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Stirrings of Shadow  by Fiondil 427 Review(s)
1r93BMjpcReviewed Chapter: 18 on 12/2/2015
I love it. I really feel like I'm back home. I also raileze I like watching it come down from the inside, nice and toasty. How am I ever going to go back North?

gBcUzONxnUnHReviewed Chapter: 11 on 12/2/2015
That's a weh-otloughtl-ut answer to a challenging question

EruherdirielReviewed Chapter: 70 on 7/15/2014
You were right, this is a slightly darker book. But then again, the subject matter is darker too.

I like all the OCs. Especially Widfara. Does he ever see Aragorn again? Does Aragorn reveal his identity to his swordbrother?

I enjoyed seeing the hints and foreshadowing for TT. It gave me such a thrill to recognize certain bits as something that would be important later.

Author Reply: Hi Eruherdiriel. Widfara is a favorite OC of mine. He does follow Aragorn to Gondor at the end of this story, so he obviously saw him for some time after leaving Rohan. Whether he ever learned the truth about Aragorn's identity, I have no idea. I would like to think he did at some point. And the whole point of this story was to foreshadow what would be the conditions in Rohan and elsewhere during the Ring War and how the seeds of those shadows were sown.

I'm glad you enjoyed the story. Thanks for letting me know. I appreciate it.

EcthelionReviewed Chapter: 70 on 9/16/2013
Let me just say that I have thoroughly enjoyed your story. I have liked all your stories so far but this one was probably my favorite. I really hope that you will write a sequel to this about Aragorn's time in gondor. Thank you for writing such interesting and thought provoking stories. Keep up the good work!

Author Reply: Hello Ecthelion. I am so glad you enjoyed this story so much as well as all my other stories. Everyone has their favorite, even me. I have no plans to write a sequel with Aragorn in Gondor any time soon, but you never know. Stranger things have happened. *grin* Thanks for taking the time to leave a review. I appreciate it very much.

SoledadReviewed Chapter: 999999 on 12/6/2011
Perhaps not the best place to answer, but I can't think of a better one. Thank you for allowing me to add the story to my reading rec list - let's hope it will bring around new readers. New readers are always good. Now I'll go and read the prequel, too. *g*

(BTW, the Valar had nothing to do with my decision re: Church. Sorry if I wasn't clear in that point. What I meant was that their attitude as you describe them reminded me why I made that decision - because of people with similar attitudes. At least your Valar have awesome powers and beautiful clothes. I can practically see the latter when reading your stuff. ;)

Author Reply: No problem, Soledad. I'm flattered that you would want to put this story on your rec list. It will be interesting to see if I do get any new readers after all this time. Hope you enjoy the prequel. It's a bit tongue-in-cheek and definitely a h/c story. As for the Valar... I rather like them myself, especially their clothes. *grin* Glad that my descriptions are vivid enough for you to see them. Thanks for commenting.

Soledad, not logged inReviewed Chapter: 70 on 12/5/2011
I've been reading your stories in no particular order for quite some time and with great interest, but I must say that this one is my favourite. Perhaps because the Valar - whose attitude always remain me why I turned my back on the Catholic Church - are only marginally involved. ;)

In any case, you actually made me like Aragorn again, which seemed almost an impossibility after the movies, and I enjoyed your take on the Rohirric culture (not to mention your awesome language skills a great deal. It made me inspired to pick up "Emissary in the Mark" somewhere in the future again, and I've all but given up on that story, so for that, I'm particularly grateful.

I wanted to ask: would you mind if I linked this story to my reading recommendation page? In case you want to check out the page first, it's here. Feel free to say no if you don't want to see your story listed among the other stuff, I won't take any offence. :)

Congratulations to a captivating story, I liked it a great deal.

Author Reply: Hi Soledad. Wow! I never expected to get a review for this story after all this time. I'm not even going to wonder how the attitude of fictional angel-like characters could ever lead anyone to leave any denomination. *grin*

On the other hand, I'm glad that my depiction of Aragorn meets with your approval. Of course, the Aragorn here is about 60 years younger than the one we meet in LOTR but he's definitely based on book!Aragorn. As for my take on the Rohirric culture, I guess it's because I studied Old English and Anglo-Saxon Archeology while I was attending the University of Nottingham, England way back in my uni days. I've always been fascinated by the Anglo-Saxon culture and enjoy extrapolating that culture to the Rohirric one much as Tolkien himself did.

And I am absolutely thrilled that you want to link this story to your reading recommendation page. Thank you and thank you for taking the time to let me know how much you enjoyed this story. I really appreciate it.

6336Reviewed Chapter: 22 on 7/17/2010
Tea and scones with Namo, I like that idea! With strawberry jam and clotted cream I hope?!

Author Reply: Naturally! *grin*

obsidianjReviewed Chapter: 70 on 1/16/2010
I finally had the time to finish the story. That was quite a ride. You brought the characters, canon and original, to life. I got very fond of the riders of Rohan especially Widfara. I hope there will be a new story about Gondor and we hear more from him.

Author Reply: I am glad you finally got the chance to finish the story and enjoyed it so much. Thanks for letting me know. I appreciate it very much. Perhaps someday, time and the Muse permitting, there may be a sequel to this depicting Aragorn's first year in Gondor with his friend Wídfara, but I can't promise anything at the moment.

Midnight PromiseReviewed Chapter: 10 on 10/25/2009
Ah Finrod. . .

When Aragorn does meet him, I want a front row seat for that awesomeness. . . ;)

Hope life is being awesome,


Author Reply: So do I *grin*.

ArasindaReviewed Chapter: 70 on 10/14/2009
Dear Fiondil,

Thank you for a wonderful story with exciting situations and the delightful talent to fill in the blanks that Tolkien left for our imaginations. When I originally read that Aragorn had served in Rohan, I wondered what the experience might have been like for him. Plus, how would he deal with his ties to Imladris? At times I find myself including your tales with the Tolkien canon when asked by friends about The History of Middle-Earth. I must be more careful in the future. For the present I patiently wait for your new chapters about Finrod, and once you have completed all of Glorfindel's second book, I will sit quietly during the short summer break and completey enjoy it, too.


Author Reply: Hello, Arasinda. Thank you so much for your lovely comments. I am glad you enjoyed this tale of Aragorn so much. I really appreciate you taking the time to let me know. I do hope to finish Glorfindel's tale before next summer, so you definitely have something to look forward to *grin*.

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