Reviews for Goldilocks and the Three Balrogs
mystarlight chapter 4 . 4/22/2019
I am mesmerised by your story. Wonderful plot amazing characters great world building.
mystarlight chapter 3 . 4/22/2019
Glorfindel's speech made me hold my breath! I would love to read another story about him!
mystarlight chapter 2 . 4/22/2019
Glorfindel's feelings are well written i really love him. Thank you.
mystarlight chapter 1 . 4/22/2019
Breathtaking chapter thank you for sharing.
kaydub chapter 4 . 7/1/2012
I liked this story. It was nice to see Erestor in a different light.
Freyalyn chapter 4 . 6/28/2012
Beautiful and sad. All sorts of little details filled in. And you have described Glorfindel's mind and situation on suddenly being wrest back into life ver well. Thank you.
Glory Bee chapter 4 . 1/6/2012
The ending made me tear up. Very well written, compelling and original :)
The Lauderdale chapter 1 . 4/9/2010
Poor Glorfindel! Amused as I am by the characters of the Istari, and Erestor and Melinna toward the end, I'm in complete sympathy with our Elven friend. Not a hint of understanding from the others and he doesn't even have the benefit of a therapist. Being an undead Gondolindrim Elf-lord sucks.
Virtuella chapter 4 . 9/10/2009
Oh, Clodia, what a beautiful conclusion. I love the way you show that life is beginning to work its charms on Glorfindel, and the atmosphere and imagery are so delightful.

And yet, the humour is not missing. Troll-bait, eh? And will you ever tell us the story about the three balrogs?

Thanks for a wonderful read.
Virtuella chapter 3 . 8/31/2009
I was so engrossed reading this that I forgot to take notes for the review. So there'll be something about the beginning, and something about the end, but not much about the in-between. I thought the restrained description of the hangover was rather nifty. I liked how you approached that in sucha roundabout fashion. The end of the chapter, with the stone, was very unexpected and definitely an eye-opener. And well done for giving Gandalf a name. ;-)

I do really love the way you write Erestor and Melinna.
Virtuella chapter 2 . 8/29/2009
Your prose flows so elegantly end eminently readable and always with this slight undertone of irony. Lovely. This was my favourite phrase in this chapter: "his star-struck tranquillity became increasingly ruffled as the night progressed"

I like the interactions between Glorfindel and Erestor and Melinna and how you contrast the lighthearted and the tragic. You have also managed to convey an impression of the immense timescales involved. I am enjoying this story very much.
chisscientist chapter 4 . 8/26/2009
A very interesting story. I enjoyed it, and thank youfor writing.
ShedragonXXL chapter 4 . 8/21/2009
Nearly thirty years has passed since I've read "The little Hobbit" and "The Lord of the Rings", and of the "Simarillon" I read only the first chapter, finding it boring at that time. So I had to switch a lot between your story and the "Encyclopedia of Arda". Nevertheless, your narration achieved to enchain me (and I learned a lot about Middle Earth, btw.).

I was touched by the way you depicted Glorfindel. Confused, traumatised from the loss of his home, his friends and his entire existence in a bloody, murderous war, having died a horrible death fighting a Balrog, haunted by memories, he slowly, step by step, sometimes stumbling, he begins to arrive in the here and now... Your description of this difficult period after his resurrection seemed very plausible to me and made me empathise with him.

I also loved your Gandalf and the dark elves, Erestor and Melinna. It is so pleasurable to read about a she-elf who is strong, competend and untamed, no gentle, well behaved "housewife", no stereotyped female.

I grinned when Erestor and Melinna dumped the corpses of the rubbers in that valley, wondering if this could be a discreet allusion to The Gingerbread Cave", and laughed heartily when it emerged that it was.

The end was very poetic. It was a dignified ending for a powerful narration.
Virtuella chapter 1 . 8/14/2009
At long last I'm getting round to reading this. Excellent stuff. The description of death and then the contrast with the profanity of physical existence, the trauma, the confusion - superb. I do so like your style, with its gentle irony. And it's lovely to meet Erestor and Melinna again.

I'll read more soon, but not tonight, it's late.

Niggle: That paragraph about the destruction of the tower has too many as-phrases.
Kitt Otter chapter 4 . 7/21/2009
I know I’ve read something by Erestor before; she does a lot of parodies, right? It won’t hurt to take another look.

Hmm, I left off the parody when I started ottyssey and it’s hard to focus on both. That and I’m lazy. :P

Thanks! I want to do something on Amroth and Thranduil’s friendship and if Thranduil despises Nimrodel it would be more entertaining. To be fair, the girl could be given a chance to defend herself.

“I’d have sent Galdor with you as well!” Well, that had been my initial thought too… But you know I got over it. :)

Oh, I do believe Círdan is idiosyncratic; I mean, just look at that facial hair.

Elrond’s children are enchanting. What is this story of Glorfindel and the Three Balrogs?

Ugh! Troll-bait? I guess that was the practical thing to do.

The last bit was beautiful. I could hear the harp in Glorfindel’s thoughts and ancient sadness (or sadness at being ancient), in that room with those two and the relics of Doriath. I’ve never quite put together that Glorfindel in Imladris was in effect serving Idril’s grandson. Sensible! It was cool that nightingales had been there every step. I really saw Melinna and Erestor as being old, OLD here. Under every one of their layers, they remain as delightful as they are eccentric. So your other stories focus on them too? I’ll have to get to them!

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