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The Heir Apparent  by Mirkwoodmaiden 7 Review(s)
NurayyReviewed Chapter: 2 on 3/11/2021
This was such a beautiful and sad chapter. So well done! The vision touched me really and made my eyes sting; so meaningful, so important, and yet so sad. The feelings of her parents at that knowledge, you wrote them so vivid, Gilraen's pain in the vision with her little son, it pulls at the heartstrings. So good how you give her credit in this story! Oh, and beautiful image of Elladan!
If I think this was even your first fanfic... Wow!

Author Reply: Nurayy!!

Thanks so much! There is not enough written about Gilraen. She is often forgotten or written out of so much Fan Fiction but she is so important and sacrifices so much for her people. Her life is unfortunately not really a happy one.

Read on! There is much more of Elladan and Elrohir! They are so easy and often so fun to write!

Stay Safe! Mellon nin!



LindeleaReviewed Chapter: 2 on 3/10/2020
Ah, yes. I love the thought you’ve put into the lifestyle and mindset of the Dunedain and heirs of Isildur. (Typing on my phone, so please excuse any errors that may creep in!) Gilraen’s father’s dilemma reminds me a bit of what Elrond faced. And Gilraen’s mother’s vision was both breathtaking and heartbreaking.

One final thought...I too could watch waves for hours, and I find comfort in them.

Author Reply: Lindelea!

Thanks! I am fascinated by the Dunedain (as you are with Hobbits) and how they survived over a thousand years with the one purpose and I thought what would that society look like and think like. Their cities destroyed and the fabric of their society rent irreparably. And this story is what I came up with the guidance of what is written in the Appendices from ROTK.

What Ivorwen saw is in the appendices and I wrote around that. You are right Dirhael's and Ivorwen sacrifice is much like the sacrifices that Elrond willingly gave, cost what it did to him (one of the reasons I have always admired Elrond.)

Dirhael's watching the waves crash is really me sitting and watching the ocean waves crash. Like you I can still a beach for hours watching the waves. I find it so comforting as well.

LarnerReviewed Chapter: 2 on 3/7/2020
Am revisiting this, and rejoicing to do so. Alas for the visions of both Dirhael and Ivorwen.

Author Reply: Larner!

So glad you are re-reading and enjoying the visit! And yes, It is so hard for Dirhael and Ivorwen to know that their child will be made unhappy by the very thing that the Dunedain have lived for.


LarnerReviewed Chapter: 2 on 11/2/2005
Beautiful imagery, and love the Thane sitting on the rocks overlooking the lake and its windblown waves. Gorgeous!

Eruanneth_LuinReviewed Chapter: 2 on 6/29/2005
It is good to see that developing friendship between Erithain and Arathorn which bodes well for eventual kinsmen-by-marriage, and I highly agree with the realistic moral tone set by Gilraen as to her thoughts of marriage. It is refreshing to read of attraction, respect, and even duty on both parts rather than mere physical desires. Her willingness to obey her father’s will and eventual answer ‘Yes, I think I do’, says it all.

Arathorn seeking the hand of Gilraen brought into focus the intense feelings and uncertainty associated with the joining of two houses as well as two peoples, though blood-allied, yet independent.

The visions of Ivorwen were of particular moving and well done, showing the absolute courage it took to allow her precious daughter to move forward as she must despite knowledge of the brevity of her happiness.

Author Reply: I really loved writing this chapter because it gave me a chance to deepen the relationships all around. Also I was able to speak a little more about the strength of the Dunedain culture among both men and women.

Their faith in their destiny is the only thing that Iorwen and Dirhael would allow to stand in front of their daughers' happiness. Iorwen is either blessed or cursed with the sight. I think she have had to have a great deal of strength to go forward with her vision.

Thanks for reading!

NilmandraReviewed Chapter: 2 on 10/1/2003
I have heard very good things about this story, and already they are proved true! You seem to have put considerable effort into your development of the Dunedain culture and what is known of the story of Arathorn and Gilraen.

The Dunedain were proud and independent people, and it is intersting to see both the strength and weaknesses this causes them. I like how you have shown Gilraen's parents concerns and the strength within them that allowed them to choose what was right rather than what was easy.

daw the minstrelReviewed Chapter: 2 on 9/28/2003
I think it would be awful to be able to see the future of one's children. Surely there is sorrow for all of them, although you hope it's not only sorrow. I don't blame Gilraen's parents for feeling anguish over this.

Author Reply: Yes. Especially if it is a harsh future that you cannot change. That would be H*ll. I had to be careful to not display their trepidation and pain too much because then Gilraen, who already suspected something, would logically want to know why they were so upset.

I've still yet to decide whether Gilraen will ever realise that they knew what would happen, and how she will feel about that. Betrayed? Anger? Will she understand and accept? Answers to these questions I'm sure she will share with me sometime during the story.


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