A very sweet and very fitting ending. I liked the grave-scene, considering how much she adored and missed her father. He'd probably be proud of her ... which makes me pondering the question again about where the Secondborn go after death. It's just so reassuring for the elves to have Mandos, such a comfortable thought. Oh damn, I'm getting somewhat wistful again, sorry ... ;-)
I guess it will still take a while until all the scars of the past will fade into nothingness for Ealwyn, but she's on her way.
;-) And now Aglaril, Gamling, Arathea and Elfhelm can come for the next wedding. And Eomer is probably going to sulk a little bit more. God, I wish him happy.
But now I'm looking forward to my favorite finding the mind-blowing joy in his life just as he deserves! And mind you, I'm not settling for less ;-)
Author's Response: Glad you like the ending. it is my belief that the secondborn (as is evident by Theoden's comments about going to the table/halls of his forfathers) beleive in a spiritual realm of some sort. Therefore, Ealwyn might feel that her father can "see" her from the otherside and Erkenbrand was in fact asking for her betrothal before her father. I did leave this open (for a wedding or such) but I do not plan on returning to this tale at this time---still have to finish Eomer's and I have a sequel to an evish slash that has been sitting for a year or more. So, You will have to just image the rest although when all the stories in this series are done, I will have a one chapter culmination of how they all come together so to speak. I hope you will not be disappointed with Hesgar's tale. As it was not part of the original plan (as he is not canon) it is really a little aside to this end of this tale. However, I think it fits perfectly with who Hesgar is...off to start posting! see you there... ~G
Congratulations on finishing this story. It is sad that it has to end, I enjoyed it. But we have Hesgar's and Eomer's stories still to come.
This final chapter was great. Everyone is happy for them and no-one feels irked because they kept it a secret. Erkenbrand popping the question at her father's grave was so very romantic, nearly as if he wanted her father to be witness to it.
And concerning Frearid, I do not think those two need to be locked in a storage room for that =)
I hope I don't have to wait overly long for your next story.
Author's Response: It will not be a long wait, I promise. This weekend has turned bit crazy, but I hope to start topsting it tomorrow. Thanks again for reading and all the comments! ~G
That is so mean! After everything Cynwen did for them ;-). Naah, but she'll understand probably and wave it away with a smile and laughter.
Though Hesgar must be almost desperate now at the seeming obstinacy of those two trouble makers. My poor Hesgar! (I didn't say that, did I? Of course he is *your* Hesgar...)
Anyway. Now Eomer's frame of mind is getting worse ... I do hope you're not going to let him suffer for much longer!
As always, (not so) patiently waiting for more ;-)
Author's Response: I actually think Cynwen knows the truth (she is after all a sort of serogate mother) it is more their piers who have been trying all kinds of things to get them together (frearid and his wife and hesgar and such) Eomer will find love (the books say so) but he will have his own challenges and first will come Hesgar's story and well, he too will have a "small" *snort* challenge to overcome! Well, I will post the end of this tale before the night is out...enjoy! ~G
I love mischief in romance. This could have been my idea. I can't wait for the reaction of those who still desperately try to get them together. I mean, finding out you were fooled the whole time, you start feeling like an idiot. Been there, done that, that is why I can gleefully watch others being treated like that.
Author's Response: Good! Hope you like the ending! Hopefully I can post it tonight. ~G
I must admit I became a little bit, a tiny little bit (... a little bit more than normal for a sane person...) giddy reading your chapter comment, and then to have it end like this... You tease! But I'll have my revenge! You just wait ;-)
Funny to see how confident she got there, had me smirking ;-). Probably did her a world of good to realise how much "power" she held in her own right over Erkenbrand, finally seeing they are equal and not behaving as if he was above her.
Having him beg! ... little cheeky minx at last, that's what I love about the ladies in your stories ;-)
Author's Response: you make me smile! Thank you. You know, when I wrote this I was not thinking about empowering her as such but you are right; she was in control of him. She is breaking out of her jail and life is good. As for the chapter ending...I'll leave it up to your imagination. There are only 2 chapters left in this one...perhaps I will post one tonight and the other tomorrow. Then Hesgar will have a little aside while I work on Eomer's story! Hang one tight! ~G
Of yourse we all waited for this chapter, but they road it took up to here was nice, too. They made it to the bed together, they know they love each other, finally hooray. But it was really, really mean of you to stop the chapter right there, keeping us again in suspense. But I promise I will impatiently wait for the next one.
