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Learning to Love  by Linda Hoyland 5 Review(s)
LarnerReviewed Chapter: 1 on 2/21/2015
So lovely a series! Thank you for this!

Author Reply: Thank you. I'm delighted that you enjoyed this story.

MlleGigiReviewed Chapter: 1 on 2/15/2015
Hm...I've had doubts for some time now myself that Eowyn truly loved Faramir when she agreed to marry him. For one thing, it seems likely that she would still have been recovering from her disappointment with Aragorn. Eowyn is still quite young, only in her early 20's -- and while women would by necessity probably have grown up faster in Tolkien's world than they do in ours, it seems unlikely that Eowyn would have had the level of maturity to get over that sort of heartbreak in such a short period of time especially since there is reason to believe that this could have been her first serious attachment. Eowyn is an extremely passionate woman, perhaps too much so -- after all, this is a woman who went into battle hoping to die in part because the man she loved did not love her. (I actually see a lot of parallels between Eowyn and Marianne Dashwood in "Sense And Sensibility".) As the niece of King Theoden, it's also quite possible that Eowyn as the only female member of the House of Eorl would have been encouraged from an early age to anticipate a political marriage -- and there's no question that in that context, especially in the aftermath of a war that had very nearly destroyed both countries, marrying Faramir makes a lot of sense. Faramir, however, is a "kinder, gentler" Aragorn and actually quite well-suited to Eowyn because he knows what it's like to be considered second-best and he doesn't want to change her -- which is why I suspect that she would have fallen in love with him eventually even if she wasn't feeling it when she accepted him. If Eowyn had married Aragorn, I'm convinced that she would have regretted it in the end.

Author Reply: Many thanks for your much appreciated review. I agree with the points you make. It would take Eowyn time to get over her infatuation. I think she would have felt caged if she had married Aragorn and Faramir does indeed understand what being treated as second best is like.

rikkiReviewed Chapter: 1 on 2/15/2015
I like the way you have written the growth of Eowyn's love to now see Faramir as the one who is truly meant for her. I always thought that Eowyn was like a teenager in their first love. This love is like the opening of a flower, as each petal unfurls the persons involved begin to evolve from the hot passionate clashing to two personalities becoming one total whole. Unfortunately, Eowyn thought she fell in love with Aragon, but he was already taken as happens many times in reality. Given time and circumstances Eowyn would have fallen out of love with Aragon like a lot of people do. And if she had ended up wedding Aragon, ultimately I think she would have been very unhappy under the restrictions of being wed to the king of Gondor. Faramir was much better as he really loved her in the manner that she needed to be loved and they lived in an area more like Rohan.

Author Reply: Many thanks for your much appreciated review. I'm pleased you enjoyed this drabble set. I agree Eowyn would have felt trapped as Queen of Gondor.

obsidianjReviewed Chapter: 1 on 2/15/2015
Oh, this is lovely. You show her journey from taking the second best choice to truly being happy so well.

Author Reply: Thank you so much.

galathilReviewed Chapter: 1 on 2/14/2015
Hi Linda, this. I really love the way you have written this.
It has colour rhythm and music. LOL Galathil

Author Reply: Thank you so much. I'm delighted that you enjoyed this.

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