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Destiny's Child  by Mirkwoodmaiden 2 Review(s)
LindeleaReviewed Chapter: 1 on 2/4/2021
Ooo ooo ooo (bouncing)! Lovely! And to hear you took my question and ran with it, and it blossomed into this!

I have finally caught some slack time. (No, actually, I came down with a sinus infection and was forced to take some time off work this week to rest and recuperate.) And so I begin this very promising story...

I love that you looked up some Old English words. I love the way you sketch people and relationships. It's not hard to see why Eowyn was so fiercely loyal to Theoden, even to braving the Nazgul on the battlefield. Her relationship with her cousin (at least, what is presented here) brings a lump to my throat as I think of her in the film, encumbered by those heavy skirts as her cousin lay dying, and her wish to protect those she loves (she reminds me so much of one of my own, who expressed such protective feelings from an early age).

I'm in full agreement about needlework! I went through a crewel phase, and tried cross-stitch, but it hurts my eyes, so I laid it aside. At least my screen will read to me, and I can type with my eyes closed when my eyes are tired, not exactly something you can do with a needle!

I love that she talks to her doll the way she does, and her brother's understanding nature.

And Saelith is a "nasty little minx", for certain. Such a bully! But Cyneith seems like a good friend, though perhaps a bit young and lacking in judgement at the moment. Perhaps she's learned her lesson about keeping confidences.

Author Reply: Lindelea!!!

I cannot tell you how happy it makes me that you have found some time to read this story. I have been wondering what you would think about it as you inspired the first chapter.

I definitely saw Eowyn as a feisty child with a lot of energy and spirit and others not knowing how to channel it. In the book it written to show that Theoden had deep feelings for both his orphaned niece and nephew. So I ran with that.

As children process grief their feelings come out in a variety of ways. It doesn't matter that Eowyn is only a child she thinks only in a way that would have kept her papa with her and Theoden sees her heart and knows that she needs something, some way to channel her grief and energy. Training is an answer, the best one he can think of for now. Years on it will cause a problem but he is only thinking of how to make his ten year old niece smiling and happy. We decide with our emotions so often; we are human.

About Eowara, I remember talking to my stuffed animals and dolls when I was a child. We had many good conversations. Eowyn has a close relationship with Eowara. She is a very good listener. :-) And Eomer has very protective feelings about Eowyn. That is also written in the book. After all Aragorn tell him in ROTK (book) that while he can heal Eowyn's body it is only Eomer that heal her spirit and bring her back to the world. Only a close bond could do that. So once again I ran with this idea.

Saelith is a nasty piece of business. I think we've all known a "Saelith" growing up. Cyneith is a little cowed but she does speak up for Eowyn and in later chapters they do remain good friends.

So happy you have started this story. If I could nudge you a little toward "Leaving home; Coming home" I have finished it and would really like to know what you think of it, time and health permitting of course! :-)

Stay Safe, Mellon nin! So happy to hear from you. :-)



Author Reply: About the Old English. Tolkien used Old English as a kind of base for Rohirric and I wanted an endearment that didn't sound Elvish as would be understandable for the Dunedain,Imladris or anyone in Gondor. So I surfed some Anglo-Saxon language websites! Ahhh! the Internet can be a wonderful place!

MM :-)

shireboundReviewed Chapter: 1 on 6/13/2020
“If I was a shieldmaiden, maybe I could have protected Papa!”

Oh my, that would be a powerful motivation indeed. You're beautifully weaving together both canon and your own vision for this time in Eowyn's life.

Author Reply: Shirebound!

Exactly! Éowyn is ten and she has lost both her parents are ready. Children think in ways differently than adults. This is a prime motivating factor.

"You're beautifully weaving together both canon and your own vision for this time in Eowyn's life."

Thanks! I do like writing these kind of gap filling stories! And I love Éowyn!

Thank you so much for taking the time to write. As ever I do really appreciate it!

Stay Safe!



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