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Battle of the Golden Wood  by Marnie 11 Review(s)
Knight of UmbarReviewed Chapter: 15 on 8/10/2015
Hello, Marnie.

Although the chapter is well-written, as if it was written by the Professor himself, you diverge from canon in one aspect. After the fall of the Witch-King of Angmar, Khamul the Easterling became the Chief of the Nazgul. He and his brethren passed out of Ea only when the One Ring was unmade. Furthermore, the Nazgul cannot be slain in battle even by such a courageous and valiant warrior like Glorfindel or Celeborn.

Thank you,

Knight of Umbar.

whitewaveReviewed Chapter: 15 on 1/1/2009
I can't think of what I liked more for this chapter: Celeborn vs Khamul or Oswy's participation. The latter reminds me a lot of Eowyn in a good way, inserting Oswy with the elves gives it a human perspective and it made me admire Celeborn's idea of including Oswy in the battle.

CorielReviewed Chapter: 15 on 1/10/2004
Whoa, a rather decisive battle sequence there. Perhaps I'm not wholly clear on my ringwraiths, but it seems to me Khamul had better get his things back together soon if he wants to attend the siege of Minas Tirith and do the whole thing again. Another fell beast bites the dust.

I see Celeborn keeps his cool under fire, at least once he gets back in the game. Was this bit by any chance inspired by Eowyn? That seems a popular scene for re-adaptation to whomsoever is a favorite, from one who is admittedly guilty of trying the same thing. :)

So now Oswy and Celeborn have both saved each other's lives for one day, though the boy may have to think a while about his close-call. Typical of Celeborn not to mince words. Some considerable food for thought.

Orophins DottirReviewed Chapter: 15 on 11/14/2003
I am in awe of your battle scenes for they are most difficult to write as I well know. And Orophin does well here despite his youth. For this, I am grateful for too oft is he either neglected or killed off to provide the necessary object for his brother's grief.

Now, I entreat you to update soon for I would know what happens next!

Humble Scribe to his Majesty Thranduil

LyllynReviewed Chapter: 15 on 10/19/2003
Two more enthralling chapters; what a delightful gift! I was particularly taken with your description of Celeborn facing Khamul and the events that followed. Very well done.

TolkienFanReviewed Chapter: 15 on 10/18/2003
Oh, this chapter is breathtaking!

First, your descriptions ("the shade of his lashes making half moons of darkness on his cheeks") render such brilliant images in my mind.

Then, your characters. Haldir's regret for his brother's forced maturity -- so like a loving brother. His sense of responsibility for his warriors!

Then, the vileness of the attack. Poisoning the water! "The river is full of death." No words can describe how evil that is -- but your words do!

I am really worried about Orophin. Haldir put him in a position where he cannot refuse but to go fight. If he is injured or killed, Haldir will feel guilty the rest of his life (if, indeed, he survives this war). No good can possibly come of this.

Fierce and evil as the Nazgul is, I would not want to be one to face Celeborn. Your battle scene is exquisitely fearful. (By the way, I think you want to say C's axe "sheared" through the steel plates of the wraith's mail, not "sheered".)

But then the ring! What an unexpected plot twist! "it was of a size to neatly fit upon Oswy's finger" -- how SINISTER! And Oswy's reaction; it is as if we are watching Isildur all over again!

Celeborn's last words in this chapter are bone-chilling, indeed. I can't wait to see what Oswy does now.

Did I say this chapter is breathtaking? Well, it's also heartbreaking! Please update soon!

SphinxReviewed Chapter: 15 on 10/18/2003
Oops. There is the same on both and here.

*whaps head*

That, Sphinx is what you get for trying to navigate Internet Explorer without contact lenses OR glasses.

Blind as a bt, me.

Sorry. ;)

SphinxReviewed Chapter: 15 on 10/18/2003

There's more here than there is on!

*shakes head at Marnie* Is this a planned move??

But what a twist to the tale. I see Isildur out there instead of Oswy, only Isildur didnt have...


*sigh* I will not say more.

I will only drool, and I will give you the Look.

*pokes Marnie* write more. The more I read of either of your stories, the more Finarfin gives his consent to that meeting with his son-in-law.

BejaiReviewed Chapter: 15 on 10/17/2003
A whole new problem!? You've got that right. Wow, that ring dropping out of the cloak was unexpected, to say the least. It shouldn't have been, but it was.

"It seemed right to him to take this token in memory of his father, of his slain people, and to bear it in the knowledge that vengeance was sure."

Echoes of Isildur, there.

"It is mine! It came to me!"

And Gollum

And oh, my stars, that last line! Haunting, chilling.

NilmandraReviewed Chapter: 15 on 10/16/2003
Ok, that is not the potential harm I saw for Oswy!!!! But what a plot twist!

I suppose the ring is still active as long as the One Ring exists. Oh, how mangificent Celeborn was, and his answer to Oswy is just wrenching. Now, why did you leave it here!!?? What did Oswy say? WAs he able to see reason? What is Celeborn to do with the ring?

I love Celeborn's answer to the wraith - he is a mighty warrior and cool and sees things very clearly.

*nudges Marnie to go write more*

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