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Bound by Duty  by Lady Bluejay 102 Review(s)
SeaCreatureReviewed Chapter: 21 on 3/13/2008
This is, by far, one of the best Lothiriel/Eomer fanfictions I've ever read.

Author Reply: Thank you very much.

It it great to be apppreciated. LBJ

RadbooksReviewed Chapter: 21 on 1/18/2008
Well, since I read Waterloo and Tides of Destiny and enjoyed those so much, I thought I'd start on your other ones that I hadn't ever read. Being sick at home does give you time to do things like that! I had read a couple of your other stories, but hadn't read this one and it was nice and long so it was my first choice! :)

I really, really enjoyed it. Lothiriel's uncertainty about the whole thing but doing it out of duty - that's a tough thing to imagine in this day and age - but oh so real in that sort of society. I really liked her as a character. She was vulnerable and yet strong at the same time. I was glad it was from her point of view, it was very nice. Not that I didn't like this Eomer, because I really did - who doesn't like him? :) But, it was nice seeing it all from her perspective in this story.

Well, done and I'm sure you'll be hearing from me again, though I may wait a day or two or the stories will get all jumbled up in my head!

Author Reply: I am glad you enjoyed - I hope you are not too ill but sometimes I enjoy being a bit sick to have an excuse to do nothing but read. I really tried to get into her head in this one, and thought Imrahil's daughter would behave with dignity.LBJ

SpoonMaidenOfTheShireReviewed Chapter: 21 on 3/27/2007
Wow, this was really good. It's the first story I've read on Stories of Arda, and I was very impressed. Congratulations!

Author Reply: Well, I hope you will be reading more - of mine and others. There are a few who write good Eomer/Lothiriel fics here - enjoy.LBJ

Reviewed Chapter: 21 on 3/9/2007
I thought this story was stupendously written. You have a talent, my dear. It grabbed me from the first and I couldn't stop till the end, and you certianly have a way with words.

Author Reply: Thankyou - I enjoyed writng this one.LBJ

ElflingimpReviewed Chapter: 21 on 3/6/2007
Aw! I just loved this story, I don't think you could have written better.

Author Reply: Thanks for this review - must have missed it earlier. Glad you enjoyed.LBJ

KloseReviewed Chapter: 21 on 2/20/2007
I'm a bit sad to see this story come to an end, I admit, because for the past few weeks I've been pouncing on updates as they came in. *g* But, I've also been a horrid reader, not leaving feedback. *cough*

Lothiriel's emotional state is absolutely understandable, and it was great to see this side of her character - that she's capable of showing her vulnerability to Eomer, which shows how much their relationship has progressed over the course of this story. And it's a great way to end this story, too, because the important theme of this story, was after all, how Lothiriel adapted as the "foreigner Queen" of Rohan.

Still, this has been such a great look at how an arranged marriage (so to speak) can realistically work out well for everyone involved. I loved your charactisations of Eomer and Lothiriel (and, the supporting cast was simply splendid, I thought!); and all the small, well-researched details with regards to day-to-day life in Middle-earth (with respect to Lothiriel) just added to the richness of the narrative. Lothiriel's voice was clear and matter-of-fact, and I'm trying to figure out what exactly about your style draws me in as deeply as it does, but, really, you've just got such a great flair for this - and in addition, some very nice plot-work going on, with the very nicely executed politics aspect of this story.

Right, am rambling here, but I just wanted to say that it's been a great ride, and thank you for sharing this story with us! Can't wait to see your next scenario!

Author Reply: Great you enjoyed it and thanks for the review. I loved writing this one very much--all the little details I found fun and tried to look at it through her eyes.LBJ

BodkinReviewed Chapter: 21 on 2/20/2007
Sweet twist! It's an emotional time at the best of moments - but crying because her son looked like Imrahil! Elfwine will be a good Rohirric prince, raised among his kin - I doubt anybody will even notice his looks (except to admire them, of course). And the marriage has definitely turned out very well, considering Lothiriel's initial doubts.

Author Reply: Yes, it's a very emotional time. I played on that and easily imagined that it's the sort of thing that could really worry her. Thanks for your support of my story.LBJ

mistry89Reviewed Chapter: 21 on 2/16/2007
This is a fly-by "Thanks in advance", I'm off to read it in it's entirety. Thank you for introducing me to E/L stories, I've been hunting them out all week (was sick) and now I have this to indulge myself with!

Hope very much to read more from you soon, and I'll try to leave relevant fb next time :)

Author Reply: Hope you enjoy -- Its good to read stories all at once sometimes because one picks up on all the little nuances.

If you do leave feedback and I don't not reply for a while it is because I am off on holiday.LBJ

LarnerReviewed Chapter: 21 on 2/16/2007
That is a GOOD reason to sleep in the study, I think, and one that caused no hardship on either, save for perhaps wishing he was beside her. But the love has definitely there.

The story has been marvelous and your writing excellent. Thank you so much for the enjoyment. I usually read Hobbit and Aragorn fiction, I'll admit, but I find I love the different ideas of what the relationship between Faramir and his bride from Dol Amroth might be like.

As for the concern the child might look perhaps too Gondorian--remember that one of Eomer's grandmothers was Morwin, also of Gondor. It's not particularly new to the people of Rohan to know a queen from the land of the sea kings.

Author Reply: Thankyou for the kind words -- glad you enjoyed my tale.

Of course Eomer has quite a lot of Gondorian blood and that never seemed to bother anybody. I just went with the fact that Lothy was in a very emotionable state and worries are magnified then. She had a tough time herself and didn't want her child to suffer in any way. When she gets chance to think sensibly I am sure she will feel better about Elfwine's resemblence to her father! LBJ

LarnerReviewed Chapter: 20 on 2/16/2007
Yes, the seal of her acceptance, that she quickened for the King, and delights in his love.

Wonderful! And on Aerin's wedding day, too. So appropriate!

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