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Destiny's Child  by Mirkwoodmaiden 37 Review(s)
NurayyReviewed Chapter: 14 on 7/16/2021
Dear Mirkwoodmaiden
So nice to see an update of this story of Our favourite shieldmaiden!
It is so difficult to see the King deteriorate more and more under Grima's influence. As always you write Éowyn's emotions touchingly. How I feel her grief and helplessness!
And then this wonderful friendship with Gamhelm, sweet to the maximum. Loved their exchange of words. What a comfort to have a friend so close, like a father, a shoulder to lean on.
And poor Théodred. He has to watch his father crumble, and feels so much responsibility. What can he do against it...?
Heavy, but beautifully written.
I hope you are well, and will stay safe.


Author Reply: Nurayy!!

Sorry it took soget back long to you! Glad you liked it! Gosh this hasn't been easy to write. It is so hard for Éowyn and Théodred right now. Both are so powerless to help. These are the dark times. And it is only going to get worse before it gets better for Éowyn. Thanks for the kind words!

Hope you are well and safe!

((hugs))

MM

NurayyReviewed Chapter: 14 on 7/16/2021
Dear Mirkwoodmaiden
So nice to see an update of this story of Our favourite shieldmaiden!
It is so difficult to see the King deteriorate more and more under Grima's influence. As always you write Éowyn's emotions touchingly. How I feel her grief and helplessness!
And then this wonderful friendship with Gamhelm, sweet to the maximum. Loved their exchange of words. What a comfort to have a friend so close, like a father, a shoulder to lean on.
And poor Théodred. He has to watch his father crumble, and feels so much responsibility. What can he do against it...?
Heavy, but beautifully written.
I hope you are well, and will stay safe.

shireboundReviewed Chapter: 14 on 7/16/2021
But she shook herself out the melancholy that threatened to take hold. She straightened her shoulders and stuffed the negative emotions back into a corner of her heart where she could safely ignore them for a while longer until life once again let them loose. It was the battle that she fought every day.

What a way to live, but at least Eowyn isn't alone with no one to understand her heart. Gamhelm is another wonderful friend for her.

Author Reply: Shirebound!

So happy to hear from you! Hope all is very with you and yours!

It is a dark time in Eowyn's life. She is feeling pretty hopeless and driven on only by her duty and her love for her uncle and cousin. But she does have those who are there for her in Gamhelm and Holdlith and her little dog because we all someone to be there.

This story will eventually join with "Bound by Duty; Bound by Joy" and end with Eowyn finally finding happiness with Faramir. It is really the goal I am focusing on because it is really pulling Eowyn this unhappy period but it is part of the story.

Thank you for writing!

((hugs))

MM

LindeleaReviewed Chapter: 13 on 6/7/2021
Oh, well done as always! The descriptions and details add such richness. When you were talking about Eowyn's wardrobe and the reasons for the pale colors, I found myself thinking that such color schemes would also serve as an indication of status. The nobility could afford to wear white and pale colors, both because their tasks would be unlikely to soil their clothes and because they would have "extra" clothing in the wardrobe to change into in the case of soiling. Meanwhile, someone of the lower classes would probably wear darker clothing in shades less likely to show dirt or stains in between washing, and considering the intensive labor that went into making clothing (spinning, dyeing, weaving, cutting, hand-sewing), they weren't likely to have many sets of clothes. Maybe one set of working clothes and one set of "second-best" (former working clothes that had almost worn out) to change into on wash day. The more fortunate ones might have a set of "good" clothes to wear on feast days (like the commoners dressed in their best to see the King, as you described).

Your description of the commoners dressing up and the nobility dressing down (the latter for manipulative reasons, argh).

I like that Theodred was the reason Gandalf got in to see the King. Is this where he gains Shadowfax?

I hope you are enjoying your holiday, and that this finds you and yours well. ((hugs))

Author Reply: Lindelea!

Sorry to take so long in writing back to you! Really glad you liked the chapter! I loved your added details about the clothes representing the status of the people.

Yeah, commoners dress up meeting the King and the nobility dresses down. Honesty and respect from the commoners and manipulation from the nobility kinda says it all.

It jusr seemed natural with the flow of the story that Theodred should have a hand in Gandalf seeing the King. And yes this is where Gandalf get Shadowfax.

Thanks for writing!

Hope you are well. ((hugs))

MM

P.S. We had a lovely time in Morro Bay!

SimplegirlfromLPReviewed Chapter: 13 on 5/23/2021
Ok, here we go.. this should get good.
I always wanted Theodred to live. Of course that would have changed the whole story.
Thank you for writing and sharing this story.

Author Reply: Simplegirl!

Thank you! So happy you are enjoying the story. Unfortunately for all involved in the writing and reading of this story Theodred will unfortunately still die within the next two chapters :-( which is going to be really hard on Éowyn and thus will start the darkest part of her story.

Hope you are well! :-)

MM

NurayyReviewed Chapter: 13 on 5/18/2021
I loved to see Éowyn in her gown with her hair made and the diamond drop earrings, beautiful. So nice that she can conjure a small smile from her so worn down uncle with her shiny presence. Although inside her there is such turmoil, and I can feel it. The deep, depressing worry you show about the state of the King brought with Grima's treacherous and creepy presence. There is still Théodred, sharing the weight with her, a great support they are to each other but soon... Oh my, I'm dreading to read what will happen!
So nice to see Gandalf appear. It gives some comfort. And fortunately Théodred is still there keeping at least some things right, preventing Rohan and the King from the downfall.
Be well, my friend!

