Alright, last review to this story. Knowing Lilium and Hesgar and their love, I think the betrothal WILL be very short. As if both of them can stand it for very long. It was a very wonderful end to this particular story.
I can imagine the miller's look when he tells Hesgar to bring her back in the same condition she left in.
I guess I'll sty online until you start with your new story so I will not miss it lol (as if I would), anyway, don't keep me waiting too long.
Author's Response: Ahh, young love...Glad you enjoyed this and I do hope you will hang around for Eomer's tale and the grand finale! I hope to start posting "The Prince's Daughter" before the weekend. ~G
Awww. He is a grumbling old man but at the same time so sweet! It's almost cute how he tries to keep up the semblance of crabbiness ;-)
It was also quite endearing to see the normally confident Hesgar so nervous. He could probably have went about it more gracefully or something but I guess it was just ... right ... like this. Must have meant the world to the miller to be present during the proposal and Lilium is not one for elaborate and contrived settings but more for honest and heartfelt words and gestures, so Hesgar and Lilium are indeed perfect for each other and I am glad that they ended up together. Nice ending!
One thing more that I had to smile over - and since you also like Loreena McKennit I think you might appreciate this - all throughout the story whenever I read the expression "the miller's daughter" I had to think of that song "The Bonny Swans", you know how it sais "...the miller's daughter, dressed in red...", and all the time I secretly waited for Lilium to dress like that and I wondered if you had thought of this... now finally she has and I keep wondering ;-)
Author's Response: That song did inspire both the title and the dress...glad someone caught that! They are a perfect match and I am happy you encouraged me to do this little aside. Now however they will fade into Rohan and we shan't see them again in this tale. Thanks for sticking with me and hang on tight for Eomer's tale! ~G
I don't want to be rude, or something. But I still have to say: YOU HAD ME GIGGLING! DO YOU KNOW HOW *UNDIGNIFIED* THAT IS?
Me, *giggling*? An evil smirk - okay. A devilish grin - nothing against that. A sarcastic chuckle - yeah, all right, that too. Even a heartfelt laugh. BUT GIGGLING? Hell, I have lost all self-respect... I'll blame you for that ;-)
hmmm ... I think I'll try calling out 'yay' once again, instead! Though I lost count of my yays somewhere during this series... ;-) ... I'll blame you for that, too ;-)
And I still like the miller. I was so cheering him on in the eulogies he held, didn't I say Hesgar was the most eligible bachelor in Rohan? Well, not for much longer, I suppose, but that's all right since that was what I wished for all along!
Thank you once again for indulging me like this, I really loved the chapter and the story! A series worth reading so far :-) Now if you give me a sweet little epilogue and a happy Eomer there is nothing left to wish for ... but alas I'm already anticipating the hardships you'll put my new most-eligible-bachelor through (since Hesgar is now unavailable).
Be nice, please! Eomer has already suffered during the stories of your series, have a little bit mercy, will you? I know, that sounds so hypocritical coming from me, but it's worth trying, isn't it?
Keep it up!
Author's Response: Blame away...I proudly take credit although you got me back as I could not hide the smile as I read this and my kids wanted to know what was so amusing!! And "Yay's" are also good. The Miller has softened a bit, he is after all a rational man and Hesgar is a GOOD man; you got what you wanted--he has the girl so to speak (of course there is still the epilogue!) So I have the epilogue written and at my Beta so I will post it as soon as I get it back---then I will start posting Eomer's tale (it is still not done and I do not usually start posting till it is but...). So hang tight for a couple of days and the tale will continue. And Fear not--Eomer has suffered enough so I will be a little nicer to him (although he does have to deal with a long distance romance since his pairing is Canon). Thanks again!! ~G
Since you like my reviews that much, here's another one:
I really, really, really don't want this to be over just yet. But unfortunately, the miller is not such a big obstacle as the other sons of Rohan had to put up with. At least we won't have to wait that long for your next story.
So, now to the chapter itself: It was nice, I can imagine Hesgar fidgeting while the miller praises him and maybe makes him a bit uncomfortable. And Hesgar worrying all the time how to ask the miller if he can take her to the fetival.
