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Or Perchance, When the Last Little Star  by Larner 12 Review(s)
Linda HoylandReviewed Chapter: 3 on 2/21/2009
I'm glad to see Tervain get his just deserts!What a wicked plan.Hooray for Hurin!

Author Reply: Ah--so glad you agree! Thanks for all!

harrowcatReviewed Chapter: 3 on 1/14/2009
Go, Hurin, go! Brilliant Larner but poor Faramir having to keep an eye on this person!

Author Reply: Oh, I admit it's a low blow, perhaps, to Faramir, but I have faith in him, even if this IS when he begins as Captain of the Rangers!

AndreaReviewed Chapter: 3 on 1/14/2009
The servant’s face went grey. “You did not say he was within the room, my Lord Prince!” he said with dismay.

Well, it was good he did not know it! That servant was a fountain of information and most of it was not to his lord's advantage.

Tervain apparently felt very secure and saw it as his right to take any woman he wanted to take.

I appreciate Hurin's suggestion of punishment. Let this so-called "Lord" do hard and dangerous work among the rangers of Ithilien to make him humble again, if that is possible AND if he lives long enough. I have my doubts!

Last but not least, I didn't have the slightest doubt that Hurin would be the winner of the duel. For he learned from the best!

Author Reply: It was great fun to have the servant find out after the fact that he'd just tattled on his master with the master present and unable to say anything about it. You're right about Tervain's attitude toward women--let one appear to spurn him, and he'll take her out of spite!

And you're certainly right about Hurin learning from the best! Indeed! Tervain is getting some very difficult lessons from life at the moment, unfortunately for him.

CeleritasReviewed Chapter: 3 on 1/14/2009
I love how in your stories Justice always gets served!

And the blissfully ignorant Boromir (whom you've managed to characterize to a t!) at the end rounded it off perfectly!

Author Reply: I try to make certain it gets served, at least. So often in the real world it doesn't. And am so glad you liked how I showed Boromir here. Poor dear! Doesn't have a clue at the moment. Heh!

RadbooksReviewed Chapter: 3 on 1/13/2009
Oh, very good story! I read it all this morning and I enjoyed it very much. I can't wait for the next chapter to come out.

Author Reply: I'm so glad you like it, Radbooks. And continuing to pray for William.

KittyReviewed Chapter: 3 on 1/13/2009
HA! Would you be terribly surprised to know that I enjoyed this chapter *very much*? :D I could so see Tervain going from believing no one could do anything to him to getting more and more worried and then finally realising the trouble he is in now *evil grin*

It was fun to watch the interrogation unfold, to listen to the witnesses and how they pulled the rope about Tervains neck slowly closer. The nerves this guy has! Even I hadn't expected him to try and force Lynessë into an unwanted marriage, and that nearly under the noses of Imrahil and Denethor.

Of course I enjoyed it when Húrin challenged that guy, defeated him and meted out his punishment. Well done, Húrin! And I think it was wise not to exile him; Tervain knows too much about Gondor's affairs and would sell his knowledge willingly. Though somehow I doubt he will survive long among the rangers.

And Húrin proved again that he's not a cripple, no matter what certain people think (I am sure it rankles Tervain terribly that he was beaten by an one-armed man *smirks*). This and the way he came to Lynessë's defense should go a long way to make an impression on her parents. And even if he's neither Faramir nor Boromir, he is at least their cousin ...

Author Reply: I am so pleased that you did, Kitty. In Langstrand he was about the only frog in a small pond and was pretty used to getting his own way, no matter how outrageous his behavior. And now he's seeing what real power is and realizing he doesn't have it and is no longer invulnerable. He'd intended to take another minor lordling's niece who'd spurned him and force her to accept him, and instead he's off to Ithilien to serve in the most endangered of Gondor's armed forces.

As for Hurin--he's never accepted he became less of a man when he lost his arm, and he's proved that true today.

As for what Endore thinks--well, she has her own ideas on how the world shall run....

So glad you could get to this one, Kitty!

Raksha The DemonReviewed Chapter: 3 on 1/12/2009
I would certainly not like to be grilled by Imrahil with Denethor standing by to oversee the matter. I hope Tervain doesn't end up getting any Rangers killed. And I feel a bit sorry for Tervain's young son.

More soon, I hope.

Author Reply: Oh, but I agree, Raksha. Two Dunedain of such majesty grilling him must be almost more than he can take! And I, too, hope that Tervain does not inadvertently endanger others.

Tervain has lost his mother and now loses his father as well; but I hope he will be better off in the long run. Maybe he has the chance now to actually amount to something!

Author Reply: And of course I meant Tervain's son rather than Tervain in the second paragraph. Gads!

ParmalokwenReviewed Chapter: 3 on 1/12/2009
This story is lovely. Lynessë and Hurin are both very smart. I like Hurin's solution-- the possibility of treason by an exile is something that has always seemed to me to be a weakness in that form of justice.

Author Reply: In the case of someone like Tervain there is so much scope for possible treason if he were to be merely exiled. Thanks for the feedback.

curiouswombatReviewed Chapter: 3 on 1/12/2009
How good to see Tervain being given his comeuppance. Surely Lynessë's mother must think Lord Húrin would be a good match for her now? Let's hope he thinks it a good idea to propose quickly! After all, she could still act as a hostess for his uncle...

Author Reply: Good questions, Curiouswombat--now to see how the situation actually works out!

Thanks for the feedback.

SunnyReviewed Chapter: 3 on 1/12/2009
*shakes head* That Tervain thinks that his position as a petty lord will naturally give him immunity to the repercussions of his crimes. An attitude of “since I am a Noble, that means I am above the Law”. And perhaps he has – if _that_ has not quite worked on some occasions in the past – then been able to use bribes or threaten potential witnesses or interested parties.
It very definitely _didn’t_ work this time.
The statements by the witnesses were honest, and Prince Imrahil even managed to pry statements out of Tervain’s own body servant – who is likely to see some consequences of his own.
And Tervain – I am _sure_ he would much have preferred to be executed out of hand than what actually happened to him. First he was defeated in single combat by a cripple. Húrin was more skilled than him, yes, but for the sort of man Tervain is such a physical imperfection would overshadow anything else. Then he loses his title (_that_ would cut deep!) and his properties, _and_ the care of his son – since it was made quite clear he would have been a bad influence on the boy, and nobody wanted _that_ sort of influence to spread (another blow!). And then to be given to Faramir – not that _that_ was a dishonor, but as one of his soldiers Tervain _would_ perform well. Or else… *cue ominious music*

No cartoons this time, I think, Except that the Creep and his body servant sort of reminded me a bit of cornered rats, and the _other_ side in this episode were rather like hungry felines. And Húrin a cat who was not averse to playing with his food… ;-)

Author Reply: Oh, you have evaluated the whole situation so well! Thank you.

No, no need for cartoons this time. And thanks for both the comments and the giggles.

(And now ominous music is ringing in my imagination. See what you've done? Heh!)

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