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Full of Wisdom and Perfect in Beauty

Aganaphel - 15 Apr 07 - 10:58 AM

Ch. 6: The Festival of the King

Maeve, I am sorry to be so late with the review, especially after you thanked me right at the beginning of the chapter!  

I enjoyed the new chapter – it is great to see events from a different POV. Now Eärendur seems to be a nice guy. Scheming, yes, but still very likeable. It is a great achievement to make persons from different camps likeable and nice in their own way.   

Also I admired your description of Armenelos. It is masterfully done, complete with odors and colors. You make one want to visit it! *sigh*. The gardens, the temples and those "small, laberyintic streets, cunningly planned with a slight curve that prevented the gracelessness of the predictable straight line". Ahh… Indeed no one would wish the Wave to destroy such beauty! 

"The king whose name was blasphemous" puzzled me for a while, but then I solved the puzzle. Ar Adunakhor = Lord of the West, right? "

A King in perpetual fear was the worst danger for his subjects, innocent or guilty" is a very wise observation. True. But – why were the Kings in perpetual fear? That is something I can't wholly grasp. They didn't believe in Valar and Eru anymore – so why fear the Faithful? For political reasons only? 

I wanted to thank you for the previous answer. The conception of the link between the God and the City was new to me and not a Tolkien one – but it does make sense.

Good luck and be assured I am always eager for the next update.

Cheers, Aganaphel

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Full of Wisdom and Perfect in Beauty

Maeve Riannon - 16 Apr 07 - 1:15 PM

Ch. 6: The Festival of the King

Thanks, once again! Left on my own, I tend to dissociate myself from my readers and just keep writing hysterical historical puzzles. Your reviews prevent this with quite an admirable effectivity. :-P

(And you don´t have to thank me for answering your questions -it´s just part of my Alter-Ego´s retaliation for not being allowed to fill the chapters with obnoxiously long, pedantic and complicated notes) Smile

 Now Eärendur seems to be a nice guy. Scheming, yes, but still very likeable. It is a great achievement to make persons from different camps likeable and nice in their own way.

LOL, if you find Gimilzôr nice you´re quite welcome to him!   ^_- 

And I´m glad I managed to depict Eärendur as something different from a Machiavellian religious fanatic. Tolkien´s vengeful ghost just has that way of coming to me in the dark of the night.... Rolling my eyes

The gardens, the temples and those "small, laberyintic streets, cunningly planned with a slight curve that prevented the gracelessness of the predictable straight line". Ahh… Indeed no one would wish the Wave to destroy such beauty! 

Wow. The fact that you have chosen to highlight this has been quite touching for me. As it happens, my own (and beloved) city inspired me for many different things in this fic, (here is, for example, a drawing of the "temple" described in the chapter, which is a real edifice located here: http://www.uca.es/web/actividades/galeria_virtual/index_html/imagenes/obra12.jpg ) but this particular line was taken quite literally from its urbanism.

why were the Kings in perpetual fear? That is something I can't wholly grasp. They didn't believe in Valar and Eru anymore – so why fear the Faithful? For political reasons only? 

As it happened, the Faithful (through Alissha)had tried to take the throne after the death of Ar-Abattarik, not considering his son legitimate. They are therefore enemies of the Sceptre (though Inzilbêth´s political marriage has briefly made their leaders "acceptable" in Armenelos society), and can be easily suspected at any moment of scheming, having secret contacts with Elves, wanting to murder the King, black magic... you get the drill!

 OK, I will try to update as soon as possible

Maeve

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