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Forging for Protection and Defense  by Larner 5 Review(s)
Agape4GondorReviewed Chapter: 2 on 6/3/2012
Wow! What a great chapter. The battle scene was tense. The deaths were tragic. The Ring played Its part.

Well done.

Author Reply: It must have been a terrible place to find oneself fighting, much less to watch as two such as Elendil and Gil-galad died such terrible deaths bringing Sauron down. Yet we know that Elrond grieved over Gil-galad's death still at the end of the Third Age, about three thousand years later!

Linda HoylandReviewed Chapter: 2 on 5/31/2012
I'm enjoying this vivid glimpse of Elendil and his sons and the story of the armor.

Author Reply: I'm so glad you are enjoying it, Linda. I've had a good deal of interest in Anduril for quite a while, so it was fun to add in the armor that PJ has Aragorn wearing as well. And Elendil and his sons and grandsons are a fascinating study in their own right.

Ah, dear--puppies are demanding release from durance vile, and I must arise and attend to them!

Szepilona10Reviewed Chapter: 2 on 5/31/2012
Very interesting! Elrond's reasons at the end really make a lot of sense...though I must admit to yelling at the film when he doesn't just push Isildur and the ring into the lava. :) I'm looking forward to reading the rest :D
God Bless!

Author Reply: There had to be a reason why Elrond didn't do exactly that, and I suspected that realizing that doing so would only open him up to being caught into the Ring's own purposes had be be why. And I do like to make sense of why some things were--or weren't--done. Good to hear from you!

UTfrogReviewed Chapter: 2 on 5/31/2012
This is a great look at a not often discussed part of the story. Good job so far

Author Reply: Oh, I'm so glad you feel that way, UTfrog! Thanks!

eilujReviewed Chapter: 2 on 5/31/2012
Very well explained (i.e. way better than PJ -- though of course you had much more time than he did).

I have to mention also Elrond's realizations at the end: nicely done indeed.

Author Reply: In his record, Isildur said that he bought the Ring with great pain, which indicates that that just carrying It must have been physically excruciating at first. So, I felt that he would have quickly tried to find something else to carry It within so as to decrease the physical cost to himself, and dropping It into a helmet seemed to make sense.

I remember appreciating it when someone explained that a "glede" is a hot coal, as that made sense of why Gil-galad died when he was held within Sauron's grasp. So, I found myself wondering how the two heroes, one an Elf and the other a Man, might have somehow managed to bring Sauron down so that Isildur could manage to cut from his hand the Ring. And so this scene has been building in my imagination for quite some time, and has finally found release in my writing.

I, too, was a bit let down by PJ's imagery, as he left out the joint assault on Sauron himself by Elendil and Gil-galad.

And why else might Elrond have allowed Isildur to leave the mountainside with the Ring when It could have been destroyed there? It had to be the Ring working to protect Itself and to confound Its Master's enemies, I felt.

Thanks so very much, Eiluj!

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