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A Bit of Rope

ziggy - 27 Aug 11 - 1:34 AM

Ch. 56: The Brown Wizard And The Grey

Ah. I sit here with tears streaming down my face .For the beauty of his departure as much as the sadness- I have not cried like this since the first time I read LOTR and Gandalf fell in Moria and I believed him dead. This MASTERPIECE of yours that links and rolls back on itself and has the great themes that Tolkien used himself, is overwhelming. Not a word or phrase out of place, not a single theme or idea is lost and Radagast is immense.

I think the relationship between Gandalf and RAdagast is one of the many triumphs of this chapter and his inner voice that sees animals and birds and compares them with the Speaking children is beautifully done.

I had still hoped that Sam would somehow be preserved by having the Ring but I know that would not be authentic now...the aftermath of war is very very real in this, far more so actually than Tolkien allowed but I suppose he was living through it and they needed happy endings.

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Glîrnardir - 27 Aug 11 - 4:10 PM

Ch. 56: The Brown Wizard And The Grey

I quote Ziggy - utterly. He couldn't explain better what I feel about this passage and this entire masterpiece of yours -- so sad, yet so beautiful. I love how you depict that the great victory accomplished at the Black Gate is almost forgotten before the terrible losses suffered by each and every of them. Terrible, terrible losses... The balance of your life-taking of which so many spoke is utterly altered - Elladan, Eomer, Celeborn, Imrhail, Celeborn, Elrond, Galadriel, Glorfindel, and above all Sam and Gandalf. And yet I still hope for a happy ending. How did it go? "We shall fight for hope - not for our hope, for we have none. Here we stand for the very concept of Hope." Something like that, wasn't it?

Despite the sadness of this story, I don't want it to end soon. There are still so many things unsaid, so many concept yet to be explored - so I don't care about the length.  Continue. Carry on this huge undertaking.

Give us more sadness, if that's what you have for us. Otherwise, give us Hope...

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Larner - 06 Sep 11 - 4:11 AM

Ch. 56: The Brown Wizard And The Grey

Trust Saruman to keep such fungi about to inflict on those he chose to see as his enemies.  And perhaps there will be no need for the more drastic situation.

Alas that Frodo will not see Bilbo again, either.  At least King and Queen will be together, even if both are scarred.

And to tell the truth, I rejoice that in the original all this loss didn't happen.

Love the freeing of Olorin from the ruins of Gandalf's body!  How wonderful!

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Larner - 30 May 12 - 2:08 PM

Ch. 56: The Brown Wizard And The Grey

Catching up at last.  I rejoice that Gandalf was able to help ease Frodo through his terrible grief ere he went.  And I imagine that both Gandalf and Frodo would prefer to leave this life under the stars!

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Aiwendiel - 30 May 12 - 3:16 PM

Ch. 56: The Brown Wizard And The Grey

Ooh, so glad to see you appear as a reader again, Larner! Missed you and your comments. Ah, yes, that starry ending... when you finally finish this behemoth, I refer you to my ruminations in the appendices about that particular scene, which was essentially written hundreds of pages before anything else! Thanks again, and hope you keep enjoying the tale.

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