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The Rose In The Fisted Glove

Crowdaughter - 03 Jan 07 - 1:23 PM

Ch. 1: No Man Is A Hero

Jael,

I love this story. I love the great background it gives to that fateful battle of the Last Alliance, and I love the not-so-favorable view at Gil-galad's role there; and the contrast between the lighter mood of the first chapter and the sad and chilling one of the second chapter works very well. But what I love most is that you manage to make the characters coming completely alive, and completely believable. It is easy to feel with them and identify with them here.

The slash element is handled very well, IMHO; the encounter is handled tastefully and very believable, too.

And more. Normally, writing slash in Tolkien Fanfic, we tend to take a conscious step back from canon and trust in our readers willing suspension of disbelief, because while homoerotic encounters and relationships are not completely impossible even in Middle Earth, it is hardly what the master himself would have imagined. But in this story, you manage to bring the homoerotic encounter accross so totally believable and fitting to the situation, that no suspension of disbelieve is needed.The whole situation feels totally believable and perfectly possible, and it feels as fitting perfectly into the canonical universe under the circumstances you give us here. Applause! Very, very well done! This will always be one of my favorites.Smile

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The Rose In The Fisted Glove

Jael - 04 Jan 07 - 10:58 AM

Ch. 1: No Man Is A Hero

But in this story, you manage to bring the homoerotic encounter accross so totally believable and fitting to the situation, that no suspension of disbelieve is needed.The whole situation feels totally believable and perfectly possible,

Thank you kindly for your generous comments!  I hope the Mighty Elvenking will not be too angry with me for exposing his secrets.  Perhaps part of the reason this works believably is that it grew out of the progression of the relationship between Thranduil and Galion as I wrote them.  Galion simply would not allow me to portray him as a figure of fun merely.  The more I showed the two of them together, the more I realized these two men loved each other, in a non-sappy, manly way.

I pondered long and hard about making this part of my 'official' universe, but it is, and I think it adds a depth and nuance to the interaction between Thranduil and his faithful valet/butler.  At least I've explained why Galion was forgiven for the Dorwinion incident. Wink

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