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Rising to the Challenge  by annmarwalk 80 Review(s)
Raksha The DemonReviewed Chapter: 44 on 12/19/2008
Ooh; this is especially pretty. Terrific blend of the wonder of peace, nature and Love.

Author Reply: Thank you! I was very fortunate to find inspiration in nature just exactly when I needed it for a birthday drabble. Thank you for reading and commenting.

Raksha The DemonReviewed Chapter: 45 on 12/14/2008
A beautiful paean to the Eorling spirit; too big to be bound in dusty tomes.

Raksha The DemonReviewed Chapter: 39 on 12/14/2008
The melancholy of a disappointed historian is all too vivid here; as well as the imagination to bring to life that which he hasn't personally seen. I can certainly echo Barahir's disappointment; the thought of an Elfless M-e is hard to bear.

Author Reply: Thank you for your thoughtful comments. Bubbly Elboron and his introspective son Barahir are two of my favorite very-very-minor-canon-characters. Lucky Barahir to have had the benefit of primary sources, in his youth - to hear these tales from those who lived them - and yet, as you say, how frustrating to have missed it all by such a short period of time!

Raksha The DemonReviewed Chapter: 46 on 12/14/2008
A great snapshot of Faramir's adolescence; in that he appreciates unusual music and is beginning to appreciate female sexuality. Well done in 100 words.

Author Reply: Those are, in fact, two dimensions I wanted to include: his fascination with other cultures, especially the aspects of history, music, and art, and the fact that I never imagined him as a namby-bamby but as just as red-blooded as any other young man. I'm very glad you enjoyed this!

Raksha The DemonReviewed Chapter: 42 on 12/14/2008
A wonderful drabble showing the birth of a nifty technology - I love the idea of Faramir and Legolas devising the mathematics for the invention - hopefully they spent many hours using it at the White Tower.

And a nice nod to the Numenoreans, asking questions of the stars, too.

Author Reply: It's amazing, isn't it, how a simple prompt - "tinker" - can lead us off in such incredible directions. I didn't even know such an artifact as the antikythera even existed, so it gave me great pleasure to envision how it might have originated in Middle-earth. The story also contains a nod to Foxrafer's story, "In Good Company", with Faramir and his friends enjoying a respite from worry and care. I'm so glad you enjoyed this.

cookiefleckReviewed Chapter: 34 on 12/14/2008
Love this one. Thanks.

Author Reply: Thank you! It was great fun to write.

LarnerReviewed Chapter: 46 on 12/14/2008
Oh, yes, it is a different rhythm perhaps that speaks to Faramir, but in the end a familiar enough emotion to be seen! Heh!

Author Reply: Hee! Yes, I have no problems whatsoever imagining him as feisty and hormonal as any young man. Thank you for reading!

LarnerReviewed Chapter: 45 on 12/14/2008
Perfect! Just perfect!

LarnerReviewed Chapter: 44 on 12/14/2008
There is the prize won and cared for, and the prize to be enjoyed endlessly!

Author Reply: Thank you for your insightful comment (as always). Tolkien never tells us much at all about Aragorn and Arwen's years of happiness together, bittersweet as they might have been; he left it to us. I'm very glad to have the opportunity to contribute a bit.

LarnerReviewed Chapter: 43 on 12/14/2008
Aha! A love for Mormengil? So proper! And here we see the mantle beginning to be crafted, to be worn by two so well beloved by future Stewards! Lovely!

Author Reply: I'm so glad you enjoyed this. I'm surprised there isn't more Starry Mantle stories (or maybe I'm just not looking in the right places?)- it's such an iconic representation of two unforgettable men and the equally unforgettable women they loved. It was very enjoyable to imagine how the story may have started, though, and to give Mormegil a part to play in it.

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