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Another Moment of your Time  by Larner 6 Review(s)
Linda HoylandReviewed Chapter: 8 on 5/28/2010
This must have been so hard for Elves to understand. I liked the analogy with the seeds.

Author Reply: Many of those on Tol Eressea had seen deaths in their fellows as well as in mortals who fought alongside of them in Beleriand; but for those born on the island to think of sentient beings dying must have been difficult. And I'm certain that both Frodo and Sam thought in terms of seeds and plants when trying to explain the natural deaths of mortals to young Elves. Thanks so, Linda.

KittyReviewed Chapter: 8 on 5/24/2010
The principle of mortality has to be difficult to understand for elves, and even more so for the ones as young as Livwen. Knowing she loves Frodo, I can see why she is not too happy to know that Sam's arrival will mean she has to lose Frodo pretty soon.

Very typical Sam-ish explanation why they have to go on, but it might help Livwen to understand. The same goes for Frodo's explanation. It was beautiful said, in both cases.

Author Reply: I'm so glad that you feel that Sam and Frodo both managed to explain the situation as well as they could. I think Sam would always think in terms of his gardening, while Frodo would truly try to use an analogy that Livwen herself would best appreciate. Livwen must now begin to appreciate just what their mortality means to these so special guests within her world.

Am so glad to hear from you! Hope all is not too hectic in your life!

AntaneReviewed Chapter: 8 on 5/2/2010
What a wonderful story, my dear Larner! I love that Frodo did hang on as of course he must have, even though he senses and longs for the greater adventure to come. I love also his description of the crab and how that applies to mortals in general and to himself in particular and also that he was even grateful for his time with the Ring. Such would be the healing and understanding I hope he did indeed find in the West. Love his friend's initial reaction of Sam being so small and old and also the last sentence.

Namarie, God bless, Antane :)

Author Reply: I do believe that Frodo would have remained as long as he could in hope of Sam's coming, and that neither would wish to remain all that long once both were well recovered from their losses. Livwen has grown up in Frodo's company and is accustomed to his height; but how different it would seem to find that the infamous Perhael is not even as tall as her beloved Iorhael! And it would hammer home to her just how fragile Frodo is now--how ready he is to lay down his life in order to seek what will come next.

And I think Frodo must have sought to explain as best he could how it is for mortals in images with which she would be familiar.

Thanks so very much!

LindeleaReviewed Chapter: 8 on 4/28/2010
Ah, here is a presentation of the Gift as it was intended, before the Black Númenóreans perverted it. Things in this world, while they may be beautiful, grow ever paler by comparison to the hope shining beyond.

Beautifully done!

Author Reply: Yes, so I believe it to be as well. And that hope ought to grow stronger as we come ever closer to it!

harrowcatReviewed Chapter: 8 on 4/26/2010
This is truly beautiful Larner. I am so very glad that you finished it.

You made me smile. There are poppies in my dad's garden and each year I love to take the seed heads and scatter the seeds. My dad is still perplexed how poppies come up in strange places in the garden! I can see myself doing it sometime in the future, (probably with tears,) because of your story but they will be gentle tears!

Author Reply: Thanks so, Harrowcat. I so love poppies, and hope that I can get more planted here. And love that your father wonders how they got scattered as they did throughout your garden. And the thought that now you shall have more pleasure in the scattering of poppy seeds is so delightful! Thank you so!

shireboundReviewed Chapter: 8 on 4/26/2010
This is absolutely lovely.

the plant goes back to the earth, and all’s the richer for it havin’ come and gone, all along the way.

This leaves me feeling warm and peaceful.

Author Reply: It is as we OUGHT to feel about the coming event, I think. Thank you so!

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