It's a fic!

May. 2nd, 2013 08:43 am
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If you head over to AO3, you might see that I have posted something titled The Return of the Balrog Slayer. No points for guessing what it's about. Some points for guessing how the story unfolds.

Comments are always very welcome, here or there.

(PS. I consider this my REAL "return to writing Ecthelion and Glorfindel" fic. The Burden of Beauty was just a warmup. Not that being REAL makes this a fic to be taken too seriously...)

Date: 2013-05-02 07:07 am (UTC)
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I still think it's a wonderful fic, and I am happy and excited that you have more plans for Ecthelion and Glorfindel; I missed the two of them. (And I just re-read the fic - the slightly augmented ending is nice, and Aredhel's interest in Glorfindel's grapes still makes me chuckle. I guess G&E are lucky that Aredhel did not want to come along for the adventure, too, given her marked interest in killing things etc. in her past life ...).

Date: 2013-05-02 09:46 pm (UTC)
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I don't think anybody told Aredhel about the mission. I know both E and G barely had time to tell people they *like*... but, of course, there is nothing stopping her from following om amother ship. Although now that she has those grapes, she should really stay at least for a while. Maybe she can focus on killing vine-plagues.

Date: 2013-05-03 04:59 am (UTC)
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If her stellar example of a model husband was ever released from Mandos, she is probably too busy campaigning for the introduction of divorce into elven law to travel to Middle-earth just now. Or, alternatively, enjoying how deliciously uncomfortable all those family dinners have become with everyone reunited.

Date: 2013-05-03 07:11 am (UTC)
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It seems unlikely that Eol would get released before Ecthelion. Surely he must be one of the longer-term residents?

With the Feanorians even more stuck, Aredhel will have to find new inappropriate love interests.

Date: 2013-05-02 09:07 am (UTC)
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Lovely! How nice to see them together again! Though I think that Aredhel would actually have been extremely useful in Middle-earth.

Should I know who the Master of Goats is?

Date: 2013-05-02 09:40 pm (UTC)
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He's just supposed to be some guy E has half-met, but I think my phrasing is confusing and should be changed. Or maybe I can decide that he is a canonical character, after all.

(There ARE other canonical Elves on that boat, though not Aredhel. She's quite irresponsible.)

Date: 2013-05-02 08:55 pm (UTC)
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Yay! The Theban Band of Gondolin are back. Good to see them again. You've now got me wondering if there are any other familiar faces the party (and whether Beleg jumped at a chance to go and meet some distant Turin relatives...)

Loved Glorfindel's travel list, and Ecthelion trying to find a Mandos appropriate way of saying 'living for'

Date: 2013-05-02 09:44 pm (UTC)
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Thank you!

I do have plans to include other canonical Elves in the party, but sadly not Beleg. (But then, he may well have gone to Numenor a while ago. This is the middle of the Second Age, when Elves could apparently travel there freely.)

Date: 2013-05-03 03:08 am (UTC)
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I am very frustrated that I can't find the volume of Parma Eldalamberon that states "Laurefindil" is Glorfi's Quenya name, according to Tolkien. It as also the one where Claudio got all of his dirty Quenya words from. Maybe it's in the attic.


I love the beginning. G is so happy and excited, his mother is happy and excited for him. She's even happy that his room is full of thrown-about clothes. When she finds the letter in his house-robe, it made it more poignant. He had been slouching around in his PJs until he got word from Ecthy.

Please excuse this letter's flaws...

Oh Ecthy, you are adorable, in your haste to send word to your beloved..

Unsurprisingly, Mandos, being a fatalist...


With all the experience she had gained from reading thus far, Loswë felt confident she would finally be able to decipher the signature.

*exclamation at real life parallels*

I also feel for Loswë. I imagine she is as compassionate as LL, since she raised him. And I like their relationship.

Sorry, must just add this: Hope rushed through him, as if pumped by his speeding heart

My comment is already too long. I will conclude by saying that I'm happy about Asfaloth, and the bees, and G and E, and know that they will be awesome in their second tour of Middle Earth. Especially the bees.

Edited Date: 2013-05-03 03:19 am (UTC)

Date: 2013-05-04 12:38 pm (UTC)
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I cannot reply to this as I am overwhelmed and embarrassed. But there is no such thing as a too long comment.

Also i enjoy my characters way too much.

Date: 2013-05-05 08:55 pm (UTC)
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If you ask me, all your fics are meant to be taken lightly. ;-) you write some of the most amusingly charming stories in this fandom!

Date: 2013-05-05 11:25 pm (UTC)
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Thank you!

The Return of the Balrog-Slayer

Date: 2013-05-10 10:44 pm (UTC)
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Hurray,more about my favourite Elves!
I enjoyed reading your wonderful story very much, and am so glad you found a way for G and E to embark on the adventure of the return journey together.
I like your Loswë a lot and can kind of relate to her, having myself grown up sons still living at home. The festival of Winds with kites sounds entirely plausible.
Ecthelion's letter is so typical for him! And Mandos' behaviour is quite unsympathetic; poor Ecthelion really doesn't need anyone to talk him into doubt!!
One of those light knives with multiple folding blades Glorfindel fancies a Swiss Army Knife? *g*
The brief speech he had imagined himself giving in the unlikely event of this meeting had slipped his mind -- as usual, he now recalled -- Oh Ecthelion!! Even Glorfindel's cheerful certainty is shaken for a moment.

‘I have been dead for the moment when I could see you again’ lol! And as usual Glorfindel finds exactly the right words to reassure Ecthelion. I love the idea of the horses (Asfaloth comes to mind) but I was surprised about the bees. (Are they perhaps the huge ones that Beorn cultivates?) And I absolutely love the ending!

Re: The Return of the Balrog-Slayer

Date: 2013-05-11 09:30 pm (UTC)
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Thank you for liking and commenting!
Some points:
- I am glad you like Loswe. Some people were bothered by the way she read G's mail. (Not G himself, though, apparently.)
- Yes, I see Mandos as a bit of a jerk.
- Ecthelion really gives Glorfindel NO sign of interest until the 'I have been dead' comment. But at least it's a nice comment, especially coming from someone who does not exaggerate.
- I am not sure about the bees. They just showed up in the story. (If I think about it, I might say that the hives remind Glorfindel of Gondolin, and so he likes taking care of them for this reason, at least subconsciously.)
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