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Playing Chess With Lord Námo  by Fiondil 19 Review(s)
MarethielReviewed Chapter: 1 on 1/23/2009

Aragorn Elessar Telcontar, High King of Gondor and Arnor, was not amused. He gave the mithril and gold gates of the Halls of Mandos one last pounding and then stopped and stepped back, his posture one of defiance and anger.

"Damn you, Legolas!" he fairly screamed. "You come back here you... you... impossible elf, you!"

"Tsk, tsk, Estel. Such language."

Aragorn stopped his ranting and felt a frisson of something that was less than fear but more than joy coursing through his body and slowly turned around. Standing behind him was a Being, taller than he. ....**Snip! of some wonderful descriptive language**... He was smiling, though that didn’t necessarily assure the Mortal standing there with his mouth open. Slowly, Aragorn found himself on his knees before the Lord of Mandos.

"It’s been a while, hasn’t it, son?" Námo said genially. "I think the last time was with Wídfara... or was that the time before?... I forget." His smile turned even more wicked than when he’d been speaking to Maranwë and the Lord of Mandos had the pleasure of seeing the King of Gondor and Arnor start sweating. Which, come to think about it, was a neat trick when said king was here in fëa only.

"Oh do get up, Estel," Námo continued with mock impatience, gesturing for the Mortal to rise. "I really don’t have time for all this, you know."

Holy Cow...

I am awed... your imagination is truly something else! And the imagery, the characterization. Good Lord. When I grow up into a real writer I want to be just like you!

Thank you SO much for this; this was such fun and such a wonderful tale.


Author Reply: Hello Marethiel. Thanks for your praises and thanks for letting me know how much you enjoyed reading this. I hope you also take the time to read the sequel "Ab 'Urth" which gives us this story from Legolas' POV, including the actual Judgment that he went through. *grin*

dreamingkatReviewed Chapter: 1 on 4/4/2008
quite amusing and a welcome laugh on day home sick.

Author Reply: I'm glad you enjoyed this and hope it helped make you better or at least endure the bother of being sick at all a bit more. Laughter is supposed to be the best medicine, so I've been told. Thanks for taking the time to let me know you liked this, especially when you're not feeling well.

Author Reply: And don't forget to read the sequel, Ab 'Urth, in which we get Legolas' side of the story.

LindaleReviewed Chapter: 1 on 2/22/2008
This is an amazing story, a very very good idea, I can't describe it.

>>Námo’s eyes narrowed. "Yes, Thranduil," he said darkly and Aragorn found himself shivering in spite of himself. "Always a force to be reckoned with," Námo added.
I was snickering at this becasue I was thinking of Thranduil and what his reaction would be like... that would be a very intresting story.


Author Reply: Glad you liked this, Lindalë. Yes, Thranduil is always a force to be reckoned with, even by the Valar.

JastaElfReviewed Chapter: 1 on 2/2/2008
There are just not enough words in ALL the worlds to describe how wonderful this story is. This is brilliantly written, the characterizations are perfect, I continue to love and adore your Valar/Belain, and there are so many brilliant turns of phrase (particularly the ones about Luthien looking out of Aragorn's eyes... and the line "He’s demanding his elf back."...) that I would simply have to paste the whole tale in here to relate them all. Which... I won't do. You so totally rock, and so does your writing.

Now... you KNOW you have to write a tale explaining this, because I have GOT to know:

Námo’s eyes narrowed. "Yes, Thranduil," he said darkly and Aragorn found himself shivering in spite of himself. "Always a force to be reckoned with," Námo added.

Anyway, SUPERB tale, thank you SO much!!

Author Reply: Hi JastaElf. Thanks for your review. I'm glad you enjoyed this tale. If you're at all inerested in knowing just what Legolas' Judgment was like be sure to read the sequel Ab 'Urth.

As for Námo's reference to Thranduill.... well, if he ever tells me, I'll let everyone else know. LOL

CesReviewed Chapter: 1 on 1/30/2008
I found this story by accident and am so glad I did!

What an excellent story. From the very first sentence it held my attention. I laughed and I cried. What true friendship Aragorn and Legolas have.

It seems as though even Namo is just the teeniest bit....not afraid....not quite intimitated.....but not wanting to incur the wrath of Thranduil regarding the death of his son?!

