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Message from daw about Nilmandra  by daw the minstrel 44 Review(s)
The KarenatorReviewed Chapter: Epilogue on 1/3/2018
It's taken a little while for me to gather words. I'm still not sure I have any that appropriately express the range of thoughts and emotions I've had since Meckinock called to tell me the news about Nilmandra. My heart is broken for those of us who loved her and knew what a truly kind, loving and generous person she was. Likewise, I'm comforted by the knowledge she is free from the illness and pain she battled for over a decade. I've tried to not focus on the emptiness I feel from her absence, but to rejoice in her freedom. Perhaps someday, I will find that proper balance.

When I think about Nilmandra, I see in my memory a strong, intelligent word and world warrior. She embraced the adventure of being a thinker and seeker. Through it all, she was funny and fun, and a happy guide and cheerleader for many of us as we pursued learning to craft stories. I'm grateful of her friendship. I loved her dearly. 

Thank you, daw, for the post. 

moonshineReviewed Chapter: Epilogue on 12/30/2017
I am so sorry for your loss as a friend, and sad to hear the news of such a great writer.
I actually pulled up Stories of Arda to read some favorites, because I lost someone very close to me today as well. Writers such as yourself and Nilmandra have taken the amazing world Tolkien created and built a place of comfort to go to. It certainly helped me get through some tough times (including my teenage years),and is where I find myself turning to even on the worst days.
Thank you to Nilmandra for her wonderful adventures and the community she developed for all of us Lord of the Rings fans.

moonshineReviewed Chapter: Epilogue on 12/30/2017
I am so sorry for your loss as a friend, and sad to hear the news of such a great writer.
I actually pulled up Stories of Arda to read some favorites because I lost someone very close to me today as well. Writers such as yourself and Nilmandra have taken the wonderful world Tolkein built and created a place of comfort to go to. It certainly helped me get through some tough times (including my teenage years).
Thank you to Nilmandra for her wonderful adventures and the community she built for all lf ua Lord of the Rings fans.

ConquistadoraReviewed Chapter: Epilogue on 12/30/2017
We'll absolutely remember her in our prayers. We owe her a lot.

LiannaReviewed Chapter: Epilogue on 12/30/2017
May the Valar protect her. And you, Daw. Thank you for letting everyone know.

SnowlineReviewed Chapter: Epilogue on 12/28/2017
I just read that Nilmandra passed away. Hers were the first fanfic stories that I read about Middle Earth and I enjoyed them very much, re-reading them many times. I thank her for the stories and the enjoyment that many people got out of them.
May she rest in piece.

Thanks again.


Halrohir HaladanionReviewed Chapter: Epilogue on 12/26/2017
I truly regret reading this! I only just rejoined the site today after a long absence. I trust that the site will carry forward with the legacy left to us by such wonderful people.

RickReviewed Chapter: Epilogue on 12/24/2017
My deepest sympathy for you, her family, and all who knew her. I am greatly saddened to hear of Nilmandra's passing. If her stories were any indication, she was a truly kind soul. Thank you for letting us all know.

DotReviewed Chapter: Epilogue on 12/23/2017
Nilmandra was a far better person than I'll ever be. She was generous and kind, wise and forgiving. She was funny and could laugh at herself. She was fearless in the face of such hardship and so full of joy.

I have many memories of Nilmandra from over the years, though I never met her in person. But SoA and the fact that it's still going strong and will continue to do so is a worthy legacy. Not just because it's a wonderful archive but because it inspires creativity, gives shelter from RL for those who want it and has been the beginning of so many friendships. My online friends are very special to me and I hope Nilmandra knew that by giving us somewhere to gather she helped us forge bonds that will last forever.

From someone who appreciated her encouragement when I was a nervous author, who thrilled at the sight of a review from her or the notification of a new story from her, who valued her friendship beyond words, may she be at peace and still smiling.

DeanaReviewed Chapter: Epilogue on 12/21/2017
I didn't actually know her, or rather she didn't know me; I feel as if she was a friend after spending so many years reading her stories. Coming here to SoA feels like coming home. If her sister ever sees this, I want to say thank you for making sure this site will continue. Nilmandra has touched and influenced so many people, and I'm sorry I never got up the courage to reach out to her and introduce myself; I look forward to getting that chance again someday. For now, I am glad she is finally well and whole again, and I will continue to re-read her stories.

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