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The Ranger and the Eagles  by Cairistiona 10 Review(s)
LayneReviewed Chapter: 12 on 3/3/2011
Poor Aragorn ... him thinking that he was with Death in his fever-addled dreams. And the ewe!!! :DDDD A very nice touch of comedy in the midst of all the agony and worry :)

Author Reply: Hee hee! I like tossing in those funny moments, because that's what happens in real life (okay, not ewes that understand speech and bring blankets, but you know what I mean). Life has a tendency of throwing every emotion around willy-nilly and without any thought to decorum, and that's one of the things I wanted to show with this little scene. Glad you enjoyed it!

Linda HoylandReviewed Chapter: 12 on 2/9/2011
A lovely chapter for Aragorn h/c fans such as myself!

Author Reply: Thank you! It was an utter indulgence... and very fun for that! *g*

Lily BagginsReviewed Chapter: 12 on 2/9/2011
I love this chapter so much I just had to review it again.

Oh gosh, what's not to love? Delirious, feverish Aragorn; tender-loving-care from Gandalf; humor; pain... all of my favorite things where Aragorn is concerned.

Your use of Aragorn's POV is absolutely awesome... I can just *feel* his confusion and discomfort. And I enjoyed how the story changed to Gandalf's and Grimbeorn's POVs, showing their worry and fear for Aragorn.

And I'm laughing again at poor Daisy! Hmmmm, I wonder if Aragorn ended up helping with the lambing, etc., while waiting out the spring at Beorn's?

Again, I'm so humbled that you wrote this for my birthday---and included the retching and well, the vulnerability that is so lovely to see in Aragorn when he's ill. He's always so strong, so capable, that to see him brought low by a wound is definitely a reader's dream. Or at least, mine!

I could read a thousand stories just like this and never tire of them, truly. Thank you again for such a gift to us all!

Author Reply: The pleasure was all mine, Lily... I had such fun writing all of this! I'm very, very glad you enjoyed it! *hugs* I'll have to start thinking about what to write you for next year's birthday. *g*

EstelcontarReviewed Chapter: 12 on 2/8/2011
LOL Poor Daisy. It's no wonder Aragorn chased her off. Can't say I blame her. *g*

I love your Grimbeorn, but I most certainly would rather not have him nursing me.

Author Reply: Thanks, Estelcontar! Yes, poor Daisy was none too pleased with the way the conversation was going, was she. LOL And I'm with you... I think I'd have a spontaneous recovery if I saw Grimbeorn approaching my sickbed!

ElflingimpReviewed Chapter: 12 on 2/7/2011
Bravo,bravo!!! Well done, the icing on the cake! I have enjoyed this story so much! Can't stop laughing about the sheep thingy tho. Hugs The Imp

Author Reply: LOL... Thank you, Imp! So glad you enjoyed this little "extra helping". I admit I giggled a bit when I pictured that poor ewe listening to Aragorn's, um, midwifery plans. *g*

DarkoverReviewed Chapter: 12 on 2/7/2011
Dear Cairistiona: This was very good! It was generous of you to write an appendix like this for all your h/c fans, of whom I am one. Poor Aragorn--when the gentlest person present is Gandalf, then you *are* in trouble! Although in defense of our favorite Wizard, he treated Aragorn with great kindness. You wrote the dialogue particularly well. I particularly liked the line; "Morgoth has a softer touch than you!" I enjoyed reading this very much. Thank you for writing and posting it. Sincerely, Darkover

Author Reply: Thank you, Darkover! So glad you enjoyed this... it was a lot of fun to write, and you make a very good point--you definitely are in trouble if Gandalf's the gentlest one in the room. LOL I'm glad you enjoyed the humor and the comfort in this last little helping of h/c. Thanks again!

LarnerReviewed Chapter: 12 on 2/7/2011
You certainly have me giggling at poor Daisy's expense! Heh! And I do pity Grimbeorn, but appreciate he's doing his very best.

Lovely addition to the story!

Author Reply: Thank you, Larner! So glad you liked this little extra snippet. Poor Grimbeorn--he didn't count on having to suddenly play nursemaid, did he!

shireboundReviewed Chapter: 12 on 2/7/2011
when, after Aragorn announced that he would now put his arm into the birth canal, the ewe that had been patiently bringing them hot cloths let out a terrified bleat and ran from the room

LOL! Omigosh, Lily must have been in spasms of joy with this chapter, and the entire story. What a marvelous tale.

Author Reply: Thanks, shirebound... I think it's safe to say Lily did enjoy this, yep. :)

FantasiaReviewed Chapter: 12 on 2/7/2011
Oh, this is priceless! Despite poor Aragorn illness, I was laughing so bad that my co-workers think now that I'm crazy. Thak you Cairistiona, this was really funny.

Author Reply: Thank you, Fantasia! My apologies for giving you a reputation as a crazy lady among your colleagues, but I'm glad you enjoyed this. *g*

MirachReviewed Chapter: 12 on 2/7/2011
I enjoyed reading this chapter/appendix very much! I love those moments when someone is caring for Aragorn, and you write it wonderfully. I think you should make it a part of the story, not just an appendix. It really fits between the two chapters and binds them together.

Author Reply: Thank you, Mirach! Glad you liked this! As for making it a part of the story itself, it would have made that chapter, which is one of the longest as is, far too long. And I had a balance of five chapters from Gandalf's point-of-view and five from Aragorn's, then the epilogue. The story had so much "caring and tending" as it was that I thought going into much detail about those hours at Beorn's would have slowed the pace far too much. It was time to wake Aragorn up and get on with conversations and all the other things that followed. *g* But it was fun to go back and write that scene in detail, I must say, and I'm happy for it to be in the appendix. :)

Thanks again!

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