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The Cusp of Victory  by Kara's Aunty 53 Review(s)
Agape4GondorReviewed Chapter: 17 on 5/8/2012
Just found this because you posted the sequel.

Good way to show a different path. Quite believable.

Author Reply: Hello Agape4Gondor,

great to know folk are still reading this. And glad that it strikes you as believable, especially given some of the plot twists and turns in it (it is a bit of a wild ride!).

Thanks for R & R-ing,

M ;)

AntaneReviewed Chapter: 17 on 9/12/2010
Greetings, my dear cousin - so here I am hanging out with my beloved nieces and nephews and I was praising you to the skies to some of them and my second oldest nephew read your story (and I have highly recommended that he read Concerning Sam also) and here is what he said: Excellent story, please write more!

Namarie, God bless, Your berry and bloom and lucky sod! :) :)

Author Reply: Hello lucky sod/Slugger/berry/Tooky bloom,

or perhaps I should say 'Hello nephew',

well what a lovely surprise this review was. And I'm so glad you (Slugger Jnr, once removed) enjoyed Cusp of Victory! I don't know how old you are, but hopefully old enough not to be disturbed by the slightly dark tones of Concerning Sam. Actually, wait a minute ... CoV has a higher rating that CS, so if you're old enough to read this, you'll probably be fine with that. Though I have to say, if you do read CS, please forgive some of the grammatical errors that may pepper the latter half of CS(particulalry Its/It's). It was one of my first fics (written 2 years ago) and I'm still half-way through repolishing those chapters ...

As for Slugger Snr (oh, I do like calling you that!), you're a wee star for speaking so highly of my fics to your lovely family! Thank you! I hope they know what a talented writer their aunty is too, though ...

Thanks for R & R-ing, Jnr (and Snr)!

Your cousin (probably a thousand or so times removed on either or both of your parents' sides),

Mo x

AntaneReviewed Chapter: 17 on 8/31/2010
Oh, my dear, dear cousin - what a cool love story you woven here, the only love that was strong enough to endure all it had to and be strong enough to leap with a beloved burden on one's back too, Frodo's words about sharing the end of the world with Sam and both apologizing to each other. So Frodo does remember what he did. I'm so glad there's going to be a sequel for it blunted the horror I felt that they had died right there at the end. Hurry with that, please! Love the idea of lava being a new adversary. Watched a fascinating documentary/dramatization of the destruction of Pompeii and Herculaneum recently.

Namarie, God bless, Your bloom who is already looking forward to the sequel or anything from your oh-so-talented fingers and heart - so glad you have dropped that you are unworthy to be here. :)

Author Reply: Hello cousin dear,

thanks very much! How happy am I that you liked Sam and Frodo's desperate tale so much? Very!! This was one of the most intense writing experiences I've ever had - despite the shortness of the chapters. The need to portray what might have happened in the Sammath Naur had Gollum been killed became an almost living thing in my gut there for a while. In fact, Sam and Frodo aren't speaking to me for the moment after all Iput them through, but what can you do? When the itch strikes, you've just got to scratch until it leaves you in peace ...


I love a good documentary - and I am fascinated by volcanoes (always have been), so I'd have very much enjoyed the ones you watched. Maybe I'll nip over to the Documentary channel and see if there's anything similar coming on ...

I can't really say when the sequel to CoV will be, m'dear, only that it won't be in the immediate future - I'm juggling far too many other fics (in fact, I neglected most of them in my mad rush to get CoV done). But hopefully once I've got the bulk of them behind me ... maybe about Christmas time-ish?

Thanks very much for R & R-ing, my wee bloom, and for nominating CoV for a MEFA in the first place. Hope it lived up to your expectations ;)

Your cousin,

Mo :o)

AntaneReviewed Chapter: 16 on 8/31/2010
Oh, neat, cousin, neat! Love you, Sam, for all you've done, all your love and that Frodo is sane again and you did so much to help that. Love the Nazgul rushing down to try to prevent the Ring's destruction and Frodo feeling it and Sam saying 'about time we left'.

Namarie, God bless, Your berry who will now skip over to next chapter and will be sorry that it's the last if that's what it is :)

LarnerReviewed Chapter: 17 on 8/30/2010
At least they have managed to survive this far, and even without Gollum! And Frodo is himself once more!

Nicely done.

Author Reply: Hello Larner,

it's so good to have Frodo back, isn't it! Good old Frodo - you can't keep a hobbit down for long ;)

I'm really pleased you enjoyed CoV, m'dear. Thanks very much indeed for R & R-ing so often!

M :)

AndreaReviewed Chapter: 17 on 8/30/2010
Great work!

