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The Time of Probing

Aiwendiel - 12 Jul 13 - 5:42 PM

Ch. 1: I

What an intriguing idea, and well wrought. The focus from Sam's pov also places so much of the focus on Sam, as when Glorfindel so gently reassures him, or as the Elves of Rivendell arrive on the scene and they seem to sense Sam's terror and his devotion and treat him so very respectfully and kindly. I love your Gandalf -- his crotchedy humor and compassion come through well. And Sam's surrogate for his beloved Master would, of course, be the creature he has most recently befriended: Bill the Pony. Well done!

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Aiwendiel - 12 Jul 13 - 5:45 PM

Ch. 2: II

This is breathtaking -- the singing of the gathered group, growing larger and more mixed... the careful, tender bathing... Elrond and Arwen and their veiled yet pointed care for Aragorn... Sam noticing the sewing needles and their reassuringly familiar placement... And Sam, watching and absorbing it all in wonder despite his fear.

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Aiwendiel - 12 Jul 13 - 5:49 PM

Ch. 3: III

This chapter is so consonant with your understanding of the Ring's impact on poor Frodo -- and Bilbo too, as now revealed. I especially liked the detail that Sam is chosen to serve as porter for the horrible thing... Do they already know It will have less influence upon him? And the surprising stories the hobbits have to tell... beautiful.

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Aiwendiel - 14 Jul 13 - 1:18 PM

Ch. 4: IV

How wonderful to watch Sam's understanding of Strider and his place in the world, and his relationship to Arwen unfold. And Gandalf's shocking discovery of the Barrow Downs misadventure... A foreshadowing of the original version in which the wizard does another sort of probing. You bring together so many key elements in surprising and interesting ways, making the familiar seem new again. Thank you! 

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Aiwendiel - 29 Jul 13 - 5:30 PM

Ch. 6: VI

The story grows more intricate and daunting. I like how you weave in Aragorn's understandable exhaustion and the reactions of Elrond and his household To the grim situation and to the ring itself. 

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Aiwendiel - 29 Jul 13 - 5:41 PM

Ch. 8: VIII

Dread is growing indeed... Can hardly wait for the next chapter, and I am anxious in anticipation, even with a certain outcome ahead.

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Aiwendiel - 30 Jul 13 - 6:55 AM

Ch. 9: IX

You have so artfully developed the rather pathetically one dimensional Arwen of the original to a truly full character in this. And yet remain entirely true to canon. I hear the foreshadowing notes of the fate of an unnamed but beloved standard bearer to come, as well. And Sam's alert attention to the details of her needlework is so touching, bringing this noble Elf Princess down to earth for him as he recalls his sister. You capture the taut intensity covering the tightly reined in emotions between A and A, too. "Scrying"... what a great word. All the while keeping Frodo in focus for all... Nicely done!

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Aiwendiel - 02 Aug 13 - 7:23 PM

Ch. 10: X

Brrr... a wonderfully dark and chilling chapter, and so fitting that Sam would learn the depths of evil that have befallen others... and that his Master seems doomed to suffer. Poor Sam, poor Arwen, ppor Celebrian and Celestie! 

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Aiwendiel - 21 Aug 13 - 4:33 PM

Ch. 14: XIV

The final chapter (and those before it) is beautifully done. How well I have come to know the Elves of Rivendell through Sam's eyes, even characters I thought I couldn't learn anything new about -- such as Lord Elrond, and Glorfindel. I so enjoyed the glimpses of Legolas, and the hints about the other travelers converging on the secret valley. Of Arwen I have already written, and she is once again strong, involved and not just a lovely unreachable angel. A wonderful touch that Sam's room and headboard are reminiscent of Yavanna, how perfect for him. No wonder he dreams of Rosie! Well done, well done! 

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