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The Heir Apparent  by Mirkwoodmaiden 120 Review(s)
NurayyReviewed Chapter: 12 on 5/15/2021
I loved to see Estel with their brothers leaning from them. But anit is with a child, they also learned something, that they have to be very careful of what they say. Fortunately for all, little Estel will recover and they will all learnt their lesson. Loved how you showed Elrond so caring and patient, and explaining so well. He is teaching such important things for life. And you show how a good father he is to Estel.

Author Reply: Nurayy!

It is a bit of a learning for the twins as well. They haven't had a such young one who is so impressionable around in a very long time. I definitely envision Elrond being one of those fathers who wants to yell but somehow manages to keep his temper and speak to his miscreant child to teach him...not matter how much he may have wanted to yell! :-)

I don't know if you noticed but Gil-gilath was the only one who is not completely charmed by Estel. LOL!

BTW. Chapter 13 of Destiny's Child is posted, should you want to peruse the chapter!

Hope you are well!

((hugs))

MM

NurayyReviewed Chapter: 11 on 5/13/2021
Little Estel is adorable! I can't catch myself, so so sweet. He is enchanting them all. Awww! You have such a wonderful way of describing him. Pure cuteness :)

Author Reply: Nurayy!!

Thanks! I really do have fun talking about little Estel. I have a few Estel stories that happen in this timeline. I imagine him being precocious and intelligent and with the ability to charm all Imladris. Also I imagine Elrond to be an affectionate but also a cerebral sort of father. The kind that are always encouraging you to think and understand others. To see all sides of a problem and to understand there is often many right answers.

So glad you are reading! and reviewing! Thank you so much!

Stay Safe, mellon nin!

((hugs))

MM

NurayyReviewed Chapter: 10 on 5/12/2021
Mirkwoodmaiden
You described Gilraen's grief so well, the sense of emptiness, as her life and that of her boy is completely changing. It is so sad she cannot speak with Aragorn of their memories, remind Arathorn and get comfort in it.
And Erithain, so young, left in this responsibility, and missing the one he admired and followed and loved as a brother. It is hard to bear.


Author Reply: Nurayy!

Thanks for getting back to this story! And yes! Gilraen will undergo a great change. Expression of her grief denied her, she gives up another whole part of herself for her people and their destiny. But she always has her son. Estel is the only person that anchors her to the world.

And Erithain has his own pain and grief. I thought a little intervention from Galadriel was needed. She helps he get through to the other side so He can at least function. And Erkenbrand will be there to help.

So glad you are still reading! :-)

I will have Chapter 13 of Destiny's Child ready to post in the next couple of days!! woo-hoo

Stay safe!

((hugs))

MM

NurayyReviewed Chapter: 9 on 4/25/2021
Awww, little Aragorn is just adorable. You write him so well with all the little details, his delight for the horses, his sadness, his sweet speach,... and then fortunately in the end his laughter again. No wonder they all love him, how could they not!
I like how you made the bond between the brothers and their father, and that they perceive each other's thoughts and feelings.

Author Reply: Nurayy!

Hello! Thanks! I really wanted to convey the burgeoning intelligence and compassion within Aragorn even as a small child.

I got the idea of Elves speaking to each other from PJ's films but it was backed by Tolkien's writings in the HoME Series.

These chapters were hard going emotionally for everyone, for me, for the characters and the readers as well. But life will get better for the characters soon!

Thanks for reading and writing!

Hope this entry finds you and your family well.

((hugs))

MM

NurayyReviewed Chapter: 8 on 4/24/2021
Oh my I knew it that it would happen. But that doesn't make it any easier. You pulling at the emotions with your writing.

Author Reply: Nurayy!

Sorry that I didn't have a chance to respond earlier! That was a rough chapter to write! Such heart-rending grief. Glad that you liked this chapter.

Hope you are well!

