So, this is the end of the story. All in all, a very nice look into Maglor's long life, with many interesting vignettes. Thanks for sharing. :)
Author's Response: Thanks, Ellynn. I hope you had a chance to read Striding With the Lion. I remembered, to my horror, that I had it out of order and slapped it in late yesterday afternoon, moving the other chapters to correspond to the correct timeframes. I had a lot of fun with this series, I think I'll do more in time. I appreciate your reading and reviews very much! - Erulisse (one L)
now you have done it! I´m sitting here and crying. How sad! Now I´m glad not to be in his place this time. Your description of their relationship was so emotional. Sat there with flushed cheeks afterwards cooled by tears. Loved it! Thanks. Lai
Author's Response: I am always honored when my words can convey enough emotion to bring tears. Thank you so much! - Erulisse (one L)
oh please slow down! I do nothing then sitting and reading your wonderful little stories. This chapter with the eagles was great. Again I wanted to change places with little Maglor. Hopefully he gets the chance to fly with the Wright Brothers. And on to the next chapter....Thank you. Lai
Author's Response: Well, they are all up now, all 16 chapters, so take your time, Lai. I'll start my next series within the next day or so, but I have some other things that I need to get done also, so that may be delayed :-) Thanks for continuing to read and review, I send *hugs* out to you and the family. - Erulisse (one L)
Like you I think it good that he would need to fit in and his speech changing to it didn't strike me from anything. It was a GREAT CHAPTER!! I had an uncle that fought in that war though I was still quite young --it hit home--he was never the same as I remembered even up to his death several months ago. Very traumatic and believable--You have done a wonderful sense in writing!!
Author's Response: Thanks, when I was posting the last few chapters, I realized I had completely forgotten Striding with the Lion, so I had to insert that into the right spot and then continue with the group. Everything is up now, the series is complete, and reviews such as yours have really made writing these worthwhile. Vietnam was my war as well, the one I grew up with, had friends who fought in it, and will never forget. I'm glad I made it come to life a bit for you. - Erulisse (one L)
So soul touching here--his concert unbeknownst to him was enthralling to me--almost wishing I was there to hear the music. THANK YOU SO MUCH!!!
Author's Response: I too wish I had been there to listen and to mourn because we all need that outlet. Thanks for writing and letting me know that you loved the chapter :-) - Erulisse (one L)
The last 2 chapters are amazing and captivating. Your writing is truly unbelievable and great! I wish my sons enjoyed reading enough to read this story--it might help Bransun with his history lessons!!
Author's Response: History can be exciting when you realize it deals with real people. The killer for history are dates which can be horribly boring. I hope you can make history exciting for your sons because there are some really good stories wrapped up in the statistics. Thanks so much for reading. - Erulisse (one L)
OH SO TOUCHING and HEARTBREAKING!! I feel very deeply for Maglor and all he has had to endure. It is unbearable and completely SPELL BINDING! Wonderful writing!!
Author's Response: Thank you, my dear. I'm delighted that you were touched by this chapter. Thank you for letting me know. - Erulisse (one L)
Ah - poor Maglor - not the way he would have wanted to love a great love.
Have you read http://www.openscrolls.net/fanfic/story.php?no=4029 Jael's A Man in Full? It's not here on Faerie yet - if the link works it is to it at OSA - and it is as HASA as well. I find myself wondering about the resonances if they were in the same 'verse...
Author's Response: I did read Jael's story quite a while ago, but not recently. I am a Titanic nut, having studied it on and off for many years. - Erulisse (one L)
This is contradictory, isn't it? Yet, it works perfectly. A great use of words. Really well done.
Author's Response: It is completely contradictory and yet so true. The mushroom cloud of an atomic bomb is strikingly beautiful, yet what it is designed to do is so cunningly evil, it's the modern day equivalent of Sauron's Ring. That which everyone wants to give them courage in the face of their enemies, yet cannot use because it will destroy whoever wields it. Thanks for your review, I really appreciate it. - Erulisse (one L)
Oh, this is so heart-breaking! :(
Wonderful, poignant chapter. Beautifully written, my dear.
Author's Response: Thank you, Ellynn. This chapter is one of my favorite writings that came through B2ME and might turn out to be one of my best stories this year. I am delighted that you loved it also :-) - Erulisse (one L)
Yes- a fitting response.
Author's Response: Melkor is very much alive and well. I date the beginning of the 8th age from the dropping of the atomic bomb, something that changes the world with a complete and strong demarcation. Our challenge, as we live in this Age, is to keep Melkor pushed back, and we're not doing very well at achieving this goal. - Erulisse (one L)
THis is so sad- doomed right from the start as you skilfuly moved me through this desperate little episode. This weaving of memories is fascinating and moving, and binds you very close to Maglor in his loneliness.
Author's Response: I love Titanic, and it was fun getting down and gritty with the research again, although I had to stop myself getting buried in the pictures as I usually do. The boat sinks, there is no way around it. But Maglor couldn't go down with the ship, at least not convincingly. So the key was how to make it work. Thus, Denis, one of my favorite OC's to date. I'm so pleased that you loved this, I think this is one of my favorite chapters in this saga. - Erulisse (one L)
The last lines are lovely. He is very matter of fact about poor Joan but I suppose he only saw her once. Who is Denis? I am glad Maglor has love in his life now
Author's Response: Ah, Denis. The love of Maglor's life, at least right now. I like the character, who actually came out in Memories and Salt Water first since these stories weren't written in historical order. You'll see him for three stories and perhaps more, he's a fun character to write. - Erulisse (one L)
WONDERFUL AND RIVETING story. I continue to thoroughly enjoy it. It is like learning history all over again. Very enticing and informative writing Erilisse!
