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Beneath Strange Stars  by Larner 5 Review(s)
Grey WondererReviewed Chapter: 4 on 10/28/2012
I liked this very much.

Author Reply: Thanks so much, GW. I do appreciate it!

ArmarielReviewed Chapter: 4 on 5/27/2011
Wow.......neat poem. I was afraid of dragons before I was assured by my mom, when I was about 7 or 8, that there was no such


Author Reply: I so loved reading that one line Tolkien wrote in "On Fairy Stories," in which he declared he had "desired dragons with a great desire." It's stayed with me for well over forty years, and I see it every time I reread the essay.

AntaneReviewed Chapter: 4 on 5/26/2011
That was neat! I don't crave dragons but certainly some excitement and right now some sun and warm weather!

Namarie, God bless, Antane :)

Author Reply: I agree--we didn't have a proper spring, and May has been more like March than the preparation for summer.

Tolkien himself wrote the quote on which this dribble was based, so it was wonderful to have the chance to expand upon it.

FreyalynReviewed Chapter: 4 on 5/26/2011
Reminds me of the old saying: be careful what you wish for...

Author Reply: This was based on one of the comments Tolkien made in his essay "On Fairy Tales," in which he stated "I desired dragons with a deep desire." I remember reading this when I was sixteen years old and a sophomore in high school, and it truly impressed me and has stayed with me all of these years.

When Nath indicated that for her birthday she wished something based on one of Tolkien's other works, this remembered quotation kept working at me, and finally I had to write it out.

Yes, Tolkien wished for dragons, and so he gave us Smaug, Morgoth's dragons in the Battle of Sudden Flame, and the one fought by Turin, as well as the one tamed by Farmer Giles of Ham.

harrowcatReviewed Chapter: 4 on 5/26/2011
I really like this Larner. I also like the way that you don,t identify the writer.

Author Reply: In his essay "On Fairy Tales," which was presented in Tree and Leaf alongside his tale "Leaf by Niggle," Tolkien stated that he'd "desired dragons with a deep desire." I first read that when I was a teenager, and it's stayed with me all of these years.

One of the others who wrote a birthday gift to Nath used "Leaf by Niggle" as the basis for her tale, and I found myself moved to expand on this quote by the Master himself.

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