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Grace and Memory  by Larner 4 Review(s)
Kaylee ArafinwielReviewed Chapter: 4 on 7/5/2010

I was going to comment in the last one on how brave Anarion was, too, hiding away the sapling of Nimloth, but I decided to save it for this one. Yes, Meneldil, your father did not think of it as only a tree, most certainly! I am so glad Isildur set him straight!


Author Reply: I somehow managed to overlook this brief comment. Yes, Anarion was as brave, in his way, as was his brother. And Meneldil needs that reminder from his uncle as to the respect his own father felt toward the White Tree to realize that both sons of Elendil were involved in the rescue of the line of the White Tree from the ignoble end Sauron and intended for it.

EllynnReviewed Chapter: 4 on 7/2/2010
I like the way Isildur speaks about the Tree: calmly and wisely. I think it is a pity that most fans remember Isildur only after his mistake - I mean, the fact that he didn't destroy the ring when he had had the chance. Even I was among them, after reading LotR and Silm. It is somehow easy to forget (or neglect) the good deed that he did, and remember only his failure with the ring.
But when I read the Unfinished Tales, I got the wider picture, so to say, and I get to know him better. In that book we see that he perceived his mistake and wanted to correct things, we see that he is a good man. And this is exactly the thing that you managed to show with this story: to portray him as a wise man, who hasn't forgotten the sacrifice of his brother (and at the same time, he does not praise his own deed), who hasn't forgotten what is really important in their world - honour and loyalty to the Valar. Well done!

Author Reply: I admit I was heavily influenced here by the section within Unfinished Tales. We know that Isildur planted the first White Tree within Minas Anor after the defeat of Sauron at the feet of Mount Doom, and that he planted it in memory of his brother. I wanted to examine how he would have explained this to Anarion's own son, the new King of Gondor, who after Isildur's own death refused to bow to his (apparently) younger cousin Valandil as High King. Apparently the lesson didn't take.

Thanks so!

CairistionaReviewed Chapter: 4 on 7/2/2010
I'm so enjoying these White Tree ficlets... I'm hardly well-versed in Gondor's history and each story is bringing to life segments of it with which I'm not familiar, and making me dig for answers.

Author Reply: Much of the personality of Isildur is based on what is presented within the story of the final battle at the Gladden Fields. I have thoughts to write more, perhaps, on his oldest son Elendur. Tolkien tells us Elendur much resembles Elrond's brother Elros, and when Aragorn comes to Rivendell to live as Estel, Elrond sees much of both his brother and Elendur in the youth as he grows.

Ah--I see it is time for me to go! Durn! But thank you so, Cairistiona.

UTfrogReviewed Chapter: 4 on 7/2/2010
Just wanted to say that I am truly enjoying this story. Each chapter is vivid.
Thank you.

Author Reply: Thank you so, UTfrog! Sometimes vignettes such as this are the most vivid of all! I am honored you find it so!

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