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Tales from Vairë's Loom  by Fiondil 9 Review(s)
EärillëReviewed Chapter: 14 on 6/11/2010
I wonder if Glorfindel's book would be the first ever the exiled Noldor made... *snicker* But regardless, it was a fun read. :) There was a shadow behind the cheer and lightness of the pace and content, and it was prevalent throughout the story, but you executed it well so that it turned into a very good bittersweet story (with the sweet greater than the bitter, as Glorfindel wanted to show). It was not something people only read, but also felt. It was... wonderful, to say the least.

But by the way, I thought Ecthelion was in the same room with Glorfindel and his friend. (Sorry. I forget his name.) He received no mention there; only once, in passing... Or perhaps said friend was actually the current lord of the House of the Fountain? :confused:

Was this story related to the one about Glorfindel in Helkaraxë in your Tapestries collection? I forget its details, but I read it already. And was it related to Elf, Interrupted too, regarding Glorfindel's past?

Somehow, I felt sad when you mentioned the Elflings. Perhaps it was because of Idril and her recent past; but still, their merriment and the notion that many of them might have lost family members (or even friends) during the Crossing was... a pain, very stark, ironically the thickest shadow I felt throughout the story. It still brought a smile to my face, as most children's play and the mention of it usually do to me, but... *shrug*

It was a very good story, nonetheless, and I am glad I read it. :) Although, when I read the title, I thought it would be a humor story... Oh well.

- Rey

Author Reply: Hi Rey. Cehtelion and Ecthelion are one and the same person. As I explained in my author's note, this early in history when the Exilic Noldor have only just arrived in Beleriand, they still are speaking Quenya and using their Quenya names. So Glorfindel (or Laurefindil) addresses his friend as Cehtelion rather than Ecthelion. I hope that clears up the confusion.

And this is a humor story, though it is a dark humor given the subject matter. You just have to see behind the darkness for the humor (or perhaps a better word is, irony) of it all.

Anyway, I'm glad you enjoyed this, Rey. Thanks for reviewing. I appreciate it.

KittyReviewed Chapter: 14 on 4/7/2010
I can see how that endless winter inspired this story ;)

PHSS indeed. Admittedly I can understand why Cehtelion reacted the way he did; after the Helcaraxë longer lasting snow has to bring back very uncomfortable memories. But Laurefindel was right, too, in his description of how beautiful snow and ice can look.

*lol* Love the idea of Glorfindel, of all people, writing a book about PHSS! Though I guess he now can see the need for it, now that Turucáno is reacting as bad as Cehtelion. He seems to cope better with the memories than many others.

Author Reply: Yes, it did indeed inspire this story. I was feeling very much like Ecthelion and Turucáno and Ellie was giving me this pep talk very much like Glorfindel. In fact, much of Glorfindel's speech about the beauties of snow are taken from that conversation. And I think Glorfindel was a very strong personality, able to cope with things more easily than others, or perhaps just better at hiding his true feelings. Who knows? *grin*

6336Reviewed Chapter: 14 on 3/31/2010
Hi Fiondil,
Just reading through the comments to this and found Sunny's she was right, I had not had my morning dose of caffeine.
I did enjoy it though, perky Glorfindel and all!

Author Reply: Glad to hear it, Lynda. Thanks for setting the record straight.

TariReviewed Chapter: 14 on 3/22/2010
I, too, have felt and intense dislike of snow. I think last month was a record setter for inches. However, I do have to admit that one day I saw it just as Laurefindel did. It was quite beautiful and sparkly. The trees looked exceptionally lovely. Glad to say spring is just around the corner as the Crocuses indicate. I can't wait.

(Tari means Queen? Hmmmmmm, I didn't know that.)

Author Reply: Yes, there are times when I too hate the very sight of snow after weeks and weeks of it, but then the sun comes out and everything sparkles and the sky is so blue it hurts and suddenly it looks so different. But, I am never so happy then when I see the last of the snow melt and spring is in the air. *grin*

And yes, Tári means 'Queen', as in Elentári 'Star-Queen', one of Varda's many titles.

Thanks for reading and reviewing, Tari. I really appreciate it. And Happy Spring!

LarnerReviewed Chapter: 14 on 3/20/2010
A book would fare better, perhaps, than being forced to spout the same things over and over again! Heh! Nicely done!

Author Reply: That is certainly Glorfindel's impression. *grin* Thanks, Larner. I'm glad you enjoyed this one.

SunnyReviewed Chapter: 14 on 3/18/2010
Sounds as if Lynda read this before having her morning dose of caffeine! ;-)

Author Reply: You may be right, Sunny, but I would be the last one to accuse her of that. And I don't think Glorfindel is *that* perky. Even I wouldn't be able to stand him if he were. *grin*

ellieReviewed Chapter: 14 on 3/18/2010
Ahhh I remember well the conversation that started this. The story is still a delight to read and Glorfy is right there with his advice. I wonder what other elfy self-help books are waiting to be written out there. There's a plot bunny for you: explore the different neurosis of elves and Dr Glorfindel can come to the rescue!

Author Reply: Yes, and thank you for that. You were definitely Glorfindel to my Ecthelion that day, weren't you? *LOL* Anyway, I'm not sure if I even want to explore the idea of elven neuroses. That's way too scary for me. *grin* Thanks again for the plot bunny for this one, Ellie, and thanks for all your help. Words cannot adequately express my gratitude, but they're the best I can do.

6336Reviewed Chapter: 14 on 3/17/2010
Well Glorfindel is being a little ray of sunshine this morning, isn't he!
He is right though, you have to look on the bright side of things or they will wear you down.
(p.s. I hate perky people, even Glorfindel!)

Author Reply: I guess he is a little ray of sunshine at that, Lynda. *LOL* Glad you liked the story even if you can't stand perky people. Thanks for reading and reviewing. I appreciate it.

SunnyReviewed Chapter: 14 on 3/17/2010
Oh, my, yes! I want winter to end, too! The snow _has_ started to melt, but there is rather a lot of it lying around.

But roads that are not completely covered with snow is at least a beginning. :-)

Author Reply: Glad you liked this, Sunny. Thanks. The snow is all gone here, but that means nothing. We could easily have more between now and mid-April. I've even known it to snow on Mother's Day! We're not out of the woods yet. Think Spring!

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