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Comments For Your Image in an Antique Book
This was lovely, Mike. This sums up for me in one sentence what draws me to reading and writing stories about their lives:
> Two young scholars turned revolutionaries, turned reluctant warriors, turned commanders, turned Kings, turned. . . what? Nothing.
The drawing he finds juxtaposed beside the final drawing he makes is poignant. I do love that you end on a hopeful note! (Dark writer that I am I probably would have stayed all morose and such, and I was pleasantly surprised by the turn. I've also written Maedhros post-Nirnaeth as essentially mad with grief and like seeing him with more than a little kick left in him!)
I didn't miss the fact that he refers to Morgoth as "the Vala"; the removal of Morgoth from the ranks of the Valar by the narrators of the Silm (probably imitating the Valar themselves?) has always smacked to me more than a little of revisionism aimed at promoting the Valar as an unequivocal force for good. This reference itself feels more than a little revolutionary! :D
Once again, a lovely story that I very much enjoyed reading!
Author's Response: Thank you for this great review, Dawn. It means a lot to me. I'm glad you like what I did with the prompt, that's a great picture. I did struggle a bit with how to translate it though. I'm also glad you like the hopeful ending. I can't seem to write dark endings for these characters since the text takes care of that on its own. I did like the idea of Maedhros having the courage to go back into enemy territory to retrieve Fingon's papers, I can see him doing something like that. I like your comment about the Valar. I never thought of it that way so my reference was a happy accident. As usual, your take on these things always teaches me something. :-)
I told you how much I love this. Such beautiful language and I love Maedhros' memories of Fingon. You absolutely shredded my heart a few times in this story. As I mentioned earlier, my house is filled with company, so I will have to give you a proper write-up later. But I could not let this sit here without a comment until tomorrow!
Author's Response: Thank you so much for your comments and for looking this over before I posted. I'm so happy you like this because I shamelessly stole from your Fingon. :-) I appreciate you so much. I hope you enjoy your evening. *hugs*