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At Hope's Edge  by Cairistiona 17 Review(s)
curiouswombatReviewed Chapter: 24 on 4/20/2009
Such a good last chapter - some degree of understanding between them and such weight lifted. I am looking forward to the epilogue, but with the bitter-sweet knowledge then it will be the end.

Author Reply: Thank you, curiouswombat! I'm so glad you enjoyed the entire story. Yes, it definitely is a bittersweet thing, even for me, coming to the end of it. I'm still wrestling a bit with the epilogue but it will come along later this week. Thank you for reviewing!

InzilbethReviewed Chapter: 24 on 4/20/2009
No, this is it, this is definitely it! This one is my favourite chapter. It's been a long, wonderful, terrible, dreadful, painful journey but finally we get to the happy ending. *Breathes blissfully contented sigh*.
What can I say? A fabulous ending to a fabulous story!

Author Reply: Thank you, Inzilbeth! Yes, poor Aragorn really went through the wringer, didn't he, but yes, the happy ending did at last come. Loose ends to wrap up and some more to the story coming up in the Epilogue (which, gosh, could be a one-shot on its own, it's so long) but it does feel nice to be able to sigh with relief! Thanks for the review!

Jay of LasgalenReviewed Chapter: 24 on 4/20/2009
I love the talk that Aragorn had with Elrond - something that they both needed, I think.

And you have Trotter the Hobbit in here as well! LOLOL!!

Author Reply: Thanks, Jay... glad you liked the Trotter reference. *grin* And yes, Aragorn and Elrond worked a few things out, not least of which was Aragorn's bottled-up grief. And they cleared the air of the latest little bit of tension even if the underlying issue of betrothals is still a non-topic. Epilogue will go up this week--thank you for all your reviews! :)

Silivren TinuReviewed Chapter: 24 on 4/20/2009
Now that was just heartwarming. *huggles chapter* I loved that Aragorn was finally able to let go of his grief, and that things are finally right again between him and Elrond, or as right as they can be at this point.

It was so like Aragorn to try and fight his way out of bed in the state he was in! *wonders whether to be amused or exasperated* It's probably a good thing Elrond found him and not Halbarad. ;-)

I am glad Aragorn was able (and willing) to talk about what had been weighing on his mind for such a long time at last. I, too, was very happy to 'see' the light back in his eyes. :)

//know that you are no failure.// Trust Elrond to say just the right words at just the right time. I think no one else would have been able to reach Aragorn like that and finally enable him to give up control. *happy sigh*

That story about Estel pretending to be a captured Silvan Elf during his childhood was sweet. *g* And to imagine Estel as a hobbit named "Trotter" made me laugh!

No wonder Aragorn thought he would not be welcome in Rivendell any longer, after the kind of parting they had. Misunderstandings like that can be so painful, and it is kind of sad that it so often takes extreme situations to remember who and what is really important in life.

Well, I thoroughly loved this chapter and it's outcome! :)


Author Reply: Thank you, Almut! I'm glad you found the chapter heartwarming--that was how the story needed to wrap up, on a healing note. And you've pegged it as far as misunderstandings and the need for sometimes brutal reminders to make things right between people. I think Aragorn and Elrond both had their thinking adjusted with this, didn't they! Aragorn for his paranoia that Elrond doesn't love him, and Elrond for being a bit insensitive to how his handling of the betrothal situation might affect Aragorn in unexpected ways. So they've cleared the air a bit and that can only help.

Epilogue is next, and thanks for the review!

Raksha The DemonReviewed Chapter: 24 on 4/19/2009
Finally, that long-overdue father/son talk! I think Aragorn will begin to truly heal now.

What did Elrond's Elvish words mean (and was it Quenya or Sindarin)?

Loved the image of Little Estel playing Trotter the Hobbit Ranger, as per Tolkien's early LOTR plotlines...

Author Reply: Thank you, Raksha... yes, Aragorn's well on the way to full healing, at least as full as it can be, from his ordeal. I think the title of the chapter says it best: he will carry wounds... or at least painful scars... from this, as his reaction to the memory of the Nazgul shows in FOTR. But he is stronger now, thanks to the help of Elrond.

The words are Quenyan... explained by Elrond himself as he speaks (I hate making readers scroll down for translations, so the translation is provided in context). They're also the same words that Aragorn used to calm Mallor's horse back in chapter two: "May your sorrows now be ended. I will carry your sorrows." In my "universe", those words were also spoken by Maglor to Elrond when he was an understandably terrified and sorrowing child.

And yes, couldn't resist a chance to toss in the Trotter reference. :)

Epilogue is next, so we're nearly done. Thank you for the review!

Calenlass GreenleafReviewed Chapter: 24 on 4/19/2009

So...many Elrond-and-Estel moments. It's like dessert, only ten times better. :)

I can't tell you how much I love this chapter and the story. So, so much.

Thanks for writing!


Author Reply: Thank you, Cal! I'm so glad you enjoyed this story and this chapter; poor Estel really had a lot of heartbreak to work out, didn't he? Good that he has Elrond to help him let it all out. Now for the epilogue and we'll be finished. Thanks for all the reviews! :)

Ainu LaireReviewed Chapter: 24 on 4/19/2009
Pretended he was a hobbit and called himself Trotter! Hah, brilliant! Love little things like that, yes.

This was a lovely- and likely very much needed- conversation between the two. And it really figures that Aragorn would choose that book out of a pile of books. XD

Author Reply: Thanks, Laire, I'm glad you liked the little Trotter bit. *grin* And yes, it's not hard to imagine that that particular tale might be one of Aragorn's favorite and something to reach for, however clumsily, to speed along his convalescence. Now it's left to simply get well physically, and get back out to his people. Epilogue still to come. :)

Thanks for the review!

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