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Sundry Scrolls II  by Raksha The Demon 83 Review(s)
SnehaReviewed Chapter: 4 on 10/24/2015
I stumbled upon this today and it made my day! You have captured so wonderfully the hope, the confidence of a young Aragorn. He is light in heart, newly come to his heritage and hardly tested. I always felt he must have looked so young to Arwen and I did not think he truly understood what he was asking of her or Elrond. He gained much more wisdom over the years, somber confidence before meeting her again.
Aragorn was so restrained in the books but his words to Galadriel, "long have you held the only treasure I seek" betrayed his devotion to her! Loved it!

Author Reply: Whoops; I'm sorry I missed this review. Thanks so much for leaving it. Yes, this is a young and still somewhat innocent Aragorn, full of confidence, his strength not yet fully tempered by the wisdom of years. I'm glad you enjoyed the ficlet.

PeriantariReviewed Chapter: 1 on 9/11/2015
I love this so much. So melancholy, so introspective, so true to the mood of making a last stand. This is beautiful!

nancylea57Reviewed Chapter: 12 on 6/13/2009
"The King Elessar had seated Frodo at his right hand, Mithrandir at his left. The four other Halflings hurried to sit down on"

shouldn't that be 3 other halflings?

Author Reply: Yes it should, and it is now three, thanks to your letting me know. I hope you enjoyed the rest of the story...

BanGalpsiReviewed Chapter: 12 on 1/1/2009
Hi Raksha,
I like your stories a lot because quite often they fill gaps in the canon in a way that made me think "it had to have happened that way". This chapter is no exception, you beautifully describe how awkward it must have been for Faramir to come to terms with the changes. One small thing I am not sure about, would he already know on Aragorn's coronation day that he was to be prince of Ithilien? It was not officially announced until Beregond's trial.
Thanks for another great story!

Author Reply: Oops - I absolutely missed this review. Thanks for reading and commenting. I think that intellectually, Faramir welcomed the change; as a return to the high days of old; and he had revered Aragorn as his king from the moment they first met; but it still had to have been a wrench to look at the table of state habitually occupied by his father and brother and see others in their place.

Good point about the announcement of Faramir's new rank as Prince of Ithilien. I find it hard to believe that the first official announcement that Faramir would become a Prince as well as Steward would be at a soldier's trial; but Tolkien doesn't specify exactly when Faramir's new rank was first revealed. I shall have to think about that!

SoledadReviewed Chapter: 9 on 12/13/2008
That was frightening. Downright frightening. I think if Boromir could have seen his little brother at the end of this tale, he would have understood why no Man could really bear the Ring - because they would have stopped to be Men and became monsters.

Author Reply:
Faramir might have stopped himself, or Gandalf might have been able to take the Ring from him - maybe - but Faramir could have done some damage before then. In any case, bringing the Ring to Minas Tirith was not the best choice, be it Boromir, Faramir or Denethor who made it.

It's odd that as far as we know, Isildur did not turn monstrous in the few years he bore the Ring. Perhaps the slower pace of peace, and Sauron's temporary absence, slowed down the Ring's seduction. There was so much desperation in the time period of LOTR, Men were definitely more vulnerable to the Ring's allure. I'm so glad that this was only an AU!

Thanx for the review!

SoledadReviewed Chapter: 6 on 12/13/2008
Wow! That was incredibly sad. You should know that I'm one of those rare people who are on Denethor's side, but even so, this is a wonderful story.

Author Reply: I felt bad after I finished writing it; but I just felt that this is what was likely to happen if Denethor had not burned on the Pyre. If Faramir had lived, there would have been hope that Denethor could one day shake himself out of the prison he'd made for himself; but I can't see Denethor willingly letting Aragorn try to heal his dying son (though if I ever go into a DenethorLives! AU more deeply and for more chapters, perhaps I could find a way around that). To some extent, Denethor, who was a gifted man who could have been a great one, was his own worst enemy. (and to some extent, he lived at the wrong time)

Thanx much for reading and reviewing, Soledad.

Lady_RoisinReviewed Chapter: 12 on 10/3/2008
I loved how you wrote faramir's uneasiness after so much had changed after the war. I like how you had him consider different people at the table, and how he would like to be beside them, but not trouble them. And of course, I love how you had Aragorn call out to him to join him. Of course there is still much to sort out, but the theme of friendship shines through in this story, and I really like that.I also like how Faramir teased Aragorn about about "which name". That was a really nice touch. A very nice story. I enjoyed reading it. :-)

Author Reply: I think it must have been very odd to see another man, especially one who looked like him, sitting in Denethor's place in the Merethrond; even if Faramir approved of the King's return; it would have brought home the absence of his father and brother and the reasons why, of course. But Faramir is strong enough to move beyond the twinges of emotional pain; and Aragorn's easy friendship will help.

I'm pleased you liked the story, Lady R, and thanx much for reviewing it!

LarnerReviewed Chapter: 12 on 9/16/2008
It would seem strange to see such ones given deference at the feast! And he is bade to come up to the main table with King and his companions. Love the "Which name?"!

Author Reply: By this point, Faramir would have had an idea of at least a few of the names used by his new king; and I do think he has enough of a sense of humor to ask such a question, as the strangeness fades a bit.

Thanx for reading and reviewing, Larner!

harrowcatReviewed Chapter: 12 on 9/16/2008
“The King would have his Steward close at hand, and Aragorn would welcome another friend at his table.”

A wonderful ficlet Raksha and highly appropriate for Linda.
Happy birthday Linda!

Author Reply: Thanx much for reading and reviewing, harrowcat; I do think that a strong friendship would have developed between Aragorn and Faramir; Tolkien set it up so well; and Aragorn would have, at this time, respected and liked his Steward.

UTfrogReviewed Chapter: 12 on 9/16/2008
Simply lovely! Thank you

Author Reply: Thanx for the enthusiastic review, UTfrog; I'm glad you liked the piece.

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