To encourage you: I think you should add an epilogue, so we have more from this particular son of Rohan.
Author's Response: I do like your reviews! I will do an epilogue but this story does have to end. It really was an aside that does not fit with the canon characters--or the very end of this whole series. Still, it was fun to write :) Eomer's tale will be starting very soon so stay tuned for the epilogue to this and then Eomer's tale! ~G
I like the miller. I really do. Yes, he is overly protective, but he knows that the day will come, when his *little flower* grows up and he accepts that. He is stubborn, but not too stubborn to accept help or to reconsider an opinion he has had for ages.
...Just thinking: I would have loved to hear Frearid's comment (or see his grin) when Hesgar asked him to keep an eye out for her ;-). While Hesgar probably tried to reason that she is an underage girl in need of protection, I think Frearid would have known it was more than that. I can imagine his smirk and Hesgar's grumbled response ;-) priceless...
Author's Response: Thank you. I tried to make the Miller a believable Dad and even the most protective Dad know deep down that his little girl will grow up. If he's done his job, she might just find a decent husband. I think given what Hesgar has been through Frearid might cut him a little slack, but I am sure there were pleanty of snickers and open jaws as Hesgar 'worked' for the miller! Only one more chapter and maybe an epilogue left. Just got the first chapter's of Eomer's story back from my beta :)
This time I will write the review to the right chapter.
I liked it. Hesgar still has all of his limbs and the miller's attitide seems to be changing. Good. He knows Lilium is falling in love with Hesgar but I really ask myself: if Hesgar would not be able to win the miller's favour, would he deny his little girl true love and happiness? No father could be so mean. So I think it is Lilium's attraction to Hesgar that has him thinking.
Author's Response: Yes, Hesgar is still in one piece. As for the miller, you are right, he would have to have major reservations about Hesgar to forbid his daughter to socialize with him however, Hesgar has been doing a good job of proving his merit to the Miller; never pressing his advantage, willing to work hard and actually humble himself. He has stuck around when others have gotten fed up and left. There is plenty for the Miller to think on and Lilium is at the age where--if she is not already been promised to someone(arranged marriage)--the Miller needs to start thinking about a husband for her. Just cause she is not old enough to marry does not mean she is not old enough to "date". Heck when I was 14 I "went with" an 18 year old and at 17 I dated a 22 year old so there really is nothing improper going on. I only have on chapter left however...I think an epilog might be necessary.
*shakes head* Hesgar offering help to her father, is he so desperate to lose one or the other body part? He is already hopelessly in love, though I guess he doesn't know yet, and love makes us reckless and foolish. I really really hope he can surprise the miller and won't break as fast as the others apparently always do.
Author's Response: Given that the Miller is bigger than Hesgar...loss of limb or life is a possibility. Yet, Hesgar like Lilium (and he knows it) and she likes him (and she knows it) and I think they both kinda get it, but she is 17 and Da has issues. He wants the best for his little girl and Hesgar will have to prove himself off of the battle field this time! ~G
Ah yes. Pride. It can very suddenly and unexpectedly turn out to be your greatest enemy. And her father is a very proud man, so I am glad that he accepted the help in the end. For a moment I thought he wouldn't. He seems to be rather bitter and set in his ways. But then again, a father is entitled to some protectiveness, isn't he?
And Lilium: "just got warm"? uh-huh...
And thanks for taking the time and writing this story, I think it is very well done and I love the idea of seeing him happy with a sweet lady like her.
Author's Response: You are very welcome. I enjoyed this one. The miller is set in his ways and the only think sometimes more protective than a father is a brother; the miller's sister had her heart broken by a rider...and now one is sniffing around his daughter...Oh I'd say is is very wary! Now what was Lilium supposed to say to a 5 year old? "I got horny"? yah, in this story our dear rider knows who he wants and the girl wants him...now they just have to get Da okay with it...oh, and she needs to come of age before anything physical happens. So sweat....*snort* ~G
@Frearid: he sure knows how to pick them? I'd rather say: my favorite one is rightfully picky! :P
But oh my, he is so sweet in his obviousness... I mean, coming there the next day without friendly company, observing her the entire evening and rushing out after her... he sure needs to learn a little bit about subtleness. But then again, his brazen behaviour is part of his charms, so...
