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Beneath Strange Stars  by Larner 78 Review(s)
ArmarielReviewed Chapter: 4 on 5/27/2011
Wow.......neat poem. I was afraid of dragons before I was assured by my mom, when I was about 7 or 8, that there was no such thing....lol

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Author Reply: I so loved reading that one line Tolkien wrote in "On Fairy Stories," in which he declared he had "desired dragons with a great desire." It's stayed with me for well over forty years, and I see it every time I reread the essay.

AntaneReviewed Chapter: 4 on 5/26/2011
That was neat! I don't crave dragons but certainly some excitement and right now some sun and warm weather!

Namarie, God bless, Antane :)

Author Reply: I agree--we didn't have a proper spring, and May has been more like March than the preparation for summer.

Tolkien himself wrote the quote on which this dribble was based, so it was wonderful to have the chance to expand upon it.

FreyalynReviewed Chapter: 4 on 5/26/2011
Reminds me of the old saying: be careful what you wish for...

Author Reply: This was based on one of the comments Tolkien made in his essay "On Fairy Tales," in which he stated "I desired dragons with a deep desire." I remember reading this when I was sixteen years old and a sophomore in high school, and it truly impressed me and has stayed with me all of these years.

When Nath indicated that for her birthday she wished something based on one of Tolkien's other works, this remembered quotation kept working at me, and finally I had to write it out.

Yes, Tolkien wished for dragons, and so he gave us Smaug, Morgoth's dragons in the Battle of Sudden Flame, and the one fought by Turin, as well as the one tamed by Farmer Giles of Ham.

harrowcatReviewed Chapter: 4 on 5/26/2011
I really like this Larner. I also like the way that you don,t identify the writer.

Author Reply: In his essay "On Fairy Tales," which was presented in Tree and Leaf alongside his tale "Leaf by Niggle," Tolkien stated that he'd "desired dragons with a deep desire." I first read that when I was a teenager, and it's stayed with me all of these years.

One of the others who wrote a birthday gift to Nath used "Leaf by Niggle" as the basis for her tale, and I found myself moved to expand on this quote by the Master himself.

Erulisse (one L)Reviewed Chapter: 3 on 5/14/2011
Larner -
I am so honored and humbled by this lovely look into the lives of Celeborn and Galadriel/Artanis in Ost-in-Edhil before the fall. It works on so many levels and I just can't believe that you were so kind as to drop back to the 2nd Age for me :-) Hannon le, Larner.

- Erulisse (one L)

Author Reply: Well, as the B2MEM responses have shown, I'm versatile, although I do prefer to work with the lives of our Fellowship heroes when I can. I hope I got the river's name correctly, but felt that using the name of the Nimrodel would be premature at this point, as said lady ought to have been living along its banks at this point, and so it wasn't yet renamed in her honor.

I'm so glad that you appreciated this, and hope your birthday was a joyous one. I was dithering so as to what to write to, and then saw that you indicated this period in particular....

Thanks so very much for the feedback!

LaikwalâssęReviewed Chapter: 3 on 5/14/2011
I still wonder why everyone needed that long to discover Annatar´s true identity. At least Galadriel is making a step into the right direction. On her you can count. I like this very much. Thank you. Lai

Author Reply: It's beyond me how Sauron managed to mask himself as long as he did, Lai. But we are told that he did not truly unmask himself until he put the Master Ring upon his finger, at which time those who held the Rings for Elves were able to hide their charges without him being able to identify accurately who held them or where.

And I agree--we can count on Galadriel Artanis if on no one else.

And thank you for your review!

AntaneReviewed Chapter: 3 on 5/13/2011
An interesting little gapfiller as it were, neat that Galadriel could look through another substance to find out the dirty little secret. :)

Namarie, God bless, Antane :)

Author Reply: I suspect that the ability to scry was simply one of Galadriel's strong suits, but that the Mirror (wonder if Celebrimbor crafted the basin and pitcher for it?) gave her more scope for her scrying and allowed her to share that foreseeing with others.

Thanks so very much, Antane, for the feedback!

AntaneReviewed Chapter: 2 on 2/5/2011
That's certainly one way to celebrate!

Namarie, God bless, Antane :)

Author Reply: Yes, one way to celebrate, and one that feels almost properly hobbity to me!

AiwenReviewed Chapter: 1 on 1/31/2011
With free will some will choose to use their gifts for evil, and it always seems such a waste and a shame. One longs to see it healed.

Author Reply: I do love the thought that this is what will happen--that the Father will bring us back to our original purpose in the end. Thanks so, Aiwen!

AndreaReviewed Chapter: 2 on 1/31/2011
It's unusual that hobbits have such a grim sense of humour.

But taking into account the circumstances under which they acted, in the middle of War, they did what hobbits always do: make light of grave matters!
(This ability helps them to survive while others fall into despair, I think.)

And after all, they did have an impressive bonfire!

I agree that Bucca must have been an interesting character.

Author Reply: I suspect that the Hobbits who fought in Arnor's armies frequently found themselves seeking what distractions they could from the horrific situation in which they found themselves. When we realize that of all of those who left the Shire only one returned, one can appreciate how distressing they all must have found things. And this was likely the only bonfire they'd be allowed that Yule, facing the camp of the enemy so directly!

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