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Allee's Odds and Ends  by Allee 27 Review(s)
Linda HoylandReviewed Chapter: 8 on 11/12/2007
Very well written,you crammed lots of angst and excitement into a few words.

Author Reply: Thanks, Linda. I'm glad I got some angst and excitement in there. I love reading angst but writing it is *not* my forte! LOL.


Agape4GondorReviewed Chapter: 8 on 10/30/2007
Oh my goodness! This was absolutely precious. As the wildfires have just finally been mostly taken care of - finding this tale of fire and its fury was interesting. But I loved the flame of Aragorn's fingertips - the first sentence immediately captured me. And from thereon - it was brilliant.

But most of all - I loved the last lines! You rock!

Author Reply: Thanks so much, Agape!

This vignette was written for the prompt, "Fire." I had *no* idea what I wanted to write about, so I just began with the first thing that popped in my mind: flames coming from Aragorn's fingertips. I just kept going and wrote the whole thing in about 10 minutes until I got to the last line and realized that I was really, really stuck. It took me about 5 minutes to get that one line alone, which I guess really isn't that long, but it felt like an eternity compared to how little time it took for the rest of it. Besides, I usually write last lines first (weird, I know). Anyway, I'm glad you liked it! I rock? Really? Whoo-hoo! *g*


Agape4GondorReviewed Chapter: 1 on 10/30/2007
I love how you began this - almost as if the work was mundane and boring - when it was beyond painful. I don't know how you did it, but the moment was horrid! Especially this line - 'boys too young for such work but who had been recruited out of necessity, nonetheless.'

I think it is revealed in this statement - 'they would have been preferable to the overwhelming stillness of death' - there was an eeriness about the whole scene AND their actions.

As I finished it - and there was the sign of hope - I was too reminded of other RW scenes where hope did not come.

Yikes - sorry - but you write eeriness well.

Author Reply: Hi Agape,

Thanks for the feedback. I'm glad the beginning came off as mundane. I wanted to get across that feeling of numbness and shock that comes when things are too horrific for emotion to be allowed to surface.

LOL--Do I really write eeriness well? I take that as a compliment! *g*

Thanks again,


harrowcatReviewed Chapter: 8 on 10/30/2007
If the situation were not so dire I would grin at this.

Author Reply: Hi harrowcat,

Oh, go on--grin! ;-) Thanks for the comments!


LarnerReviewed Chapter: 8 on 10/29/2007
Ah, to break the tension! Wonderful save there!

Author Reply: Hi Larner,

I just couldn't deal with any more tension. LOL. Thanks for the comments.


Agape4GondorReviewed Chapter: 7 on 8/27/2007
Hmmmm. A very hard night for all. The end question is, indeed, the one of most import, I think.

Author Reply: A horrible night, indeed. I can't imagine the sense of impending doom, but Aragorn (and others) must have found some way to hold onto hope. Still, Aragorn had to have realized that things were looking pretty bleak and that most of the men (and boys) he was fighting with wouldn't see the dawn. Thanks for your comments, Agape.


Agape4GondorReviewed Chapter: 6 on 8/27/2007
Delightful, absolutely delightful.

Author Reply: Ah, pure silliness on my behalf, but these two make it so easy! Thanks, Agape.


Agape4GondorReviewed Chapter: 5 on 8/27/2007
ROTFL - I know too many women who would join Arwen in cheering the meat cleaver wielding woman! Nice job.

Author Reply: Glad it amused you, Agape. It's fortunate for Aragorn that Arwen is apparently the forgiving sort--they do go on to have more children, after all! This one was so much fun to write.


LarnerReviewed Chapter: 7 on 8/27/2007
A question indeed! And love the ritual he seeks to distract himself with.

Author Reply: I think that a person's rituals say a lot about what sort he or she is, so I wanted Aragorn's ritual to be one that focuses on his concern for others not fear for himself. We all need distractions from time to time, and I don't think that Aragorn would have been any exception. Thanks for the comments, Larner.


Agape4GondorReviewed Chapter: 4 on 8/26/2007
Allee! I loved this... incredible insight - Gondor reeled from the ravages of the war - all aspects of it. The task had to be beyond daunting... worse than having to face a Balrog!

Great job writing this and making Aragorn's pain our own... and vice versa!

Author Reply: Thanks so much, Agape! Yes, poor Gondor; poor Aragorn. I can't imagine how Aragorn must have felt facing the task ahead. As you said, it had to have seemed more daunting than facing a Balrog. And Aragorn is certainly the sort of king who would not take the pain of his subjects lightly. Their collective grief, no doubt, weighed heavily on him. Again, thank you for your comments, and I'm so glad you enjoyed it.


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