Ai, Dwim, these are all wonderful. Not sure how I missed them, but I'm glad I finally got around to reading them. The heart of "Civitas Dei" is philosophizing at its finest, great word play but very in keeping with the tone of an ainu. Some of the turns of phrase, specifically "in difference, in-difference, indifference" and "height in abasement, abasement in height" reminded me a bit of T S Eliot, which is not a bad thing. Specifically "THe Hollow Men". It's the only way I can see it even being possible to cover this moment in the legendarium in less than 100,000 words if at all - the fact you boiled it down to 100 is phenomenal.
Author's Response: Hi Marta, I could\'ve sworn we\'ve talked about these before somewhere, somewhen, but I could be thinking of another drabble cycle, too. In any case, yeah, you caught me, \"Civitas Dei\" is my self-indulgent piece where I put together vocabulary from about three different philosophers, not all of whom would be happy to keep each other company on a desert island. Thank you for your thoughts on this one! Dwim
How cute. So like Elrond to point to other skills--and from Aragorn's perspective, those other strengths are truly irrelevant. I can definitely understand that!
Author's Response: I am so glad you liked that--character doesn\'t mean all that much to a little boy who\'s getting his fanny handed to him by a girl (then again!). **Smirk**
Do I deserve the crack!fic nuzgul, or the penance? Regardless, this really is a charming peace. I love the quiet nature of it all, and the fact that you tied it to one of my favourite parts of canon was nice, too. Not sure if you remember, but in "An Unexpected Party" Gandalf says that "for the sake of Belladonna Took" he will pardon Bilbo, which hints at a fairly deep relationship. This is a great start to it, and they're both wonderfully light without being so sugary they make you sick.
See, sometimes a break from angst can be nice...
Author's Response: Do I deserve the crack!fic nuzgul, or the penance? Do you need to ask? I\'m a big fan of \"both/and\", you know. I love the quiet nature of it all, and the fact that you tied it to one of my favourite parts of canon was nice, too. That seems to be a favorite line of more than one person, though I didn\' t know it. Pure, if happy, accident, then. Glad the story managed to be sweet without being saccharine, but I swear to you, any day now, I\'ll write something massively angsty to make up for this. ;-) Thanks, Marta! Dwim