*poking wizard* Ah, come on, Walendithas, trust the Elf!
Hah! I like how he appeared out of nowhere "I've been tracking you for three weeks." What a blow the the Hunters' leaders' egos! (Elves are sooo cool.)
This situation looks rather desperate... What are Ricgretor and Oloven going to do? They're only hobbits after all. (Well, I shoud know better. Hobbits are quite resourceful.)
-Kitt : )
Author's Response: Elves are good silent trackers.. in this world anyway. Walendithas is suspicous of anyone that comes near..
Woah. Walendithas' departure was so sudden! What does Graendithas know about it that we don't? Ohhh, I'll have to wait, eh?
The fishermen gotta think that's its a strange day. First a gaggle of halflings "borrow" their boats, then a group of weapon wielding dwarves and Graendithas show up, saying they want to ride out into a storm...
More suspense! I hope they can get to the hobbits before the storm does.
Author's Response: me too.. especially with ricgretor and the diamonds on there too!!
What??? *mouth hangs open* Graendithas is a murderer??? That could not have been any more unexpected! He's always so noble; I mean offering to stay up and watch even though he's dead-tired is good... Oh, I don't know what to think.
Happier note: I'm so glad they all made it off the lake in one piece. I felt bad for the miserable hobbits, being rained on multiple times and splashed by that cart. At least the beds made up for that!
I like seeing more of Ricgretor's character, how he doubts his abillity to go on with the quest, how he misses Walendithas, Vickas and his home. I don't like to think about loosing more of his friends any more than he does.
Author's Response: yup.. he is.. and im glad that that has shocked you.. everything in the story is meant to confuse and shock you,, and its working :)
It must be possible to sympathize with goblins because I do: Elster’s party’s quest does not seem like its going to be pleasant. More Torogs! Bleh.
Ah, at least I now know what the Hawkmoth does. :)
So did the Diamond party just find the wizard again?
What? The leader’s bailed from the town? It doesn’t surprise, me though.
Thanks for putting me as a favorite author! :D
Author's Response: Yup, they found him :) and favorite author is because of all the reviews youve done for me :D thanks :D
Sorry, it's been a while! :)
Could it be that the Elves are too curious for their own good...? I was thinking Indiana Jones for a bit. :D
I am shocked at Vicward's death. I have the vague feeling too that it could have been avoided. Well, that's just the way it goes. It was also a little shocking to see Martumal snap. Will he regret his decision to leave? Hm. Almost seems to me he just needs a good night's sleep. I really do feel sorry for them all, especially Graendithas for having to stay strong though the company grows tired and rebelious.
Ahhhh, both scenes end with a mysterious voice. Who and what could they be?
Author's Response: its alright :) yup, a voice in the dark. good or evil?
Udohorn is interesting. I wonder what use his dream catchers will have? Anyway, they sound fascinating and I hope to know more about them.
So, he was the strange Elf too. I hope he can prove to be useful! (And that he really is not working for the enemy or something worse...)
Their meal made my mouth water. I shall have to make dinner now. :)
Author's Response: he might be useful, then again, he could have a darker side :D
Xavtumal’s gotta be the best name so far!
So… Dwarf this voice turned to be nice. Kinda funny, but understandable, Frufalcon likes his shop quiet and customerless.
“butter and jars of jam…” It seems I cannot go through a chapter without getting hungry. :D
Hawkmoth the sword! What powers must it have? Something cool if the wizard wants it, I guess.
Another 5000 orcs for these poor Men? Grafalcon such a... but I already had that rant. Right. I root for the men but again it seems rather hopeless.
Just a few more chapters left on this one! :)
Author's Response: the Hawkmoth plays quite a big role in the story in the next couple of volumes :D and yup :) just a few more chapters.. thanks for the reviews :) really helps..
Lots of interesting stuff! I was glad to learn more about Frugretor, and of course the sword and the beasts... it just can't be easy, this Quest! :D
Belneiros sounds like quite a character. I can't wait to meet him.
Author's Response: yup, you will meet Belneiros.. and some other wizards as well :)
I’d been meaning to read this for a few days, and I was rewarded for my wait; this was brilliant! I’m a sucker for bittersweet romances and again I loved the folklore style. It’s not too stilted… sometimes I see it done and the characters have no “real-person” personalities at all, but here they do. I mean, I see things in them I see in other people; they actually interact. Like in this line especially: “But none dared ask as to why, save Curufinwë, his brother. Then naught was said but a grunt from the lord and a slim smile from the fair maiden Telperien.”
I like that the characters’ moods and personalities are the driving force in the story. That’s kind of hard – trying to define the boundaries of each character and then making them rub against others.
Definitely one of the best parts was the revelation that Telperien was a spectator through the whole of the 1st age events in Beleriand. Very original. I also liked that Lintaran played a part here, and how the other story actually fit into this one.
Altogether, this was eye-opening. Never gave any thought to Tyelkormo being the romantic type; I am thankful to see this side of him I never would have otherwise.
This was excellent work, Los Gloriol!
