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Beyond Imladris  by PSW 123 Review(s)
elizaReviewed Chapter: 19 on 3/1/2017
Welcome Back PSW,
I was happy to see your story continue and I do indeed understand about real life getting in the way.

I am really loving Dorhaur, his description on his superiors mental state is priceless, lol from "foolish" to "insane".

Although I do have to admire Baradhald's gumption, to spout nonsense while having Glorifindel's grip around one's throat may well be a sign of mental instability.

You've written a great character

Author Reply: I know, I was actually thinking that as well -- it's either very brave, very stupid, or very insane to keep at it with Glorfindel and Elrond looming over a person like that ... :-)

Thanks so much for your comments, I really appreciate them!

daw the minstrelReviewed Chapter: 19 on 3/1/2017
It's always a pleasure to see a nasty character get what's coming to him. I personally wouldn't want to have Elrond pinning me to a rock and demanding an explanation of my actions. I admit, though, that I can see how Baradhald's theory makes a kind of twisted sense. It's problem is a fundamental lack of trust of Elrond and his people. If you don't have that, the whole chieftain arrangement ceases to make sense.

Dorhaur will have his work cut out for him.

I liked the way you showed the reactions and relationships of everyone in that scene even though most of the time the other characters are in the background. That's tough to do with a multi-character scene. You know them so well, though, that you let us know them too.

Author Reply: Right ... it makes sense, sort of ... if you have a suspicious mind and a chip on your shoulder ... :-P

I'm glad the various characters worked well in the scene, thanks for commenting on that! It was a bit of a struggle for me to decide how to work them all in so that they weren't forgotten, but also not belabor every little reaction. I'm happy to hear it worked out!

Thanks so much as always for reading and for your comments!

LarnerReviewed Chapter: 19 on 3/1/2017
Well, it's out in the open now, and there is much to learn about how deep this dissent may go. I am glad it is Dorhaur who will plumb that depth, I find. But Baradhald has a good deal to learn about self-control, as he doesn't appear much practiced in the skill.

Author Reply: That is definitely one of Baradhald's major problems -- and why he's more of a liability than an asset to his allies (and why I suspect they tolerate rather than welcome him to the cause). They will certainly have cause to rue his involvement in the near future ...

Thanks so much as always for your comments!

shireboundReviewed Chapter: 19 on 3/1/2017
I know how intensely 'real life' can intrude on our tale-telling. Thank you for continuing the story.

“They are not your family, Elf.”

He couldn't be more wrong! It's good that Elrond is finding out about all this resentment, and that Estel has champions among Men as well as among Elves.

Author Reply: Yes to both -- they are his family (definitely), and Estel will certainly need support from his own people not only now, but when he comes to the Chieftaincy. It will be good for him to have a little bit of a base outside of his own kin early ...

Thanks so much as always for your comments!

guestReviewed Chapter: 18 on 2/24/2017
This story is so good! Hope you come back and deal with this Elrond vs The Jerk Ranger cliffhanger soon!

Author Reply: I'm working on it now, in fact. :-) I have hopes to be done w the chapter by the end of the weekend, or maybe Monday....

Thanks so much for reading, and sticking with it!

ainisarieReviewed Chapter: 18 on 2/9/2017
As calm as Elrond seems to be (most of the time) I suspect that having his wrath directed at you would be quite intimidating. And frightening or upsetting one of his children would certainly be a trigger. I always did have sympathy for the Dunedain since most of them did not know what had happened to him. The years of thinking the line of Elendil/Isildur had ended could not have been happy ones. ButBaraldhald did know and was not thinking of the big picture.

Author Reply: Sorry for the delay in response! I didn't realize I hadn't done so yet ...

Yes, I imagine that it was a stressful time for the Dunedain people as a whole, and there would have been the potential for various power shifts as they tried to deal with the 'loss' of their Chieftain and the line of Isildur. But yes, the ones who knew had less excuse -- though they may have seen it as an opportunity of a different sort. Who knows? Real life history is littered with all sorts of situations ...

And yes ... protecting one's children does tend to bring out a person's sterner side ... :-P

Thanks so much for reading, and for your comments!

LarnerReviewed Chapter: 18 on 1/31/2017
I do believe Elrond's ire is up, and this captain is about to feel the full weight of it! Not any too soon, I'd say. Heh!

Author Reply: Yes...Elrond's had about enough -- especially w this news from Estel...

Thanks so much for reading and for your comments!

daw the minstrelReviewed Chapter: 18 on 1/30/2017
Well, that was an exciting end! And Baradhald turns out to be even crazier than I thought. I can see how there'd be problems with no clear leadership though, if everyone thinks Aragorn is dead. And yet, how do you keep the boy safe if you let too many people know he's alive?

I liked some of the small moments in this chapter too. In particular, I liked when Elrond pulls Estel farther from the edge of the cliff, and then 12-year-old Estel thinks he's not going to fall, for pity sake. Both those reactions seemed true to me.

Sharing the raising of Estel must have been hard for Gilraen and Elrond. I don't know exactly what Gilraen told Estel to keep from Elrond. If it was about her, then that's her choice, though that kind of secret is a burden to put on a child. But if it was about Estel himself, then I'd be ticked off if I were her and Elrond contradicted me. She's his mother.

Good chapter. Glad to see it.

Author Reply: Ha! We had many of those moments while hiking when I was a kid -- my mom going 'get back!', and us going 'mom, nothing's going to happen...' :-P

I imagine the raising of Estel together definitely was an interesting experience for the both of them, given that Elves and Men come from completely different places (as it were)!in so many instances. In this case, however, Gilraen definitely meant just her own experience w Baradhald -- she didn't even know about Estel's, and I don't think she would have kept that from Elrond if she did. They're there for the boys protection, after all. I suspect she didn't reslly think it through ...

Anyhoo... thanks as always for reading and for your comments!

6336Reviewed Chapter: 18 on 1/29/2017
Finally Baradheld is getting his comeuppance. I wonder just how many other of the Dunadine feel as he does?

Lynda

Author Reply: That's definitely going to be their question....

Thanks so much for reading and commenting!

elizaReviewed Chapter: 18 on 1/29/2017
Well, since my suggestion to let Elladan accidentally push Baradhald off the side of Amon Sul seemed a little extreme, I guess a good dressing down from Elrond will work (but feel free to use it, if he refuses to behave).

Nice chapter. It's an awesome portrayal of Elrond as a father. He's so often presented as the calm, wise, collected "lord of the Elves", I can imagine he would be like any other father when one of his children are threaten.

can't wait to here this conversation
Well done


Author Reply: Yes...this is someone who's been around a while -- fought in the War of Wrath and the Last Alliance. I'm sure he knows how to intimidate when necessary... ;-)

Thanks so much for reading and for your comments!

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