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Desiring the Downfall  by Larner 33 Review(s)
LindeleaReviewed Chapter: 7 on 3/23/2013
*sigh* Such lovely fireworks! I love the descriptions, and the meeting of two cultures in mutual wonder.

Author Reply: Oh, I'm so glad you like them, Lindelea. I, too, love fireworks and was delighted to find a way to work them again into one of my tales. How better to bring north and south together than this, through shared delights?

Love to the Hobbitlings and the hubby and the beasties.

TeresaReviewed Chapter: 7 on 3/22/2013
Gandalf's forsight is terrific! I love the thought of that image traveling through the sky. Gimli did a great job, and I wonder if Gandalf left other fireworks like that one and the one for Pippin? I'd like to think that he did, and that from time to time his fireworks will highlight special occasions! Thank you for posting this! :)

Author Reply: Oh, I do hope that a few other fireworks were hidden here and there, and having been made by Gandalf they probably didn't degrade as swiftly over time as modern ones tend to do. Thanks so for expressing your appreciation, Teresa.

TeresaReviewed Chapter: 6 on 3/22/2013
I love the thought that the Ents had visited Harad! I wonder if Treebeard and Quickbeam ever mentioned that visit to Marry and Pippin? It's too bad Frodo never got the oppourtunity to talk with Treebeard, he'd have loved hearing their legends! Thanks again for another fantastic vignette! :)

Author Reply: Well, it was said that the Ents traveled far and long in search of their lost mates, so wouldn't they have gone south as well as east, north, and west? I agree about how sad it is that Frodo didn't get to visit with the Ents, too. And thank you for your feedback!

AndreaReviewed Chapter: 7 on 3/21/2013
It is as if Gandalf had known where his fireworks would be displayed!

The picture of the mariner in his ship is well-known to both, Gondorians and Haradrim and so it strengthens the bond between the two lands even more.

Author Reply: I wonder if he purposely left some fireworks in special places and hands to continue to delight and reward those who worked hard for the peace and fulfillment of their people? And you are so right that this must help strengthen the bonds between the two peoples. Thank you so, Andrea!

AndreaReviewed Chapter: 6 on 3/21/2013
And it is said that the greatest of these trees spoke to them, asking whether or not others of its kind had come their way

The search for the Entwives! What a wonderful idea and indeed very plausible!

Author Reply: Oh, yes--after all, Treebeard and the Elves made it clear that they searched far and wide for the Ents--why not into Harad as well? Thank you so, Andrea!

Linda HoylandReviewed Chapter: 7 on 3/21/2013
I enjoyed reading why Sauron was an eye, wondering if the Entwives went to Harad and most of the fireworks.I wish i could have seen them!

Author Reply: It's fun to explore some of these concepts from different perspectives. Thanks so, Linda, and I, too, wish I could have seen more of Gandalf's fireworks!

TariReviewed Chapter: 5 on 3/20/2013
What an excellent contribution to BM2MEM. It is indeed sad that anyone would have to go thru what Frodo and Gollum did. The powers, indeed, rewarded Frodo for his sacrifice.

Author Reply: I'm so glad you feel as I do, Tari. Looking into that darkness finished the corruption of Gollum, and only made Frodo that much more compassionate toward others. And he deserved such a reward as he received, I think.

AndreaReviewed Chapter: 5 on 3/20/2013
For darkness is perhaps needed for us to appreciate just how beautiful and precious Light is, do you not agree?

Perfectly said!

I agree with Aragorn that what Frodo had to endure was far too much for him and for any individual. But Frodo knew perhaps that it was the only possible way to save Middle Earth, and so he sacrificed himself, expecting to die.
At least the Powers gave him the time to find healing. But still it seems so unfair!

Author Reply: As I am certain Frodo realized early on, life isn't fair and doesn't pretend to be. It's not about fairness, but about living as well as we can while we have the chance, after all. But Frodo in the end was able to relearn how to enjoy life again, as well as he might given his circumstances. And I suspect that in the end he rejoiced as much for the times of pain as for those of joy, knowing that he'd not have come to the joy if he'd not known the pain, too. As Tolkien's friend C.S. Lewis noted, the divine is capable of working backwards, making even the greatest travails we've endured as blessed as the joys we're granted.

FreyalynReviewed Chapter: 7 on 3/20/2013
Nice little set of tales - thank you.

Author Reply: Oh, I'm so glad you like them. I have to get the rest of the prompts together now so I can catch up on the rest of the B2MEM tales for this year. But have been fighting various computer woes since early December, and am now working through many of the oddities and stupidities of Win8. Microsoft has overstepped usefulness with Windows 8, I find. For mouse and keyboard driven systems it's more a pain than anything else.

FiondilReviewed Chapter: 7 on 3/20/2013
Oh the fireworks sound lovely, Larner. When I was living in China I saw many firework displays, but the one I remember the most occurred at the school where I was teaching (the school was celebrating its 50th anniversary). I thought I had seen fireworks before this, but these were phenomenal and there were fireworks I had never seen before. In fact, they reminded me of Gandalf's fireworks in their complexity. The fireworks we have here in the States are, frankly speaking, pathetic in comparison. And all the while there was an organ in the background playing music. It was quite something.

One little niggle, it should be "Vingilot"; you left out the 'n'.

Author Reply: I'll make the correction as swiftly as I can. Between work and fighting to bring all my programs and databases up to date with the new operating system I've had my hands full.

The fireworks you saw in China sound marvelous, and I envy you the experience! I've seen some excellent ones at Disneyland, in Seattle, and at the Puyallup Fair, although in recent years the last have been curtailed due to the increased population of the area.

Got my copy of The Hobbit part 1 and watched it tonight. Now I have to get a copy for my clients--one of them is enthralled with the movie and will love seeing it again, I suspect. After he saw it at the theater he spent much of his time coming out of his room to repeat to my fellow caregivers and me, "They're very little--but smart! And lucky!" for two days.

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