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The Wars of the Valar  by Fiondil 6 Review(s)
Panzer 71Reviewed Chapter: Prologue on 7/12/2011
This is the 4th piece I've read of yours and found it as enjoyable as the others. The way you weave science into the story gives it a realism that adds so much. You portrail of the Valar as being falable,almost human,differs from how I've imagined them,but the way you portay them makes it easy to empathise with them. It truely is facinating to see how others imagine Tolkiens world,thanks for sharing your stories. I always thougt a great story might be Eols forging of the two swords from a metorite and how he learned smithing from the dwarves*hint hint*

Author Reply: Hello, Panzer. Thank you for letting me know how much you enjoyed reading this tale. I really appreciate you taking the time to do so. My take on the Valar is decidedly different from a lot of writers. As created beings, they are not perfect, though they may be closer to perfection than mere Mortals, and not being perfect, they can make mistakes, and Tolkien acknowledges this in his writings. And since, like us, they are prone to making mistakes, that makes them more approachable and we can empathize with them more.

As for Eöl... well, you never know...

JancyReviewed Chapter: Prologue on 11/16/2008
I'm just begiing this story but so far what I've read is itnersting. I don't think anyone had ever written alot about the Valar.

You have alot of great and intresting ideas!

Author Reply: Hi Jancy. I'm glad you found this tale. I hope you enjoy reading it. I think I'm the only person who's devoted an entire story just to the Valar or at least that was the case when I first started writing it. *grin*

TariReviewed Chapter: Prologue on 6/13/2008
This sounds so exciting. I can't wait to start. You know I can't not be reading one of your stories. I am totally hooked.


Author Reply: Happy reading.

KittyReviewed Chapter: Prologue on 12/9/2007
Sorry, I started this once, then had so little time I abandoned it. But I hope now to catch up.

I’m truly impressed that you dare to write this story – I’d never be able to think of enough details, and even if I’d start, I am sure I would become hopelessly stuck very soon. It sounds truly interesting - can't remember any other fic even remotely similar in theme.

Author Reply: Hi Kitty! Glad you're reading this story again. Now that I've finished with Elf, Interrupted for a time, I can concentrate more fully on this story and Stirrings of Shadow.

I know taking on this subject is very risky, but I felt it was a story that needed and should be told. I've been enjoying filling in the gaps of the Silmarillion in this way. it's a good exercise of imagination.

Agape4GondorReviewed Chapter: Prologue on 7/31/2007
Your first paragraph really sets the stage for a great chapter. I loved the wording, esp. 'he had timed it just right.' I immediately wondered what on - well there is no Middle-earth yet, is there! I just wondered what the Vala was going to do!

Great line here - 'It was glorious and Námo exalted in the fiery death of one of Varda’s creations even as he mourned the destruction that would follow.'

This definitely sounds like a fun new sport! 'He rode the wave, allowing himself to be swept across space.'

But to have it end with Melkor *shivers* He is an incredibly evil thing!

Ewwwwwwwwwwwwwww - '"Did you enjoy your ride, Little One?" Melkor asked condescendingly.' And then - YIKES - 'A dark thrill coursed through him and he shivered involuntarily.'

Forgive me - it might not be your intent - but this whispering of Melkor's and Namo's fighting it with such difficulty reminded me of Boromir and the whispers of the Ring. I'm glad Namo had someone near who could help him!!!

This is fun to see - the Valar having a good time - 'Ulmo and Aulë were idly jumping off the rings... riding the air currents. Oromë and Nessa were racing each other around the rings while Irmo, Estë and Vairë were tossing ice shards at one another...'

I love the hint of Namo's future greatness in this chapter and the 'gift' he has already received.

Very nice chapter indeed!

Author Reply: Thanks, Agape. I'm glad you liked this chapter. The image of Námo standing on the moon waiting for the supernova is the first image that came to me when I was thinking of writing this story and so, that is the starting point from which all else flows.

Most of this story I think will describe the interaction between Melkor and Námo. In many ways they are alike but there is enough of a difference in character that Námo stays true to Eru. Yet... one shudders to think what he might have become had he joined with Melkor.

The Valar here are still young, unweighed by the cares which assail them by the time we meet them in the Silmarillion, so there is still a sense of play about them (though that never fades since play is an integral aspect of all sentient beings, however old. We see that even in "Elf Interrupted" with Námo and Irmo making bets.)

LarnerReviewed Chapter: Prologue on 7/11/2007
Sounds an interesting premise.

Author Reply: And five years later, I actually reply. Oops. Mea culpa, Larner. I have to stop re-reading my own stories as I keep coming across reviews to which I forgot to respond for one reason or another. LOL! Anyway, I thought it was an interesting premise and it was a lot of fun to write this one, which is probably my personal favorite of all my stories.

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