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Labadal and Túrin  by Dreamflower 20 Review(s)
PeriantariReviewed Chapter: 5 on 2/19/2011
A foreboding comes over me: his child's heart will break, and of the shards will grow a heart of stone and pride. He is his mother's son.
I love how this is phrased and i really like Labadal's wise thoughts about how Turin's heart will ultimately become.

periantariReviewed Chapter: 3 on 2/19/2011
How powerful. i love how you can say so much with so little words. This angst and pity resonates with me. Good job.

VirtuellaReviewed Chapter: 5 on 2/17/2011

EllynnReviewed Chapter: 5 on 2/15/2011
The fate of Hurin's family is one of the saddest among all tales from first age, in my opinion, and Morgoth's curse against them is among his most evil deeds. :(
Sad, lovely drabble series. ;)

Author Reply: I agree. It truly was a curse in every sense.

I am glad you enjoyed it. It was my very first time to venture into the First Age, so I was a bit trepidatious.

LarnerReviewed Chapter: 5 on 2/14/2011
And he foresees truly. No wonder he grieves for Turin, as young as he is.

Author Reply: Indeed. The poor child had so much potential for greatness beyond his deeds as a warrior, but all of that was squashed and ruined before it ever really had a chance to bloom.

ElfiqueReviewed Chapter: 4 on 2/14/2011
What an interesting concept, I'm very glad you've explored it here as I love these little drabbles so far. They make a great insight!

Author Reply: Thank you! I have one more yet to go.

I have enjoyed exploring these two. I am hoping perhaps it might inspire someone more knowledgeable than I about the First Age to a fuller treatment of this friendship!

LarnerReviewed Chapter: 4 on 2/14/2011
Alas that such friendship gifts should each be needfully returned, and yet that last one should prove in many ways the saddest, even though it might be given as the child saw fit.

Author Reply: Well, of course, Turin is still young enough to not quite get the distinction between "mine and thine". He sees something that he thinks his friend will like and wants him to have it.

And yes, the knife was a very sad gift.

LarnerReviewed Chapter: 3 on 2/14/2011
I strongly suspect Labadal is right--being seen to be born to high destiny sets one apart, and often denies that which delights the spirit.

Author Reply: Yes. And when one is set apart so very young, it can bring its own sort of pain and loneliness.

LarnerReviewed Chapter: 2 on 2/14/2011
And their mutual grief drags them apart rather than bringing them together. And the little boy begins to see himself standing more alone than with others. I feel for Labadal.

Author Reply: Yes, because Morwen is the sort to hold all her feelings close to herself and will not share her grief, and Hurin, being a man of action, considers revenge the only outlet for his own grief. And so little Turin is left to find consolation where he can. But at least he does have one person he can turn to, whether others consider it suitable or not.

LarnerReviewed Chapter: 1 on 2/14/2011
And the child sees the man and acknowledges the disability, but honors that which is beyond what others probably see as disfigurement.

Author Reply: Exactly. A child's judgement is marred by few preconceptions. Sador is kind and he is interesting. To a young child that's all that really matters.

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