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Fairy Tales of Middle-Earth

thelauderdale - 08 Jul 11 - 3:24 PM

Ch. 17: Fair and Foul

I recognized the signs at once but hardly dared hope for what this turned out to be: a beautiful, perfectly lovely take on the old fairy tale (which I shall not name in a public review).  With some interesting changes: Iaurel never even tells his children about the Orc's counter-proposal of a "trade," which pleased me.  He is indeed a good father.  I was also made glad by the ending, "unlooked for and beyond hope," and found it refreshing that there was no physical transformation. 

At the same time, there is a degree of mercy in where you chose to end this story.  One inevitably wonders about the life that will follow for both characters, and for the children, who do not know of each other.  I want this to be a happy story, and not just a tragedy ended before it could become more tragic.  Iaurel and Gathnur have surely had enough of that!

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DrummerWench - 08 Jul 11 - 8:40 PM

Ch. 17: Fair and Foul

Thanks so much, The Lauderdale, for your lovely and thoughtful review!  I'm glad you enjoyed it.

A transformation would be gratuitous and unlikely--whatever Morgoth did, it seems improbable that it could be undone all in a minute, if at all.

About ending where I did, um, yes, that is exactly why I stopped there.  If I started going down the road of "what happens next", it clearly would turn into a bigger, much different, tale.  I like to think they have the time and maturity to take it slow and figure it out bit by bit.

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Shadowbride - 28 Jan 12 - 6:09 AM

Ch. 17: Fair and Foul

I came here through one of the Orc threads in the forum and so have only read this chapter so far. I definitely want to read more though! This was beautiful. I love how you twisted and transformed the fairy tale into something actually more meaningful than a girl falling in love with an enchanted prince. 

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DrummerWench - 29 Jan 12 - 8:57 PM

Ch. 17: Fair and Foul

Shadowbride, Thank you so much for reading and commenting!  I really appreciate it. The tales are not all in this exact vein. You'll find they vary in mood and style, and not all are explicitly based on any particular tale.

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Lynx of Isengard - 01 Feb 12 - 8:17 AM

Ch. 17: Fair and Foul

I have no intelligent words for this; not a lick. So forgive me if I just babble. This is just a wonderful adaptation of one of my favourite fairy tales. And finding out who Gathnur truly was - stunning reveal!

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DrummerWench - 01 Feb 12 - 1:34 PM

Ch. 17: Fair and Foul

Oh, jeez, Lynx!  I'm blushing at your enthusiasm!  Thank you so much for sharing your reaction with me.  I'm  happy that one of my favorites among my tales is touching people's emotions.  No writer can ask for more.

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