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Sundry Scrolls IV  by Raksha The Demon 90 Review(s)
InzilbethReviewed Chapter: 2 on 3/25/2010
LOL! A grumbling stomach; how true to life is that! Nice to see Imrahil remembered on this day.

Author Reply: I thought that after the adrenaline surges and stresses of a near-hopeless battle, Imrahil might well find hear his stomach grumbling; especially since the Armies of the West didn't take much with them in the way of munchies, only the bare minimum. And nothing stokes the appetite like battling hill-trolls, I'd think...

Thanx for the review, Inzilbeth!

InzilbethReviewed Chapter: 1 on 3/25/2010
Very lividly written, Raksha, and interesting alternative fates for Sauron.

Author Reply: Thanx for reviewing; Inzilbeth; writing Sauron seriously was quite a challenge, and pondering his possible ultimate fates took me into new territory as a writer...

InzilbethReviewed Chapter: 4 on 3/25/2010
I would love to read that conversation between Wizard and Steward, should you ever decide to commit it to paper! I too tend to favour Ecthelion having guessed the truth; he was a man of wisdom after all. Very nicely done, Raksha.

Author Reply: Thanx for reviewing, Inzilbeth. Maybe I'll get around to that conversation; though it might not be the easiest dialogue to write. I think Ecthelion was fond of Gandalf; or at least respected him, and that the wizard might have highly regarded Ecthelion; enough so that they were on the same page in most matters...

shireboundReviewed Chapter: 3 on 3/25/2010
Now Faramir raises his head, to seize with hungry eyes, the gleam of Eärendil’s bright star in the grey-streaked heavens.

How difficult it must be to find a scrap of hope in such a dark time. Once again Earendil inspires those "with eyes to see".

Author Reply: I think anyone in Faramir's position had to find a way to keep up his spiritual strength as well as his physical strength, given that he was a commander of beleaguered men. And I believe that Faramir was used to making do with less emotional sustenance rather than more, compared to Boromir. Earendil's star is an intense symbol for all Dunedain; I think Faramir would have taken occasional comfort from seeing it.

shireboundReviewed Chapter: 2 on 3/25/2010
There was much to do now. In a minute. He looked up, trying to understand, trying to believe.

I'm enjoying the unusual points of view you're bringing us. Everything rings true.

Author Reply: Thanx, Shirebound. I've never been in a battle, or even participated in a re-enactment; but I would imagine that after such an intense struggle for life, there would be a brief moment of disorientation/adjustment after the struggle ended and one was still alive and unhurt, even for an experienced soldier. And it must have been an awe-inspiring thing to see that Sauron, who had been a very real threat and antagonist throughout Imrahil's life and for millenia before it, was not only defeated but gone.

shireboundReviewed Chapter: 1 on 3/25/2010
He heard the Voice of the One summon him by his most ancient name. He remembered the resonance of that Voice, which had once poured forth the songs of creation. And the notes that had once been his in the Great Music arose in his heart, as the only greeting he yet had strength to make.

This is marvelous. I never thought about what happened to Sauron after the wind dispersed his "shape of shadow".

Author Reply: I'm so glad you liked the piece, Shirebound; it wasn't easy to write but made for an interesting, mind-stretching creative exercise. I don't think that he just meekly disappeared from the universe forever...

harrowcatReviewed Chapter: 4 on 3/25/2010
I loved this look into Ecthelion's heart and especially the bitter-sweet last sentence. This begs for a longer piece. An AU speculation on 'what if Thorongil had returned to claim the throne at that time!'

Author Reply: I'm glad you enjoyed this piece, harrowcat. It had to be bittersweet; I think Ecthelion missed Thorongil. And I don't think that the time was right for Aragorn to reclaim the throne of his fathers; though how he reached that conclusion, I don't know...

harrowcatReviewed Chapter: 3 on 3/25/2010
Despair is truly a vicious foe - in any age!

Author Reply: Despair is a terrible, insidious foe; faced by all the heroes in Tolkien's stories. The people of Gondor, especially those of Minas Tirith, had a close and long dose of it, living in such proximity to an unrelenting and supernaturally powerful Enemy. Faramir tells Frodo that he and his people have not had hope for awhile; yet Faramir (and many other Gondorians) have not succumbed; and Faramir seems to have been especially good at inspiring others - I figured that his considerable imagination and appreciation of beauty would have helped him seek and hold some kind of spiritual consolation and inspiration from parts of the world untouched by evil...

Thanx for the review, harrowcat!

harrowcatReviewed Chapter: 2 on 3/25/2010
The end of war can never come soon enough. I love the way you end this with such a return to normality.

Author Reply: And it was a battle with such uneven odds, the only hope for victory depending on two hobbits trekking up the slope of Mt. Doom. Yes, fight for one's life, kill the orcs and fend off the hill-trolls, then Boom!, it's over, we've won, and even a high-and-mighty-and-noble commander can acknowledge that he's sweaty and hungry...

Thanx for the review, harrowcat!

harrowcatReviewed Chapter: 1 on 3/25/2010
This is a truly masterful piece of writing Raksha.

Author Reply: What a lovely compliment, Harrowcat - thanx! I was rather nervous about trying this; writing nearly all-powerful Dark Lords seriously is a bit intimidating, so your feedback is especially appreciated!

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