Reviewer: Virodeil (Signed)
02/03/11 - 07:54 pm
Oh! So Maeglin it was, who would throw Eöl down the cliff? Not Turgon? Is this what you were hinting in the author's notes?
I am really curious about it now. Please update soon! I was surprised, though, that Idril seemed to favour Maeglin like he did her, here in this chapter. Would it fade the longer and the more often they interacted? Or would it be a romance? (Yuck! LOL Grose...)
But all aside, I do like this chapter very much. Maeglin's character here was rather endearing, although you did hint some dark things to come. Aredhal was strong, and stubborn, despite everything... and her love to Eöl looked just as... unusual... as his was to her. And again, Idril saw much that was hidden. (Although, perhaps here she got her rival in Maeglin.) It was overall a well-written chapter, and I am eager to see more.
Well...that matter is open to interpretation. ;)
I'm still deciding that one. This story isn't going to be exactly the same as what we hear in The Silm (hence its slight AU-ness). I don't necessarily mean that there will or won't be a romance. You'll just have to wait and see what transpires. :P
I did want to make Maeglin's characterisation a little nicer than the usual black-hearted version that we see so often in fanfiction. :) I've always personally felt sorry for him. Yes, it was unusual, as is this story generally. :P
Thank you very much for reviewing, and I hope you'll continue to enjoy this story! Once I get a new chapter out, that is. :)
Reviewer: Virodeil (Signed)
02/03/11 - 07:40 pm
Dark, like Eöl, and twistedly sweet... like Eöl too. You captured his character quite well. I am not sure if I would reach this level of characterisation if I attempted to write his point of view. :) Well done!
And speaking about characterisation, you did quite well with Idril too. Her image was... breath-taking; so like the Vanyar that I often invision in my universe, especially in their early days. She was like the embodiment of the people, however short the scene was and however little her role was.
The events looked and felt jumbled, but perhaps this was how Eöl felt throughout his chase of his wife and son. It nearly unnerved me at some points, but that was the purpose, really, no? Because Eöl was not some wimsical, sweet-tongued ordinary Elf... And how true his prediction was! I hope he can be redeemed, even in Mandos; well, and that he can be reunited with Aredhal, at least. (Is Maeglin salvageable? I do not know.)
I saw this on SWG, I think, and on FFN too. But I guess I will just follow it here. Would you mind posting future chapters here? :uncertain: I would really like to read what you have in store for the doomed city next. That is, if you decide to continue it.
Thank you! =D The characters in this fic have been difficult but interesting to write. The psychology of tainted Elves...so much fun. *fiendish laugh*
And yes, you have it spot on. The events were meant to be a little muddled, just like the state of Eol's mind at the time. When someone is that hurt and angry, their thoughts can be expected to be in tumult - and possibly non-linear in sequence too. :P
I started a new chapter months ago but I just haven't been really into fandom for quite some time. :S However, if I do end up updating (and I probably will, it'll just take a long time) then yes, it will be here too. :)
Reviewer: Larner (Signed)
02/08/10 - 03:05 am
What grief--to know love that is not properly expressed or returned. Two flawed individuals, Eol and Aredhel, making of their union an even more flawed event and child. That his son did what he contemplated, however, I suspect he would have grieved for had he seen it accomplished.
It's one of the most tragic stories in The Silmarillion, I think, and probably not given much attention. And yes, I think it's very possible that he might have regretted it had he lived. Thank you for the review!