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Leaving home; Coming Home  by Mirkwoodmaiden 54 Review(s)
LindeleaReviewed Chapter: 17 on 4/1/2021
This chapter left me in tears, but they were quietly happy ones.

I started out the reading getting struck by a sudden memory of Bambi and "twitter pated", which morphed quickly into sympathy for the young people. Telion is certainly learning some lessons about "us" and "them" (and that some of "them" are actually very much like "us", and some of "us" are worse than the best of "them" and... I think I am tying myself in knots, so I will stop and pour another coffee to try to get my brain to cooperate).

I do love Faramir here, from his recognition of whispered words of force (oh, my, that is such an evocative phrase and so real) to his skillful intervention (praising the supervisor to the skies! I wouldn't have thought of that!).

Looking forward to reading more. ((hugs)), my friend. Reading your chapters of late has been a balm for a weary soul.

Author Reply: Lindelea!

I am so happy that my writing has been a comfort to you! :-)) I really came to be fond of Telion and Nariel as I was writing them. And Faramir would most definitely understand "words of quiet ferocity" having been on the receiving end of them often from his father. His is an empathetic soul.

Confession time. When I was writing these later chapters I had been on a binge-watch of Downton Abbey (which I absolutely love) and it really did influence much of the writing about the banquet and the way Faramir and family interacted with their servants. Sarthmir is a much more fastidious and harsher version of Mr. Carson, the butler. And Faramir praising him after upbraiding him was reflective of how Lord Grantham would have kindly dealt with his servants.

I am again binge-watching Downton Abbey as I read these chapters I see the influence but I think it does really kind of work for the society that existed in Gondor at the time as I see it.

Be safe and well!



LindeleaReviewed Chapter: 16 on 3/30/2021
I remember being starved at our wedding. The photography after the ceremony seemed to go on forever!

Is this the Gondor equivalent of catching the bouquet, I wonder?

(And besides being focused on the food, I'm sure the hobbits would have called it a conspiracy of sorts, being quite familiar with conspiracies themselves, of course.)

Thank you for this happy chapter. I needed a bright spot to begin the day. ((hugs))

Author Reply: Lindelea!

"I remember being starved at our wedding. The photography after the ceremony seemed to go on forever!"

You, too! Ours was a small affair. Outside for the ceremony then inside the clubhouse where my mother lived at the time. Everyone brought a dish. My sister-in-law said it was tradition for the Bride and Groom to be served, so we didn't have as much as we wanted and then the photographs took a while. AND unbeknowst to us my mom and Shaun's dad in a fit of nervous energy cleared up all the FOOD!!

We ended up at Del Taco later on that night to eat something! LOL! I still have a soft-spot for Del Taco even now! :-))



LindeleaReviewed Chapter: 15 on 3/29/2021
Oh, lovesick Faramir is so sweet. (If you can call a battle-hardened warrior and wise poet "sweet"! I'm sure Éowyn uses the word without hesitation.)

The scene between Faramir and Dorthion is well done.

Insightful Boromir! “What has he done this time?”

"One of my best students ever." High praise, and well-deserved.

And Faramir, dealing with the bereaved family of a Man who had served under him... It is no wonder why his men loved him. Well done, indeed.

Author Reply: Lindelea!

Rest assured that Éowyn does indeed not hesitate to call Faramir "sweet" LOL.

I tried to show a younger Faramir still untested in the world but also one who was reared with a sense of how one should treat others, with respect and understanding and even faced with the bitterest of disappointment one does not lash out at those who are not responsible for the disappointment. A well-bred young man of the nobility.

Yes. Boromir is quite familiar with Denethor's callous treatment of Faramir and how often he has had pick up the pieces afterward.

Notice that Faramir completely deflects Dorthion's praise and moves into self-deprecating mode. And Dorthion has to take him to task for devaluing himself once again.

Faramir, having known his own pain, can see it others and has only the desire to heal their wounds doing what he can to ease their pain. I read somewhere in Tolkien's writings that Faramir, like his father, could see into men's hearts, knew intuitively what they were thinking and feeling, but unlike his father he was moved to help and he understood people. It was probably why he was such a loved and respected leader.

Hope this message finds you and yours well and healthy!



LindeleaReviewed Chapter: 14 on 3/28/2021
Once again, the details help my mind to paint a clear picture of the scene. Particular bits that I found to be lovely:
"scruffy" (snork!)
brother-sister teasing, and the wonderfully appropriate brooch
lovesick Éomer's clumsiness!
memories of Faramir's mother as a sweet young girl.
Arwen's one wedding at a time!
“I have stunned you into eloquence!” (big grin)
And uncertain Faramir... I am so glad he has found such a love.

