This is an amazing chapter. Nimwen's fight is so well done. It would have been pain staking for me if I challenged myself to write your last two chapters in the arena. You did a splendid job!I am really enjoying Nimwen's story and I think she and Farimir belong together.
Author's Response: Thank you so much! =) More shall be coming soon! What happens to Nimwen? Does she die? Does she somehow escape the grip of the man choking her? Find out in the next installment of... Nimwen of Osgiliath!! (I just woke up)
I am glad nim was saved. I love the flash back and the promise. I can feel her physical pain and her reluctance to come back to reality. Another great chapter.
I know how busy you are noe, but I cannot wait to see what is next.
Author's Response: I couldn't bear to kill her off! <3 =) Glad that you liked it!! Chapter 8 is in the process... =D <3
A lovely chapter. Some things a better said with out words. I feel Nem and Faramir make a very good match.I hope yout A/U wins over and Eowen takes up with some Elf. Very well done my sweet!
Author's Response: Thank you! This chapter came as a surprise to me, I was not anticipating a kiss so early, but it just seemed right. The funny thing is I love Faramir and Eowyn as a couple, but I love Nim also! I look forward to seeing where my muse takes me next, thank you for being along on the ride! =)
I love your treatment of Boromir, and the skill and grace with which you craft your story. A very enjoyable read.
"Why must we dwell on the single time he failed, especially when he purposefully laid down his life to compensate for his failure?"
I see Boromir's plight with the ring as one we all face. We all have areas we are tempted in repeatedly. Each choice for good is a victory.
But who has not fallen to temptation and willfully done what they know is wrong?
I see myself in Boromir, and I hope my reponse to failure would be as brave as his.
Thank you for this entertaining and thoughtful story.
Author's Response: thanks! i agree wholeheartedly: everyone falls to temptation once in a while. it's what we do afterwards that matters, and if we learn from our mistakes we don't fall to that temptation again. thank you so much for reviewing again!!
I was just reading the other day that Thranduil's Hall was underground during the third age, due to the menace of the enemy. This captures the danger of that time well, and gives some explanation as to why such a drastic measure was needed.
I look forward to the rest of your story, being a fan of Wood Elves in general.
Very well done!
Author's Response: Thank you very much, I'll have the next chapter up soon. :)
I have read and enjoyed your 1st chapter. It shows wisdom above your years in your exploration of Glorfindel and his love and the trouble in their relationship
"But the cage, despite having almost rusted through, still held. The iron ties of memory and youth still held fast. And thus, their broiling contempt endured."
From one who has loved as a young person and lost in later life, I can tell you the ties are iron. They may bend and the bird fly, but the will never break. I will be reading further.
Thank you for sharing
Author's Response: Thank you Lisse! I appreciate that very much. I may be young, but I have witnessed many relationships crumble and stagnate like that between Glorfindel and Erestor. And I too know what it feels like to be bound by the memories of young love and a broken heart, unable to step forward into the future. I'll be continuing this after I finish Ever and Ever. -Whisper
This chapter is wonderous. Love Legolas' moagical elvish fey and ability to heal the spirit with his song. You are truely masterful at description. Can't say enough good about this.
Author's Response: Thank you Lisse. You are too kind and I love hearing stuff like this- so good for my ego! (strokes) I have always thought legolas seemed to skip through parts of LOTR with a smile and a bit of mischief so couldn't resist that when writing this. I have changed bits from teh orginal though so thank you for letting me know it works.
Eomer swung upwards and blocked with his shield the blow that came plunging down on them. He was aware that Legolas had taken a deep breath, flashed his blade and then blood spurted from an orc's pulsing neck. Then, at the top of his voice and with violent joy the elf burst into a snatch of some elvish battle song. The notes were fierce and thrilling.
Ah yes, do I havew a song for you my dear. I will send you a link. If this is not an elvish battle song, we have nothing close. As always I love the phrase I pasted above. I hope all my comments do not bother you, but this chapter is thrilling. I wish slash did not put people off. This is magnificent!! I wnat to be like you when I grow up!
Author's Response: Yes please- do send a link. I really struggle with songs and have not the patience to translate - my sindarin is very poor! So a link to good songs would be most welcome. A couple of smutty ditties would come in handy too if you know where I can find some!! Your comments are like gold dust- you know how important reviews are. Made me laugh.
I am in heaven. Every word is magic. I'm listening to Loreena McKennit. The song is slow and sad. Matches Legolas comforting Eowen.
Author's Response: I will have to check her out- dont know her work at all. Glad you liked Legolas comforting Eowyn!!
Eomer remembered the intimacy of the cell and the merry banter even when all seemed lost to him. He remembered the thrumming of his blood. He wanted that again. Just to be alive at the end of this dreadful slaughter, to remind himself that he had survived and so had those closest to him.
from one who has seen more of death than the average person (a nurse) I can so identify with this. One seems to need the varification of life after seening so much death, even the death of the orcs and other evil creatures.
Author's Response: That is a perceptive comment- I think that does happen, when you finally get away from killing or hurting or seeing anything bad, you just want lightness and warmth. You sound like you know.
