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Encounter in Ithilien  by Dreamflower 20 Review(s)
LarnerReviewed Chapter: 3 on 2/27/2009
I am glad that the men made up for themselves an acceptable reason for why Faramir let them go, although I know Denethor was angry about it. And that they feared they should not see them again and regretted it is touching.

Author Reply: It's a very normal reaction to try and think of logical explanations for things that seem illogical. Faramir's failure to obey his father's standing order seemed illogical to his men, and so they made up a reason that did seem logical--and to outside eyes, seemed very possible.

I am sure they would regret seeing those "winning creatures" go off to what had to seem certain doom.

KittyReviewed Chapter: Epilogue 2 on 2/27/2009
Oh yes, it was very good that Mablung had been wrong. Particularly about seing them alive again :)

Lovely gapfiller, Dreamflower!

Author Reply: Yes, it was!

Thank you, dear! I'm glad you enjoyed it!

KittyReviewed Chapter: 3 on 2/27/2009
Oh, poor Beren. I really hope the bite doesn't become infected. Findegil was right, who knows what Gollum had been eating before!

Well, Mablung was not completely off the mark - save that it was not Denethor who had sent the Hobbits, and that they weren't exactly going to only spy. But I doubt anyone of the Rangers save Faramir himself could have guessed the whole truth.

Author Reply: Yes, poor Beren! But that bite incident is one I'd had Eradan mention in R2E, so I wanted to include it. Urgh! It makes me feel all shuddery to imagine being bitten by the nasty Gollum!

No, only Faramir had any real clue as to what they were really doing! But I think that's the sort of guess the men might have made under the circumstances.

KittyReviewed Chapter: 2 on 2/27/2009
Dear Mablung, he felt rather protective of the Hobbits, didn't he? I really liked how careful he and Damrod were to avoid Frodo and Sam slipping or stumbling while blindfolded.

Nice to see Eradan :) And it was interesting to see the men wondering if Faramir really would heed his father's order and slay the Hobbits.

Author Reply: You noticed that, did you? *grin* That old Hobbit charm at work...

I've read fics where the men were rough with them, pushing and shoving them along (influenced, I suppose, by movie-verse). But I could not imagine Faramir allowing his men to behave that way, or that the men who served under him would even want to behave that way!

Originally, I had thought to start this story in Eradan's POV, but I wanted to include that first encounter, and the oliphaunt, so it had to be either Mablung or Damrod.

I'm sure those orders were on everybody's mind!

LindeleaReviewed Chapter: 1 on 2/26/2009
I love this! I find it fascinating to view a scene from different viewpoints, and this certainly rings true to the original, yet gives us fresh eyes for the viewing.

Wonderful use of detail.

Author Reply: I love POV gapfillers for that same reason--it's interesting to explore what was going on in a different head.

Thank you, dear!

FantasiaReviewed Chapter: 3 on 2/26/2009
I haven't review your job before, but I have read almost all your stories (I'm those lazy readers that don't review, and I have been reading fanfics since 2003, I'm sorry) so let me tell you first that I like your job and you are a good writer.

I like this story and this chapter in particular, I like Faramir's farewell to the hobbits, Faramir has been always my favorite character from the books, he represents for me all the powerful men that rule with compassion and wisdom, that will take the best decision for his people even if is against his own welfare. He is a powerful man with a great will, because he turn down the ring, in a moment that was regaining its power, being so close to his master, he helps the hobbits the best that he could and kept his word. He also represents to me the anonymous heroes that sometimes don't get the right recognition for their labors, he kept the city safe for Aragon to free, he help the hobbits in his final trip, he fought the black breath for days and because he wasn't in the final battle, people forget all these, and the movies didn't help his character either. So, I love to see read fics that show him as Tolkien described him, also to see the Rangers and the story from their POV is a treat, so thanks for your story.

This review doesn't make any sense, but I want you to know that I read the story and like it.

Fantasia



Author Reply: Well, it is always nice to hear from a reader, and I am glad you liked this one enough to comment.

Faramir was such a wise and noble character; I think he would have also been an excellent example for his men of compassion and wisdom.

And your review made sense just fine; I'm so happy you are liking the story!

ecrmReviewed Chapter: 1 on 2/25/2009
I always lap up stories about Gondor and its people, this meeting is among the most pivotal in the books, I like being able to see it from the rangers perspective. I'm a little disappointed that you didn't include the rangers reaction to the mention of a living heir of Elendil. Otherwise looking forward to more, I've always been curious as to what the Rangers were thinking as they saw the darkness and retreated back to Cair Andros.

Author Reply: You are probably right--it might have been good to mention that bit of astonishment from the men. But Faramir downplayed it a little at that point, and I was trying to avoid quoting too many long chunks of dialogue from canon. I am quite sure those words were thought of by the men afterwards.

But also, of course, I was trying to emphasize the reaction to halflings, creatures of myth! And so I tended to concentrate more on that.

Thank you so much for reading and reviewing!

LarnerReviewed Chapter: 2 on 2/25/2009
No, they are not privy to the conversation between their Captain and the strange guests, guests who carry news to make their great-hearted Captain sad and even grim--before he laughs.

Strange guests, these. And what will he decide about them, they must be wondering?

Poor Frodo, with this tension within him.

Author Reply: Strange guests, indeed!

Yes, everyone must be wondering what Faramir will decide, not the least, Faramir himself.

LarnerReviewed Chapter: 1 on 2/24/2009
A most momentous meeting, as the Rangers of Ithilien first encounter Hobbits of the Shire--and these TWO Hobbits at that!

Author Reply: Indeed. I was glad for a chance to explore how Faramir's men felt about that meeting.

KittyReviewed Chapter: 1 on 2/24/2009
Love Sam's reaction to the Rangers discussing their race *grin*

Interesting to see this meeting in Ithilien from the POV of the Rangers. Oh yes, I can imagine that they couldn't really see these two small people as a threat, and particularly Frodo must have had something that made them seem trustworthy. Mablung and Damrod told them more than was prudent for an enemy, but I'm glad they told Frodo and Sam what was going on.

Oh, dear Sam - the way he talked to these Men was quite amusing, you know :)

Author Reply: That's canon, and I love it, too! Sam's got a lot more confidence now, and it's clear he's not really afraid of anybody!

We learn in detail how Faramir felt. But I really thought it would be fun to see how the men felt.

Sam's a droll fellow, isn't he? *grin*

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