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Reviewer: just_jenni Signed [Report This]
Date: August 18, 2017 - 06:52 am
Title: Haldad

How interesting!  There is quite a bit I didn't remember about the Haladin although I read both the Silm and Unfinished Tales in their entirety.  But I couldn't remember anything about the Druedain people!  

Thanks for such a thorough and compelling account of these people.  You are right that Haleth's meeting with Caranthir is one of the heart-throbbing stories that a lot of fans fell in love with. (Including me.)

Author's Response:

Oh, wow! Thank for the lovely comment. I missed this somehow, because I always get notifications for comments from the SWG.

I kind of slid over the Druedain in past readings. Don't know why because they are really interesting.

Haleth's meeting with Caranthir is one of the heart-throbbing stories that a lot of fans fell in love with. (Including me.)

Same here! One of the initial Silm stories that pulled me into reading Silm fic (after Fingon and Maedhros).

Reviewer: Robinka Signed [Report This]
Date: August 11, 2017 - 06:03 am
Title: Haldad

Well, while it's nice to see a daughter more famous than her father for a change, Haldad is a hero in his own right. Thank you for this great bio and bringing up a somewhat forgotten character up to the front row :)

Greatly done!

Author's Response:

Thank you, Binka. So happy you were able to read it and left a comment. I enjoyed working on it. I've been writing Haleth this past two months--two short stories, one for last month's challenge and finishing the other today. I couldn't bear to pry myself out of the history of the Haladin, so I chose Haldad. He was rewarding and a help with the second story as background. I hoped other readers and writers would find it useful.

Thanks again for the comment!

Reviewer: Grundy Signed [Report This]
Date: August 06, 2017 - 04:52 pm
Title: Haldad

Nice character biography. Well done, Oshun!

(I never noticed before that we could leave comments on character biographies. Now that I know...)

Author's Response:

Thanks!! I love to know that people read them. For a long while a comment here was rare indeed. But in more recently years less rare (I others discovered one could review), but they are always gratefully accepted! It's a fair amount of work under a tightish deadline--not that I don't push it until it screams every month.

Reviewer: Hrymfaxe Signed [Report This]
Date: August 06, 2017 - 11:19 am
Title: Haldad

I have a Haleth bug these days, so this bio was very interesting! :D Thank you again for your continued effort in these.

Author's Response:

Awww! Thanks! Yes, me too. Writing the second part of a Haleth story right now (they are one-shots, but dovetail one another).

Reviewer: Himring Signed [Report This]
Date: August 06, 2017 - 12:47 am
Title: Haldad

He is quite a hero himself, Haldad, isn't he? Organizing that retreat and getting the stockade up under those circumstances must have been quite a feat.

The bit where they throw themselves into the river in despair always makes me really sad when I come across it.

Author's Response:

Thanks! Although I am making a lot of assumptions. I can't imagine what Tolkien is visualizing when he says "retreated to the angle of land between Ascar and Gelion [rivers], and in the utmost corner he built a stockade across from water to water." They really stumped me when I got to it. I actually spent hours looking at pictures of wooden so-called stockades and defensive structures on rivers--they varied from log forts which seemed almost like small villages to one-sided barricades of standing logs. I'm glad if it sounded like I knew what Tolkien meant, but I don't even now!!

I thought it was a lot of fun to observe that Haleth was the "big name" and her father and brother were the ones mentioned in passing. That was typical-Tolkien flipped on his head! There is something about this people which is reminiscent of certain cultures among indigenous peoples of the Americas. As usual, I get to the deadline for publication and wish I had a month or two!

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