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Through the Eyes of Maia and Wizard  by Larner 89 Review(s)
harrowcatReviewed Chapter: 4 on 3/7/2012
As usual, profound writing. Just what I needed to read today. Thank you.

Author Reply: I'm glad that you found it timely, Harrowcat. And thank you!

harrowcatReviewed Chapter: 3 on 3/7/2012
Great analysis Larner, especially that Denethor's final act freed the way for Aragorn. My mind's picture of Denethor's end has always made me shiver and PJ's rather gruesome, if improbable, dramatisation made it worse. You last line has soothed the shivers somewhat - thank you.

Author Reply: It's satisfying to know that again my explorations of situations has helped others find more hope than the original offered them. Thank you so, Harrowcat!

EllynnReviewed Chapter: 3 on 3/6/2012
Wonderful story, Larner, and I find the end so special and touching. Indeed, that's one thing Gandalf could (and would) do for Denethor. Beautifully written.

Author Reply: Thank you so, Ellynn. And I do not believe Gandalf would have wished Denethor to suffer overmuch, and would seek to ease his death as he could.

shireboundReviewed Chapter: 3 on 3/6/2012
watching the unfolding of history

I like that line very much. I suspect Gandalf sees much of what goes on about him in that way.

Author Reply: I'm so glad you agree, Shirebound. He's seen the history of Arda from its beginning, after all, and a good millennium and a half of it in his current form, after all.

eilujReviewed Chapter: 3 on 3/6/2012
Oh, very interesting motivations on both Denethor's and Gandalf's parts. Particularly the issue of self-will and Denethor's reaction to Faramir being saved.

I'm not quite persuaded Denethor thought the battle was winnable at this point, though.

Author Reply: Yes, you are right. But perhaps that small bubble of sanity of which I wrote did realize that there was still a slight hope that, unlikely as it appeared, still might prove successful in the end. Thanks so!

AndreaReviewed Chapter: 1 on 3/5/2012
We of the White Council will need a diversion if we are to force the Necromancer out of Dol Guldur and to show his true colors—I shall use these Dwarves to provide just that diversion.

Well, well ... Even a wizard can not see the entire future!

It turned out to be much more than a simple diversion! In the end this journey helped to not only drive the Necromancer out of Dol Guldur, but out of Middle Earth!

Author Reply: You know how it is said in the Bible--all things turn to the good for those who love the Lord.

harrowcatReviewed Chapter: 1 on 3/4/2012
I have always wondered about those instruments too - my heart always winces at the thought of leaving my clarinet inside a stand for walking sticks! Bag End would be a logical place to leave them as the Dwarves must have planned to return Bilbo to the Shire - or at least his body! They could have fetched them or Bilbo could have had them sent on. I wonder if they got sold with Bilbo's possessions and who had to be persauded to return them? Perhaps there is a bit of back story there for how Pippin ended up being musically inclined.

Author Reply: I can imagine them possibly leaving them in Hobbiton, at the Prancing Pony, or perhaps most likely in the keeping of Elrond, before they crossed over the High Pass. But the thought that Lobelia got her greedy hands on them and sold them secretly is an intriguing one....

SoledadReviewed Chapter: 2 on 3/4/2012
I wonder how different things would have been if Fatty Bolger or Folco Boffin had gone with Frodo instead of Pippin. There could be a whole AU written, based on that single premise. Think of the stone in Moria, or the Palantír, or Denethor, or that troll...

Author Reply: Tolkien had several ideas of what Freddy might have done, even having him at one point accompany Gandalf on Shadowfax to Bree, chasing after the trail of Bingo and his companions. It could be an interesting exercise, following one of the Master's abandoned threads.

SoledadReviewed Chapter: 1 on 3/4/2012
Wow, this is promising to be very interesting indeed! Although where would poor Gandalf find the time for Dwarf geneologies when he had to deal with all the Hobbit ones is hard to tell. ;)

Author Reply: Definitely a good point, Soledad! Heh!

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