Author's Response: Thank you so VERY much. I love history and I love Maglor, so I'm delighted that my two loves are able to intersect and entertain you. I appreciate your words very much. - Erulisse (one L)
Oh- and that is the last one for now so I need ot sya how much I have enjoyed these. That juxtapostion of ME and Maglor's own personal reminiscnce works really well.
Author's Response: Thanks, Ziggy. I have really enjoyed writing these. I put the next three chapters up tonight and that gets me through Chapter 12. The final three will go up on Sunday night or Monday night. I'm so pleased that you're liking the junctures of memory and RL in his experience. I hope that I will continue to entertain you. - Erulisse (one L)
You see, again, how much Feanor would have loved htis and the inventions stir Maglor's own blood and excite him.
Author's Response: I can see Feanor, Maedhros and Maglor loving the idea of flying. I don't see the same adventurous spirit in the rest, although Fingon may well have joined them. Maybe instead of Snoopy and rhe Red Baron it should have been Feanor and the Red Baron? - Erulisse (one L)
I like this chapter especially- it gives a glimpse of quite ordinary life in the courts of the great renaissance princes and agaisn the backdrop of the previous few chapters. I was htinknig how Feanor would have loved the Renaissance and perhaps Maglor's loneliness knows that and it makes it worse. Your mention of hte telescope prompted that in me and I have continued with that thought.
Author's Response: I think that Feanor would have adored the Renaissance because those times were so exciting in so many aspects. I think that this chapter was one of my favorite chapters, I was able to revisit a period and location of history which I have long loved. Thanks again for kindly reviewing, you have no idea how much I appreciate it. - Erulisse (one L)
LOvely way to link the ages together.
Author's Response: This was a bit tricky, but once I started the research it just set itself out for me. I loved Maglor knowing Carravagio, one of my favorite artists. I'm delighted that the story worked for you. - Erulisse (one L)
Another wonderful idea and so appropriate that the music is powerful enough even to halt an army in its tracks.
Author's Response: You're so kind. I have always thought that Maglor had some powers, after all he is a son of Feanor. But he rarely uses them. This time he did, and it proved to be the key element in this historical pivotal point. Thanks for reading and reviewing :-) - Erulisse (one L)
You post this quickly, I have hardly time to catch up, but this chapter was my favourite so far. I love astronomy and have some knowledge about it myself. Your interwining the creation and alteration of ARDA with the modern science is simply perfect. I really envy Maglor for his opportunity in stepping through the centuries and meeting so many phenomenal scientists. Thank you for this exciting historical trip. Love it so much. Lai
Author's Response: You;re pretty fast yourself, I noticed that you posted Chapter 16 quickly :-) These were written, so I am just reviewing and re-editing before getting them up here. I am trying to put up 2-3 a day to catch up. Thanks for enjoying my romp through Copernican science, it was a fun topic to research and figure out the exact timelines and locations. *hugs* - Erulisse (one L)
Yay, astronomy! :)
Lovely chapter. As for the Sun being the fruit of Laurelin that circled around Arda - well, it is said so in Silmarillion. I like your explanation that Maglor thinks that the Valar at some point rearranged the objects (and therefore the Earth/Arda goes around the Sun). Perfect little remark. :)
Author's Response: Astronomy rocks! If the Valar basically made Arda, they certainly have the power to rearrange things, or to pull the wool away from our eyes so that we can see more clearly. More astronomy (in a manner of speaking) to come in a later chapter. Thanks for your comments :-) - Erulisse (one L)
I like to think that he is still capable of enjoying new experiences - perhaps he is in the queue, even now, for Richard Branson's space tourism flights...
Author's Response: His thoughts about space are still to come, but I can easily see him wanting to go into space and see the stars and the world from a different view. I would love to hear his music after he sees the earth from space. Thanks for continuing to read and review. - Erulisse (one L)
These chapters and little stories are absolutely wonderful!! History was one of my favorites in school and this has just been an absolute joy to read!!
Author's Response: Thank you so very much. I'm trying to post a few chapters every day in this, there are 15 total chapters and I hope that you continue to enjoy them. Thanks for letting me know that you are enjoying them, you just made my day! - Erulisse (one L)
I wondered if country living would not have left him a bit vulnerable to the barbarians.
Author's Response: Rome fell often over a few hundred years, I just decided to choose Alaric's invasion. There is nothing safe about living in our world and I'm quite sure that Maglor has had his close scrapes. Thanks for reviewing. - Erulisse (one L)
I love the histroical details you have woven into these- it gives them credibitly and depth.
Author's Response: I was a student of history and have an MA in archaeology, so history and prehistory are quite dear to me. This story was a bit challenging because I knew the basic story, of course, but not the specifics like whether or not a home/business would even be allowed to be that close to the Theatre of Pompey. Fortunately I had Clodia, my resident expert in Rome, and with her help I was able to double-check a few questions as well as get the Latin translation that I needed. I'm so happy this story worked for you :-) - Erulisse (one L)