You have explored themes as old as the Valar themselves and done so every well. Are we good or evil and in what proportion? If we choose the wrong path can we go back? are we fated or do we control our destiny?
It is clear that Tolkien intended this to be a struggle in the wise and ancient mind of Galadriel. It is at once disheartening and comforting to think there would still be a conflict within such a sage.
Sometimes the war within is so intense it does leave us collapsed on the ground with the universe watching us. Evil mocks and says we will never rise. Good sooths us into rest, so we might gain strength to fight again another day. For Elf and mortal the struggle will never end until the One Himself crushes evil for us. And odd that the temptation is tailor made. Galadriel was not tempted to be untrue to her mate, or any of a host of temptations, she was tempted with more of what she already had. More of what she wanted. Power. You showed her inner struggle.
This is extremely insightful and deep. You’ve done an excellent job showing the depth of Galadriel’s turmoil. And I like that her little maid is there to help her. It seems Eru often uses little and unlikely individuals to do great works. Galadriel’s maid reminds me of Sam.
Once more I eagerly awaited your writing and was not disappointed. You are a very wise young lady, and a gifted writer.
Such a joy to have started my day with a new work by one of my favorite authors!
Thank you for sharing
Author's Response: Oh gosh, thank you so much! I was worried about posting this one-- it has been very hard to write, and took me longer than any other. I am humbled that you enjoyed it, and amazed at your review. Thank you so much. I am speechless! Galadriel is always so mysterious and quiet, it was extremely hard to slip into her mind. I am glad that you think that I have done well =)
This is a side of Galadriel I haven't seen before. Most of the time she is portrayed as being wise and all knowing, giving her advice. But you have shown her in her own personal struggle with the knowledge of the ring and how it could seduce her even before Frodo arrives to offer it to her. I'm sure she would have known about it beforehand and it probably would have plagued her mind often. Very good. I liked it.
Author's Response: Yes, this one was really hard to write, because I had to slip into the mind of someone who was wise and powerful and mostly kind of aloof, and see her as vulnerable and then write that. I am glad that you liked it, and thank you for reviewing! =)