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Branwyn's Bric--Brac  by Branwyn 3 Review(s)
Grey WondererReviewed Chapter: 9 on 4/30/2007
A very telling conversation indeed! I hate to say it but I could see Denethor's point here. Don't tell anyone.

LarnerReviewed Chapter: 9 on 1/2/2007
Alas, Denethor fails to appreciate the distinction. He doesn't recognize that Gandalf offers ever choice, while Sauron would snatch away all choices if so allowed.

Raksha The DemonReviewed Chapter: 9 on 11/14/2006
Gandalf referred to himself and Denethor as "two such terrible old men" in his conversation with Pippin, post-grilling by Denethor, in the first chapter of ROTK. Here, Branwyn sketches the two powerful figures butting heads in their worldview and being rather annoying - Gandalf being a bit too cryptic to a ruler of a land threatened by disaster, Denethor being weary and annoyed and not willing to be lessoned by anyone, even a wizard who has seen many lifetimes of Men. Gandalf sees, by character and by necessity, the whole picture, Denethor's vision narrows always to the land he is sworn to protect and he really doesn't care to extend it to encompass other priorities even if he could.

Excellent, multi-layered and multi-faceted look at two mighty players in LOTR in a cerebral and verbal confrontation.

Author Reply: No, Denethor will not be guided and refuses to consider the larger scheme of things, and in the end, that is his downfall. Yet, I think he is justified in wondering why the other side seems to have more skillful magic-users. As Lord Branwyn is fond of joking, Gandalf would make a fifth-level wizard. :-D
Thanks so much for reviewing!

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