Reviewer: Dreamflower (Signed)
09/13/13 - 08:23 pm
What a perfect sequel to "Season of Hope"! I am very strongly wishing that you will continue this version of the life of young Elwing. She's so sweet and such a combination of pessimism and innocence--fearful of a world that's already been far too harsh to her, yet ignorant of the currents that swirl about her.
And your Gil-galad and your Galadriel are amazing.
I started looking through my reviews after I saw Dawn's notice about some notifications not having gone through. I know it's not related to the recent problem but I never got a notification for your commnt on The Tapestry either and feel so bad that I didn't thank you at the time for the lovely review and for liking my version of Elwing, a character who has become very dear to me. Very very late in the day, I'd like to say thank you.
Reviewer: Himring (Signed)
01/28/13 - 03:14 pm
It had never occurred to me that that marriage could have been an arranged one, even as subtly as this. But now you've told the story, it seems quite plausible.
It is a very vivid slice of life, this story! You've woven so many things into it...
Somehow I managed to miss thanking you for your comment. I got the notification and somehow thought I'd replied straight away *blush*.
Tolkien liked symmetry, which partly explains why he put the two half-elven children together, but with all the differences between their communities, and the bad feelings the survivors of Doriath must have had generally towards the Noldor, I started wondering what it might have taken for that marriage to receive general blessings. Then I thought of the Silmaril, and I could see what might have motivated the Noldor, and of course Elwing's people would have come to see the value of a united community protecting the Gem. As my beta keeps reminding me, there's a long story there.
I love finding new ways to look at the canon basics, and if this story gave you a different angle, I'm very pleased. Thanks so much for reviewing, I appreciate it a lot.
Reviewer: pandemonium_213 (Signed)
01/15/13 - 06:50 pm
This is a fabulous story, Kei! The title is so fitting: a tapestry on the wall and the tapestry of characters who have gathered on the Isle of Balar. Just as you so beautifully illustrated Imladris with "A Little More Conversation," you have woven a vivid sub-creation of Balar using threads of Tolkien's legendarium.
I always love reading your Gil. His voice is so distinctive: wise, compassionate, and clearly he has a sense of humor, all excellent characteristics for a ruler. His gentle way with the fey child, Elwing, is both touching and haunting. Got a huge kick out of the golden couple, Idril and Tuor, and their equally golden child, Eärendil. And Galadriel! OMG. I can't get enough of your Galadriel. She has worked her way into my head canon! Love that little gesture of biting the thread. Also loved her assessment of who ought to be custodians of that rather important Jewel!
There's a lot churning offstage here, and we, the readers, know the fate of these people, so it's nice to see them experience some warmth and even joy for a brief time.
I don't write them as often as I might (or rather, I start things and don't finish them), but I love this world and these people and their voices sound very clear to me. Gil is always cooperative, so is Galadriel when she shows up, so when I realised I was writing for Oshun, that's where I turned. I worried this would read like Season of Hope, part two, but in the end it became its own story. Some people prefer writing the darkness and the drama, I rather like looking at the times between, when life has the potential to be good... you need to find them where you can when your favourite character does what all good Noldor kings do and dies messily in the end (microwaved, thank you - I will never lose that image)
I never expected it to get such a good response, so I get a bit lost for words when I say thank you. I'm having a crisis over the Slashy Valentine right now, and reading this reminded me that maybe I can put a story together and have it make sense --- thank you for helping my (shaky) confidence. They were very kind words and more than timely.
Reviewer: Tanis (Signed)
01/14/13 - 03:15 pm
Ohhhhhhhh how lovely ... beautifully poignant foreshadowing here among the matchmaking minders of a little queen and her eventual suitor. And a great snapshot of a handful of moments out of the lives of these ancient warriors and kings. It really makes them live for me when I come across a gem like this that's so well written it draws me.
I'm sitting here smiling - this is such a lovely review, Tanis. These are people I've grown to love and writing about them is a pleasure, so when someone enjoys one of the stories, it makes me really happy. Thank you so much *hug*
Reviewer: Oshun (Signed)
01/12/13 - 06:07 pm
You posted two great stories here today! This one, of course, is my absolute favorite. It is truly amazing (and I got it as a gift story!). I think I will repost some of my LJ remarks on it for the wider audience here:
Wow! I love how you draw these principal actors together in a celebration. And what shadows it has. It is an absolutely lovely story with underlying darkness and tragedy that sends chills up my spine! I can't help but look to your Gil for comfort and reassurance--all will be well for this Yule at least.
I lost myself in the story and your unique characterization. Wow, again! You weave so very much into this story. I can assure you that I have never felt more worried for or sympathetic with Elwing than I do in this tale. So fragile, remote, childlike and yet reared without the tools she needs to flourish and take care of herself. I wish that the lovely, brave, bright boy Eärendil could grow up to take better care of her. But one feels it doesn't work that way with her. Gil's protectiveness and uneasiness is palpable as well.
But ever little bit of background lends depth to the telling. Galadriel working on a shirt for Celeborn (!! I love it!). I always love Galadriel in your story--a force to be reckoned with! I am quite in love with Tuor and Idril--it is about the closest thing to a happy ending in The Silmarillion as there is. And he is delicious--who is a nearly perfectly Elvish as a mortal man can be. I love Idril looking to him over the crowd for her security amidst uncertainty and danger.
The smallest details enthrall me:
the faintest trace of a Quenya accent in the flawless Sindarin. “Of course they will start looking for it. Not now, not while the horror still lies fresh, but – they will have to in the end. No reason why they might not look here.”
Oh, shudder. Of course, she is right and it is the readers knowledge subtly addressed here and in this line
He might have Telerin blood, truth be told he was a bit of a mongrel, but he was first and foremost King of the Noldor, a descendant of Finwë, and no more inclined than was Finwë’s granddaughter to leave something as brilliantly dangerous – and Noldorin - as a Silmaril in the hands of a bunch of effete courtiers who might be hard pressed to fight off an angry kitten.
that give the whole story the awareness of a ghost at the party.
Of course, it is out of their hands. Sadly, foreknowledge does not always mean that one can affect an outcome.
Gildor and Erestor, yes! I see them clearly.
I am still so tickled that you enjoyed this. When I claimed the prompt I had something very different in mind, that seemed like a good idea until about two seconds after I got the email with my recipient's name *g*. I think this turned out far better than the original idea would have, so it's as well. And I always love writing these people, which makes your review doubly special. Thank you for liking them.
Reviewer: curiouswombat (Signed)
01/12/13 - 05:18 pm
I did wonder, for a moment, whether Galadriel was suggesting Gil might marry Elwing himself. I wonder how that might have come out, had it been her idea and had she suceeded in convincing him to fall in with such a plan...
............ 'not listening, not listening, not listening'.............
That would make such a stunning AU! It's a classic example of the best kind, where just one action is changed and affects everything. Ripples in a lake. Oh wow.
I do not have time for this. Do. Not. Have. Time. For. This.
But if the bunny refuses to let go of my throat, I will certainly blame /credit you. Thank you for reading and sharing the thought -- and yes, those final paragraphs could have been quite different *g*.