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By the Light of Earendil's Star  by Branwyn 5 Review(s)
annmarwalkReviewed Chapter: 11 on 11/2/2004
Haldan had never known anyone quite like the heir, anyone who could inspire such a strange mixture of love and aggravation.
That's our boy, all right!

I don't know how I missed this - but got right back into the action, which you describe wonderfully with perfect detail - very easy to picture. Kudos also to your husband for his help!


Author Reply: Thanks for the kind review. BTW, did anyone notice the double-meaning when Boromir says, "Lord Denethor sends this dispatch"? ("Dispatch" meaning both news and violent death, in this case, LOL). I had fun with that. ;-D

Raksha The DemonReviewed Chapter: 11 on 10/21/2004
Another cliffhanger! Wicked, wicked Branwyn! Leave poor, wounded Hirluin and Faramir MIA, and orcs all around - not nice.

But yay for the fair horselord - Hirluin stepped up to the plate and showed his quality! And I loved Boromir's grim, wild 'last stand' defiance of the orcs - very much the Norse-saga hero, and a foreshadowing of that hopeless battle he won't be able to win in FOTR.

I'd like to suggest that one of Denethor's servants bring him that warm-looking black fur-trimmed robe the Steward wore in the movie, before poor Denethor comes down with pneumonia from rattling around in that cold room with the window open and not taking any food....

Author Reply: Raksha--
Thanks for the kind review!
I think the servants are too afraid of angering Denethor to go anywhere near him. I always wished that the servants in the chapter "Pyre of Denethor" in ROTK had been less afraid of Denethor; I think things would have gone much better even if they had just had the nerve to send for a healer for Faramir or if they had sent a message to Imrahil.

mirthorReviewed Chapter: 11 on 10/19/2004
I've been checking everyday for an update - I love this story & would even more so if you were able to update more often. Yet, life gets in the way of life, does it not?

Your versions of Boromir & Faramir seem truer to character than most. The original characters you've created are well written, giving us reason to care for them, yet not overwhelming us, as the brothers Gondor & their father are the reason I started reading in the first place. Thanks for sharing this with us & please update soon!

Author Reply: Mirthor--
The next installment will probably not be ready until the middle of November--sorry for the wait. I feel badly that you are checking so often, but I am glad you think the story is worth the trouble.

It is a relief to hear that my huge cast of original characters is not annoying or overwhelming you. I continually have to slap down Eldahil and take lines away from him; he always wants to take over the scene. This story is sort of like one of those Russian novels where you need to write out a list of all the characters so you can keep track of them. Though after this last chapter, we have a few less orcs to keep track of... :-D

Regarding Boromir, I do think that he should have a touch of warrior arrogance (think Achilles) which seems (at least to me) lacking in the movie version of the character. Happy to hear that my characterizations of the brothers Mir seem reasonable.

Thank you for writing!

GalimerilReviewed Chapter: 11 on 10/19/2004
I'm loving it! Oh, please keep going and update soon!!!! Nasty Cliffhangerses, my precious!

Author Reply: Galimeril--
I am glad you are enjoying the story! Unfortunately, I probably will not be able to update until around the middle of November--my work will be getting busy for the next few weeks (mean old work!). Thanks for the review!

daw the minstrelReviewed Chapter: 11 on 10/19/2004
A mix of hope and fear here. Boromir really is wonderful. I just can't see how you're going to get him out of this alive.

Loved the image of your husband using a steak knife to explain sword work. The things we (and our families) learn in the name of fan fiction!

Author Reply: Hullo, Daw--
Thanks for the review!
Hope you didn't spot any grievous semicolon abuse; though I notice my grammar is getting sloppier as I go along...
I saw that list of "ten common plot problems" on the Arda mailing list. I have already committed most of them in this story, though I am saving a few for later chapters. :-D
My husband is a student of the sword arts so there are swords of various types scattered around the house, but the steak knife was handy for his demonstration and it sure did make me laugh!

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