I prefer it this way. But I am a little afraid about Ethelfled's reaction when Elfhelm will be honest with her. I fear what she might try afterwards to get rid of Thea.
I guess I'll have to wait until you post again ...
Author's Response: Oh the trouble she could make!! After all, 'hell hath no fury like a woman scorned'!! More soon...and who do you think returned her bags if not Elfhelm? She would not have gotten away with out notice even if Elfhelm had not gotten to her first.
I am glad that I am over 18, just imagine what I would have missed.
It was a good chapter, but I don't like all the sneaking away. She should simply stay, maybe I should steal her horse =P
No, seriously, I have some ideas to whom this dark eyes belong and what comes of this night and everything, but I will wait, until I see what happens.
to Ethelfled of the chapter before: Well, I actually can do archery but I never practiced on a moving target. She would be perfect to try. Can I borrow her when the story is finished? You will get her back (maybe with some holes here and there)
Author's Response: LOL!! You can borrow her when I am done I doubt she would be much of a moving target--you know, a lady of weak constitution. Now I have on reader tying Thea to a pole and you wish to steal her horse! So...to whom do you think the eyes belong? I am curious. I am also glad you did not have to miss this chapter--I hope it translated into words as well as the scene played out in my mind! More soon :)
A rather short chapter but with as much content as the others. But before I continue *ties Thea to a column* Now she can't leave. I mean, she did not exactly get a yes from Elfhelm, but she didn't get a no either. I think everyone who follows this story agrees with me, those two need to talk. Maybe after she comes back from Gondor, we'll see.
As to that woman ... if the timeline fitted I would say it is Gríma reborn but as it doesn't fit I have to say she and Gríma are related, at least mentally. I'd love to practice my archery with her as the target =)
Author's Response: I know it was short (I have been trying to keep chapters short 'cause I usually make them 4-5 pages long so I am working on being concise) I really needed a little segue for the next chapter--and a little hint for Éomer’s story (yet to come). Ooh a Grima-Ethelfled relation....that would have been neat, unfortunately, he hails from the West of Rohan and she from the Eats. Anyway, both are despicable though she is not as disgusting (only a gold digger and Elfhelm's not getting any younger). I am sure you will definately want to use her for target practice before it is all said and done---you might have to take a number though as it seems she is well hated! Perfect :) If you would not mind untieing Thea for a moment...she has something to do before she actually takes off.
What I thought? stubbornness is the scourge for mankind...
I loved Gamling's idea though ;-) - locking them in a room together. A small room with nothing but each other to occupy them with.
If they haven't smashed each other's heads after a day or two, they will probably have resolved their relationship problems.
Hmmm ... I am returning Aldhere to you just in case ;-), maybe his experience can help Arathea and Elfhelm to sort things out ...
Nice chapter though, keep it up!
Author's Response: Gamling is a very wise man...of course it took him over 10 years to approach his desire so he really cannot give elfhelm too much grief. and you may hold on to Master Aldhere for, although it would have been a neat thing for him to interfere, his part in this tale is done--sorry. Nowm I am off to post the next little part......hope you like ;) ~G
oh, well, I do not hate you for this chapter. I like you all the more for it. Thea is slowly dying, true BUT I hope Elfhelm comes by fast enough to save her AND tell that annoying woman to go home (HER! home).
I know I read too many romance stories.
Author's Response: I love romance and I am glad you do not hate me for all this. The good news is she s not fading (not in the elvin sense) but she is terrible, emotionally, drained. And it will take something more to get rid of Ethelfled as her 'home' is the East-mark! Elfhelm is the Marshal there...nope, gonna have to come up with a better solution-- More tomorrow :) ~G
Ouch! That sounds like torn blood vessels, sinews and muscels... he'll be lucky if his movement is not going to be permanently impaired! Now I have those pictures from dog attacks in mind and how bad such wounds heal.
I was a little bit surprised, though that Ethelfled had the power (in the societal sense of the word) to keep Arathea at bay like that. I did not think she would have power of order over the guards. Or did that come from Eadwald's corner?