I'm going to go and read all of your stories. I love the way you write the Valar and Namo is quickly becoming a favorite.

Thank you for a lovely story!


Author Reply: Hi Ces! I'm glad you enjoyed this story. I think even someone like Námo would be a bit... concerned over Thranduil's reaction to hearing about his son dying and dying the way he did. LOL

There is a sequel to this story "Ab 'Urth" that is also archived on SoA. But please feel free to read ALL my stories and I hope you leave a review or two if the mood strikes.

I appreciate you taking the time to let me know how much you enjoy my writing, especially how I write the Valar. Námo is definitely my favorite as well. *grin* Thanks.

obsidianjReviewed Chapter: 1 on 1/13/2008
Lovely story. Playing chess with a vala. It had to be a rigged game, otherwise the valar would lose their seemingly godlike reputation. But it still took courage from Aragorn to issue the challenge and then go through with it. I loved the behind the scenes commentary from the other valar.

Author Reply: Thanks, obsidianj,I'm glad you enjoyed this. I had a lot of fun finding just the right game for the two of them to play. It was certainly rigged, by me, as I needed a game in which White won. LOL But certainly Námo made his moves believing that Aragorn would be a savvy enough tactician to make the right moves so he would ultimately win. And the commentary by the other Valar and Olórin was the part for me as a writer, that and having Aragorn describe just how he managed to lose his elf. LOL Thanks for reviewing.

PeppyPowerReviewed Chapter: 1 on 1/2/2008
I'm late, I know.
But, as Cal said, I'm a very happy girl these days. You know how much I love this fic, Fiondil. But I was very alarmed when I read that there were some people actually thinking this FUNNY *insert shocked expression*. I cried. A lot. I admit I was snickering at "He is demanding his Elf back". That'd be so Aragorn. But in the end, I couldn't even read further - there was a never-ending river of tears streaming down my face. Alena (OBs manager) sent me some new pictures and autographs and we had this fic printed and sent it in return. Orlando (who's not REALLY into fanfiction at all, lol) read the first chapters of EI and I guess he will like this one, too.

Thanks again, this means a lot to me.


Author Reply: Hi Nina,

Don't worry about being late, given your circumstances. Actually, I rather thought the story was funny myself, but I'm weird like that. So Orlando's read the first chapters of EI huh? Wow! and now you're sending him this fic? If he ever lets you know what he thinks of it, you'll have to tell me.

Anyway, I'm glad you enjoyed this story so much. When the call came out for a Legolas h/c fic the image of Aragorn playing for Legolas' fëa just sort of came to me and I knew I just had to write the story incorporating the Naked Yule challenge into it. NiRi helped me with Legolas 'death scene', so you can blame her for that *LOL* but the rest is pure Fiondil.

Linda HoylandReviewed Chapter: 1 on 12/30/2007
A haunting and beautiful story.I'm not a Legolas fan, but I loved Aragorn's loyalty and devotion here.

Author Reply: Thanks, Linda. I'm glad you found this story so beautiful and haunting. I never thought of it as being haunting, just a lot of fun to write. *grin* Aragorn is very loyal to Legolas and wasn't about to give him up without a fight. Good thing for us all that he won. *grin*

GrumpyReviewed Chapter: 1 on 12/29/2007
Great story, enjoyed reading it. A little glipse of Namo and the Valar. I can just see Aragorn at the gates demanding his elf back.

Author Reply: Thanks, Grumpy. I'm glad you enjoyed the story.

TiggerReviewed Chapter: 1 on 12/29/2007
Wow!! This is wonderful Flondil!! I did snicker at the way Legolas died though. Can't you imagine that conversation between Aragorn and Thranduil?

I am so very sorry My Lord, but it is my solemn duty to inform you, your son Legolas died bravely in battle.

But how did my son die?

Ummm....Ah...Uh huh...Yeah....He was skewered on a tree branch...



Completely and totally enjoyed this. Especially the conversation between Namo and the rest of the Valar and certain Maiar too.

Will have to print this one out for my binder I take to medical appts. Thanks again for the great story!! :o)

Author Reply: That would be a funny scene, though, luckily for Aragorn and the people of Gondor and Arnor, that never happened. Like Námo said, Thranduil is a force to be reckoned with. *grin* I'm glad you enjoyed this Tigger. Thanks for reviewing.

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