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Beginnings  by Fiondil 24 Review(s)
LaurelasReviewed Chapter: 2 on 7/19/2012
You know... I really adore your writing. Years after leaving the 'fandom' I find myself back again and you are *still* the first fanfic author I recommend when asked about Tolkien-verse stories and the first one I go to when I want to read really engaging ones for my own enjoyment.

And then I open this one today and just like that, I'm sucked into your world again!

So now I'll skip off to immediately read my absolute favorites (the EI series) because this one brought back that full nostalgia... and even though it's YEARS later I'll quietly continue to hope that the muse inspires more Erestor. Because it's so very hard to find good Glorfindel and Erestor friendship stories and I'd love to see how all of Glorfindel's 'new' family take to Erestor!


Author Reply: Hello Laurelas. What a lovely review, especially after all this time. I may write some more Glorfindel/Erestor friendship stories in the future. You never know. Thanks for reading my stories. I appreciate you letting me know how much you enjoy them. And welcome back to the Tolkien fandom.

eilujReviewed Chapter: 1 on 8/30/2009
Hi, Fiondil, it's me again. I slipped back into rarely-reviewing mode, but ... well, it's the editor in me. Sorry.

"Finrod knew him to be a competent councillor and administrator to his friend Beren’s great-grandson, Elrond, who was also Finrod’s nephew-by-marriage as well as his first cousin twice removed."

Through Dior, Finrod and Elrond are *second* cousins twice removed (Eärwen and Lúthien being first cousins).

Also, through Nimloth, Finrod and Elrond are second cousins three times removed.

And through Celeborn, they are second cousins once removed by marriage.

Hope that's right. [I finally had to make separate charts for all the ways people are related to each other (especially Elrond), because otherwise I couldn't remember them all. I'm obviously not a hobbit.]

Bumped into this story on a search for something else; it's just as enjoyable the second time around.

Author Reply: Hi. I will have to recheck my own chart. I probably misread it and there are a couple of different ways to denote relationships between cousins and terminology is not always the same. Thanks for the heads-up, though. I am glad you found this just as enjoyable the second time around. Thanks for letting me know. I appreciate it very much.

Midnight PromiseReviewed Chapter: 2 on 7/16/2009

Loved the story! Poor Erestor always seemed to get shunned out, I am really happy he got a star role! :)

Aw, Erestor and Estel...Cuteness abounding. I hope the Muse directs you toward a more *specific* shot with stories about Estel being told to the elves in Valinor. ;)

As always, great job and looking forward to more!

Author Reply: Hi MP. I am glad you loved this story. Someday, the Muse willing, I may write more about Erestor and Estel. We´ll have to see.

6336Reviewed Chapter: 2 on 11/3/2008
Can we have some more Beginnings please? I would like to read the story of Sador's courtship and marriage! Do Erestor and the beautifull Lindorille have a future or is it just a dance floor romance!?
More please,

Author Reply: At the moment I have no plans to expand on this story though that's not to say that it won't be at some point in the future. It all depends on the muse. As for Sador... we might see something of that in "Elf, Interrupted, Book Two" but again I make no firm promises. *grin*

6336Reviewed Chapter: 2 on 7/17/2008
One never thinks of Erestor as being other than one of Elronds advisors. This glimpse into his early life is fascinating, would he have ended up with Elrond if he had not met Glorfindel?
You would think Elves would be above that sort of thing, but prejudice is a pervasive part of the history of Middle Earth, those that went, looked down on those that stayed and those that made it over the mountins, looked down on those that did not!
Sad to say we are not much better today, no matter how much we try. Sometimes I think we try to hard.
Sorry this is bit off topic but some of your stories are very thought provoking!

Author Reply: Hi Lynda. I'm glad you find this (and my other stories) thought provoking. It's one of my goals as a writer to get my readers thinking and re-evaluating old prejudices and seeing things in a different light than what they are used to.

Erestor is an interesting character whom I would like to write more about, perhaps even expand on this story some more at a later time. Thanks for reviewing.

CesReviewed Chapter: 2 on 2/5/2008
Glad to see Erestor making some new friends as he awaits Glorfindel to join him. I loved your version of how those two met.

And Erestor mentions Estel; how sweet. Let's hope he got the chance to tell some stories of him.

Another wonderful tale from you. Thanks!

Author Reply: I'm sure Finrod, Arafinwë and Ingwë heard many tales from Erestor about Glorfindel and Estel. Glad you liked the story.

obsidianjReviewed Chapter: 2 on 1/28/2008
Ohhh, I love this. I'm just now rereading Elf Interrupted, so I knew immediately what Erestor was talking about when he talked of the incident Glorfindel told him about. I like your Erestor and hope you have more chapters of this story soon.

Author Reply: Thanks, obsidianj. At the moment this is just a one shot (originally a gift fic for a friend who's mad on Erestor *grin*) but you never know where the muse will take you and so perhaps someday I may continue this. I'm sure a number of readers would like to see if Erestor gets the elleth.

hanciReviewed Chapter: 2 on 1/18/2008
Beautiful, really beautiful.And you mentioned Estel! And Turgon and... I love it when there are hints and references to other stories - when I know them, of course. :o)

Author Reply: Thnaks, Hanci. I'm glad you liked this. I like dropping hints and references to other stories or in some way connect them as much as possible so that they are interconnected within my particular version of Middle-earth. Like Tolkien, I like to offer vistas of a deeper past than what we encounter on the surface, thus giving my stories (hopefully) more depth.

hanciReviewed Chapter: 1 on 1/18/2008
Not only Glorfindel, neither you have ever mentioned his family (the first one, not the adopted one).
It's wonderful to meet everyone again and to see them through Erestor's eyes.

Author Reply: Thanks Hanci... since Tolkien never specifically stated what Glorfindel's parentage was I've hesitated doing so myself. I am simply assuming that he is at least part-Vanyarin because of his golden-hair, but that's as much as I've been willing to go.

Elea24Reviewed Chapter: 2 on 1/17/2008
That was a lovely read. I really enjoyed it. A very touching version of how Erestor and Glorfindel met.

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

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