Anyway, everytime I stumble upon Aldhere, I have to grin, I love him so... such a sweet, observant, compassionate, gentle, wise, nice, *golden* ... little man. Can I have him? I promise to give him back and not to squeeze him so hard that he'll stop breathing...
Author's Response: Keep in mind the Ethelfled came from the East-mark so she had an escort. While the guard would be loyal to Elfhelm, as he is unconsious and Ethelfled did help oversee the womanly duties they would most likely believe what she told them. The guard who took Thea from the room that first night did so to avoid further conflict, not out of malace. The ones guarding the door later were from the East-mark. Now as for dear Master Aldhere...you may borrow him.
I won't threaten you because I'm almost sure you won't kill him ;-) but even so ... this is a very mean place to stop! You and cliffhangers, I swear! ;-)
That being said: I totally understand his decision to stay and I think Thea overreacted. The people of a nation pay taxes so that they are protected. Elfhelm as a member of the guard of Rohan is duty bound to protect its people and as there were unprotected villages nearby he had simply no right to leave them fending for their own. Of course he also has to keep his men from harm and therefore I would expect him as an experienced Marshal to keep out of a skirmish as long as possible but not to shy away from it when necessary.
And as I assume that he did exactly that I am totally on his side in that matter. It was simply not Arathea's place to question his decision directly in front of his men, so I can even understand that he became rude.
And yet, I do understand her, too. She is afraid to lose him, but she has to learn that he is a warrior and will have to run into danger sometimes for the sake of others. Nothing to do with heroism. It's his job and at the very least what he gets paid for.
And about my last comment: I didn't want to say that I thought Elfhelm was behaving dishonorable, he really is a gentleman in every sense of the word and he does not lead Ethelfled on, so there's nothing to fault him for. Especially after this chapter I have more respect for him then ever ;-). It's just that he is so stubbornly refusing to see that she is no legitimate heir to *anything* whereas he is the Marshal of the East Mark, trusted friend of his king who played his role in the defense of his country and Minas Tirith!
Ah, well. They’ll come to their senses soon, won’t they? At least if he is okay ... ;-)
Author's Response: Let me start by saying I really love the depth of your comments! Now, Arathea is a reasonable woman and would not openly challenge the Marshal (she would start discrete like when they entered Lorien). They only had a guard of 15; Elhelm sent 9 with Thea and took 5 with him to hunt wargs. Now I tried to make it seem like the pack was big and they were close to Edoras. The smart thing would have been to either: A. sent a message to Eomer and have him dispatch riders or B. to send only 1 or 2 guards with Thea since they were to ride non-stop. Remeber...they have been traveling for days at this point. Thea's fear was more for the men as a whole. You could imagine the conversation starting off quietly but then began to grow. Both had feelings of trepidation about returning to Rohan so they were a little cranky. I am glad to see that Elfhelm maintained his honor in your eyes. I really wanted to paint him as fun loving, down to earth--kind more jovial than the more subdued, stoic Rohirrim (they seem do somber in the movie!) And as far as coming to their senses? Well... Time will tell :) Thanks again! ~G
As I am in a generous mood today, I will leave you a review here, too. As Thea said: "The damn fool!" I completely agree. What an idiot. I hope he is one of the wounded(but not too bad) so maybe he will realize how stupid that was of him. And it would give Thea a reason to fuss about him, as would Ethelfled, but honestly, if I were Thea, I would tell that Lady off immediately.
Author's Response: You are the first to -not- threaten me if Elfhelm is hurt! As for Ethelfled...Thea is too much a lady for that AND she (because she doesn't ask the right questions) actually thinks there is a relationship between the two. She' a bit of a "damn fool" also. Thanks for the 2 reviews. Always enjoy hearing from you :) ~G
after you asked me to take some time and look into your other story ... well, here I am.
Of curse I read the first story in this series first. Well, I like all of it up to now, so I decided to stay with this story as well.
Author's Response: Yay! Love to have new readers!! Hope you like this story/series! Thank you, thank you , thank you! This is what makes me excited and gets me writing! And I so need it--the last fic in this series is Eomer's and he is just giving me a difficult time! Incentive...you reviews are incentives...off to write! ~G