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Another Man's Cage

IVIaedhros - 10 May 07 - 7:36 PM

Ch. 42: Chapter Forty-Two--Carnistir

As much as Neylo may be my favorite all around person, Carnister takes the cake as the most fascinating.  His gifts, behaviors and mentality are all so unusual...and what makes it all the more unusual is that we know how he ends up.  Both him and Turko are the ones who are known for the apparent callousness and the evil deed of trying to capture Luthien and leaving Fingon and Beren to their deaths.  It's almost like watching a young Hannibal...holding your breath as pieces slowly click into place.  Feanor is the same in some ways, though to a lesser extent.  I'd love to see someone examine Carnister as an adult using your template.

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Another Man's Cage

oshun - 11 May 07 - 8:52 AM

Ch. 42: Chapter Forty-Two--Carnistir

I have mentioned before how much the way you write Caranthir reminds me of my granddaughter who is both autistic and exceptionally gifted. So moving  in this chapter how Maedhros is described as struggling to maintain outward control in front of his little brothers and how they nonetheless read his pain and sadness and try to comfort him each in their own clumsy ways. Loved the sentence about how Macalaurë wipes the fish parts off of Nelyo's forehead with a tea towel "griping about how clumsy and senseless he can be, but his annoyance is clearly contrived, and his hands are gentle on Nelyo's face." You capture Caranthir, Maedhros, Maglor and what boys are like all in one sentence.

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