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Pitfalls of the Palantir  by Haleth 5 Review(s)
Medea SmykeReviewed Chapter: 31 on 3/3/2009
Who would have thought that coffee could cause so much trouble (I'm guessing that's what it is.)? Love it!

Author Reply: I may have exaggerated the affects a bit. When this was first written I was horribly addicted to coffee.

perellethReviewed Chapter: 31 on 4/8/2006
Making the elf shine through the eyes of this feet-on-earth, not-much-ladylike woman is a great device. I am not sure whether Inglor has lost his innocence, or rather it is she who has begun to read him a bit better. In any case, both are having a deeper efect on each other!

Now, she must be really weak, to let the two of them converse and decide through the meeting! But then, she had to recover of this second experience of being paraded through Dale in the arms of his elf.. So much for the first time, since she did not notice... And Inglor was very clever there, to avoid being buried in flowers!!

Now the Hosluin. Enslaving a population through coffe and chocolate...and suddenly disappearing *at the same time* as the Palantir? Maybe I did not say before, but the plot behind this charming characters' itneractions is truly interesting. What happened to the roofs, now I wonder... or wonder not, I have a suspicion, but I must go back and check!

Thanks Haleth, this is wonderfully entertaining!

Author Reply: Thank-you, perelleth.

It's always hard to say what's going on in Inglor's mind. I know this sounds completely ridiculous but he's really still very much mystery. It's hard to say if he's lost his innocence or he's letting her see more of his honest reactions.

At least this time Haleth managed to stay conscious while Inglor was carrying her. As always, the real experience was far less enjoyable than her fantasies.

The Hosluin are entirely my invention. The idea was inspired by Tolkien's musings on the activities of the two lost blue wizards.

Thanks again!


BodkinReviewed Chapter: 31 on 4/8/2006
That was a very clever way for Inglor to avoid a triumphal progress through Dale. I don't know if Haleth is right to blame herself for exposing Inglor to an erosion of his innocence. Although he is getting much better at asking the right questions!

He manages pretty well in diplomatic conversation with King Bard, too. Haleth must be feeling pretty awful to take such a back seat. As well as confused. Bard just dropped the Palantir reference into the conversation - I wonder if he expected more of a reaction.

The Hosluin, huh? And Esgaroth is the next destination? I wonder just what havoc they will create there.

But first they're under a very genteel house arrest while Haleth recovers.

Poor Haleth. Proximity to Inglor must be a torment to her - not only because of her own attraction to him, but also because the whole female population resents her.

Most enjoyable!

Author Reply: Thank-you, Bodkin

Inglor does seem well versed in diplomacy, doesn't he? Bard must be worried to simply mention the palantir directly. He likely does not want to annoy the King of Gondor. Even though it's a long way away, it would still be a big market for Dale's goods and Gondor is far more friendly than the Easterlings, even with Sauron gone.

The idea of the Hosluin was inspired by Tolkien's description of the activities of the two Blue Wizards in Unfinished Tales.

Going around with Inglor would be akin to being friends with a celebrity of the opposite sex. No matter what you do or what you say, there will always be people who will jump to the wrong conclusions and be green with envy.

Thank-you again.


LianneReviewed Chapter: 31 on 4/8/2006
Hi there, Haleth. I've somewhat embarrassed to say that although I've been reading your story since the very first chapter, this is the first time I've left a review.

I think that you're an absolutely amazing writer, and the story's just great! I just love how you've portrayed both Haleth and Inglor, and the interesting twists in the story. Those twists and turns keep the story going, and at the end of every new chapter I find myself just aching to find out what will happen next.

I love how the story is developing, particularly Inglor and Haleth's relationship. Is he really as blank towards her feelings as he seems?

I'm really curious about Haleth, who she really is, where she came from, and why was Inglor took up with her, the reason for the rather cold welcome she got at Rivendell, and many other things as well. I really do like her though, even if so much about her is a mystery.

I totally want to read this all the way to the end, many many times! It's incredibly easy to read, and I hope you'll never stop writing. Thank you for such a wonderful story.

Author Reply: Thank-you, Liane. That's very kind of you to say. I'm glad you're enjoying the story.

Is Inglor oblivious to Haleth's feelings? If you asked Haleth, she'd say he is. If you really pressed her, she'd admit he likely isn't but he's behaving that way to spare her embarrassment.

I hope you find the story interesting up to the end.

Thank-you again.


LynReviewed Chapter: 31 on 4/6/2006
Curiouser and curiouser. Just as I thought things were going one way,
they skipped merrily down another path. A most delightful way to go!

Author Reply: Thank-you, Lyn.

Out of sheer, morbid curiosity (it's a personality flaw) what did you think would happen?

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