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To See A World  by Nightwing 17 Review(s)
LKKReviewed Chapter: 28 on 9/21/2004
Excellent chapter, Nightwing. The long emphasis on Aragorn's growing hyperthermia reflects how the situation must seem to Aragorn.

The flashback sequence was nice.

When Aragorn first started thinking about the knife, I thought he was considering suicide. When I realized that he was considering amputating his foot, I was more horrified at that than at the thought of suicide. I pray that Legolas reaches him before the knife stroke falls! (Since you've blinded the elf, I wouldn't put it past you to cut off the ranger's foot.)

Good job. :)

Author Reply: Dear me, my apologies for having a spaz and neglecting to reply to this review! I've done some reading about hypothermia, and it seems after a while hallucinations come along. Or weird dream-like memories. Must be a very bizarre experience. And unpleasant.
Well, by now you may have had a chance to read the new chapter. The foot will stay, of course, and Aragorn will be known as Strider.

boppyReviewed Chapter: 28 on 9/12/2004
i really like this story, it's such a heart warming story. keep writing and i'll be waiting for the next chapter

Author Reply: Thanks. I'm hard at work on the next one.

GudDaedhelothReviewed Chapter: 28 on 9/11/2004
Wow, this was griping! Loved it! Aragorn's fear, his despair... I could feel the coldness creep!

As for Legolas I hope that he will find help on the way, maybe the guard from the city. He will not do this quest alone, will he?

Author Reply: Aaah, wait and see. Let's find out what this elf can do.

scallywagsReviewed Chapter: 28 on 9/7/2004
Yeah! Another chapter! Actually, I saw it the day it was posted, printed it and took it home so I could savor it with no intruptions. My goodness, this is getting -- intense all over again!

I am continually amazed at how well you draw your characters and how -- real -- you make it all seem. I just fall into each chapter and there are no wrong words, awkward sentances, or not quite believable situations, conversations, actions, re-actions, thoughts, etc. to snap me back into reality -- not until the dreaded TBC.

I am so impressed with how believable your Aragorn and Legolas are. They seem so real. They experience fear, anger and despair and then, through realistic thought processes and support from each other, make decisions to act as I could only hope I had the courage, fortitude or strength to if I were in similar situations.

Goodness! After suffering extreme, bitting, numbing cold (my hands felt cold just reading about it) Aragorn decides his only hope to survive is to -- amputate! And not just for himself, but for his blind friend. He cannot allow himself to die as he is also condeming Legolas. Gad! Anxt to the max! Although, hopefully he cannot grasp the knife well enough to actually follow through. Well, you would not dare -- would you?

And then there is Legolas, who had been in near despair over his handicap, raising to the challenge of going out into the unknown (not only cold and snow but who knows what evil lurks) even knowing his blindness puts him at a vast disadvantage, to search for his friend. To try to save him is worth the risk, even to his very life.

Wonderful, wonderful stuff!

Take as much time as you need to craft this marvelous story. No matter how long it takes I will be waiting to devour, then slowly savor, each chapter as it is posted. This story is so good I will hate to see it end (far in the future, I hope!). So don't let us impatient fans influence you. Just don't forget we are here - legions of us I am sure - all endlessly grateful for each installment. And you did, after all, leave us with a major cliff-hanger that simply must be resolved as some point -- but no pressure -- really!

KUDOS! I love the anxt, the fluff, the warmth between the two friends, the good, honorable, heroic, decent, down-to-earth nobility of our elf and ranger, the cat, the horse -- and those mysterious people in the even more mysterious town!

Author Reply: Oh my. My head has turned into a big, ridiculous puffed up thing here. You provided a nice feast for my ego... thank you!
I'm glad you like the strong friendship between Legolas and Aragorn. It's the foundation of the story, and from their devotion and love for each other emerge opportunities for bravery and sacrifice.
The end is no where in sight yet, so if you desire this story to go on for some time, your wish is my command!

e_vrouwReviewed Chapter: 28 on 9/3/2004

This chapter was absolutely fantasitc.
I'm in total shock.

I can't believe Aragorn is considering cutting his own foot off. I know it might be necessary, but still...I don't think I could do it.
I sincerely hope that either Legolas finds him, or he passes out (again) before he can start cutting.

