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Moments of Grace  by Antane 8 Review(s)
LarnerReviewed Chapter: 3 on 4/7/2009
A sweet grace indeed!

Author Reply: I agree! Thanks for enjoying!

Namarie, God bless, Antane :)

shireboundReviewed Chapter: 3 on 4/6/2009
He heard something that he hadn't heard before. It was in his heart and he harkened to it as it cut through his pain and lingered there as a soft melody.

How lovely.

Author Reply: Thank you, my dear! I think from the very beginning, long before they met physically, these two souls were knit together. Glad you enjoyed.

Namarie, God bless, Antane :)

LarnerReviewed Chapter: 2 on 3/26/2009
A comfort needed by both.

Author Reply: I love Sam not giving up even then. *hugs him* Hantanyel for reading!

Namarie, God bless, Antane :)

Raksha The DemonReviewed Chapter: 2 on 3/25/2009
He had held his master’s hope all this time. He was not going to let it go now. - how lovely, and beautifully expressed.

I loved the bit about Frodo hearing a voice that was like that of his father, Bilbo, Gandalf, Strider and Faramir - it makes sense (of course, I'm a Faramirist, so I may be a teensy bit biased).

Author Reply: Thank you - glad you enjoyed! Yep, Mr. Hope Unquenchable himself. Thank God for him! I was trying to imagine what hearing the voice of God would sound like and I thought it would be a combination of those one loved and Faramir would be among those - I didn't realize until later that I hadn't mentioned Sam! But Sam heard Frodo's voice.

Namarie, God bless, Antane :)

Reviewed Chapter: 1 on 10/7/2008
I frankly find the premise more than a little off-putting. This particular chapter has nothing particularly egregious, but in general, attempts to impose one's own Christianity on Tolkien's work seem to me to go directly against authorial intent, and generally make it difficult for me to suspend disbelief and enjoy the story.

Author Reply: Sorry you did not enjoy, but I did not impose "my own" Christianity here, but don't take my word for it but the Professor's own who "imposed" his Christianity onto the tale. To think he did not is to misunderstand (and you aren't the only one) what he did in this "fundamentally religious and Catholic work" to use his own words - see:
The web is full of essays and articles mentioning how deeply the Presence of God is throughout this tale, “that one ever-present Person who is never absent and never named" as one admirer said when the story was first published. (Letters of J.R.R. Tolkien, p. 253). There is ample evidence throughout of that Presence of which I will not go into here or it will be longest reply of all time! If you are intrigued to learn more, I highly recommend The Battle for Middle-earth by Fleming Rutledge, The Gospel According to Tolkien by Ralph Wood, Following Gandalf by Matthew Dickerson, The Philosophy of Tolkien by Peter Kreeft and *ahem* my own paper on the topic that is here on SOA, The Fiat of Iluvatar's Children During the War of the Ring, that I wrote for the 2008 Tolkien Society Seminar. This is just a sampling of what is out there. You can find a little more at my blog - I am writing a whole book on the spirituality contained in the Red Book and if you are so inclined to pray for it and for me, I'd be most appreciative - never hurts to ask!

Namarie, God bless, Antane :)

LarnerReviewed Chapter: 1 on 10/6/2008
Very lovely as Elbereth is able to help him there! Wonderful. Yes, indeed a moment of grace.

Author Reply: Hantanyel! I'm glad you enjoyed since I wasn't sure how well I could pull it off, not knowing the Valar anywhere as I know hobbits! :) It's certainly a different way of looking at it and I'm glad it worked.

Namarie, God bless, Antane :)

Esquire_of_RohanReviewed Chapter: 1 on 10/6/2008
Very well done. I really enjoyed this.

Author Reply: Thank you so much! Glad you did! *hugs*

Namarie, God bless, Antane :)

harrowcatReviewed Chapter: 1 on 10/6/2008
Wonderful Antane. Looking forward to many more of these.

Author Reply: Hantanyel, my dear! So good to hear from you! I would love to do the whole series this way, from Iluvatar's POV and Elbereth's when she's involved, we'll see! :)

Namarie, God bless, Antane :)

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