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Rhyselle's Library  by Rhyselle 6 Review(s)
cactuskimReviewed Chapter: 6 on 5/11/2008
Hi Rhyselle,

I very much enjoyed this story. Finrod's story has been one of my favorites since I first read it over 20 years ago, and I think you have done a very good job with this part of it.

Cactuskim

Agape4GondorReviewed Chapter: 6 on 4/10/2008
Great chapter - I don't know the Elves too much - but Finrod is one of my favorite of the 'older' Elves... don't tell him he's older, might get a complex.

But I really, really liked this!

Author Reply: Thanks! THE SILMARILLION is a great book in that there are so many opportunities for writing gap-fillers and scene expansions that can be somewhat limited in books like THE LORD OF THE RINGS trilogy. I'm hoping that my muse continues to be cooperative and feeds me more interesting bits in the near future. Finrod is my favorite of the elves, and I'm so glad tat I got to write about him at last.

LarnerReviewed Chapter: 6 on 4/10/2008
Orodreth had a baptism by fire in rule, and alas that he was not able to return the rule to his uncle once more.

As for Feanor's sons--a more destructive vow than that of their father and that they held to cannot be imagined!

Author Reply: I was so surprised as I wrote this to have the bit between Finrod and Orodreth occur the way it did. The foresight that I hinted at plus Finrod's apparent knowledge of his nephew's strengths and weaknesses certainly heightened the tension and I admit that I was holding my breath as I typed the sequence. Thank you for reading and reviewing. I truly appreciate it.

Kaylee Tonks-LupinReviewed Chapter: 6 on 4/9/2008
Well, you know I liked this piece, meldanya! It's beautiful, I love Finrod!

*Huggles Finrod*

*Glares at the Feanorionnath* They're very...Um, what would my elfling call them?

Oh yes. *Naughty*. *snicker* Well, they aren't very nice at any rate! *huggles Orodreth* Poor Orodreth. He didn't really stand a chance with his uncle gone and those two around.

I'm glad Finrod understood that.

And I love the osanwe! I love osanwe! It's so muchly awesome ^_^

~KAYLEE!

Author Reply: Thanks for the exuberant review, Kaylee. I knew that you'd enjoy reading this as it was about Finrod, but it certainly exceeded my expectations! I hope my future work can live up to this.

Nieriel RainaReviewed Chapter: 6 on 4/9/2008
An excellent piece of gapfiller. I thoroughly enjoyed it!

NR

Author Reply: Thank you, NiRi! After weeks with an uncooperative muse, she came back with a bang! I appreciate your reviewing, especially with how busy you are these days.

FiondilReviewed Chapter: 6 on 4/9/2008
This is such a lyrical piece of writing with beautiful imagery and excellent pacing.

"It is the Nauglamír, the Necklace of the Dwarves which they made for me when my kingdom was formed. It is my… second-most precious possession."

The uncounted gems which he had carried forth from Valinor flared with a glory that Beren had never before beheld and, awed, he asked, "How can such a thing not be your most precious possession?"

Turning to open the other casket, Finrod paused and held out his hand. The light of the Nauglamír's jewels and the lamps that lit the anteroom caught the beryl and made it flare greenly. "This is the most precious thing I own." He smiled then lifted his silver crown to his head, settling it upon his fair hair, as his attendants bowed to him.


This is just wonderful and I like how you keep returning to Beren to show us his reaction to what is going on around him, the sense of hopelessness he feels because the people of Nargothrond listen to Celegorm and Curufin. Yet, through it all, Finrod shines. When he speaks to Orodreth in ósanwë I got chills down my spine. Even though he knows that his nephew will fail in his oaths, he still loves him and leaves him with words of encouragement.

The ending was perfect, since we know that in the end the sons of Fëanor will suborn Orodreth, which act will ultimately lead to the destruction of Nargothrond and all that Finrod fought and died for.

Excellent job, Rhyselle! One of your best.

Author Reply: Considering that it was written whilst under the influence of cold medications and a 101.5 degree fever, I'm thrilled that this story turned out as it did.

Finrod is pretty much my favorite character in THE SILMARILLION (with Glorfindel a close second), but I'd never managed to write about him before I'd read your Elf Interrupted, Part I story. So you should take a lot of the credit for this.

I really appreciated your beta and the discussion we had while this was pouring out into the keyboard. It wouldn't be as good as it is without your support.

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