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Stay  by Aldwen 21 Review(s)
LarnerReviewed Chapter: 3 on 11/15/2023
Each has worried so needlessly about the other, and are caught in their grief for Estel and Arwen. Maglor should prove a much needed distraction.

LarnerReviewed Chapter: 4 on 11/15/2023
Now, to see see after long ages of absence, his long-lost foster father!

LarnerReviewed Chapter: 2 on 11/14/2023
Ah, but you, too, see the rains sailing in time. Now, will they find their own father's foster father, and use their gifts of Healing on him?

LarnerReviewed Chapter: 1 on 11/14/2023
A terrible encounter. I've written my own version of Maglor answering the Call, but have a good deal of "middle" to finish before that gets posted.

Well characterized.

SueReviewed Chapter: 12 on 11/12/2023
Loving this. You paint pictures with words and I sink into the scene as if I were living it. Oh, DO write more. Thank you.

Author Reply: Thank you!! :) So glad you like the story! There are some pieces on the way. ;) We'll see how soon I manage to finish something again.

AranadhelReviewed Chapter: 12 on 11/4/2023
I'm sad this is over.

I'd wish you had done another chapter, to bring all the characters together as I felt the ending felt too abrupt.

Author Reply: I hear you. :) But somehow, I had a feeling I must end this particular story right here, on the note of hope and still some uncertainty. After all, this is the place where Maglor's journey to Middle-earth begun. But there might be a short sequel. We'll see. :)

Lady ForlongReviewed Chapter: 12 on 11/3/2023
I finally had to sign on here so I can tell you I'm so glad to see another one of your stories.

I've always loved your take on the Feanorians. Like you, I see them as tragic figures, not villains. And as a tight-knit family -- IMO, you got that right too.

Maglor is my favorite. I like to think that if it had been just up to him, his hands would have "touched harp strings, not sword hilt" as Maedhros says in "The Brink." And I like to hope there was something better for him than "endless lamentation." So I love this story where he gets forgiven. Now if he can only forgive himself...

BTW, speaking of Maglor, I always wanted to ask you: In "The Stronghold," why does he have silver strands in his hair?

I hope you will keep writing many more!

Author Reply: Thank you so much! I am very glad you enjoy my stories and my interpretation of Tolkien's characters; that's such an encouragement to keep writing! I am a slow writer, and longer stories, such as this one, take many months; I think I started to write "Stay" nearly a year ago. But there are some works in progress, so there is hope more will follow after a while. :)
Concerning your question - there is no clear answer. Maybe it is, as Celebrimbor says, just a trick of the moonlight. Or maybe cares, heartbreak and suffering render Elves' hair grey, just as sometimes happens with humans who have endured too much..? I leave this to readers' imagination and interpretation.

AranadhelReviewed Chapter: 10 on 10/31/2023
Oh I love how you wrote Celebrian calling Maglor as Adar!

That brought me a tinge of sadness + happiness!

Author Reply: Aww, thank you! :)

UTfrogReviewed Chapter: 7 on 10/28/2023
Fabulous story. I am really enjoying this.

Author Reply: Thank you so much! I am very glad!

RenataReviewed Chapter: 5 on 10/26/2023
Another story! YAY!

Nicely done thus far; I always love your descriptions of the natural world, and I am pleased to read something serious about Elrond's sons.

Can we hope that Maglor will finally find forgiveness and healing? (Though it looks like it might take some doing for the twins to forgive him... and however will they react to Maedhros?)

However, I have to say that I am very confused. It sounds like there was some sort of rift or disruption or something, some kind of loss of healing power, wrt Elrohir and/or Elladan? I don't mean the temporary rift (because each was worrying about the other changing their mind on leaving), but was there something else there?

I am all for not beating the reader over the head with the obvious, but there's clearly something there in the background which escapes me.

Author Reply: Thank you so much for the review! I am very glad you like the story!

There are several unanswered questions so far, and not everything is obvious. There is indeed something in the background concerning the twins. It will be revealed by the end of the story, I promise! :)

And... there is always hope. ;-)

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