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Battle of the Golden Wood  by Marnie 5 Review(s)
WhatevahReviewed Chapter: 17 on 12/30/2011
Why does Khamūl's ring remain after he dies, but the Witch-king's didn't after Eowyn killed him? And for that matter what happened to the ring of the Nazgūl that Galadriel killed?

And is the Lord of the Nazgūl that much stronger than the other eight that no man can kill him (not even Glorfindel) but Celeborn and Galadriel can knock off two of the others? I thought Tolkien had the remaining Nazgūl die when the One Ring is destroyed and not before.

Author Reply: Does it say in LotR that the Witch King's ring didn't remain when he was killed? No, it doesn't. It doesn't say that it does remain either. Maybe it rolled off and was lost during the battle, the way Gollum's ring abandoned him when he was of no more use to it. Canon is silent on the question of what happens to the rings of men when one of their bearers is killed. In the absence of canon, I can do what I like with the idea - that's what fanfic is for.

The prophecy about 'no man can kill him' applies to the Witchking of Angmar. It doesn't say anywhere that it applies to *all* the Ringwraiths. And frankly if a mortal woman of no particular eldritch power can kill Angmar with a normal sword, then one of the most powerful Calaquendi of the First Age should be able to kill a lesser wraith with her mind, and one of the most powerful Sindar should be able to do it with a weapon forged for the purpose by Melian the Maia. Celeborn and Galadriel have been Powers in this world since before the sun came up, they shouldn't be underestimated.

Again, the fates of the remaining Nazgul are not told in canon, and therefore I can do what I like with them.

whitewaveReviewed Chapter: 17 on 1/1/2009
I forgot to mention in the previous reviews how much reading about a strong female warrior thrills me. I enjoyed reading her scenes with Haldir, especially that he treats her like an equal. The scenes between Haldir and his brothers are particularly touching as well.

FyreReviewed Chapter: 17 on 10/2/2004
I had intended to hold off reviewing until I reached the final chapter of the story, mainly because I have been so enthralled that I didn't want to take a stop, but I have to just send a side note and say drat it! You almost made me cry with Haldir's reaction to Orophin being found. And your Orophin is so absolutely adorable and so very young!

But now, back to where I was reading.

CorielReviewed Chapter: 17 on 1/13/2004
Poor, poor Orophin! I had always imagined Haldir would be the most likely to be picked off, but now it seems he'll be the one left with the regrets. A great bit of verse there at the end, by the way. Orophin seems ever the considerate one, even while he's dying.

Orophins DottirReviewed Chapter: 17 on 12/2/2003
Oh, Noooooooo!!! NOT Orophin. *Falls into a dead faint only to be revived by a memory of faint hope that a certain lady has given her. There is always hope!*

Despite harrowing up my soul by endangering or saddening every one of my favorites, I did love this chapter. I shall have to re-read it when calmer.

"Then a foreknowledge of his own death came over Orophin and, as the monster shuffled closer, fear and grief fell away from him, leaving him calm, alone, in a moment of utter stillness. He forgot all but the beauty of skill, the rightness of the pull of his bow and the glory of arrowflight - straight and sure."

The wren comforting an eagle. So many beautiful images.

I think I shall just tiptoe off and weep a bit.

Humble Scribe to his Majesty Thranduil

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