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The Gift of Sight  by Lily Dragonquill 5 Review(s)
CuthalionReviewed Chapter: 1 on 10/4/2006
Wow, Lily - beautifully done. What an intrigueing idea, and you fleshed it out masterfully. It might well be that this turns out to be the next piece from you on my site. Brava!


Author Reply: Thank you so much, dear. Your praise means a lot to me and having created another story you might want on your site his beam all over again. I have found a liking in fleshing out minor characters - even if this story was absolutely not planned.


DaynawaynaReviewed Chapter: 1 on 10/3/2006
W O W. Not many stories leave me speechless, but this one comes close.

I love how you've disected "the sight" of the Tooks... and interesting that Pippin's father would forsee his cousin on the banks of the river, and know the "future" Frodo. I'm just awed. I'll be digesting this one for a while. Absolultely awesome work!

Author Reply: Thank you so much!

AndreaReviewed Chapter: 1 on 10/3/2006
Now that is something new! I read stories about Pippin or Esmeralda having the Gift of Sight, but never Paladin.

That special gift proved to be a blessing and a curse for him, as you said. A curse, because he could not change the future for Frodo. He knew too little, had only the pieces of a puzzle. And he knew in his heart, he should not mingle with what fate had in store for this boy.

But it was also a blessing that gave him hope that his only son would return to him after the quest.

I especially liked the moment when Frodo touched Paladin between his brows. A very poignant scene.

Great little story, Lily!

Author Reply: I never thought of Paladin having the Sight either until I had this idea for Schicksalsjahre last week (and I really hope I will get it to write down one day) and this is just what followed my thoughts.

Thanks a lot, dear.

LarnerReviewed Chapter: 1 on 10/3/2006
Oh, I can see this too, too well.

Very, very well done, and much in accordance with what was to come. And I feel so with Paladin in his foresight. No, what happened outside was not due to Frodo, but yet Frodo found the ending of the situation too much in--and on--his hands.

Thank you. A keeper.

Author Reply: Thank you so much, Larner.
I have never given the Sight much thought until this story came to my mind and, though I was a bit insecure about it, it was a delight to write.

Thanks a lot.

DreamflowerReviewed Chapter: 1 on 10/3/2006
Poor Paladin! He has pieces of a puzzle, and no picture to guide him in putting it together! It's only in hindsight that he can tell what his foresight meant.

The vagueness reminds me of what Galadriel had to say about the images in her Mirror.

This is really very nice--I like all the relationships you have set up here, and the backstories for the friendship of Paladin, Saradoc and Merimac. And your Eglantine is just delightful.

Excellent job!

Author Reply: I never pictured the Sight as actual foresight. It's not as I picture the hobbits. For me it's more as I have depicted it here - something similar to foresight but not in actually seeing the future but more in the way of, well, what is said in the last paragraph: sensing whether changes or a feeling to do something one way rather than the other.

I'm glad you liked my characterisation of Paladin and Eglantine. I was quite nervous of writing them. As for the friendship between Paladin, Saradoc and Merimac I hope to expand that one day. However, I first need to find out whether there were any older children in that generation in Buckland or whether Saradoc and Merimac really were the eldest relatives of Paladin in Brandy Hall.

Thanks for reading.

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