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Amid the Powers and Chances of the World

ziggy - 14 Dec 10 - 1:21 PM

Ch. 7: With Foes Ahead, Behind Us Dread

So I was intrigued by your last comment on my story and then I found this...and am in love with it. I have snatched moments to read this and just had ot stop at this one. It is the best I have read from this perspective. You create that wonderful sense of urgency and trepidation, tension, everything needed. Glorfindel is fabulously well written and that moment where he is arming himself, or rather the nameless scribe is, is just gorgeously written, sumptuous (going to run out of adjectives). And then you bring us back to Bilbo. Perfect. 

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Azalais - 15 Dec 10 - 3:00 AM

Ch. 7: With Foes Ahead, Behind Us Dread

Hi Ziggy,

then I found this...and am in love with it. I have snatched moments to read this

Ha! Gotcha! Well, as you know, as far as Sons of Thunder is concerned it's reciprocal... and Powers is finished, so you know you won't be left hanging!

(But would I rather you were reading/commenting on Powers, or writing Sons? Oh, the dilemma...) Laugh out loud

I'm so glad you like the arming of Glorfindel, because picturing that moment gave me shivers, so it's great to hear I managed to convey some of what was in my head.

Hope you enjoy further chapters and I will really look forward to any comments Tongue out

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maeglin - 02 Jan 11 - 8:31 PM

Ch. 7: With Foes Ahead, Behind Us Dread

"Down below, Erestor stood again in the hall, at the hub of frantic activity. She recognised the imposing figure of Glorfindel beside him, and several other Elves whom Bilbo had at one time or another pointed out to her, "lords of the Eldar, my dear; some of the greatest princes of the Firstborn lingering anywhere in Middle-earth." They towered even over Erestor, impossibly fair; it seemed to Rowanna as she watched that in the now shadowy hall a pale glimmer surrounded them, as though they cast their own starlight. With a shock, she realised that several of them bore full arms."

What wonderful imagery in a powerful scene!  Has me wondering, who (besides Glorfindel) were these warriors?  Tolkien did not identify the 'others' sent out against the Nine, only implying that there were several.  And here they are, vividly (if fleetingly :) ) brought to life.  Would be great to see your perspective on their identities..

Maeglin

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Azalais - 03 Jan 11 - 1:07 AM

Ch. 7: With Foes Ahead, Behind Us Dread

Hi Maeglin! Wave

I was basically riffing off what Gandalf tells the Hobbits about Glorfindel and the unidentified others like him:

"And here in Rivendell there live still some of [Sauron's] chief foes: the Elven-wise, lords of the Eldar from beyond the furthest seas. They do not fear the Ringwraiths, for those who have dwelt in the Blessed Realm live at once in both worlds, and against both the Seen and the Unseen they have great power."

So they have to be returnees from Valinor from before the Change of the World, but that's about all we know - and I'm not enough of a First Age scholar even to speculate, really, though I'd love it if someone did! (hint, hint?...)

Delighted you're reading, and hope you'll continue and will continue to comment too!

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