Author's Response: I left the details up to your own imagination ;)...and I am quite certain you know what happened next. Now, what to do when they get home...hmmm...this could be fun.... *smirk* ~G
yes I do have some idea where this might go. I love Erkenbrand and Ealwyn when he is overprotective and she so very shy. I liked the end. Aglaril, though she is no elf, sees things, knows things.
P.S. Will Hesgar's story be part of the Sons of Rohan series or will you put his story out of the series?
Author's Response: Aglaril is a very intuitive woman for sure (Lucky Gamling!) Erkenbrand is very protectice but not smothering. He also is realizing that if he is not careful, someone might just steal away his little Colmase! I will include Hesgar's story in this series as a sort of "aside" it will not effect the other stories nor will he appear in any of the other tales. I really am writing it for Massanie who fell in love (so to speak) with him and felt bad that so nice a guy did not even get the girl...now he will. Thanks again for reading and the comments...off to post the long awaited update....;p ~G
That did please me :-), thank you very much!
Such a beautiful description of her appearance. It somehow made me remember a scene from the musical Rebecca which is based on Hitchcock's Rebecca. Right before the masquerade ball when she dresses up and sings (roughly translated):
Stardust in my hair.
Fairy tail or true?
I look at me and can't believe it.
This woman in the mirror is that truly me?
Just that here, there is no rude awakening... ;-)
And then: that was so typically Elfhelm, made me smile actually. It's also nice to have all three couples together now and see them interact so warmly. I never really expected them to know each other in the end, yet alone be so close friends.
Eomer has a wicked sense of humor (that I like very much ;-) ) and he couldn't have known how his joke would be regarded, so it's not really his fault and he handled the situation very well I think.
Now everything seems to come out all right and Erkenbrand and Ealwyn are getting comfortable with their growing affection, finally. The trip together did some good then and I guess Cynwen will be mightily pleased ;-)
~ Massanie ~
PS: if Hesgar's story is finished now, does that mean that I can be nasty again to anyone I like in my story because you can't harm my favorite anymore? ;-)
Author's Response: I really wanted the stories to entertwine...glad it is working. Elfhelm is Elfhelm and that will never change. As for Hesgar...his tale might be written, but is not yet posted AND Eomer still has his story and well, woundn't want any kind of an accident, now would we? You just make Erestor better (and give him some loving?) and all will be well... ~G
Ugh! Shopping... how I hate that ;-)
But it's high time someone would do something about her wardrobe, I guess. Though Cynwen already gave her a nudge in the right direction.
I liked Aglaril very much and that Gamling and she are so at ease with showing their affection openly. I must confess that I am usually more fond of the self-confident personalities, and the blacksmith's daughter is more playing to that inclination than the captain's daughter (although I know it can't be helped with Ealwyn's past and all that).
Which makes me realise: it is rather ironic that your series is called the SONS of Rohan, yet every story is called the ...'s DAUGHTER ;-)
But poor Eomer. Now that you made him sound so lonely and sulky I do hope that his story is coming soon. I like him too much to see/read him like this ;-)
Anyway: nice and well-written chapter with much love for the little details :-)
Author's Response: Agalril is definately confident...but keep in mind that Ealwyn is only 22-23; there is a BIG age difference. However, Ealwyn is gaining some confidence thanks to the more settled women. The titles were done on purpose. Yes, it is a series about the Son's of Rohan, but it is the daughter's that capture their hearts...it will all tie together in the very last little tale...when they have all found love. I have Hesgar's story about ready to send off to the beta and I am hoping to work on Eomers tonight. I have several chapteres, but I often write out of order so now I have to tie them all togather! Glad you are enjoying this--it was hard for me to write as the character's are young and I am well...lets just say I am closer to Gamling and Elfhelm in age! lol More to post soon as I just got it back from my Beta (she is so awesome!!) ~G
Lucky man indeed. I guess Erkenbrand will be very happy that Ealwyn will show off some of her "benefits".
And I especially liked the idea that Ealwyn and Erkenbrand will have the place to themselves for some time (though Eomer might interrupt). They can already practice living together (and sleeping).
Alright, that much from me, I need a shower, A COLD ONE!
Author's Response: Oh dear, if you need a cold shower now...you might be in trouble in a couple of chapters! Cause the two will eventually get together--literally and biblically! More soon! Tonight is gonna be a writing marathon--hope to knock out Hesgar's story and a few more of Eomer's fic. Gotta get all the wonderful men of Rohan hooked up, ya know! ~G
You know what? I just thought, if it is very cold on their way back, they might want to share a bedroll, just to keep each other warm ...
