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Sundry Scrolls IV  by Raksha The Demon 90 Review(s)
DreamflowerReviewed Chapter: 13 on 4/2/2011
Oh what a beautiful AU! Indeed, I think if Finduilas had lived it would have made all the difference in the world. And I love this POV-- I can imagine how fondly Pippin would have remembered her. And now I can see all sorts of scenarios of the two of them interacting during his time in the City...

Of course, it was no accident that both Denethor and Theoden were widowers. Wives would never have allowed either of them to fall prey to the Enemy's wiles.

Author Reply: Thanks for reading and reviewing, Dreamflower. I don't know why this possibility didn't occur to me before; but of course I have been curious about Finduilas, mother to such outstanding sons and wife to such a singular and interesting man.

I am not sure that Elfhild's early death was by design of Sauron; but since Tolkien tells us nothing of the poor young woman other than her dying in childbirth, fan writers can reasonably extrapolate either possibility. Tolkien did document Finduilas' influence on Denethor, in saying that he became more grim (which can, in my view, mean farther down the road of extreme social/emotional isolation) after her death and that Denethor loved Finduilas very much...

I do think that if Finduilas had been living in ROTK, Pippin would have met her and been drawn to her as he was drawn to Faramir...

EllynnReviewed Chapter: 11 on 4/2/2011
Beautiful story, Raksha. I love how you describe the "history" of Arathorn's gift, and Gilraen's love and sacrifice for her son.

Author Reply: Thanks for reading and reviewing, Ellyn. I'm glad you liked this moment in Gilraen's life. Every house and family has some knick-knacks and heirlooms, doesn't it, things that hold a great sentimental value...Poor Gilraen gave up her home and her way of life for her son, and of course would do it again if necessary...

phyloxenaReviewed Chapter: 13 on 4/2/2011
I wish it happened this way.

Author Reply: Tolkien did overdo the fading ladies a bit, didn't he?! Thank you for reviewing, Phyloxena. Much might have been different if Finduilas had not died...

eilujReviewed Chapter: 13 on 4/2/2011
What an intriguing AU!

Author Reply: Thanks for reading and reviewing, Eiluj. Poor Finduilas doesn't get to do much in many fanfiction stories, due to her shortened life; but I think Denethor's cup of bitterness would have been much sweeter if she had lived...

Linda HoylandReviewed Chapter: 13 on 4/2/2011
What a fascinating AU. I'm certain there would have been a very different ending for Denethor had Finduilas lived. I wonder if she could have talked him into accepting Aragorn?

Author Reply: I think if Denethor had survived the Pyre (without getting burned), he would have officially accepted Aragorn's kingship; because Denethor was not stupid and would not have wanted to tear the realm apart in a war (which is what it might have come down to if Denethor had refused Aragorn's claim; especially with Eomer and the Rohirrim encamped on the Pelennor and backing Aragorn). But emotionally, that's a different matter altogether. Finduilas might not have been so wild about the regime change either, loving Denethor as much as she did. But Denethor would have been less embittered if he could have faced the changes, and Boromir's death, with Finduilas at his side. She would have helped him adjust to the new Gondor, and his role in it.

Thanks for reading and reviewing, Linda!

Linda HoylandReviewed Chapter: 12 on 4/2/2011
This is so sad, poor Finduilas!If only she had agreed to go to Dol Amroth.I like the way you show her here as strong,despite her ill health.

Author Reply: It's my own conviction that the mother of Boromir and Faramir was not a damsel-in-distress type, at least not spiritually; more like a steel-in-velvet-glove type. And a lady born and bred in an old Numenorean house such as that of Dol Amroth might well have been quite proud, too proud to leave a beloved husband alone to face Sauron's emnity, even if that choice imperiled her life.

Thanks for the review, Linda!

Linda HoylandReviewed Chapter: 11 on 4/2/2011
I just loved this. You made me feel so sad for poor Gilraen.She is a wonderful caring mother despite her sorrow. I especially liked the glass cats.

Author Reply: I think Gilraen at least tried to be a good mother, especially in Aragorn's early years. He grows up as a man of strong will and confidence, and I think some of that was due to her influence.

AntaneReviewed Chapter: 10 on 11/9/2010
An appropriate birthday gift for Linda since it echoes her own style. Fun to read! I love Faramir. :)

Namarie, God bless, Antane :)

EstelcontarReviewed Chapter: 10 on 11/6/2010
I really enjoyed reading your version of Aragorn and Faramir playing truant, and enjoying a glorious summer day. They both deserve the respite after working so hard as they must have done during the first days of Aragorn's reign.

Author Reply: I'm sure they had, or found, good secretaries and assistants; but being the type of men they were, Faramir and Aragorn would have wanted to, and tried to, do some of the paperwork/sorting themselves, or at least gauge what needed most to be sorted (which in itself could be quite a chore when dealing with a thousand years of laws and regulations)...

Thanx for reading and reviewing, Estelcontar!

CairistionaReviewed Chapter: 10 on 11/6/2010
I always enjoy stories of Aragorn and Faramir deciding to toss duty aside for a bit of fun... it's such a fun thing to watch and imagine, and always feels like a reward for years of hardship. I like your version, with a sneezing Aragorn with dust in his hair, and a sympathetic Faramir more than willing to not only assist but willingly participate in the King's plan to play hookey. :)

Author Reply: Thanks, Cairistiona; Faramir probably had some dust in his hair too, but failed to notice it until later. Poor Aragorn had had just about enough of trying to personally tackle the scrolls of ancient laws and amendments, at least that day. And I think Faramir very much wants to be a help to his King (and he was also delighted to have a good excuse to go hang out with Aragorn rather than stay in Gondor's legal archives and sort through centuries of precedent).

My personal title for earlier drafts of this story was Playing Hooky, LOL.

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