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Labadal and Túrin  by Dreamflower 5 Review(s)
periantariReviewed Chapter: 3 on 2/19/2011
How powerful. i love how you can say so much with so little words. This angst and pity resonates with me. Good job.

LarnerReviewed Chapter: 3 on 2/14/2011
I strongly suspect Labadal is right--being seen to be born to high destiny sets one apart, and often denies that which delights the spirit.

Author Reply: Yes. And when one is set apart so very young, it can bring its own sort of pain and loneliness.

VirtuellaReviewed Chapter: 3 on 2/10/2011
A few days ago, I saw The King's Speech at the cinema, and this reads almost liek a commentary. "His father’s duty, his mother’s hardness, that is what noble blood has brought him." Indeed. Who'd be noble, if they could avoid it, eh?

Author Reply: I haven't seen that yet, though I've heard good things about it.

I believe if Hurin's duty had not taken him away from his son, he could have been a good and loving father-- I especially liked that he refused to rebuke the child when he showed generosity to Sador. But of course, that he had to go away was the whole point on which the story turned.

Morwen? Her I do not understand at all. She is hard and cold to her child, and yet she wants to protect him. I suppose she loved him, but she never showed him any warmth at all, and did everything she could to squash his own natural warmth and generosity.

DarkoverReviewed Chapter: 3 on 2/9/2011
Dear Dreamflower: Each chapter is brief, but packed with emotion! You are doing a fine job in completing your stated objective--namely, exploring why a crippled servant would be the closest friend of a noble child. I look forward to the next chapter. Thank you for writing and developing this interesting story. Sincerely, Darkover

Author Reply: Thank you very much. I have two more of these left to hone and post.

I still would like to see someone more comfortable with the First Age setting to tackle a fuller telling of this relationship. But I hope these drabbles convey the essence of what *I* see between them, and will perhaps inspire someone else.

Raksha The DemonReviewed Chapter: 3 on 2/9/2011
Poor Turin; Labadal might well be right. The kid seems born to sorrow; and his destiny will be great but tragic. And that's not even thinking about the rest of the family. Sob.

Good job.

Author Reply: I know. Poor baby. It makes me wish that Labadal had been able to go with him when he was sent away-- perhaps having at least one loving person in his life might have helped.

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