I like the vividness of your scenes. Also, the people's history approach to Middle Earth is novel -- nice one!
Author's Response: Thanks, Ria! (I think I owe you thanks for another review, too...) Writing from the ground and looking 'up', as it were, was a useful exercise, and I'm pleased it's paying off for you as a reader. I'm glad the descriptions are effective, too. Thanks for your comments! Dwim