((hugs))

MM

NurayyReviewed Chapter: 7 on 4/23/2021
Mirkwoodmaiden, I got tears in my eyes. How heartbreaking! And yet it has to be done. This will be very difficult for the child, and so very difficult for the ones who love him. I am feeling so much for Arathorn who will be separated from them both.
So well done, bringing forth deep emotions.
I hope you are well, my friend, take care

Author Reply: Nurayy!

Thank you so much! These next couple of chapters will be rough...fair warning. They weren't easy to write either but I think they turned out well. As Gandalf says, "we must go through shadows to get to the dawn." Both Arathorn and Gilraen sacrificed so much.

I am well. Working on another chapter!

Hope you are well. ((hugs))

Stay safe!

MM

NurayyReviewed Chapter: 6 on 4/17/2021
Dear Mirkwoodmaiden,
What absolutely touching, beautiful family moments! This is so much your writing. So heartwarming the emotions you evoke! There is so much love between them.
Even as tragedy strikes their bonds hold tight.
Aragorn is so sweet a child. I like the way you show him serious and pensive already, and curious and delighted by horses also, I love how Erithain makes him laugh, and I absolutely love the loving relationship with his father, the respect his father already gives to the small child in such a tender way.
Loved to see Gilraen so happy and so beautiful after birth.
It already pains me to think how soon the next tragedy will strike.
I hope this review finds you well. Take care


Author Reply: Nurayy!

Thanks! I really wanted to show the relationships of love and family and to show that Arathorn, Gilraen and little Aragorn as a happy, normal family before the tragedy that must strike rips apart their lives. I also wanted to show the loving relationship between Erithain and his nephew, little Aragorn. The love that existed. Also to give Gilraen some happiness before it is all torn asunder. Hers was not a happy life.

Anyone who says "Ónen i-Estel Edain, ú-chebin estel anim, meaning "I gave Hope (an obvious reference to her son's Elven name) to the Dúnedain, I have kept no hope for myself." has not had the happiest of lives. She sacrifices everything to defeating evil in Middle Earth and is left with little else. It was as feared by her parents in the earlier chapters.

I am well. Hope you and yours are safe and well. ((hugs))

MM

NurayyReviewed Chapter: 5 on 3/25/2021
Dear Mirkwoodmaiden, I hope you are well.
So meaningful all this chapter. You make me love Gilraen and Arathorn very much and also their families, showing such insight. Loved the shared feelings at the sight of the city and what it means to them. I felt how it tied them together even more. They are getting to know and value each other more and more.
The moment between father and daughter touched me particularly, Dirhael's tear... Usually so composed, and now... i could feel his emotions.
And Ivorwen is so nervous... a loving, worrying mother who wants just the best for her child.
Such beautiful images an relationships til now.
Be well


Author Reply: Nurayy!

Thank you so much! I hope you are doing well, too! :-)) I have always have such a fascination with the Dunedain that I had to write this story. A people that survived a 1000 years (1976 TA was when Arthedain, the last of the three kingdoms of Arnor fell) with the vision and quest to assuage Isildur's error and to reinstate the Heir to the throne of Men intact. To have survived the destruction of their cities and their whole way of life and to live for the dream of restoration has always captivated me. I wanted to show what it meant to be an Heir of Isildur and how it drives Arathorn and how happy he was to see that it moved Gilraen as well.

Also how Dirhael and Ivorwen are also driven by this legacy and how much they are willing to sacrifice for the good of their people. And yet they are loving parents who worry for their only daughter's happiness. The human side of what destiny costs a family.

Many fanfic writers and Tolkien thinkers write that the Grey Company was the last of the Dunedain, but that couldn't be. No group of people could survive 1000 years, even those as long lived as the Dunedain without some form or way of life, If only to find wives of like mind and understanding and thereby have children to further their way of life. Which is why I loosely based their re-constructed way of life on the Chieftain/ Thane relationship of Saxon England.

