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|The Eagle on the Ramparts by Canafinwe||257 Review(s)|
|Rowanfair||Reviewed Chapter: 24 on 1/16/2017|
having commenced to re-read your wonderful stories, I pondered the reason for having become so deeply attracted and enthralled by your writing.
Despite the fact that you tend to give your main character quite a hard time and labour, throughout your various pieces always remains light to be found between the lines... I admire your skill to detect some rays of light left even in the worst character or situation you portrait. Altogether I perceive the way you display your view on this enchanting world to be a celebration of true human virtues, such as friendship, loyalty, dignity, honour and finally love.
A continuous general statement, that there will always be hope…
A certain well known Hobbit, set into a seemingly hopeless situation, also stated this point of view in a most beautiful passage of The Professors own work. A major call to go on, even in times and places where all seems to give in to the dark.
May todays torn and chaotic humanity proof able to listen and to learn!
Our, presently would have turned age 125, Professor would certainly consider an outcome of that kind to be precious.
Please… never stop writing!
|Gnome||Reviewed Chapter: 24 on 12/23/2016|
|Forgive me for asking but are you by any chance a published author? Or, do you have an educational or work background that intersects with medieval history? I ask because your ability to convincingly write these characters' thoughs and considerations of their surrounding world, within their settings and ways of thinking is really amazing. I've read real historical fiction authors who are nowhere near as good as you are here.|
|cynewulf||Reviewed Chapter: 24 on 12/10/2016|
|I'm really just astounded by how much careful thought and consideration has gone into this story, and indeed all your stories. You seem to weigh each characters' inner feelings, thoughts, motivations, priorities, memories/experiences, upbringing, and habits in order to inform every action they undergo and line they utter. And when it comes the original or minor characters, or situations where for Aragorn and Denethor there is not enough canon information to tell us how they would act and feel and think, you extrapolate and invent explanations and facts and backgrounds that are compelling, believable, and logical. Just...the amount of deliberate attention and analysis, that so evidently is the source of your characterization decisions is a rare treat for the reader - so pleasurable and satisfying. |
Also, the amount of research you must've done about how medieval life and military/political structures worked is amazing! Like the characterization, it adds a level of verisimilitude that really enhances and and deepens the story and the feel for the setting.
|obsidianj||Reviewed Chapter: 24 on 11/12/2016|
|Poor Jamon! I think he does a great job that he hasn't revealed that he is a guardsman of Gondor. He knows nothing of subterfuge and spying. It is difficult to keep lying in such close quarters without stumbling. At least now he might get the support of Thorongil. |
Minardil is a great captain. He utilizes the capabilities of his subordinates as much as he can, which is a mark of a great leader. It doesn't really matter where you learned the skill. Now he knows that Thorongil commanded a thousand man, he is trying to learn as much as he can about leading from an expert.
|obsidianj||Reviewed Chapter: 23 on 11/12/2016|
|No one is is pleased in this chapter. You chose the title well.|
I don't think Denethor grasps that Herion is not the only one taking a chapter from his treatment of people. "Do as I say, not as I do" does not work. People that admire Denethor will follow his example and not so much his words as we see in Herion.
|Larner||Reviewed Chapter: 24 on 11/1/2016|
|Oh, yes, he does have Aragorn's experience on which to lean, or he does at least for now. I look forward to seeing how well he learns from his new Lieutenant as their joint guidance for the Tenth Company goes forward. And at least Jamon has assurance that his love will have word that he has not sought to avoid her company! Poor Jamon--what a situation for him to find himself in! And I hope Jamon takes heart from Minardil and Thorongil's intervention and support.|
|Rowanfair||Reviewed Chapter: 24 on 10/31/2016|
|May it be, that in those now unfolding events we get a glimpse on what will lead to that incomprehensible unexplained hate Denethor acts out on Thorongil in your short story “The Sell-Sword and the Prince”?|
|someone||Reviewed Chapter: 24 on 10/29/2016|
|When Minardil went to see the prisoner, I was afraid he would accidentally destroy the whole plan. That might still happen, but just maybe this will work and Jamon will succeed and Denethor will be happy. Maybe.|
It is a relief for both Thorongil and a reader to see Mallor awake and able to speak. He really has reason to be grateful, as is clear from his list of things that could have gone wrong. It was interesting that he remembered Thorongil calling him - but what exactly did he see and understand? If in similar conditions Faramir recognized the king, did Thorongil look different enough that Mallor wouldn't know him? It will be interesting to see if he mentions it ever again.
Minardil is a good man, but a bit too eager to trust a man, who has been a commander in a very different culture, to understand how to run a company in a Gondorian city.
I'm glad to see that you have started to write again, it has been a treat to read so many new chapters.
|Mere Yom||Reviewed Chapter: 24 on 10/29/2016|
|Minardil has been quickly learning the skill held by his new officer. And now he suspects one more skill: could Thorongil teach Joman how to get information from the Easterling? I suspect that Ecthelion will be glad that Thorongil becomes involved (albiet indirectly) with this investigation. But what will Denethor know? Will he learn of Thorongil's involvement? Be careful, Aragorn!|
These rapid updates are a delight. Thank you so much, Canafinwe, for returning to this story.
|shirebound||Reviewed Chapter: 24 on 10/29/2016|
|Thorongil is learning such valuable lessons, such as "I sought to avoid the pitfalls of pride. Instead I stumbled into the ravine of over-humbleness." This is a very insightful and interesting story.|