A perfect ending to this series, and I'd probably be writing a roman of sorts on each short scene if it would not be belittling it all. So I've only a few things that I want to say:
I so wished Aglaril would not again have lost someone to battle, it seems everyone she loves is cut down by a sword or some other weapon.
I admire Grimbold for the words of consolation he spoke on his death bed.
I'm glad that neither Colmáse nor Erkenbrand stayed behind though I would have wished them a more merciful ending than drowning.
I am relieved that Arathea's longevity did not embitter neither her nor Elfhelm's departure.
I am sorry that Eomer had to see all of his friends die before him, he always did rely on them.
And because I know you like Loreena and because already the first scene let me pause and have me play this song, and because there are no better words to end now, I'd like to borrow those lines:
"All lovers young, all lovers must
Consign to thee and come to dust."
Author's Response: What perfect words!!! How fitting :) Gamling had to die by the sword for it was the only fitting end, regretfully for Aglaril though she truely understood. Grimbold was the eldest of them all and having lived a full life was ready to join his wife in the lands beyond. Their passing came to me but I struggled to keep it short...I wanted to elaborate on the storm and them clinging to each other. At one time I had thier bodies found but desided in the end to keep the air od mystery. I thought of Aragorn's passing when I wrote Elfhelms. Aragorn chose the time of his death---Arathea did as well after living long with the man she loved and raising a daughter who became queen of Rohan when at last, the youngest of the Sons, Eomer, passed and Elfwine took over the throne. Thanks again for all the support. I am taking a little break, but I do have another Gamling story in the works...keep your eyes peeled! BTW...I am looking forward to more from you! I just read the rest of your story and talk about a cliffy!!!!
A bit sad, this last part because it is all about death but I can feel that everyone is happy. It was a nice conclusion to your series, bringing all the stories together again.
As a famous philosopher once said: Our paths may be different but they always end at the same point.
Author's Response: This popped into my head while driving--months ago! I could not ignore it and maybe because it is a story of men I felt the need to end it as all men come to an end BUT the legacy continues...it made me think of the scene in LOTR when Arwen is at Aragorn's tomb...I hope it evoked the same emotions that that scene did--a bitter sweet ending. Thank for sticking with me through this! Look for more in the future. ~G p.s. a favorite poem of mine that mirror's your comment is called Thanatopsis by William Cullen Bryant.
This was beautifully written, though I have to admit it made me unbearably sad. I guess I just want to think of these "people" going on forever (I guess I take the concept of fantasy literally LOL). Thank you for this whole series. It's been a joy to read.
Author's Response: It was interesting how this pulled at me and would not let me pass it by. It was an ending I was compelled to write and it pulled at my heart strings as I did so. However, it was important to point out that unlike the elves, the second born did have to answer the Doom of Man. Still, I hope I was able to make their passing realistic and leave you with the hope of the next generation. Thank you for all your comments and support. While I have nothing else written for her just yet, there are some in the works so keep an eye out! ~G