-Kitt ; )
Author's Response: Thank you so much! This one was a challenge from beginning to end because I had to redefine Celegorm, and find him a potential mate. I wanted to make Telperien the Juliet of Tolkien's world without going overboard. But I also wanted some light-hearted interaction between the two. My main goal was to take a complex character, Celegorm, and give him a rich history. But I realise people don't like him and so you have a strike against you before you even start. I really appreciate your review because feedback whether bad or good is so valuable. And you have said so many insightful things. I really really appreciate all your comments :D
Isn't Chamberlain awesome... brave, gentlemenly... oh, the relationship with his brother was cute. Yeah, I just got Gods and Generals for Christmas. I hope they make the third movie - hey, wouldn't be so cool to be in one of the battle re-enactments? *sighs dreamily* Luck is with you there; I don't think many girls were in the battlefields.
So... I like how Legolas has befriended this Union soldier. Ah, what could be Alex's purpose here. And that elf-ear thing is intriguing!
This isn't really something to complain about... you're writing so fast I can't keep up! Well, I hope this weekend to take time to relax and catch up with the stories.
Oh, and I've noticed you're improving with your style: it's becoming more varied and descriptive. : )
Author's Response: Just wait till you read Chapters 3 and 4, Alex's friend James also appears in Middle earth. Just thought I would let you know D.R.O.T.N.
*laughs* Yes, even the Valar can make mistakes. At least James can talk again.
I thought this was one of your best chapters yet. I had wondered sometimes about the meeting of Gandalf with Eomer, so I appreciated this as a gap-filler, though it had an extra two characters. : )
Liked too that Alex made Gerod's heart lighter. Their conversation had a slight trace of irony – after all, Alex really was about 17! Ha, now trying to explain that would have hurt poor Gerod’s head.
The voice speaking to Alex at the end was pretty awesome.
Oh, and I got an idea for your challenge, but it’s very… silly so far; I hope humor will be ok.
Author's Response: Oh, don't worry Humor is ok! And I am glad you liked this chapter. It was supposed to be touching. In the next chapter or so you will get to meet Gerod's son! Thought I will let you know that. Thanks for doing the challenge. D.R.O.T.N.
WOW!!!! I'm a HUGE CIvil War buff too! Did you ever see the movie Gettysburg? It's 4 hours of awesome, um, civilwarness. My favorite Union general must be Chamberlain and Confederate definately Lee.
Anyway, this story is very original.... I'm hooked! I'd like to know more about Alex: where was he from, where had he died? Hopefully I'll have time to get to the next chapter soon. : )
Author's Response: Holly cow! My favorite Union Leader is also Col. Chamberlain, because he has my first name, Joshua! I have seen the movie Gettysburg and Gods and Generals, I own them both! I haven't really thought of which battlefield that Alex and his regiment were at, I will describe more of Alex's life and also in the next chapter someone else appears in Middle Earth, just not as he was before (Hint: Cough-dog-ff!) All I am going to say. Thanks for letting me know you like the Civil War, I will try to use that topic in my stories more Thanks for review, D.R.O.T.N.
Yep, after I started reading the Redwall books I decided I liked otters. Before that I was all about lions, due to an extreme obsession with the Lion King. Kitt’s just short for Catherine – a rather cumbersome name it is, though it looks impressive on paper.
“Sorry, Mellon, I forgot you were a Mearas as well” – Heh! That was so abrupt it was hilarious.
Very sweet the way Alex and Mellon tried to cheer Freda and Eothain up.
That’s a new perspective they’ll get by going with Gandalf. That interests me. Gandalf makes an extraordinary traveling companion, and a bit of an irritating one sometimes. (And don't tell him I said thst!) : D
Author's Response: I don't think he heard you, but anyway I thought I would give this a try! Please check out the new chapters for A Slave No More, they are really good and I want to see what you think of them. D.R.O.T.N. P.S.: Oh, and it was supposed to be hilarious, I like to add a little humor in my stories
“basking in the sun’s warmth” – don’t I wish to do that today. Brrr.
I like Elrond being called a kind old Elf. Too often people imagine him as Mr. Grumpy Eyebrows.
Yeah, I bet they’d be confused about being afraid of crows. (“What, are we supposed to be hiding from things more sinister than bird droppings???” ) Maybe that is something to be afraid of though...
Loved the talk about the hat! I hope to see more crossed-worlds conversations.
I’m so sad very time I see/read Sam give up Bill; Mellon’s comfort was a nice change.
The entrance to Moria must resemble the post- battle fields the Union and Confederate soldiers had to march over, but far less gruesome with its age. Still, that is not pleasant!
I was about to review when suddenly a new chapter appeared… “Where’d that come from?” Hah! You updated while I was reading.
So Gollum escaped the Elves of Mirkwood – interesting you try to combine the book and movie. I always find that part the most Irreconcilable.
I was thinking the other day that a big difference between Civil War and LotR is that you can feel for both sides in the Civil War, but in LotR it is hard to feel anything *nice* about the orcs. That must be a big transition from the sort of fighting Alex and James are used too. (Beside the sword and teeth. : ) )
Author's Response: Yah, sorry about that, I like to read through my new chapters after I post them and then fix any mistakes if I find any( And believe me when I say I found many in this chapter) I am glad you liked it, I tried to keep it similar but I forgot most of the words from the book and movie. Please keep looking at my story again sometime today, there might be another chapter. Oh and I also added a new chapter to Second Ranger, please review. Thanks, for the feed back! D.R.O.T.N. It is easier to abrev. than type my whole name.