Author Reply: Nurayy!

Thanks so much for writing! I've tried to show Théoden gradual slip toward what the Three travelers will find in March of 3019 I hope I have been able to do that successfully. I thought that showing that Éowyn making an effort might be a good way to help show that. I guess I have been thinking of what modern family members of a loved one's descent in Dementia or Alzheimer's would be thinking or feeling. Seeing a once vigorous father or mother become someone else. What is happening to Théoden is worse as it is being caused with malignant intent. And it is better in a way because he can be released from it by Gandalf.

Théodred is a great comfort to Éowyn. He is there for her when Éomer cannot be, as he has gone to Aldburg to live as Third Marshall. His death is going to be very hard on Éowyn. "Oh my, I'm dreading to read what will happen!" True and I am going to have a hard time writing it! But my only comfort is that Aragorn, Legolas and Gimli arrive less than a week after Théodred has died. So she will not be without friends or support for too long.

Hope you are well!

((hugs))

MM

shireboundReviewed Chapter: 13 on 5/16/2021
unmarried girls in Rohan wore only these shades, symbolizing they were yet untouched. Daily wear consisted of light pastels. Wearing colors came with marriage, as they gained their full womanhood and identity.

That's a lovely detail.

You show us how perceptively Éowyn and Théodred are understanding what's going on with their king, their people, and with Grima. How wonderful to have Gandalf among them now, their trusted counsellor.

Author Reply: Shirebound!

I wanted to give some reason as to Éowyn is wearing white and this seemed really to flow into the story I have written for her. Also a detail that might give some flavor to Rohan as a society perhaps a little different than Gondor though they are sister-states there is some difference between them societally.

Both Éowyn and Théodred are having to live this reality full time. They see what is going on but are powerless to stop it. A very difficult situation to be in.

Thanks for writing!

Hope you are well!

((hugs))

MM

SimplegirlfromLPReviewed Chapter: 12 on 4/1/2021
So enjoying this story especially about a young Eowyn. We know how it all ends, but I so love reading all the filler and details in between. Thank you for sharing your story. Looking forward to the next chapter.

Author Reply: SimplegirlfromLP!

So happy to hear from you and so happy you are enjoying the story! I do like to write gap filler stories and I really love Eowyn!

((hugs))

MM

NurayyReviewed Chapter: 12 on 3/29/2021

It is so difficult to see how Théoden is getting worse and worse. You show so well the helplessness Théodred and Éowyn feel. So hard for them to have to witness this.
Take care my friend!

Author Reply: Nurayy!

Hello! Yes, these are not easy times for the royal family of Rohan. Does Théoden's decline seem too slow or too fast. I am trying to pitch it right with the timeline in the book.

And yes it is so hard to see one you love decline. Even harder when they are under the influence of someone you don't trust. Not an easy time at all.

Be well and stay safe Mellon nin!

MM

LindeleaReviewed Chapter: 12 on 3/28/2021
As the chapter began, I had to go back and look at the date at the top, for it almost sounded like the arrival of Gandalf the Grey (escaping Saruman and taking Rohan's finest horse) or Gandalf the White and the Three Hunters.

How sad that Théoden was emotionally and intellectually separated from his son in his son's last months of life. And poor Éowyn, to have borne the burden, seeing the reality that her cousin was too preoccupied to notice (or perhaps he was afflicted by that peculiar but common malady where we refuse to recognize a loved one's decline).

This part of the timeline is very sad reading.

(And yes! I have begun reading again in two of your other stories: Elanor's birthday and Éowyn and Faramir's wedding!)

I hope this finds you and yours well. ((hugs))

Author Reply: Lindelea!

The beggar being dismissed at the gate in the beginning of the chapter IS Gandalf. I meant to reveal that the end of this chapter but it was getting too long and I broke it where I did thinking that made a decent enough stopping point so in effect I have a good portion of Chapter 13 already written!!

Yeah this part of the timeline has some heavy going. Théoden slipping farther away, Eowyn watching it all happen. Grima's effect on both of them but in different ways. Théodred dying. And it is sad that Théoden is losing touch with his son and his son dies before Théoden comes back to himself. We don't what the future will bring.

Théodred, like Éomer has his duties to keep him occupied and yes often we don't want to admit to a loved one decline. He can keep busy but Éowyn's dreams have been taken away from her and she, as a woman's part often was historically, has a front row seat with no distraction to see her beloved Uncle's decline. Gandalf mentions something of this to Éomer (I think)in ROTK.

But she was loved by the people of Edoras and they give her strength and joy and the ability to keep going in these sad times. I keep on reminding myself "Éowyn does end the story happily!" Because this story will more or less end with her realizing her love for Faramir in the Houses of Healing. And it will flow into "Bound by Duty; Bound by Joy" and flow into the other stories I have already written about them!

I am so happy that you are ready those other two stories. Looking forward to what you think!

Hope you are well!

((hugs))

MM

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