I very much like the way Ealwyn is always so worried and doubtful about little things and as soon as Erkenbrand reassures her, she is happy and back to enticing. If she keeps up being nervous it could boost the whole thing =P
Anyway wonderful chapter
Author's Response: thank you. Now what is it with everyone and bedrolls? How romantic is that? Okay, it is, but...well he's not gonna just bend her over a log and...hmmm... there's in idea...no, no, soft, sweet, romance.... How about I do another update? :-D ~G
Sweet. Those two teasers ;-)
But at least they now start to show their affections more openly now. I didn't think though that Erkenbrand would have gone to Cynwen for advise, but it seems a reasonable enough choice...
And again: nice how the stories overlap!
Author's Response: Thanks! I am trying to keep them all tied together...the stories...not the characters! lol He needed to go to some one who knew about these things and would not judge or gossip or make him feel stupid. I think he felt close to Lady Cynwen since they talked after Ealwyn was beat. A woman know what a woman wants...plus it worked out well since they both sought advice from the same person--in some ways she was given leave to meddle, and trust me...she did...very well! I will be posting more tonight (need to proof and fix what came back from my beta) As a side note....Hesgar's story is coming along nicely and should be ready for my Beta before the end of the weekend! ~G
Now I'm grinning very embarrassed and very sheepishly ... ;-)
No, I'm not feeling like smacking anyone, or shaking, or hitting, yanking, strangling, abusing, gelding, murdering, poisoning, stabbing, torturing…
Hmm. Now that I think about it… ah, naah, I’m going to spare me that for tomorrow. The thrill of anticipation, you know, better than the real thing more often than not ;-)
Anyway and Anyhow: nice chapter. Some matchmakers they are indeed! Must be frustrating though, to play matchmaker to this specific couple. Although Erkenbrand was finally more than a little bit … obvious … with his intentions; maybe Ealwyn is getting the drift…
Now off topic: I would so have loved to see how the elves reacted to the humans in LůriŽn or how they fared in Rohan during the exchange. Clashing cultures. There must have been one or two hilarious situations there… ;-) but I'm aware that this has not much to do with the story line and would have blown it out of proportion, so it's really ok. I'm just thinking out loud again ;-)
Author's Response: No need to be embarrassed...you are hardly the only one wanting to to some smacking of characters and/or author through this whole thing! Friend can be wonderful....except when they meddle and that is what is happening in the West-Mark so....I decided to remove the poor dears and give them a sporting chance on their own (with a little helpful advice). No you and your bunnies are going to make this fic an epic longer than the Illiad and the Odyssy combined! Now, there may be some mention of the elves stay in Eomer's story-- but for now, it will have to wait...especially cause I am in the midst of writing a Hesgar story for you ;) Now, off to upday this one..... Thanks for the thoughts--I do really love them :) ~G
wow, that went more smoothly than I expected. He told her he is enarmored. And this woman thinks about putting the advice into practice. This could become ... shall we say, interesting
Author's Response: Yes, interesting would work...among other words...updating later today I hope---last few chapters are still at my beta's. Hang tight! ~G P.S. Since Massanie loves Hesgar so much, I am adding another little story before Eomer's--this is becoming quite the epic! lol
lol, I can see this clearly before me: "Hey, I'm going to get some relationshop advice!"
Erkenbrand would look so completely confused. But alright, she didn't which was better for my sanity.
So, I am really, really, really interested what will become of this relationship advice and how she will put it to use. I would simply lock them up in the same room and either make it very cold or very hot but I hope there are less drastic ways.
As for the bunnies, I am sorry, I left the hutch open, so sorry.
Author's Response: I think you will approve of the advise...and as for the bunnies...THANKS! Hesgar's story is up to 2 chapters and going strong! Poor Eomer, at this rate, every man in Rohan will get laid before the King! lol That's okay--I'll make it worth his wait... ~G
THEY ARE SOOOO HOPELESS!
Please don't let him have gone to Hesgar for help (assuming that was were Erkenbrand was). That poor man doesn't deserve to be asked to advise the soon-to-be-lover of his crush!
God, that would be so cruel. Just let him have sought out the marshal!
You know, during this series I have - on vaious occasions - desired nothing more than to strangle those thick-headed specimen of the male gender. I think this is a first: now I'm having a funny little head-cinema of strangling Ealwyn. Which is admittedly rather enjoyable and you should definitely try that sometime... still, all that violence in my head is rather disturbing.
And now to the lighter topic: GREAT! I'm so waiting for the stories for Eomer and Hesgar. If Eomer's is delayed for the benefit of my new favorite (human) soldier, I am totally fine with that.
