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Reviews For Goldilocks and the Three Balrogs
That was so quietly and sadly beautiful. The way you weaved the story through Glorfindel's nostalgia and Erestor and Melinna's obfuscation so that very little was clear until the very end was quite ingenious. The confusion gave more weight to Glorfindel's emotional turmoil, which I'm sure was your intent, so well done there. Also, the way everything quietly resolved in the epilogue married perfectly with nightingale music motif. What a joy to read!
It's lovely to hear you enjoyed this story, and that the mix of nostalgia and obfuscation paid off in the end. You're absolutely right, I did want the conclusion to give weight to Glorfindel's emotional issues, once he had arrived at Imladris and was no longer able to distract himself with the journey. And I'm very glad the resolution worked out for you! Thank you so much for taking the time to leave such a thoughtful review!
That's a perfect end to a brilliant story. The loose ends leave open opportunities to weave more tales around this theme and I love the way you end with Glorfindel getting to know Erestor and Melinna better.
This is great work, and highly recommended.
Author's Response: And again -- thank you so much for reading and for all your kind reviews! It's great to hear what you think and I'm glad you enjoyed the story!
Brilliant! You have revealed the wisdom I thought might be lacking in Erestor and Melinna. Playing dumb is one of the oldest tricks there is, and it's worked perfectly. I like the twist of having had Erestor and Melinna recover one of Glorfindel's most prized possessions. Brilliant ideas, beautifully rendered.
Glorfindel and the Istar had sampled most OF the alcoholic beverages
through which [poured] the Road POURED like starlight through storm clouds.
Author's Response: It's great to hear that you like the twists in this chapter! And thank you so much for picking up that missing 'of' (so easily done), although I think I would prefer to keep my syntax for the Road simile. I'm not sure I intended to have Erestor and Melinna playing dumb, more that Glorfindel mistook their levity for frivolity -- his judgement could hardly have been impeccable under the circumstances, after all.
I love the way you've woven the other characters into this tale. Having read your story in which Erestor and Melinna featured before, I found it hard to reconcile their levity here with that fic, until I realised you were adding depth to them via their frivolity.
Since Erestor is Elrond's chief counsellor, I'd like to read your version of how he got the job...
This is going very well, and I do like it.
Again, I'm glad you liked the way the story was going! The background to Erestor's place as Elrond's chief counsellor is set up in 'Wanderlust'; I still haven't written my version of how he eventually came to settle down in Imladris, partly because that may be the last serious piece of LOTR fanfic I ever write and I have quite a lot of other stuff still to be written. So it may be a while.
As for Erestor and Melinna's frivolity -- well, 'Blood and Fire' deals with a fairly atypical event, and is indeed somewhat atypically unleavened tragedy compared to my other stories. Also, of course, this story is taking place four and a half thousand years later, so while I wouldn't say they've forgotten that episode, I think it's fair to say they've learned to live with it. I hope the characterisation harmonises overall in both these and my other stories!
The fury of Glorfindel's confusion is very well rendered here. I like the way you've gone for a harrumphing larger-than-life personality for him - the kind I gave him in my own stories. The prose flows well and it all makes sense.
Author's Response: Hi, Wendy! To begin, thank you for all your reviews of this story! It's good to hear you liked my prose and the characterisation of Glorfindel here. I'm glad you enjoyed the story and I hope you don't mind me filling your in-box with replies. ^^
I'm glad to see that Erestor and Melinna survived the battle for Doriath!
This is an excellent story of Glorfindel's return to a considerably different Middle-earth. His confusion and terrible sense of loss are very credible here, as his gradual accomodation of and rising respect for Erestor.
Author's Response: *g* I'm nothing if not a canon slave (well, as long as it's explicitly set out in the Silmarillion, so, okay, plenty of space for manoeuvre), so Erestor had to survive that one. I'm glad you enjoyed this story! And again, thank you so much for so many kind and thoughtful reviews! It was a really lovely surprise to wake up to them all.
What an amazing story! Glorfindel is so real, contrasts starkly to the elusive Moriquendi; his old world gone and new one ill-fitting to his size - a beautiful portrait.
Your description of the road to Imladirs is wonderfully done, mud tracks and woods and troll bait...
Added it to my favourites straightaway.
Author's Response: Thanks so much for such a lovely review! I'm very glad you enjoyed the story; I did have fun writing it, in fact I was (re)discovering the joys of narrative along the road to Imladris, so it's wonderful to hear it works. And thank you for picking up the contrast between Glorfindel and the Moriquendi, and his discomfort in the new world!