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Tales from Vairë's Loom  by Fiondil 6 Review(s)
KittyReviewed Chapter: 8 on 4/4/2010
Arminas is right; even if the tower were really important (which it's not, though I guess it was the beginning of the end), Isildil should be with his wife at this time.

It's a shame – and quite rude - that Isildil was deserting his own family and guest because of this stupid tower. He missed so much of the most important time in the life of his son, and I feel so sorry for his wife and child. This obsession with the Undying lands and immortality isn't healthy *sigh*

Author Reply: Of course, it was unhealthy and Isildil's obessession is only a hint of how it was beginning to be for many of the Númenóreans who were beginning to resent their shorter lifespan in comparison with the elves, nevermind that their lifespan was much greater than those of Men living in Middle-earth. Isildil did indeed miss out on much and that was his greatest tragedy: that he could not see the good that was in front of him, always pining for a good that could never be and therefore was not truly a good. We humans still have that problem even today.

njomoReviewed Chapter: 8 on 8/29/2009
Hi Fiondil,

You did a good job of delineating the growing rift between the Elves and the Númenóreans in this story. It is interesting to see your vision of how this might have played out in personal relationships.

Thanks Fiondil.


Author Reply: Thanks, Joanne. I am glad you enjoyed this and the way I showed the growing rift between the Elves and the Númenóreans, especially in personal relations.

HildigrimReviewed Chapter: 8 on 8/26/2009
I recently posted my sole (much more modest) story offering to this site. The underlying theme of it was almost a direct rebuttal to the thought trend in which your troubled Isildil was caught.

In another genre, it is interesting to me to see mainstream "space opera" routinely invoke a variety of forms of "prolong" -- i.e., life extending technologies -- without having the benefit of the many perspectives on mortality and immortality present in the Tolkien legendarium.

As usual, your writing was a pleasure to read.

Author Reply: Thank you, Hildigrim for your lovely review. When I have my internet back and more time for reading (I am soooo behind!!!) I will have to take a look at your story. I am glad you enjoyed this story. Thanks for letting me know.

TariReviewed Chapter: 8 on 8/26/2009
It's always sad to see someone wasting his life longing for something that can never be.

Author Reply: Very true, Tari, and unfortunately it happens all the time. It is even sadder when it happens to a loved one and we are helpless to do anything about it.

LarnerReviewed Chapter: 8 on 8/25/2009
Now, this is definitely sad. Poor child, to lose the blessing given him to become covetous instead. And I understand everyone's concern about Minastir.

Author Reply: Yes, very sad indeed, Larner. Unfortunately, that is how it went and the seeds of discontent are sown even before Sauron arrives on the shores of the Island.

EllieReviewed Chapter: 8 on 8/25/2009
How very sad. You captured the longing and discontent very well.

Author Reply: Thanks, Ellie. I appreciate you letting me know how well I did with this story in capturing the longing and discontent.

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