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The Salt in the Soup  by Lialathuveril 9 Review(s)
whitewaveReviewed Chapter: 1 on 6/21/2008
Loved this short and sweet piece. The cabin sounded cozy and nice.

Author Reply: Hello Whitewave,
just saw you reviewed this one as well - for some reason I did not receive any email notification this weekend, sorry for the late reply.

This is just a very christmassy companion piece to one of my other stories, sparked off by a lovely X-mas card from a friend. If you want to understand the backstory, I recommend reading 'Yours to Command' (it's very long though!).


BodkinReviewed Chapter: 1 on 1/3/2008
Ah! And Eomer, unlike ... King Lear, if my memory serves me, has the sense to recognise the strength of the analogy. They deserved a day out - the scrolls will still be there in a week or two. Or a decade or two, come to that.

Lothiriel seems to be fitting in well.

Author Reply: Your memory serves you right - but apparently Shakespeare got the idea from a folktale, which was much older. I read a version of it in the Brother Grimm's Tales, 'The goose girl at the well'.

And yes, I imagine Lothiriel fits in well, although she does cause upheavals at times. I really have to write the story how she acquired her orphanage sometime!

Thanks for reviewing!

TiraReviewed Chapter: 1 on 12/22/2007
oh yay! how pretty! *g* me loved it darling!

Author Reply: Hello Tira,
good to hear and thanks for reviewing!


mistry89Reviewed Chapter: 1 on 12/22/2007
Delightful to revisit these two - there must have been moments, particularly at first, where her lack of sight caused fraught moments, so it is nice to see her coping so very well.
Merry Christmas!

Author Reply: Hello Mistry,
Yes, I imagine it's not easy for a blind person to find her way around a new home, especially a big place like Meduseld. But Eomer is willing to trust in her capabilities, so that must help.

Merry Christmas to you as well!

EpiscopalWitchReviewed Chapter: 1 on 12/21/2007
What a delightful story, funny and sweet, and as beautiful as the card that inspired it! It is SO GREAT to see Eomer and Lothiriel from "Yours to Command" again--they are simply my favorite E/L version ever. I can just imagine how the people of Rohan have taken to their kind-hearted, high-spirited and spunky queen. Eomer is a wonderfully realistic male character. He can be intensely sensitive in important ways but still clueless--I knew the little hunting lodge would not be exactly be a getaway paradise as soon as he thought of having stayed there a full year before. He's lucky that someone left firewood and clean linens!

(I did finish and love "Yours to Command," but life went crazy and I didn't have time to review; I kept thinking "I'll get to it soon" and never did. Sorry for just disappearing :-(

Author Reply: Hello Episcopal Witch,
I have to say I really enjoyed writing about these two again - they're like old friends - and I might well write a sequel one day. I have a few ideas, but they haven't quite clicked yet.
As for Eomer, he did get a bit carried away, didn't he! I knew too that the hut would not turn out quite like he imagined it ;-) Probably the next year he goes over the top and makes sure it's as well equipped as possible - as if Lothiriel cared.


P.S. Don't worry about 'disappearing' - life can get crazy sometimes!

HalrohirReviewed Chapter: 1 on 12/20/2007

I read with relish your tale of Eomer King and his bride - and Lothiriel being blind was an interesting touch!

You show what many of us know: that love only needs company, and not always surroundings.

You've done a wonderful job, and thank you for telling me this story!


Author Reply: Hello Halrohir,
that's a very nice saying and I heartily agree with it. This is really only a short companion piece to a much longer story. I saw the card and knew it was these two, so I wrote it as a small Yule fic.

Thanks for leaving a review!

NeiliaReviewed Chapter: 1 on 12/20/2007
Wonderful! I like this very much. A keeper. Was a bit of a shock when you wrote Lotheriel as being blind. I enjoyed her resourcefulness, though.

Author Reply: Hello Neilia,
I know the idea of a blind Lothiriel is unusual. I wrote a much longer story about how they met where I went into that in greater detail - and yes, she is very resourceful.

Thanks for your review!

Linda HoylandReviewed Chapter: 1 on 12/20/2007
A delightfully romantic story.The card is lovely,no wonder it inspired you!

Author Reply: Hello Linda,
yes, the card is really nice and I just knew I had to write a story about it. Glad to hear you enjoyed it!


CuthalionReviewed Chapter: 1 on 12/20/2007
How utterly lovely... and what a nice, adventurous "ranger" experience. I don't dare to imagine how a certain poison butterfly would have reacted to slightly rough circumstances like these!

Ein gesegnetes Weihnachtsfest!

Mona Und danke für deine reizende Review!

Author Reply: Dear Mona,
the thought of Wilwarin in that hut made me laugh out loud - almost makes me wish I could write that scene.

Auch Dir ganz schöne Weihnachten!

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