Nice ending! I see you've been quite busy without me ;-)
Anyway now I'm back with my lengthy comments. And here we go:
I guess one should have expected a little bit of cheekiness from Lothiriel after her climbing adventure at the beginning, great to see that side again ;-)
I had to smile a little bit wistfully however at how mellow Eomer has become. The flower truly has tamed him ... not sure how I feel about that yet. I somehow loved his temper (I certainly could relate with that :D ); though I must admit that she seemed so fragile sometimes that I thought he'd crush her spirit utterly if he ever lost his patience and so it might be a good thing at least for their relationship. And she is still awfully young and in the company of all the Rohirim she'll blossom into a beautiful, confident and strong woman, of that I'm sure. I've said so time and time again: I love the way you depicted the people of Rohan, they'll do her good just with their mere presence.
I am also not sure what to think of Beriedis yet. Her strategy seems somewhat crude in hindsight and I'm certain that not all of her disgust was acted. And if she thought Lothiriel too meek then surely it was the fault of her own overly dominant character that her ward became like that? But then again, in her letter she wrote that Lothiriel was not usually that shy ... I guess I'll keep trying to sort everything out for now in my own head.
But I *loved* the thing with the cloak, it certainly makes for a very nice running joke!
And I am glad that everything worked out finally.
~ Massanie ~
Author's Response: Glad to have ya back!! Hope exams went well. Lothiriel is young and Eomer quite strong and perhaps, not wanting to chase her away, he tempered his temper...as he might with his sister. As for Beriedis, what the muses would not help me write is her ending. My plan was that she loved Imrahil but her friend was selected as his bride. she agreed to chaparone Lothiriel out of friendship asn a secret love for the prince. In the end, he has grown to love her and once she is relieased from her promise and duty he makes his feelings known. No, Beriedis was not crazy about Rohan at first (she admits that) but when she noticed the change in Lothiriel's behavior--becoming shy and timid, she had to push the envelope. She also had to test Eomer; his temper could be harmful in not controlled. she would not allow Lothiriel to be in a dangerous relationship. Crude method, but then sometimes that is what it takes. Glad you enjoyed the cloak joke and I am grateful to Zee for letting me borrow it. Thanks for all your comments and support through this!! ~G
I'm so sorry to see this end (and by "this" I mean the entire Sons of Rohan series). I've enjoyed reading them all so much. Thanks for all your work and sharing. Long live the Rohirrim!
Author's Response: I enjoyed you comments through all the stories and I look forward to hearing what you think of the last little wrap up story that's going to post a bit later. Keep a look out for "All Things Must Pass" ~G
I have 2 things to tell you.
1. ARE YOU INSANE? you cannot let it end already, it was so sweet.
2.OK, now that I calmed down I wanted to thank you for another wonderful story with twists and turns and a happy end.
I will be back on "All Things Must Pass"
Author's Response: hehehe...insanity is a matter of opinion and I always say: "Why be normal!" I am glad you found it a sweet tale! You are most welcome and it is a pleasure to write for such enthusiastic readers! I let you in on a secret...I had thought to put a little epilogue at the end about Beriedis and what happens to her...she get hooked up with Imrahil (he was her long time love interest but she was forced into a political marriage). Now that she is release from her duty, Imrahil pursues her. Well, that's justa little drabble that won't see the light of day! Look for the last story tomorrow or Sunday! It will wrap things up nicely as the stories of men must go.... Thanks again! ~G
I am shocked and cannot believe it. Therefore it will be a very short review. But I loved it. One stone out of the way
Author's Response: You all came to despise Beridies so and I was struggling with this tale and getting a twist into it to keep things intersting so...well, the muses suggested Iexplain her rational. Glad you enjoyed it! ~G
Well, I was kinda right. LOL
Loved the letters, especially the line "the King has suffered much loss and his heart is fragile." That's the kind of thing that makes me go "AW" out loud. :-)
Author's Response: I just could not leave Beriedis a villian--if she were really that bad, Imrahil would have released her from his services for certain. And through much of this story Eomer did all the work so to speak...Lothiriel did very little save sneaking out so someone needed to look out for the King's best interest! Only a little bit more before this tale is done...thanks for sticking with me! ~G
I had to read this chapter twice to believe she actually did that. Now that is a bold side of the little princess we haven't seen yet. I like it, I really do but I fear wht Beriedis might tell Imrahil. Knowing her, she will say it was all Eomers fault. I'll see ...
