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Hunting the Spider  by Ellynn 40 Review(s)
shireboundReviewed Chapter: 12 on 10/16/2021
You describe this step-by-step advance beautifully.

And they had more surprises for the orcs. Earlier preparations included coating the swords with oil; as the rangers advanced from the tunnel and ran forward, it was enough just to pass with the blade through the fires burning around for the oil to burst into flame. The orcs were suddenly faced with the opponents wielding fiery swords.

What a genius idea!

Author Reply: Thank you so much, dear. *hugs*

AldwenReviewed Chapter: 11 on 10/10/2021
Oh... The rangers are in a really tight spot there! Another great, suspenseful chapter! And I really like how you show Faramir's character!

Author Reply: Thank you so much, my friend! *hugs*

shireboundReviewed Chapter: 11 on 10/10/2021
Thank goodness Faramir is there, with his clear head, military experiences, and memory of the hobbits' experiences. Eeee, this is suspenseful!

Author Reply: And it will be more suspenseful, I promise! :)

Thank you. :*

sueReviewed Chapter: 10 on 10/3/2021
aarrrgh.waaa. ;( most horrible of cliffhangers. And I have to wait A WEEK for more. The evil of Mordor is infecting you. Loving the story.

Author Reply: Hahaha, will you kill me if I tell you that there will be even more horrible cliffhangers, as we'll approach the end? :)))

Thank you so much. ;)

shireboundReviewed Chapter: 10 on 10/3/2021
The two little hobbits must have felt so much worse. His admiration for them suddenly grew to the sky.

You know I love that. :)

Actually setting foot into Mordor, after knowing it for one's whole life only as a dark threat and a menace must indeed be a momentous thing.

Author Reply: I know you do. :)

Remember the moment "Even if this was an ordinary trip in the middle of the sunny day..."? While writing that, I had a moment of humour in my head - I imagined distant future in Gondor, development of tourism, and a tourist agency named "Mordor Tours!" *lol*

Thank you, dear.

AldwenReviewed Chapter: 10 on 10/3/2021
Great chapter! The alternating POV so efficiently adds to the tension! And I like Faramir's realization how brave the hobbits were. As a person subject to a strong dislike of confined places, I totally get his point. :-D

Author Reply: Thank you for the compliments! *happy*

AldwenReviewed Chapter: 9 on 10/1/2021
Shelob's tunnel - a great description of a nasty place! :-D
I also very much like the idea that nature and green things are taking over Minas Morgul.
Thank you!

Author Reply: This part about Minas Morgul and nature is based on a documentary I've once seen. I think the name was "Earth after humans". It was a simulation: if the human race disappeared in an instant, what would happen to our buildings, roads and other things we had created? And it looks like that nature would take over very quickly - our cities would soon turn into jungles. :)

Thank you so much!

shireboundReviewed Chapter: 9 on 9/26/2021
in comparison to this, the orcs' stench now seemed like a perfume.

That's a great way to portray the unimaginable smell of this tunnel. I suspect that the men's admiration for the hobbits is even greater than before!

Author Reply: Not just yet, not just yet... but it will be, later. You will see.

Thank you. *hugs*

demeter dReviewed Chapter: 8 on 9/19/2021
The story continues! That second section is my favorite. I have always imagined that Faramir, the Ithilien Ranger, would be an early morning person. We rise with him, and travel through the gently awaking Ithilien landscape. He soaks in the site of the land blossoming under his stewardship. This, indeed, is what he fought those long years for. He still carries the memory of lost friends in his heart, but the pain has mellowed with time. Lovely.
Your Shelob, on the other hand, is an aching, embittered old veteran. And she is plotting her revenge. Oh, my. She may very well be as smart a commander as many of these orcs ever served under. The grinding poverty the orc bands live in reminds me of tales from my American West of life for our Native Americans, after they had been militarily beaten and driven from their better ancestral lands onto whatever desert the white "invaders" did not want. Things are slowly getting some better after a century and a half, but their path has been hard. Now, tho. Faramir has assembled a band perhaps enough for one large, smart "Bug". But enough to also tackle eighty desperate, half-starved orcs? And what about the young trainees and their teachers, and those juicy horses mestled in that meadow. What are they prepared to handle?

Author Reply: Well, as I said in my reply to Shirebound, I don't think Shelob would have survived all those millennia if she was stupid! :)
And yes, I imagine that orcs' life after the war is a difficult one. They don't know much about agriculture (the slaves worked and produced food), and they lost much territory.
Thanks for reading and reviewing! :)

shireboundReviewed Chapter: 8 on 9/19/2021
"these feeble scrawnies" ... What a great description.

Shelob is clever, but let's hope that Faramir is more clever!

Author Reply: Well, in all her long years, I'm sure that not everything has been easy for her, and she surely has had battles - with the elves and Gondorians, and other challenges too. I don't think she would have survived all those milennia (and hardships) if she was stupid.

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