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In the Court of the High King  by Dreamflower 13 Review(s)
KathyGReviewed Chapter: 24 on 2/25/2014
I like how the King handled the case of the cheating baker, and Arwen's thoughtfulness for his and Faramir's comfort!

Just out of curiosity--how WILL this approaching exploration of the south be important to the Fourth Age? Do tell! =)

Author Reply: Think of what effect 16th c. explorers like Ferdinand Magellan, Christopher Columbus and Francis Drake had on history and economics in "our" world! A ship that could find a sea route to Khand and Far Harad? It would be amazing!

(And no, I'd rather not write fic about this myself--too research oriented, and lack of hobbits. But I'd love to nudge some of the folks who write about Men and Gondorians in that direction!)

LarnerReviewed Chapter: 24 on 2/25/2014
A most just punishment for the cheating baker, and love that it comes from history! As for the wish to slip the increased pay for seamen intending to seek new routes eastward--well done, my Lords.

Author Reply: I've always wanted to use that historical anecdote in a story, and this seemed like the perfect time as Freddy and the others study how Men administer justice.

(And the exploration? That will be far more important to the future of the Fourth Age than most courtiers can imagine!)

shireboundReviewed Chapter: 24 on 2/25/2014
I'm enjoying this story so much. And it's details like this that make it such a delight:

He sat down with gratitude upon a thin cushion of black velvet. Bless the Queen; one of her first acts had been to see that cushions were made for his chair and for the King's throne. They were not obvious to the audiences in Court, matching each seat in colour and not especially lush, but they made life a lot more comfortable. He sometimes wondered if his father's dour disposition had partly been due to sitting for hours on cold hard stone for so many years.

Author Reply: It just occurred to me that stone chairs would be mighty uncomfortable--and that it would be the kind of thing Arwen would notice! :)

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