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Do not Meddle in the Affairs of Wizards...  by perelleth 23 Review(s)
BodkinReviewed Chapter: 4 on 10/16/2007
That is beautiful, Perelleth. And sad. And hopeful, too, I suppose. I'm glad that Gildor announced that they would be together again - I think that the idea of an endless division between men and elves is truly sad, especially in the context of Elros and Arwen and their kin.

Gildor makes a superb Guardian - and I do hope he is reunited with his wife and daughter on the far side of the sea.

Author Reply: THank-you Bodkin.
Since Gildor is so sure that they will be reunited, I will not gainsay him and say that yes, it was meant to be hopeful. :-)

RedheredhReviewed Chapter: 4 on 10/9/2007
This was both a sad and uplifting chapter in the characters' lives. But as always, knowing the history helped to get me through the sadder parts. Such angst... good angst,though ;)

I really liked your description of Mithlond at this point in time. Arwen taking over her mother's role was touching. As was Gildor's piling pledge upon pledge to also watch over this family.

And, I loved the last lines. Perfect ending.

OK,concerning the lovely quotes, now you know I can't not say this: imho Tolkien was talking about the Exiles in ME, not the Umanyar. :D

Author Reply: Sorry that i forgot to answer and thank you for taking the time! KNwoing the ending is helpful, although I really don't like to read the ending of LOTR svery often!

daw the minstrelReviewed Chapter: 4 on 10/7/2007
I really enjoyed this, Perelleth. The ending gave me shivers. And I liked the idea of Gildor gently showing the twins how a descent into madness need not be forever. You captured Tolkien's mix of melancholy and joy.

Author Reply: It seems I had totally forgotten to reply to this, and I apologize! :-)
Thank-you very much, daw.

LarnerReviewed Chapter: 3 on 9/25/2007
Alas, poor Gildor--runs off at Celebrian's displeasure only to think he's returning to it, too!

Bless our Gandalf and his ability to rescue folks and truly bring them to their senses! Bless him indeed. And nice to see how this "harmless old man" proves to be none of those things! Heh!

Author Reply: Thank-you, lArner!
I have trouble writing Gandalf, but I think that his being around during most of the third age must have been a blessing for many people...

RedheredhReviewed Chapter: 3 on 9/24/2007
Nice wrap-up!

There were a couple of the little details I especially enjoy, aside from Gandalf barely veiled warnings to Celebrian.

One was her appearance on the stairs. Ooo, a very icy reception from a hot-tempered lady! ;)

And Gandalf's "funny hat"! Loved how you played around with that!

A powerful,sagely wizard deceiving/testing the foolish brigands in the guise of a weak, old man. Very faery.

Gildor "feeling somewhat renewed" after getting cleaned up. Man oh man, how true, how true... His encounter with Arwen was very nice.

Celebrian's paraphrasing Do Not Meddle "in family affairs" to Gandalf! And, his getting the quote in as well later.

Aha! So, it was a promise to keep an eye on Galadriel! Of all people! Someone twice banned! No wonder Gildor was depressed about getting home again!

I was happy for the ending resolution with everyone mellowing out.

I gotta say I like your lineage for Gildor as Findis' grand-son. If you don't mind, I think I might go with that instead of vague connection I thought I would use for CSING. I don't remember his hair color being mentioned, but strong Vanyarin lines and family connections make me fancy him as a fair-headed fellow too.

Weill, I enjoyed this 'long chapter'. Such warnings mean nothing to my kind! ;)

Author Reply: THak-you! At times I feel I am imposing on kind readers with such long chapters, but there was no way that I could divide this one if I wanted to keep to the quote...

And you are very kind as always. When I read Galadriel's meting with Hrassa I was tempted to erase this whole part, since it seemed so pale in comparison... but then I ahd to admit that I am bad at writing strong feelings, so no way that it could be improved.. so there it remained.

YOu are right that there is no mention to Gildor's hair color, just a whim because of his vanyarin connections, Tolkien being so prone to ignore the female line and me making him Finrod's son in the first story that I ever wrote... YOu are welcome to use it...and now I'm looking forward to seeing him featuring in CSING! :-)
THank-you again!

eilujReviewed Chapter: 3 on 9/22/2007
You have the best explanation for "Gildor Inglorion" that I've seen yet (though you might want to explain why "Inglorion" signifies the third house).

