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Birthday Drabbles and Suchlike  by annmarwalk 53 Review(s)
IshaReviewed Chapter: 2 on 11/8/2006
Lovely, as always, dear! =)

I agree, I think Gandalf and Faramir are very alike, and I'm sure Faramir must have thanked his stars to have someone like the wizard in his life, given his situation with Denethor.

Author Reply: Hello! Thanks for dropping by!

I don't think Faramir was really conscious of the fact that Gandalf was providing the love and attention he craved; more likely he was pleased to have yet another interesting person to call friend, a relationship that would have meant more and more to him as the years went by.

BodkinReviewed Chapter: 21 on 5/4/2006
I love to see Denethor as a human being, who cared for his family.

Author Reply: Thank you! I'm pretty firmly entrenched in the "Kinder, Gentler, Denethor" camp.

LarnerReviewed Chapter: 21 on 5/3/2006
Ah, how wonderful that Denethor finds he indeed appreciates the beauty of Finduilas holding their son in her arms as she sleeps on the chaise.

Lovely imagery here as in Eowyn's thoughts on Faramir.

Author Reply: Thank you for your kind words!

The line "I watch while you sleep" is originally from my haiku cycle, "http://annmarwalk.livejournal.com/66008.html">Wheeling Stars Count Our Days, but I found I liked the imagery it engendered, so much that I wanted to see how other characters would use it. I'm quite pleased at Boromir's, Eowyn's, and Denethor's results.

LarnerReviewed Chapter: 20 on 5/1/2006
Yes, I remember reading this one over there. Still a wonderful look a the early martial leanings of Eowyn daughter of Eomund. Unable to protect her parents, she has learned perhaps far too early that those who cannot wield swords may the more easily die upon them.

Author Reply: Lacking any strong female role models at all, Eowyn had no choice but to seek to emulate her brother and cousin. We hear of the shieldmaidens, but I don't recall ever learning anything concrete about them - are they a Rohirric myth? I really think she just wanted to be like Eomer and Theodred. I was the same way as a girl - I only wanted to be like my older brothers, and to do everything they did. ;-)

LarnerReviewed Chapter: 19 on 5/1/2006
Definitely thought provoking, and an interesting contrast between two ways of life.

Author Reply: I'm sure the Corsairs would have some terse comments on the suggestion that they're in it for the fun, and not for the treasure.
Thanks for reading and commenting!

LarnerReviewed Chapter: 18 on 5/1/2006
Yes, the love between Theodred and Boromir, and the courage and dedication of both; what a wonderful eulogy for Faramir's brother.

Author Reply: We read so much of the songs of the Rohirrim; it gave me great pleasure to imagine their immortalizing these heroes in song. Even if Faramir was the only person in the room to understand the words, what a stirring moment that must have been!

LarnerReviewed Chapter: 17 on 5/1/2006
Ah, a beautiful Haiku to our beloved Faramir, and so well deserved. Hooray, Eowyn.

Author Reply: Thank you for you kind words! I appreciate your taking the time to read and comment on so many of these.

My original plan was for Faramir to be the watching lover and author of the haiku. Inverting the equation provided such a unique twist, with Eowyn appreciating anew the man whose love brought her to new life.

(I also just realized that there's one more drabble in this sequence, which I have forgotten to post - Denethor's version of the haiku. Let me go do that right now.)

BodkinReviewed Chapter: 20 on 5/1/2006
Theodred was an excellent big cousin. Giving Eowyn the horse would have been just right for most little girls - but I'm sure it wasn't long before she got a sword of her own. Nice link in with the other story!

Author Reply: Thanks for reading and commenting!

Nice link in with the other story!
Actually, my friend Edoraslass and I wrote several of these (we call it the Pony!verse). You can find some more of them listed here at her Live Journal: Pony!Fic
By all means, drop by and say hello if you are interested! You don't have to have a Live Journal yourself to post a comment.

BranwynReviewed Chapter: 20 on 4/29/2006
It easy to forget (especially after seeing the young Theodred of the films) that Theodred is an older cousin of Eomer and Eowyn. I loved this glimpse of their homecoming to Edoras after their father's death. And, of course, that toy pony shows up in your "Heirlooms" and in other stories. LOL that Eowyn already has the makings of a shieldmaiden!

Author Reply: Thanks for reading and commenting!

Yes, Theodred was born the very same year as Boromir, and was a man grown when those children came into his life. I don't know exactly who that young, pretty, dying man was, but he certainly wasn't our Theodred.

Their plight would have disturbed Theodred on so many levels, though: kinfolk in need; orphaned children; citizens he was unable to protect. Anger, and frustration; hopefully diffused, at least temporarily, by the sight of these reminders of his own childhood.

BranwynReviewed Chapter: 18 on 11/19/2005
I like that the Rohirrim compose a song to immortalize Boromir--fame is how a warrior lives on. That is a beautiful scene as the tavern falls silent at the singing. A sad reminder for Faramir, but certainly Boromir would have appreciated the tribute.

Author Reply: Can't you just imagine the singing? It gives me goosebumps just to think about it.

(Sadly, I've still found no volunteers to write that song. A mere shadow, a ghost of it is swirling around deep and dark in the vaults of my brain. Valiantly, I keep trying to ignore it. How long do you think I can hold out?)

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