It's been cold and rainy all morning so I could feel for these poor fellows having to go through it. But at least they have horses!
Pretty strange to meet up with the three halflings; I am glad it was nothing worse. Their tale was very sad... honestly, coming back to their destroyed village and unable to care for the wounded... tragic!
I like your distinction between orcs and goblins. It almost is funny to classify an orc as a cheep goblin. :)
Author's Response: Cheep as in they can be replaced easily if they get killed. Horses are good for a lot of things :)
“No, we are going to see the humans, now if you don’t let us though I shall have to have you killed” - Brusque, isn't he? Grafalcon's cruelty was so vivid throughout the chapter... and I thought I couldn't dislike him anymore. I was wrong. That thing with shooting the men but not killing them was ACH. And forcing that man to go spy on the other town was nastily mean.
A monster that can only be tamed by the diamonds - sounds simply scary.
Ricgretor certainly has reason to be worried. And it IS really hard to look at Graendithas the same way after his confession.
Author's Response: Yup.. The Urulóki :) It's only going to get worse :)
I've fallen in love with your writing style... yeah, I've said it previously, but it's got that fantasy rhythm. Not everyone can do that.
The party has grown indeed! I like the background stories. There's still some mystery in there, about these disappearances and Ricgretor's wife. That's so sad.
Where do you get these names? They're very creative and varied!
No, I don't have msn BUT I do like to keep in touch via e-mail. : )
Author's Response: hehe :) thanks Kitt.. i get the names off a name generator for Dungeons and Dragons.. im glad you liked it :) thanks for the Review :)
I read in your bio how this (to quote Gandalf) does and does not take place in Middle-earth... or, you know what I mean. That's very creative!
This whole chapter smelled of delicious adventure brewing. I never tire of Dwarf doors. They're exciting and this one is particularily interesting: only opens once a year for five minutes. That makes me feel anxious somehow... that's a pretty narrow space of time!
And the scene of the inn was a little frightening. I mean, here they are trying to have a merry meal and the enemy's servants are outside. I'm surprised they could eat. (But then we are talking about dwarves and hobbits.) Hmm, all that food makes me hungry. *checks clock and sighs* Still seven hours till breakfast time. Wow, that was off-topic.
With the weekend coming I should be able to read more soon. : )
Author's Response: I wanted to start off with something a little bit like Lord of the rings.. but not a carbon copy.. but yes, it DOESNT take place in Middle Earth, i need something people are used to.. then change it, thats how i work.. i draw you in then leave you hanging in the air :)
Yay! The diamond hunters! Wheh, their task seems literally ten times worse than Frodo's: Not only must they find ten diamonds but also they must destroy them all?
I liked the sphinx guardians. The three dead bodies was kinda creepy on the wizard's part, yet he was in a hurry.
-Kitt : )
Author's Response: but they have something like thirty in their fellowship.. they should sail though it.. lol
Ah, moldy bread. Maybe that’s why the goblins so mean. :P
Seriously, I do kinda like them, even though they are opposed to the Company… Very suspenseful place to leave off! This Belneiros is certainly no pushover.
Well, I can’t believe I’m finished with volume 1. Now to volume 2! Very good job so far!!! :)
Author's Response: thank you :) Volume two is way better :D
Sorry I didn’t get back to you sooner! You’re welcome; I do love your story, and ‘course I had to shout it out on my bio. I almost had heart failure seeing my name on yours! *deep breaths*
“If I can do that, I think I can do them all” I was deeply touched by the first scene. I always find words like that encouraging, when I must do something hard: “If I can do this, whatever comes after, is nothing!”
I’m wondering right along with Ricgretor about the elves. I’m a sucker for elves, you know. You write them very well! Mysterious yet… yet, I dunno, cool. : )
Splitting up usually ends up in a bad way. But I guess I’ll have to see… And how close could this dark lord be to finding the diamonds?
Author's Response: Hehe :D the shout out is a small Thank you for helping me with my story :)
Tense time for that town leader. Sure must stink when no one follows your orders!
Ooh; liked the one-way door. It was like in Harry Potter, only walking into a mine instead of a train station is far... scarier. That machine is freaky too; almost makes me want to hyperventilate.
I hope they can get out without, well, dying!
Author's Response: LOL its going to get a lot more scary :D oh.. and i love all of your reviews :P
“Kill the women and children that are not able to fight. Bring me the men to me, I will sort them out” – Now that’s foreboding! I feel bad for the party of men, having absolutely no idea they’re scouting for nobody.
I think it’s a great achievement to have goblins work for 6 straight hours without a single complaint. : D
Ooh, more creepiness: Grafalcon can just feel he’s being spied on! Don’t wanna mess with that guy.
Poor gnomes! I don’t see how they’re going to get out of this. Hmm, whatever could Ianster be doing?
Author's Response: haha.. all of those questions will be answered :)
*shivers* I don’t like the thought of strong breezes echoing through the dungeons. Eek! Like ghosts.
I still feel sorrow for the men. Will they be able to help the gnomes?
Really, these mines are creepier than the Mines of Moria. All these traps and *gupls* blackness. Walendithas disappearing from sight doesn’t sound good, even if he IS a wizard.
