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Reunion  by Bodkin 15 Review(s)
anaReviewed Chapter: 1 on 3/9/2011
this is so touching, poor Maglor.
And his poor mother, too. The suffering of the innocent mother is not really presented usually, but unfortunately every crime has more than the obvious victim.

DaynawaynaReviewed Chapter: 1 on 9/11/2007
OH how COOL! I really liked that Bodkin! I'd forgotten Maglor fostered Elrond and Elros... perfect that he is there to comfort and bring peace. And poor Mom! What heartache for her. I'd like to see Maglor heal (I'm a sucker for h/c!) and hear him talk with Elrond... maybe? :D

Author Reply: Thank you, Daynawayna. I feel for those who were left behind - Nerdanel lost her husband (I suspect that was a relief) and all seven of her children. And knew that they would not return from the Halls. She deserved to have this most remorseful and caring of her sons come home. Although I suspect his presence in Aman will create more difficulties than it solves.

CuthalionReviewed Chapter: 1 on 9/10/2007
Beautiful, and very, very moving. Wonderful storytelling!


Author Reply: Thank you, Cuthalion. Maglor's story is such a sad one. It felt good to bring him home.

RedheredhReviewed Chapter: 1 on 9/6/2007
That was lovely. Beautifully written, as always.

I like how Maglor's "burning away of the corporeal" was done differently, but accomplished all the same. I could imagine him on the edge of fading into spirit alone. He had to come home or his chances of returning to Eldamar would have ended.

The departure scene at the sea shore and the little boat itself were wonderful in words and image. "This was an invitation." Still, Maglor needed more than sea-yearning to move him.

Oh gosh, did he think he could fling the jewel all the way to Aman? Is that why he came to the water instead of once again following Maedhros? Did he crave the music of Valaroma as his grandfather described it? I am not a big fan of any of the Feanoreans, but you have me pondering what was different about this one!

Having Elrond come to their aid was brilliant. And, I liked his automatic healer's 'bed-side' manner of speaking positively about the patient and not negatively, even if perhaps more truthfully.

Those others that gathered, how did they really come to be there? Was it just rumor and gawking? Or were they drawn as Nerdanel and Elrond were drawn - by a connection of the heart? And I do not mean a hateful connection, but by being like Elrond the recipient of Maglor's true contrition and repentance.

BTW, Happy Birthday, French Pony!

Author Reply: Thanks, Redheredh. Most of the Feanorionnath couldn't have thought their way out of a paper bag. Maglor, I feel, deserved better - he was able to love Elros and Elrond and, perhaps even more remarkably, he was able to let them go when that was best for them. And he felt guilt - and remorse. It seems only fair that he could work off his debt and finally be allowed to come home. Although, even after all this time, being Feanor's son in Aman isn't going to be easy. I think Maglor has learned humility, though. Perhaps - random thought - his rehabilitation will pave the way for others. Or perhaps not.

LindeleaReviewed Chapter: 1 on 9/6/2007
Ah. Beautifully written. Your prose is poetry, and your words sing as they paint vivid pictures.

Author Reply: Thanks, Lindelea. I'm glad you liked it.

Raksha The DemonReviewed Chapter: 1 on 9/5/2007
Oh, this is heartbreaking, but wonderful - finally, finally, a happy ending for Maglor and Nerdanel. At least there's the hope of a happy ending; poor Maglor is a wreck.

I liked it that Elrond was there to help bring his foster-father home. He and Maglor should have some interesting conversations as the latter recovers.

Author Reply: Thanks, Raksha. I think Maglor would have to be a wreck for his arrival to be acceptable to others. Apart from his mother and Elrond, others need to see and understand that he has earned forgiveness if his arrival isn't to set too many cats among flocks of pigeons. But this is a happy ending of a sort - and a beginning. I think he will recover. Given enough time.

NessaReviewed Chapter: 1 on 9/5/2007
Oh, Bodkin, I Love the way you brought Maglor home..and to the two who loved him most. I always wanted someone to do this, and you did it so well. Thank You. Nessa *a bit teary*

Author Reply: Thank you, Nessa. I've never thought Maglor's endless exile and lost wandering was very fair. Same with Daeron - who may have been motivated by jealousy, but whose reactions were completely understandable and, to most people's viewpoint, justifiable. I'm glad you liked the way Maglor made it home to Nerdanel and Elrond.

NarielReviewed Chapter: 1 on 9/5/2007
I like this. I don't really read much on the House of Feanor, but this is definitely an exception. I like how you emphasize how different Maglor was from his brothers. If I had to choose a favorite son of Feanor, it would have to be Maglor. He is the kindest and sympathetic of the brothers.

Great job and Namarie!

Author Reply: Maedhros was too anxious to support his father - couldn't allow himself to admit to Feanor's errors. The three C sons and the two A sons are, to my mind, too two-dimensional to be interesting. Maglor could and did love and feel remorse - and was condemned to an endless exile, while the rest holed up in the Halls of Mandos. He deserved to come home.

Thanks, Nariel.

Agape4GondorReviewed Chapter: 1 on 9/5/2007
Oh my! Bodkin, this took my breath away. Maglor was, is, and always will be my favorite of the sons of Feanor. Thank you so much for 'bringing him home' in such a touching a beautiful way.


Author Reply: Thanks, Agape. Maglor is Feanor's most ... three dimensional son, I think. Although Maedhros runs him close in some ways, he is too bound to his father's vision. I was glad to bring him home!

LarnerReviewed Chapter: 1 on 9/5/2007
Oh, Bodkin--so very glad I am that Elrond was there at hand, by her side, to draw him ashore. That the one who loved him as parent and one who loved him as son should be together, there at that moment!

Ah, how perfect! Yes, yes! This is what I wish for Maglor.

Author Reply: Thanks, Larner. I'm sorry for Maglor - and eternal exile seems too harsh for one who regretted his actions. His mother and foster-son just seemed the right people to bring him home at last.

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