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Last Goodbyes Series  by perelleth 13 Review(s)
HalethReviewed Chapter: 5 on 3/14/2006
Funny, isn't it? Just when you think no one's paying attention, someone leaves a review.

For what it's worth, I don't find these drabbles pretenious.

As for the Finwions...

So many of the stories are devoted to unhappy things happening to them that it's hard to think there were good times as well. Tolkien mentioned it in The Hobbit. Unpleasant events make good stories in a way that peace, comfort and good fellowship seldom do.

But the happy times are as much a part of life as the bad. This drabble gives a hint into what these characters were like when they weren't fighting epic battles. It helps to round them out a little, make them more real.


Author Reply: Yep, it was fun to try and show them relaxed, blessedly ignorant of what was coming next... And wine is always a good thing to relax eases the atmosphere :-)

Thanks again, Haleth ;-)

HalethReviewed Chapter: 5 on 3/12/2006
Oh my! A who embarrassed himself the most in the past year contest! It's funny and at the same time very poignant because the reader knows, although the participants don't, that it is the last one.

Author Reply: ROTFL! Believe it or not I was thinking of bringing these down yesterday (sunday) They are quite old ( first things I wrote, at the end of 2004) and quite pretentious. (Not that I'm doing far better, mind you..) Anyway, this is one of my favourites. Life is always normal just before it changes, and it was poignant, as you say, to imagine these five engaging in some family bonding right before the impending Dragollach...

Thanks! ;-)

The KarenatorReviewed Chapter: 13 on 3/20/2005
Your last two drabbles about Elros and his death were lovely. In this last one where his mother and father made haste to come to him at the hour of his death was such a wonderful visual! Sailing on the winds and star path to go to their son...nice imagine.

Terribly sad and bittersweet. Just wonderful.


Author Reply: Well, thanks! Sad but hopeful was what I meant. Earendil *finally* getting to say goodbye to at least one of his children was... rewarding to write down, and it was a fitting end for it all...

LackwitReviewed Chapter: 13 on 3/20/2005
These are just wonderfully poignant. I especially love these two about Elros/Tar-Minyatur.

Author Reply: I'm glad you liked them, Lackwit, and took the time to review. Never meant to be depressing, but to offer a bit of hope, so poignant could be the word!

daw the minstrelReviewed Chapter: 13 on 3/20/2005
Oh that's so sad. I really do think that when the world ends, these people will all be together. To do anything else seems cruel. But of course, no one seems to know what happens to men when their souls flee beyond the circle of the world.

Author Reply: Well, I like to think that Finrod had an accurate insight in his conversation with Andreth, and that the Great Hope is what helped elves and some Men confront death with some resemblance of equanimity...This case is especially poignant, I think, so I like to think they truly expected to be reunited...

Author Reply: ..and btw, thanks for your comments! :-)

daw the minstrelReviewed Chapter: 11 on 3/14/2005
I suppose Maedhros must often have felt cursed rather than the beneficiary of pity.

Author Reply: I wonder what would have happened had Fingon managed to shoot that arrow?
Thanks again! Just one more installment to go!

daw the minstrelReviewed Chapter: 10 on 3/14/2005
I've always admired Fingon. He seems to have lived by what he felt was right and got caught up in the doom of others.

Author Reply: Yeah, that's moving, isn't it? I personally think that's the inner reason for his being called "the Valiant" his choices, rather than his deeds...

daw the minstrelReviewed Chapter: 9 on 3/14/2005
Well that was a nice surprise! Thank you, Perelleth.

And what I like the best, oddly enough, was the bit at the end about how sometimes you've said goodbye before you actually leave. When Legolas had sea longing, it must have felt like that.

And of course, I also liked Thranduil thinking of his son as a piece of his heart.

Author Reply: In fact, it was Thranduil taking such counsel and comfort from his trees that came directly from your Thranduil! Yep, I think sea longing must feel like when you know you're ready to move on even if you wouldn't wholly like it... and of course, thank *you* for those wonderful stories!!!

daw the minstrelReviewed Chapter: 8 on 3/14/2005
Elves like Celeborn must have many lost friends and family members to mourn. Sometimes living for all of time must not seem like such a blessing.

Author Reply: See, I think time is the key, yet... I have a slightly different perception, and..since your the only reviewer here...forgive me for imposing my reflections upon you... I think time and memories are natural for elves, or at least in their nature, so the longer they live, the more burdened they become, but it's a natural burden, a part of themselves, not a bitter feeling. I think they have trouble facing change, abrupt change, but they feel comforted with all those memories to hold on to, until they too become livin' memories... and depart or fade. That's what I find comforting in most of these drabbles, which came to me as a kind of emotional discharge or study of how I deal with loss and moving ahead...but I concede you that's an uncommmon point of view...

Thanks again for reading and reviewing, this is quite a personal project, but still I'm truly glad you find time for reviewing. I'll move soon into happier issues...

daw the minstrelReviewed Chapter: 7 on 3/9/2005
This was very moving. I think I was as stunned as Finrod was.

Author Reply: Woa! that was so fast! I was still logging out!
Yep! one of my favourites. This is one out of two partings that have kept me wondering fo years. The second one will come in the next installment, I think, and its final form was somewhat inspired in your wonderful stories.. Thanks ;-)

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