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Sundry Scrolls II  by Raksha The Demon 7 Review(s)
Little DwarfReviewed Chapter: 5 on 6/29/2008
Well-written and very atmospheric! I loved the tenderness between Faramir and Eowyn, and also the bittersweet memory of Frodo... :) Lovely!

Author Reply: I was trying for a certain atmosphere; the moon, the water, the heights of Henneth Annun; so I'm pleased you noticed. I'm sure that Faramir would have missed Frodo and regretted that the one who saved them all did not get to enjoy the victory and peace for very long.

BranwynReviewed Chapter: 5 on 4/27/2008
I very much liked the pensive quality of this piece, the sense of turmoil recalled from a great distance. The night is so still and calm as Faramir reflects on the uncertainty that they lived with during War and also on the price that was paid for the peace. But (as Eowyn wisely reminds him in this piece) his consolation for the loss has to be the knowledge that he did what was right--he helped Frodo and Samwise, knowing (I think) that this would be against the wishes of his father the Steward.
Very well done! (And Happy Birthday to H-A!)

Author Reply:

Were I as hasty as you, I might have slain you long ago. For I am commanded to slay all whom I find in this land without the leave of the Lord of Gondor. But I do not slay man or beast needlessly, and not gladly even when it is needed. - Faramir, WINDOW ON THE WEST, The Two Towers

I definitely think Faramir knew that sparing, much less helping, the halflings, would be against the Steward's orders, at the very least. Faramir gives the impression here that he has, or has taken, a certain autonomy in Ithilien. But he did take a risk, and the consequences were painful for him...

I believe that Faramir was destined to be in Ithilien, and have that choice before him, so that the weary Sam and Frodo could take refuge, however fleeting, in Henneth Annun and in Faramir's friendship.

Faramir's farewell to Frodo in TTT, is heart-breaking; the salutation from one soldier who expects to die to a comrade who is also doomed. That was in my mind when I wrote this; and also that Faramir would think of the irony, later, that Frodo was unable to take joy in the fruits of the victory he brought the Men of the West...

Thanx for the thoughtful review, Branwyn!

LarnerReviewed Chapter: 5 on 4/25/2008
Aye, our Frodo must also rejoice at the sight of the Moon, and remember that moment of friendship unlooked for he knew in the sight of it six years previously. He gave up much to accomplish more, but in the end he found his peace and perhaps a different happiness than what he'd originally wished for, but a great happiness anyway.

Linda HoylandReviewed Chapter: 5 on 4/24/2008
What lovely images of faramir and Eowyn in the moonlight. I lke the way both these ficlets link past and future.

Author Reply: Gondor, and Faramir, have been living partly in the past for a long time - because they didn't have much of a future ahead; it's only after the Battle of the Pelennor and the Passing of Sauron that both could really bloom and grow and relish life again. But Faramir, with his compassion and historian's temperament, would not only cherish the valuable aspects of the past; he would never forget Frodo and the sacrifices the Ring-bearer made.

Glad you liked it - I too enjoy the images of Faramir in the moonlight. Too bad the missus was there to spoil the view; but she insisted on coming along!

AntaneReviewed Chapter: 5 on 4/24/2008
One would hope that the sundered Fellowship and those friends met on the way would realize that they were only separated physically from their beloved friend and not in heart and soul where they are still united.

Namarie, God bless, Antane :)

Author Reply: Thanx so much, Antane - what a lovely thought!

KhorazÓrReviewed Chapter: 5 on 4/24/2008
This is a beautiful ficlet, Raksha. I like the idea of Faramir bringing …owyn to Henneth AnnŻn, and consider taking their children, too. Also, I like his reminiscences of the Hobbits, and the reminder that even though the War was won, this happened at great cost for most involved, and in particular for some.

Author Reply: I'm not the first to have Faramir bring Eowyn to Henneth Annun (Game of Chess, by Altariel, at, has a chapter where Faramir brings Eowyn to the refuge after the couple has endured some trying times), though this story focussed on different things. Faramir knows a great deal about hard-won victories and personal sacrifices; and he seemed to like Frodo very much and regret the necessity that he believed would kill him and Sam, back in .

Thanx for reading and reviewing, Khorazir!

DreamflowerReviewed Chapter: 5 on 4/24/2008
This was an absolutely perfect conversation, one that sounded like it could have been found somewhere among JRRT's own unpublished notes...


Author Reply: Ooh, what a great review - I was worried about the dialogue; fearing that Faramir was coming off as too angsty, so I'm thrilled that you found the conversation notable. Thanx for the comparison to JRRT's own notes - that's put a huge grin on my face.

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