Author's Response: Yep, once Eomer broke the ice...Lothiriel jumped right on in--much like she did when she snuck out to the tavern! Yes what will Beriedis tell father,dear...*wicked laugh* you'll find out in the next chapter!
Good for Lothiriel!
But oh my, I fear the consequences for her - in the short term, anyway. Still, good for her, and even better for Eomer, who greatly deserves every minute of happiness.
Author's Response: Some happiness is better than none...tile will tell how long it will last and what they will have to endure to be together!
Sorry to "review" twice, but I just realized that I missed one of your replies (notifications don't seem to be working for me on this site), and I wanted to address a couple of points:
Firstly, no, you most definitely do not pack TOO much into a chapter - I just meant that I'm amazed at how much you can fit in to a (relatively) smallish chapter. I've read plenty of stories where I've wished the chapters were either shorter or longer, and you seem to have achieved a very good balance. (Of course, I've also read some stories where the chapters are 20-30 pages and I've still wanted more, but I digress.)
Secondly, as to my Beriedis Theory, I'll just go ahead and tell you what it is. If I'm wrong, oh well...I'm starting to wonder if, though I don't think one could say she's IN FAVOR of a Lothiriel/Eomer match, she might at the very least be softening in her objections to it, and that now, her outbursts and rants are designed to see how Lothiriel and Eomer respond to them. I got the distinct impression that she WANTED Lothiriel to call her on her diatribe in the Great Hall and that she might be at least a tad impressed that Eomer arranged his unsanctioned walk with the princess to be conducted more or less by Beriedis' rules.
Anyway, figured it would be better for me to share my theory now on the very off chance that I'm close. I know I rarely believe people when they say, after all has been revealed, "I KNEW it!!" :-D
Author's Response: Comment any time :) Interesting theory but you will have to wait and see... As for the walk, Eomer did not make arrangements with Gamling. That is ALL the captain's doing (for whatever reason) However, Eomer did choose the path they followed and did not take her to a secluded place. I am hoping to post more tonight or tomorrow as I am anxious to see what you think of the next part!
Curiouser and curiouser. On occasion, it really seems that what Beriedis thinks and what she says and/or does may not quite match up. Could be just me reading too much into things, though. Interesting...
Author's Response: Ahh! The reaction I am going for! Time will tell indeed...
So she is delusional ;-) or overly confident, I'm not sure yet:
So far she influenced Imrahil only when there was no one to oppose her opinion aside from foreigners or Lothiriel. But now she is getting careless. If I was her I'd at least keep in mind that the prince - Lothiriel's brother - was witnessing her behavior at the dinner and that Lothiriel showed defiance for the first time. Both siblings might cross her scheming. In fact, in her place I'd expect it; and it might harm her credibility if they mentioned it even if no one could deny her unchaperoned meeting with Eomer...
I'm looking forward to watching her dig her own grave.
Aside from that I'm glad to see the ladies of Rohan calling Beriedis up on her behavior, even though I still think that Lothiriel's brother should do it as the representative of his house.
Glad *someone* likes my sometimes confusing trains of thoughts and indulges my stubbornness ;-)
Oh and: I'm studying for my exams now, so I'll seclude myself for two weeks or so, just wanted you to know...
Author's Response: The Prince may have issues of his own as he is the youngest of the 3 sons of Imhrahil (little power there) and only 3 years older than Lothiriel. He is more of a mindset with Eomer. Now you study hard for those exams and when you are all done there will be much (perhaps the rest) for you to read. When you get through it let me know cause there is a one shot conclusion story for the whole series that I won't post still you get caught up ;) Something to look forward to!
I do not like that woman. What does she see now that does not suit her? Are they holding hands? Or did he dare to put an arm around her shoulder? Maybe he kissed her hand ...
