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Light on the Way  by Larner 61 Review(s)
LindeleaReviewed Chapter: 4 on 11/24/2004
My goodness, such a roll call of names that I'm beginning to come to know, as I research history for the sake of "Thain". What fun to see Arvedui! And all the others... Boromir, restored to his brother's side. And to know that Denethor is there, also, even though he's still healing.

It brought a smile of wonder to my face to see all these esteemed souls honour Aragorn.

And a smile of delight at the thought of Mandos and his wary watchfulness.

And Olorin sounds just as I have imagined him. Nicely done. (I wonder, is your Mandos a joyful being as well? I cannot imagine it being called "Gift" of Illuvatar if a sombre being was in charge of it.)

You have a typo, I think, for this does not read smoothly:
He could no longer fight the command he turn to the West, and afar he saw the way he must go, straighter than the Straight Path.

On the whole, however, this was marvellously done, and I eagerly anticipate his reunion with Frodo and Sam! (and Arwen, eventually)

Author Reply: Will think on that one. Have one other sentence earlier that bothers me, and cannot think how to change it.


-Reviewed Chapter: 4 on 11/24/2004
this was a really good chapter.....i really enjoyed it and i hope aragorn gets re-united with arwen soon

Author Reply: Well, it's a year in the mortal world before she accepts the Gift. We'll see how it plays out.

lwarrenReviewed Chapter: 3 on 11/23/2004
This was unexpected - and perfect. I loved the way Aragorn's spirit passed those in Aman on his way to the Uttermost West and acknowledged them with love as he passed. The conversation between Elrond, Olorin, Celebrian, Galadriel and Celelborn was revealing in itself. So they knew when he made his choice and the moment of his death - a sundering of a link with one they loved. How lovely and characteristic of the elves, too. This is a deeply touching story, Larner.


lwarrenReviewed Chapter: 2 on 11/23/2004
the actual moment of Aragorn's death
Gimli and Legolas crafting the last headpiece for their friend to wear
the tolling of the bell
the procession
the sight of Merry and Pippin's tombs to stand as guards on either side of their liege lord
Arwen (the image of her all in black standing by his bier - the part in the movie TTT that still makes me cry is Arwen's vision and/or Elrond's words evoking the picture of Aragorn's death for her...that picture and the words from the Appendices he spoke that were so rending)

I cannot say anything else - all these moments from this chapter make me feel like I was in the crowd when they carried him by. Oh my!


Author Reply: I see I didn't respond to some of the reviews of earlier chapters. I am so glad you found the imagery so moving, for I did, too. I've tried to stay true to canon as much as possible, while looking at how Aragorn would have tried to settle the day.

lwarrenReviewed Chapter: 1 on 11/23/2004
Ah, Larner, this is so sad! I read it the other day at school and cried (do you know how embarassing that can be?). I reread it tonight and cried again! It is such an intimate look into the last hours of Aragorn's life. He has a choice and that gives him time to make all the little preparations that might have been made by others otherwise. Even sadder! His clothes, the crown, the scepter, the sword...hard enough to deal with those little details as I read (I did the same for my Adar last year - almost to the day). But the goodbyes to his family and friends - he was prepared to go, but how hard for them! And Arwen...I can't even begin to imagine. This was a wonderfully written piece - so poignant! It's hard to put into words how touching this I'll just say It was!


grumpyReviewed Chapter: 3 on 11/23/2004
I love this story, and the way you have written it. The first couple of chapters, I needed plenty of kleenexs for. Loved the part about his wanting to pass outside, and not in the building.
This chapter is wonderful, with Gandalf being in grey, and his knowing what is going to happen. The part about the shining form, full of joy, was great.

looking forward to more

Raksha The DemonReviewed Chapter: 3 on 11/23/2004
Lovely image of Aragorn's freed soul on its way to final rest, pausing to honor the Elves and Gandalf who stood in vigil to await him.

I liked your having Celeborn reunited with Galadriel...

Author Reply: I know the reuniting isn't book canon, although the appendices speak of his remaining in Middle Earth till the last ship sailed as a "maybe." And I felt he really ought to be reunited with his Lady, which is why I did so on "Filled with Light as with Water."

Thanks for the kind words.

BodkinReviewed Chapter: 3 on 11/22/2004
I'm glad to see Elrond, Gandalf and Celebrian both knowing and grieving for Aragorn. Their fears for Arwen are very understandable. This eternal division bit is very hard on those who have to live with it.

Author Reply: Agreed. Thanks for the review. Although as a Maia, particularly one who has experienced death, Gandalf might have more freedom than some.

LindeleaReviewed Chapter: 3 on 11/22/2004
Ah, how fitting, that there should be a final farewell between the Elves and Aragorn, and that they should hope for Arwen's swift reunion with her beloved.

Lovely writing, as ever!

Author Reply: Yes, they all need to say goodbye, Aragorn and those who knew and loved him. And I can't say for certain why it should have been as Gandalf the Grey the recognition from that one came, except that it was Gandalf the Grey who, in his time, fell.

As for their prayers for Arwen, am not so certain their prayers are for her being reunited with her love as much as for relief for her suffering.

Meldewen IlceReviewed Chapter: 3 on 11/22/2004
Um, okay, forget what I said earlier about the use of the words 'father' and 'Adar' together as I now understand that Aragorn had been having visions of Arathorn and Elrond looking on him together...


Anyway, this chapter was lovely as well!

I DO love your writing and cannot wait to see more of this story!

Author Reply: One reason why I hadn't responded to your post earlier, as I knew it would be answered here. Thanks.

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