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The Tower of the Cunning Mind  by Larner 18 Review(s)
TeresaReviewed Chapter: 4 on 7/14/2011 Saruman's investigations about the Ring led to the murder of Gollum's family. I remember Gollum saying that his grandmother had a beautiful treasure in her home. Will you tell us someday how the Elendimir got there? It looks as though Saruman's fall is progressing....sigh. If he's also using the palantir would Sauron be aware of him, and possibly influencing him? Then again, since he'd already decided to go for power Sauron might watch and be rather amused at what his old "friend" is up to. Many thanks for these vignettes! :)

Author Reply: I've already written how the Elendilmir came to be in a Hobbit smial along a tributary to the Anduin in "No Going Back," number 41 in the "Neath Anor, Ithil, and Gil" collection. I'm not certain yet whether or not he's been using the palantir, but he's definitely on a downhill slide now. And I suspect you're all to correct on Sauron's evaluation of his old comrade. And thank you for the comments!

eilujReviewed Chapter: 4 on 7/14/2011
The treasure unsought -- Yes, what irony.

And there's nothing worse than killing hobbits. [No, Saruman didn't do it himself, but he hired the sort of folk who did.]

Author Reply: Didn't find the Ring, but did find something else. And I can so easily imagine he chose to employ bully-boys from the start, leading to the loss of those families that returned to the Anduin valley. It was sort of cool to write something that works into my longer fic, "No Going Back" as this one managed to do.

eilujReviewed Chapter: 3 on 7/12/2011
He would need no others of any hue -- Chilling.

Author Reply: Oh, I agree. He'd become so arrogant and dismissive of others by this time.

ArmarielReviewed Chapter: 3 on 7/12/2011
I've thought his appearing in many colors symbolized his "getting above himself"...attempting to transcend the divine even, or give it his own definition. Break down the truth, and it is no longer truth.

Author Reply: Oh, love this evaluation of Saruman. And you are right that in trying to break down the truth we manage too often to destroy it. Thanks so, Armariel!

ArmarielReviewed Chapter: 2 on 7/9/2011
Just starting reading and looking forward to more of this. Fascinating.

Author Reply: Oh, glad you'll be following these, Armariel. Thanks!

harrowcatReviewed Chapter: 2 on 7/6/2011
What a shame that he couldn't have stayed that way. I thank the Lord for my view every time I look out of my window - it is so green.

Author Reply: I agree--he was a good deal nicer before he let his new role as Lord of the Keep go to his head. And I love looking out my kitchen window to see deer cropping grass in my back yard, and to stand on the front porch and watch the bald eagles who live down the highway swooping over the property, or the owl doing so in the dusk.

EllynnReviewed Chapter: 1 on 7/4/2011
I love how you depict Saruman's greed. Perfectly done!

Author Reply: Oh, I'm so glad you enjoy it. Thank you so!

harrowcatReviewed Chapter: 1 on 7/3/2011
I can empathise with his lust. Knowledge and time to persue it! Ah well, Summer is here and I might, finally have time to do some reading without fighting sleep!

I enjoyed this a lot Larner. And I will return your e.mail soon I promise.

Author Reply: I can, also. Love my books--love my books! And thanks you so, Harrowcat!

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