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Sundry Scrolls II  by Raksha The Demon 83 Review(s)
Linda HoylandReviewed Chapter: 12 on 9/15/2008
This is just beautiful !THank you for such a lovely present, which I am printing out to treasure.
I loved Faramir's uncertainty and Aragorn's kindness to him,while the comment about the names was priceless!It is good to see that Halbarad has a son and Faramir sits next to his lady.

Author Reply: So glad you liked your prezzie; and thanx for reviewing. While I believe that Faramir was self-sufficient enough to have found a seat at another table, I think that a sudden feeling of alienation and distance at seeing a familiar setting so changed, was natural. I think Aragorn was enjoying able to shower his friends with kindness, and relax; and he wanted Faramir to feel as welcome as he felt Denethor's son to be...

I am not the first fanfic writer to give Halbarad a son, I thought that at least one of Halbarad's sons (or possibly grandsons) would have accompanied him south with the Grey Company...

Faramir and I had to slip in the question about Aragorn's names!

shireboundReviewed Chapter: 11 on 8/21/2008
The forest has claimed him, and so he should be named.

This is a delightful scene. :)

Author Reply: Thanx for reviewing, Shirebound! I had fun writing the scene, and imagining Thranduil and Mrs. Thranduil and Baby Greenleaf.

Pearl TookReviewed Chapter: 3 on 8/21/2008
Very beautifully written, Raksha! I hadn't thought before of tight rations, a sore trial even for a toughened hobbit like Pippin is by this point in the story.

Author Reply: Oops; how did I miss this review? Thanx for reading and commenting, Pearl. Yes, it would probably be more depressing for Pippin to miss a good breakfast than to face a battalion of Uruk-hai; but he's grown up enough to endure both.

phyloxenaReviewed Chapter: 9 on 8/21/2008
You did it! Chilling. You conveyed the sense of great rush: once he didn't stop to ponder all consequences, it all rolls down.

Author Reply: I'm pleased that you found the piece chilling, that's what I was aiming for. Darned good thing that it didn't happen in Tolkien's true timeline, right?!

Thanx for the review, phyloxena!

KhorazīrReviewed Chapter: 11 on 8/19/2008
Oooh, this is sweet -- especially after the two much more serious ficlets. But this cheerful little tale reflects Legolas' character very well.

Author Reply: Thanx Khorazir, I really needed to post something cheerful after putting Denethor and Faramir through AU h*ll. Thanx for reading and reviewing the tale of Legolas' naming day!

KhorazīrReviewed Chapter: 10 on 8/19/2008
It's interesting to see Denethor as a long-awaited and much-loved baby, especially in the knowledge of the fact that in later years, Ecthelion seems to have prefered Thorongil to his own son. Another excellent piece, Raksha.

Author Reply: I'm sure Denethor was long awaited, and probably much loved. I often wonder if Ecthelion found Denethor the child, or young boy, harder to deal with than Denethor the much-loved baby; since I see them as very different sorts of men.

Thanx for reading and commenting, Khorazir.

KhorazīrReviewed Chapter: 9 on 8/19/2008
I'm sure there are many AU stories out there of what might have happened had Faramir taken the Ring. I haven't read them, and I don't think I will now, because this one has been so good -- and scary. Especially the bit about him losing his compassion -- it's like him losing an integral part of himself. Very well written!

Author Reply: We know that Gondor, and possibly other places could be in for dangerous times if Faramir loses his compassion; Faramir would be quite a nasty customer without it.

I think my alltime favorite X-Takes-The-Ring AU tale was one where Shelob took the bauble; I can't remember where I saw it, but it was good and scary.

Thanx much for reading and reviewing, Khorazir!

Little DwarfReviewed Chapter: 11 on 8/18/2008
*Giggles*

Lovely little piece! :)

Good job at writting an all-dialogue fic without departing from the Tolkienesque style! :)

Author Reply: I had fun with Thranduil, his unnamed queen, and baby Leggy, Little Dwarf. I'm so pleased you enjoyed it, and thanx for reviewing.

Little DwarfReviewed Chapter: 10 on 8/18/2008
Bittersweet indeed. And very touching. And extremely well-written!

I loved your characterization of Ecthelion and the air of foreboding that envelopes the story!

I also love the style, you did a great job with the light/darkness contrast, and you made good use of the 'fire' motif - from the fumes of Mordor to the colour of the sky! :) Wonderful!



Author Reply: Yes, poor doom-ridden Denethor was once an innocent and much-loved baby. I'm pleased that you liked my characterisation of Ecthelion; I think he would have been a very strong-minded and pugnacious fellow.

Thanx for commenting, L.D.!

Little DwarfReviewed Chapter: 9 on 8/18/2008
I'm very, very glad this is just an AU! And I don't want to think about how the story might have been twisted, had Faramir taken the ring... This *is* the darkest of possibilities, and personally I'd rather have Faramir die painfully at the hands of orcs... :(

But what a marvellous display of writing skill! "At once, he knew a heady joy, as if he drank deep from a wine long stored in dark cellars." - excellent simile!

I like the piece for the writting and the style, but I loathe the very idea that Faramir might have fallen in this way...

Author Reply: Believe me, Small-Dwarf, I loathe the idea that Faramir could fall to the Ring too. Cool, compassionless Faramir is not someone I'd like to meet. That's why this is AU; and not an AU that I plan to take any further, brrrr.

Thanx for reading and reviewing this sinister AU, L.D.!

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