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Tales from Vairė's Loom  by Fiondil 11 Review(s)
Baggins BabeReviewed Chapter: 26 on 12/4/2010
I read this the other morning and had to stop because it made me cry and I was about to go to work. This was such a beautiful story and Thorongil so compassionate. I felt dreadfully sorry for the poor lad when he said he 'wasn't a very good raiser' and I'm glad he felt he was loved and comforted as he died. Certainly no-one should have to die alone in the rain.

Thank you for such a wonderful glimpse of the Ranger who would be King - if only all leaders were as wise.

Author Reply: Hello Baggins Babe. That this story made you cry is the whole point and, of course, the whole point of the challenge was to show an 'enemy' as a sympathetic character. Believe me, I was tearing up even as I was writing this. And I agree with you -- would that our own leaders were as compassionate and wise as Aragorn. In spite of the tears, I am glad you found this to be such a beautiful story. Thank you for letting me know. I greatly appreciate it.

TariReviewed Chapter: 26 on 12/3/2010
I can see why you won first prize. This is very touching and beautifully written and shows why Thorongil became such an awesome king. He has a heart of gold.

Author Reply: Thank you, Tari. I'm glad you enjoyed this tale. And yes, Thorongil does have a heart of gold. Thanks for reading and reviewing. I really appreciate it.

LarnerReviewed Chapter: 26 on 12/2/2010
Alas for the boy, but I am so glad it was Thorongil who was there as he died. Yes, a terrible thing to die alone and in the rain.

Author Reply: He was very fortunate that it was Thorongil who was there to comfort him in his final moments, believing that he was still loved even if he wasn't 'a very good raider'. Thanks for reading and reviewing, Larner. I really appreciate it.

RadbooksReviewed Chapter: 26 on 12/1/2010
I really enjoyed this story, I like the way you told it in flashbacks. Nicely done!! :)

Author Reply: Hi, Radbooks. Thanks for letting me know how much you enjoyed this. I really appreciate it.

FantasiaReviewed Chapter: 26 on 12/1/2010
Fiondil, once again, you made me cry. I think that I should stop reading you at work, because I don't know what to say when my co-workers see me crying, unless that they think the SPC analysis make me cry (well, they do)
Beautiful story, war is such a mess, there is always two sides, two stories, love ones in both sides and so much pain, and it is never ending because each new generation wants to advange the older one, if we can only follow God and love intead of hate each other.

Thank you, it is perfect.

Author Reply: Hi Fantasia. I so glad you enjoyed this story, even if it did make you cry (which is what is was supposed to do *grin*). Thanks for letting me know. I appreciate it very much.

Kaylee ArafinwielReviewed Chapter: 26 on 12/1/2010
Oh...this was so very sad! You have me crying. What a way to start off December...Happy December, by the way. *hugs* (Dare I ask if there's an Elf Academy sequel in the works?)

I'm so glad Thorongil was there for the dying boy, and that he taught Adrahil such an important lesson. Enemy side or not, he was just a child.

Ni-zira, Attō. *hugs* (I have yet to figure out "Fiondil" in Adūnaic...)


Author Reply: Hi Kaylee. A very sad tale, indeed, and I'm afraid it would be sad no matter what time of the year it was. Thorongil is very compassionate, having learned it from the Elves, and Adrahil needed that lesson.

As for a sequel to Elf Academy, I'm afraid I'm not working on one at the moment as I'm still busy with Darkness, but you never know. Perhaps for next winter. *grin*

Thanks for reading and reviewing, Kaylee. Ni-zira. (And probably the closest to Fiondil "hawk-friend" in Adūnaic would be _Narūkzīr_ "eagle-friend", as we have no word for 'hawk' in Adūnaic.)

6336Reviewed Chapter: 26 on 12/1/2010
Bittersweet, so very bittersweet.
No one should have to die alone.

Author Reply: And hopefully no one truly does, Lynda.

RhyselleReviewed Chapter: 26 on 12/1/2010
Oh, that was so terribly sad.

I admit that I had a hunch that the one who identified himself as Zimrathor's father was probably Thorongil... couldn't really say why, but that semi-foreknowledge didn't spoil the tale at all.

You did a good job on this, Fiondil. I'm still sniffling a bit.

Author Reply: Hi Rhyselle. Well, given that the story was originally written for Teitho in which Aragorn and/or Legolas need to appear in some fashion, it stands to reason you would suspect that it was actually Aragorn who was comforting the boy. *grin* At any rate, I'm glad you enjoyed this in spite of the sadness of the topic. Thanks for letting me know. I appreciate it very much.

EllynnReviewed Chapter: 26 on 12/1/2010
Such a sad and touching story. Beautifully written. This was one of my favorites, you got one of my votes.

Author Reply: Hi Ellynn. I'm glad you enjoyed this. Thanks for letting me know. I greatly appreciate it.

galathilReviewed Chapter: 26 on 12/1/2010
If my son died in battle I hope someone was with him at the time.
This is beautiful.


Author Reply: Hello Galathil. I am sure that is every parent's hope as well. Glad you liked this tale. Thanks for reading and reviewing. I appreciate it very much.

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