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Waiting  by Dot 10 Review(s)
RedheredhReviewed Chapter: 1 on 8/14/2006
Thought I had caught up on this week's updates yesterday, but almost missed this one entirely. whew!

A very sweet story and romantic in the best sense. However, that wreath-ring was really romantic! *sigh* As was the end. I think I like it best for being an anti-thesis to other, not so happy tales, of their reunion in Aman.

Oh, and thank you very much for the comment on Bodkin's b-fic. You sure know how to make an author smile. :)

Author Reply: Thank you, Redheredh! The wreath-ring was an image that just jumped into my mind and it all went from there Im so pleased you thought it was romantic! And there are probably a lot of different ways of looking at their meeting in Aman but I liked the idea of it simply being a long-awaited reunion between two people who love each other deeply. Thank you so much for the review.

And I loved your story for Bodkin! I have you bookmarked now for whenever I have time to just sit down and read the rest of your stories :-)

DaynawaynaReviewed Chapter: 1 on 8/9/2006
That was beautiful Dot. You captured Galadriel's yearnings, hopes, fears and thoughts wonderfully. I'm so glad Celeborn came back to her. :)

Author Reply: Thank you! I'm so glad you enjoyed it and I'm delighted that you thought everything Galadriel was feeling came through, especially as it was my first time writing her. I'm glad Celeborn came too - though I think she always knew he would :-) Thanks for the review!

Eruanneth_LuinReviewed Chapter: 1 on 8/9/2006
A wonderfully insightful glimpse of shattered lives healed by immersion in the timelessness of the Blessed Realm and the comfort of loved ones. To depart from the frantic pace (by Elven standards) of life in mortal lands to the serenity of days seamlessly flowing into one another must have been a much needed salve for those who came not through the Halls of Mandos.

There was a sense of peace and completeness that soothed my spirit in this early hour. Thank you, Dot, for the hint of a joyful, scented breeze from Aman.



Author Reply: Thank you so much! Im thrilled you enjoyed this and I really appreciate you taking the time to let me know. I think youve really summed up how Id see the Blessed Realm. I wondered exactly how people were healed and I thought the timelessness of the place would be soothing and peaceful and eventually ease any hurt or weariness. Plus, as you say, theres the support and comfort of loved ones. I thought Galadriel might find that peace and together with her faith that Celeborn would come, it would give her strength and set her on the path to healing. Thank you for such a lovely review :-)

meckinockReviewed Chapter: 1 on 8/8/2006
This is so beautiful, Dot. It seems strange to see the powerful Galadriel so vulnerable and passive, but it suits her renunciation of power. She's so open to discovering the world and rediscovering her loved ones. The image of her and Celebrian together was beautiful. I loved the cameos of Elrond and the twins - what a powerful image of them in just a few words. And Thranduil, too, really stole the scene. I enjoyed Galadriel's musing about what it must have been like for those who remained behind, and how difficult it would be for Celeborn to leave Middle Earth. Galadriels' forebearance was so trusting that his long-awaited arrival had me teary-eyed.

Author Reply: Thanks, meckinock! I was thinking that Galadriel would maybe have found a measure of peace after a while and have a pretty steadfast faith that Celeborn would come - and all that would give her a quiet strength to ignore what others say and keep looking forward and finding joy in those around her. I suppose she does come across as more passive than I intended in that she just waits but I kind of liked the idea of them being a partnership. Shed be waiting for him, but everything else theyd do together. Im so pleased you liked the cameos! With Thranduil I really just thought that Galadriel would know that Celeborn wouldnt be long after him, but shed also see in him just how difficult it was. Thank you for the review :-)

Speaking of reviews, Ill catch up on writing them this weekend. I will, I will, I will. *shakes fist at RL* Incase you think Ive abandoned your wonderful story!

shireboundReviewed Chapter: 1 on 8/8/2006
Galadriel shook her head slightly to dissolve the memory. That ring had not lasted long, of course. But the gesture built the bridge she needed to move forward and the love with which it was made meant more to her, she found, than all that Nenya had offered her over the years. Perhaps, she mused, simplicity suited her better than greatness after all.

What a beautiful story.

Author Reply: Thank you so much, Shirebound! I'm so pleased you liked it :-)

perellethReviewed Chapter: 1 on 8/8/2006
Wow, Dot! That was beautiful! And very insightful too! It seems as if she had actually still some final part of the road to go before she was wholly healed -and ready for him!

I loved it when she answers her father and mother in such calm and circumspect way, and then she is able to rejoice in her daughter's renewed spirit, and to share strength with her grandsons...but Thranduil's arrival was wondrous! I liked how you put it, so soberly, closing that part. It sounded like a sentence, a final doom. If Thranduil had finally forsaken Lasgalen, then surely Celeborn would arrive soon... And then his generosity to go and meet her, comfort her without giving away more than what was wise...

