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Forging for Protection and Defense  by Larner 7 Review(s)
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!

Agape4GondorReviewed Chapter: 1 on 6/2/2012
What a beautiful and telling beginning. I love the weaving of history, past and future, into this chapter. I am really looking forward to following this.

Author Reply: I am so glad that you like it, Agape. I loved the thought of playing with the idea that Aragorn MIGHT have worn the armor of Elendil! Thank you so much!

SunnyReviewed Chapter: 1 on 5/31/2012
A new story! And one that looks very promising!
I will look forward to seeing how the story unfolds.

Author Reply: This one has been unfolding for the past two weeks, and finally was done and betaed. I do love filling gaps, after all!

eilujReviewed Chapter: 1 on 5/31/2012
Interesting curse and advice.

The E of A says Elendil was 7'10". I've always envisioned Aragorn as quite tall -- and I know he didn't have to be as tall as Elendil to wear his armor -- but it's difficult to imagine Aragorn well over 7' ... difficult for me, anyway.

Is there any canonical reason to believe Aragorn wore Elendil's armor?

Well, regardless of exactly how tall he was and whether or not he could or did wear Elendil's armor:

Even if the rest of the Dúnedain were quite tall, even if the Rohirrim were taller than all other Men except the Dúnedain -- Aragorn must have been so much taller than all the other Men that he really, really, really stuck out from everyone else. Everywhere he went. Always.

Author Reply: I even saw one note somewhere, I think possibly in one of the Letters, that Elendil was close to eight feet or taller, and that this was the source of the title he bore. Aragorn was described as quite tall, which I found to be rather disappointing in the movies--to a point. Of course, Frodo, too, was supposed to be tall in accordance with Hobbit standards--"taller than some, and fairer than most." So I tend to imagine Frodo of having approached that four foot standard for the upper range of Hobbit height, and Aragorn at being around or slightly past seven feet himself. Certainly I have indicated that they were often hard put to accommodate Aragorn, and he found himself rejoicing to find that the King's bed had actually been designed for someone approaching the august height of the Sea Kings, and thus comfortable for himself as he'd not found true for quite some time.

No, there's no canonical reason to think that Aragorn wore Elendil's armor, but it was one touch from the films I've always liked, and wanted to play with. And, if we're looking at his armor, then why not his sword as well, eh? The reunited kingdom deserved one who could metaphorically speaking fill Elendil's own shoes--or in this case, his armor, after all! Heh!

shireboundReviewed Chapter: 1 on 5/31/2012
What a marvelous and creative gap filler!

Author Reply: I just had to explore Elendil's armor, and Narsil once more!

DreamflowerReviewed Chapter: 1 on 5/30/2012
Another of your wonderful gapfiller "howdunnits" as you explain some of Narsil's more unusual properties! Well done!

Author Reply: You know that I love filling in such gaps! Hope you appreciate the rest!

UTfrogReviewed Chapter: 1 on 5/30/2012
Great chapter. Looking forward to rest of the story.

Author Reply: The rest will be forthcoming, believe me! Thanks so!

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