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At Hope's Edge  by Cairistiona 352 Review(s)
EllynnReviewed Chapter: 26 on 8/25/2010
And when will the road go on? *sweet puppy look* I want to read how Aragorn felt when he and Gandalf discovered Bilbo's ring really was The One Ring. *sweet puppy look* I want to read how Aragorn felt on Weathertop, fighting Nazgul. *sweet puppy look* I want to know how Aragorn felt in the beginning of the quest. *sweet puppy look* I want to know... all. *sweet puppy look*

And if you think I ask too much, I will only say - it is your own fault. *innocent smile* My wishes, I mean. *innocent smile* Because you are an extraodinary writer. There is a proverb, describing this situation and my wishes, and it goes something like: "You gave me a finger, and I want the whole hand." :) I am greedy, am I not? :)
But, whatever you will write - and as I said, I would really like to read sooooooo much more from you - I know it will be perfect.

Author Reply: You're very kind, thank you! I do intend to write more Aragorn stories, definitely--not sure whether they'll be reflections on the events in LOTR or more adventures that take place before the Quest and War of the Ring, but there will be more, one way or another.

Thanks for all the comments and reviews for this story... it was fun to hear your thoughts as you worked your way through it! :)

EllynnReviewed Chapter: 25 on 8/25/2010
Awwww... *melting* Wonderful ending. :)

P.s. "What a pleasure it would be to see the surprise on Eledh’s face as I hand it to him!"
Now, I haven't read all of your stories (yet), and perhaps you have written a story about Eledh receiving a Galadrim bow and I have yet to discover it, but if you haven't, would you consider doing so? I would love to read it. :)

Author Reply: Thank you, Ellynn! Glad you enjoyed it to the end. :)

I haven't thought about writing a ficlet about Eledh receiving such a bow but it's something I'll keep in mind. Eventually I hope to tell more about Eledh (and Galadh) in stories but right now they're only works-in-progress (or merely ideas on a list). But a little "gap-filler" showing that would be kind of fun, I think, and something good to add to the appendices for this story.

EllynnReviewed Chapter: 24 on 8/25/2010
Aww, wonderful. You wrote father/son long talk so touching. Elrond's words of comfort are very wise, and once all traces of Black Breath disappear, I hope Aragorn will realise that Elrond is right and that his self-accusations are wrong. Beautifully done.

P.S. I love anecdotes from Aragorn's childhood, they are so funny. :))) And I know who Trotter is! :)

Author Reply: Yay, you caught the nod to Aragorn's early incarnation! LOL I'm so glad Tolkien decided against making Aragorn a hobbit with wooden shoes.

And thank you... I'm glad you liked this scene. It was one of my favorites to write. :)

EllynnReviewed Chapter: 23 on 8/25/2010
Aww... you brought tears to my eyes again, in the end of this chapter. But those were good tears this time. I am touched by the way you depict their friendship and bond... so palpable, so strong. Both your writing and their emotions. :)

P.s. "He did not understand how he could spend five days sleeping and wake up feeling like he could sleep for five weeks more."
As a big sleeper (is that the right word? I love to sleep long and I need it), I have to say that I understand him. :)))

Author Reply: I love it when a reader gets happy tears. :) And yes, I can relate to Aragorn's plight about sleeping as well--I love sleep and never feel like I get enough!

EllynnReviewed Chapter: 19 on 8/25/2010
Poor Aragorn. :(
Though, I am quite sure that he feels so bad because he is still under the influence of Black Breath, although he can't/doesn't want to see it. I suppose I'll discover in the following chapters if I'm right.

Author Reply: I really made it tough on poor Aragorn, didn't I? *g*

EllynnReviewed Chapter: 17 on 8/25/2010
It looks to me as though you are trying everything to keep me from my house work. :) The laundry still waits to be ironed, you know? I promised myself this morning that I'd read only two chapters and then go ironing. And look at me! I've just read the third, without pause, and I want to continue right away.
Ok. A compromise. I'll do some 30 minutes of ironing, and then I'm going back to reading.
Do I have to say more? I can't stop reading, this is really like an excellent action movie right in front of my eyes.