This was a perfect tale of waiting in paradise, Dot, no anguish but hope, day after day, that things will turn out for the best. Beautifully done. Many, many thanks!


Author Reply: Oh, I really am so glad you liked this! And Im sorry about the joint gift I hope you dont mind! Happy birthday in advance, by they way :-)

I think she would have had faith that he would come and once she began to heal and see things more clearly that would have given her great strength and a certain peace. Though there must have been doubts at times and it would surely have been hard when she saw the weariness and sorrow in those who arrived. Like Thranduil. I like the idea of Celeborn arriving with him or Elladan, Elrohir and co. but it sort of always sounded to me like Celeborn was on his own. So when Thranduil arrived, Galadriel would have known that things must have reached a certain stage and that if Celeborn were to come it would be soon. Im delighted you like the part with Thranduil. I was saying to Bodkin that their conversation started off longer but I thought it might work better this way.

Thank you so much for the review!

BodkinReviewed Chapter: 1 on 8/8/2006
Ahh! He came!

I love the ring! Celeborn would remove the cold metal of Nenya and replace it with one woven from forest materials. It's a shame the ring itself did not last - but the memory of it provided great consolation and comfort. And Galadriel let Celeborn take Nenya from her - they have such trust in each other.

It must have come as a shock to her family - she wasn't the Galadriel who left Aman - but to find her ... softened and half of a pair. In some ways I expect it would have been a relief. Young Galadriel grown up by a few ages wouldn't have been a very comfortable person to have around. But to know she was trailing a need for her husband - and doubting that he would come - must have been hard for her parents. Celebrian, of course, knew her adar would come but not until he was ready. (He's as obstinate as her mother!)

She must have worried when the twins arrived without him. And then Thranduil - such an obstinate elf. For him to arrive, so weary and drawn. I love the way you paint him here. And his reassurance was so well done - he made her believe that Celeborn would come.

And then he did.

Very satisfying. A lovely story, Dot. Thank you so much! I love stories that show the strength of the bond between C and G - and their interdependence. I shall now go and read it again - just so I can start the day happy!



Author Reply: It was my first time writing Galadriel and Celeborn and my first time in the Blessed Realm (which I think of as your territory) so Im really glad you enjoyed it!

I thought Celeborn making the ring for her would be a gesture that shed remember long after that ring was gone. And I figured hed want to see her give up Nenya, to know that she could leave all that behind. If she didnt do it herself, I suppose hes the one person that shed allow to do it for her!

I amused myself with what her family would think. But I agree that they would have been pleased to see the grace and humility and wisdom that shes learned. I like that phrase about her half a pair. That sums their relationship up really. Still, her family must have had some doubts that he would come at all.

Thank you for your words about Thranduil. That part was originally longer but this way felt more right to me.

Thanks for the review. If it helped you start the day happy, then thats made me very happy :-)

French PonyReviewed Chapter: 1 on 8/7/2006
This was very nice. I love Celeborn's tenderness in making Galadriel a temporary ring to help her get used to not having Nenya on her hand any more, and I love Galadriel's steadfast faith that her husband will come to her one day.

Author Reply: Thank you. I suppose if you've worn any ring for that long you'd notice it missing - and I think Celeborn wanted to know she was able to move on before she left. I'm glad you liked Galadriel's faith. I really think she would have believed he'd come, and simple faith can keep a person going when nothing else can. Thanks for the review :-)

NilmandraReviewed Chapter: 1 on 8/7/2006
How different it must have been for Valinor to see a tamed Galadriel! They must have waited for Celeborn in curiosity to see who this elf was that Galadriel would patiently wait for, hold off on making decisions, until they were together.

Very nice look at the views of those around her, too.

Author Reply: LOL!! Well, she could have organised everyone around her and set up a new home all ready for Celeborn and be happily ruling some of the elves from Lothlorien, but I kind of liked the idea of everyone being shocked by her ;-) Plus, I do think she would have a grace and wisdom that those she left so long ago would not have seen. Thanks, Nilmandra.

daw the minstrelReviewed Chapter: 1 on 8/7/2006
Oh wow, Dot. That's gorgeous. I have tears in my eyes.

I expect waiting was hard for Galadriel. And I try to imagine what it must have been like for Celeborn to let her go when he couldn't yet make the break himself. I also like the image of the weary grandsons.

This was just lovely.

Author Reply: Thanks, daw! Its hard, really, to know what it was like in Valinor. At what stage was healing complete? How deep did it go? So I settled for a glimpse of what it might have been like :-) I figured she must have reached a type of peace rather than spending so long lonely for him but it must have been more difficult at some times than others. Anyway, Im glad you liked it! Thanks for the review.

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