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Branwyn's Baubles  by Branwyn 4 Review(s)
Linda HoylandReviewed Chapter: 22 on 1/23/2006
I love it that Faramir and his son have compassion for the poor oliphants.

BodkinReviewed Chapter: 22 on 1/23/2006
Different viewpoints. I love Elboron's jolly pink oliphaunts. Hopefully he will never have to face their less amiable relations.

Author Reply: I saw Elboron being fascinated by them in the same way that children in our world are fascinated by dinosaurs. Monsters that were real but are also safely gone.
Thanks for writing!

Raksha The DemonReviewed Chapter: 22 on 1/22/2006
This is so cuuuuuuuuuute!

Little Elboron drawing pink Oliphaunts; how sweet, but real. Loved it that he drew Eomer to be as big as an Oliphaunt - of course! And Faramir is a kind, encouraging father. Also, Faramir's compassion towards even dangerous, destructive animals is quite visible here; when, years after he faced Oliphaunts in battle, he can pity them.

Author Reply: I think that war elephants had to be goaded and driven into battle (male elephants being naturally agressive against other male elephants but not against humans), and Faramir probably knew that. The poor Oliphaunts were not evil creatures, just unlucky enough to be captured by Sauron's allies. By the way, in historic battles, elephants often behaved just like that mumak in Ithilien--panicking and trampling everyone and anyone in sight. Though I am sure that Sauron was willing to accept a certain amount of collateral damage to his own troops.
Thanks for the kind review!

annmarwalkReviewed Chapter: 22 on 1/22/2006
What quiet delight Faramir and Beregond must find in a world so at peace that the terrors of the past are now disarmed by a child's innocence. I love that Elboron is a child of such joy that he cannot imagine a creature that would not be smiling; I also love the detail of his tall uncle towering above all other men!

Author Reply: I also love the detail of his tall uncle towering above all other men!
Much more honest than using accurate perspective, LOL! Sort of like the Egyptian tomb paintings where the pharaoh is three times as tall as anyone else in the scene. I love how children draw in such an uninhibited style; it's a shame that we unlearn it. I think Elboron would be very upset if he realized that any of the Oliphaunts were actually killed in the battle; hence Faramir's careful remark that it was not impossible that the Oliphaunts found their way home.
Thanks for your kind words!

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