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Tell This Mortal  by Chathol-linn 6 Review(s)
Oooh! (Hehe, this is Linsul)Reviewed Chapter: 13 on 8/15/2004
Hi! Another whopping great chapter, that gave me goose bumps. Well, I'm off to read the next!

Painful_Blue_EyesReviewed Chapter: 13 on 7/26/2004
Oh my gosh. This has to be one of the best stories I hav ever read! The ending is absolutely wonderful!! I'm just speechless! Excellent work and beautiful, perfect ending!

Author Reply: Dear PBE, I am bowled over by your wonderful review. I am glad you liked the story. What happens to a Mortal on an Elven ship at the moment it passes into the Uttermost West? If Aerlinn / Willofain knows (and she does) she's in no position to say! Thanks so much for taking the time to read and comment. Regards - Chathol-linn

maya_arReviewed Chapter: 13 on 7/17/2004
Bravo! It's very unusual to find a story featuring an OFC and Legolas that not only avoids all the standard Mary Sue cliches, but turns them on their heads. Well done! A moving and original story.

Author Reply: Hello, Maya, and a thousand thanks for reading and commenting on the story. I am especially interested in your remarks on the Mary Sue aspects. Was this story a Legomance? Was Aerlinn a Mary Sue? Thanks again for telling me you liked it. It feels great. Regards - Chathol-linn

TIMONReviewed Chapter: 13 on 6/30/2004
Well, I am weeping as I write this - moved beyond any feeble words of mine to explain how this story has touched me and transformed me. The beauty of bravery has always been a thing to wring my heart and fill my eyes, and that beauty is captured here in a way I have not seen equaled by other authors.

The wildness of love and the selfless sacrifice of Willofain so vividly portrayed here I can only compare to that of the sinless Son of God "who, for the joy that was set before Him, endured the cross" as He gave all of Himself for all of us. Of like richness and depth is Willofain's love for Legolas and his family. Ah, me, if only courage were contagious, how noble a race might we be.

Thank you for this.

Author Reply: Timon, it is rare to receive such words of high praise. I will always be grateful that you let me know. Willofain somehow understood the need to balance past wrongs and she acted with courage to achieve it. I'm reminded of such things whenever I contemplate the Great Goddess, She who gave birth to all that is, and is the sweet and loving mother of us all. Blessed be - Chathol-linn

Elena TirielReviewed Chapter: 13 on 6/28/2004
Oh, Chathol-linn, what a powerful story! I was moved to tears by Legolas' pain and by Willothain's sacrifice. Beautiful work!

- Barbara

Author Reply: Hi, Elena Tiriel. Thanks so much for your comment. I often think that we don't ascribe powerful enough motives to the Elves. They are immortal. They are different from us. They survive where Mortals would fold. JRRT tells us they get to experience the greater bliss and sorrow of the Children of Eru. So I speculate about what moves them when they approach the edge. That was one objective of this story, for how much closer to the edge can you get than leaving your beloved home knowing that your entire race's time has come. Much obliged to you for reading this to the end! Regards - Chathol-linn

daw the minstrelReviewed Chapter: 13 on 6/28/2004
So you're not going to tell us what happened to her. Well, I guess that's right. How could you know?

Author Reply: Well, you are right - Aerlinn / Willofain did not get more than a glimpse herself, before whatever happened to her, happened. Thanks for reading to the end! Regards - Chathol-linn

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