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From Wilderness to Cities White  by Larner 7 Review(s)
6336Reviewed Chapter: 60 on 9/25/2016
What a thing to do, poor bird, poor Faramir.

It sounds like a typical thing for Denathor to do, take an idea and embroider on it and make it his own, not just a short sword but a whole miniature uniform to go with it, complete with helm with real bird wings. I feel most sorry for the poor soldier who was forced to sell his bird.

I get the feeling that Faramir was happier with his gifts from Boromir than those from his father, at least those were given without any ulterior motive, just love.


Author Reply: I believe you have it there in a nutshell, Lynda. Poor Denethor may be able to read the hearts of others, but he can no longer fully understand their language. Thanks so!

AntaneReviewed Chapter: 60 on 4/29/2016
At long last, finally getting to this story. I love the bookish gift Boromir gave his brother - the best one. A little boy would like the livery and weapons too, but we all know where Faramir's heart truly lies as did Boromir. Hooray for the brothers love :)

Namarie, God bless, Antane :)

Author Reply: These brothers were after all devoted to one another. Thank you so, Antane!

Reviewed Chapter: 60 on 1/8/2016
This chapter is great! It shows a side to Boromir that is well hidden later and shows a lot of insight into a difficult relationship with Denethor without making him all bad.

Author Reply: I don't think that Denethor was as far into his autocracy as he was to become as the war progressed, but I doubt he was particularly sensitive to his sons' sensibilities, or those of others. Thank you so much!

Eirinn LeighReviewed Chapter: 60 on 1/5/2016
To reply and then I will leave it be...

I must disagree. A man who cares more for appearances than his own family is a man capable of some of the world's greatest cruelties - even unto those who should be dearest to his heart. My own grandfather began as Denethor appears here, loving if a bit misguided, but over the decades he became guilty (unfortunately without hard evidence) of both neglect and abuse of my grandmother who was critically and at last terminally ill with diabetes and depended on him for everything. Denethor too, sunk into depravity. Here he killed a beloved pet to garnish a helm; by the end of his life he will in his madness make every attempt to burn that same son alive.

I'm rather embarrassed by the misspelling in my previous review. I meant *hate* as I'm sure you gathered.

Author Reply: I understand what you meant. His wisdom was indeed diminished as he allowed his sensitivity to others to be suppressed, and in the end he lost so much through pushing Faramir away, focusing on duty to protect the land to the point he forgot how to express--or receive--love.

And considering how many misspellings I've done in the course of my life both before and after beginning to write fanfiction I'm the last one to criticize others in most cases!

Eirinn LeighReviewed Chapter: 60 on 1/5/2016
I could come to hat that man, I really could. It is a good thing he is merely fictional.
On your part a wonderfully written Christmas gift for your readers! Thank you!

Author Reply: I suspect Denethor would detest being thought merely fictional. Heh! Not truly a bad man, but definitely rather insensitive at times, I think. Thank you for your feedback.

TariReviewed Chapter: 60 on 1/4/2016
Only Denethor could throw a monkey wrench into the celebration.

Author Reply: Well, it wasn't deliberately intended, I think. But he is capable of being insensitive at times. Heh! Thanks for the feedback!

SunnyReviewed Chapter: 60 on 1/3/2016
Now this was an exceptionally stupid and insensitive thing to do, even for Denethor! Killing one of his Haerborn's pet bird in order to get the decorations for Faramir's helmet! No wonder Faramir wouldn't wear the helmet!
Both the book and the dagger from Boromir sound like things that Faramir would really love.
Nice little story!

Author Reply: Oh, but I strongly suspect that in spite of his great wisdom Denethor wasn't particularly sensitive to the feelings of those he loved most. No, Faramir wasn't likely to want to wear the helmet!

And I'm certain Boromir would want to make certain his brother would love the gifts he received.

Thank you so very much!

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