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Branwyn's Baubles  by Branwyn 3 Review(s)
Raksha The DemonReviewed Chapter: 9 on 3/31/2005
Chilling. Woe betide whoever threatens Finduilas! Great sense of Denethor's silent menace, as well as his love for his wife...

Author Reply: Denethor is a very menacing character. Anyone on a first-name (if not friendly) basis with Sauron is scary! I think his people would regard him with love, respect, and some very real fear.

mirthorReviewed Chapter: 9 on 3/30/2005
Intriguing theory & one to be explored through a fic, don't you think? I never bought that whole pining for the sea bit.

Author Reply: There may be a full-length story hiding in there! I always thought that the explanation of Finduilas' death was vague and unconvincing, especially since Denethor was supposed to have loved her very dearly and she had two young sons at her side. So I went with chronic arsenic poisoning. It seems likely that Sauron and Saruman would send agents and spies to infiltrate the Citadel, using any means available to strike at the Steward.

I am glad that you liked this, and thanks for writing!

annmarwalkReviewed Chapter: 9 on 3/30/2005
A whole frightening tale in 100 words. I love the images of the (blue?) iris waving in the garden, and the Fin's bluish fingernails, and the starry mantle. And her brittle hair - what an amazing detail!

Author Reply: Yes, I was thinking of blue irises of the tall, "bearded" German type. And the brittle hair is a common symptom of slow poisoning with arsenic. The Enemy thought to strike directly at Denethor's heart... Thanks for writing!

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