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An Alphabet Book for the King's Children  by Larner 159 Review(s)
Agape4rivendellReviewed Chapter: 12 on 1/9/2017
Long have I needed leisure from the laying on of dark tales. Light and lovely.

Author Reply: As it was intended to be! Heh! Glad you like it!

Agape4rivendellReviewed Chapter: 11 on 1/9/2017
Can't even speak after reading this. Heart-wrenching.

Author Reply: The tale of the finding of Thrain in the dungeons of Dol Guldur has been begging to be told, I find.

Agape4rivendellReviewed Chapter: 10 on 1/9/2017
In fact, though you carry the alphabet along its merry way, this telling of the letter i is not merry. It is sad in the telling and the remembering.

Inspiring. The tale of sorrow is brilliantly told even in the midst of the letterings. Incredible.

Author Reply: Isildur should not be remembered solely for his failure to destroy the Ring while he could, after all. I have always felt he deserved more honor than he often gets.

Agape4GondorReviewed Chapter: 9 on 1/8/2017
Waxing on the serious side - the mention of Isildur gave me pause. Fiondil had written a great little tale of Isildur's courage in the taking of a seedling of the White Tree of Numenor.

Isildur's tale of courage was lost in the telling of Isilsur's shame. Reminds me, too, of Boromir's 'shame' and yet, his failing leant Frodo the strength to sever himself from the Fellowship AND Boromir's heroic defense of Merry and Pippin.

I try to remind myself that I do fail at times, but I do succeed.

Bless you, Larner, you have succeeded in teaching the children of the king important lessons in this 'child's' alphabet book.

Thank you.

Author Reply: I well remember Fiondil's tale of the saving of the seedling, and it has inspired my own further fics regarding that one triumph. We cannot forget what both Isilsur and Boromir achieved in light of one failing by each of them. I love your realization that all of us fail at times, and deserve the forgiveness and acceptance for what we have and do do rightly. Thank you, and I call down blessings on you, too, for reminding us all of that truth!

Agape4GondorReviewed Chapter: 8 on 1/8/2017
'Tis a great and wondrous quest ye have set yourself on, dearest Larner, but a wee note of the Hall of Fire. Ah! Aragorn's children should have one of there own.

Aside from that, hooray for Hobbits, hogwarts (oops - wrong tale), and herbiage. Oh I so loved to see the word herbiage.

Author Reply: And thank you! And may Dumbledore and Gandalf as well as Frodo and Harry live on in our hearts and imaginations! (And I love herbiage, too! Heh!)

PSWReviewed Chapter: 26 on 1/7/2017
What a melancholy note to end on. Then again, most of Tolkien's works end on a bittersweet note, so this fits right in. These do seem like the kinds of things Frodo might have been pondering on, there toward the end of his time in the Shire -- and probably making himself even more melancholy doing it. As someone given to too much introspection on occasion, I can definitely attest that sitting around thinking thinks like this only makes everything a little worse... :-P. That said, it's good that Frodo was headed for happier times. :-)

Thanks so much for writing these...I really enjoyed them!

Author Reply: In my imagination Frodo at times felt as if he was a failure simply because he survived the quest. That he survived as an honor rather than as a punishment, and that his pains would be at last vanquished was something he'd not yet accepted.

Thank you ever so much, PSW. Now--to finish Enter the Ranger and Stirring Rings! Then there are more stories awaiting completion.

Agape4rivendellReviewed Chapter: 7 on 1/5/2017
Stupid spelling. Not my fault. Gammers and Hammers. *hides in shame*

Author Reply: Heh!

Agape4rivendellReviewed Chapter: 7 on 1/5/2017
Glorious! I am lost for worsds. What a boot, Larner, you outdid yourself on this one. Gaffers and gammers, oh my. Gaffers and hammers, oh my. Gaggle of Dwarves! I'm agog and giddy by your gift.

Author Reply: It was fun! Heh! Thanks so, Agape!

Agape4rivendellReviewed Chapter: 6 on 1/5/2017
Fullsome telling of the 'F's - forgotten not even the fashionable fellow, Boromir. Good grief, Larner, you could have written a book with just the 'F's alone. Bravo! Fame will yet follow you. :)

Author Reply: You and Harrowcat have had me giggling fullsomely with your own alliterations! Thanks so!

AntaneReviewed Chapter: 26 on 12/31/2016
Oh Frodo, the pain you had, mental far worse than physical. May you have found healing. I loved this last bit for its power and its uniqueness - Frodo addressing one long dead and yet tied to his own present pain in a way. May the works the Professor discovered indeed never run dry of inspiration.

Happy Yule!

Namarie, God bless, Antane :)

Author Reply: Yes, I do believe he would have some fellow feeling for Miriel-Zimraphel, and would hope to find some inspiration in understanding her motivations for what she did.

The year has turned, and we have a new year--may it not lead us into turmoil!

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