Author Reply: Wow, 30 minutes worth of ironing??? *tries to remember where my iron even is*

I'm glad to provide a diversion from your domestic chores--glad you're enjoying the action!

EllynnReviewed Chapter: 12 on 8/24/2010
Well, well. :) I remember a few lines from "The Ranger and the Hobbit", when Denlad is thinking of his little family and "a boy he loves as his own". :) Now, would that family be Neala and Randir? *g*
I am glad that you included a little bit of romance, too. I am looking forward to see how it will go on. :)

Author Reply: *whistling innocently* Why, whatever are you talking about? Neala and Denlad together??? That shy man ever marrying???

I must plead the right to remain silent on the grounds that I don't like giving out answers that a reader will discover later in the story. *g*

EllynnReviewed Chapter: 10 on 8/24/2010
I so adore your humor! :) Many lines in this chapter are so funny and crazy! *lol*
But the end... :( Is this actually the first time (at least in this story) when Aragorn fooled Halbarad with his explanation? Looks like it might be so... :(

Author Reply: Aragorn can be very convincing when he doesn't want Halbarad to worry. *g* Or when he thinks he can handle the problem by himself!

I'm glad you're enjoying the humor in this. I see Aragorn and Halbarad as having that sort of close bond that lets them banter and tease... with Halbarad always staying just this side of insubordination! :)

Thanks for the review... you're really flying through this story!

EllynnReviewed Chapter: 9 on 8/24/2010
"You drove this wraith off much like Glorfindel drove off the Witch King."
Erm, what exactly are you refering to? I remember there was some conflict with Witch king earlier in the Third Age, but I don't remember Glorfindel had torches... *unsure* Or do you mean "drove off" generally, without speaking of the way how to do it?

And I knew someone would mention how thick Halbarad's head was! *lol*

Author Reply: Aragorn's speaking in generalities here as far as the specifics of how Glorfindel drove off the Witch-king, which, as far as I can research, isn't given in detail (or if it is, I've lost track of where to find it!). Aragorn's statement has a twofold meaning: first, he is giving Halbarad a compliment, elevating him to Glorfindel's exalted company as one who drove off a Wraith. But secondly, and more importantly, I want to leave the idea that Aragorn has learned, by Halbarad's actions, that fire will drive off a wraith. And it is that detail that connects this story to canon, specifically to Weathertop and Frodo's "glimpse of Strider leaping out of the darkness with a flaming brand of wood in either hand", as it appears in "A Knife in the Dark" in "The Fellowship of the Ring". I wanted to use this scene as a way of showing one way in which Aragorn might have learned that fire can drive away a wraith.

Hope that helps!

EllynnReviewed Chapter: 7 on 8/24/2010
Reading a novel at once can be harder than reading one chapter after another every few days (which is the case when reading as you post them), because it requires a lot of free time, which none of us often has much.
But! :) I am on holidays, and today is a true holiday, not a "working one", like I described to you last week. :p I am home alone, Alen is out the whole day, and I can read. :) And so far, I successfully ignore the clothes that watch me from their corner and call for me to iron them. :)
On the other hand, reading a novel at once means that, when there is a cliffhanger, I don't have to wait another week to see what happened. :) So, I'm hurrying to the next chapter. :)
And this chapter... wow! It is great! Your writing is so good, so tense, so vivid... You are definitely one of the best writers I've ever read.

P.s. As for Mallor/little girl thing we talked about two chapters ago. I was not thinking about warrior/civilian thing, but known/unknown. In the moment of her death, I didn't know anything about her. Mallor, on the other hand, no matter how small part in your story he gets, is someone I got to know: I know that he is 16, that he lost his father, that he was a joyful young man who loved life, that he loved Aragorn as father and tried to learn from him... I can see him, I can feel him, and that is why I grieve for him. Little girl is no more than those two words: little girl. And that's all. And that is why her death didn't affect me.

Author Reply: Hooray for holidays and those rare free days when you can ignore laundry! :) I'm glad you're able to sit down with this all in one go--it does help with the cliffhangers, doesn't it? *g* And yes, knowing a character in a bit more depth does make his death hit a little harder. I kind of hated to kill him off but the story required it, alas.

I'm glad you like my writing style... your words are very kind and I thank you!

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