Let that woman tell Imrahil what she wants, I guess she is going back alone =)
This gets better with each chapter and I am happy that at least one of us is making progress with her story.
Author's Response: They are together alone (at least that is what it seemed). That is not appropriate by Dol Amroth standard--that is 'their' way (which should be respected and it does not seem that it is). Keep in mind, just because Eomer invites her to stay and Lothiriel wants to, at this point, Beriedis can still insist. Only Imrahil can over rule her. More soon! Thanks for reading and commenting!
*throws party for everyone following this story*
I knew she would get it in the end, Beriedis I mean. And coming from the princess it means a lot more. And that Eomer wants to invite her to stay with her brother was so sweet.
But what I really liked best was the fact that Arathea, Cynwen and Aglaril will continue to keep an eye on Beriedis under the pretense to help her packing...
That was a very nice idea
Author's Response: Arathea is a protective creature for sure...as is Cynwen (demonstrated in The Captain's Daughter). Lothiriel finally had enough--but what will be the repercussions, hmmm? Well, time will tell but for now, I hope you enjoy the update!
Hmmm, had to think somewhat on the last few chapters, wanting to see where they went first before letting my impulsiveness getting the better of me once again ;-) (See, I learn! :D)
Still, even after thinking some, I must admit that I have lost Beriedis. I thought she would know her ward, able to guess her reactions, and I certainly deemed her to be an intelligent woman, even though I thought her sense for politics and diplomacy somewhat lacking.
Now I must find that I really don't know what she thought she was doing. If she wanted to get Lothiriel to leave Rohan and Eomer, then she did it in the worst way possible, because now her ward will inevitably start to become more independent, which will lessen Beriedis' hold on her life and on the decision of a husband. But if she wanted to force Lothiriel into making a decision and standing her ground, then I truly never understood her before.
I guess I'll think of that some more...
I am glad though that Lothiriel finally stood up to Beriedis; as I already told you, I was wondering if she was worthy of Eomer, whom I really adore in your story. I can relate to the impulsiveness ;-)
But I am vindictive also, and Beriedis is really trying hard to get on my bad side, which will then get me to run amok within the confines of my head-cinemy quite literally. I do hope you plan something nasty for her...
Nice chapters, though ;-)
Author's Response: I love it when you think! You have effected this series more than once--thank you for making this enjoyable! You will learn Beriedis' motives soon enough and to be honest---you influenced the path I took with it. I am glad you now find Lothiriel a little more worthy of my Eomer (you are not the only one to question that--you will see) Now before things get to amok--enjoy the little update and tell me what you think...
But I don't want it to end!! Just kidding. Okay, not really. I just cannot get enough Rohirrim stories, especially well-written ones.
I did finally formulate a theory about Beriedis' motivation, but now I'm not so sure again. I guess I'll wait and see.
Brava, Lothiriel! Seriously, I wanted to stand and applaud. I settled instead for picturing movie Eomer's face during the drinking contest between Legolas and Gimli as his reaction to Lothiriel's outburst. The serving ladies comforting her was so sweet. I love how you can pack so much into a chapter.
Author's Response: Sorry about the delay in responding! Lost track of it all~sigh~ Glad you like Lothiriel's little outburst and I agree with Eomer's reaction! I will be curious to know what your theory about Beriedi's is...you will know for sure soon enough so you can tell me if you were right----be honest! ;) I hope that my packing so much into 1 chapter is not too much...I was trying to keep the chapters 1-2 pages (tough for me as I usually run 4-8) but they kept getting longer! Well--hope you enjoy the update!
Oh, Beriedis. I've read this chapter three times now because I'm not quite sure how to take her outburst or its motivations. It will be interesting to see what comes of it. As for Lothiriel, speaking as the world's most non-confrontational person, it's nice to see she may be about to stand up for herself. I envy that.
Hope real life is a good kind of hectic. I have no problem waiting for updates as long as I know there will be some eventually.
