Reviewer: Suzelle (Signed)
07/18/14 - 09:20 pm
Trust to Hope
The themes brought forth in the Athrabeth Finrod ah Andreth have been on my mind for many weeks now, particularly in relation to how they might have formed in the minds of those who raised young Aragorn. Reading this, then, gave me no end of delight! I love the relationship you draw between them both here--that they can draw strength from each other through their grief.
Reviewer: Oshun (Signed)
02/01/13 - 02:16 pm
Trust to Hope
Nice story, Rhapsody. It is not hard for me to imagine that Gandalf would have become very emotionally involved with the line of the Heirs of Isildur. Fanfiction often attends to that unvolvement on the part of Elrond and his family, but not to Gandalf and we know that he stayed very close. Busy wizard. Nice working into the story of Finrod's definition of estel from the Athrabeth Finrod ah Andreth. What I find lacking most in LotR fics is more grounding in their backstory. Tolkien's publishers when they released LotR had to attend to the immediate restriction of marketability and even paper shortages. But we have all the space in the world to use that wealth detail that he left us.
When re-writing and continuing to write on that novel Star Wanderer, I often wondered if Aragorn was given the name Estel with the conversation between Finrod and Andreth in mind (I probably need to go back to HOME to see if I can find dates). For my own personal verse I decided it was so, it is quite something to carry on your shoulders for Aragorn to grow up, but for some reason it just clicked for me: I saw and made use of the perceived underlying theme. In a way. And if the professor did not intent that, well I just claim that space in the world as you mentioned in that review :)
Thank you for the review! It is so wonderful to read what you think of it. :)