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Starlight at Eventide  by Ariel 12 Review(s)
EstëReviewed Chapter: 10 on 2/25/2006
Who writes like that!

Once again Ariel weaves her special brand of magic. I completely lost myself here. This chapter had me flying through another galaxy and I felt like a brilliant star.

Oh my gosh I must quote you:


The stars! His thought was jubilant.

I have never seen them, came her answer, though not formed of words.

But they are you. He was confused.

I… had hoped they were there. Most women dare not even do that much.

He cradled her spirit and gazed up at the vast, bejewelled heavens. They are beautiful. How can you not see them?

Her spirit gave a shudder like a sigh. We have been the defeated for so long, we have forgotten even the rumours of what we once were. But it is no matter. What I see is beautiful too.

Suddenly, he saw in his mind this joyous realm as she perceived it; a vast, endless plain of gold under the roof of a clear blue sky. And in the centre was a brilliant golden light; his light.


Poetry for the soul.

Author Reply:


Thank you, Este! I am so delighted that this chapter was able to transport you like that. I've always believed in the power of love, and in the worth of women. We are special beings but rarely ever see ourselves as worthy as we are, even though we hold all those we love on a pedestal. I am glad you found the passage soothing.

songspinnerReviewed Chapter: 10 on 2/21/2006
I'll second Dreamflower's review, but I'm more melted than combusting at this point. Such beautiful descriptive language, dearie!

Anso the HobbitReviewed Chapter: 10 on 2/7/2006
I'm sorry I am so late in rreplying to this but I only came back online on Monday night after a several weeks long break.

I barely have words for this because the story and the ending is so beautiful and lovely and imaginary and perfect that all I really can say is THANK YOU!!! :D This is a masterpiece and I treasure it greatly!

Author Reply:
Awww! Thank you! What can I say? You are a terrific muse and I was in the mood for Merry. hehehe! I've done Frodo, Sam and Merry, now I suppose I shall have to wrangle Pippin. ;)

LarnerReviewed Chapter: 10 on 2/5/2006
Ah, the endurance granted by mmiruvor! It is very likely the evening is NOT over for some time yet!

Lovely, lovely tale of reawakening passion and the love that is shoul accompany.

Author Reply:
Thank you!

It took me a bit to figure out what you meant by the above comment. I actually looked up the word 'shoul', thinking it must be some word I had never heard of and feeling self-conscious about my vocabulary yet again.

You should take it as a credit to your impeccable writing that it never even occurred to me you had produced a typo.


LilyReviewed Chapter: 10 on 2/4/2006
We have been the defeated for so long, we have forgotten even the rumours of what we once were. But it is no matter. What I see is beautiful too.

Suddenly, he saw in his mind this joyous realm as she perceived it; a vast, endless plain of gold under the roof of a clear blue sky. And in the centre was a brilliant golden light; his light.

Perhaps it is good that we cannot see our own true natures? But I see you, Merry Brandybuck. And that is why I love you.

That's very philosophical. That's the best of endings you could have given this story. Thanks for it!

Author Reply: ((((hugs))))

I am very glad you liked it. I worked hard on this story and it is a great reward to see those who've read it say that they enjoyed the read.

BodkinReviewed Chapter: 10 on 2/4/2006
It seems very right - that he should perceive stars, while her vision is more earthy. She seems very close to the Earth Mother - productive, receptive, warm and so on, while he is wilder and more free, better able to fly, yet protective.

I think I can say that they have overcome their difficulties! And the miruvor has given them enough staying power to make this a night to remember.

Author Reply:
Awww! Thank you! Yes, Yavanna, stars. I used a line from Fellowship to guide my impression of Estella's spirit -

"He knew the dark under the stars when it was fearless."

I positively LOVE that line. Love that whole Bombadil section, actually, though I know many readers skip and dismiss it. There's an unconscious depth there, and a great respect for history and the beliefs of his ancestors in it. It makes me feel like I do when I am reading someone's description of something I know intimately but that they are unfamiliar with. At first you don't recognize what the speaker is talking about, but as they go on, you catch a phrase or glimse that 'clicks' and lets you see what they are describing. It may be clear they don't understand what they are looking at, but you can tell they have truly seen it. That's how that section strikes me.

Oh, well, enough rambling. I should write an essay, but fic is easier. ;)

lovethosehobbitsReviewed Chapter: 10 on 2/3/2006
OMG! Such a fantastic fic...I hate to see it end. I generally don't ready many fics without Frodo in them, but since it was YOU, I just had to delve in. And what a wonderful ride and tale you have given us. Thank you so much for sharing this delightful story and your wonderfully writing style, once again.

Author Reply:
*Wags tail*

Oh, THANK YOU! I am delighted to share this tail, especially with folks who are willing to read it. I write what I like but it is very nice to get kudos for it.

InklingReviewed Chapter: 10 on 2/3/2006
Perhaps all women held, unrealized to themselves, some morsel of that power that brought the world into being

*sighs, then applauds*
Once again, Ariel, you’ve crafted a tale of thought-provoking, graceful prose and heartfelt emotion. Thank you for such a “grown-up” and satisfying love story!

Author Reply:
Awww! Thank you! I am delighted I could share it with you. It's not a sentiment I see often in fanfic, though it is one I feel strongly about too. Maybe one of these days I'll run out of things to 'say' and just write something fun to read for a change. LOL!

harrowcatReviewed Chapter: 10 on 2/3/2006
Now that is a use for Miruvor that didn't get much exercise during the quest!!! *g* I love your description of each of their essences.

Author Reply:
Oh, but wouldn't it be great for that?!!? LOL!! I tell you, my mind is ever in the gutter. It's such a fun place to be!

And thank you for the compliment. I always have seen Merry as sunlight, for some reason. It just fits. Thank you so much for reviewing - I am delighted I could write something that you enjoyed so much.

Lady SarumanReviewed Chapter: 10 on 2/3/2006
Oooooooooooooooooohhhhhhhh... that was absoulutely enchanting, and so suggestive. you know, that is quite daring of you to sneak up on Merry and Estella like that and record what they've been doing, publicly.... and privately.... JK, JK... of course you didn't. only somebody with absolutely no tact would do that. but of course, this is all from your imagination, and you have a good imagination. this is compliment, since i don't usually compliment people because, well, they can be SO BORING sometimes, you know what i mean, right? well, this story kept my eyes stuck to the screen, but i think you like to make your stories carry risks, don't you? see, when Merry knew he shouldn't be pleasuring his wife anymore, he still did. but if Estella actually dies, then he's gonna scream with misery and then blame himself and might even commit suicide.

well, this is a well story done, and i thank you for writing this out for all of the people who have enjoyed this tale.

Thank you,
-Lady Saruman ^_~

Author Reply:
LOL! Thank you, Lady, for the compliment. And it was most definitely my pleasure to share it with you.

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