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Sent Unto Men: Part II  by Fiondil 9 Review(s)
KathyGReviewed Chapter: 1 on 3/24/2017
Alas, Fiondil is no longer alive to answer this question, but perhaps his friends who are posting Elf Academy 4 can answer it in his stead. I've read that the term, Edain, initially began as a reference to all men, but that later, it was applied to the Men of Beleriand and their descendants, who were, in turn, divided into 3 houses: the Houses of Bëor, Haleth, and Hador. Haleth can be ruled out, so the reference in this story must be to the Houses of Bëor or Hador, who eventually became the Númenóreans. Fiondil called Mary, the mother of Jesus, a daughter of the Edain, so I'm assuming that he was calling her a descendant of the Númenóreans. Is that right? He also said that the line of kings (which included Aragorn) had not died out, and the implication seemed to be that Mary (and hence, David long before her) was also of that line. I'm just wondering if that is what he was, in fact, saying.

EruherdirielReviewed Chapter: 1 on 7/15/2014
I love the idea of Gandalf being an archangel!

Author Reply: Well, an angel at least, or so Tolkien said the Maiar were (the Valar would be archangels). At any rate, I'm glad you enjoyed the story, Eruherdiriel. Thanks for letting me know. I appreciate it.

CelethReviewed Chapter: 1 on 3/10/2013
What a beautiful story, seamlessly blending the characters of ME into the events of the birth of the Savior. Its nice that Gandalf chose to be revealed to men in his true form and not the one he used during the time of Elrond and Frodo. But of course, acting as herald of the coming of The One, it is fitting that he should be revealed in his true form, I guess.

I like the idea that the Valar thought Olorin more fitted for the task. That doesn't mean I don't like Eonwe any less, of course, but as Gandalf he has spent a lot more time among mortals...

Thank you for sharing this beautiful story.

Author Reply: You're entirely welcome, Celeth. I'm glad you enjoyed this little tale. Thanks for letting me know. I appreciate it very much.

6336Reviewed Chapter: 1 on 12/19/2009
Been rereading this and listening to carols and thinking how well the words fit into Tolkien's world and his story.

Author Reply: Hi, Lynda. I am glad you are re-reading this story since it is rather apropos to the season and it's very interesting but not at all surprising that the words of the carols fit so well into Tolkien's world and story. I always thought so.

Nieriel RainaReviewed Chapter: 1 on 6/5/2007
What I wonderful weaving of Tolkien's world and the Bible. I loved this truly, and I read Alassiel's too. Excellent.


Author Reply: Thanks NiRi. I'm glad you enjoyed this story. Alassiel had written "Sent Unto Men" and when I read it I told her she had only written half the story. She said that what she had written was all she had "seen". So I ended up writing this piece and the rest, as they say, is history. *grin*

JasmineReviewed Chapter: 1 on 3/1/2007
Oh, my! I just don't know quite where to start here. It's gone into a direction I never really thought it would go. Middle-Earth, I mean.

what is in store for Gandalf? What is his role in all of that? :) And, if you're really going to get into the heart of the matter, how does death on the cross fit in with the plan? Forgive me, I'm dense in all of this. :)

Anyhow, I like this one, so please, if you can, do more with it. If your Muse tells you to, that is.

Author Reply: Surprised you, didn't I? LOL. I'm glad you liked the story, though. As for what happens after this, I've not been told. Maybe someday. Just remember that Tolkien always saw "Middle-earth" as being our own world set in a distant past before our own history began. This story and two other stories (Lúthien's Gift and All the Tides of the World) simply bring the characters of Middle-earth (or at least the Valar, Maiar and Elves) into our own Age.

RhyselleReviewed Chapter: 1 on 2/13/2007
I weep with joy at this wonderful fic!

I had never considered the thought that the Star of Bethlehem was a Silmaril carried by Earendil, and the idea of Olorin being the one to announce the coming of the Lord to the shepherds just touches my heart.

Thank you so very much for your expansion of "Sent Unto Men" (which I also loved).

Author Reply: Thank you Rhyselle. I'm glad you enjoyed this story. When Alassiel sent me her story I knew immediately that only half the story had been told and that only Olórin was the right Maia to send. You might want to read "Lúthien's Gift" which is a prequel to both "Sent Unto Men — Parts I and II", which I wrote when Alassiel asked, "So who was the Maia of the Annunciation?"

DreamflowerReviewed Chapter: 1 on 1/4/2006
Oh how lovely! That Gandalf got to be the one who announced the Holy Birth! I had a hunch it was him, when the thought of the hobbits was there--who else among the Immortals would mourn them so?

Author Reply: This is three years late, Dreamflower, but when I first began posting stories on SoA I didn't know how to reply to people's reviews. *LOL* At any rate, someone just reviewed this story this year and realized that I had neglected to reply to your comment. I am glad you enjoyed this story. Thanks for reviewing and I hope you forgive me for taking so long to respond. Merry Christmas!

AlassielReviewed Chapter: 1 on 1/4/2006
Suilië Fiondil,

You are right; I did only tell half the story, for it did not come to me. I am glad indeed that it came to you.



Author Reply: Alassiel, I always meant to reply to this (once I actually figured out how to reply to a review *grin*) but completely forgot. So here is a very belated thank you for being my inspiration to write Tolkien fan fiction. Without your support and encouragement I would never have thought to 'play' in Middle-earth as I have and I owe it all to you and your friendship. Linalmie.

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