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The Best Laid Plans.....  by DADGAD 4 Review(s)
Baggins BabeReviewed Chapter: 10 on 7/13/2008
Of course Manwe might have strengthened the wind a little.........
Everyone playing their part and confounding the plans of Sauron, and giving Yavanna's children the opportunity to do what had to be done.

A wonderful set of stories.

LarnerReviewed Chapter: 10 on 7/10/2008
Yes, Manwe--send your winds their way. And love the oblique reference to Yavanna's small children--not as deep-dwelling as her consort's creations, of course, closer to Men and Elves in nature; but in their way as enduring as the Dwarves--and many times less expected! Love this one, Dadgad!

Glad you finally got this chapter posted so I could find the story and read it! Thank you!

DreamflowerReviewed Chapter: 10 on 7/9/2008
Just a little breeze, certainly. And a few little things happening here or there, "chance, if chance you call it" there in Middle-earth.

This is a wonderful set of ficlets--each one a bit of a gem in its own right, but adding them up, one after another, and you came up with a cracking good exploration of the theme of "oft evil will evil mars".

I can think of lots more little gaps you could fill that way. Saruman sending so many off to Helm's Deep, because, of course, Orthanc is impregnable; the Southrons not worrying about an ambush in Ithilien, because, of course, they have mumakil, and who could stand against them; the Nazgul in Minas Morgul deciding that there couldn't possibly be anything trying to get *into* Mordor; Shelob gloating over her little snack, before Sam shows up; Those orcs rounding up those little "deserters"...

But I do love the ones you picked!

Author Reply: Oh no!
just when I thought I'd finished....I wanted to get across the idea of Sauron's far reaching war plans, and how they went astray, which is why I didn't have a Shelob vignette. But I'll have to think about the others.

And you're right, I was thinking of that 'chance, if you call it that' phrase when I wrote this. Manwe's plans are a bit more subtle but rather more robust than Sauron's, because he has better people to carry them out.

harrowcatReviewed Chapter: 10 on 7/9/2008
These are all great DADGAD. I liked the last one especially.

Author Reply: Thanks Harrowcat.
I had done all the others and was not sure how to finish the series until I came up with this. Glad you like it!

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