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And So it Ends  by Bodkin 22 Review(s)
Jay of LasgalenReviewed Chapter: 1 on 4/8/2009
This is wonderful - beautiful, sad, yet still full of hope. I liked the mention of Eldarion - ‘He wanted a little time to grieve for his father before he had to lead the mourning ceremonies as Gondor’s king.’ I've seen few fics dealing with Aragorn's death that consider his heir.

I love your Gimli. He's strong, wise, and a staunch, loyal friend - even if he is still exasperated and sometimes bemused by his elf.

Thank you, Bodkin!

Elena TirielReviewed Chapter: 1 on 4/7/2009
Both heartbreaking and beautiful, Bodkin!

- Barbara

GwynhyffarReviewed Chapter: 1 on 4/7/2009
That was beautiful. Brought tears to my eyes! I've always enjoyed your writing, Bodkin, you should do it more often. Legolas' grief and his torn spirit was palpable throughout this piece. As always, you have a way of describing things that makes the reader not only see, but feel them as well.

Happy Birthday Meckinock et al. This was a gift we can all love!

elliskaReviewed Chapter: 1 on 4/7/2009
the waking of a day that should not dare to be so … unaffected. Isn't that the truth. This is something we can all relate to--how can the world go on when death has made it stop for us. And the atmosphere in Gondor, through the conversations and imagery, really captures incredibly well the weight of the loss.

I loved Gimli and Thranduil. And I loved Legolas's reaction to being talked about. the stone responds to us less than it once did, and the babbling hordes of men press on our borders. But as much fun as the joking about bad verse was (and I did love that) this statement is what I loved most from this section, again along the same theme as the loss in Gondor.

And their departure was great, both the humor (my favorite being the speculation about Erestor's reaction) and the serious. Yeah, I'm really glad you wrote so many stories of life for the Elves in Aman that were happy, or this would have been impossible to read. I'm not good with goodbyes.

Very powerful and beautifully written as always. Loved it.

Linda HoylandReviewed Chapter: 1 on 4/7/2009
It is good to see a new story from you.This is so sad and beautiful. I like to think that Legolas took messages to Aragorn's loved ones in Valinor.

Calenlass GreenleafReviewed Chapter: 1 on 4/7/2009
Sad but touching. Reminiscing is a good way to remember, and to bring up pain.

Beautiful story.

~Cal

LarnerReviewed Chapter: 1 on 4/7/2009
Oh, Bodkin--it is so good to see something from you! And to see this----Wonderful!

I recently wrote my version of the conversation between Legolas and Gimli just after Aragorn's death, and it is very similar, I find--right to Gimli doing his best to banter with Legolas to keep him from fading. With these two individuals, how could it be otherwise, right?

But this is as full of sparkling light and wisdom as are all your stories.

A blessed Easter and Pesach season to you!

ElflingimpReviewed Chapter: 1 on 4/7/2009
Bodkin< that is one of the very best you have written!!!,it made me cry and laugh, I only wish I could keep going on that journey it was so good. Hugs The Imp P.S. Happy Birthday to everyone.

daw the minstrelReviewed Chapter: 1 on 4/7/2009
Terrific picture of the end of an era, Legolas and Gimli breaking all ties, large and small and setting out for a new life. As always, your imagery is great, deepening the story right from the moment the shadows point west like arrows.

I particularly liked the little glimpse of Thranduil.

Raksha The DemonReviewed Chapter: 1 on 4/7/2009
I loved the memories of the more mundane aspects of the Fellowship, i.e. the smell of Boromir's socks...And Arwen is written brilliantly here; sad and fading but resigned and regretting nothing, glad enough of her choices to send good word to the West through Legolas.


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