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3. Author's Notes


Gormgloine- "blue-glass" (Irish) My vision is that Narvi's axe handle has two sapphires embedded in it, and I love that it has the word "Gloin" in it. Many of the weapons in Middle-earth have names, including Orcrist, Thorin's sword. To my knowledge Gimli does not name his axe, but perhaps he's being coy in that secretive Dwarvish way that they have.

déandorkh- déan (make, making) dorcha- dark (Irish) Yes, I'm afraid it looks like something-dork. I thought that a ‘k' instead of a 'c' would look more Dwarvish. Ultimately I wanted the word to have the sensibility of "sacrilegious," something that just Would Not Be Done.

The quotations at the beginning of the three sections were all found in The Norton Anthology of Modern Poetry, © 1973

Our friends were not unearthly beautiful.- from "Ideal Landscape" by Adrienne Rich

I keep to myself such measures as I care for, daily the rocks accumulate position.- from "I Keep to Myself Such Measures…" by Robert Creeley

The Soul selects her own Society-- from "The Soul selects her own Society" by Emily Dickinson

"What stood will stand" by Wendell Berry, words © 1998. There is one final stanza to it which could not fit within the Ardaverse:

What stood, whole in every piecemeal
Thing that stood, will stand though all
Fall-field and woods and all in them
Rejoin the primal Sabbath's hymn.

Lastly, but by far with the most gusto, I am forever indebted to Adina Atl and her absolutely marvelous story, "Opening Doors," in which Narvi was a female Dwarf. I took her idea and expanded on it by making a story in parallel with the post-WR, but I must give the credit of that jewel of an idea to her.

This is a work of fan fiction, written because the author has an abiding love for the works of J R R Tolkien. The characters, settings, places, and languages used in this work are the property of the Tolkien Estate, Tolkien Enterprises, and possibly New Line Cinema, except for certain original characters who belong to the author of the said work. The author will not receive any money or other remuneration for presenting the work on this archive site. The work is the intellectual property of the author, is available solely for the enjoyment of Henneth Annûn Story Archive readers, and may not be copied or redistributed by any means without the explicit written consent of the author.


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