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Let Sleeping Dogs Lie  by Lindelea 6 Review(s)
MirkwoodmaidenReviewed Chapter: 9 on 3/31/2021

I love your take on the Harad and how Sauron had complete control over them, mind body and soul. Absolutely fascinating. And a very interesting turn that these Haradrim do not make a distinction of the good Numenorians (Elendil and his line) and the Black Numenorians, whom Sauron in his guise of Anatar lead down the path to human sacrifice. Very nice! I like it. Well done.


Author Reply: Thank you! I gave the subject a lot of thought when I did the research to write a story about hobbits in Harad, trying to work out a logical culture. I sort of got the feeling from reading various sources (maybe JRRT's letters among them? I don't remember clearly now) that "near Harad" was rather Arabian in nature, while Middle or Far Harad were characteristic of regions and peoples further south in Africa. It's amazing, the sandbox JRRT gave us to play in, isn't it?

Thanks so much for reading and taking the time to share your thoughts! ((hugs))

AndreaReviewed Chapter: 9 on 8/1/2015
So, Ha’alan and his men think they are going to their deaths?
They know little of the new king of Gondor! And they will be very surprised. But it is very hard to predict what will happen then. Everything seems possible.

At least Merry and Frodo know now that something is wrong with Pippin and Turambor is alarmed as well. I hope they will find him soon.

Author Reply: Ah, yes, they're quite certain they're going to their deaths. They know only what Sauron's mouthpieces have told them. And if Sauron was bad, well, Elessar can only be worse. Right?

I think the puppy has finally caught someone's attention. Whew.


demeter dReviewed Chapter: 9 on 7/30/2015
Yah! Another chapter. You are doing an excellent job of spinning two threads of suspense; maybe four if one counts Frodo and Co., and Aragorn and the court. I suspect they may all converge, very soon, on about the level where our hapless two are trapped! You have done a very good job of the mind-set people get into during war. And to drive their countrymen into a war. It will be interesting to see how the Haradrim come to understand the truth!

Author Reply: Thank you! The timeline is a little tricky, trying to pull it off without sounding contrived, and I'm not so skilled at juggling multiple threads as I used to be. Out of practice.

They say the way to become a writer is to write every day (!), and I'm trying to get back in the habit...

Thanks again for the encouraging words!

LarnerReviewed Chapter: 9 on 7/30/2015
Turambor and others have heard Mittens now. Good! Only--the parade starts and their attention has been drawn aside. Now--Merry and Frodo know, and if he hasn't realized it already Aragorn will know soon that Pippin is missing! Find them, Men of Gondor--and Harad!

Author Reply: Right! Thanks for your listening ear the other day. I'm hoping I can manage to keep the timeline straight...

shireboundReviewed Chapter: 9 on 7/30/2015
Oh my goodness, this is so suspenseful! Poor Ha’alan, believing he's going to his death, and the pup still trying to get everyone's attention.

Author Reply: Very much so... and I just hope I can work all the threads into a believable pattern. Whew.


DreamflowerReviewed Chapter: 9 on 7/30/2015
Oh my! So close, so close! At least Frodo, Merry and Sam know something is *wrong* now!

I wonder how the Ambassador is going to take NOT being sacrificed? Such peculiar thoughts he has after so many years of being propagandized by the Dark Lord...

Author Reply: Yes, they know something is wrong, but they're a long way from the Second Level -- isn't the guest house on the Sixth Level? I don't have my notes with me at the moment, but that's the impression I had from somewhere.

The Ambassador is a wise and brave Man, but you're right, he's going to need all the help he can get, changing his mind. At the moment he's both resigned to his fate, and relishing the vengeance that will fall even as he dies... or at least, that's how he anticipates the whole scheme playing out. And then his people will be truly free, for the first time in I don't know how long!


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