Where the Stars are Strange

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Could be titled "the existential Aragorn!" When the going gets tough (or has been for awhile), Aragorn and Indirkan (OC) have some decisions to ponder. Takes place in Harad, during Aragorn's early journeys. Now completed!

Mithril Awards 2003 - Commended - Best characterisation—original character.
 

 

Chapter List

Ch# Title Words Com. Updated
1 Fugitive 2,137 0 02 Jun 03
2 Hard Questions 2,356 0 19 Jul 02
3 Nightfall 1,547 0 19 Jul 02
4 Through the Long Dark Night 2,139 0 01 May 03
5 Daybreak 3,682 0 19 Jul 02
6 Epilogue: Homecoming 3,059 0 01 May 03
Appx. Word Count 14,920 0  
 

 

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Where the Stars are Strange

RS - 19 Nov 06 - 1:57 PM

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WOW!!!  A story that I will keep reading over and over again!  SUPERB!

I love the ending! 

I know your continuation to this story has halted a bit due to your other epic. But I want to let you know that this reader will wait for it patiently. 

Where the Stars are Strange

Imhiriel - 09 May 07 - 9:10 AM

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I just re-read this story, and enjoyed it just as much as I always do. High time to finally leave a review Smile!

I very much like the setting, the spare desert and barren rock shelter. It helps to focus more intently on the interaction between the two characters. Indirkan and his doubts are well-drawn, as is Aragorn's weariness (physical and spiritual). I think it fits well into Aragorn's personality that by helping others, he can help himself.

The picture you have drawn of Harad and its society, the tension between its own rich culture and honour on the one hand, and the demands of Mordor on the other, are complex, realistic, and fascinating.

I have one question regarding the chronology: Is this happening after the betrothal, e.g. Aragorn went to Lórien, Rivendell and then back south?

I have to admit, the epilogue makes me very curious to know what was happening with Indirkan in the intervening years. The things you allude to sound very intriguing. I would also like to know how Indirkan's father reacted to his son's choice.

Having read this story, I had to think of "Dynasty", too. Have you abandoned that story, or do you plan to finishing it one day after all? This is such an interesting story, and I would be sad to see it stalled just when everything is in place to really get things rolling...

Imhiriel

Where the Stars are Strange

Dwimordene - 09 May 07 - 10:25 AM

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Hi Imhiriel!

I just re-read this story, and enjoyed it just as much as I always do. High time to finally leave a review Smile!

Why thank you! I'm glad you've enjoyed this one.

I think it fits well into Aragorn's personality that by helping others, he can help himself.

I think that's very central to the Aragorn I read and write - there's no movement unless it's with and towards others.

The picture you have drawn of Harad and its society, the tension between its own rich culture and honour on the one hand, and the demands of Mordor on the other, are complex, realistic, and fascinating.

Thanks! I love trying to fill in the Haradrim. They're such fun.

I have one question regarding the chronology: Is this happening after the betrothal, e.g. Aragorn went to Lórien, Rivendell and then back south?

Before the betrothal. I can't figure out Tolkien's timeline for Aragorn's travels. It just doesn't make sense to me. So I freely move him out of Gondor a year or so ahead of the chronology so that he can spend some time wandering around before returning to Lorien.

I have to admit, the epilogue makes me very curious to know what was happening with Indirkan in the intervening years. The things you allude to sound very intriguing. I would also like to know how Indirkan's father reacted to his son's choice.

I suspect Indirkan skipped town one night after telling only his sister he was departing.

Having read this story, I had to think of "Dynasty", too. Have you abandoned that story, or do you plan to finishing it one day after all? This is such an interesting story, and I would be sad to see it stalled just when everything is in place to really get things rolling...

I'd like to get back to "Dynasty," but I need to rethink it. It's on hold. LDID will be finished first, then I've got S&S and "Dynasty" to consider.

Thanks for your comments!

Dwim


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Story Information

Author: Dwimordene

Status: Reviewed

Completion: Complete

Era: 3rd Age - The Stewards

Genre: Drama

Rating: General

Last Updated: 03/15/04

Original Post: 07/08/02

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