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Enter the Ranger  by Larner 8 Review(s)
LindeleaReviewed Chapter: 3 on 3/3/2015
Y'know, I am looking forward to the first time the newcomer speaks in Adûnaic to the other youth...

This chapter is rich with the kind of details that bring your writing to life. Well done!

Author Reply: Oh, he just might answer in Adunaic one day and embarrass several of them. Heh!

Thanks so very much, Lindelea.

obsidianjReviewed Chapter: 3 on 2/8/2015
Aragorn shows his worth more and more. I liked how Turin refers to Aragorn when Orominion asked which way the orcs had come. I loved the last line of Orominion dreaming of Earendil. Is he about to put two and two together? But the idea of having the son of Arathorn coming back to them has to be very far from his mind. He is too young to have known Arathorn so he only heard stories.

Author Reply: Gads--I've missed so many comments in this story! I do apologize!

Aragorn did dwell in the House of Elrond for a good long time, and I suspect that with his heritage and training his songs could inspire others to dream the images of what he sang at least from time to time.

Orominion still has a time to go before he realizes just who Peredhrion really is.

Again, thanks and please forgive me my tardiness in responding to your comments.

AndreaReviewed Chapter: 3 on 6/21/2014
So they are beginning to respect Aragorn. And they also feel that there is more about "Peredhrion" than meets the eye.

Somehow Orominion found all of this proper and comforting, and as he slept he dreamt of the first rising of Eärendil, back in the depths of time.

"Somehow" is the perfect word in this context.

I'm looking forward to reading more!

Author Reply: It's hard not to respect someone who has just probably saved the life--and arm--of a friend, I'd think. How right it must have felt to learn there was someone young who yet had such gifts as "Peredhrion" displays, Dunedain that these are. And I'm so glad you are looking forward to more, as more has been posted this morning. Thanks so, Andrea.

Linda HoylandReviewed Chapter: 3 on 6/18/2014
I'm glad to see that the others are starting to respect Aragorn. I see the Elves share the Moguls' knowledge of silk's properties.

Author Reply: Those who show honest respect toward others tend to garner it in return, after all, and particularly when they are good at what they do but don't dwell on that fact. And after millennia of living in Middle Earth, I do suspect that the Elves would indeed have learned of such things as the benefits of wearing silk under battle dress as well as garnering advanced medical knowledge and developing surgical techniques. And being raised by Elves would undoubtedly give Aragorn a good deal of advantage compared to the other young men in his patrol, I'd think. Now his task is to learn to work and communicate well with his own people, which couldn't have been the easiest thing to do when he's barely seen any Men over most of his life.

harrowcatReviewed Chapter: 3 on 6/18/2014
A pony named Gerontius? Someone has a sense of humour!!!
I can just imagine that Aragorn wants to know more about Gandalf and his parents - but now he will have to wait until another suitable moment arises to ask questions without raising suspicions. Lovely development in this chapter Larner.
Was the site acting up again? I couldn't get in to it this morning.

Author Reply: I do think that Gerontius probably visited Rivendell secretly a time or two alongside Gandalf, and probably made as favorable an impression on Elrond as later did his grandson Bilbo. I did indicate before that as a small boy Aragorn rode a pony named Gerontius, after all. And why not name a wise pony after a wise Hobbit?

Yes, now that he's back among his parents' people I'd think Aragorn would want to know more about his father and mother and their lives before the tragedy of Arathorn's death, but you're right he'll now need to await a more propitious moment to learn more about them.

The site wasn't letting me in yesterday morning our time, but has been behaving since then. But it can be a chancy thing to get on at times. So good to hear from you, and hope you and yours are doing well.

shireboundReviewed Chapter: 3 on 6/18/2014
I just love that final line, and of course any respectful mentioning of hobbits gets my attention! I'm enjoying this story very much.

Author Reply: Being aware that a new acquaintance is a competent healer and was dealing well with a comrade would be reassuring, I suspect; and I imagine that Aragorn often sang the songs familiar to him from having been heard frequently in the Hall of Fire, and perhaps had at least a touch of the Elvish ability to bring images to mind for some of his hearers. As for Hobbits--well, how could they be left out of a story of mine if there is a means to include them? And it was just ten years after Bilbo went with Thorin to the Lonely Mountain. Certainly the party of thirteen Dwarves, a Wizard, and a Hobbit must have been noted by some of the Dunedain!

As for small Estel riding a pony named Gerontius as his first mount, that has been mentioned in my stories before--I felt I had to mention it again and to put it into context.

Thanks so!

DreamflowerReviewed Chapter: 3 on 6/18/2014
Well, he (and his companions) have acquitted themselves bravely in this encounter, and "Peredhrion" is proving his usefulness more and more. I look forward to seeing as you reveal more and more clues.

Of course, we readers have to remember that however obvious the clues are to *us*, they aren't so easy to read by Aragorn's comrades who don't have the context that we do. Hindsight is always 20/20, and they don't have hindsight yet, since none of the things we know have yet happened, LOL!

Author Reply: Well, in spite of his differences "Peredhrion" is not seeking to lord it over the rest, which would in itself help to lessen hostility. Nor does he boast vainly, and he recognizes others' observations and abilities with respect. Aragorn is already earning respect in his own right by being respectful in an honest manner.

I suspect that old stories are beginning to resonate in the minds of several of the other recruits, and it will be easier when the moment comes for them to accept that this is indeed Arathorn's son, the Heir to Isildur.

Thanks so, Dreamflower.

UTfrogReviewed Chapter: 3 on 6/18/2014
Great chapter. You really illustrated how very dangerous the times were for that training patrol to battle orcs two days straight. Aragorn is slowly showing the others that he does belong. Thank you.

Author Reply: In patrolling close to the mountains they would be closer to the dangers of orcs and trolls, but they would also be in a better position to destroy the dangers to their people before the orcs got far into Men's lands. By demonstrating his skills but not lording it over the others, and by being honestly approving of the skills and observations of others Aragorn is earning their respect in return.

And learning that their mentors are certain that his healing abilities and abilities in tracking are valid goes a long way to assuring the young Men that Peredhrion can be trusted to aid the rest.

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