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A Festival of Lights  by Larner 34 Review(s)
EllynnReviewed Chapter: 5 on 1/8/2012
Aww, wonderful. I love your version of Earendil's and Elwing's voyage towards Valinor. I can feel how much they love each other. I especially like the idea that she felt and saw special signs that had led her actions. The end is really touching. Beautifully written.

Author Reply: I believe there were parallels between the quests of Beren, Earendil, and Frodo and that all three were faced with the knowledge that they might well die while seeking to accomplish their tasks, but accepted this probability, realizing that there were no other workable options at the time. And there had to be a special reason why Elwing did what she did, abandoning her sons to the keeping of those who had been threatening them but a moment earlier. I must believe that she was prompted by Ulmo, the one Vala who loved mankind as the others did the Elves.

Only by being willing to offer their own lives could the quests of all three of these heroes be completed, and a new life given each as was necessary and as they deserved. And Elwing and Earendil must have realized that they could NOT return to their sons, and must trust in the Creator to provide for their beloved sons.

eilujReviewed Chapter: 5 on 1/8/2012
Many intriguing interpretations. And I very much liked your characterization of Elwing and Eärendil.

Author Reply: Oh, I'm so glad you find it intriguing, eiluj. And I feel certain there were many parallels between Earendil, Beren, and Frodo that need to be recognized. Thank you so!

shireboundReviewed Chapter: 5 on 1/8/2012
Ohhh, what a marvelous gap filler! What a beautifully written piece.

Author Reply: I am so honored, Shirebound. Thank you so!

Erulisse (one L)Reviewed Chapter: 4 on 1/6/2012
Oh Larner, this was just beautiful. You've taken two of my favorite characters, Feanaro and Melkor, and placed them into their pivitol meetings with such finesse. I really loved it.

- Erulisse (one L)

Author Reply: I so rejoice that this has moved you so! Thanks so much, Erulisse!

TariReviewed Chapter: 2 on 12/26/2011
His own darkness filled him indeed, as well it should. Well done.

shireboundReviewed Chapter: 3 on 12/23/2011
I would prefer to be the Fire that warms and protects rather than the Fire that destroys

A most humble and honest self-assessment. Dear Gandalf!

Author Reply: I agree, Shirebound. But his brother did not choose a similar attitude, I fear. Thank heavens that Gandalf chose to stand against Mairon/Aulendil/Annatar/Zigur/Sauron!

Erulisse (one L)Reviewed Chapter: 2 on 12/22/2011
I have always felt that Melkor had a great desire for light. I love reading your interpretation of that theme. This is a lovely series.

- Erulisse (one L)

Author Reply: I obviously agree. Too bad he became so selfish regarding sharing the light he was intended to show forth! Thanks so, Erulisse!

EllynnReviewed Chapter: 2 on 12/22/2011
Great description of chaining of Melkor! I am really curious what you'll write next; it would be great to see how he'll return, after all the long time in which he planned his revenge.

Author Reply: I wasn't intending to go that way, I fear. But there are so many in Arda who were intended to show forth light!

EllynnReviewed Chapter: 1 on 12/22/2011
Aww, lovely! I love this even more because I am astronomer, so all the stories that include astronomy especially attract my attention. I really like your descriptions. :)

Author Reply: I'm so glad that this birth of the stars so touched you, Ellynn. Thanks so much!

eilujReviewed Chapter: 1 on 12/21/2011
Wow.

Author Reply: I'm honored, eiluj! Thanks!

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