Reviews for Carving a Bond
Larner chapter 2 . 10/31/2011
At least the two of them came to love and honor one another, and married honorably.

Delightful.
Larner chapter 1 . 10/31/2011
Ah, yes-he has managed to compliment the Master of it all, hasn't he? And had earned a compliment in return-from Finrod himself? Excellent!
Priestess of Dan chapter 2 . 6/26/2008
I just realized, after reading this story several times and enjoying it each time, that I have not reviewed.

It was wonderful charming, and I liked that, for once, Orodreth had some character instead of the bland thing that sometimes appears. I enjoyed the interactions between all the characters. Ereglas is a wonderful character, and I can only imagine that she happened to be away visiting relatives when the whole Turin thing went down.
chisscientist chapter 2 . 6/15/2008
Highly entertaining. Thanks for writing.
RavenLady chapter 2 . 5/3/2005
I know it's just a detail, but Finrod's carrot carved into a flower is priceless.

It's always refreshing to see the perspective of "ordinary Elves" (if we can call them that). I haven't seen very many fics dealing with the Noldor-Sindar culture clash either. And Nargothrond feels *real* for once. Marvellous.

I guess I should have picked up on the lack of pronouns, but I was fooled. That's more fun, anyway.
Prophetic Fire chapter 2 . 8/21/2003
Woot! I like the fun, airy style that you've written this in! It's different! It IS fun and airy, right? I'm not making a false claim, am I? Well, in any case I rather liked it. You should write more like this! Obviously you're gifted both ways!
Nemis chapter 2 . 5/31/2002
I love the imagery of Arothir's designs, the way they're described... pretty... ;)

By Mandos, I like the entire story! *g*

I have to do the Gil-galad-thing now, you know... You almost lured me out several times on Silfics, maar nu moet ik er echt aan geloven...

I read it a while ago, the Shibboleth of Fëanor, before you mentioned it even... It bothered me then, and it does still... But then, it was easier for me to simply discard it (like I discard everything in HoMe that I can't really use ;)

I like the idea of Gil-galad son of Fingon, possibly because I like Fingolfin and his line best... (though I love 'm all, the Noldor, don't misunderstand ;) it just sounds… better… than 'Finellach Gil-galad of the House of Finarfin'

But the Parentage of Gil-galad... It's all so logical that it's just me, psychologically resisting, I guess... But I won't discuss this in a review, I'd go blabbering and that's bad…

The fact that your summary says: "Cameo of Gil-galad at the end - but which one?" made me feel better… It means they can exist together, side by side…

I want to thank you for opening this up for me… I won't trade Orodreth for Fingon (not just yet anyway ;)), but you made me consider it more in-depth than I had before (than I *wanted* before).

Which just gives it yet another layer of awareness... like all the good stories do...
Oboe-Wan chapter 2 . 5/13/2002
this is so beautiful...

Well, I have to admit that I was a little suspicious of Ereglas' gender from your lack of pronouns, although my initial assumption was male, as I'm sure you intended. Still that was quite skillfully done.

Beautifully written - a marvelous story! It hurts me when Finrod is so cynical... not that he doesn't have reason to be. Luckily he isn't, that often.

Hm. I suppose that I hadn't considered that the ban on Noldorin Quenya extended to names, but you're quite right, of course.

Really a beautiful, insightful story. I very very much enjoyed it. Lovely lovely work!
Oboe-Wan chapter 1 . 5/13/2002
This is wonderful!

I love Ereglas' tone - I wouldn't quite say flippant, but it's playful and very entertaining.

(out of curiousity - and showing my ignorance _'', in the verison in which Orodreth is Finrod's nephew, who's son is he? Angrod's?)

Your descriptions of Nargothrond just glow...this is so beautifully written. I must hurry on to chapter 2...
Maia1 chapter 2 . 5/12/2002
Wonderful story! Thank you!
Ithilwen of Himring chapter 2 . 5/12/2002
Oh, Finch, this is delightful! Light and fun, and the 'surprise' ending caught me off guard, but in retrospect you played totally fair with the reader - I should have seen it coming. I'm looking forward to the next piece in this series.
Deborah Judge chapter 2 . 5/12/2002
What a delightful, surprising story! You just take us for one twist after another. And yes, there is darkness under the seeming lightheartedness of it. Finrod seems to be just the incarnation of that darkness. Every time he appears he reminds us that terrible things are have happened, and will happen, just outside these beautiful stained-glass windows. Oh, but what beauty there is in the meantime.
Ithilwen of Himring chapter 1 . 5/10/2002
I love the light tone in this piece - the youthful Ereglas is so appealing, both cocky and (deep down) still somewhat insecure about his abilities and place in the world; he's a perfect counterpoint to the more mature Finrod, who is self-confident and assured enough not to need to stand on ceremony. I also like the subtle touch of tension between the Sindar, the Dwarves, and the Noldor in this story. Please tell me we're going to see more of Ereglas and Arothir!
Deborah Judge chapter 1 . 5/10/2002
Great to have you back!

Yes, this is different from your usual style, but still lovely. Finrod is so serious, a flippant perpective on him really makes him much more accessable.

I admire your ability to invent original characters who don't look out of place, and the bit about the origin of the name Felagund was very cute.
jillian baade chapter 1 . 5/10/2002
Different, a lighter style of fic than what i have read of yours before, still enjoyable of course. Loved Finrod, exactly how I picture him to be, retaining his own dignity, but not standing on ceremony with others