It's the first chapter that isn't racheting up the tension and dread.
I KNOW, ISN'T IT WEIRD?? (Glad you enjoyed it.)
I'm also glad that Beren's and Elloth's emotions in this chapter rang true, for you--I remember struggling with both of them for a little while.
I can't tell if she's completely clueless as to how tasteless it is to ask a detailed report from men who were fighting for their lives just days ago, or if it's more she's trying to punish herself for not keeping Laeron from going and is therefore not taking anyone else's feelings into consideration.
More the latter, I suspect. And yes, I loved being able to whip out that Hobbit quote; hope it wasn't too cheesy.
Not that I had any doubt, mind, but hurrah, nonetheless, and frankly, if you're going to hear a whole truckload of terrible things that have happened to the woman you'd like to marry, I think that just a few days' after saving the world would be the time to do it.
Thank you! I had a conversation with my beta about whether Beren flipped out sufficiently at the things she told him. However, we decided that since he had just witnessed the almost-ending of the world and until recently was resigned to the idea of his own death, there was not a whole lot she could tell him that would cause him to lose it, for better or for worse.
...and there should be no-one who can understand that better than a man who's just returned from the Black Gate alive, and mostly intact. Physically, at least.
Yep. Plenty of PTSD to go around, after all. :p Thanks so much for all your thoughtful comments today! Really made my day.