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Lullaby  by Celeritas 11 Review(s)
AntaneReviewed Chapter: 1 on 12/27/2010
That's a grand gift Frodo has left for his niece and her child and whole family. It may bring pain but it also brings peace. His loving legacy lives on. I would love to listen to it! Like also Sam looking out for the Sea.

Namarie, God bless, Antane :)

Author Reply: Thanks!!

VirtuellaReviewed Chapter: 1 on 12/22/2010
It's such a well-known experience, isn't it, a song that's just at the tip of your tongue and you can't quite place it. You've turned it into a delightful story!

Author Reply: Yes, it is, and it's terrible when the same song bothers you for days and you can't figure it out! Thank you so much!

luminare_arduaReviewed Chapter: 1 on 12/17/2010
I'd love to hear what Frodo's lullaby would sound like. XD I like the Coventry Carol that someone earlier mentioned: Loreena McKennitt's version would fit; but I'm partial myself to the tune of her "Skellig", and the lyrics, at least two lines of it seem like something Frodo would sing-- "...Sit here by my side, for the night is very long. Some things I must tell, before I pass along..." As for how Ellie could remember the tune: I first heard Richard Clayderman's "Ballade pour Adeline" when I was very young, perhaps no more than 5, and remembered it on and off again until I found out what it was when I was about 11 or 12 and learned to play it. So to me, that doesn't seem farfetched in the least.

Author Reply: I'd love to hear it, too, but only if I could be sure that that's what it really was (if that makes any sense at all). I've heard a lot of good candidates out there but none of them are quite there, though they could easily be descended versions.

The tricky thing is that Elanor wasn't six months old when Frodo left, and that's an awfully long time to hold onto a song without knowing what it is, especially if it never came up until she had children of her own. I just write it off as her being a very special hobbit.

ArmarielReviewed Chapter: 1 on 12/11/2010
I love this story! So bittersweet and beautifully written.

Author Reply: Thank you!

LarnerReviewed Chapter: 1 on 12/10/2010
You know I'm certain that such hints of Frodo and the West linger with Elanor. And it is so proper for the two of them to share this. I see hints of Fiondil's writing in this one, I think. Thanks so for it--I love it!

Author Reply: That's interesting, since I've read hardly any of Fiondil's work! But I do share the idea, with many, that Elanor had that special, strange connection that can't really be quantified and only shows up at the strangest of times when you aren't looking for it.

You're quite welcome--and thanks for the review!

kprattReviewed Chapter: 1 on 12/10/2010
Lovely - I thought of the Coventry Carol, without the explicitly Christian lyrics, of course. But an Elvish melody would be even more haunting/soothing I should think. Thank you for a beautiful vignette.

Author Reply: Well, for all we know, the lullaby got passed down, corrupted, and somehow got Christian lyrics attached to it! Why can't it be both? :)

DreamflowerReviewed Chapter: 1 on 12/10/2010
Oh my! That's beautifully warming! I love the idea that she could remember, and melancholy songs often make wonderful lullabies, so that makes sense as well.

Of course, we are all left wondering about the words. I'm sure that there did have to be some.

(And for some reason, my own mind is thinking of it as the Donald Swann setting of "I Sit Beside the Fire and Think"...which is both lovely and melancholy...)

Author Reply: I've wondered at the words, too, but my brain seems to be content to leave them as a beautiful mystery.

And that's a lovely idea! I shall have to listen to that song now!

shireboundReviewed Chapter: 1 on 12/10/2010
a double portion of the Ladyís blessing. And blessings neednít be in looks alone, neither.

Sam is so wise. What a lovely story. May Frodo's song travel go on and on, from one generation to the next.

Author Reply: In my mind, that's exactly what it does, though who originated it is long forgotten. Thank you!

Socrates399Reviewed Chapter: 1 on 12/10/2010
This is really beautiful! I wondered as I read it if that might be does stick in your mind in a strange way ( sticks in my mind in a strange way...). But whether it's psychologically realistic or not doesn't really matter.

Thanks for posting! :-)

Author Reply: I don't think it'd be psychologically possible for most people, but this is Elanor we're talking about and she's a strange one.

Thanks for the review; I'm glad you enjoyed it.

Erulisse (one L)Reviewed Chapter: 1 on 12/10/2010
What a sweet tale you have written here. And the idea that the lullaby originated with Frodo makes it so special. A lovely little gap filler with characters who are rarely examined.

- Erulisse (one L)

Author Reply: Well, I dunno about "rarely"; I seem to be returning to Elanor fairly often!

Thanks for the review. I'm rather fond of the idea that a lot of the later traditions in the Shire originated with the Travellers.

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