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Tales from Vair's Loom  by Fiondil 13 Review(s)
6336Reviewed Chapter: 5 on 8/25/2010
I can quite easily see how Elves could envy Mortals their mortality, the ages must, a some point seem overwhleming, to keep on, going on with no end in sight must be daunting at times, especially when you don't know what will happen at the end of it all!
Elves must have a differant mindset, to know that you will be doing the same thing a hundred years from now, a thousand years even and still enjoy doing it? Not sure I could handle that, I have enough trouble finishing all the projects I start, my U.F.O. pile is enormous!
Lynda

Author Reply: Yes, Lynda, Tolkien does state in the Silmarillion that even the Valar would envy Eru's Gift to Men before the Ages of Arda came to an end. And of course, that would give you a different mindset. Why do today what can be put off until tomorrow or next week or next month or next year or next century? *grin* There's no real sense of urgency as there is with Mortals whom the Elves refer to as 'the Guests'. I would imagine that after a while, Elves would move from one occupation to another as the excitement begins to wane over one's work, so that over time a person would learn many skills, perhaps even engaging in an occupation more than once (i.e. returning to a former occupation after so many years have gone by). And why not? Even us Mortals move from one job to another these days with people starting second and even third careers, so I can see Elves doing it as well.

Anyway, an interesting discussion that can go on forever. *grin* Thanks for sharing your thoughts.

KittyReviewed Chapter: 5 on 4/4/2010
*snicker* It's quite obvious that our dear Enwë isn't too happy with his current job! And Elros' first attempt at using a scythe left me in hysterics. Half-elven, indeed! Not even *I* have been that clumsy with a scythe!

And I love the story of Alatar making the horse run away and his punishment :D
Not to mention the plant and potion brewing lesson. That was funny, as much as I felt for Elros! It was difficult for him to belong to two so different races and have to chose one, being separated from the other and his twin in the process.

It was really fun to re-read that to finally get my review done!

Author Reply: I'm sure you could tell I had a lot of fun beating up on poor Elros and making Enw's life miserable at the same time. *grin* Elros did have it tough, I think, at least in the beginning, trying to fit into a world into which he hadn't been born. It was a good thing Crdan was willing to mentor him for a time. And I think even Enw learned a thing or two while he dwelt among the Edain.

6336Reviewed Chapter: 5 on 11/8/2009
Just reread this and a thought occured, who records Eonwe's oaths? He can't record his own surely?
Lynda

Author Reply: I think that's Eru's job, or maybe even Namo's since he was in on it from the beginning (See "Wars of the Valar").

njomoReviewed Chapter: 5 on 8/5/2009
Hi Fiondil,

This story was such a delight to read. Happy and sad and everything inbetween. I already liked your portrayal of Enw from Elf Interrupted, and this story just endeared him to me all the more. He has such compassion but is not afraid to speak out (even to Manw) and be firm when he needs to--as he was with Elros.

It was nice to have Elros by himself. Most stories have Elrond and Elros together or mostly Elrond when dealing with the two of them in the time before the establishment of Andr. So it is refreshing to have this portrait of a young Elros.

Quite a few things had me laughing--"Uncle Cirdan", Enw's Maia helpers and Enw's exclamation, Curious!? Curious about what?...

Your timing was also good. The end of the paragraph: Enw was actually beginning to enjoy his role as a teacher. and the beginning of the next: Of course, there was that incident with the runaway horse...had me laughing before I even read what actually happened. And then there was Roimendil's demotion...but I digress!

I think you handled the scene between Enw and Elros (after Elros imbibes the sleeping draught) very well. As you also did with the way Elros is removed from the people in Estolad for a while. That was done with compassion on all sides. It needed to happen, but had it been done otherwise it could have been disastrous for the relationship between Elros and and the Edain and for their future together.

And then a bit of melancholy at the end. Just a truly enjoyable story all around.

Thanks Fiondil!

Joanne


Author Reply: Hi, Joanne. Thank you for a lovely review. I am so glad you found it a delight to read, especially Eonwe, who is always fun to write. You are correct that there are few stories, if any, where we see just Elros alone, which is why I did not bring Elrond into it except at the very end. I am glad you thought that my timing was good and that I handled the scene between Eowne and Elros well. I appreciate you letting me know.

