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Rising to the Challenge  by annmarwalk 2 Review(s)
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.

LarnerReviewed Chapter: 42 on 12/14/2008
Again, a marvelous image, of Eldarion using such a device to find specific stars! Beautiful and delightful!

Author Reply: I've never included Eldarion in any of my stories, ever, so it was quite interesting when he showed up. I found him to be a bit wistful, fascinated with the history and mythology of both aspects of his forbears, looking toward the past rather than the future. I hope I was able to convey that wistfulness here. Thank you for commenting!

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