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Review of chapter "Into the Valley... or the Mountains..." from (Current Donor)richierich
Review:
Thank you so much for this great story! It has been in parts uplifting, bittersweet, and everything in between. No great tragedies, but then we wouldn't expect such in the West. And the ending just fit together so well. The idea of Gimli making one last journey with Legolas and being buried by him on some mountain pass with a grand vista brought a tear to my eye. I had to look up "Maedhros" on wiki of course, and I complement you on choosing him. One of the "Old Ones" who made a vow they couldn't take back and who's regret for that decision they could not reconcile. Great Idea. And the music was all Spike. I smiled just thinking of that music blasting through the halls! I think back to the clever idea of Dawn falling into the LOTR world that you started with way back when, and how you have arrived at this wonderful finish and can only thank you yet again for everything you have done. Well done. Well done, indeed!
Comments from author:
Thank you so much for the great review - it is much appreciated.

I am especially pleased that you think the ending fitted together so well as, originally, I wrote about 3,000 words of final chapter then scrapped most of it and went with what is now there - although the final scene being Spike has been there since the beginning of the whole story.

I did wonder about just leaving it with the naming of Maedhros but it did make a good last line - so I'm glad you were able to find out who he was easily (perhaps I should put a tiny explanation as a foot-note, now I think of it!).

Thank you again for the review.
Review By [(Current Donor)richierich] • Date [13 Jul 14] • Rating [10 out of 10]
Review of chapter "Into the Valley... or the Mountains..." from haldirrocks
Review:
A beautiful ending to this part of the story. The last line of Spike's is just perfect, as is the song. (Checked out Into the Valley on YouTube since I don't remember ever hearing it--The Skids have a new fan. :))
Comments from author:
I'm so pleased that you enjoyed it, especially that finishing scene with Spike.

If you like The Skids, if you don't know Big Country either check them out, as half The Skids went on to form Big Country - including Stuart Adamson the guitarist. Their early stuff, especially.
Review By [haldirrocks] • Date [11 Jul 14] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Into the Valley... or the Mountains..." from AndreaH
Review:
Oh lovely, thanks so much! Looks like there'll lots of possibilities for future stories...

What does Legolas' mother think of Ithilienne? I guess we have to wait to find out, grrr.
Comments from author:
Thank you! And you are right - there are a lot of possibilities and I promise I will explore some of them... although I might have a couple of weeks off first!
Review By [AndreaH] • Date [11 Jul 14] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Into the Valley... or the Mountains..." from (Recent Donor)Luna
Review:
OMG!!!

Maedhros!!!

YAY!!!!!!!!!!

YAY!!!!!!

Nice ending. I am happy at conclusions but I REALLY cannot wait for Spike to exit the Halls.

Thanks for writing!!!
Comments from author:
Thank you!!!

I'm so glad that last little scene works - I had visions of people just going WTF? Or 'Meh...'

Spike might be there for a while - but he will certainly leave at some time in the future!
Review By [(Recent Donor)Luna] • Date [10 Jul 14] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Into the Valley... or the Mountains..." from Oxnate
Review:
Congratulations on finishing yet another excellent story! Awesome!
Comments from author:
Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!
Review By [Oxnate] • Date [10 Jul 14] • Rating [10 out of 10]
Review of chapter "Into the Valley... or the Mountains..." from (Past Donor)Joyful
Review:
I'm all flaily, and I can't wait for Spike to be reborn! I hope you don't make us wait too long for that story!
Comments from author:
Thank you! He might be there for some time - but I won't abandon him, and there is very likely to be a story of his stay there to come.
Review By [(Past Donor)Joyful] • Date [10 Jul 14] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Reunion" from Milurie
Review:
Good to see that you're still working on this; I'm enjoying it.
Comments from author:
Hello! How nice to see you. And it is almost finished - the last chapter is about ready for my beta to count my commas and tidy my typos.

But there are still so many other questions in my head that need answering - so there will probably be more stories in time!
Review By [Milurie] • Date [3 Jul 14] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Reunion" from Angwen
Review:
Wow... you started this one in December of 2012. Didn't realize it had been so long. Are you updating anywhere else? This site is kinda dead... :p
Comments from author:
I know - it's taken me a lot longer than them!

But it is just about complete - I had written a much too long winded final chapter and wasn't happy - so I finally reduced it by half, and it is ready for my beta when he has his next nights off work. So should be posted within the week.

I do post concurrently here and at Faerie - http://efiction.esteliel.de/viewuser.php?uid=83 But that is a much smaller site.
Review By [Angwen] • Date [3 Jul 14] • Rating [8 out of 10]
Review of chapter "At Last - The Máhanaxar" from raxadian
Review:
Gods love to play with mortals, don't they?
Comments from author:
Oh yes - and with immortals too - never ones to give you a simple answer when they can make it more difficult. Of course it does stop them getting too bored!
Review By [raxadian] • Date [17 Jun 14] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Welcome to Tirion" from raxadian
Review:
Yeah, you can feel the love in the air.
Comments from author:
Oh yes... or perhaps no :)
Review By [raxadian] • Date [17 Jun 14] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "All Together Now" from raxadian
Review:
Oh, a duel perhaps?
Comments from author:
Wait and see....
Review By [raxadian] • Date [17 Jun 14] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Mainly Concerning Gandalf..." from raxadian
Review:
Oh, they are probably not expecting a Valley Girl elf...
Comments from author:
I get the feeling that they might have been keeping a bit of an eye on her already...
Review By [raxadian] • Date [17 Jun 14] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Midwinter" from raxadian
Review:
Ah yes, what are there for?
Comments from author:
In this case they turn out to be very useful....
Review By [raxadian] • Date [17 Jun 14] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Light Through The Window" from raxadian
Review:
Ah, uncle Spike will be a lot of fun!
Comments from author:
You can see that even the very idea might be a bit like putting the cat amongst the pigeons!
Review By [raxadian] • Date [17 Jun 14] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Obvious Things" from raxadian
Review:
Well, those who live long tend to be very set on their ways.
Comments from author:
Yep - even when they are on their second time around!
Review By [raxadian] • Date [17 Jun 14] • Not Rated
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