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The Wars of the Valar  by Fiondil 9 Review(s)
TariReviewed Chapter: 21 on 9/3/2008
Growing up is hard enough without having to deal with the demons Namo is facing. Having to put the evil Melkor reeked upon him behind would probably be next to impossible for a human to handle.

Author Reply: Námo has a long road to recovery, but he is a Vala and will eventually be able to do so, much better than most humans. We see that in my later Valar-verse stories. I'm sure there were still moments even ages later when he may have had moments of darkness (as we all do) but with the love of his family and the support of his Maiar, I'm also sure those moments were few and far between.

Agape4GondorReviewed Chapter: 21 on 3/13/2008
This was an extremely hard chapter to read and I'm sure to write!

I liked the fact that Manwe does not tell the other Valar's Mayar to do things - but asks the Vala to tell them. Nice touch. I almost forgive him for how he's been towards Namo.

At least until this latest ploy!!!!

I snorted at derision at whomever the Vala was that suggested Namo should be 'put' away...... Where is my sword when I need it????

Author Reply: Like many people who've not "been there, done that", even the Valar are clueless about what Námo is or has experienced and can't quite understand why he just doesn't "get better". It's as much a learning experience for them as it is for Námo and a necessary experience for when dealing with the Children, although they don't realize it yet.

KittyReviewed Chapter: 21 on 2/20/2008
Poor Námo. That was another rather traumatic experience for him! But Oromë was very nice, and I hope this trust and friendship will be enough for Námo to get through this. He needs help just now, I think. Particularly after what he overheard ... :-(

Author Reply: Námo still has a ways to go before he's completely healed and Oromë has been with him every step of the way. I think the two of them are very good for one another.

LarnerReviewed Chapter: 21 on 2/18/2008
An interesting interlude as he begins facing the memories of Melkor's malice and treachery. And now he has a worthy distraction. I doubt that Orome is all that hapless, myself, but am glad he found a valid reason to involve Namo.

Author Reply: Occupational therapy for wayward Ayanuz as Rhyselle put it. *grin* I'm sure Oromë isn't that hapless either but at least he's gotten Námo out of his self-pity and that's all that matters.

ImhirielReviewed Chapter: 21 on 2/17/2008
I like the fact that you showed us the end of the race only through recapitulation; somehow, it's seems more funny to imagine it from what we learn indirectly.

Námo being at last confronted with what happened - very tense and gripping and moving - his panic and the tumult of emotions and memories and sensations was evoked very well. I felt pity for him for having to endure it, and in my mind, I kept encouraging him, "You can do it, you are strong..." *g*

I find it very interesting that you develop such a strong bond between Námo and Oromë. I like it, also because their "domains" - and therefore, presumably, also their temperaments - seem so different from each other. Is there something in canon that gave you the idea for this? I'm really curious how this will play out in the further course of the story; and of course right now especially how and with what Oromë needs Nŕmo's input.

Author Reply: There is nothing in canon about any of the Valar and their relationships to one another except in the vagues of terms. What I've developed between Námo and Oromë has come from my own imaginings and the dynampics of this tale. And you know what they say about opposites attract. Námo and Oromë are very different in character and tempermentand perhaps that's why they are creating such a close bond with one another.

I'm afraid that Námo will take some time to face the memories of his encounters with Melkor, but at least he will not have to face them alone.

Glad you enjoyed the chapter. Thanks for reviewing.

scarletdragonReviewed Chapter: 21 on 2/17/2008
Mae Govannen! I love this story. It's really interesting to see the Valar in their younger days, growing up and making mistakes. Please update soon. Also, Glorfindel and Finrod keep nagging me to ask you when you plan to write the sequel to 'Elf Interuppted'. Could you be kind and post the first chapter of the sequel, so-
Glorfindel'Yes. I like being in stories. Hurry up with the new one!'
Finrod' I agree with Glorfi! Also, you left us in the middle of nowhere at the end of the last story, and we want to know what's going on!'
SHUT UP YOU TWO! Sorry about that Fiondil, see what I have to put up with? Back to what I was saying before I was so rudely interupp-
I have now gone scarlet with embarassment(thanks very much you two, now I'm too embarassed to continue this review) Fiondil, please show some pity for me and do as they ask so they'll leave me alone! If not, may the Valar have mercy on my soul, and I'll see you in Mandos-
Glorfindel'Yes because if you don't write my new story I will lock you in a room with Tinwetariel and Ingoldo for a century, and they will bore you to death!'
Finrod' Or they will drive you to insanity and you will abandon your hroa and flee to Namo, whichever happens first!'
ARRGH! I'm going to flee to Namo in a minute! Fiondil I'm begging you. Help. Please. Namarie mellon nin.