Oh my! I very much enjoyed Eomer and Legolas! You doubt yourself? It was perfect. I'm shivering at the thoughts!
I had no idea wood elves stained their skin. This is such a revelation!
I dearly love your writing. All that you wrote surpassed the desired affect. Must take a cold shower now, or maybe I'll read it again instead!!
Author's Response: Sorry Lisse- mean to reply to this. There is no evidence that they tattoo- just my luird imagination. I may have emailed you about this actually?
I always suspected some elves must have enjoyed smoking! A pleasure to read your work as always.
I also approve of your Glorfindel. “He would explode if he didn’t kill something soon”
Hope you are enjoying a leisurely summer!
Author's Response: Hehe… yes, I think Elves are entitled to some relaxation. Thank you , Lisse. I hope your summer has been excellent too! :)
You have a great understanding of Gollum. He's going to make a little showing in a fic I'm working on and he is pretty difficult to do!
Author's Response: Apart from Aragorn, Haldir and Frodo, he is anotehr of my favourite character. I don't know. Maybe because i'm a med student and studying psychiatry fascinates me. Gollum/Smeagol is a very good subject. Thank you for your review. If you need help with Gollum, do drop me a line :)
This is so true! but I'm afraid my little mind will not be helped by your clever poem. I'm really impressed with your ability to clearify the mess, but as i said, it will do my pea brain no good. You need to send this to the encyclopedia of Arda. It should belong to the world.
Author's Response: Nine years of staring at the family trees in the Silm hadn’t really helped me learn it. I still can’t keep Galadriel’s brothers straight… I can only remember Finrod coz he’s Círdan’s buddy and he’s cool. :) Ahhh, it’s not classy enough for a place like EoA. Thank you Lisse, you’re always so kind. ^^
You echo the sentiments of so many of us. It's wonderful that we have eachother as fellow fans, also. It's a pleasure to share middle earth with you.
Author's Response: =) aww your pleasure means a lot to me, I look up to you as a writer. It is a pleasure for me also.
Gimli feels like I would if I met Glorfindel!! And guess what. I'd ask the same thing of him. You've done a great job of capturing the moment from his perspective.
Author's Response: Thank you so much for always reading and reviewing my work in such a positive way =) This is my first shot at GOOD poetry, and it's good to know an authour I look up to enjoyed it =)
Your work is good. And I know it is work! I have to review it in a positive way. It is enjoyable and your effort shines through.
Author's Response: Thank you again, more than words. And also just for taking the time and reviewing EVERYTHING I write! It is amazing! Thank you so much. =)
You have explored themes as old as the Valar themselves and done so every well. Are we good or evil and in what proportion? If we choose the wrong path can we go back? are we fated or do we control our destiny?
It is clear that Tolkien intended this to be a struggle in the wise and ancient mind of Galadriel. It is at once disheartening and comforting to think there would still be a conflict within such a sage.
Sometimes the war within is so intense it does leave us collapsed on the ground with the universe watching us. Evil mocks and says we will never rise. Good sooths us into rest, so we might gain strength to fight again another day. For Elf and mortal the struggle will never end until the One Himself crushes evil for us. And odd that the temptation is tailor made. Galadriel was not tempted to be untrue to her mate, or any of a host of temptations, she was tempted with more of what she already had. More of what she wanted. Power. You showed her inner struggle.
This is extremely insightful and deep. You’ve done an excellent job showing the depth of Galadriel’s turmoil. And I like that her little maid is there to help her. It seems Eru often uses little and unlikely individuals to do great works. Galadriel’s maid reminds me of Sam.
Once more I eagerly awaited your writing and was not disappointed. You are a very wise young lady, and a gifted writer.
Such a joy to have started my day with a new work by one of my favorite authors!
Thank you for sharing
Author's Response: Oh gosh, thank you so much! I was worried about posting this one-- it has been very hard to write, and took me longer than any other. I am humbled that you enjoyed it, and amazed at your review. Thank you so much. I am speechless! Galadriel is always so mysterious and quiet, it was extremely hard to slip into her mind. I am glad that you think that I have done well =)
My life is broken beyond compare
I shall see her again in Mandos
I shall hold her in my arms,
My bloodstained arms.
It seems Elves loved deeply and eternally. Of course Amroth would not want to live without his love. I'm sure she felt the same way. Perhaps she dispaired of ever seeing him again and ended her life also.
A beautiful moving poem about two of my favorite subjects, Elves and love. Thank you Nessa. I enjoyed it very much!
Author's Response: I have been doing some research on elves, and I learned that they only had one true love all their lives, and then I read The Song of Nimrodel and was inspired. I am very glad that you enjoyed it, especially it being dedicated to you and all =)
You just keep topping yourself. Beautiful poetry. In my opinion poetry is difficult to do well but you make it seem easy. I truely love this. I've read it 4 times before writing this review. Well done!
Author's Response: Thank you so so much! I am very glad that you enjoyed this. =) It was somewhat based on my own life, my little brother now has a girlfriend, and it made me think of how Eomer must've felt about his little sister falling in love.