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Review of chapter "Twice blessed is help unlooked for" from Sendai
Review:
You killed Vicky! Bastard!

Spoiler alert?
Comments from author:
But Viconia's death is canon! I didn't think a spoiler warning was necessary as her death was described in one of the Good endings to BG2:ToB, and that's been out since June 2001.

And in the Lady Penitent novels almost everybody dies - and most of those who survive get killed in the disasters associated with the Spellplague and the conversion of D&D 3.5 into 4th Edition.
Review By [Sendai] • Date [17 Nov 11] • Rating [10 out of 10]
Review of chapter "Twice blessed is help unlooked for" from (Current Donor)Shieldage
Review:
Good description of the various cultures. Éomer and Lothíriel work well together and seem like they'll have a promising future if they survive the fight. I like how Legolas is wistful... Hmm... He appears to be the only member of the reinforcements able to communicate with the Drow, unless there's an unexpected scholar or Gimli has acquired the skill... Does seem primed to end in miscommunication and tragedy.

Cool. I'm not too familiar with D&D world creation, but I've heard of Spelljammer and physically travelling the space between worlds is a major component of the D&D-inspired Might & Magic so it having a more consistent cosmology than Tolkien's bendable and isolated world makes sense.
Comments from author:
Thank you! It is canon that Éomer's mother spoke Sindarin fluently, and though it is never explicitly stated that he speaks Sindarin it would perfectly feasible for him to do so, so that provides a channel of communication - depending, of course, on exactly what the situation is when the Rohirrim arrive...
Review By [(Current Donor)Shieldage] • Date [26 Sep 11] • Rating [9 out of 10]
Review of chapter "Twice blessed is help unlooked for" from (Current Donor)JanessaRavenwood
Review:
What total dumbfucks (the raiders)! Great job, evil geniuses - make sure to kill the hostage you spent all this time, money, and *lives* to acquire in the *first minute of combat*. I suspect a Raise Dead spell in her future, however. Wait, no gods available anymore (IIRC)...Limited Wish?
Comments from author:
The Haradrim took it for granted that Lothíriel would be in the carriage. The two men with shields raised to screen her meant that the raiders didn't get a good look at her to realise their mistake.
Review By [(Current Donor)JanessaRavenwood] • Date [16 Sep 11] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Twice blessed is help unlooked for" from JoeDineen
Review:
As always the writing is excellent and I have enjoyed the story so far. Middle Earth will never be the same if you are now introducing D&D style magic. I wonder who the Drow clerics will worship and what spell they will grant?
Comments from author:
I'm not introducing D&D style magic to Middle Earth; did you notice that there was something missing from the description of the Fireball? There will be an explanation in the next chapter...

The priestesses will not worship any deity. They are the most faithful, the most devoted, of all Eilistraee's worshippers and they will not accept anyone else. They could have switched their worship to one of the Seldarine, back in Faerûn, and they refused to do so. They don't have any spells, as worshippers of a dead goddess; they don't care - they're even prepared to face the Wall of the Faithless! Cierre has 2 first-level and 1 second-level spells, as a Ranger who worships a goddess who still exists, and those of Ilythiiri blood who have not transformed still have Drow racial spells. That's it.

Thank you very much!
Review By [JoeDineen] • Date [16 Sep 11] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "A fire, a fire..." from arkeus
Review:
Interesting, though i am tempted to be sad at yet another awesome fic i feel won't be updated soon enough from you :p
Comments from author:
Thanks. It won't need to be updated much; the outline calls for only one more long chapter and then a short epilogue.
Review By [arkeus] • Date [28 Aug 11] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "A fire, a fire..." from (Past Donor)wildred
Review:
love this more please
Comments from author:
Thank you very much!
Review By [(Past Donor)wildred] • Date [26 Aug 11] • Rating [10 out of 10]
Review of chapter "A fire, a fire..." from BarbarossaRotbart
Review:
Interesting story, but there are two things that are not quite right:
- Moriquendi: all elves, who never saw the Light of the Trees, are Moriquendi and not all of them are Avari. The Nandor and the Laiquendi, who belong to the Teleri are also Moriquendi. The elves of Faerûn have to belong to the Avari and cannot be the only Moriquendi. (Most of the elves of Mirkwood or Lothlorién are either Nandor or Avari and thus also Moriquendi (Quenya for dark elves). Mornequendi, Mornelda, Moriëlda, Ungwiquendi, Ungwiëlda, Lumbiquendi, Lumbiëlda literally mean the same but use different words for dark (morna, more, ungwe, lumbe) and elf (quende, eldar).
- 25,000 years: As far as we know, the elves awoke in the year 1050 of the Age of the Trees (which ended in the 1500 year of the Trees). The First Age lasted 583 years, the Second Age 3441 years and the Third Age 3021 years. A Valinorean year is 9.5826 years of the sun long. So elves lived on Arda for approx. 11,360 years and not those 25,000 years.
Comments from author:
Obviously I'm fudging the dates for purposes of the story. Tolkien's chronology is much shakier than Forgotten Realms chronology - he changed his mind many times - and I think the whole concept of the sun and moon being created thousands of years after the creation of the world is so stupid that it doesn't deserve to be treated with any consideration whatsoever. I'm taking it that dates during the Age of the Trees are totally unreliable; after all, there wasn't a sun or a moon!

I know that the word Moriquendi means all elves who never saw the Light of the Trees. However I'm taking it that the word, and the term 'Dark Elves', originally meant 'Elves with dark skins' but was re-used after the Sundering of the Elves with a new meaning, that quoted above, replacing the original meaning. And that eight kindreds of elves, seven with fair skins and one with dark, departed for Faerûn. The dark-skinned elves had been a small minority in Middle Earth and all of them left; whereas many fair-skinned elves remained behind.

Again, I'm fudging Tolkien's history for purposes of the story. It is Forgotten Realms canon that the Elves arrived from elsewhere circa 25,000 years ago and so I'm going with that canon and bending the Tolkien canon to fit in with the generally better thought-out FR canon. And no matter how much I bend it I'm not screwing it up as badly as Peter Jackson did.
Review By [BarbarossaRotbart] • Date [26 Aug 11] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "A fire, a fire..." from (Current Donor)Tempi
Review:
An interesting beginning. I look forward to see how the Drow experience Middle-Earth.
Comments from author:
Thank you. Unfortunately, as the title of the story and the quotes at the beginning may indicate, their experience will not be favourable.
Review By [(Current Donor)Tempi] • Date [26 Aug 11] • Rating [9 out of 10]
Review of chapter "A fire, a fire..." from (Current Donor)Sithspit
Review:
I have no idea where this is going...but I have to say I'm very, very impressed that you managed to capture the formal speech patterns of the Rohirrim, the people of Gondor, Legolas, and the Drow so, so well. It made it so very easy to get lost in the story and just let it flow around me...and then, suddenly, it was over too soon. Greatly looking forward to the next part.
Comments from author:
Thank you very much.
Review By [(Current Donor)Sithspit] • Date [26 Aug 11] • Rating [10 out of 10]
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