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No Better Name  by Cairistiona 13 Review(s)
FantasiaReviewed Chapter: 7 on 10/4/2011
Poor Aragorn. And I suppose that Denlad is remembering old times? did he ever was in Bree with his mon when he was a child? I remember that you said that when he was a child, wherever they lived, the town people use to bully him as soon they found out what his mother did for living. I'm sure that he had a very sad childhood.

Author Reply: Thank you, Fantasia! I'm going to have to play the Mysterious and Inscrutable Author and not give any real answers to your questions, because I want you to keep reading the story to find out the reason (or reasons) behind Denlad's odd mood. *g* But you're right in that in other stories, it's established that Denlad had a very rough childhood, because of his mother's manner of earning a living. But that's all I'll say for now. You and Halbarad both will have to wait until Denlad's willing to talk!

shireboundReviewed Chapter: 7 on 10/4/2011
Halbarad gave Aragorn a fondly exasperated look. "When will you ever learn?"

"How long do exiled kings of Númenórean descent generally live?"

I love the banter and love between these two.

Author Reply: Thank you, shirebound! I try to write them as each considering the other the brother he never had. And close-knit brothers banter. A lot. *g*

SuzelleReviewed Chapter: 7 on 10/4/2011
Oh, this was lovely as ever. Though sad! Poor Aragorn, to go through all of that with no thanks at all, only to fall so is a very, very good thing he found Bowen when he did, that much is quite clear.

But Halbarad's no-nonsense sympathy makes it better, at least. I love that he refuses to ever let Aragorn blame himself needlessly, the man needs someone like that around!

Also, I think I'm starting to figure out why Denlad's in such a bad mood... D:

Author Reply: Thanks, Suz! It was terrible, wasn't it, what poor Aragorn went through. I wanted to give the reason why he seemed so down-and-out in the Prancing Pony when Bowen first met him, since it seemed like, even as I wrote that first story without knowing the reason behind it, there was more going on with him than just not feeling good because of a sore throat. It a sad, thankless task poor Strider endured, which was probably more typical than not when it came to Breelanders and Rangers. His situation with the Rushlights is definitely the exception to the rule as far as acceptance and fair treatment.

What would Aragorn do without Halbarad! I like to think that maybe in Faramir he found another Halbarad, because Arwen surely couldn't be expected to have to pound her husband into shape every time he started getting down in the dumps. That's more than any wife should have to deal with without outside help. *g*

I would *love* to hear your theory on why Denlad's in a bad mood. *g*

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