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Threads of Kinship  by Canafinwe 11 Review(s)
MattReviewed Chapter: 1 on 8/30/2015
I'm not sure what led me to this piece today but I liked it greatly. The relationship between Arwen and Aragorn is one of the epic (if underplayed) romances in literature and how it affects those around it is something many should think deeply on both as authors and in their own lives. This story gives a glimpse into the feelings of one of the key side-players in that relationship and one of its keys as well. A glimpse well worth enjoying. Thanks for your hard work on this.

rsReviewed Chapter: 1 on 12/22/2013
Hi Canafinwe!

First of all....welcome back! I am so very glad! I so missed you!

I don't know what else to say since everyone else have said it. Love, Love, Love this. I am so glad to see Arwen's feelings evolve! (not sure if you remember my strong reaction to Arwen in "The Valley is Jolly", not a big fan of hers there). You left me so angry with Arwen in that first fic that reading this softened me up to her. ( I do love know that!) She definitely has grown to be "less proud and isolated". I hope you continue Arwen's education on the Dunedain and her "growing up". Love this and welcome back! **squeee***

Author Reply: Thank you! It's so wonderful to be back at last. I've missed everyone terribly, and it feels great to be writing again.

I remember well your strong feelings about Arwen in 'The Valley is Jolly', and I'm delighted that you enjoyed this glimpse of how Aragorn has already started to change her perception of Men! She still has a long way to go, and many lessons to learn, but he's unlocked her mind to a new way of thinking. I love her too, and I delight in exploring her journey from judgement to wisdom in the matter of the Dunedain. Thank you for the wonderful review!

PhyloxensReviewed Chapter: 1 on 12/20/2013
I especially liked Arwen's slip about captain being safer, and Gilraen's refusal to respond to it. They both, and Arwen especially for her millennial personal experience, know everything the woman can know about the war, and both passionately deny it.

Author Reply: Thank you! Yes, there are some truths about war that are far too difficult to face when you're the one who has to watch and wait and hope for the occasional scrap of news. In some ways it's the hardest part to play.

LarnerReviewed Chapter: 1 on 12/19/2013
It would appear that the only one who did not receive a letter from Aragorn was the woman he'd given his heart to, and now she seeks to learn more of this Man who has stirred at least her attention from the woman who knows him best. I so love her realization of Arwen not as a rival for Aragorn's affections but as a woman who shares her concerns in her own way.


Author Reply: Oh, Aragorn would not presume to write to her! Not yet. I'm very glad you liked Gilraen's little epiphany. I think that is something any number of mothers must struggle with. Thank you as always for the lovely review.

Author Reply: Oh, Aragorn would not presume to write to her! Not yet. I'm very glad you liked Gilraen's little epiphany. I think that is something any number of mothers must struggle with. Thank you as always for the lovely review.

MattReviewed Chapter: 1 on 12/18/2013
I only sometimes find the topics of your stories attractive but this one I knew I had to read immediately on seeing the summary. It really does a great job of capturing the many worries that anyone with a loved one out in a dangerous world feels, particularly when communication is so difficult and sporadic. Thanks for a great character study of the two most important women in Aragorn's life.

Author Reply: Thank you so much! I'm delighted that you found the premise interesting, and that the story did not disappoint. It was very interesting to write these two great ladies interacting with one another. Thanks again.

GoldenRemembranceReviewed Chapter: 1 on 12/18/2013
Hey Canafinwe, just wanted to ask about your story "The Pale Faced Tark". I have enjoyed the other stories set in Harad, so I would love to read this one too. It is very cruel of you to post it with no chapters yet! Is it coming soon?

P.S. I enjoy the quality of your writing very much, and all of your stories (including this one) are excellent.

Author Reply: Oh! I didn't realize they even showed up until a chapter was posted, I'll go live with the first half now. I hope you enjoy it. Thank you for your kind words about my writing.

EllynnReviewed Chapter: 1 on 12/18/2013
Lovely story, especially the end.

Author Reply: Thank you! I'm delighted to know you liked it.