I really love this story and I am so glad you are reading it and enjoyed it! :-))

Be Stay, Mellon nin!

((hugs))

MM

NurayyReviewed Chapter: 4 on 3/16/2021
Dear Mirkwoodmaiden,
Oh, the elves come in! I love them. Elladan and Elrohir, and Glorfindel too!
I loved the trust Ivorwen gives to Elladan speaking to him, and how Elladan takes it upon himself to fulfill that promise to a loving mother.
I also liked how you weaved in the twins and Arathorn's backstories of grief and vengeance.
Ivorwen's sorrow at the loss of her sons touched me. In these few lines you described them so well they became alive and I could feel the mother's pain.
Take care


Author Reply: Nurayy!

The Elves have arrived indeed...and will be present for the rest of the story. Sorry for not answering back sooner. I really happy you are enjoying the story.

Ivorwen is a mother desperate to carve out some measure of happiness for her daughter and doesn't give two figs what it might cost her dignity. She takes a chance talking to Elladan and she doesn't realise the bond that exists already between Arathorn and Elladan and Elrohir. They saw him grown up in Imladris as well though he was a little older when he started his fosterage in Imladris.

I remember reading somewhere that the twins almost lost their souls to vengeance after their mother sailed to the Undying Lands and its stands to reason Arathorn would be scarred in some way as well.

"In these few lines you described them so well they became alive and I could feel the mother's pain."

Thanks! That little passage turned out well I was very happy about that.

Thanks for reading!

Stay Safe! Mellon nin!

(((hugs)))

MM

NurayyReviewed Chapter: 3 on 3/12/2021
Another beautiful chapter. They are so sweet, so in love. Very tender moments.
And you write young adults so well. I liked how her little brother was embarrassed by Gilraen's motherly affection. I remember you wrote something like this with Háláf as his mother showed her fondness of him in public in Destiny's Child. That is so much how they really feel and behave at such occasions and I find it amusing.
The scene with her mother was so emotional, such feels. She wants her daughter to be happy as long as she can, although she knows that it will take a tragic turn. That is such a difficult knowledge to bear for a mother.

Author Reply: Nurayy!!

Hello! Thank you! *blush*

And yes I have an few friends with teenage children and this is exactly how they acted so it seemed only fitting. And Gilraen knew EXACTLY how much it would embarrass Erithain. Which of course is the point. What else is a little brother for but to embarrass the heck out of them ;-)

I really do love the way the scene between Gilraen, her mom and her friend turned out. Marriage and the birthing of children is essential to the Dunedain because without that their inheritance dies away. And that is what they live for.

No mother could bear to see her child unhappy but for Ivorwen it is doubly difficult because not only can she not stand to see her child happy. She has to encourage the match because through Gilraen will come the culmination of everything that the Dunedain have lived and survived for. All Dunedain are bound to this driving force of their survival; their reason for being. And Ivorwen knows the pain it will cause her child. That is really a very tough thing.

Thanks for writing!

Stay Safe and well

((hugs))

MM


Author Reply: Nurayy!!

Hello! Thank you! *blush*

And yes I have an few friends with teenage children and this is exactly how they acted so it seemed only fitting. And Gilraen knew EXACTLY how much it would embarrass Erithain. Which of course is the point. What else is a little brother for but to embarrass the heck out of them ;-)

I really do love the way the scene between Gilraen, her mom and her friend turned out. Marriage and the birthing of children is essential to the Dunedain because without that their inheritance dies away. And that is what they live for.

No mother could bear to see her child unhappy but for Ivorwen it is doubly difficult because not only can she not stand to see her child happy. She has to encourage the match because through Gilraen will come the culmination of everything that the Dunedain have lived and survived for. All Dunedain are bound to this driving force of their survival; their reason for being. And Ivorwen knows the pain it will cause her child. That is really a very tough thing.

Thanks for writing!

Stay Safe and well

((hugs))

MM

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