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From Wilderness to Cities White  by Larner 7 Review(s)
bVbQ3adTReviewed Chapter: 7 on 1/11/2016
Four score and seven minutes ago, I read a sweet arcteli. Lol thanks

Author Reply: You have had a spate of reviews lately. Thanks for them, but you might do well by yourself by registering rather than leaving reviews identified only by lines of numbers and letters.

AntaneReviewed Chapter: 7 on 1/13/2011
“Sleep well, Oropher, Ereinion Gil-galad, and so many, many others,” the Elf called out. “Your sacrifice was not in vain, you will find. And when the time is right, I look to behold you again within Aman, and to greet you with the word that your enemy is indeed cast down, and this time will not rise again.” He gave a surprisingly deep bow toward the marshes..."

I love this part!

Namarie, God bless, Antane :)

Author Reply: It was a most worthy ambition to hold, I would think. Now what evil might come upon Middle Earth is at least the evil of Men, and not that of fallen angels and demons, or at least for the most part!

AndreaReviewed Chapter: 7 on 12/30/2010
A very touching moment!

I did not know that Legolas' grandfather died there, within sight of Mordor.

So, in fact, this is a double victory for Legolas. He survived the battle and he took part in bringing the Ring to its destruction which led to the destruction of Mordor and Sauron.

Author Reply: Oropher was one of those who led warriors to fight during the Last Alliance. He went forward in the attack prematurely, and was killed with almost a third of those who'd come out of the Greenwood. This left Thranduil as King for all of the Third Age, returning home with so many of those he'd marched out with left behind. It was undoubtedly a sad homecoming for all of them.

It must have meant even more to Legolas, seeing this final victory over the Maia that his father and grandfather fought; and to have been part of the Fellowship, as you note, made it even that much more of a triumph.

Linda HoylandReviewed Chapter: 7 on 12/30/2010
What a lovely idea to honour those poor souls.

Author Reply: To see victory where his grandfather fell so long ago--it must have been a vindication of all that Oropher had fought and worked for all his life!

Kaylee ArafinwielReviewed Chapter: 7 on 12/29/2010
O Larner, how exquisite...I loved every word. Such a mixture of sorrow and hope...I'd nearly forgotten that of course, Legolas had fought here in the same place his grandfather had fallen...

...Good grief, I wonder what Thranduil did to Elrond when he found out?! But I'm so glad that Legolas found his moment of connection and told them that the war was finally won for good.


Author Reply: There was a story up for a MEFA in which Thranduil has a moment of foresight in which he sees Legolas standing before the Black Gate fighting even as Thranduil and his father and their people had, and wonders in shock as to why it is merely to do again in the future, and that sort of inspired this one. Legolas knows his father and grandfather fought here themselves, and that here is where Oropher died. How glad he must have been to be able to relate to them that the long fight was finally won once and for all!

EllynnReviewed Chapter: 7 on 12/29/2010
Oh, such a wonderful story! It is not a surprise that Legolas is thinking of the past battle and his kin. His thoughts and words are so sad and touching, and yet they bear a hint of hope, as Sauron is finally defeated and will not return. Beautifully written!

Author Reply: His grandfather died here, after all, and was most likely buried where the Dead Marshes are now. He must have felt a special sense of triumph knowing that the foe his grandfather and father fought so long is now gone for good, and must know a sense of vindication for Oropher especially. How much he must have anticipated telling them of that final battle and seeing Barad-dur fall at last!

Thank you!

Lady BluejayReviewed Chapter: 7 on 12/29/2010
A wonderful poignant remembrance. I very much enjoyed reading this. LBJ

Author Reply: I am so honored, LBJ. Thank you!

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