|Reviews for Dark Memories: Shadows of the Past|
| Nemis 11/4/02 . chapter 9
Well well well, elfies in the mud. *pats Gofi*
He can be so preciously sulky sometimes. ;))
Somehow a hungry Erestor amuses me. I don't know why.
I especially loved the last couple of lines though. The reactions alone explain everything.
*pokes Eönwë and nances off*
| Little she-bear 11/2/02 . chapter 8
Is it just me or did Elrond have a Yoda moment? "Cloudy it is". *snortle*
The raconteur was really fun; the young elves teasing eachother and the older ones gettin' all cranky and sarcy. Good stuff.
| Nessamelda 11/2/02 . chapter 8
I love the conversation between Celeborn, Gilgalad, Cirdan and Gildor. Very good, very funny and I really hope Celeborn gets some sleep.
The part at the younger end of the camp was good too. I don't really want to think about Elros's meal though _ ...
| Gemma 11/2/02 . chapter 8
Interludes are good. Cranky elves are also good.
Elrond doing his predictions is amusing, and the dog-meat...
But cranky elves are certainly everywhere.
| Gemma 11/2/02 . chapter 7
Nemis did all the appropriate raving, so I'll just agree with her. All the parts in this chapter are bringing something to the characters, either Elrond or Gil-galad.
Very good chap!
| Gemma 11/2/02 . chapter 6
What can there possible be wrong with armour? He he.
Bit of a scary last covnersation between Elros and Elrond. But very good.
| Gemma 11/2/02 . chapter 5
Oh that was fantastic! (I don't think I ever read anything like this before *G*)
| Gemma 11/2/02 . chapter 4
Glorfindel is an evil Elf. He can pretend he's innocent, but he's not fooling me. *g*
| Nemis 10/30/02 . chapter 8
Too short! :P
But, you said it, lots of humour.
I'm liking Celeborn though. He's fun. Especially cranky.
*gives him his own tent*
| Cricket 10/25/02 . chapter 7
*blinks rapidly* Great story...really! I say this all the time but this is by far one of the most interesting
LotR stories I've read. And hey, who couldn't be entranced by Elrond, hmm?...;)
| Heri 10/24/02 . chapter 7
I found DM 17 to be an extremely touching chapter, reflecting on some of the
issues that are inherent to LOTR but not always discussed - it looks at the
horrors of war: the loss of human life, the quasi-sacrificial killing of
healthy young men to further a cause... the hopelessness of the situation, and
the helplessness of those who live.
Reading it, I couldn't help thinking of Prof. Tolkien's experience in WW 1,
which made DM 17 feel especially poignant.
I also found that the Eärendil subsection was handled masterfully: it's
wonderful how you revisit an event that Tolkien readers know well, but present
it through a differently coloured filter.
Once again, it's a reminder that all our actions impact not just on ourselves
and those we are in direct contact with, but also others... where and when we
least expect it.
In my opinion, it was an extremely good reflection on how nobody lives in Ivory
Towers (no Elwing pun intended) - how we all, intentionally or not, interact
with the world, and leave our mark on people we only fleetingly touch.
| Furius 10/21/02 . chapter 7
*bows in thanks for the chocolate elfies* Ack, Elrond had such a decrepit education. Poor elf, all that time, having no one to look to except for Gil-Galad *shudder*. Perhaps that explains why he was so..umm..disintered during all that, there's actually no one to plead to is there?
So he is now suffering from repression. Still, you must show us Earendil..please...he is the star, surely he can see everything. I am still quite antagonistic toward Gil.
And those two stupid elves who doesn't move Malanthir when Elrond ordered. A thigh wound, a thigh wound! The arteries, the veins there..Do they even belong in the healer's tent?
More, more, the suspence does not ease with each chapter, humph.
| Heri 10/21/02 . chapter 6
:D Hey Kal :D Just wanted to jot down a little thought regarding the latest
I was fascinated by the way you interpreted how the exact same event, when
experienced by two people, can impact them differently.
I really loved looking at Eärendil through the eyes of one son, and seeing his
evaluation make sense... and then looking through the eyes of the other son,
and having the opposite feeling make perfect sense, too.
Reading this chapter, I felt like I was standing on a set of scales - tipping
one way and tipping the other, trying hard to reach a balance.
In my view, DM 16 commented well on how a person's actions are difficult to
judge, as so many of the consequences of those same actions are left up to
Even now, about an hour after I finished reading, I still haven't decided how I
feel about DM-Eärendil. I am still trying to strike a balance. :o)
All this, of course, works because of your previous characterization of Elrond
and Elros (and your version of their life-story). One knows their path (and
their past), so one understands their present.
Really nice work.
| Little she-bear 10/21/02 . chapter 7
I'm speechless. I'm in awe. That was fantastic. the scene with Elrond seeing Earendil's star was so harrowing, abruptly realising that his father's never coming back.
The wee Gil-Galad scene was good too. The urge to kick him is decreasing ever so slightly.
I wish I could be as eloquent as you in my reviewing as you are in your writing, I really can't do justice to this chapter, so I'll stop rambling.
| Earelen 10/21/02 . chapter 7
Wonderful chapter. As others have said, it illustrates how the horrific experience of war serves as a crucible for those strong enough to rise above it. You have set the stage wonderfully, and given meaning, to the development of Elrond as a master healer.
"He sat there, much longer than he should have, feeling the hand he still held grow cold. The moans of the living slowly penetrated his consciousness and he forced himself to continue the work, his brain functioning, but his mind closed down, numb."
It just doesn't get any better than that.
And, because I can't resist, some thoughts on the whole Elrond/Gil-galad/Eärendil angsty thing. I find it all very depressing - Elrond yearns for a father, and has blamed Eärendil for not returning to him, but now he finds that his sire was *not permitted* to return to him. On the other hand, the foster-father had the opportunity to be there for him, and was there physically (and I don't intend any innuendo there, so stop your snickering!), but was emotionally removed. Quite the painful contrast. *hugs Elrond yet again*