Oh! elfscribe. This was so sad a chapter.
I really felt for Mablung. So conflicted.
And every moment they spent together I could feel the time slowly ticking towards the inevitable.
When Mablung finally awoke on that fateful morning, I could feel the sense of loss, already. So heartbreaking. :(
Such a great story though. Loved it.
I know. This is such a sad story. It was written right after a terrible tragedy in my own life, which no doubt added to that sense of loss Mablung felt. I'm really glad you loved the story, as this one, sad as it is, is one of my favorite stories among those I've written. Hope you have a great holiday season! Best wishes!
Thought I'd start enjoying some of your other wonderful stories, as I said I would, while I was reading 'Elegy for Numenor'. No better time than the holidays. :)
I've never read a fic with Mablung in it, before. You had me hooked right from the beginning and it was such a joy to be taken on a journey to explore a bit of the life and times of Mablung, elfscribe style.
I so thoroughly enjoyed this! I love a great story and as you can probably tell I really get into the characters as well.
I really loved Mablung and Beleg's comrades-in-arms acting out their friend's unfortunate and frightening battle with a bear.
Elfscribe, you write your scenes in such a wonderful way, that I feel I'm in the room with the characters witnessing their antics. It feels so real and authentic.
I can't wait to read the next chapter! :D
I'm so happy you're reading more stories and I'm really glad that you feel you're in the room with the characters. Wonderful to hear that the scene worked. Mablung is an interesting character in the Silmarillion and he and Beleg both have tragic stories. Thanks for the comment!
Ahh! I’ve just finished this and gods, I feel like I’ve taken a blow to the gut! Powerful, powerful writing! I loved this, even as it made me weep for their coming future!
This was a beautiful story. I’ve read few stories centered around the Sindar, and so it feels all the more special and unique to me. A true treasure :D
Oh thank you so much! I'm pleased I am that you had such a visceral reaction to the story. Not that I want you to feel devastated, but it means I succeeded with what I was trying to do with the story. I cried myself while writing those last couple of lines. As far as writing the Sindar, it's always a challenge for me to explore a new aspect of Middle-earth and the first time I wrote about the First Age Sindar was King Thingol's Codpiece, which is a comedy. This bleak look at the marchwardens of Doriath was certainly the other side of the coin. Thank you again for two really wonderful reviews!
I enjoyed this immensely :D I’ve never read a fic about Mablung before, so it was doubly delightful as it was like exploring a whole new character.
I liked the way Mablung’s inner-voice sounded, very plausible, a little self-critical, but not overly so –a perfect balance.
The song and the Shield’s antics was a wonderful touch of humor, and I rather wish Beleg hadn’t interrupted them! But as this is post his run in and ill-treatment by Turin’s outlaws, it’s a perfectly understandable reaction.
A wonderful read! Thank you for sharing :D
Mablung is one of those lesser known characters in the Silm. When I got the assignment I vaguely remembered his name but had to look him up and do the research on him and Beleg. I was struck by how tragic both their stories are. I'm glad Mablung had a strong voice to you. He is having a lot of self-doubt after the Battle of Unnumbered tears in which he and Beleg were the only elves who participated from Thingol's forces. I saw it as post-traumatic stress. I'm really happy you liked the Shields. When I wrote it I kept fighting myself thinking this was no way for elves to be acting, but they told me it was precisely how they'd act all cooped up during the winter. I'm glad I listened to them. lol. And poor Beleg. Tolkien doesn't say he was raped by Turin's men, but he was tortured by them and it wouldn't be a stretch at all to think that. Thank you for your thoughtful comments!
This is wonderful, Elfscribe - as usual! I rarely read anything of Mablung, but you brought him, and Beleg too, wonderfully to life. Their relationship is so close, and profound.
Mablung's vision of the funeral boat was atmospheric, and chilling.
Thanks Sian. I'm so glad you liked this part. I really came to enjoy this pairing and found it worked fairly well into canon. Next chapter is up. Cheers!