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Song-Fight at the Swan and Cygnet Saloon  by Chathol-linn 4 Review(s)
TithenFeredirReviewed Chapter: 1 on 2/9/2006
I hope I haven't already reviewed this somewhere else. I read it a looong time ago and loved it. It's just as good on repeat reading. What fun to see two of Tolkien's characters "brawling" over a gambling dispute in a tavern surrounded by a mixed crowd of carousers! As if that wasn't enough, the language you use has a wonderful texture with it's archaic terms and offhand bits of vulgarity. It reads like an authentic old song that common folk might have sung way-back-who-knows-when, but you also anchor it solidly in Middle-earth with all the Tolkienesque details woven easily through it. Brilliant! ~TF

Author Reply: Hello, TithenFeredir. It is a pleasure to receive such a nice review. I'm glad you liked "Song-Fight" and that you took the irreverence and bawdiness the way I meant them. Many thanks! - Chathol-linn

maya_arReviewed Chapter: 1 on 7/17/2004
I'm laughing so hard I can barely type straight. Great poem!

Hisie LomeReviewed Chapter: 1 on 6/2/2004
What a novel form of brawl? Well done, nice tie in of players. Nice eye towards 'history', and of course with the worms demise.
Candles and stars....quite visual.
First love and skirts...ha ha!(he cheated)

Minna Sedh, Hisie Lome

Author Reply: Thank you, Minna Sedh. Being an ardent Legolas lover, it was easy for me to imagine he has the ability to charm girls' skirts! And as you noted, I also tried for a more serious note: brief reflections on mortal and immortal love. Regards - Chathol-linn

daw the minstrelReviewed Chapter: 1 on 8/17/2003
This ballad amused me. A song fight is a great idea and the songs these two sing make me wish I had been there. The idea that humans live as if they were immortal and that a candle burns as brightly as a star, though more briefly, were touchingly serious themes underneath the fun.

Author Reply: Hello, Daw. You noticed the songs' contrasts between mortal and immortal life and love. As bawdy as the surroundings were that night at the old Swan and Cygnet, I thought a serious note or two provided the right balance. I must confess my personal preference is for the bawdy parts. I would have been right a home there, swilling ale, betting on Legolas, and trying to keep my skirts in place. As always, thank you for your comments. Best regards - Chathol-linn

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