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Comments For A Bit of a Bore
Delightful! Marvelous structure, great characterization (Maedhros is always superb) and small details that say a lot, like the Sindar who don't like to make eye contact against the Noldor who carry the images of the Ice in their eyes. The Sinda messanger is wonderful.
Author's Response: Thank you very much! I'm very happy that you like my Sinda messenger. Sindar are said to feel uneasy about the eyes of the Noldor because the light of Aman is reflected in them, but I was wondering whether there might not be a cultural difference between Noldor and Sindar involved as well. After all, it's the sort of issue that is affected by different notions of politeness among humans.
I enjoyed this very much. Several lines particularly struck me: "it seems, is who they now expect Maedhros to be: a bad friend, a good ally." I chuckled at this, because not only does this push your storyline and characterization of Maedhros forward, but it also might be a description of what certain fanfic writers not overly sympathetic to Maedhros, but who understand the texts fairly well, might expect. A lovely counter to that negative attitude.
"I can handle being Maedhros the Ever-Vigilant. For some reason, it seems to work better than being Maedhros the Permanently-Afraid, in spite of their boiling down to pretty much the same thing."
I also like Maedhros's voice here. Very nice.
Oh, thank you, I'm glad you enjoyed it! And yes, I actually did have that particular attitude among some fanfic writers in the back of my mind!