You seem to have thought through every detail so thoroughly and lovingly.

Looking forward to reading more.

Author Reply: Lindelea!

I had so much fun writing this chapter! 1) I love to create ceremonies and then write about them. And I try to make them specific to the land in which they are happening.

2) the wedding dress and Faramir's wedding attire I describe are actually the costumes that Ngila Dickson designed for Faramir and Eowyn's wedding that was actually but never but into even the Extended Edition of ROTK. I have an Instagram pic.

3) Wedding finery is so fun to describe.

I love the relationship between Éowyn and Éomer. It is so fun to write! Éomer being a lovesick klutz is highly amusing and endearing.

I wanted their wedding to be perfect. "warm fuzzy feels"

I will remind myself of this chapter when writing the next couple of chapters of "Destiny's Child"

So happy you are enjoying this!



SimplegirlfromLPReviewed Chapter: 20 on 6/28/2020
Pleased you continued it.

Author Reply: Simplegirl!

It just didn't seem finished!


shireboundReviewed Chapter: 20 on 6/27/2020
Such a lovely story. I really appreciate these two lines, so beautifully written!

At long last Faramir was being appreciated and his ideas valued by one whom she knew he respected beyond all others.

“A year ago, I could not see what could happen, only what was. And now I am happy.”

Author Reply: Shirebound!

Hello! Thanks! normally I have in mind where a story stops but this one just wants to continue!

Their continues happily!

Thanks for taking the time to write!

Stay safe! Mellon nin!



SimplegirlfromLPReviewed Chapter: 19 on 6/12/2020
I could not put this down, every minute that I had, I was reading. And now to wait for the next chapter. 😔
The flash backs add depth to the moment and the characters, I love it. My heart breaks for the wounded soul of Faramir. I love this Éowyn and Faramir, they love so sweetly and tenderly.

Can’t wait for the next chapter.

Author Reply: Simplegirl!

I am so happy that you enjoyed this story. Faramir and Éowyn are very close to my heart. Both Faramir and Éowyn are wounded souls who find and heal each other. I find their relationship so beautiful. I am trying to figure out the direction for the next couple of chapters of the story. But also the story of Faramir and Éowyn does continue a couple of years down the line in my story "A Light in Midwinter."

Thank you for all the reviews. It means the world to me that you took the time to write!

Stay safe!


SimplegirlfromLPReviewed Chapter: 18 on 6/12/2020
I’m blushing. Sweet, but I think Wearith would have attended her. But it worked.

Author Reply: Simplegirl!

Hello! Yes, technically Waerith would have attended Éowyn and Eirik would attended Faramir but I really just wanted the two to have some time alone on their wedding night, so I bent and gave Waerith and Eirik the night off.


SimplegirlfromLPReviewed Chapter: 17 on 6/12/2020
Ahhh, I am so pleased you continued his story with Nariel and Telion, so sweet.
The nerve of the master attendant, “ Nothing that need concern you..”, and I loved Faramir’s response. Great chapter.

Author Reply: Simplegirl!

Telion entered as an impulse in Chapter 7 and I just grew to love him and Nariel just seemed to match up perfectly with him as I was writing. I really wanted to have a nice little side story about the citizens of Minas Tirith and how they were affected by the war and how they move on.

Yeah...Faramir is really not in a mood to be placated by the Master Attendant!


SimplegirlfromLPReviewed Chapter: 16 on 6/11/2020
Good Grief, what a forward mother, I loved Lothíriel’s reaction and Eomer’s honesty. This certainly pushed things along. I ached for Imrahil, my heart broke, but good for him that he was able to see passed the unconventional and see the heart. So big for Éomer to put it all out there , and kneel to his future father in law. What a grand gesture. I am eating every word.

Author Reply: Simplegirl!

When I was writing this in my mind Lothíriel's mother turned into Mrs. Bennett from "Pride and Prejudice." well-meaning but pushy.

I thought about stringing out the courtship of Lothíriel and Éomer, slowing it down, placing some obstacles but as I was writing it that didn't seem to happen. So enter "Mrs Bennett."

Éomer is straight forward and honest and realizes that he may be King of the Mark and Prince Imrahil is a vassal to Aragorn but none of that mattered. Imrahil is Lothíriel's father and Éomer is an honorable man! He did what was right. He humbled himself to Imrahil.

Imrahil recognised that it was inevitable and he loves his daughter. There wasn't anything else to be done but to gracefully accept it.

So happy you are enjoying this and have taken the time to write and tell me so! Thank you!

Stay safe!


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