I have to add this. I cannot believe that Los Gloriol and I are the only two people to review this awesome bit of writing. What's wrong with the rest of you 690? Are you too jealous to pay a compliment? This is far too good to deserve only two reviews. I'd add you to my favorites except I've never been able to get that button to work. So I'm going to mention you in my bio. It gets me so angry when people can read and no doubt enjoy something and not bother to leave one kind word. It has to be jealousy.
Author's Response: Hee, thanks for reviewing, and I'm delighted you enjoyed it so much. I'd be honoured to be mentioned in your bio - it means a lot that you feel strongly enough about the fic that you'd give it an "advert" like that!
I always appreciate every single review, but I guess if readers choose not to then that's up to them - it won't stop me writing as I write because of love for the characters! I suppose in the end if just one person was touched in some way by my writing then it was all worth it. :)
So well written. I could picture every scene. Loved the opening lines, which really drew me in. Once I started reading I couldn't stop. You are a gifted story teller. I'm so happy I stumble across it. You really need to do this professionally. No disrespect to slash writers, but there is no reason anyone should be surprised that Maedhros is paired romantically with a female. Tolkien never wrote a character in a same sex relationship physically. Love between same sex characters was pure, deep, friendship.
Author's Response: Thank you for this lovely review. I'm glad you found it evocative - I always have these vivid pictures of scenes in my mind and I desperately try to communicate them in the narrative!
I actually do normally write slash, including with Maedhros, but a part of me just feels that the poor old chap needs a nice, down-to-earth woman to sort him out! I think for slash to work it has to be developed in a way that's appropriate to the story and the plot. In this story I wanted to explore the idea of redemption for him, and Meleth's combination of firmness, empathy and the maternal fussing over Maglor and the boys seemed to be the best way to help him there.
Thanks once again!
Maitimo is my favorite character, love of my life. It was a pleasant surprise to find him written with a woman instead of slash or should I say Fingon. The story was romantic and it made me melt.
My favorite line:
Had she been wearing armour, of course, he could have had her out of it in a moment…
I giggled my head off!
Thank you so much for writing him in such a lovely light, yet portraying some of his pain. I really enjoyed it :DDD
Thanks! I have a weakness for the odd bit of Maedhros/Fingon myself, but I also like a change now and again. The idea for this actually came from role-play - the more I played with Maedhros the more I realised he could do with a woman to knock some sense into him! *grin* And then when I visited a friend and we drove past a Clootie Well in the north of Scotland, it made me wonder how that could be worked into a fic...and so the story was born!
I'm glad you enjoyed it! I wanted to write a fic that didn't shy away from the horror of what he had done and seen, but at the same time offered a little hope and redemption and a chance for him to undo some of his actions. Thanks for the review!