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By the Light of Earendil's Star  by Branwyn 2 Review(s)
daw the minstrelReviewed Chapter: 4 on 7/28/2004
Oh my, what a grim chapter. Watching your companions get eaten one by one would destroy most people, I would think. Faramir is tough though, much tougher than people sometimes think. He's young here though, right? Geez. I wonder how long it took him to recover from this.

Author Reply: Hullo, Daw--
Thanks for writing...I believe Faramir is very tough. Remember, Aragorn (who would know) calls him "a man of staunch will." His upbringing would have instilled mental and physical discipline, and he inherited his father's strength of character. That said, he is young in this story--about twenty (which I thought would be a reasonable age for him to start leading patrols; he would have been in Ithilien for a couple of years before taking on that duty.) So, losing people under his command is new to him. Also, though I am sure he had seen many orcs down the shaft of an arrow, I see this as being the first time he has seen them close at hand. While he is intellectually sophisticated for his age, he is still really young, and you are right, it will take him a while to recover. (But that would be telling...) The other ranger, Hirluin, is a few years younger than Faramir--about eighteen. And, not having Faramir's mental discpline or years of military training, he is truly lost in this situation.

rikkiReviewed Chapter: 4 on 7/27/2004
What an intriguing story. Faramir knows he is only "beef on the hoof" so to speak, but he still attempts to calm his last ranger and provide hope where there is none. He doesn't give up.
I hope the ambush coming up goes successfully with the rescue party. There is so much that can go wrong.

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