*claps* Little Round Top! Yay!
Nice description of James' "death" - owe. Once again you are quite creative: A Union soldier sent to Middle-earth in the body of a wolf.
I love that Strider has teamed up with James.
-Kitt : )
Author's Response: Im glad you like it. And thank you for being honest, wait till you read the next chapters I have up! D.R.O.T.N.
James is going along with acting like an animal… his new wolf body is explained well; of course head rubbing would feel wonderful to him! I think Aragorn’s kindness to James showed Frodo he could trust Strider. Sam being Sam *would* take a liking to this friendly wolf.
I am glad Strider could learn James’ true identity; I had been feeling lonely for him. (But boy, the battle was certainly different from what Aragorn’s used to… they could have interesting conversations, if only James could speak.)
Next time I watch Gettysburg, I’ll want to pick out a James and Alex. Did you have a certain pair of soldiers in mind?
-Kitt : )
Author's Response: Well...not really, I mean they are fiction. I doubt any cannons could of lobbed any shells up there but, I don't know much about the 83rd PA regiment, my favorite is the 20th ME regiment. But any way back to your question, no, I did not have any certain soldiers picked out! Can't wait to hear what you are going to say about the next chapters!! It focuses more on Alex and a little bit more on James. D.R.O.T.N.
Loved the Hobbity talk. You’re pretty good with Frodo and Sam.
Definitely – friendship is possible without slash. (Bleh.)
Elwë was also the name of an Elven king, one of the first Elves, in fact the great-grandfather of Elrond. Hmm, yeah, Elrond and Glorfindel would find the Civil War perplexing. *I* still find it perplexing. : P
Aha, so Alex is becoming an Elf. That’s almost freaky. But it would be exciting, eh? To be able to see with Elven sight for one… *sighs sadly over glasses*
*laughs* I think Strider did deserve that wettening.
Now that’s a new twist: Mellon saved Frodo.
OH, finally the two friends found each other. But… duh, duh… will it be their last meeting… will they make it to Rivendell… alright, I see some more chapters ahead. I hope to have time to read on soon. : )
Author's Response: Glad you liked it! And by the next chapter he will become full Elf. What do you think of his horses name? I had to think of something so I decided on, Warrior, Ohtar! You will like the next chapters! Thanks, D.R.O.T.N.
Seems the suspicion of Mellon overshadowed that for the Dwarf!
“Angels from heaven” – excellent. That’s what I’d think. (Though technically it was Gandalf who was the angel).
Good explanations. Of course it is sad that their families will likely think of them as dead or missing. Would there be any way to tell them – or would their families hope they’ll come in through the doors for years afterwards?
I was mortally afraid for Mellon! I liked that he and Boromir fought together to the death… now this horse spirit was unexpected. That’s so cool, though! Not that I dislike being human, but my next choice for a body would be a horse. But Alex and the others do not know yet… hm, I feel bad for them at the present.
The realization that the stallion was Mellan was priceless! I hope Gimli didn’t loose any hearing. *laughs at the dwarf before catching sight of his axe*
I wonder why Mellon cannot talk with Alex?
-Kitt : )
Author's Response: Mellon may not be able to talk to Alex, but he can understand him, just like all of the horses of Rohan seem to understand their masters. The real reason he can't talk is because, It is hard for me to make him only able to talk to Alex, might make the other people who are around think he is crazy or something! But this way, Mellon, is back alive and Alex now has a horse to ride! (I didn't want to kill another rider off for another horse) And no Gimli still has his hearing! (Laughs) I don't know if you read these responses or not, but thanks for the reviews and I will try my best to keep the Second Ranger, updated. D.R.O.T.N.
I'm enjoying the spiritual aspect of Alex; once again, that's awesome.
I agree with James: running with a piece of metal on your head does not sound quite... fun.
“My lord Beriadan, you are a most welcome sight for sore eyes!’ - Aragorn scarecly said something truer! That's precisely what I felt; after all, if Eomer's company arrived even 15 minutes later, there probably would not have been anyone left to save.
“Nay, my lord, it was Gandalf and Eomer, not me” - Heh, the soldier's modesty. : ) It's usually the commanders that get the credit or discredit.
Author's Response: It is only that he is praying really hard that he hears the Valar speak to him. I decided to add that to the story because it was touching! Thanks for the review and I can't wait to see what your story for my challenge will be! D.R.O.T.N.
Very moving! I'm a farm girl and can't stand the thought of abandoned animals. I'm always finding cats who were dropped in the country to starve... well, that makes me boil.
I loved this poem - it describes the situation tenderly, perfectly. Kitt : )
Author's Response: Thank you for the review. One of my cats was abandoned at the stables where I work and ride so my coach let me take him home with me I love him to bits I can't believe someone would just dump him he's such a good boy.