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Droplets  by perelleth 143 Review(s)
GalathilReviewed Chapter: 18 on 11/4/2021
Dear perelleth. Have come across and read this lovely story. I am hoping that you and your muse, will finish

it someday. Galathil

AntaneReviewed Chapter: 14 on 1/25/2020
What a beautiful story! Le hannon. God bless, Antane :)

Author Reply: Thank you very much indeed, Antane, I am glad that you enjoyed it! Sorry I missed this, I have been away from SoA for years!

LarnerReviewed Chapter: 18 on 7/20/2016
Ah, perfect!

Author Reply: thanks!

daw the minstrelReviewed Chapter: 18 on 7/17/2016
Oh lord, this is beautiful, Perelleth. The language is lovely, but the deep emotion vibrates with life and reality. The moment when we realize he's telling this tale to Ereinion is a great little pivot in our understanding, and it deepens the story because we know that this isn't just some neutral listener. It's someone who would treasure the feelings as part of his own history.

Early in the story, you can see how family can drive you crazy. Family has the ability to betray you because you feel you should be able to rely on them. And there's no one like family for knowing where to stick the knife in. But then, by the end, we hear of a family celebration (though not a perfect one) and, of course, father and son are family too.

But this: the world stopped, and time faltered, and Arien paused to look down, and even the Aratar felt the stir, Ereinion, for nothing so powerful had happened in Arda since Yavanna brought her trees to life

That's my favorite line in the whole story because it's so true.

Just wonderful.


Author Reply: Hello, Daw! I'm so glad you're still reading!
This story must have been sitting in my laptop for close to 10years now!
I too love that part...trying to convey how amidst the horrors of life in ME happiness anda hipertexto could be found. I read it as if it wasn't written by me, so long since i had seen that story, and that part really hit me too.
Thank you for taking the time to read and review! I really miss those times!

nilmandraReviewed Chapter: 14 on 3/20/2016
Losing my memory turned out to be a blessing in disguise, as I read this. What really struck me this time was the way that you used Estel as the hope of the elves and the way that you named Aragorn Estel knowing his future.

It was the chieftain I was really struck by. And Celebrian. The chieftain, by his relationship to me and yet also my relationship to Elrond . You have longed up so much of my characters and characterizations in the short story but I can see all of them there and I am deeply touched. I wish I could say more but I really am not coherent enough. Just know that my lack of coherence really is a gift that I can't put into words what I mean to say.

Author Reply: Sorry I didn't see this earlier. I'm happy
that you liked it. I remember thinking of you ejem writing both the chieftain and elrond, mostly as you have written him along the years. Readinagbyour stories I learned to find deeper meaning in tolkien, and to love these stories more. I'll neve
Thank you enough for creating this place

NTGDFIiWsojReviewed Chapter: 3 on 2/9/2012
Oh.Em.Gee… I can see a peecrft rose in that droplet of water. That is amazing, Jessica!!! Well done!!! The colors are so vibrant too.

RedheredhReviewed Chapter: 17 on 1/23/2010
You are so good!

I really liked the 'ring of words' and 'living ring' literally manifested in the chain of days Amarie had "knitted" together while waiting and watching over Finrod. I wonder if anyone else actually knew of it and her mirrored 'link' to her beloved each day. Since he himself did not... That was very romantic. I was strongly reminded of Arwen watching over Aragorn from a distance and stitching his banner, likely from her hair.

There was so much poetry in this piece. So many tangible physical descriptions reflecting the transitions of Finrod's internal state. "Like the sun drawing back the beaded curtain of a spring shower..." was one of my favorite phrases. His following the wren hearkened me back to finding the "Secret Garden". Enchanting.

Absolutely, it was Gandalf that called up that storm (besides the rickety shelter) knowing exactly where Finrod would be headed. I like the reiteration of Finrod's "life review" in the restless dream. It certainly aided later in his realization about Amarie's presence during all his trials.

I especially liked how you used the set scene of the old/crazy wise-man advising the seeker, who must make sense of seeming nonsense. :) Although, it felt odd that Finrod did not include his own sister in the list of comparably valorous ladies. And the theme of a ring held up throughout nicely, even to the serpents and the lovers' embrace.

I was so tickled by the ending. Panning away from the lovers before the scene got beyond the suggestion. *g* A sweet crescendo of the love theme that has been playing in the background along with a fitting The End. Now, that's a lovely 'happily ever after' and a wrap on an epic tail! Whoops! Tale! ;D

Very well done!

Author Reply: You are soooo kind! :-)

BUt I'm glad you liked it. It was so hard to write! It was there in pieces, and putting them together took a whole month of sitting every day, and still I'm not absolutely happy with how it turned out, but I admit it's the best I can get now.

And of course, you've picked up all the tricks, which were very plainly laid there to see, but hopefully not too cliched. I've been thinking a lot lately about the old/crazy guiding the seeker, and the internal conflict and external conflict being linked or mirrored...and awarenoess of it, so it was all obvious but also, I think, necessary for the story. It took Finarfin's words, a storm, a dream, a wren and an obliging forest to get wise Finrod to understand that there is more than personal awesomeness to every deed. everything turned around him in his ow head: I can forgive her because I'm asesome and reborn and forgotten, and I love her... and he had to be shown that it had been the other way around for all that time... or at leat that there is so much at play that we don't see in every life that our understanding is always limited ;-)

Galadriel is not on his list because he was thinking of strong females and dramatic lovestories. So in FInrod's understanding of the world, it would be Celeborn in that list, even if you and I know differently... :-)

Thank you very much again. Now I'm going to turn back to the other pending story.

ellieReviewed Chapter: 17 on 1/22/2010
nicely done!

Author Reply: THank-you, ellie.

LarnerReviewed Chapter: 17 on 1/22/2010
How fitting! And trust Olorin to say what he did about what one looks for being behind one's eyes! Love him always! Lovely!

Author Reply: Thank-you, Larner!
Olorin/Gandalf is always ready to lend a hand, be it in middle-earth or Valinor! He's useful, but also great to have around. I'm glad you liked it!

daw the minstrelReviewed Chapter: 17 on 1/22/2010
On he rode Finrod the Faithful, fairest and most beloved of the house of Finwë, and he felt that his heart would burst in joy as he hurried at last to his love.

With no more doubts in his heart, he went about swift and easy as a questing wind, humming merrily as his nervous steed flew under the starlit skies and across the well-known fields that led to Valmar.

That's lovely, Perelleth. Just gorgeous. I read that, then pointed it out to someone else and said wow! Look at that.

But how hard it is to let go of old grudges and an old life and begin again. I love the way the natural world matches Finrod's interior one. You personify nature a lot in this piece and it really works to make whole world feel living an breathing.

“Oh, you know!” he gestured around vaguely. “Sowing, seeding, planting… a bit of watering, a bit of trimming, a bit of whispering here and there…mainly watching over the new saplings.”

I thought that was Gandalf! It sounded so like him.

I like the way you included Amarie's skill as a silversmith. And lovely, lovely ending.

Author Reply: You've made my day, daw. I've been struggling with this snippet for months, and it still didn't feel aboslutely finished to me. I'm glad it worked, with the forest and the weather and the Maiar and Amarie all teaming up together to gently nudge Finrod through the last step of healing. Thank-you very much.

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