Having Legolas take Rhosgernroch with him was absolutely brilliant. I hadn't thought of that possibility. It reminds me of a conversation between Legolas and Aragorn as they were preparing for winter. If I recall correctly Aragorn wanted to set Rhosgernroch free but Legolas wouldn't. He said he felt that she would be needed somehow.
He was right!

I liked the fact that Legolas incidentally tracked a herd of deer. Things like that make the story come to life. Give it a sense of realism.

The addition of the poem was a stroke of genius.

Good luck,

No Tithlam this chapter but seeing Legolas in action (sort of) makes up for that. ;-)

Author Reply: Yaay! I was really hoping someone would remember that old conversation. Legolas did indeed say they should keep Rhosgernroch, and this is exactly why. Carrying Aragorn home on his back would be too much strain, even for our brave elf.
I liked Legolas veering off after a group of deer too. It's realistic. He's blind, and it should be hard work. And since I'm not one who can tolerate the idea of the trees saying "Hey! He's over here!", the elf must rely on his own skills. The forest murmurs and sings, and he senses the mood of the trees, but that is as far as I can go.
Legolas will really be in action next time!

AlinaReviewed Chapter: 28 on 9/2/2004
OMG!! What a chapter. Your description of Aragorn´s state of mind was truly gripping. The way you mingled hope with despair, memory with present pain was absolutely wonderful. And it is only fitting that Aragorn would contemplate cutting off his foot, his will to live is certainly strong enough. I just hope he doesen´t have to carry this through (not even partially).
And Legolas? Truly brave of him to leave in search of his friend. It was a smart move taking the horse with him. I especially like that with all his strength and skill, he does make mistakes. It must be incredibly hard to track when you cannot see...
But I trust you´ll guide the two friends back together. I´m looking forward to your next update, whenever you will get around to it. Don´t let stress get to you :-) Your chapters are well worth waiting for.

Author Reply: Thanks. I really tried to get right the weird half-hallucination state that intense cold brings to its victims. Yes, Aragorn's will to live is very strong, and he knows how badly Legolas and Arwen need him. He's not going to give up without a fight. I'm happy you approved of Legolas' difficulty in tracking his friend. It should be hard for him.

OakWolfReviewed Chapter: 28 on 9/2/2004
YAAA!(combination of Yeah and AAA!)Legolas is on the hunt but Aragorn is about to become an amputee-AAAA!Nightwing whenever you post again I bet it will be as radiant(if not better) as this enchanting chapter-Yeah!

Author Reply: Oooh, I do hope so. I'm looking forward to my writing class, and getting all sorts of great advice and pointers. Go Legolas!

ValtoReviewed Chapter: 28 on 9/2/2004
Lovely lovely and you leave us hanging again! Perfectly understandable about less updates! It's a total drag not having time to write, and I'm just as guilty about not updating all the time ;) Good luck with all your other stuff and I'll look for a new chapter eventually! Bravo again!

Author Reply: Thanks! I wish I could write all hours of the day, but we must make due with what time we have. I hope the cliffies aren't too terrible. I figured we were due for a few at this point.

daw the minstrelReviewed Chapter: 28 on 9/2/2004
I'm not sure I could cut my foot off like that. Self-mutiliation is pretty primitive and there's a lot of urge against it.

Legolas was clever to use the horse. But then, he IS clever. :-)

Author Reply: Yes, the urge against self-mutilation is strong, bit I think the urge to survive is even stronger. Case in point: a young guy named Aron Ralston, who was trapped in a Utah canyon when a boulder rolled onto his right hand. After six days of what must have been unspeakable horror he twisted his arm to break the bones, cut through it with his knife and escaped. That took incredible strength. I think most people would have given up, and unfortunately I'm quite certain I'd have been one of them. I'd have just sunk down and died.

Hooray for the resourceful elf! I'm looking forward to seeing what Legolas can do from this point on. He is going to be facing a lot of challenges.

TithenFeredirReviewed Chapter: 28 on 9/2/2004
Oh, man, could you ratchet the tension up a little more?? Poor Legolas trying to track by feel, and he's brewing one of his monster headaches, Aragorn is about to saw his foot off... Your descriptions of the winter night and Aragorn's torment are so vivid. I selfishly hope your plate magically clears (but in a good way) and your muse takes you hostage! *Blessings on your kitty* TF

Author Reply: Ha! My muse does hold me hostage. This story is in my head 24/7. When I'm at work, rest or play, things are constantly churning. It's finding the time to sit and put it into words that is so challenging. Thanks for the validation.

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