TariReviewed Chapter: 5 on 8/5/2009
Poor Enw really had his hands full. This was so much fun to read. I don't think I've read anything else to date about Elros and Elrond together. It is so sad to think that Elrond might have missed giving his brother a proper farewell. And who's to say they don't get together again some day. Who knows what goes on in the Halls of Mandos or where mortals go after leaving Middle-earth.


Author Reply: Well, who is to say, indeed? Glad you liked this and found it fun to read. I enjoyed writing it very much. Thanks for reviewing, Tari. I appreciat it very much.

Midnight PromiseReviewed Chapter: 5 on 8/4/2009
YES!!! Lol. Finally, a snippet with Elros! Never realized how much I missed moments like this until after I read it. :-)

Awesome job, I loved it...Especially when Elros tried his little "experiment." ;-)



Author Reply: Thanks, MP. I am so glad to know how much you loved this story. Thanks for letting me know. I do not think there are enough "snippets" about characters such as Elros out there and I was glad to add to the collection.

AiwenReviewed Chapter: 5 on 8/4/2009
I read this over on the Akallabeth site and enjoyed it very much. Fond as I am of Finrod and Glorfindel, it is nice to see you play with different characters.

Author Reply: Thanks, Aiwen. I do enjoy playing with other characters and Elros was espcially interesting to write about here.

LarnerReviewed Chapter: 5 on 8/4/2009
I can imagine much particularly of the earliest parts of this process would have been painful for all concerned. Poor Elros--but he did prove most worthy in the end.

Nicely done, Fiondil.

Author Reply: Thanks, Larner. I am glad you enjoyed this. I dont think it was easy for anyone, readjusting to a life without warfare and pretty much having to start all over again. At least with Eonwe teaching them, the Edain have a good start, even if they eventually come to a bad end.

VilwarinReviewed Chapter: 5 on 8/4/2009
*giggles* That's a great piece. And poor Eonwe - he's really got his hands full. Particularly with Elros. ;)

I especially liked the lesson on healing plants.

Author Reply: Hi, Viwarin. Im glad you enjoyed this, especially the part on the healing plants. Thanks for letting me know.

SunnyReviewed Chapter: 5 on 8/4/2009
It was fun watching Elros ah, being enthusiastic, and as curious as any cat. Good for Enwe that he is fast on his feet :-)

So Elros is trying to prove to his brother that he wont regret his choice to be counted among the Edain. But the _how_ seemed rather illogical to me, I am afraid. He and the rest of the Edain are coming out of a war they wouldnt have known much else and I feel that they would have been much less playful than Elros here certainly in matters actually touching on war. Which healing the use of medicinal plants would be. And if Elrond or Elros had been injured some time during the war not an unlikely proposition, I would think Elros should have been even less likely to play fast and loose with drugs.

I am rather curious about how you see the effect of their mixed heritages on Elronds and Elros development physically and mentally. It appears that you for the sake of this fic have let the Elven side dominate, without much input from the Edain side. I suppose this would be hard for you to address in such a short piece, especially since you mostly have Elves as main characters.

Despite his, I _did_ rather enjoy this fic.

Nitpick: a natural flare for leadership. That would be _flair_, I would think.


Author Reply: I can't believe I didn't respond to this review, Sunny! Sorry about that. I just happened to be re-reading some of my earlier stories and reviews and found this one. Don't know how I missed this one, though I know this was during the time when I was having internet woes, but still....

I'm not sure how to respond to your remarks. I think the very illogicality of Elros' actions show someone whose thinking is not quite straight, almost manic, and simply because, as you say, they've just come out of a war and are not sure how they're supposed to act. I don't see Elros as being playful so much as trying too hard at something he hasn't had any experience in being, which is getting him into trouble.

Also, I've never gotten into this "Elf/Edain" dichotomy in describing the peredhil. A person is a whole being, not two halves stuck together. Elros has been brought up as an Elf and probably still thinks as an Elf at this juncture. He's not likely to lose his elven nature overnight and certainly not completely, no matter how long he lives among the Edain.

Anyway, in spite of all that, I'm glad you did enjoy the story.

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