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Bound by Duty; Bound by Joy  by Mirkwoodmaiden 6 Review(s)
shireboundReviewed Chapter: 6 on 11/15/2019
This is a wonderful story, full of love, hope, and great insight. You filled in the details of this part of the tale beautifully. Bilbo's words are so fitting here: ďAnd he lived happily ever after... to the end of his days." I enjoyed reading this very much.

Author Reply: Shirebound!

Thank you once again for taking the time to review! It is so very appreciated! I am really glad you enjoyed reading the story. Faramir and Eowyn, as a couple and apart are close to my heart. I really enjoyed writing it. Parts were tricky as I used words directly from the book or films than I usually am comfortable with but in those times they so completely fit what needed saying. I do believe that Faramir and Eowyn were in the end very happy in Ithilien. Again thanks for reading and reviewing. :-)

MM

shireboundReviewed Chapter: 5 on 11/12/2019
I love gap fillers, and this one showing how Faramir retrieved his mother's mantle is very nice.

Eowyn looked at him, this sweet, gentle man, she had nothing to give him. Not even herself.

Such a heart-full of grief and hopelessness for this noble lady. Faramir is just the healer -- and destiny -- that she needed.

Author Reply: Shirebound!

Hello! I did have some fun writing this chapter. As soon as I created Eirik I had a feeling he was going to run and get the cloak!! :-) I do like writing the gap filler stories. They are fun!

You highlighted the one passage that really jumped of the page for me as well. Eowyn feels Faramir's kindness and love but she just doesn't feel worthy of it at that point. The professor writes the story of Faramir and Eowyn with such patience and pathos. I tried to honour that feeling. "Faramir is just the healer and destiny -- that she needed" Exactly!

Thanks again for reviewing!

MM

shireboundReviewed Chapter: 4 on 11/11/2019
the funny, unabashed ways of Hobbits

That always makes me grin, too. This is a very nice conversation between Merry and Faramir.

Author Reply: Shirebound!

Really glad you liked it. As I was writing it I thought what would a hobbit do, well he would pull out his pipe of course! And being the convivial souls that they are he would offer one to Faramir as well!

I had a hard time thinking what exactly Merry would say about Eowyn. He wasn't at Helm's Deep and didn't meet Eowyn until later but Professor Tolkien described him as the person to speak with, "They talked long together and Faramir learned much, more than even than Merry put into words" so I ran with that!

thanks for reading and so glad you liked it.

shireboundReviewed Chapter: 3 on 11/8/2019
You've brought forth very insightful details about the inner longings and needs of these noble people. Indeed, physical healing is but one part of a life of wholeness and peace, often only a small part, and it makes sense that these two would recognize one another. Lovely chapter.

Author Reply: Shirebound!

Thanks again for reviewing! I have always felt that when Faramir and Eowyn found each other in the Houses of Healing they became soulmates. They had such similar life experiences in the ways that shape us. They found each other and made each other whole. Thanks again!

MM

shireboundReviewed Chapter: 2 on 11/4/2019
Faramir gratefully, joyously, ran into the arms of his King.

What a lovely way to describe this healing moment.

Author Reply: Shirebound!

Thank you again for reviewing! I think I write Faramir fanfic just so he can be happy in the end. He has endured so much. The lines in ROTK suggest this devotion so I ran with it. :-)

MM

shireboundReviewed Chapter: 1 on 11/4/2019
Poor Faramir, what a heartbreaking vision that lays bare his own broken heart.

Author Reply: Shirebound!

Thank you for being such a faithful reader of my writing! It is very much appreciated!! I tried to think of what the Black Shadow was doing to people and as it was described as being stuck a dream, what kind of dream? Clearly it is an emotional and mental affliction. And the Nazgul wouldn't bring anything other terror and despair. So it is a reflection of what is in Faramir's heart already. He has endured so much. Thanks for reviewing!

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