And he never denied her comment about his intentions either ...
;-) God, he is so hopelessly besotted with her already ;-) I just know, it's going to be fun watching/reading this
Author's Response: He is obvious (like young men can be) however, the tavern is busy and Lilium does not usually venture far from the bar and kitchen so she probably does not even notice him. And I have had gentlemen leave a gathering when I attempted to leave alone--in the dark--to walk home and the guy was not even interested in me THAT way so I thought it would work nicely here. He is however, fairly confident though lacking the ego. No, he never really denied the implication but as she was already embarrassed that she spoke such a thing out loud, he just let it go. Keep in mind she is 17 (in a time and place where women were not so outspoken) Besotted--that is an awesome word and he is...to bad her Da is not so besotted with him hanging around! Oh what will the boy do? ~G
I might say Hesgar could have made a better first impression on the miller. But I think for a rider he did quite well. I especially liked this sentence:
"It was nice to meet a Rider who did not try to talk her into his bed; although, if he asked..."
Now there finally IS a rider she doesn't have to turn down and she wants him to ask. Love can do strange things with oneself.
I'll wait to see where it leads
Author's Response: Yah, he did well...especially since he does not really know why the Miller dislikes the eored (that will come later). It will be an interesting journey for Hesgar to win over her Da! They can be SO protective of their daughters! lol ~G
Yeah I did. First thing I wondered: how the heck did you notice him? Must be the difference between those favouring the Firstborn and those favouring the Secondborn. Whenever I see the camera wandering over the soldiers standing there, my eyes are trained to theelves :D
Handsome guy, though; must be the only man looking confidant and almost happy when facing superior forces of Orcs and other monsters. how does he do that? Must have been some kind of madness ... but then, it would be a rather fitting kind of behaviour for Hesgar, wouldn't it?
And I am really honoured that this story kinda sprouted from my obsessive eulogies about his person ;-)
But maybe you would have devoted him a little tale of his own given time and space. I like to think so
Author's Response: Oh trust me! I noticed the elves first--this is after all my first attempt at human writing. All my other stuff is elf and slash! What I remember is the look of awe and (like you said) confidence on his face. It is like he thinks they now have a chance. The image came after the character though--when I decided to give him a fic, I went looking for an image. If it were not for you Hesgar would not have a fic. I had intended to only have 4 stories (canon males with OFC) but your thoughts and comments inspired me. So, thank you my dear muse :) ~G
Indeed very enjoyable ;-)
Ah, I so love him ...
Her father not liking the eored could become a problem (or her age), but ... hopefully not?
She might not be confident enough to go against her father's wishes (note that I am trying to understand the women in medieval times for a change - not that I am doing a good job of it ... ;-) )
Frearid reminds me a little bit of Elfhelm with his jovial way, like him, too :D
I'm wondering though what chaos you are planning to put him through, but remember I have still three elves in a precarious situation to torture in return ;-)
Author's Response: hmmm...yah, that whole Scarred Fate thing...I will keep it in mind. While I will not write underage stuff, I am sure that women had suitors or arranged marriages before they were actually able to enjoy more...physical relationships. So fear not! Or dear Hesgar shall not be involved with any underage stuff!! I think it is a good thing Frearid is married or there would be another story--lol So now off to read your update and hopefully later tonight I will get another update of this out to you! BTW--Did you check out the image of Hesgar?
Woohoo, first one to review
alright, we have another lonely rider and another marriable daughter, well we all know where this ends. And we all know there is always some problem.
I think the problem this time will be Lilium's father. If he doesn't like riders (I can't blame him with the riders' reputation and all) Hesgar will be lucky if he keeps his head AND the girl.
we'll see, anyway great start
Author's Response: LOL!! "keeps his head and the girl" that statement has me chuckling (you will see why in a few chapters--which are already done) You are quite perseptive my dear friend! Glad you like how this started and hope you will like that path it takes! ~G