Author Reply: Well, as it happens the first chapters have been written but nothing will be posted until later in March as I need to finish up some other things first, so you just need to be patient. Tell Finda and Glorfy to put a sock in it or I'll leave them in limbo indefintely. That should shut them up. *grin*

EdlynReviewed Chapter: 21 on 2/14/2008
Oh, my. Poor Námo.

I should have more to say about this chapter in my review than I do but I'm having a very hard time finding the words that say everything I want to say. The closest I can come is that I can (unfortunately) commiserate/sympathise with our favourite Vala and thank goodness Oromë was there with love and hugs. Námo's reaction to facing the memory was so much like the reactions of Glorfindel and Finrod when they were Judged in the Mahanaxar in your "Elf, Interrupted" story that it really shook me. Seeing Námo like this after seeing him in the other story has been interesting and sometimes adorable but this time it was very frightening--especially with the reactions of his family. It read like an intervention gone bad. I hate to say it, but many of his family sounded downright callous (though that might well have been due to panic at his unexpected reaction) when he freaked out. You made me actually cry though, when Oromë told Námo that he already had Námo's fealty because he'd given him his trust (and if that isn't what fealty is, I don't know what is!).

And there's nothing like a little occupational therapy after an emotional overload to help bring you back to some sense of equilibrium. I always choose to play music or painting, Námo and Oromë work on planets--perfectly understandable in my opinion.

I look forward to what your muse sends you next on this story, meldonya.


Author Reply: You made me actually cry though, when Oromë told Námo that he already had Námo's fealty because he'd given him his trust (and if that isn't what fealty is, I don't know what is!).

My beta said the same thing about fealty and trust. *grin*

Setbacks are inevitable and unfortunately many of the Ayanumuz don't quite get it, which is understandable because none of them have ever had to deal with this sort of situation before. I suspect that some, if not all, of them expected Námo to remember what he was supposed to remember and then go on his merry way. Oromë seems to have caught on to the fact that Atar never expected Námo to remember immediately but that this was just the first step towards Námo's full recovery of his memories concerning his confrontations with Melkor. Hopefully, the next time won't be such a shock for him.

Occupational Therapy for Ayanumuz... forget basketweaving... go make a planet or two. LOL Thanks for reviewing.

Nieriel RainaReviewed Chapter: 21 on 2/13/2008
Ah, time to start facing the memories. Setbacks were inevitable, I'd say. Poor Namo. I hope he will soon begin to heal more and draw strength from those who would help him. Oromë really shone in this chapter. I really enjoyed seeing him in this and the ending had me grinning.

Great chapter!

Author Reply: Thanks, NiRi. Setbacks are indeed inevitable, as is true with any type of healing. Námo thinks that this setback means that he's failed everyone including Atar somehow, but that's not really true, as Oromë points out. I am liking Oromë more and more and am enjoying seeing where his and Námo's deep friendship, beyond being fellow Ayanumuz and Máhanumaz, got it's start.

RadbooksReviewed Chapter: 21 on 2/12/2008
Are you trying to make me cry? Well, it worked. Poor Namo, he's in such pain and doesn't see any way out of it. He has to face it, but it's such a scary thing even when surrounded by those who love you. I'm sure forcing him to face it will be a good thing in the long run, even if the others don't think so right now. Atar is never wrong! :)

Author Reply: Sorry to make you cry... that wasn't my intent, though I had a few tears myself as I was writing this chapter. *grin*

Námo does have a lot of pain to deal with and more healing, but I think Oromë especially will help him there. And, you're right... Atar is never wrong *grin*.

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