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Danger in Ithilien  by Linda Hoyland 33 Review(s)
PeriantariReviewed Chapter: 5 on 9/29/2015
"My feelings are as strong as yours, and stronger, but I cannot be ruled by how I feel. All we can do is to try to follow the path of goodness ourselves and fight against evil."
How well said by Aragorn. But i can also feel the frustration that Eowyn has. I wonder if she would strike out herself if she found the lowly thugs who did this.
Nice contrast of thoughts of how to deal with the thugs from Aragorn and Eowyn.

Author Reply: Many thanks for your much appreciated review. I'm pleased you enjoyed this. I would not give the thugs much chance of survival if they were in the same room as Eowyn!

demeter dReviewed Chapter: 5 on 9/29/2015
As always, your quote at the top of your chapter perfectly summarizes the story. "Be not overcome of evil, but overcome evil with good". Faramir of all people most exemplifies that teaching. He would have been the first to tell his wife, his King and friend, and all of his loyal soldiers that if they were to sink to doing the same things to the Ruffians, they would themselves become like them. I am, as before, very impressed with how much Eowyn has grown since the willful, lost girl who left her responsibility to rule her people, seeking instead death with the Riders. She is setting a strong example for Elbeth on how to do one's duty even when your heart would do otherwise. I had to laugh a little, though. As Eowyn worked out some of her stress on the poor carrots, I took back my comment about what Legolas's Woodelves might have wanted to do. With out her husband's influence for good, I would have been more afraid of a distraught Shield Maiden! I also liked Aragorn's counsel to the frightened young soldier. He said exactly what Faramir himself would have. It was good to see Beregond looking out for the welfare of both the Prince he now serves, and the King who gave him back his life. But what now? "Come quickly" might not be good!

Author Reply: Many thanks for your much appreciated review. I'm pleased you enjoyed this and like the chapter quote.I like to find something that fits. Eowyn has indeed grown up.

LarnerReviewed Chapter: 5 on 9/29/2015
How difficult to feel such fury and to know that one must not fall as a result of such anger! But Aragorn, of course, is right. And Eowyn must remain apart from her beloved husband just as she wants to assure herself he is safe and on the road to recovery, and she, too, must fight the tendency toward vengeance when she knows that is not right.

Author Reply: Many thanks for your much appreciated review. I'm pleased you enjoyed this.It is hard to be full of rage witho nowhere to direct it.

PeriantariReviewed Chapter: 4 on 8/10/2015
I love the h/c in this chapter. Poor Faramir! But great healing by Aragorn. :D I liked the details about the different herbs and medical practices. He really needs to get better soon!
Can't believe those ruffians were so cruel. I hope they are caught soon too!

PeriantariReviewed Chapter: 3 on 8/10/2015
This is really good and so entertaining and suspenseful. I loved all the chapters but i'm so glad for Aragorn to finally find Faramir!

Author Reply: THank you. I'm pleased you are enjoying this story.

LindeleaReviewed Chapter: 4 on 8/10/2015
Faramir is seriously dehydrated!

(Perhaps Elessar ought to have the men brew some salty broth for him to drink.)

I am glad the Healer King has determined that the wounds are not mortal.

I hope Legolas has no trouble finding the Men, subduing them, and bringing them to Minas Tirith.

(Yay, more Beregond! Was glad to see him.)

demeter dReviewed Chapter: 4 on 8/9/2015
Wow! Perhaps not out of danger yet, and a lot of work to do. But there is hope for him now. I suspect that after several years of living in the colony near Faramir, Legolas has become friends with Faramir and Eowyn as well as with Aragorn. Tracking down the miscreants would be personal for him. It is reassuring for them, I think, that Legolas promised that when they were caught he would take them to Minas Tirith. Does that mean there is a greater chance they will still be ALIVE to face the King's justice? Many writers have written about Wood Elves's ideas of vengeance and justice. I would not like to have been those men if the Elves had been left to their own customs! I always like to read your descriptions of Aragorn's healings. They are especially good when he heals Faramir, or someone else that he cares for. I will continue to watch for more!
By the way, while I have you "on the line" as it were. I hope that you, and all of our writers who have been with Stories of Arda for so many years, have let their next of kin or friends know how to notify your beta or the site if we lose you! After the departure of dear Arthur "Fiondil" this year, I have been thinking how much many of my favorite authors would be missed!

LarnerReviewed Chapter: 4 on 8/9/2015
After suffering such tortures I rejoice that Faramir now knows the healing ministrations his friend the King is able to offer him.

shireboundReviewed Chapter: 4 on 8/9/2015
Whew, I can finally join the story! Thank you for the comfort.

Faramirís pain ravaged features visibly relaxed. "Do not endanger yourself, " he whispered.

What an incredibly noble man. I love how you write these two.

demeter dReviewed Chapter: 3 on 8/3/2015
The once restless Shield Maiden has now learned to bear the heavy mantle of leadership. With both children and the Pricipality of Ithilien counting on her, she stays at home and does exactly what she railed against during the war; stay at home and find food and beds for the ones doing the riding into danger! You have let us know that Aragorn would rely on HER to rule and guard Ithilien if Faramir was not found! It is nice to see Elestelle retains some of her father's gifts. I am sure that many stories could be created about the gifted children of the generation of the Ring War. The arrival of Legolas with "twenty elves skilled in forestry and tracking" reminded me of Mr. Jackson bringing two or three hundred Lothlorien warriors to Helms Deep! Not a large number, to be sure, but because of who and what they were, bringers of hope all the same. I liked the way you have had the white deer as a connecting thread through the story. I wonder if somehow the young stag will help lead to the brigands! I would be interested, once you have Faramir tucked in and healing, to see the rest of the story from Iavas's point of view! You have reminded us that she is Rohan born and trained. I suspect that she would have her own notions about her captor's actions. Speaking of horses, "Fione Culina's" name sounds rather Celtic to my unlearned ears. Is that a name from Rohan, and what does it mean?

Author Reply: Many thanks for your much appreciated review. Yes, Eowyn has now learned that those who stay at home also play a vital part.

It would indeed be interesting to hear Iavas' point of view!

Raksha chose the horse's name.I don't know where it's from.We've decided to change it to an Elvish name.

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