Stories of Arda Home Page
About Us News Resources Login Become a member Help Search

The Ranger and the Man In Yellow Boots  by Cairistiona 16 Review(s)
Midnight PromiseReviewed Chapter: 3 on 5/30/2011

Haven't been able to read and review stories for a bit cause life has been crazy, and this one is rushed. But, I must say - last chapter was my favorite. :3 And you ARE doing another story to this last chapter, right? Right?! ;)

Awesome job, hope life is treating you well. If not, get your kicking shoes on. ;)


Author Reply: Thank you, MP... I'm sorry your life has been crazy, but thank you for squeezing in reading my story in the midst of it all! And yes, there probably will be a follow up, eventually, because I do intend to write about Aragorn's first days/months/years as chieftain eventually. But I want to backtrack and tell Halbarad's back story first. It's hinted at in this one, where Elladan mentions Halbarad and his father visiting Rivendell... there's a big angsty story attached to that visit, which happened when Aragorn was 10 and marked the first time Halbarad and Aragorn really met (I don't really count Halbarad babysitting baby Aragorn as "meeting"! LOL) There's a lot of "setting up" of my version of the Dunedain in that story, so it needs to come before we see my version of Aragorn's return to his people. :) But I'll also have little stories here and there as well, so hopefully you'll still be entertained!

Thanks again for the review!

AzureSkyeReviewed Chapter: 3 on 5/30/2011
Oh, yes, one hopes Arda is ready indeed. As much as I had hoped to see the dunadain in this story, it was a wonderful ending. Any chance of a sequel? I would write more, but reviewing from my phone is actually very annoying. I will say I loved the interactions between the twins and Estel. As lovely as anything you write!

Author Reply: Thank you, AzureSkye, and kudos for you for leaving a review from your phone. I hate typing on those tiny keyboards! I'm glad you enjoyed the chapter, and yes, eventually I will be writing about Aragorn's first days/weeks/months/years as chieftain, although, as I told another reviewer, I have to tell a tale of Halbarad's younger days first, because it helps set the scene (and it's hinted at in this story, where Elladan mentions Halbarad and Halthir's visit to Rivendell). That's one of those big novel-length stories more like "A Star in Midwinter", though, so it will be a while in coming. There'll be other short stories in the meantime, though, plus perhaps a return to Denlad's story. Lots of ideas percolating, at any rate!

Thanks for the review!

LarnerReviewed Chapter: 3 on 5/29/2011
Ah, yes, the desire to distract oneself with unnecessary second visits when one is truly concerned by the changes of the day....

Lovely that they have indeed prepared him for what is coming, and that Halbarad is anticipating that coming even now! And love that the Chieftain is able to banish the remembered child as he prepares for his advent to his own people.


Author Reply: Thank you, Larner! I'm so glad you enjoyed this little tale of mishaps, nerves and confidence and hope returning. :) I really enjoyed exploring the various themes in this, so it's always gratifying to know the readers shared the same enjoyment. :)

DarkoverReviewed Chapter: 3 on 5/29/2011
Dear Cairistiona: This third and final chapter was very well written. The dialogue between Aragorn and the sons of Elrond was the best part, IMHO. I particularly liked that nickname of "Littlest," and how it was never to be used in such a way as to make fun of Estel/Aragorn. In this final chapter, you have also made it clear (as you did in your reply to my last review) that Aragorn's self-doubts arise more from last-minute jitters than from any real lack of confidence. (Thanks for your explanation about how you were utilizing panic dreams.) The only criticism I have this time is that the name of Aragorn's mother should be spelled Gilraen--and a typo is hardly a major error! In this chapter, you reinforced the bond between Aragorn and his foster brothers, showed how Aragorn is young, untried, and understandably a bit worried, but ready to accept his destiny and rise to his responsibilities. This story was very enjoyable to read. Thanks for writing and posting it. Sincerely, Darkover

Author Reply: Thank you, Darkover... yes, sometimes you have to read the finished whole to see how all the threads come together; what may have appeared to have been a lack of confidence really was just jitters and nerves. I'm particularly glad you liked the "Littlest" nickname and back story. I figure the twins had to have some sort of endearment for Aragorn that lingered from his younger days--I know in my own family, an 89 year-old aunt still calls her 73 year-old niece by her childhood nickname! Those childhood comforts never grow old.

And thank you for pointing out the typo. Good grief, how many times have I spelled Gilraen! But you can look at a draft sixteen ways to Sunday and still miss typos.

Very glad you enjoyed the last chapter after all. Thanks for reading and thanks for your reviews.

DreamflowerReviewed Chapter: 3 on 5/29/2011
What a fun ending! I like hearing Elladan's and Elrohir's assessments-- and their teasing of their "little" brother. They seem to know just how far to go, and when to get serious.

Author Reply: Thank you, Dreamflower! Glad you enjoyed the tale, and Elladan and Elrohir. I always enjoy writing them when they're with Aragorn. It's interesting to think of them being in some ways Aragorn's own age, but in other ways immeasurably older as they truly are. It makes for a very interesting dynamic.

Thanks for reading and reviewing. :)

shireboundReviewed Chapter: 3 on 5/29/2011
How many times had Elladan longed to leap to the nearest roof and shout, Behold, find joy, for your hope yet lives, protected by secrecy all these long years!

What a marvelous line. So many secrets held for so many years. It would be lovely if it was the Twins who in years to come bring the news to the northern Dunedain that Aragorn has been crowned and the King has at last returned.

What a *wonderful* story! I'm so happy you lengthened it, every scene and bit of dialogue is just delightful. *applause and yays*

Author Reply: Thank you, shirebound! I'm so glad you liked it. I had a lot of fun writing it and thinking about what young Aragorn's mindset might have been as he approached the day when he took his place among his people. I always imagined he would have felt a real storm of emotions running the gamut from elation and confidence to worry and uncertainty. Hopefully I've captured a little of that here.

And I love your idea of the twins being the ones to bear the news to the Northern Dunedain... what a reward that would have been for the House of Elrond, who helped and supported the Dunedain in years of greatness and moreover, in the years of decline.

Thanks for reading!

First Page | Previous Page | Next Page | Last Page

Return to Chapter List