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Ancestress  by Dreamflower 11 Review(s)
Kaylee ArafinwielReviewed Chapter: 7 on 10/25/2011
Oh, poor Adamanta!!! But I'm sure those seventy-odd years were very happy ones, and there were many memories she can cherish, for all the time was so brief. I do hope she'll share some of those with us!!

Kaylee

Author Reply: She will definitely be sharing many of those memories with us, as you will see!

SoledadReviewed Chapter: 7 on 7/18/2010
Yeah, indeed, Melian at least could wait until Thingol got rehoused, but what hope did the poor Maia have? *sniff*

Author Reply: Not much, within the Circles of Arda..*sigh*

KittyReviewed Chapter: 7 on 8/19/2009
Now I feel really sorry for Mirimë. It's true, she'll be separated from her beloved Tūk for so many long ages, and it's obvious that she loved him dearly. I really hope the time with Bilbo and Frodo will bring her healing, at least to a certain extent, and that it will not be too hard on her when these two one day have to leave, too.

Author Reply: It probably will be hard for her, but hard as it might be to lose these "children", it could not compare to the breaking of her bond with her husband.

Grey WondererReviewed Chapter: 7 on 8/9/2009
You could feel her sadness and her relief all in one in this part. Very well done!

Author Reply: Thank you. That's just what I wanted to show-- she's been grieving, but having to keep her love and her grief a secret was a burden. Now she can acknowledge it and move on.

AntaneReviewed Chapter: 7 on 8/8/2009
Very interesting chapter! Love it.

Namarie, God bless, Antane :)

Author Reply: Thank you! : )

Baggins BabeReviewed Chapter: 7 on 8/8/2009
Mirimė must have been grief-stricken at the thought of the long sundering from her Tuk. It may only have been 70+ years but she had form, loved, bore children and Adamanta would have been the form which she was most comfortable with.

I'm looking forward to more, Dreamflower.

Author Reply: Absolutely right!

And more is there now! *grin*

GamgeeFestReviewed Chapter: 7 on 8/6/2009
How sad that her brief time on earth, living as mortal, damaged her so much for all these countless years. I'm glad she's finding some relief in being able to share that with Frodo and Bilbo... but worry what when happen when they meet their eventual fate.

Author Reply: Tolkien said that for a Maia to spend time in a mortal form, and to live a physical life, could somewhat bind them to that form-- especially if marriage and children were involved. So Mirime was tightly bound to her hobbit form, but having to hide it. It was hard on her.

I'm sure she will grieve for them as her "children"; but the bond will not be the same as with a husband.

VirtuellaReviewed Chapter: 7 on 8/6/2009
"Not only that, but she had poured much of her own being into her life as Adamanta, fully participating in love and the bearing of children, and even into appearing to age alongside her husband, something JRRT said would ultimately tie her closely to a physical form."

Yes, of course. Also, only in a physical form would she have a sensory experience of the world.

Author Reply: Very true indeed!

AndreaReviewed Chapter: 7 on 8/6/2009
It seems that Mirime only really felt alive when she was Adamanta. Only her years with Tuk did really count.

I'd say that in meeting Bilbo and Frodo, who looked so much like Tuk, she realised that her beloved is not dead, but lives on in many hobbits of the Shire, who are his descendants and hers.

But that's only my interpretation. I'm looking forward to reading yours!



Author Reply: "It seems that Mirime only really felt alive when she was Adamanta. Only her years with Tuk did really count."

Very much so. And yes, she did come to realize that she and Tuk lived on in their many-time-great children!

It's a very good interpretation, and I quite agree with it, though there is a little more to it: having borne children in that form, it became truly her most natural self.

LarnerReviewed Chapter: 7 on 8/6/2009
A most important point in her existence and her labors within Arda, and she's been forbidden to reveal it to others until now? Yet she lived and loved and bore at least a child in that form! Of course being allowed to show herself as Adamanta is freeing! Yes!

Author Reply: And the bearing of children tied her intimately to her Adamanta-self! But hobbits were Eru's "secret weapon", and until their purpose was fulfilled their importance needed to be downplayed-- something that would have been difficult had it known that many of them carried Maia blood.

Being able to once more take on her form as Adamanta was like putting off wearing mourning. Hence the title.

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