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I Came Upon A Mighty Wood  by Cairistiona 12 Review(s)
MarianelReviewed Chapter: 1 on 9/7/2015
Could you write a second part to this story?!!😊😌👌🏼By the way I also found it humourus with the hilarious gesturing and drawing on the ground😆

Author Reply: Hee... I'm so glad you liked the bit with the drawing. Aragorn was so skittish, and understandably so! He's so rarely seen that way that it was fun to write.

(And as for the follow-up... see my other review reply for an answer.)

MarianelReviewed Chapter: 1 on 9/7/2015
Delisciously creepy but not overly and it makes a perfect bedtime story for adults and older children. When I read it I got that childlike euphoria and wonderful curiousity mingled slightly with fear.I bet I would have gone to the Wild Wood too! At least I would have chanced a sneakpeak inside its edge!
Did the elf know that Aragorn was a king too? I wish I had the time to make a pictureseries on Deviant art for this story some day! I can see the place, the elf and Aragorn in my head😌What was that thing that crept upon Aragorn? I kept my feet inside the bed last night after reading and Im silly but I always do hahahaha! Im a grown woman!😂An amazing story and one of my favourites all time!

Author Reply: Thank you so much, Marianel! Oh wow, I'd love to see art for this story! Maybe someday, and if you ever do, be sure to show me. It's such an honor knowing that something I wrote created such strong images in a reader's mind.

I'm glad you enjoyed the story... and sorry you got the heebie jeebies from it. No, I take that back--I'm glad it gave you the willies because that's what I'd hoped it would do. :) I was definitely aiming for a sort of fairy tale horror with this, nothing too awful but enough to send a chill and raise goose bumps. Heaven knows, I scared myself at times writing it when I imagined scenarios much more scary, too scary to put onto paper.

The Elf did indeed discover that Aragorn was a king. I liked the idea of the Elf having a similar gift of reading hearts to Aragorn's, plus a little foresight. As for the thing that crept up on Aragorn, it was a remnant, perhaps, of the evil things that Morgoth sent to plague the Elves. Tolkien has said that not all the evil things were wiped out with Sauron, so I ran with those two ideas, influenced also by Mewlips and the Shadow Bride tales. Tolkien left a lot of room for evil things besides Orcs and wizards and maiar who've gone bad, which makes for a fun playground for imagining scary tales.

And to answer your question of a follow-up... I've had passing little snippets float through my mind about what may have happened next--perhaps a tale about the Elf and his people, or even about Aragorn traveling back here again once he's actually king of Gondor, which seems very likely--but so far nothing's coalesced into anything solid enough for a good tale. I do like the complete feel of this one. I may write another story to go with it someday but for now, I'll leave that up to the reader's imagination.

LaikwalasseReviewed Chapter: 1 on 10/20/2013
what an amazing tale, creepy yes but also full of wonders. I do so love the tales of old. Finding Cuiviénen - what a concept. Itīs sad that Aragorn didnīt find it but he found this elf-King and that was worth the journey anyway. I wonder who he was....
Had to laugh out loud at the line ......Elrond came flying into the hallway, convinced that his fosterling had come to some horrible end....*snicker*
Thank you for this outstanding tale. Lai

Author Reply: Thank you, Lai! So glad you enjoyed it, and the humor. *g* I think the Twins-as-Pranksters gets a little overdone at times but I can definitely see them teasing their "little brother" in the way of normal brothers (or even mischievous uncles). I'm sure poor Elrond had more than a few heart-stopping moments like that. *g*

Thanks for reading!

rsReviewed Chapter: 1 on 10/19/2013
Creepy, creepy. creepy! Great job! Very suspenseful! I love the exchange/gestures between the Elf king and Aragorn. Thank you for another print-worthy fic! :)

Author Reply: Hee, thank you, RS! So glad you liked it enough to print off. I had a lot of fun writing creepy-creepy-creepy.

elliskaReviewed Chapter: 1 on 10/18/2013
Ooo! I really liked this. The concept and the execution are both great. Of course, being a great fan of elves, I find myself imagining it from the elf's POV. But yes, I'll add to the chorus of people that would also like to see Aragorn carry on to the birthplace of the Secondborn.

Author Reply: Thanks, elliska! Glad you enjoyed this. I think it'd be interesting to see the story from the Avar's point of view, wondering who this ragged stranger is striding through his woods. He really intrigued me as I wrote him and I found myself wishing I could see more of him. Maybe I need to add a story from his POV as well as continuing on with Aragorn to Hildorien. *adds idea to the list*

FiondilReviewed Chapter: 1 on 10/18/2013
That was indeed creepy, Cairistiona, with the shadow almost killing Aragorn. Loved tha way he and the Elf managed to communicate with one another. And the Elf was a king. Too bad Aragorn wasn't comfortable enough to admit that he too was a king, albeit a crownless one. Aragorn does indeed have an interesting tale to tell and not just to his putative grandchildren. I wonder what he found in Hildorien? *wink* I really enjoyed this one. Thanks for a great story. You do Aragorn so well.

Author Reply: Thanks, Fiondil! So glad you enjoyed it. I think Aragorn's worries over boring his future grandchildren turned out to be pretty much groundless--he'll have to figure out a way to tell the story without giving them nightmares instead! As for Hildorien... I hadn't really thought about what might happen there, but as you're the second reader so far to nudge me in that direction, I'm going to have to do some thinking about it. Thanks for reading!

EstelcontarReviewed Chapter: 1 on 10/17/2013
You know how much I enjoyed this story, but I'm sure you won't mind if I repeat it here. To my mind, it's among your best. You did a great job of mantaining the suspense, and creating the perfect eerie mood that your plot required.

Good job!

Author Reply: Thank you! And thank you for the beta assistance as well. I really wasn't quite sure I could pull off what I had in mind, so I'm glad I was able to maintain the suspense. I've discovered suspense is *hard*. LOL But boy is it fun.

SuzelleReviewed Chapter: 1 on 10/16/2013
Oh, what a delight to read this again! :D And even more timely-spoopy, now that we're inching closer to Halloween...

I just love how you rendered his interactions with the Avari. So believable, and such a great--if brief--moment of friendship.

Author Reply: Thank you, m'dear! I'm glad you liked it again on another go-round. :) I wish the encounter with the Avar could have gone on longer but I was kinda pushing length limits. Maybe someday they'll meet again, after he's king. *files away for future thinking-upon*


shireboundReviewed Chapter: 1 on 10/16/2013
and then he wondered if the stone, by some magic, remembered the fair steps of those who once tarried here.

The thought raised goosebumps along his arms.


Oooh, me too. I just love stories that link the ancient days to the present. Wow, what an incredible, unique experience for Aragorn! This is beautifully, hauntingly written.

Author Reply: Thank you, shirebound! The more I read The Silm the more I want to explore ways to link Aragorn with all the First Age happenings, because there's sooooo many threads that are waving around begging to be woven together. :) I'm glad you enjoyed this one.

curiouswombatReviewed Chapter: 1 on 10/16/2013
What a wonderful adventure that he just might have had. I liked the mixture of senses and emotions, and the mystical feel of it a great deal.

Author Reply: Thank you, curiouswombat! So glad you enjoyed it. It was tricky to write--I wish in a way I'd not done it for Teitho so I could have expanded it in some areas and made it more of a multi-chapter, but maybe I'll revisit it someday and revise. I found the mystical aspect a very interesting and fun thing to write.

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