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Keep Him Secret, Keep Him Safe  by shirebound 20 Review(s)
AndreaReviewed Chapter: 7 on 8/2/2008
“However, this ability comes from a part of you that knows better than you do, if you comprehend my meaning.”

That's it, exactly! Even a healer, or maybe especially a healer should listen to the signals of his body. But I can very well understand that a man like Aragorn wants to have everything under control.

I think Merry's party was a wonderful idea and might work as a distraction for Aragorn, but I have my doubts about the bath ;-)

And I loved Eomer's words at the end. Brethren, that's what they are, and if not by lineage than at least in their minds and there intentions.

I'm looking forward to reading more. But take your time and give your wrists a break. I can wait :)

Author Reply: Thank you, Andrea. Eomer hasn't had to think too hard about the rulership of the South, and his place in it. He's followed his heart and instincts all along.

I love working at this story, even at the ever-slowing pace I need to take now.

LindeleaReviewed Chapter: 7 on 8/1/2008
This chapter was a delight from start to finish, and if it were not so late (and the yawns so very prodigious) I'd supply a multitude of favourite bits.

But I fear my own body is attempting to put itself into a healing sleep of some sort, and so I had better sign off before I nod off and hit the keyboard with my nose...

Had a lovely image just now of a dozen Tooks sitting on Strider to keep him down and resting... after all, that's what the Tooks I know have to do to their own, when the latter are recovering from illness, and very proud of the fact, for some reason. *g*

Lovely bedtime treat! I'm so glad dh was able to make the poor wee beastie, very ill itself for most of the day, work again so that I could catch up on email and chapter alerts.

Author Reply: Yes, you should always listen to your body when it's trying to get some healing sleep! I hope you slept well.

I'm very happy you enjoyed this. My best wishes to you, your dh and valiant beastie, and all the wee hobbits.

Linda HoylandReviewed Chapter: 7 on 8/1/2008
This was a lovely chapter.You vividly conveyed all the love that has carers(and we too)have for Aragorn.A heart warming read.

Author Reply: Thank you, Linda. Aragorn has spent much of his life 'in the shadows', safeguarding others. He certainly deserves a short rest, and a little TLC.

TiggerReviewed Chapter: 7 on 8/1/2008
Perhaps the time had come when the sons of Elrond no longer needed to safeguard the sons of Elros

W/all of the various ways that Aragorn can get himself into trouble, I highly doubt that!! ;oD LOL!!

I'm glad Aragorn was finally told everything that had happened. I've been in a position when I was out of it for a few days and it's not a fun feeling when you finally do begin to feel better. That feeling of being so lost and out of touch w/things takes time to leave, but it eventually does.

Loved Elladan's conversation w/Eomer. Especially the compliment Elladan gave Eomer about how well he's handled being King of Rohan when he never expected it to happen. A high compliment indeed.

I can't wait for the party. I take it we're invited too? :oD

Lovely as always Janet. :o)

Author Reply: Thank you, Tigger. Mortals aren't usually of much interest to Elves, so I think receiving a compliment from one would be quite treasured.

Why do you think Gimli made that tent so big? It's so all of us can come to the party! :D

Agape4GondorReviewed Chapter: 7 on 8/1/2008
Very nice chapter indeed. I do so love the chat between Eomer and Elladan - and I look forward to the night's activities.

Though I really had to laugh about eating as often as a Hobbit!

Author Reply: I'm glad you enjoyed this. I think Eomer would be fairly overwhelmed by all that had happened in such a short time, but, like Aragorn, his courage and determination never faltered. He'll make a strong friend and ally, and Elladan recognizes it.

AntaneReviewed Chapter: 7 on 8/1/2008
Aragorn is indeed fortunate to have those who love him - hobbits, Elves, and Men, not to mention a Dwarf. I hope the evening will pass very pleasantly for all and Frodo will enjoy himself too. Don't keep us waiting too long! :)

Namarie, God bless, Antane :)

Author Reply: He really is a fortunate man, and one who waited and worked for a very long time to see his dreams come true.

CuthalionReviewed Chapter: 7 on 8/1/2008
“Perhaps he and I are brethren long-sundered, both descendants of the ancient Fathers of Men,” Éomer said softly. “Perhaps some among my people see us as equals, and wonder at my fealty. But the son of Arathorn is the High King of this land, and my heart knew it the day we met.”

This is pure Horse Lord-poetry. I don't know why, but I like the sheer music of this; the way you write Éomer in your tales is wonderfully uplifting. Thank you!


Author Reply: Thank you, Mona. I really enjoyed exploring Eomer's character in "A Rohan Tapestry", and again here. He's so experienced in war, and so perceptive about people, yet so young to be king.

TithenaruReviewed Chapter: 7 on 8/1/2008
It made my day to see this update, and the content didn't let me down. I especially enjoyed the wonderful and thought provoking interaction between Elladan and Eomer

....“I anticipate an enjoyable evening,” Elladan said, his eyes twinkling, “save for the bathing; Aragorn may need assistance he does not wish to receive.”
“I will leave that challenge to you,” Éomer chuckled. ......
I do pity the person who has to attempt this now that Aragorn is recovering!!!

Can't wait for details on the upcoming evening!
Tithenaru x

Author Reply: Thank you! I'm greatly looking forward to working out the details of the "upcoming evening". :)

CairistionaReviewed Chapter: 7 on 8/1/2008
Another very nice chapter. Good to see Aragorn finally starting down the recovery part of the road, and so sweet to read of Elladan's care for him. I like the idea of the twins staying on at Minas Tirith to teach the healers. I always like to read 4th Age (or nearly 4th Age) stories that include what their choices might have been. I think my favorite line in this one is Eomer's: "“Had he been less stubborn, he would have faltered long before this...” How very true! Stubbornness is so often portrayed as a fault, but it can be a strength as well. Nice touch, that.

Author Reply: Thank you. It's fun to see characters through the eyes of others.

It was lovely of the Professor to leave so much "unsaid" (such as the choice(s) of Elladan and Elrohir), wasn't it? I also enjoyed speculating a bit about that in my story "Mind to Mind".

utfrogReviewed Chapter: 7 on 8/1/2008
Excllent story. I enjoy stories from just after the battles and early in Aragorn's reign. There had to have been so much happening that there are many areas for speculation. I also think that he had to have "collapsed" at some point once he could relax.

Thank you

Author Reply: Thank you very much. I agree, there's so much time during the Professor's tale in which we could imagine different scenarios, and an infinite number of "what if's". I've written several stories centering on Cormallen and post-Quest Minas Tirith, and I never tire of exploring the possibilities. :)

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