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No Better Name  by Cairistiona 15 Review(s)
ElflingimpReviewed Chapter: 9 on 10/11/2011
Well don't leave her in labor too long now! LOL! I was wondering what was wrong with Denlad, it's to bad he had to go thru all that when he was a boy and watching his mom get hurt is awful for a child. Hugs The Imp

Author Reply: Thank, Elflingimp! Hopefully Flora won't have too hard or long a time of it. I have a feeling Bowen will be in worse shape by the end, poor man. *g* It really was hard on Denlad, his childhood and what happened, but thank goodness he's in a better place now!

MirachReviewed Chapter: 9 on 10/11/2011
A hard revelation. No wonder Denlad finds it hard to behave friendly to Bowen. He might rationally understand that he is not the man with brown eyes, but it's a strong and terrible memory that resurfaces with the look at him... The simple statement "Those that were, we buried in the woods beyond our cottage" feels quite creepy to me, I'd prefer to not think about it much... Better hope that Flora's baby will come all right...

Author Reply: Thank you, Mirach! That statement about dealing with the cruel men was intended to do just that: leave the reader with a bit of a shiver, realizing that there are some murky waters beneath Denlad's sunny surface... and perhaps give reason as to how he can be such a mighty warrior despite any lack of childhood training as a warrior. And it's also to show that Denlad's protective streak runs deep and strong, rooted as it is in having to defend his own mother at times. He may have come to Rangerhood by an unusual route, but he's every inch the protector that Aragorn needs. :)

But first to get that baby born!

shireboundReviewed Chapter: 9 on 10/11/2011
Your characters are fully and beautifully written. I hope all goes well with everyone's healing and birthing!

Author Reply: What a nice thing to say, shirebound, thank you! I'm glad you're enjoying this. :)

curiouswombatReviewed Chapter: 9 on 10/11/2011
Poor Denlad - such a burden to bear as a child, and difficult not to feel harshly about someone who you think may be kin to the perpetrator. Although I'm sure Bowen's father was a friend to Aragorn - so perhaps Denlad is wrong - or it is a more distant relationship.

And now we have to hope all goes well for Flora.

Author Reply: Thank you, curiouswombat! Denlad's childhood did leave him a lot of bad memories to conquer, and unfortunately, sometimes things he thought he'd put behind him get stirred back to life, as they do. But I have a feeling sorting out his own problems will have to wait until after he helps sort out a far more pressing issue with Flora!

FantasiaReviewed Chapter: 9 on 10/11/2011
Poor Denlad. Really, those are terrible memories. Maybe it was better to tell to someone, it may help. He is an extraordinary man, he loved his Mother not matter what. Many people could have been bitter and resentful. Very scary how they have to "deal" with the cruel men in their little farm.

Halbarad is such a good man too. I suppose that a lot of people won't know what to say about Denlad's story.
And he is very similar to Aragorn, even if he doesn't realized.

A baby is coming!

Author Reply: Thanks, Fantasia... yes, Denlad really did have a harsh childhood, no two ways about it. But he also learned about love, as imperfect as his mother's may have been, so the seeds of a good life where there, ready to germinate once he moved away to live with the Dunedain, thank goodness. And I do think Halbarad is very much like Aragorn! For one thing, in my universe, he could conceivably be the next in line to be king if Aragorn were killed (Valar forbid!) and all other considerations fell into place (like Gondor accepting him). He's after all a cousin with some of the same royal blood in his veins, though not in the direct line (in my 'verse, Halbarad's father is Gilraen's brother and hence part of Isildur's line as well, though because his mother isn't royal, he's not doubly in the line like Aragorn is, through Arathorn and Gilraen). So he needs to have that same sort of bravery, compassion and leadership skills as Aragorn, though of course he's not as great as Aragorn and would quickly be the first to point that out. *g*

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