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Reviews For Labadal and Túrin
"Why is it left to me, the lowliest person of the household to wipe his tears?"
That's a good observation. This and the first one ('Names') are my favourites.
Thank you! I've always been fascinated by that childhood realationship of Turin's ever since I read of it, and I always wondered why his parents did not seem ot care more about the child's feelings.
his child's heart will break, and of the shards will grow a heart of stone and pride. He is his mother's son.
And thus you give the reader the foundation of what will become Túrin's great tragedy. His story is perhaps the bleakest in The Silmarillion, so this series of drabbles set the foundation for what is to come. Labadal's voice -- world-weary yet full of patience and affection -- is very effective. It's fascinating for this reader to see young Túrin in his days of childhood innocence through the old, loyal servant's eyes. You've given Labadal a nobility and fortitude I have long wanted to see, for surely, the old loyal servant possessed these traits.
This series is an excellent foray into the First Age, Dreamflower! Here's hoping you'll dip your toes into the waters again, perhaps by expanding on one or all of these gems.
When I read of Turin's story in the Silm, I didn't like him much. He seemed so full of hubris and lacking in sense. The tragedy of his story did not move me that much. But then in UT and in CoH, I read the accounts of his childhood and his relationship with Labadal, and that changed my whole view of him. It gave me a chance to realize that he'd had potential, that he had been a child with a lot of love to give, and that all of that had been just crushed out of him. It truly made me empathize with him more. He was an innocent child, with a generous heart, and then he became this bleak and bitter man.
And I was also very drawn to Labadal. As you said, a man of nobility and fortitude, and a wise one as well. I really appreciated the devotion he showed to this lonely grieving child.
I am glad you liked these. I do not know if I have any more First Age fic in me-- I am very devoted to hobbits. But I never thought I'd write this much, so who knows in the future.
Thank you so much for the lovely reviews. ((hugs))
Labadal's character -- his love and patience with the boy -- comes through well, as well as the seeds of kindness that were in Túrin's young heart.
Yes, we see in the young child so much love and kindness and generosity! We see a child with so much potential, and it seems that Labadal is the only one who seems to want to nurture that potential. And he is such a patient and loving man. He would have been a good father to children of his own.
His father’s duty, his mother’s hardness, that is what noble blood has brought him. Were he a peasant’s child, his lot would be happier.
Again, you've conveyed perfectly the bitterness that will become become Túrin's great tragedy.
It was indeed a dreadful tragedy, to see such a sweet and generous child quashed.
His father's grief has turned to vengeance, his mother's has turned to ice. Why is it left to me, the lowliest person of the household to wipe his tears?
Excellent wordcraft here, Dreamflower. This conveys so much, explains so much.
Thank you! I found Turin's parents difficult to understand in some ways, though I could understand his father more easily than his mother.
In his piping voice I hear, not scorn, but admiration, and perhaps some pity for my pain.
Labadal is not so ill a name as some might think.
In an economy of carefully chosen words, you've given Sador his voice, and the above nicely addresses why he holds his nickname as compliment rather than scorn.
On to the next...
Oh thank you! Of course with drabbles an economy of words is essential. And I think he understands that this little child truly does love him, and so no offense can be taken.
Thank you very much for writing and sharing this! I think this is an interesting and moving part of Turin's story, too, and it is very good to see somebody give Sador Labadal a voice!
Oh thank you! I still have one or two more drabbles left! You are my very first SWG reviewer!
When I read the Silm, I didn't think much of Turin; he seemed like such a jerk. But then when I read UT and CoH, and saw what a sweet person he was as a child, it changed my whole way of looking at his tragedy-- that the truly sad part of the story wasn't all the death and destruction, but that he lost that generous innocence of his so very young!
And I was intrigued by Sador Labadal, who was so very good and kind to a young child, giving of his time and his wisdom.