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The Heir Apparent  by Mirkwoodmaiden 7 Review(s)
NurayyReviewed Chapter: 6 on 4/17/2021
Dear Mirkwoodmaiden,
What absolutely touching, beautiful family moments! This is so much your writing. So heartwarming the emotions you evoke! There is so much love between them.
Even as tragedy strikes their bonds hold tight.
Aragorn is so sweet a child. I like the way you show him serious and pensive already, and curious and delighted by horses also, I love how Erithain makes him laugh, and I absolutely love the loving relationship with his father, the respect his father already gives to the small child in such a tender way.
Loved to see Gilraen so happy and so beautiful after birth.
It already pains me to think how soon the next tragedy will strike.
I hope this review finds you well. Take care

Author Reply: Nurayy!

Thanks! I really wanted to show the relationships of love and family and to show that Arathorn, Gilraen and little Aragorn as a happy, normal family before the tragedy that must strike rips apart their lives. I also wanted to show the loving relationship between Erithain and his nephew, little Aragorn. The love that existed. Also to give Gilraen some happiness before it is all torn asunder. Hers was not a happy life.

Anyone who says "Ónen i-Estel Edain, ú-chebin estel anim, meaning "I gave Hope (an obvious reference to her son's Elven name) to the Dúnedain, I have kept no hope for myself." has not had the happiest of lives. She sacrifices everything to defeating evil in Middle Earth and is left with little else. It was as feared by her parents in the earlier chapters.

I am well. Hope you and yours are safe and well. ((hugs))


LarnerReviewed Chapter: 6 on 11/5/2005
A beautiful introduction of the boy who will be king. I think several of us have latched onto that meaning and have continued to use it in spite of Tolkien having discarded it.

Lovely images here of Arathorn managing to share Annuminas with Aragorn before his own tragic end.

Eruanneth_LuinReviewed Chapter: 6 on 6/29/2005
So many joys are strewn amid the sorrows. Down through many years of men the passing of kings and finally chiefs, all in the hope of a future reclaiming of the past as yet unseen. The arrival of the next Heir a link between past and future heralding the continuation unbroken is a blessing to this scattered dwindling people. You share their personal reflections and thoughts so well. Thank you.

DotReviewed Chapter: 6 on 9/29/2003
So sorry this is late - I've been trying to review at and finally got fed up with it....

Ah, Aragorn makes his entrance!

This chapter certainly covered a lot! I loved the scenes with Erithain and the Rangers – he seems totally at home and they definitely appear to have adopted him. The teasing and banter was wonderfully written. It makes them all seem like a family, really and gives great insight into their lifestyle.

LOL at Arathorn as the anxious father to be! Very vivid, and shows a wonderfully emotional and human side to him. Accurate too, I’d imagine…!

Oh, Erithain is so good with Aragorn! He’s such an indulgent uncle too – what a wonderful gift he gave him! You really write little Aragorn well – I never know how to write children and really admire anyone who does.

That bit about the death of Arador was so sad. You handled it really well – showing what it meant to Arathorn to lose someone he loves, that Aragorn will never know his grandfather and then the deeper meaning in the passing of responsibility to Arathorn. The blessing that Elrond speaks was so weighted with meaning and really shows us exactly the heavy legacy that all Isildur’s line carry.

The little piece in Fornost was amazing. The idea that even when he is so young Aragorn feels the importance of this place and can understand a little of this legacy is fascinating. I like the idea that these precious few moments with his father as they stare at the ruins will in some way shape the man he will become and the path he will choose in life.

A really great chapter!:)

daw the minstrelReviewed Chapter: 6 on 9/28/2003
I'm really glad to see this father/son moment, one of many that I hope happened before Arathorn was killed. And I can well imagine that this trip to Fornost would remain in the child's memory somewhere, even if it wasn't conscious.

Author Reply: Daw!

Also I wanted to show one of the more meaningful father and son moments between Aragorn and Arathorn. I thinking that trip to Fornost is ingrained in Aragorn's soul and helps to shape who he is.

Just wanted to say thanks for all thoughtful comments about the ideas in my work. I have really enjoyed reading them and so happy that these themes were picked up! Thanks so much!


P.S. I've just re-read "See the Stars" and "Prodigal Sons" again. They were as wonderful as I remembered them being! :-))

Reviewed Chapter: 6 on 9/28/2003
Beautifully done. If I say this chapter is hard to read, it's only because of the approaching doom, made more poignant by the cute!-unaware!Aragorn. Wonderful to see Arathorn as father, and good to see Gilraen developed as a character so important in Aragorn's life, despite the fact that many fanfic writers kill her off with Arathorn to avoid the difficulty of writing her! Thank you; I'll prepare for sniffling soon.

Amy Earls

Author Reply: Amy!

You and me both! I've really come to love Gilraen and Arathorn,I'm going to have kill off Arathorn there's really no way around it, but I'm going find writing Ch. 7 rather painful to write! I wanted to show Arathorn and Aragorn having some connection before....*sniff* So glad you like it though! :-)


Reviewed Chapter: 6 on 9/26/2003
That was a good story. Very well written, and keeps to Tolkien's characters well.

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