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Forging for Protection and Defense  by Larner 30 Review(s)
AranadhelReviewed Chapter: 5 on 2/21/2016
Hi Larner... love this story... just want to point out an error tho in regards to the timeline... Imladris was only founded after the destruction of Ost-in-Edhil so how does it correlate with this story regarding the smith leaving Hollin for Imladris after he felt uneasy with Annatar?

What is the name of this Elf by the way?

Szepilona10Reviewed Chapter: 7 on 3/28/2013
So, I began reading this when you started posting it, but life got in the way and I forgot about it. Now, during one of the worst weeks of my life (the well-liked French teacher and academic team adviser (I'm the co captain of the team) announced that he was going on medical leave--earlier this year, another beloved teacher died suddenly, so we're all shocked and worried that it's going to happen again, plus I'm getting closer to having to make a college decision, but every time I consider my options, I feel even more stressed and confused :( ) I started reading it again and it (as weird as it sounds) gave me some peace in this mess of a time that even bad things can turn for the good :) I thoroughly enjoyed reading this story; it gives a different perspective than many other stories. Anyway, because it's almost 2am, and I'm going to blab if I continue, Thanks for writting and Good Night!

~Szepilona~

Linda HoylandReviewed Chapter: 7 on 6/14/2012
I'm so pleased the smith got to see the armour again and Aragorn wearing it.

Author Reply: Yes, at last he got to see his dream realized, and with one he'd come to know from childhood on! Thank you so much for the comments, Linda!

shireboundReviewed Chapter: 7 on 6/11/2012
He would tell Elrond’s last fosterling the tale of the armor and much else. And when the time came he would accompany Elrond West, and at last accept the pardon of the Valar, assured he had done the best he could to help fight the evil loosed upon Middle Earth for the last three Ages of the Sun.

How wonderful. I thoroughly enjoyed this noble smith's story, and your telling of it.

Author Reply: And I love imagining that one of the Noldor who didn't take part in the kinslaying wished to make a positive difference in Middle Earth, and in the end returned feeling he'd met his goal.

Thank you so much, Shirebound--I so enjoyed writing this!

UTfrogReviewed Chapter: 7 on 6/11/2012
Thank you for another tender story. Loved the resolution. It really fits.

Author Reply: You are so welcome. The realization that in the movies Aragorn wore the same armor to the Black Gate that Elendil had worn as he died has been niggling at me, and I loved revisiting the Sword of Kings once more! And thank you for your feedback.

Agape4GondorReviewed Chapter: 6 on 6/10/2012
At last we will see the Smith's craftsmanship. I love what he did with the various hairs, weavimg them into the chain. A brilliant piece of work.

It's funny how sometimes one word or phrase can turn a heart. For me in this chapter, it was the look of Aragorn and especially the 'grimed' hand.

As often as I have read LotR, I did not see that it was the Valar who put the need to come to Rivendell in the hearts of so many. *whispers, manipulatve little twits*

But this truly makes me wonder just WHO from Gondor they expected to heed their call. Perhaps they only cared that *someone* from Gondor come. Not so much who. I'm not going to be able to sleep tonight thinking about this little quandry!

Great chapter.


Author Reply: Just how one would seek to dampen the effects of such a thing as the Ring is one question they must have asked, I'd think, particularly if poor Frodo were going to be stuck wearing it for any length of time. Certainly blood, hair, and even nail parings have always been thought to have the capability to somehow allow access to the individuals involved or their greatest capabilities. Arwen's hair would be likely to be seen as warding the wearer of the chain with her purity, while Glorfindel's skills as guardian and warrior would be invoked by his hair, while Aragorn's could well also add to the idea of guardianship as well as conferring one of his most important attributes--hope.

In the Council of Elrond chapter, Elrond indicates that it's obvious all these people from distant lands were drawn there, although not by him. Yes, it appears that the Powers are working to bring all together who are needed to see the quest accomplished.

As for whether Boromir was the "right" one to come from Gondor--would Frodo have finally gotten underway if he'd not had the assault by Boromir to confirm in his mind the danger of continuing on in the company of the rest? Although had Faramir come in his stead--or even Hurin--I'm certain that something still would have been found to use as the catalyst to get Frodo finally separated from the main party and on his way at last.

And I'm certain that at that point just after the arrival in Imladris Aragorn was really needing rest and a good soak. Those last two weeks must have been grueling for all of them, and particularly for him. I doubt he had more than snatches of sleep at a time during most of the time past Weathertop.

shireboundReviewed Chapter: 6 on 6/9/2012
What an inspiring story. This fits so neatly into the Professor's Tale it could very well have come from there.

Author Reply: And that has to be one of the greatest compliments that could be given one of us! Thank you so, Shirebound!

Agape4GondorReviewed Chapter: 5 on 6/7/2012
I loved this chapter. Seeing all the pieces/parts falling in place for the final magnificent task of this smith!

Author Reply: Yes, the time for reforging the sword approaches quickly, and all must be there and ready for that to happen. And even the giants had their own part to play in it, I'd think.

SoledadReviewed Chapter: 1 on 6/7/2012
So you decided to post it, eh? Good, good! At second reading, this is every bit as delightful as for the first time.

Author Reply: Oh, yes, it's being posted, with another chapter to be put up tomorrow, I think. And thank you again for your willingness to beta read it!

shireboundReviewed Chapter: 5 on 6/7/2012
Olórin did not wring these details from the smith as had Curumo, but coaxed them out of the smith, with interest, with care, with compassion, and at times even with humor.

I'm so impressed with your distinction between the two wizards.

What a marvelous idea, having so many of the Free Peoples contribute to the wise and patient smith.

Author Reply: I suspect that the differences between the personalities of these two Wizards was obvious from the very beginning, and certainly someone such as this smith would have responded to them each diffferently. And I do suspect that at this point Gandalf was far more patient than he proved at the end of the Third Age, Heh!

And I truly believe that until ALL of the Free Peoples were on the same page and each willing to do its own bit Sauron could not have been effectively defeated, nor the Sword reforged.

Thank you so very much, Shirebound!

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