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Destiny's Child  by Mirkwoodmaiden 4 Review(s)
LindeleaReviewed Chapter: 13 on 6/7/2021
Oh, well done as always! The descriptions and details add such richness. When you were talking about Eowyn's wardrobe and the reasons for the pale colors, I found myself thinking that such color schemes would also serve as an indication of status. The nobility could afford to wear white and pale colors, both because their tasks would be unlikely to soil their clothes and because they would have "extra" clothing in the wardrobe to change into in the case of soiling. Meanwhile, someone of the lower classes would probably wear darker clothing in shades less likely to show dirt or stains in between washing, and considering the intensive labor that went into making clothing (spinning, dyeing, weaving, cutting, hand-sewing), they weren't likely to have many sets of clothes. Maybe one set of working clothes and one set of "second-best" (former working clothes that had almost worn out) to change into on wash day. The more fortunate ones might have a set of "good" clothes to wear on feast days (like the commoners dressed in their best to see the King, as you described).

Your description of the commoners dressing up and the nobility dressing down (the latter for manipulative reasons, argh).

I like that Theodred was the reason Gandalf got in to see the King. Is this where he gains Shadowfax?

I hope you are enjoying your holiday, and that this finds you and yours well. ((hugs))

Author Reply: Lindelea!

Sorry to take so long in writing back to you! Really glad you liked the chapter! I loved your added details about the clothes representing the status of the people.

Yeah, commoners dress up meeting the King and the nobility dresses down. Honesty and respect from the commoners and manipulation from the nobility kinda says it all.

It jusr seemed natural with the flow of the story that Theodred should have a hand in Gandalf seeing the King. And yes this is where Gandalf get Shadowfax.

Thanks for writing!

Hope you are well. ((hugs))

MM

P.S. We had a lovely time in Morro Bay!

SimplegirlfromLPReviewed Chapter: 13 on 5/23/2021
Ok, here we go.. this should get good.
I always wanted Theodred to live. Of course that would have changed the whole story.
Thank you for writing and sharing this story.

Author Reply: Simplegirl!

Thank you! So happy you are enjoying the story. Unfortunately for all involved in the writing and reading of this story Theodred will unfortunately still die within the next two chapters :-( which is going to be really hard on Éowyn and thus will start the darkest part of her story.

Hope you are well! :-)

MM

NurayyReviewed Chapter: 13 on 5/18/2021
I loved to see Éowyn in her gown with her hair made and the diamond drop earrings, beautiful. So nice that she can conjure a small smile from her so worn down uncle with her shiny presence. Although inside her there is such turmoil, and I can feel it. The deep, depressing worry you show about the state of the King brought with Grima's treacherous and creepy presence. There is still Théodred, sharing the weight with her, a great support they are to each other but soon... Oh my, I'm dreading to read what will happen!
So nice to see Gandalf appear. It gives some comfort. And fortunately Théodred is still there keeping at least some things right, preventing Rohan and the King from the downfall.
Be well, my friend!

Author Reply: Nurayy!

Thanks so much for writing! I've tried to show Théoden gradual slip toward what the Three travelers will find in March of 3019 I hope I have been able to do that successfully. I thought that showing that Éowyn making an effort might be a good way to help show that. I guess I have been thinking of what modern family members of a loved one's descent in Dementia or Alzheimer's would be thinking or feeling. Seeing a once vigorous father or mother become someone else. What is happening to Théoden is worse as it is being caused with malignant intent. And it is better in a way because he can be released from it by Gandalf.

Théodred is a great comfort to Éowyn. He is there for her when Éomer cannot be, as he has gone to Aldburg to live as Third Marshall. His death is going to be very hard on Éowyn. "Oh my, I'm dreading to read what will happen!" True and I am going to have a hard time writing it! But my only comfort is that Aragorn, Legolas and Gimli arrive less than a week after Théodred has died. So she will not be without friends or support for too long.

Hope you are well!

((hugs))

MM

shireboundReviewed Chapter: 13 on 5/16/2021
unmarried girls in Rohan wore only these shades, symbolizing they were yet untouched. Daily wear consisted of light pastels. Wearing colors came with marriage, as they gained their full womanhood and identity.

That's a lovely detail.

You show us how perceptively Éowyn and Théodred are understanding what's going on with their king, their people, and with Grima. How wonderful to have Gandalf among them now, their trusted counsellor.

Author Reply: Shirebound!

I wanted to give some reason as to Éowyn is wearing white and this seemed really to flow into the story I have written for her. Also a detail that might give some flavor to Rohan as a society perhaps a little different than Gondor though they are sister-states there is some difference between them societally.

Both Éowyn and Théodred are having to live this reality full time. They see what is going on but are powerless to stop it. A very difficult situation to be in.

Thanks for writing!

Hope you are well!

((hugs))

MM

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