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In the Court of the High King  by Dreamflower 6 Review(s)
KathyGReviewed Chapter: 23 on 9/17/2020
Unless Gondor had access to general anesthetics in some form, surgical intervention was bound to be a horrendous and excruciating ordeal. I don't see how anyone would be able to endure having to be cut into while awake. It's hard enough recovering from surgery when one HAS had a general anesthetic!

Linda HoylandReviewed Chapter: 23 on 11/23/2013
A most enjoyable chapter. I loved Aragorn's pleasure in Faramir's return and his scene with Arwen and his desire to help his people as a healer. I also loved the Hobbit midwives.

Author Reply: I think he would feel glad to have Faramir back with him, even as he realizes that his Steward also needs to spend time in Ithilien as well. And I like to show Aragorn and Arwen together in quiet domesticity.

Mistress Poppy and her apprentice Miss Viola are characters I am very fond of; it's great to get a chance to show them in their element.

LarnerReviewed Chapter: 23 on 11/23/2013
I love the House of Children being part of the Houses of Healing. And it is wonderful to SS's Serinde and her associates here!

Author Reply: It made sense to me that it would be, since many of the children might need healing of one sort or another.

I am so grateful to SS for allowing me to use her characters. I could have made up OCs as healers (and I have for some of them) but having hers just *feels* right. I always make sure she checks out any chapter with them in it, to make sure they are in character.

FiondilReviewed Chapter: 23 on 11/22/2013
Nice to see Aragorn as a healer. Triplets! Oh my! When I was living in China I think I saw more twins in those 2 years than I'd ever seen in my entire life time, and that certainly put paid to China's one-child policy. LOL! Anyway, a nice chapter all around. It's nice to see Arwen and Eowyn as well if only briefly. Hope to see more of them along with Faramir.

Author Reply: LOL! Those triplets kind of hijacked the chapter--they were meant to be a brief throwaway bit. Now they have evolved their own sub-plot!

I enjoy showing him as a healer. In "my" universe, that was his main goal growing up: to become a healer among the Rangers (since he didn't know about his true place among them). He still feels it is his vocation, while being a warrior and a King are his duty.

Faramir will play a larger role in the next chapter...

shireboundReviewed Chapter: 23 on 11/22/2013
It's always good to see Thorongil again.

Triplets would astound everyone once it was known, and the poor parents would have no peace.

Goodness, I would think so! I don't see any difficulties in Minas Tirith being quickly repopulated, at this rate. :)

Author Reply: *grin* In "my" Middle-earth, twins (and it looks like triplets as well, LOL!) will be on the increase now that Sauron is no more!

I love working with SS's characters, and she's so generous about it! Thorongil has more or less become the hobbit healers' liaison in the HoH. His mother's too busy to take the job on full time. So Poppy and Viola have been more or less shadowing him.

UTfrogReviewed Chapter: 23 on 11/22/2013
So triplets will make quite a stir in Gondor. Hope the king's guards can catch the poor father when he faints. I also love the midwife who assures her patients get some rest. Great chapter. Thanks.

Author Reply: No space in this story for Mistress Fieniel's backstory, but she would not be the Chief Midwife for the HoH if she was not very good at her job, and knew when expectant mothers actually need to be coddled and when they don't. Mistress Ava is older and has had several pregnancies, and she has no support system at home; and of course with the rarity of multiple births, Mistress Isfen definitely needs to be where the healers can keep an eye on her.

The King will see that the father finds out what he needs to know soon!

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