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Sundry Scrolls II  by Raksha The Demon 83 Review(s)
harrowcatReviewed Chapter: 2 on 3/27/2008
I love how Glorfindel feels prophecy turn to certainty.

harrowcatReviewed Chapter: 3 on 3/27/2008
Food shared is always so much better than that eaten solitary. I am glad that Pipin has Beregond. *wanders off to get her lone breakfast and bring it back to share with her virtual friends.*

Author Reply: Hope you had a good breakfast; harrowcat; and thanx for reviewing. Yes, I thought that Pippin would appreciate a breakfast, even a meager one, and even one he thought would be his last.

LarnerReviewed Chapter: 3 on 3/25/2008
Well, now they are prepared, physically and spiritually, for what comes, as much as they can be, at least.

Author Reply: Ah, you're the first to review this story; thanx, Larner. I think it would be better to face almost certain death with at least some peace of mind, not to mention a decent breakfast...

LarnerReviewed Chapter: 2 on 3/25/2008
I now see the relevance of the question the other day. Marvelous beginning for our beloved shieldmaiden. Angmar's doom is sealed, and Manwe's winds delight to carry the news--and the taunts to Minas Morgul! Marvelous!

Author Reply: OOOh, you got it! It occurred to me, as I was finishing up this story (which I began awhile ago), that the wind wasn't just anywind, and the winds and airs of Arda were affiliated with Manwe; but I couldn't figure out how to say it in the story without being more obvious than I would like.

Yes, just think of the wind beating on Minas Morgul as sort of a big Valarin raspberry to the Witch-King. Now you've got me wondering whether the roof of the Tower of the Moon leaked, and raindrops were falling on the Wiki's head...

Thanx for the review, Larner!

phyloxenaReviewed Chapter: 2 on 3/24/2008
"fair as the moon, clear as the sun, and terrible as an army with banners?" -- it is so obviously Eowyn!
It so great she is born with the wind and snapping of banners. I love that Eowyn has a destiny of her own, not a chance coincidence with the fate of the Witch King.

Author Reply: I have a sneaking suspicion that there were many destinies fulfilled in the Ring War, that the Powers of Arda were watching over at least some of their Children. Eowyn is something of a wild card, but it is easy to believe that somewhere, it was known, that she was the one who would wield the Witch-King's death-blow.

Thanx for reading and reviewing!

Linda HoylandReviewed Chapter: 2 on 3/23/2008
A very powerful and evocative ficlet. It seems very fitting Eowyn should be born in a storm!

Author Reply: Thanx, Linda; I'm so glad you found the story meaningful.

BranwynReviewed Chapter: 1 on 3/18/2008
I don't agree that Denethor sent Faramir on that mission to punish him, but I can see how it might seem that way to Faramir in the circumstances. I like how you used the song about Borondir to tie the piece together. There is such a contrast between Faramir's lonely vigil in the gloomy chamber and the happy scenes with his family. His present is devoid of color--filled with images of stone and darkness--while he remembers laughter and song in the gardens. I like how, when he must, he puts aside these gentle thoughts and turns to the business at hand. Very nicely done!

Author Reply: I think there might have been an element of punishment in Denethor's maneuvering Faramir into the position of accepting a desperate mission for the sake of honor and family loyalty; though I am not sure how self-aware Denethor was. And I do think that Faramir might well have interpreted the Steward's decision as punishment.

The presence of Faramir's lute, and the song and the memories it invoked, came to me after I had written half of the piece and was wondering how it would continue and end. I'm very glad that you saw the contrasts between this very bleak moment and happier times in Faramir's life, and his reluctant but determined decision to put aside the gentler part of his nature and go out to do battle.

Thanx for another insightful review, Branwyn.

Linda HoylandReviewed Chapter: 1 on 3/16/2008
I loved the way you used the lute here. you show the different sides of Faramir's personality here and his heroic courage against overwhelming odds.

Author Reply: Thanx for reading and reviewing, Linda. I think music is important to Faramir, and would have played a larger role in his life if he had been born and raised in more peaceful times, or been a minstrel's son. And it took a very brave man to face what lay ahead of him at the outwalls, not only face it, but face it with pride and determination.

meckinockReviewed Chapter: 1 on 3/16/2008
Faramir's determination and refusal to give up in the face of impossible odds really come through here. This moment in his life really crystallizes how he possesses a transcendent strength and faith that his father lacks.

Author Reply: Thanx for the review, Meckinock - I'm pleased that you liked this depiction of Faramir, in one of his darkest hours. I have always thought him to be a stronger man than even his brother, as well as his father; though neither Boromir nor Denethor were weaklings.


LauraReviewed Chapter: 1 on 3/16/2008
This is the Faramir I know and love. What a wonderful piece.

Author Reply: Faramir's diversity of talents, his warrior skills as well as his more gentle talents such as love of lore and music, endeared him to me some 40 years ago. I'm pleased that you like the character as I have presented him here. Thanx for reading and reviewing, Laura!

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