SuzelleReviewed Chapter: 1 on 12/17/2013
I cannot even describe how much I COMPLETELY LOST IT when I read this on Teitho aaaaah. I am in love with this. In love! I've been writing so much about Gilraen in my own fic projects these past months, and it's so wonderful to see others write her in such a realistic, heartwrenching way.

Gilraen and Arwen have been preoccupying me a LOT as of late, and it was so wonderful to a scene rendered on the page that enacts so many hypothetical encounters I've imagined between the two of them. The conversation they have is just perfect.

And the letter itself!! I might have gotten a little teary at that moment--both for Gilraen's own sake and Arwen's too. The symbolism of the weaving was so poignant, and Gilraen's gesture at the end served to bring everything back in the best way possible.

I couldn't possibly convey on an online review how much I loved this. Just picture me applauding and squealing like a crazy person in my living room :D

Author Reply: What a lovely thing to say! I'm delighted to know you liked the story, and that it followed the lines of your own imagination as well! That is always such a good indication that I've got everyone in-character. It must have been so difficult for Gilraen to interact with Arwen -- while Arwen herself has so much to struggle with as she begins to recognize the depth of her feelings for Aragorn.

I am so very, very happy that you loved the story. Thank you so much for taking the time to share your thoughts with me!

CairistionaReviewed Chapter: 1 on 12/17/2013
Such a beautifully rendered glimpse into what might have transpired between Arwen and Gilraen. I can well imagine things might have been awkward between those two, but as so often happens in real life, a common love for the same person can definitely serve to build a bridge between the two of them. The symbolism of weaving is so apt to illustrate such a bond between these two very different people. I feel for Gilraen and all of her inner struggles--I always imagine her as being more of a "glass half empty" sort, given the way her hope failed her in the end. I often wonder if she had been able to stay with her people, and her mother in particular, she might have better learned how to cope with the years of loneliness and separation after Aragorn left. And of course, it goes without saying that had Arathorn lived, life might felt more kind to her. Your take on Gilraen is one that shows well the seeds of how her hope failed her in the end--it's not a comforting interpretation of her, but one that feels very heartrendingly appropriate nonetheless.

On a lighter note, just as it lightens what could have been a too-melancholy story, I loved the descriptions of adolescent Aragorn. What a force he must have been to contend with! I'm sure if anyone did gainsay him, as surely Elrond and Gilraen must have from time to time lest he be entirely spoiled and turn into a self-absorbed despot, they did so at great cost to their store of mental stamina, I'm sure!

I greatly enjoyed reading this (especially as I'm in the midst of re-reading your Long and Weary Way tale to prepare me for all your new chapters. Poor cold Aragorn, he could use a pair of those mittens!)

Author Reply: Oh, thank you! I'm so happy you enjoyed the story. I know my portrayal of Gilraen is darker than many writers'... I feel her death in (and of) despair is very revealing of the way she lived her life, especially in Tolkien's world where hope is one of the highest of attributes a character can possess. I could not agree more: if only she had been able to remain in Ivorwen's care her outlook might have been so very different. Poor child: so young to be wed, too young to be widowed, and then to have to leave her whole world behind for the sake of her son. She must have been utterly bereft when Aragorn left on his errantries. Hers is one of the quiet tragedies in Tolkien's mythos.

Hee. Yes, adolescent Aragorn must have been something to see! I have no doubt both Gilraen and Elrond had to resist him from time to time, and that it must have been quite the task! In this particular case I envision it as something they would have had in mind for a few years later, and consented finally to move it up a little.

And yes, yes, poor grown-up Aragorn could certainly use some mittens in the other story, couldn't he?

shireboundReviewed Chapter: 1 on 12/17/2013
I never thought about conversations between Arwen and Gilraen. For all their differences, they have much to share with one another, and the same longing in their hearts. This is beautifully written.

Author Reply: Thank you! I'm glad to give you something different to think about. This was interesting to write because of course Gilraen's longing is all-consuming, and Arwen's is just beginning to bloom.

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