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Message from daw about Nilmandra  by daw the minstrel 43 Review(s)
PSWReviewed Chapter: Epilogue on 3/20/2018
I just saw this ... Iím so sorry to hear it. She, her family, and her friends will be in my prayers.

Thranduil's wifeReviewed Chapter: Epilogue on 3/14/2018
Thanks for sad news.
I've long been a lotr fan and have read and enjoyed all of yours and Nilmandra's stories.
Thanks also for informing us that about her devout Christian belief, causing me to rejoice that she is in heaven with the Lord.
No more suffering for her.
God bless.

NoorReviewed Chapter: Epilogue on 3/3/2018
Thank you Daw for letting everyone know. I had read your post at the time but felt so saddened by the news that I didn't know what to write at the time. It is such a loss but Nilmandra will always be remembered - through her stories and this site. I was so pleased to have found SOA all those years ago and so privileged to have read such wonderful stories. My thoughts are with her family. Best wishes and love to them.

EriolReviewed Chapter: Epilogue on 2/4/2018
I had only had a brief email exchange with Nilmandra in which we discussed why I love SOA. I cannot believe she is gone. I loved her stories and I truly appreciate that through her and others' efforts, there is a place where I can communicate with all the other lovers of Middle Earth. Professor Tolkienís vision has stirred my soul deeply and having this site where others similarly affected share their musings and stories, nurtures and strengthens what has been stirred. Thank you Nilmandra, for what you have given us, and may you find your heartís desire.

AliceReviewed Chapter: Epilogue on 1/12/2018
I am so very sorry for your loss. I never knew her but am so grateful for her founding of Stories of Arda. This website was a respite for me during lonely high school years. She touched a lot of lives of people she never met through her work in the Tolkien fandom. I know she was important to you and I will keep her and her loved ones in my prayers.

LarnerReviewed Chapter: Epilogue on 1/5/2018
My prayers are with Rorra and all who loved Nilmandra. She will be very much missed.

ThaneReviewed Chapter: Epilogue on 1/5/2018
This week I reread May the Valar Protect Them for the first time since 2013, when I read it twice, followed by some others in the series. Then I came here, because daw's world is one of my favorites as well, and saw this. The knowledge saddens me so very deeply. I had read some fanfiction before I found her, but I had not been struck with such a wonderful and powerful story that I could love as something even more than fanfiction. I'm so sad to hear she's passed away, but I am excited to meet her in the "Undying Lands" someday. I could tell the first time I read her story that she and I shared the same faith, and I am gladdened by that. Her stories inspired me so much, and even though I never knew her, I will miss her greatly, as I know many others will.

LOTR loverReviewed Chapter: Epilogue on 1/5/2018
I haven't visited SoA in several months and came back today to look for stories that celebrate the Professor's birthday.

I'm so sorry to hear that Nilmandra has passed away! My condolences, Rorrah and Daw and all of Nilmandra's friends and family. She will be missed!

CitrineReviewed Chapter: Epilogue on 1/3/2018
This saddens me very much. I fell out of LotR fandom long ago, but for a long, long time this website was my happy place and my writing home for which I still feel great fondness, and Nilmandra was the one who invited me in. I wish I could have known her better. To all who knew her and loved her best, please accept my deepest and sincere condolences.

The KarenatorReviewed Chapter: Epilogue on 1/3/2018
It's taken a little while for me to gather words. I'm still not sure I have any that appropriately express the range of thoughts and emotions I've had since Meckinock called to tell me the news about Nilmandra. My heart is broken for those of us who loved her and knew what a truly kind, loving and generous person she was. Likewise, I'm comforted by the knowledge she is free from the illness and pain she battled for over a decade.†I've tried to not focus on the emptiness I feel from her absence, but to rejoice in her freedom.†Perhaps someday, I will find that proper balance.

When I think about Nilmandra, I see in my memory a strong, intelligent word and world warrior. She embraced the adventure of being a thinker and seeker. Through it all, she was funny and fun, and a happy guide and cheerleader for many of us as we pursued learning to craft stories. I'm grateful of her friendship. I loved her dearly.†

Thank you, daw, for the post.†

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