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Across Arda's Ages  by Rhyselle 127 Review(s)
CeleritasReviewed Chapter: 4 on 11/8/2010
This is a deft little twist to the story, but so subtly presented (no angsty monologues here) that it really shines where I could see it otherwise going a bit awry. I really, really like this one.

Author Reply: I was really surprised when this came into my head, literally right before I was about to shut my son's computer down for the night. I hardly ever get into Frodo's head successfully, so I was both pleased and chilled when these words hit the screen. I'm so glad that you like it.

CeleritasReviewed Chapter: 3 on 11/8/2010
I love the atmosphere in this--the feeling of edge and unknown despite the setting of peace. And I like the idea of these tentative connections being made in the Fourth Age--tentative, because they don't entirely dispel the old ways of thinking that caused the ban on the forest in the first place.

Author Reply: Thank you very much, Celeritas. :)

In my head, this takes place maybe a generation removed from the Ring War generation--far enough along that the ban for Men to intrude into the Forest is a given; one shouldn't even conceive of going in there!, but close enough that knowledge that the needed healing herbs grew within the woods hadn't been lost. If I ever get around to writing the backstory, I'll explore that in more detail.

I'm very glad you liked this!

CeleritasReviewed Chapter: 2 on 11/8/2010
Oh, gosh, you know that since the elves have all the time in the world that 1). they'd come up with synchronized swimming, and 2). it'd be ridiculously elaborate and it'd have to be perfect. I think I'm with Elladan on this one!

Author Reply: I'm not normally good at writing humor, but when I was watching "The Great Muppet Caper" with my kids, and saw the Miss Piggy synchronized swimming scene, this just appeared in my head and I couldn't stop laughing.

I'm with Elladan, too! Thank you for letting me know you liked this.

CeleritasReviewed Chapter: 1 on 11/8/2010
You know, I think a situation like this would be worst for Noldor, who aren't content to accept the way of things like the Vanyar without some sort of information. Tragic, especially for Feanor since we know how he turns out as a result of all this.

Author Reply: I would get so mad at Miriel for "giving up" the way she did. I know that had she not succumbed to fading and abandoned her family, then Finrod (not to mention a whole horde of Noldorin descendents) would never have come to be, and the history of Middle Earth would have been much poorer for the lack of him (and them) in it, but so much grief would also have been spared.

One day I need to explore Miriel's side of the story--the Muse being willing.

Raksha The DemonReviewed Chapter: 1 on 11/7/2010
I've never understood why Miriel left her husband and child either. Very poignant and well-written drabble, reflecting the huge gap that Miriel left in the lives of Finwe and Feanaro...

Author Reply: Thanks for reviewing! Part of me wants to dive into an exploration of Miriel's choice to fade and abandon her family but I really don't have time to do that right now. Maybe someday...

I'm pleased you like my NaQuaWriMo offerings.

Raksha The DemonReviewed Chapter: 3 on 11/7/2010
Oh, very nice, and very Fourth Age! I would think the early Fourth Age must have been a wonderful time of cross-cultural openings; and Ghan-buri-ghan's herbs saving a child in Gondor is a perfect sign of those times. Good for Halmir!

Author Reply: Thank you, Raksha! I hope that if the muse gives me the backstory to write, I can keep the feel of this drabble in it. I appreciate your letting me know tht you liked it.

shireboundReviewed Chapter: 3 on 11/4/2010
Your points of view are so creative. This is lovely.

Author Reply: Thank you for the lovely compliment. *blush*

I'm very happy with how this one came out, particularly as it doesn't have any canon characters in it, except by mention.

I'm glad you liked it!

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