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Lie Down in the Darkness, Rise up from the Ash

IVIaedhros - 09 Sep 07 - 7:42 PM

Ch. 44: Where the Shadows Lie

Awesome, as always.  At first I was a little worried about the ghost of old _____ being too gimicky, but you pulled it off well.  I'll give the usual commentary later.  It's late and I just wanted to say, "well done".

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Dwimordene - 17 Sep 07 - 2:31 PM

Ch. 44: Where the Shadows Lie

Hey IVIaedhros,

Been a busy week - thanks for your comment on the latest chapter. Given how much trouble X gave me, I'm very glad it read well in the end.

TTFN,

Dwim

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Skeeve - 19 Sep 07 - 7:00 PM

Ch. 44: Where the Shadows Lie

Well, no Evil!Frodo but we do get Sam back. Or is he just a figment...and why isn't Frodo obsessing about the Ring the way he did in the books? Here he just seems to be mostly worried someone else will get it. A bit confused here! Okay, I'll read it again...and again...

Still hoping for that big showdown between Frodo and the S-man, but I guess that's because I'm a guy. It seems like it's that or Sauron gets the Ring. I have enjoyed it so far and hope it all comes together...

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Patti Baggins - 20 Sep 07 - 9:51 AM

Ch. 44: Where the Shadows Lie

Wow!  I'm still shivering after reading the new chapter.  When Sam's body was the "proof" of the failure of Frodo's mission, I wept, because I had hoped he wasn't really gone; our poor, brave Sam couldn't really be dead, leaving Frodo all alone in that hellish land.  But his return is utterly chilling, disturbing on so many levels, for all that it is also a blessing for Frodo.  Or is it?  Has the Ringbearer been possessed by the spirit of his lost friend?  Or has he run mad?  Or is it, simply, blessedly true that Samwise the stout-hearted has returned, a blessing from the Valar or from Eru, to help save Middle Earth? The end of the year seems centuries away, but we will doubtless be well rewarded for our wait.  Thank you for taking the time to do this dark alternate tale with careful thought. 

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Dwimordene - 22 Sep 07 - 1:54 PM

Ch. 44: Where the Shadows Lie

Dear Skeeve,

No, no evil!Frodo in this chapter - I'm pretty much just putting him through the grind right now. But I'll consider the possibility of injecting a little evilness into this chapter - I know where I want to go, it's the question of getting from one point to the next and I've never thought I had the greatest grasp on hobbits.

I'm glad you've been enjoying the story so far - thanks for reviewing!

Dwim

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Dwimordene - 22 Sep 07 - 1:58 PM

Ch. 44: Where the Shadows Lie

Dear Patti,

Thanks for reviewing! That you've already mapped out so many possibilities to explain Sam is terrific - I didn't want this to be an element that would have a straightforward explantion readily available. Now, if only I can get everything lined up to go how I want it to from here, fannish life will be good!

I've had a lot of fun trying to come up with plausible shifts and changes of tone or different ways of getting to certain story constants between the AU and the canonical tale. Glad you're enjoying the results!

Dwim

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docmon - 22 Nov 07 - 7:26 PM

Ch. 44: Where the Shadows Lie

Dwim!

So sorry I never posted a comment when I read this back in Sept. It is more than deserving of it!

You've packed in all the eerieness, the ambiguity, the desperation that is the Land of Mordor - and is of this tale as well. You describe Frodo's experience so vividly, I feel his thirst and his relief from thirst with him.

I'm so happy to see Sam back in the picture, if not in the flesh. I used to hang on to my hope when I read your story, but you taught me better! Devilish So, I'll be satisfied with a ghost of Sam, though I can't say I'm sure that's what he'll turn out to be...

As usual, you've written a gripping chapter that sweeps me away, this time into the depths of Mordor. Not a pretty place, but beautiful writing, Dwim!

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Dwimordene - 27 Nov 07 - 5:56 PM

Ch. 44: Where the Shadows Lie

Hi Docmon!

Hey, no problem, re: late posting. Life is busy!

I'm very glad you enjoyed chapter 44 - it was a tough chapter to write. I'm glad the tone suited the land of Mordor - I certainly felt like I was writing through Mordor. :-S

We'll see if I can keep it up for the next chapter, heh heh!

TTFN,

Dwim 

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thelauderdale - 24 Dec 11 - 9:34 AM

Ch. 44: Where the Shadows Lie

o dear god what

THAT'S NOT SAM!

(I don't think it is, anyway.)

...

(I am, predictably, curious about those half memories Frodo has about an Orc, wondering where he got the armor and all, but I don't expect answers on that score: you have so much pure story on hand.)

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