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Review of chapter "Epilogue." from DarthTenebrus
Review:
Beautiful, sad and just a bit hopeful after the sadness...but it is a good thing that from time to time the Sunnydalers and the Eldar may communicate with each other, though neither may cross over into each other's world, especially when the Elves take their ships at last and go into the West. ..

To Valinor. ..
Comments from author:
Thank you so much for taking the time to review, I really appreciate it and I'm glad that you felt that the ending worked.

I have, eventually, gone back to that last line and picked up from there...
Review By [DarthTenebrus] • Date [7 Nov 13] • Rating [10 out of 10]
Review of chapter "Chapter Fifteen." from DarthTenebrus
Review:
Well, after a brief period of tension the Eldar are gonna get a taste of California. ..

I wonder when, since Radagast made it possible for everyone to understand each other, Rumil and the others will get the famous "shovel speech", LOL....
Comments from author:
There will be some speechifying - but not that particular one!

And yes - the twins in particular got to see some of Sunnydale - I described something of their visit in 'You Gotta Have Faith'.
Review By [DarthTenebrus] • Date [7 Nov 13] • Rating [10 out of 10]
Review of chapter "Chapter Ten." from DarthTenebrus
Review:
Well, she's back in the good ole 'Dale, and...

She goes by another name. ..

She has more trouble with speaking English because she's been speaking Sindarin for several years now. ..

Plus she got really, really tall...

Ceryn Manwë...
Comments from author:
Oops - sorry - I answered the wrong comment!

Thank you - and yes - there have really been a few changes which are going to begin to sink in to Buffy, and make more sense to the others over time, too.
Review By [DarthTenebrus] • Date [6 Nov 13] • Rating [10 out of 10]
Review of chapter "Chapter Five." from DarthTenebrus
Review:
Lovely story so far, and while I find it quite amusing that Dawn is instructing poor Rumil in her Californian version of the Common Tongue, had it crossed your mind at the time of this chapter's posting that at least one or two of the ellyn would also speak Quenya? Or did you intend to save that for later when Celeborn and Galadriel finally make their grand appearance, mellon nîn?

Hannon le....

Edit/Reply: Was that Sindarin or Quenya for "you're welcome"?'

Edit/Reply: meh, disregard that question, Quenya it was, ni 'lassui.
Comments from author:
Thank you so much for letting me know that you are reading and enjoying it.

Quenya was, of course, banned before any of the elves currently in Minas Tirith were born - but this is not to say that it may not have been studied here and there. Celeborn is Sindar, and so Sindarin is his first language anyway - but there is more of him in a later story.

In this story we do learn that someone knows Quenya - later!

Ni 'lassui, i'ell nîn!
Review By [DarthTenebrus] • Date [24 Sep 13] • Rating [10 out of 10]
Review of chapter "Epilogue." from maxthehobbit
Review:
I almost stopped reading this story after the first couple of chapters ... I realized it was the set-up for the rest of the story, but I was in the mood for some action/adventure. Don't know why, but I kept reading and was glad I did. To me the best chapter was when Dawn's rescuers came to Sunnydale to get her. I read that chapter a couple of times cause it was so interesting, well thought out. When I first started reading I was expecting a full scale massive war with Sauron, but I was very happy with what I read and will continue on with the rest of this series. Great story that really deserves the award you won. I also thought that your portrayal of Dawn and Buffy were also extremely good and loved your take on Spike as well.
Thanks for sharing this wonderful story.
Comments from author:
Just got back from a Tolkien conference, which is why I haven't replied before - sorry.

I'm so glad that you enjoyed it despite the lack of a full scale war! I'm afraid that here is no full scale war in any of the stories as they all occur post LotR - but there is certainly fighting in Brotherhood!

I am really pleased that you liked the portrayals of Dawn, Buffy and Spike, especially as some people thought I was a bit hard on Buffy in it!
Review By [maxthehobbit] • Date [16 Aug 12] • Rating [10 out of 10]
Review of chapter "Epilogue." from Oxnate
Review:
Not only is this an excellent story in its own right. It's part of an excellent series with Brotherhood as its (current) crown jewel. Why current? Because this series is still ongoing and shows every indication of getting yet better.

I am giving this my recommendation in order to try to attract more people to this series. If you are reading this review, you should read this series.
Comments from author:
Thank you so much - I really appreciate your recommendation.

(Hurries back to writing Immigrants, chapter nine - I've been away for a holiday!)
Review By [Oxnate] • Date [1 Jun 12] • Rating [10 out of 10]
Review of chapter "Epilogue." from (Recent Donor)Luna
Review:
Gosh, this epilogue always makes me tear up! The simple way you wrote Buffy and Dawn's 'meetings' and then Buffy's last moments was so beautiful.
Comments from author:
Thank you again - I came back and reread that epilogue a few times when I was looking at that last meeting from the other side, so to speak, in Dust; and I have to admit it still gave me a bit of a lump in my throat too.

Later this year, after I finish Immigrants, I intend to go on from that very last sentence, too....
Review By [(Recent Donor)Luna] • Date [7 Jan 12] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Chapter Sixteen" from (Recent Donor)Luna
Review:
Aw, I have so much love for this fic :)
Comments from author:
Thank you {{hugs Luna}}!
Review By [(Recent Donor)Luna] • Date [7 Jan 12] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Chapter Fifteen." from (Recent Donor)Luna
Review:
Reading a Winter Tale and the many mentions of events in Return of the Key, made me want to reread various chapters of this fic. I really enjoy the reunion of Tindome and her family, and the flirtiness of the twins ;)
Comments from author:
Thank you - it's nice to know that you wanted to come back, and that you still enjoyed it.