Author's Response: Fear not! Advise is good and no, he did not go to Hesgar nor did he get pleasured by a wench! Erkenbrand is a compassionate soul. I think there might be a bit less head smacking going on at this point so fear not. Yes, it seems that Hesgar will get his story before the King! And that is only cause Eomer and Lothiriel cannot decide what to do! Enjoy the next update!
And of course: Yay! (was that the third time?)
I was starting to despair, you know?
Anyway: I am now officially appointing Hesgar the title of the most eligible bachelor of Rohan (followed shortly by Frearid). Damn the crown, damn the lords and marshals! Who wants that public attention anyway?
He is not prone to jealousy, he is self-confident, reasonable and sensible, straight forward, loyal, humble ... do I need to go on here? Because I could, actually ...
Such a pity that the mouse didn't fancy him. I somewhat like him better than Erkenbrand. I hope that doesn't offend you or anything, but he's just too much of an hero for me (does that even make sense?) and even though he stepped back he was jealous all the time ...
ah, well. It might be good for Colmase's self-confidence, though: to have someone who makes her feel special again and I think Erkenbrand is just the right one for the job, so that's ok, I guess ...
but would it be too much to ask for Hesgar to find that special someone? If anyone in this series deserved that it would be him ... and Eomer of course. But again, I'm forestalling your story. Sorry for my rambling-attack. I'm just going to shut up now and click 'submit'.
Author's Response: LOL--you crack me up....all that attention! HAHAHA!! I knew you would like Hesgar!! And right now he can be the most eligible bachelor of Rohan (Sorry,Frearid is already happily married) and I really had not intended for him to be so...well...good. However, I also have a soft spot for him and yes, he will get a little fic (maybe even before Eomer!) I'll have to see where I can weave it into the series :) No offense taken regarding Erkenbrand. Just keep in mind that he is in a new position, in a new home, over seeing soldiers who have served the West-mark for some time and could view him as an 'outsider' of sorts. Then he falls for a woman who is under the "protection" of a courtier who he latter finds out is abusive. Then she is under the protection of the Marshal making her pretty much a noble woman. It is a lot to come to grips with. However, he has taken the first step now if they can actually take it deeper....well, by now you know how I work...nothing is ever that simple! Okay, now I will click submit and get one with some brain-storming for Hesgar (damn...Eomer may never get his story done!)lol More tomorrow :) ~G
Yes, hell thank you for putting these other possibilities out of my mind. I need it for other things at the moment.
I don't know if you saw it but I was with the men whooping and cheering. FINALLY! I thought they will never get there. Now they only have to go on =)
Author's Response: yah, about that....it might get a bit well, you'll see what I mean. but yes, we have a start and even Hesgar is ok with it (the dear is going to get his own little fic and a nice girl to boot!) ~G
Seems you always make me grumble and curse lately ;-)
If elves had more meddlesome personalities I'd hope they would beat some sense into that thick skull of Erkenbrand's, but, alas, we all know better than that, don't we?
Personally I think this was positively and completely the worst that could happen for their relationship. Their attraction is rather new and could wane over the winter, what with other company all around and more time to downplay what they feel right now quite strongly. Especially since both secretly doubt that they are suited best for each other.
But nevertheless I like the way the stories of this series start to interweave. Never thought the warrior exchange would pop up again.
Keep it up!
Author's Response: Thank you! You will see more interweaving as the series progresses and really culminates in Eomer's story (wish that damn muse would hold still for more than a chapter or two!). This parting is at a bad time and someone wondered why he did not take her along---i do not think that would have been an option so yep, a winter very much a part with little to no correspondence available. She will be on her own, but at least there is still Frearid and Hesgar (of course friendship often becomes...oh, never mind! I will update soon! Thanks again for reading and commenting :) ~G
Get him back. He cannot leave now.
Well on the other hand, when he comes back the will both be so happy to see each other again, that maybe one or another confession slips out.
While he is away I think i t a very good idea for Hesgar to keep an eye on her because he knows her heart and his captain's heart and, if he seems to be seeing her (if only in friendship) maybe the others will keep a distance.
After this chapter I am at a point where so many possibilities play about in my mind, I cannot even think straight anymore. Maybe the next chapter will bring order into my mind's chaos.
Author's Response: This chapter did kind of cover a lot--his leaving in the late fall to some background as far as the aniversary of her father's death (ending the 7 year mourning period) and her relationship with Hesgar. i was going to make him more of a suiter, but desided to make him a nice young man. Good thought though, about how other's might perseve it. Well, hopefully things won't change between them during the long...cold...winter...nights.....;)