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Another Moment of your Time  by Larner 6 Review(s)
AndreaReviewed Chapter: 23 on 1/10/2011
“Indeed—the special hero to us all.”

These words, spoken by the King of Gondor, tell a lot about his personality! Aragorn proves once more that he is the best man for the job!

Frodo, however, feels guilty because he lives while Smeagol is dead! Some day he will understand that Aragorn is right:

Your hope was noble, but I doubt that poor Gollum could be healed this side of the Halls of Mandos.

Author Reply: One can know a thing intellectually but be incapable of accepting it emotionally, and I fear that Frodo indeed is at that point. And there is no question that Elessar is the best one for his new position indeed! Thanks so, Andrea.

Linda HoylandReviewed Chapter: 23 on 1/7/2011
I just loved this. These three are all so great ,have endured much and have much in common.Typical of Frodo to care about Gollum.

Author Reply: I'm so glad that you enjoyed seeing them together. And all realize that without Gollum there would have been little chance of success for the quest. Thanks so, Linda.

harrowcatReviewed Chapter: 23 on 1/6/2011
This fits so well as I am about half-way through 'an Acceptable Sacrifice' for the umpteenth time! The compassion of Frodo for Smeagol saved both Sam and Faramir from deeds and behaviour they would later regret. I am so glad that there is hope of healing beyond the bounds of this world.

Author Reply: Thank you so for the comments, Harrowcat. Yes, they would truly have regretted having killed Gollum, had either Faramir or Sam have followed through on the deed. And I am certain that we can find healing in the next life for the ills of the spirit we knew in this one.

I've finished what I hope are my last revisions for The Acceptable Sacrifice, and they are with RiverOtter now to see if she can see things I've managed to overlook. Once she is finished, I'll begin replacing the current chapters, probably a few at a time. It is one work I rejoice that I wrote.

TeresaReviewed Chapter: 23 on 1/5/2011
An most excellent vignette! I enjoyed seeing Faramir, Frodo and Aragorn bonding like this! I hope that they had many such occasions before Frodo and the others left Mina Tirith; and after their reunion on the other side. Their strong connection to each other showed so clearly; as did the one between Eowyn and Merry. It was also nice to see their reactions to Gollum. It was a blend of sympathy and understanding not only of what the Ring had done to him, but what it did to Boromir and the others. I think that talks like that helped Faramir very much as he dealt with his grief for his father and brother. Many thanks for another lovely chapter from Middle Earth! :)

Author Reply: I'm certain that Faramir needed to deal with his loss of Boromir and their father, and hope that situations such as this helped him with his grief as well as accepting the changes for the good that had also come. And am so glad you appreciated this tale. Thank you so very much for the comments, Teresa.

shireboundReviewed Chapter: 23 on 1/5/2011
“So many died,” he sighed at last, and took a small bite of his apple.

“And so many lived as well,” Faramir returned. “So many lived who otherwise would have died had you not arrived in time at the Sammath Naur."

I enjoyed this conversation very much, as well the lovely details such as Eowyn remembering to send food to dear Merry.

Author Reply: I'm so glad that you did, Shirebound. Yes, many died, but more lived that would have died or suffered terribly had Frodo, Sam, and Gollum not have arrived at the Mountain when they did. And I'm certain that Eowyn would have taken thought for her shield brother's needs!

Thanks so!

AntaneReviewed Chapter: 23 on 1/5/2011
This is a good story, especially talking about the terrible temptation and power of the Ring and what it could have done to Frodo and what he could have done had anyone truly taken it from him. Love also the thoughts of Gollum and the hope he rests in peace at last and the thanks given to him, for indeed he was a most unlikely source of salvation for Frodo and all Middle-earth, as was planned from the very beginning.

Namarie, God bless, Antane :)

Author Reply: As I've noted before, oftentimes the Father appears to use our own worst traits to the good of all in the end; and I believe He found a means to offer Smeagol an unexpected salvation that worked for all of Middle Earth.

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