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The Rose In The Fisted Glove

oshun - 13 Oct 06 - 5:45 PM

Ch. 2: The Elvenking

So smart, tender, affectionate, funny, and sad. A totally satisfying short story, beautifully thought through and executed. Lots of great subtle characterization throughout. The "no man is a hero to his own valet" point is well proven. Love Thranduil's little squeak and also the revelation of tenderness and affection of each for the other that comes at the end.

The second chapter is at least as moving as the first. It gave me a subtly altered insight into Oropher's disastrous charge and subsequent death along with two-thirds of his army in the Battle of Dagorlad. I think this could be a candidate for the LaCE challenge as well, with its reference to those laws as "a pile of pious Noldorin cant" and the further observation that perhaps Elves are less "a chaste and virtuous people" than "a very discreet people."

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The Rose In The Fisted Glove

Jael - 14 Oct 06 - 11:44 AM

Ch. 2: The Elvenking

Thank you for the kind comments!

 The "no man is a hero to his own valet" point is well proven.

I was nervous about using a real life aphorism in Middle-earth, but this one just seemed so right.  The original can be attributed to Madame De Sevigny, but here, we'll give it to Melian of Doriath, who should know about males with feet of clay. Wink

The second chapter is at least as moving as the first. It gave me a subtly altered insight into Oropher's disastrous charge and subsequent death

Strangely, this was the first one written, probably because I'm more comfortable with politics than I am with sex.  I knew Thranduil would have a different take on the disaster, however, I'm not sure where the paranoia about the Noldor standing back (possibly deliberately) while the Silvans got creamed came from.  It just popped in while I had myself in the headspace of the grieving Thanduil.  So I went with it.  You'll see that attitude of Thranduil's throughout my other stories, and it has proved a very fertile idea to follow.

I think this could be a candidate for the LaCE challenge

Why thank you for the suggestion!  I might just do that!  Smile

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