And now we are exactly at the same point in the original story where the eagles are about to arrive, which I hope they will!

It was very convincing that the Nazgul made a last, desperate try to save the Ring. Not even the fire of Mt. Doom could have stopped them.

But they were too late :-)

And Frodo is himself again. Wonderful!

Thank you again for this great story! I liked it very much.

Author Reply: Hello Andrea,

yep, that's everything back on track now. Queue Eagles ...

The Nazgūl wouldn't have been able to stop themselves following the Ring (I think) because they're tied to it (and because Sauron would've kicked their collective rumps if they hadn't - oh, wait a minute; no he wouldn't have, 'cos he would've been dead ...).

Luckily, their last desperate gamble was pointless anyway, and only served to facilitate their deaths a little faster ...

Go Sam!!

And go Frodo for being back to (almost) normal!!

I'm really glad you enjoyed this rollercoaster AU! Thanks very much for R & R-ing throughout, I appreciate that!

M ;)

cookiefleckReviewed Chapter: 16 on 8/30/2010
Phew! Good work, Sam!

Responding to your comment... Sam *is* a "superhero" in your story. But that's how Tolkien wrote him, too - a humble hobbit capable of great deeds and strength of will when tested. In addition to everything Sam did and sacrificed in LOTR to get Frodo to the top of Mount Doom, Tolkien originally envisioned that Sam would throw Gollum into the chasm along with the ring, so putting a similar spin on the story is very plausible.

Glad you enjoyed the links. I just love that kind of stuff.

Author Reply: Hello cookiefleck,

WOW! Really?? The Master himself envisioned that? Crikey, that's spooky! Mayhap I'm channelling his ghost or something ...

*looks nervously around living-room, and is vastly relieved not a slash writer in case manic ghost turns poltergeist and thumps me with own computer

Okay, so I'm not channelling the great man. As if he would waste his time on me when there're relatives to haunt. And politicians. You get the idea.

But wow, I never knew that. I suppose it makes sense though - if Gollum was out of the picture and Frodo succumbed, Sam would have to step up to the mark - whether he liked it or not. Well, he would have unless Tolkien had decided to take the trilogy in a vastly different direction and let the bad guys win, which would have completely ruined the story ...


Thanks very much for R & R-ing (and for telling me that amazing bit of Tolien trivia),

M ;)

LarnerReviewed Chapter: 16 on 8/30/2010
Excellent! The Ring is gone, and the Nazgul are all destroyed now! Hooray!

Author Reply: Hello Larner,

what a relief, eh? The worst seems to be over for our intrepid heroes - unless they somehow manage to chuck themselves over the precipice in their haste to get out the Sammath Naur, or stumble across a miraculously re-animated Gollum on Sauron's Road, who's out to kill them for destroying his Precious.

Okay, that was bizzare and ridiculous, so I'll be quiet now. Maybe.

Thanks for R & R-ing,

M ;)

LarnerReviewed Chapter: 15 on 8/30/2010
Nice repeat of Arwen's line at the ford in movie-verse! And love that holy water does well against the Nazguls--they do make good near-demons, don't they?

Author Reply: Hello Larner,

you know, when I wrote that line I thought nothing of it. But then I uploaded it onsite and, as I was proofing one last time before the final post, thought 'why does it seem so familiar?'. Then it struck me.



Still, I wrote it in blissful ignorance of that fact at the time and, movie-verse notwithstanding - it does kind of work for the gardener (in a Sam-ish sort of way), so I'll pretend it was original.

*innocent whistle*

But don't tell anyone else, okay?

*big-eyed beg*

Chucking the water at the Ringwraith was just a chance thing for Sam. He was actually trying to preserve the remnant liquid in the Starglass (though how he imagined he could do that without the stopper is anyone's guess), and if it had been stoppered at the time, he would have been scuppered. But it was handy (no pun intended) and he threw it on instinct. Seemed apt that if Eärendil's light could warp the Ring, that it's properties (particularly the Silmaril element) might be devastating to a Nazgūl. And you're right; they do make excellent demons!

Thanks very much for R & R-ing,

M ;)

Raksha The DemonReviewed Chapter: 16 on 8/29/2010
Yay; Frodo's back. Hopefully, Sam will be able to get both of them outta there in time.

My nerves won't take much more!

Author Reply: Hello Raksha The Demon,

whether Sam will stick to canon and get them both out in time, or deviate from it and stumble before the final hurdle (due to both hobbits' additional injuries) is anyone's guess.

Well, not anyone's. I know exactly what happens ...

Hope those nerves aren't bothering you too much. If they are, then take some comfort that the fic's over now!

Thanks for R & R-ing, m'dear

M ;)

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