Author Reply: Thak-you eiluj. I am following one of those loose threads left by Tolkien in which he said that INglor was Finrod's mother name. So INglorion would mean belonging to the house of INglor, that is, Finrod.

daw the minstrelReviewed Chapter: 3 on 9/22/2007
What a great conclusion to the tale, Perelleth. I shivered at the irony of Gildor saying that Celebrian knew nothing of sorrow and Mithrandir telling her they weren't meant to give in to grief.

Author Reply: Thank you daw... Shameless foreseeing when knowing the ending is this... :-)

BodkinReviewed Chapter: 2 on 9/5/2007
Gildor has a point. A good point.

But so does Elrond, really. And I'm glad that Celebrian defended him.

I'm sorry that Gildor ended up so isolated though. It's not good for him. And the wolf lord is quite a scary character - although I'm delighted he turned up in time to save Elladan and Herion.

And it's about time that Mithrandir turned up to exert his wiles. He's a useful Istar to have round in a pinch.

Author Reply: THank-you, Bodkin, good to hear form you!

I think that all three of them have valid points, and so the thing gest more tangled and difficult to solve...

I had a great fun trying to turn the fable in the first chapter into the truth from which it must have come on the first place... :-)

RedheredhReviewed Chapter: 2 on 8/23/2007
Alright! Such Good Stuff! Three different scenes, three different aspects of Gildor - before he got a bit more mellow. :D

Just a few things that hit me while reading:

"...not raised as Luthien..." Luthien possibly had a rather protected childhood, but not necessarily less aware of evil. Anymore than Celebrian in her time whether born at Nenuial or Lothlorien. However, Luthien's parents do seem to keep her well shielded from outside influences until she runs away...

"...your are free to sail away if you so much despise the lands of Hither... or our company!" You tell him, Ms. C! "...release from my duty..." Whoa, a promise of service? To whom? What better reason for his sticking around for the destruction of the Ring! Or have you told us already and I forgot?

I loved the discussion of elves and the weather! lol! Your way of explaining how one of the eldar could still be relatively bummed about it was well done! You made wonderful use of the rain and mud to get us acquainted with Herion.

" of Tar-Minyatur..." I loved Herion feeling a connection with Elladan's family. Surely, the Dunedain had noticed Elrond's family felt connected to Elros' heirs. Which would eventually pay off in a major way.

I really, really like the swiftness of the fight with the orcs. The pauses and bursts within that fight felt credible. The abruptness of the wolves and the Wolf Lord was exciting.

The Wolf Lord - loved that just for itself! :D

Always get a kick out of Erestor and enjoyed his little narrative about Eriador's past even if the twins did not. "Many of our kin..." but "Your ancestors..." *snerk*

Yes! Yes! 'More Dangerous' trees!

"...not if his eyes blazed..." Yep.

The Old Forest...something only the truly brave (Brandybucks and their hedge) would dare incur into. That's what I thought of as Gandalf ventured into the barricaded wood. I like the enchanted border very much! A very fairy-tale feature! Including his being precipitously sent back from fairy-land.

I certainly liked the center piece of the story best. It was serious and humorous both, with natural-sounding dialogue. Lovely characterization of the man, the wizard, all the elves, and even the orcs. Great descriptions too.

Best of all - more to come!

Author Reply: Thank-you Redheredh! I must say that I always get not only pleasure but also insights form your reviews! BUt I am mostly pleased that you found the fight scene believable., I am bad at that, I have a very difficult time picturing it, and even more writing it down!

But of course, I am tickled by your shrewd eye, picking up Erestor's snarkiness! :-) That was there mainly for your sake, I must say! :-)

I confess that I had great fun forcing myself to translate the fairy tale in the first chapter into something more believable. Gildor's promise not to depart was not mentioned before, it will come out in the next chapter.

And, as always, I am truly encouraged by your kind words. NExt chapter is written, but came out too long, but no matter how much I try to cut it down, it will not work, so I might be posting it soon.

Thank-you again.

Jay of LasgalenReviewed Chapter: 2 on 8/23/2007
I started to read this this morning, but didn't have time to finish it. It's wonderfully complex - I understand Gildor's fear that Elrond is using Vilya, but can see why Elrond and Celebrķan resent his interference. Later on, I love the exchange between Elladan and Herion. Herion seems rather irritated by Elladan's version of 'diplomacy'! Their encounter with the wolves and the 'Wolf Lord' is intriguing - I'm looking forward to more.


Author Reply: Thank-you, Jay. I think that both Gildor and Elrond and Celebrian are a confortnation is almost invevitable.

I had great fun translating the fairy tale in the first chapter into something more close to reality, and of course that part of the Second Age is good for mystery and intrigue. I am thrilled that you liked iit.

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