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Celeritas' Birthday Bash 2010  by Celeritas 4 Review(s)
Raksha The DemonReviewed Chapter: 11 on 8/6/2010
A wonderful little story, the Steward of Gondor catching up with old history and old friends, history that he's lived and friends he still loves. And for Faramir, in this vignette, the history and his story blend together. I love the mixture of scholar's perspective with the personal memories. Thank you for this touching birthday mathom!

Author Reply: You're quite welcome! I think it would be very odd to be in Faramir's position, so far removed from a friend by time, distance, and brevity of acquaintance--then reading Frodo's account of the past. As I said earlier, this entire concept was a lot of fun to explore, so thanks for the prompt.

LarnerReviewed Chapter: 11 on 8/2/2010
Oh, I can see this, too. How many have helped copy the Red Book that was presented to the King's archives? And he felt as if Frodo were there the whole time he was reading? Well, of course!

Author Reply: It'd be quite easy to feel so, if one actually had known him in real life. I hope to be able to do more work with the Thain's Book in the future.

Kaylee ArafinwielReviewed Chapter: 11 on 7/30/2010
Celeritas,

Oh, I liked this one! A worthy companion to the first part. I hope Faramir gets to hear everything he wants to know!

Author Reply: He probably will, and more! :)

DreamflowerReviewed Chapter: 11 on 7/30/2010
Ah! Even though it's labeled "part two" it seems to me a sort of prequel to the first one.

I love Faramir's reaction to the personalities revealed in the account-- indeed, to one used to the scholarly and detached voice, the almost conversational tone of the Red Book would seem incredibly intimate!

Author Reply: Well, it's supposed to be a sequel--the first conversation starts out with Pippin telling Faramir he needs to get his hands on the book before everyone else does, and then this one tells of his experience reading it.

It's amusing, because compared to current novels, we really don't get to see inside Frodo's head too often in LotR--but it's "incredibly intimate" (as you put it) compared to histories!

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