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Labadal and Túrin  by Dreamflower 20 Review(s)
VirtuellaReviewed Chapter: 4 on 2/11/2011
Turin, of course, is too small to understand how an overly generous gift humbles the recipient...

Author Reply: He is, of course. And at his age, a gift of a shiny pebble or a gift of an expensive tool would carry equal value. If it is pretty and he likes it, it would make a good present.

DarkoverReviewed Chapter: 4 on 2/11/2011
Dear Dreamflower: This was sweet, and a good break from the previous chapters, as they were rather sad. Of course, I should get used to that, as Turin's whole life was sad, but this chapter was a nice change of pace. I look forward to more chapters: thank you. Sincerely, Darkover

Author Reply: Thank you! I only have one more, which I hope to post sometime today when I get home from work!

I'm very glad you've been enjoying these. I really wish that others would also explore this one bright spot in Turin's story!

VirtuellaReviewed Chapter: 3 on 2/10/2011
A few days ago, I saw The King's Speech at the cinema, and this reads almost liek a commentary. "His father’s duty, his mother’s hardness, that is what noble blood has brought him." Indeed. Who'd be noble, if they could avoid it, eh?

Author Reply: I haven't seen that yet, though I've heard good things about it.

I believe if Hurin's duty had not taken him away from his son, he could have been a good and loving father-- I especially liked that he refused to rebuke the child when he showed generosity to Sador. But of course, that he had to go away was the whole point on which the story turned.

Morwen? Her I do not understand at all. She is hard and cold to her child, and yet she wants to protect him. I suppose she loved him, but she never showed him any warmth at all, and did everything she could to squash his own natural warmth and generosity.

VirtuellaReviewed Chapter: 2 on 2/10/2011
"In my own rough arms I hold him"

A very poetic line, that. This is haunting in its simplicity.

Author Reply: Thank you very much. I am trying to keep in mind that Labadal is a simple man, which is, perhaps, why he is capable of comforting poor little Turin.

VirtuellaReviewed Chapter: 1 on 2/10/2011
I like the mood this sets, the flowing rhythm. The present tense works very well here.

Author Reply: Thank you. I did find that Labadal's voice seemed to want to be in present tense, and as that's rare for me, and it's drabbles, I went with it.

EllynnReviewed Chapter: 2 on 2/10/2011
Oh, this is so heart-breaking. :(
Beautiful drabble.

Author Reply: It's such a heart-breaking story. I think, if it were not for this little glimpse of Turin's childhood, I would not care nearly so much for the rest of his story, for as he grows older and harder, it's easy to see not only why, but the tragedy of this sweet child losing his innocence so young.

DarkoverReviewed Chapter: 3 on 2/9/2011
Dear Dreamflower: Each chapter is brief, but packed with emotion! You are doing a fine job in completing your stated objective--namely, exploring why a crippled servant would be the closest friend of a noble child. I look forward to the next chapter. Thank you for writing and developing this interesting story. Sincerely, Darkover

Author Reply: Thank you very much. I have two more of these left to hone and post.

I still would like to see someone more comfortable with the First Age setting to tackle a fuller telling of this relationship. But I hope these drabbles convey the essence of what *I* see between them, and will perhaps inspire someone else.

Raksha The DemonReviewed Chapter: 3 on 2/9/2011
Poor Turin; Labadal might well be right. The kid seems born to sorrow; and his destiny will be great but tragic. And that's not even thinking about the rest of the family. Sob.

Good job.

Author Reply: I know. Poor baby. It makes me wish that Labadal had been able to go with him when he was sent away-- perhaps having at least one loving person in his life might have helped.

Raksha The DemonReviewed Chapter: 2 on 2/9/2011
I don't remember your writing Silm stories before; but you should do it more often. This series is lovely and sad; and sheds some light on the evolution of poor Turin. That family almost seems doomed from the start.

Author Reply: I never have. This is my very first one, and it is the only time I've had any urge to do so, but there is just something about Child Turin that captures my attention.

That family almost seems doomed from the start.

They do, don't they? Interesting that much of this part of the story is BEFORE Hurin is captured and cursed by the Enemy...

DarkoverReviewed Chapter: 1 on 2/8/2011
Dear Dreamflower: This is an intriguing idea for a fic, and Labadal's "voice" in the first chapter sounds convincing to me. I look forward to the next chapter, and I eagerly await seeing what you will do with this. Sincerely, Darkover

Author Reply: Thank you very much! My normal oeuvre is Third Age and hobbits. This is my first venture into the territory of the First Age, so it is encouraging to hear that I have the voice right.

Every since I first read CoH, I'd been thoroughly taked by this particular section of the story, the only tiny bit of love and brightness in child Turin's life is this lowly servant. I had asked some people for stories about them before, but finally decided if I wanted any, I'd have to write some myself.

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