-Kitt : )
Author's Response: haha.. yup those mines are creepy.. sets it up for the darkness ahead :)
Ouch! That’s a major understatement. Being whipped for hours ain’t exactly a day in the park.
“Grafalcon started to smile as he slowly pointed the blade towards the man’s neck.” –Creepy! I don’t think I blame Vicward for blabbing, but still… that’s Not Good. Poor fellows. Of course, Grafalcon being EVIL won’t just let them go with a stash of cakes and lemonade.
Epic battle scene! Yay! I like – well, the drama of it – the way the leader decided to die with his city. That was a pretty sad end to that battle. Or is it ended? ;)
Author's Response: lol.. it could be finished.. yet again, it might not.. youll just have to read on :)
“How long do you think they have been gone for?” asked Ricgretor.
“They are still here” said Graendithas.- Ooh, wrong question, Ric!
Tons of suspense here. I do (and don’t) want to know who’s going to die. And still I’m burning to know how the Gnomes and the Men’s misadventures are going to play out. Good job on winding together all three stories – like I said, adds enormous suspense.
I like the burning thing and the subterranean trees!
Hmm, so is the wizard going to be the one to die? : (
*feels queasy* I sooo would not want to jump down that hole. Glad it wasn’t me… *sighs in relief*
Author's Response: Haha.. You'll soon find out who's going to be written off..
Yay! A conveniant gap! And yay again: a troll! No, wait, that's baaad.Right. : P
"They knew that they could both die." That's tense. This action is hitting me hard right now, since I failed misserably at my fencing lesson today. (I'm just happy to be sitting by my laptop in one piece). I just can really appreciate the men's determination here. Swordfighting is complicated stuff!
-Kitt : )
Author's Response: hehe.. yup, troll is bad.. in fact anything that can kill you with one push is bad..
You weren't kidding when you said it will get scarier. *covers face* Poor gnome!
A moving floor and a pit that leads to doom... stuff of my nightmares... : P Really, very creative. And I can't believe they're all captured. (*gasps* Good guys are supposed to get away.) I'm frightened for them. Will one of them snap to Grafalcon? After all, what other tortures more terrible must he have. Ugh, ugly thought.
This just keeps getting better, Origo!
-Kitt : )
Author's Response: THANK YOU!! "Will one of them snap to Grafalcon?" No comment lol.. youll have to see (partly because i forgot what happens and partly because i dont want to ruin it for you lol)
Hah! I knew the men would find a way to escape!
I can't believe Ianster walked out like that. Or maybe I can... being tortured and all that.
THE DIAMOND! YAY!!!! Interesting it has such a painful effect on Ricgretor.
I really like Oloven and Ricgretor's close friendship: "The two of them smiled at each other."
What? Now they must find gold coins to reach the next diamond? Unexpected! Things just are never easy.
-Kitt : )
Author's Response: yup.. gold coins :) nine more of them.. and im glad its unexpected :) thats the way i work.. even i dont know whats going to happen next lol
Aaah, that was tragic. Hauntingly tragic. I mean, Vickas died, just like that! It makes everyone seem so much more vulnerable.
That heat you descirbed in the beginning made me thankful it's still cold and wintery!
Author's Response: Thanks Kitt..
Despairing way to begin the chapter! They’re outnumbered… cannot win… and they’ve no way to escape. It just makes me so thankful to be safe in my bed. : D
Pretty callous not letting those people into the gate. Almost goblinish behavior.
Things sure don’t look too hopeful. Will no happy fairy flutter in and save them? Right, that’s silly, but I’ve no idea how things will work out…
-Kitt : )
Author's Response: nah.. i dont think a fairy will come down.. shame.. but the men have to figure out how to win :)
I'm glad they made it out! Even with the threat of a goblin army in the mountains, I think it's preferable to being stuck in the clausterphobic mines.
Sooo, Grafalcon needs furnaces, does he? *snaps fingers* Yes, it had to be something Evil. An insult to injury to the townsmen who survived, to see their home leveled and turned into some sort of war factory.
Oloven seems well in his intentions, though he isn't very prudent in voicing his thoughts. Poor guy; he must still be very shaken up over their lost companion.
I don't care what Walendithas may say, I'm a little worried for the Elves going on ahead.
-Kitt : )
Author's Response: yup.. war factories.. the gate way to a bigger army :) you best be worried for the elves lol
Tense, tense scene between the men and gnomes. I can't believe the gnomes betrayed them like that! Sure they're the bitter remnents of their race... but they could have gone extinct with some dignity. *shrugs* Well, that adds more conflict. Conflict's good for an epic!
M-making goblins? Sounds icky. And the prisoners for food! Right. I shouldn't be surprised by that.
Oh, the men are having a very bad time. :( I almost want to go up to Grafalcon and tell him... hmm... he's MEAN.
Author's Response: haha.. you can tell him, but i think you better start running as soon as you have lol
*claps hands* We got to see the dark lord! He was just as evil as could be: "Kill them" Hehe.
The leader's still a pig-head! "you have just sent 300 men to their deaths" sends chills down my spine. I hope that's not true... but that's a weak hope...
Author's Response: lol.. in this world hope is all that keeps you going :)