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Birthday Drabbles and Suchlike  by annmarwalk 5 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.

LarnerReviewed Chapter: 2 on 6/25/2005
Ah, the joy of vicarious fatherhood. And the question is so apt--why do so many who do not deserve or appreciate what they have end up with the children we others would love to have?

Wonderful tale.

Author Reply: It does seem cruelly unfair, doesn't it? And of all the gifts of this world which the Maiar (apparently) were able to share, it is just this one that would cause Gandalf a moment of regret.

daw the minstrelReviewed Chapter: 2 on 6/25/2005
I love Faramir. He's my favorite Tolkien character. And this suggests exactly why. He's clever and good and poignant. I had never thought of this from Gandalf's POV though.

Author Reply: With all the many years he spent among men (and hobbits) I can't help but wonder if Gandalf would have found something to envy. And who doesn't love admiration, wouldn't respond to it with affection and delight?

Raksha The DemonReviewed Chapter: 2 on 12/26/2004
Awwwwww. I loved this. I've always thought that Gandalf had a very special place in his heart for a few people, and that Faramir, like Frodo, was one of them. You sum it up brilliantly in 100 words.

Author Reply: I'm glad you liked it - you inspired it ! - in your comments to nrink over at The Phrygian Flute. Has she updated that lately, do you know?

BranwynReviewed Chapter: 2 on 12/25/2004

I love this! Gandalf willingly became the instrument of destiny, but it had never occured to me that the instrument might rather wistfully wish for the simpler joys he had forgone.

dear Faramir had always been the child of his heart

Though they apparently did not spend much time together when Faramir was young, there must have been a deep bond between these two; otherwise, why would Denethor have been so jealous of Gandalf, accusing him of stealing "half my son's love"?

Thank you for this!


Author Reply: There always seemed to be so much more to Mithrandir and Faramir's relationship than what we heard about in "The Return of the King". I'm always on the lookout for discussions of this aspect of the story, and this was inspired by some insightful comments by Raksha the Demon in one of the HASA forums.

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