Oh wow, this story is amazing. I often asked myself what became of Daeron, and I ponder about Maglor almost all the time. There are so many wonderful passages in it I cannot decide what I like best. You painted the emotions of them so vivid in your writing, I am speechless, it is so sad, touching and in the end the hope they have lightened up my day as well. *lol* I will start read your Eluring/Elured story when I am back from work, as their fate always made me ponder as well, I always hoped they had survived.
Author's Response: Thanks! I'm glad the story was able to touch you! I was lucky to have some fantastic scenery as inspiration when I started to write the story, so it was easy to picture the events unfolding. Since they're both characters with so much tragedy in their backstories, it was always going to have some rather intense emotional content, but I wanted them to find hope in each other and in their shared understandings.
I hope you enjoy All I Have Left! Just to note that at this point it's not posted in its entirety - there's one chapter and the epilogue still to go, but that is written; it's just with the beta at the moment. I'll try and get it up as soon as possible. The first few chapters may be a little rough compared with the end as I started it in about 2004 and didn't finish it till 2008 so my writing style has shifted a little, but hopefully it changes gradually enough not to jar!
Thank you for the lovely review!
After a discussion of the Nodolante, Dawn Felagund sent me here to read this story. What a wonderful experience--I adore this story. It manages to hit several of my most cherished aspects of Tolkien's canon, first and foremost, the Nodolante. Then I have always been fascinated by what Maglor and Daeron might have thought of one another and the incredible respect I have imagined they would have had for one another's artistry. A shameless sycophant of the Noldor I must admit that it always bothered me that Tolkien implies that Daeron was the greatest bard of the Eldar. You solved that problem for me in this story by drawing them as completely different, that is not to be compared one against the other and judged. On your treatment of the Noldolante itself, the best that I can say is to quote you back at yourself. The following quotes moved beyond anything I have read about it before:
"in its harmonies lie the hearts of my people, and I will do them all justice when I sing.”
"His face had taken on an expression that seemed to reflect the whole history of the Noldor; mingled pride and grief, determination and pain."
"After the time spent calling back every memory of the Oath, the Exile, the Kinslayings and the Battles of the Great Lands, his heart felt as if it had been wrenched from his chest and ripped into pieces by Morgoth’s armies; but that was the feeling for which he had
been striving. That was what was needed for this song, and so that was what he had sought and found."
"He poured his heart into the song, and not only that but his tears, his passion, his blood and his very life. The Noldolantė had always had this effect upon him; he ceased to be the singer and became the song."
"The passion and pride in the Noldo’s voice had mingled so tragically with the agony and shame; it had left Daeron utterly wordless and breathless."
Author's Response: Wow! What writer could ask for a more generous review? :) Thank you so much for your words - and for expressing them so eloquently. It means a lot to me that I'm able to touch people that way. I've always been somewhat fascinated by Noldolantė too - it seemed to me that something hailed as so tragic and beautiful would have had to be an event in its own right rather than just a mere song. I wanted to try to capture the depth of emotion and grief it must surely have contained.rnrnAnd yes, I was curious about how Daeron and Maglor would have interacted had they ever met properly. I'm very pleased you felt they were so different - I am always wary of ending up with stories in which the two lead characters are too similar. But I suppose culturally they have totally different backgrounds so it would make sense that their styles and outlooks would likewise be different. rnrnOnce again, thank you!
This was very good, although I skipped a few bits! Well done
Author's Response: Hehehe, thanks for reading, reviewing and enjoying? Which bits did you skip? I guess I enjoyed writing the exposition and really discovering the many facets of the two characters in this, so it came out longer than I initially planned!
I bow as not worthy. This is truly beautiful! I have to also say that I got quite a chuckle out of the dialog on writing. Exceptionally well done!
Author's Response: Thank you! I am very pleased you enjoyed it, and glad you were amused! It seemed so natural to write Maglor and Daeron meeting - their interests are so similar in so many ways, and yet they come from such different backgrounds, so some interesting conversation would be inevitable, I suppose. Thanks once again for the review!
Love it! I think it's the best you've written so far.
Author's Response: You gave me a review! Thank you! *hugs and snogs* Glad you enjoyed it...you were a fantastic beta and I appreciate your help no end. *hopes whatever she writes next isn't a miserable disappointment* ;)
Beautiful! I love it! It is so different from the many plotless stories I have seen which have only sex as their only purpose and climax. Very heartrending. Please keep up writing!
Author's Response: Oooh, thank you so much! *hugs* I didn't decide on a rating until it was 90% finished, and it just turned out to be pretty mild, which I think was better for Maglor, really! Will definitely keep writing...the muses won't give me a moment's peace otherwise!