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Reviews For Lives Apart
"Do not cry in front of your sons, he admonished himself."
That was heart-wrenching! I really like how relatable everyone in this story is; all of their reactions seemed believable and fair.
Author's Response: Thank you so much! I'm glad you found them all relatable and believable.
Does he know they were raised by the Feanorians?
Author's Response: I think he does. He observes that they behave like "Mortals or Feanorians" in leaving their weapons, and although he feels that they qualify as neither, "not really", he is aware that in some ways, they are both (half-)mortal and (raised) Feanorian.
I was also trying to allude to their Feanorian upbringing with my cumbersome description of their assymetrical cloaks, covering their right shoulder (and thus, their right arms). I probably didn't make a very good job of it, but in my 'verse, this is a typically Feanorian thing - a fashionable show of solidarity with Maedhros ("Our leader can't use his right hand, so we hide ours, too"). It's distantly inspired by the Renaissance mantella, only reversed, and as a long cloak rather than a cape. Although Elrond and Elros are no longer among the Feanorians at this point in the story, they continue to wear their cloaks "Feanorian-style", possibly as an act of rebellion or a covert vote of confidence. I am not sure Eärendil picks up on that, however, although he does pick up on the strangeness of the cloak.
But anyway, yes, he knows, and when he assumes that they "called another man their father", he means Maglor.
All too plausible and very sad, the more so as no-one in this story is really at fault
Author's Response: Yes, that family's history is pretty depressing, isn't it?
So I decided to read this tonight because I can't sleep, and now I'm curled up in bed getting teary because this meeting is so painful and so real. Excellent, excellent story.
Author's Response: Thank you so much - although I'm sorry it made you cry. I hope it's the cathartic sort of teariness...
Wonderful little fic! You found the perfect way to express the awkwardness and pain of this situation.
Author's Response: Thank you so much!
Fantastic work, Lyra! You addressed the theme beautifully, and for me, this poignant, painful and awkward meeting rings with authenticity. Eärendil's narrative is executed in a most satisfying way!
Author's Response: Aw, thank you very much! I blame this entirely on B2MeM - I chose to play Eärendil because my usual characters tend to be rather angsty, and what happened? I discovered Eärendil's angsty side... ;) Glad you enjoyed it!