Oh gods, the (elven) twins! *snicker* Always fun! I really like the idea of denying the heirs because of their elvish heritage. That's an interesting premise, and a very possible one. Great thought; it really adds depth to the story, especially with how Aragorn ends up being named Elfstone by Gondor when they finally accept Isildur's Heir at long last. That's really food for thought! This is such a well-thought-out fic, with such attention to detail! It's wonderful!
That was a really interesting conversation there at the end. "Men change"--wow. Very nice explanation of who they trust and why. You keep building up the layers of the Dunadain so eloquently!
That was a really interesting thing with the purity of blood that you brought up! Wow. Nice...
I really like the parallels between Ecthelion and Denethor and Denethor and Faramir. Very subtle, but very powerful. And the scene with Aragorn was much the same; I look forward to seeing how you take this.
That was a really excellent story. The level of detail and history you captured was amazing. This really expanded beautifully upon both the Northern Rangers and upon Gondor. The story truly felt like an addition to Tolkien's work, it meshed so well and fleshed out so much. It's clear you put a lot of thought into this, and it was very worthwhile. An excellent read, both for the sake of the story itself and for the background it gives. Brilliant work!
Very nice insight on Eowyn's thoughts. The writing style was very poetic and beautiful, full of both imagery and despair. Very eloquent. I think you captured Eowyn well. The way the lines flowed and tied into one another was very enjoyable. The pictures they conjured were vivid and emotional. You have a talent for setting a mood and telling a story about it.
Author's Response: Thank you ! I really like to work on Eowyn's character and her decision is a key moment in RotK. And I'm very glad you liked the style, as English is not my native language. Thanks again !
Wow! Not your native language? Well, you're more than fluent! I'm even more impressed now! *claps loudly* I can't believe that you could achieve this level of poetic eloquence in another language! Major kudos!
Very interesting. Nice insight onto a part of a culture not given much attention, but still vital. You only lost me once, with "The ÃƒÆ’Ã‚Â©ored had no decorum in these clouded times I'm just not sure what that's in reference to. It might be no more than that I've just finished typing a research paper and my brain is shot, but I couldn't figure that one out. Anyway, I like the way you tied Eowyn into this. Showing her aiding with the healers like that now helps to ease the transition later. Hidegard is an interesting character sketch. Might we see more of her in other stories? Anyway, I like the rituals you invented for the healers. It seems to harken back to far-distant roots that the Rohirrim have forgotten. Nicely written.
Author's Response: I'm glad you liked it Tathrin ! It's actually one of my favorite pieces of writing. Concerning the sentence that seemed confusing, I meant that the ÃƒÆ’Ã‚Â©ored was not a superficial thing in these times. My French had likely interfered lol! I surely hope to use Hildeguard's character in other stories, though I dunno in what context yet. For the healers' rituals, I was inspired by ancient magic and wicca which are really close to nature. Thanks for your review !
Pretty cool look at the Shadow on Merry. I particuarly liked the descriptive mood of the first stanza. I think that really captured the feel of the scene. The closing line was lovely as well; the perfect illustration of what it must feel like lying under the Black Breath. Very nice.
Author's Response: Glad you liked it ! The Witch-King scene is one of my favourite and I tried to give power to Merry's despair in this short poem. Writing poetry in English is really great ;) Thanks for reviewing !
Aw, little Legolas was so cute and boisterous, the very essence of innocence. It was very appropriate that he was the one to notice the lone flower that everyone else missed. It implies that more than the flower, it is Legolas who is Thranduil's reason to keep hoping. Very nicely done! Of course, I twitch every time I see "okay" in a Lord of the Rings fic, but aside from my minor convulsion there I really enjoyed it. Very brief and simple with a powerful ending.
Author's Response: Thank you so much, Tathrin. I really appreciate your kind words in the review you submitted. It really makes my day when a kind review is left, and I appreciate your response to my vignette.
ROTFL! Quite hysterical. I'd list some of the best lines, but there are just too many! Brilliant insanity. Everyone is simply priceless, and perfectly crazy. I really don't want to know how you came up with this--but it's a riot!
Where can I find "All That's Left of Yesterday"? I want to read that one first! Please? Help an obsessive geek out here! Have to start at the beginning, you know! ;)
Author's Response: You can find that story at www.fanfiction.net under our pennames.
Wow...I definately don't want to know what twisted corners of your mind this fic came out of. lol Utter and complete insanity...
Hee hee, this is going to be lots of fun...and lots of trouble. "No more tricks?" Yeah, suuure Elladan...like anyone believes that...
And now I have this sinking feeling that Elrohir and Elladan are going to find out about the spiders first hand. Not that there was any foreshadowing...
ooh my goodness. There is going to be much chaos, no? This was a great chapter; I really liked Elrond and Thranduil. Lots of fun so far!
Aaawww...that was too cute for words!
*dies* Simply priceless! Hee hee hee! I love your Elrond. And Legolas's "new" version of the spider incident seemse so perfectly in keeping with reality. Unfortunately, I have to go take a math test so I don't have to take the class, so I'll have to wait to see the next bit of mischief that arises. But I'm really enjoying it so far! Brilliant and beautiful!
Oooh, nice! I am so glad to be back, and just in time it seems! Excellent well!
*sigh* Twins...poor, poor Elrond... Heh, this seems highly plausible. Your twins are both perfect and priceless!