Author's Response: So you seek to better understand Beriedis' rational---good! And I am like you in that I perfer to suck things up than have a confontation...although the confidence often comes with age and I am more willing now to speak up than I was when I was younger. It is something we all must learn to deal with and yes, sometimes we must be confrontational--Lothiriel is about the get quite the lesson. I have just sent the last chapters to my beta so while there might be some days between posting, the story and series does have an end. Thanks again! ~G
I can put up with long delays as long as I know there will be an update. So, don't worry, I'll wait patiently.
I loved this chapter. First there was the outburst of Beriedis for which I have been waiting already and now I guess said Lady will get a tongue-lashing from her protegée, another thing I have been waiting for. Well, I will wait for the next chapter to see it.
And the beginning showed once again how everyone cares for the poor king who desperately needs a wife ...
Author's Response: The good news is it won't be a long delay...just a few days in between and I have just sent the very last 2 segments of the WHOLE series to my Beta so it will have and ending. But I digress! Glad you enjoyed this chapter it is defincately leading to some revelations! Hang tight... ~G
You are lucky. There are so many possibilities playing through in my mind that I still have hope and do not want to throttle you. Maybe Beriedis is a bit convinced, after all she was disappointed when she left.
I also like the idea of Gamling bargin into their rooms but I think then the chances are completely gone.
We'll see ...
Author's Response: The last 2 paragraphs came after the fact--on a suggestion my beta made--and I like it. Very Gamling! As for Beriedis and her reaction...Lothiriel did leave with her and said not a word so she may not be as disappointed with Eomer as you might think... Oh this will be fun.....
Fear not - it's not you I want to throttle, it's Beriedis. I'm fond of a good verbal chess match, so I had fun reading this chapter. :-)
Author's Response: Thank you! I had several ideas of what she said during this dance and I thought asking the ultimate price, that asked him to forsake all that he is, was the best choice. Now, let's see what is the price of his refusal!
Sorry, I was quite busy as of late, but now I have a little bit time, so ...
I'm glad that at least Gamling seems to keep hold of his senses, that is indeed a rather sensible suggestion he made ... in that rather eccentric way of his ;-)
But I don't know: there are some issues that Eomer simply won't be able to eradicate ever: the deep rooting superiority Beriedis feels over the Rohirrim and the fact that Rohan is probably too far away for either Beriedis' or Imrahil's comfort; it is safe to assume they will want to keep Lothiriel close.
It is comforting to know from the first chapter that somehow he will be able to convince her in the near future, but right now I don't know how he will manage that.
To put it candidly: I'm beginning to wonder if Lothiriel is worth all the trouble... having Eomer agitated for months without end over her - poor Eomer. And furhtermore the desperate obsession of his seems to be rather one-sided, but maybe that's not fair to say as we didn't see much of Lothiriel lately. Don't get me wrong, she is a sweet young lady, but it just seems to me that Eomer is already giving up so much of his pride for her and after all he's been through I would have wished him a strong woman who knows what she wants and is willing to fight for it; Someone rather like the blacksmith's daughter or Arathea.
So far he does all the work and goes through all the trouble while she safely follows Beriedis' lead. I know of course that her upbringing is not her fault and that it is not easy to break out for her, but I can't see Eomer being happy for all his life with someone who can't stand his/her own ground.
Therefore I really hope that Lothiriel will prove herself worthy of Eomer in turn (god, isn't it weird that I feel protective of a *fictional* character? Something's definitely wrong with me ;-) ) and that Eomer will find a way to prove himself to Beriedis without giving up what and who he *is*: proud, loyal, stubborn, honorable, clever and hot-tempered and utterly lovable ;-)
Author's Response: I am so glad that my stories ivoke thoughts! You are the first to mention how onesided the relationship seems and you are right--we do not see much from Lothiriel's perspective...does she tell Beriedis in private how she feels? Does she feel as strongly for Eomer as he does for her? Yes, they will get together (they are a cannon pair) but when and how...all valid questions! The answer will come soon but not before Beriedis really pushes the envelope! Hang tight...there will be an update soon as I now have several chapters back from my awesom beta and only a few left to write before this is finished!