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No Better Name  by Cairistiona 14 Review(s)
LisaGReviewed Chapter: 2 on 9/28/2011
hee hee hee...i love how denlat handles halbarad! that young man is much smarter and wilier that anyone realizes! so, when they get to bree, they're going to find out their fearless leader is sick...uh oh!

Author Reply: Denlad really is a wily youngster... you'd think Halbarad would figure that out! Thanks, LisaG!

LayneReviewed Chapter: 2 on 9/21/2011
I like Denlad, and I like the Elf Maiden too ( hehe ) even though I haven't met him yet :)

Author Reply: Thanks, Layne! I really need to give Eledh his moment in the spotlight one of these days. He's a recurring very minor character but I do actually have this entire back story built around him... eventually I need to get it, and him, worked into a larger share of a story!

SuzelleReviewed Chapter: 2 on 9/19/2011
Aaaah, kills me to wait to read these chapters only after I've finished my schoolwork, but they do make such fabulous rewards!! I *loved* loved loved this...I love that we are getting a chapter from Halbarad's POV, and the interactions between him and Denlad were wonderful. And bright side for waiting this long, now I only have to wait one day for the next update! *g*

Author Reply: Thank you! I'm very happy to have provided you with a reward for your hard labors. *g* And I'm also very happy you liked this one... I just can't stay away from Halbarad and Denlad for very long, seems like. They'll have a big part in this. :) And yes, new chapter goes up today, just as soon as I zip over there and hit "publish". Thanks for the review!

VilwarinReviewed Chapter: 2 on 9/19/2011
Ouch, ouch, ouch. Poor Halbarad. And the cold and wet certainly don't help the injury. Good that he has such a reasonable young man with him. ;)

Author Reply: Halbard isn't always the most reasonable sort, is he. Too much like Aragorn himself at times, I fear!

NathReviewed Chapter: 2 on 9/18/2011
*heh* Halbarad is certainly not having a good time there.

"No. I’ll not indulge myself nor abuse–" And Denlad definitely has the measure of him on that point.

I wonder what they'll make of Bowen, and he of them...

Author Reply: No, poor Halbarad isn't getting the best of it, is he? Even getting twisted into knots by Denlad! Horrors! *g* Thanks for the review(s)!

Lily BagginsReviewed Chapter: 2 on 9/16/2011
Oh, Halbarad's a fine one to get upset about being Mother Henned---as if he isn't the biggest Mother Hen himself when it comes to Aragorn! Fussing about and worrying like crazy! LOL! Now it seems he's getting a taste of his own medicine, poor guy!

His wound sounds very painful. Yikes. Even though it's a minor wound, I can just imagine how aggravating it is---minor wounds seem to BE the most painful, sometimes.

As usual, I adore your Halbarad and Denlad... and can't wait for the next chapter!

Author Reply: Thanks, Lily! Hee hee... yes, Halbarad has a big blind spot when it comes to his own Mother Henning, although I think if pressed he'd have to admit that he is one. And that he really doesn't mind *too* much when others fuss over him. *g*

And yes, his arm is a minor but very annoying wound--I imagine they have no end of those kinds of problems, the lives they lead. And it gives Denlad his turn to Mother Hen. Because they're not a band of Rangers but a flock of hens. *g*

Next chapter up on Tuesday!

DarkoverReviewed Chapter: 2 on 9/16/2011
Dear Cairistiona: Another great chapter! Your portrayal of Halbarad is second to none. I very much admire your account of his thoughts and how he makes his decisions, as well as his thoughts about his cousin and chieftain. Your insightful writing style is a pleasure to read, and your descriptions of pain are absolutely right. As I can testify from past experience, nerves are not mocked! Once again, you have written a chapter that leaves me wanting more. Please post the next chapter soon! Thanks again for this story, and take care. Sincerely, Darkover

Author Reply: Thank you so much, Darkover! So glad you like my version of Halbarad--he really has become near and dear to my heart and I greatly enjoy writing him, although he's none too happy about me inflicting nerve damage on him. You're right... nerves do not suffer injury lightly, do they. Just about the time you think it's all better, brrrzzzzing!! Poor Halbarad. He needs to rest that sword hand and leave off sparring to Elf Maid, if he'd only agree. ;) Next chapter should be up Tuesday. Thanks for reading!

EstelcontarReviewed Chapter: 2 on 9/16/2011
I just loved hearing Denlad call Eledh Elf Maid. I'm with Halbarad. It's no wonder Eledh did not want to spar with him. I'm surprised Eledh did not instead paste him a good one. I'm in awe of Eledh's forbearance.

It was also fun seeing Denland manipulating Halbarad so smoothly. It's no wonder Halbarad misses the weepy-eyed lad.

That was definitely a most delicious and amusing chapter. Well done

Author Reply: Thank you, Estelcontar! I'm a bit surprised myself that he didn't come back nursing a black eye when he told Halbarad Elf Maid wouldn't spar with him. *g* I have a feeling that poor Eledh has heard the joke so many times it's no longer worth getting worked up about.

Denlad does seem to have Halbarad's meausure, doesn't he! Glad you enjoyed the chapter!

shireboundReviewed Chapter: 2 on 9/16/2011
What a marvelous conversation, so full of trust, honesty, and a delightful banter between equals... whatever their age difference.

Author Reply: Thank you, shirebound! I think as Denlad gained experience and maturity, the actual years of difference fell away and mattered not a whit, just as it does in real life when you reach a certain point where years become pretty much meaningless. :)

curiouswombatReviewed Chapter: 2 on 9/16/2011
Denlad is growing into a very likeable young man - with a very good head on his shoulders. He is quite right that Halbarad needs the break - although I don't expect it is going to be quite such a break as they expect...

Author Reply: Thank you, curiouswombat! Yes, I think Denlad definitely has a well-grounded view of the world, thanks to good tutelage (some of which will eventually, someday, be revealed when I go back to write the sequel to "A Star in Midwinter". I *wish* I could be more linear and organized but there you go... my poor beleaguered readers get stories from me willy-nilly.) I'm very glad you're liking Denlad; it's my hope to write him in such a way that everyone wants to adopt him as a son of their own. :)

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