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Reviewer: oshun Signed [Report This]
Date: May 16, 2016 - 05:20 pm
Title: Aerin

This is an intense and complex biography. I am so happy that you wrote this one, because I could not have done it half as well. I am fascinated about the parts of the Narn that cover her story and really owe them a careful re-reading. I love the reference to a possible parallel in Eowyn remarks with the story of Aerin. I am sure at some point, there will be an occasion for you to examine that connection more closely and refer to it.

Author's Response:

Thank you very much, Oshun!

Of course, Aerin's story is a depressing one, because that is what almost all of the stories in the Narn are! But I have always liked her nevertheless and it has struck me how much strength would be required, just keeping going in that situation for so long.

I actually did write the discussion about Eowyn and Aerin--I wrote it for the August non-fiction challenge for the LOTR community. I never cross-posted it, because it was written in a hurry and I was hoping to revise it--my mistake, I should have known that I wasn't going to get round to any revisions for quite a while!

It's here:

(I've also wondered whether the original version from the Tales could be salvageable for a fan fiction. You would have to change the names, of course, and some of the setting as well.)

Reviewer: Klose Signed [Report This]
Date: June 02, 2015 - 11:10 pm
Title: Aerin

Oh, what a great bio! Children of Húrin is full of so many fascinating ladies, of whom Aerin is not the least. And like all of them, she got something of the short end of the stick. 

I have always found the House of Hador & the Edain of Dór-lomin very fascinating (and after the Nirnaeth, quite tragic). Tolkien seemed to imply a great about the political situation in Hithlum in the years before, during and after the Bragollach, without actually going into any interesting details, so your discussion of that--which works as context not just for Aerin, but also Húrin, Túrin and the rest of their family--here is very helpful.

Author's Response:

Thank you! I'm so glad you found this bio helpful!

I've written a couple of shorter stories about Aerin and also about others of the House of Hador. But this is the first time I've tried to tackle the subject in the format of a bio!

I also had some vague thoughts about Aerin and Eowyn--you know the conversation with Aragorn where Eowyn talks about being burnt with the house? But I didn't manage to work them out in time for this (because I don't think it's a straightforward allusion or comparison), and, in any case, I'm not sure a bio like this is the best place to do so.

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