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Estel Counts  by Larner 180 Review(s)
AntaneReviewed Chapter: 25 on 1/18/2011
Finally got to all of these! Love the first one the most and also cute that the problem of the missing socks is also experienced in Middle-earth! Interesting that he had a dream of the Quest. And this makes me wonder if we shall see Estel in Imladris when Thorin and Co. come visiting. Hmmm....

Namarie, God bless, Antane :)

DarkoverReviewed Chapter: 25 on 1/11/2011
Dear Larner: I very much enjoyed these tales! I'm not sure if some of the things Estel was counting could actually be considered blessings, but you did a fine job of portraying his childhood. BTW, for some reason I assumed that the gift given to him by the twins was a chess set, rather than toy soldiers, and it wasn't until the final chapter that I realized otherwise. The final chapter was particularly well-written, as you summed up everything that had come before. Also, the assurance given by Aragorn to Arwen was well done--as she said, he was well-named, for he gives hope even to her. Thank you for writing and posting "Estel Counts." Sincerely, Darkover

Author Reply: And I rejoice that this gave you such pleasure. No, perhaps not all blessings....

His foster father did name him well, thoughm didn't he?

TariReviewed Chapter: 25 on 1/3/2011
And they were reunited with their loved ones when their lives on earth were spent. At least in my opinion they did.

Well done

Author Reply: I believe so, too, Tari. Thank you so!

Raksha The DemonReviewed Chapter: 25 on 12/26/2010
A lovely, heart-warming end to an impressive holiday series! Well done

Author Reply: I'm so honored, Raksha, by such a comment! Thank you so!

Raksha The DemonReviewed Chapter: 24 on 12/26/2010
I love the magic expressed in this drabble, and the reference to the famous Finrod/Sauron song-duel.

Author Reply: I simply couldn't imagine how else the fight was fought against such a foe; and there's no one better than Finrod to reference (and reverence) in this new battle against the Shadow.

Thank you so!

Erulisse (one L)Reviewed Chapter: 25 on 12/26/2010
Larner - Throughout this reading it has been a true pleasure. But having all of those loose ends tied up in the final chapter was excellent and unexpected. I hope you have had a wonderful Yule and I will take this opportunity to thank you for your fanfic over the 2010 year. They have enriched my life. Le hannon.

- Erulisse (one L)

Author Reply: And I thank you for all the comments you've made--it's made the writing more joyful. And am so glad this ending for the series has proved so right for it. Thanks so, and may the new year bring you much peace and joy.

UTfrogReviewed Chapter: 25 on 12/26/2010
Lovely series and a lovely gift to us all. Hope your Christmas was great. Best wishes for the New Year.

Author Reply: Am so glad you enjoyed it, UTfrog. You are so welcome!

Christmas was far too quiet, but well interrupted by coughs, I've found. Hope to be fully recovered by New Years, of course. And I wish all a New Year filled with hope and delight.

CairistionaReviewed Chapter: 25 on 12/26/2010
An absolutely fitting end to the Avent tales! I especially appreciate that this one touches on the hope that Aragorn--Estel--holds, and that last line especially is perfect. Very well done, the entire series.

Author Reply: I am so honored, Cairistiona. And thank you for your feedback throughout. It has been very heartening.

Lynn HReviewed Chapter: 25 on 12/26/2010
Thank you for the gift of the tale, so very suitable for the season!

Author Reply: And thank you for taking the time to respond to it, Lynn! Joy to you this holiday season!

Kitt OtterReviewed Chapter: 25 on 12/26/2010
This was in so many ways (25?) the absolute perfect ending. I love that items from the past chapters made their appearances, and that it finishes on such a bright, hopeful note - most appropriate for the season!
I hope you're feeling better! Happy New Year!

Author Reply: In the very earliest celebrations of Christ's Mass, what was being celebrated was more the anticipation of the Coming Again rather than the birth of Jesus, or so I understand. Under Constantine, as he chose Christianity over Mithraism, the celebration was recast, and Mithra's birthday was reassigned to the infant Jesus. So it has been most of the time since.

Many glimpses of former chapters and stories are hinted at here--in my-verse Melian marries Hurin's son, and is the eldest of the three children I've given Aragorn and his bride, gladly giving over the task of ruling Gondor to her younger brother in the end. And part of the charge with which Elrond and Galadriel part from Aragorn at the end is that he will teach his wife the faith by which those who are mortal can sustain themselves--that this life is not the end of all awareness, but that more joy is ahead for us in which all is perfected.

In my-verse Bilbo became aware of Estel during his short visit to Rivendell with Thorin and company, and wished to send something of the Shire to the child. However, as seedcakes would likely go stale, he sends the book of tales, later making copies for his nieces and nephews, and having a young Frodo copy and illustrate another copy that Gandalf gives to Faramir.

Thanks so for your faithful comments throughout all of this. It was a joy to write, in spite of what real life throws at me at the moment. I do appear to be recovering from the flu--slept most of yesterday and throughout the night as well, and just finished some chicken noodle soup. Hopefully will be ready to return to work tomorrow night without more than a residual cough as I rid myself of the last of the crud!

A joyful Christmas season and new year to you as well!

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