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Resist Not Evil  by perelleth 8 Review(s)
SnehaReviewed Chapter: 1 on 9/28/2013
It was beautiful! You made me cry. Especially the last line when Cirdan has the vision of Gilgalad's death. How it must have hurt him! I have been looking for stories on Ereinion and this was a gift!

ForgilReviewed Chapter: 1 on 7/25/2009
Good story and excellent letter. The message from his father does a very good job of expressing his shifting mood over the various events of his life. You've marked out a believable philosophy that would of motivated Fingon to his end in Middle Earth. Overall, I was very impressed. I look forward to reading your other works.

Author Reply: Thank-you very much, Forgil! I am glad that you find it makes sense! I wanted to show some hope despite the many mistakes, and an elf who has come to terms with his life as a whole. I wrote this piece as kind of follow up to "In vino Veritas" which is placed in Droplets in this same site, in case you want a bit more...

ellieReviewed Chapter: 1 on 6/16/2009
beautifully done! well conceived and explained and, well, nicely done! I loved that urge to push him off the cliff! teehee...

what a remarkable prince Erenion is turning into, indeed and what wonderful friends he has to help him along the way.

Author Reply: thank-yo, ellie. I'm glad that it worked! Ereinion as Fingon's son really makes sense to me, and Cirdan's was surely a hard one

RedheredhReviewed Chapter: 1 on 6/1/2009
Wow, what a story. Indeed, ageing had only brought out the bold and subtle notes you wished for.

You have already explained for yourself a lot of that which I found so profound. But, there were other, perhaps more surface, features I personally enjoyed beyond the beautiful word and phases.

One such thing was the legacy of throwing one's self at the enemy. Three generations of warrior princes - expended.
Another was the various well-chosen quotes, like details of grander paintings enlarged.
And "Death is unnatural for the Firstborn..." "...bound to Arda while it lasts."
What a real failure would be, and the tenets of a true warrior prince: to serve and protect, to fight while you draw breath. Very bushido.
That Arda Unmarred can come into being.
Cirdan's clever understanding of his fosterling - and the transitions in that one scene where he uses reverse psychology.
The coming-of-age confirmation ceremony.
The foreboding image from Cirdan's visions there at the end...

There was so much depth in this tale, so much skill, so much to ponder and savor.

Author Reply: THank-you as always!
the legacy of throwing one's self at the enemy. Three generations of warrior princes - expended. For years as I read and re read the Silm, before HoME was published, it really made such sense to me that Ereinion was son of Fingon because of that legacy that made it all much more dramatic and epic in my opinion. That is why I stick to this version despite all, because to me is part of the natural order in my own personal worldbuilding! :-)

And I really liked the transition, too :-)FIngon really knew what he did when he sent his son to CIrdan, and that seems a painful sacrifice, too, but I suspect CIrdan was a very good choice in all senses.

I'm glad that you liked it, and so glad that you picked up most of my favourite details!

elliskaReviewed Chapter: 1 on 6/1/2009
This is all very powerful, but the last paragraph of his letter (Let not your life be ruled... which I won't quote because I don't want to spoil it for others) brought me to tears. You're right. When it all clicks together, it is amazing. I loved this. Such a deep analysis of his motivations. Really moving.

Author Reply: THank-you, elliska. I'm glad it worked. It took a lot to set all the pieces together, but suddenly FIngon's pov at the eve of the terrible battle seemed the best moment to me to convey all that difficult message of hope despite the difficult circumstances, and also to force himself, perhaps, to send a hope he might not be feeling, in what might be his last message to his son....

BeeGeeReviewed Chapter: 1 on 5/31/2009
This made me cry, you should include a 2-hanky warning :D Very well written throughout, you have captured the despair and hope of the Noldor. It seems the Finweans were the First Dysfunctional Family, from the first King of the Noldor to the last King of the Noldor. Well done!

Author Reply: Apololgies! (hands a couple of tissues) :-)

Thank you, though. I'm glad you liked this view. BEing a High King then was a job with little appeal, I think!

LarnerReviewed Chapter: 1 on 5/29/2009
Coming of age can certainly prove painful, as Cirdan and Ereinion have both seen. But the final vision--alas that it came true.

Author Reply: Thank-you, Larner. Thankfully that end is still three thousand something years ahead! :-)

daw the minstrelReviewed Chapter: 1 on 5/29/2009
Lovely musing on the need to fight the long defeat, Perelleth.

I'd been thinking that the letter carries all the more significance because we know Gil-galad's eventual fate. And of course, you reinforced that thought at the very end.

I love the way you use the imagery that would come naturally to Cirdan:

The tense shoulders sagged and the boy folded down like a sail released from its knots in a deep calm, all tension abandoning him.

Also, it's amusing how Cirdan knows that soothing his charge will rile him up. He's grown clever over the years of parenting, which I, personally, found to be the subtlest, hardest thing I've ever tried to do.

Author Reply: Thank-you, daw.

Even without knowing what end awaits him I think the poor kid would be overwhelmed by the prospect of a long life being responsible of carrying on the family name with such poor prospects! :-) But you are right, knowing his final fate makes it all more difficult. And a heavy burden for a father to knowingly pass down to his son. I really pity Fingon there.

PArenting is a way og becoming wiser, they say! :-)

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