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Sundry Scrolls IV  by Raksha The Demon 5 Review(s)
LarnerReviewed Chapter: 6 on 6/13/2010
A most interesting vision of Faramir's experience during the time he lay at the point of death. I remember the description of one feeling as if he were falling into dark waters--Merry, I think. So it is that this proves an apt metaphor, although I see that since green things grow there this water isn't perhaps as dark and overwhelming--more a hiding place than a fate.

And the image of Faramir rising up like a phoenix--that is beautiful.

Author Reply: Thanx, Larner; Faramir is very phoenix-like in LOTR; and I wanted to incorporate the water-and-fire imagery in his recovery.

Actually, this experience was supposed to occur after Faramir's psychic captivity in the dark lands and saving/healing by Aragorn, between the time Faramir hailed Aragorn as king and went back to sleep and the scene we didn't see; when he would have awakened later in the Houses of Healing - in other words, a dream that was influenced by his earlier experiences. I'm hoping I made it clear enough, but maybe I didn't...

VirtuellaReviewed Chapter: 6 on 5/17/2010
For all that you say it was hastily written, you have succeeded in creating a beautiful ficlet here! The imagery is very gripping.

Author Reply: Thanx much, Virtuella. I love working with fire-and-flight imagery. And I wanted to explore the dreams and thought processes of Faramir between his canonical awakening/recognition of the King and the scene we didn't see, where he would have awakened again after the miraculous healing - what would he have remembered and how?

I remember some vivid imagery in my own head after an operation, too; and the odd sequencing of my dream-thoughts and my actual awakenings in Post-Op, complete with a young doctor telling me that everything was alright.

curiouswombatReviewed Chapter: 6 on 5/15/2010
I was not surprised to see, at the bottom, that it was inspired by the challenge 'Flight of the Phoenix' as it brought it to mind as I read - a lovely piece.

Author Reply: I just could not resist putting through Faramir through these half-dreamt, half-remembered changes and then the waking into a rather new and different world. Of course Faramir is a candidate for near-literal phoenixhood as well as the metaphoric incarnation.

Thanx for the review, Wombat - glad you liked it!

shireboundReviewed Chapter: 6 on 5/15/2010
He flies upon wings of silver fire, fire that blazes but does not burn. He rises, seeking the star of the king!

So inspiring! :)

Author Reply: I'm glad you found it so; I did want to write some oomphy metaphors. Thanks for reviewing!

Linda HoylandReviewed Chapter: 6 on 5/15/2010
This is just lovely, very poetic and powerful. A unique look at my favourite passage from the book!

Author Reply: I'm so glad you liked the piece, Linda; especially since I was aiming for quasi-poetic language and a certain narrative "power". Thanks for reviewing!

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