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Enter the Ranger  by Larner 204 Review(s)
BookwormReviewed Chapter: Epilogue 2 on 7/13/2019
Ah, I loved this! And the epilogue is just perfect, tying everything neatly together

Author Reply: Am so glad you have liked it so, Bookworm. And it was fun to see Eldarion establishing what may well become a family tradition for the descendants of Elessar Telcontar, entering the Rangers incognito so as to get the idea as to what it truly means to serve in both realms. Thanks so much for the comments!

ibonekiReviewed Chapter: Epilogue 2 on 7/8/2019
I cannot say enough about this absolute gift of a story. You've been such a prolific writer for this fandom, your works always equally as technically well-written as they are perfectly characterized. But this one is probably my all-time favorite. Aragorn is an endlessly fascinating character but I find that the most interesting parts of his life are not from LOTR itself, but the small tidbits mentioned in the appendices. That you took the mention of Aragorn returning to his people and imagined it in this fashion, weaving such a complex story that explores all of the skills and characteristics we know he must have both trained for and embodied. And not just this, but also exploring Aragorn's real fears and anxieties as he copes with the expectations and pressure of being such a young chieftain. I especially loved along the way how his companions grew to either realize who he was, or had their deserved embarrassment when finding out at the end, hah! The epilogue, coming full circle with Eldarion and two of Aragorn's original companions was perfection. I appreciate your effort in writing and finishing this, and it made my day every time a new chapter appeared in my inbox. I'll miss this story but will certainly read it again and again. Hope you find room in your writing for more exploration of Aragorn in the future.

Author Reply: Thank you so, Iboneki. I'm not as prolific as I once was, but between my work, my beasts, and admittedly my age, I find too many distractions from writing. I am so glad that this tale has caught so positively at your imagination. Thanks so very much for your comments and letting me know how much the tale has pleased you!

shireboundReviewed Chapter: Epilogue 2 on 7/8/2019
What an absolutely marvelous epilogue. As his father served in humility, skill, and secret in the South, 'Elda' now serves in humility, skill, and secret in the North. This entire conclusion beautifully shows us the future of the Dunedain, and the tapestry of citizens woven from all parts of Middle-earth. Well done, my friend.

Author Reply: I hope that it is many, many generations before the Dunedain begin to deteriorate, Shirebound. I've loved writing this story, and felt that Eldarion ought to follow his father's example at least a bit. Thanks so for your continued appreciation for my writing.

mystarlightReviewed Chapter: Epilogue 2 on 7/8/2019
Breathtaking story. Love the plot and characters. Thank you for sharing.

Author Reply: Thank you so, MyStarlight. I've loved Aragorn since I was thirteen, and find that now that I'm approaching seventy I still love him!

KathyGReviewed Chapter: Epilogue 2 on 7/8/2019
So, this is the final chapter! You did a great job with this story! Is it also posted on

BTW, it's still listed as "in progress." If it really is finished, you might want to change its status to "complete."

Author Reply: Yes, this was the final chapter, and I hope that you realize that I like to "complete" my longer works with my author's notes. Am so glad you liked it. Yes, it's complete on Fanfiction.Net as well, but think I have to add the author's notes to it on A2O3. Hope to get back to your and Dreamflower's story within the next week. Life had become so distracting in the last few years!

UTfrogReviewed Chapter: Epilogue 2 on 7/7/2019
Love this ending! Thank you so much.

Author Reply: Well, what better ending than that the son should follow the father to prove he is worthy to serve both North and South Kingdoms? Thank you so much for following this story, UTfrog!

LindeleaReviewed Chapter: 18 on 7/5/2019
Oh, hurrah! I just dropped by the SoA website to check something while writing the next "Bill" chapter, and saw this update! Will leave an actual review later...

Author Reply: Am so glad you did. Hope your trip east went well. And am so looking forward to the next Bill chapter!

RobnrunReviewed Chapter: 18 on 6/14/2019
Oh! Now I want to read the side story of the missing Dol Amroth princesses, and (even more) the telling of her eventual fate to Imrahil!

Author Reply: The glimpse at the tale of this romance is given in "The King's Commission" in the chapter "Gilfilion Son of Gilthor," and how it was related to Imrahil appears in "The Acceptable Sacrifice." I fear little detail is given in either at this time. And I have again shelved "Stirring Rings" and plan to finish "Or Perchance, when the Last Little Star..." next. Wish me luck.

Author Reply: I mean, "Gilfileg" rather than Gilfilion. Aargh!

MediliaReviewed Chapter: 18 on 6/12/2019
That was an amazing story.
I thoroughly enjoyed it.

I like that Aragorn returned to his people in disguise (although barely) and learned their ways, gaining their respect on his own merits rather than his name. It was very much an Aragorn move.

Author Reply: So many of the Aragorn Returns stories focus on him learning from whoever took over the rule of the northern Dunedain on Arathorn's death, usually Halbarad's father or in one case Arathorn's mother. So, I decided to go at it from a different perspective. Glad you enjoy it!

AranadhelReviewed Chapter: 18 on 6/12/2019
Suilaid, Larner

I have read your reply and Meliangiloreth is known to me as you've written about her before in your other stories.

By the way, what is the name of the Noldo smith of Imladris that you wrote beautifully so many years ago?

I am intrigued by him and would love it if you could indulge me on his name and his background.

Hannon le.

Author Reply: In "The Time of Probing" I provide the smith's name--BoraŽnur. As I explained in "Forging for Protection and Defense," he was of the people of Finderato, known in Middle Earth as Finrod Felagund, and had learned his craft at the forge of Mahtan, father to Feanor's wife. Within Middle Earth he went after Finrod's death to serve Celebrimbor, leaving to take service under Elrond some time after Annatar came to Eregion, finding himself not trusting this "Lord of Gifts" and his motives. It was his intent to return to Aman once Elrond should choose to leave Middle Earth at the last.

I am glad that you've enjoyed my stories of him. I love writing gapfillers for the Master's timeline.

I have left only the Author's Notes to write, and this story will be done.

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