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The Gift of Illuvatar  by Ariel 10 Review(s)
CelethReviewed Chapter: 1 on 4/29/2013
That was beautifully written!

Thank you so much for providing more details about those moments during Frodo and Sam's recovery, and so canon too. Indeed there are a lot of scenes in LOTR that I wish there were more details on, and this one was very nicely done. I actually had tears in my eyes several times while reading this.

Thanks for sharing the story.

shireboundReviewed Chapter: 1 on 4/6/2013
I re-read this wonderful, gentle tale once in awhile, and always remember how much I was influenced by it in my own writing. This story is truly a timeless gem.

Author Reply: (((HUGS)))) And you are a dear for letting me know that. We all write fanfic for the love of the story, but sometimes it's nice to know you did some good by it too. Thanks, my friend, you've made my Sunday a lot brighter. :)

lovethosehobbitsReviewed Chapter: 1 on 1/5/2011
Ariel- I just have reread this fantastic fic for perhaps the 10th time and it never fails to move me. I do believe it is one of the best fics ever written and I am so happy you did so.

LindeleaReviewed Chapter: 1 on 9/27/2003
O my. This was yours? I read it quite awhile ago, early on, not long after writing "There and Back" and "Choices", two of my own Cormallen fics. I remember at the time being stunned by the breadth of your vision and richness of your use of language. The exact phrase, the nuance of the choice of a word, the balance of it all, neither too light in passing nor too heavily tromping through the story. The angst is appropriate and you do not linger upon the medical details to the point of nauseating the reader, if I may be so bold.

Glad you posted it here so that I could find it again. I didn't remember the author's name back then, but I will now!

Author Reply: "O my. This was yours?"

You would be astonished how many times I hear that phrase in connection with this work! LOL! It was only the second fanfic I ever wrote and I finished it the summer after FOTR came out. It was long before I realized that there was such a thing as ff.net and I published it in one of the discussion threads at the old Imladris.net (RIP). I am one of those archaeic folks who used to publish fanzines 'back in the day' and I guess it never dawned on me that people would be using the internet for this sort of thing nowadays! LOL. OK, I'm slow! LOL. I am glad you liked it then and now! I have to confess to it being one of my two favorites.

Ariel

CoreinhaReviewed Chapter: 1 on 9/4/2003
what a wonderful fic! Thank you so much for a beautiful insight into everyone's favorite hobbit's recoveries :)

Wonderful work, you painted images with your text the way an artist paints upon a canvas, the mark of a truly gifted author.

I will look for more of your work in the future.

XOXO

Cor

Author Reply: Thank you, Cor! I think this, the second fic I ever wrote, was the last one I put on the site. All my other suitable fics were already uploaded so please, take a look at them. I can recommend "Thicker than Blood" if you are particularly fond of strict canon Frodo angst gapfillers. It is my other most highly praised piece. I do hope you can enjoy it.

Ariel

HaiReviewed Chapter: 1 on 9/4/2003
That was a wonderful little gap filler on what may have taken place after Frodo and Sam were brought back from Mt. Doom and when they woke up! I loved your healer! Indil! She was a very lovely person and perfect for being the one to care for the hobbits when Aragorn could not! Thank you for such a wonderful story!

Author Reply: And thank YOU for such sweet words!

Truly from famine to feast! I am glad you enjoyed this story. It is one of my two favorites and it warms my heart that people have responded so positively to it.

ElwenReviewed Chapter: 1 on 9/4/2003
I can never read this story enough times. Post it whenever and wherever you like. *sigh*

Author Reply: LOL!!! I have a few of yours that I like like that... ;) Thank you so much for the kind words.

NilmandraReviewed Chapter: 1 on 9/4/2003
Please use it! I think about Frodo's sacrifice and how that sacrifice brought Aragorn into his time as King - he liked and loved Frodo, clearly we see that in the book; I love how Frodo was part of his coronation - but how bittersweet must have been their parting. I have my own expansion of Refuge to do someday, but the focus will be on the 'wise' and what they saw in Frodo to make it clear they knew he would have to go and how they made it possible. I can't wait!


Author Reply: Oh, this one is definitely singing to me! I have a smut fic to edit but I think after that I can get this done in a rather brief (for me) treatment. I will let you know when I have a draft. Wanna beta? :D

Ariel

NilmandraReviewed Chapter: 1 on 9/4/2003
I would have eventually asked for it, as this remains my favorite piece of your work. It is one of the first pieces of fanfiction I read, and really what introduced me to the concept.

The begining scene with Gandalf is so touching - I have often wondered what Gandalf must have thought, how much foresight he might have had, how much more than a 'fools' hope he really carried - and how all that played through his mind when he realized the brave little hobbits had done what they had set out to do.

In the hurt comfort genre, I love the comfort part the best. Aragorn's care of the hobbits is so very wonderful - you show how much he loved them all - and I love how you had him call them back. The healing of the King is unique and wonderful.

The scene with the nurse is touching too - to think of what was involved in cleaning up and caring for such gravely injured hobbits - and how she too, grew to love them.

Now, I keep throwing this out there to the hobbit writers - another missing scene is Frodo saying goodbye to Aragorn. We don't see it in the books. It could be a letter, or perhaps Aragorn met them somewhere on the way to the Havens? The goodbye in the book is inadequate. So...?

Author Reply: Thank you, Nilmandra! That was a lovely review. You have quite literally made my day.

As for your plot bunny, that is the first I have ever heard it, but you are very right. It would make a compelling fic. I had thought you were headed that direction with the fic you had me look at (I forget the name now, but still liked it) but if you wouldn't mind, I would like to take you up on that challenge. I created a minor OC who was Frodo’s son from a very early pre-quest encounter and always wanted to write a fic where Aragorn sees him in a crowd of hobbits many, many years later describing his thoughts and what he felt about it all, but Rachel Stonebreaker’s ‘Illusions’ was of a very similar ilk and I didn’t want to write something that was too similar to her work. I think your suggestion would give me the opportunity to express some things I have always wanted to say about what Aragorn thought of Frodo’s sacrifice. Do you mind if I use it?

Ariel

Lady JainaReviewed Chapter: 1 on 9/4/2003
I loved this story! Aragorn healing Frodo is my favorite type of fic, but this one has even more good juiciness and angst! Excellent job!

Author Reply: Thank you, Jaina! After drought, there is feast! Thank you so much for your kind comments and for being my second review here at SoA!

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