The twins developed in my mind as I wrote this, of course, as did Rumil and Orophin, as all four are merely hinted at in the books, and the twins aren't in the films at all. And we know now, after Stormy Nights in Imladris that, when Dawn/Tindómë suggested that Faith looked after the twins, she had a pretty good idea what she was offering her!
Review By [(Recent Donor)Luna] • Date [7 Jan 12] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Epilogue." from Vickzie
Review:
Cool story
Comments from author:
Thank you - I really do appreciate that you let me know you enjoyed it.
Review By [Vickzie] • Date [18 Nov 11] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Epilogue." from Vickzie
Review:
Cool story
Comments from author:
Thank you - I really do appreciate that you let me know you enjoyed it.
Review By [Vickzie] • Date [18 Nov 11] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Epilogue." from Prometeus
Review:
After reading AEMI's Serpent In Paradise, it's impossible for me to enjoy any other LOTR fanfic. The mere thought of Dawn in Arda makes me think of her confronting an elf:

- Who are you?
- Elrohir, son of Elrond.
- And?
- An elf.
- And?
- [silence]
- [nods] By your answers I judge you the product of a corrupt, dark and unenlightened age. Where I grew up, we knew the only good answers to that question. They were Dawn Summers, an individual with inalienable rights, and a human being, integral member of the community of all persons on our planet.

- The wizard will attack me, seeking to make me less than I am because I am more than he, because I am a product of an enlightened age. Will you protect me? Will you protect all that I am? Will you protect me even as I try to become more than I am, to bring this world out of its corruption and darkness?

- I do not ask you to become more than you are, if you do not recognize your obligation towards all thinking beings in Ea, to become more than the product of your upbringing. I do ask you to protect what I am.

Ahh, but feudal lords and pagentry are supposed to be fine things, are they not? Better some shining lord's flag to prostrate yourself to than holding up high the ragged Universal Declaration of Human Rights which after all is only fit to wipe one's arse with.

We're in the 21st century and people still don't believe in progress. [sigh]
Comments from author:
**After reading AEMI's Serpent In Paradise, it's impossible for me to enjoy any other LOTR fanfic.**

Oh, how sad. I am sorry that you didn't enjoy this one - but each to his own - for example that one is certainly not to my own taste.
Review By [Prometeus] • Date [15 Jan 11] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Epilogue." from azalais
Review:
I finally managed to read Return of the Key and I just wanted to pop in and say I enjoyed it enormously! I've no idea how this fic would work for a BtVS fan whose only exposure to LoTR was having once seen the movies; but as an LoTR lover who saw a few episodes of Buffy years ago and has a vague idea of how the Buffyverse works and who the principals are, (ssh! I shouldn't really be here!) I had great fun.

I liked your Giles, Buffy, Spike et al; but it was the writing of the characters of Middle-earth, particularly the Elves and above all my beloved Legolas, which made this fic for me and kept me reading.

I've always enjoyed your Legolas elsewhere and I loved him here - wry, funny, thoughtful, sensitive; preferring never to be called by a title, a friend and a warrior first, yet absolutely the Prince of the Greenwood when required; calm and gentle, and yet perfectly capable of leading the "party of cold-blooded killers" when necessary. Oh, and *completely* buff (the scene when the discussion of Mirkwood silk-weaving causes him casually to strip to his tunic? Do you have *any* idea what that did to my blood-pressure?)

(As for the "You're late..." "You look terrible" exchange, I wanted to laugh, punch the air and cry simultaneously!)

This fic made me smile, and then laugh out loud, in so many places; it's both warm and funny, with real insight into and love for the characters that shines through. Spike's sarcasm and Giles's dry self-deprecation...Elves getting hit on by randy Rohirrim...the interplay between Legolas, Elladan and Elrohir (the chapter in which the Twins and Legolas treat Dawn to a critical read-through of LaCE had me suppressing howls of laughter that would have been most inappropriate for work!) And yet there was also pathos and drama, particularly in that very tense scene where Dawn is attacked by the two Gondorrim thugs and then Rumil and Orophin race in to save the day.

This is a feelgood, witty, well-thought-out and entertaining fic; one of the more enjoyable explorations of Elven culture from a modern-human's point of view that I've read. I'm looking forward to reading some more of the series now! Thank you from one very happy reader.
Comments from author:
I'm so glad that you found it - and the time to read it. And I am so glad that you enjoyed it too - thank you for the wonderful review.

I am really pleased that you particularly liked the bits that you did - if you see what I mean - some of them are my own very favourite bits too!

As for **one of the more enjoyable explorations of Elven culture from a modern-human's point of view that I've read.**... does a happy dance and dances Azalais around and around!
Review By [azalais] • Date [7 Sep 10] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Epilogue." from Rune
Review:
This is a wonderful story, and a fitting sequel to Tolkien's Lord of the Rings. I always wished someone would write a sequel to that most wonderful of trilogies. If I read the hints right then Buffy never married, her death is so sad. I'm not sure I would take immortality if it was offer to me. Thanks for the story. :)
Comments from author:
Thank you - I am so glad that you enjoyed this, it was such fun to write - well, the angsty bits weren't exactly 'fun'... but it was all a real pleasure.
Review By [Rune] • Date [13 Aug 10] • Rating [10 out of 10]
Review of chapter "Epilogue." from DarthPayne
Review:
Wow, just... Wow.

The ending of this story actually had me all choked up and teary eyed.

And that has not happened for all the stories i've read in the last decade or more.
Comments from author:
Oh, thank you so much. Although I do apologize for making you teary-eyed...

If you are interested, there are two more completed short stories in the series, and the longest, Brotherhood, is now almost complete - I have just got to get the end few thousand words beta'd and it they be posted within 10 days - so it is OK to start it - it will certainly be finished soon!
Review By [DarthPayne] • Date [12 Feb 10] • Not Rated
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