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Desiring the Downfall  by Larner 4 Review(s)
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.

TeresaReviewed Chapter: 5 on 3/19/2013
Sighs. I love these glimpses of Aragorn and Sohrabi! I just wish that Sohrabi and his family could have met Frodo, Bilbo, and Merry; but then I'm sure they did meet on the other side! Many thanks for posting these! :)

Author Reply: I think that by that time Sohrabi would have wished very much to meet Frodo, Bilbo, Merry, and Sam, having heard so much about them! Thanks so, Teresa.

FiondilReviewed Chapter: 5 on 3/19/2013
“Then,” suggested the Farozi gently, “we shall pray that he has indeed passed through the darkness into the Light beyond. For darkness is perhaps needed for us to appreciate just how beautiful and precious Light is, do you not agree?”

Very true, Larner, and something we all need to remember. Can't wait for the next chapter. Thanks.

Author Reply: Yes, something we do need to remember. The next chapter is now posted.

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