Waaah, you're breaking my heart with Maedhros at the beginning *cries*
I have to pull this out:
His face was wet and he remembered rain.
The rhythm of it and the perfect simplicity of the image are stunning; I've been sitting here reading it aloud to myself for the last minute and a half, grinning. (Sorry. Little things make me happy!)
What are the Three up to...? I'm starting to wonder whether Elrond is right, and Sauron managed to exert influence over them somehow.
Oh Narya- you are what I needed to prod me into action. I have been faffing about with this next chapter- changed so much of it because I had something in my head and then the Rings did something I really didn't know they could....!!!
I love that you like that image. I love Maedhros. Sniff. I wish I could find a happy ending for him but he just...won't...go.....waaaah back at you.
Yeah- that Sauron sure was sneaky!! Maybe he did...maybe they have gone a bit mad, like robots who think they are in charge of the world...
Whoops, hit submit too early...
Sniffling at the image of Legolas and Elrohir at the end. Come on Gimli, come and rescue them!
I am mearly there, Narya- as I said, needed a prod and am back on it. Almost at the end of the academic year and will finish this fic very soon- promise.x
Argh, I am behind, I'm so sorry!
Love the worldbuilding in this series and the exploration of Noldor craft.
(Love how drinking wine clears Elrond's head when it sends mere mortals like me to sleep ;) )
Really cold, slightly acidic white wine- does it for me every time. Great clarity of thought comes to me then:)
MY LOVELY ELROHIR!!!!! NOOOO! He knows! And he can't do anything! What now!!?
He does! And no, he can't! (Have you caught up yet? I can't do spoliers until then.)
The Elrohir and Legolas part was so sweet. I teared up. Thank you for making Legolas say "I love you". It was slowly killing me.
I did feel bad for Aragorn here though, he missed Arwen so much and she ran off to work the day after their wedding. Hahaha
I really hope you are going to elaborate on that Elladan-Glorfindel-Imrahil-Erestor trip. Don't think that slipped by me! What an amusing train wreck that promises to be. Can't wait!
And what is going on with Elrohir? Is he already so far gone that even after someone tells him he's wearing the wrong ring - THE RING - he doesn't take it off? oh god....
Slowly killing you- ahhh, gooooodddddd (rubs hands like Sauron might with a nice juicy hobbit)
Oh don't you worry my dear Nash- lots more of Erestor- I haven't even got started on him yet!!!!
Yep- Elrohir..there you go. (You've read on since then anyway so you know what happens:)
Wow, Legolas is just the son in-law Elrond derserves after all this pain and loneliness! Maybe Legolas will help bring father and son together? Legolas already seems to look at him as a paternal figure. I can see Legolas chastising Elrohir when he doesn't spend enough time with his poor father!
The fellowship worrying over Legolas was so sweet too. I so love the cat.
Gritting my teeth for the obvious upcoming mandatory Elrohir angst though. We will persevere!
Ha! I can actually see that- Legolas has such a good relationship with his father he won't understand Elrohir, They are going tob be suchfun together!!
I love Glaurung too.
This chapter was such a balm to my soul. I loved the interaction between Erestor and Legolas and all the praise he reaped on Legolas. It was so sweet! When this finally all works out I can't wait to see Erestor, Legolas and the twins hanging out together. *Evil laughter* Fearsome Foursome! Elrohir gushing to Glorfindel and Erestor about Legolas was also so sweet. I never saw Elrohir as the sharing type - except with his siblings. It surprised me.
Also glad we finally know for sure what happened with wretched Haldir.
Thank you Nash, so pleased you like Erestor- I will pick up his story at some point but Elladan is beotted ('m afraid ;)
Ziggy! It's been quite awhile since I've been here and I hope you are well. I'm so excited to see how far this advanced and absolutely delighted it's still not over! I'm starting my way through the chapters. I owe you reviews for every new chapter(= I'm so excited!
It's probably old news to you but I can't believe how isolated Galadriel is and how fishy she's being! Will keep reading
Hello Nash! How lovely to hear from you!! i havr missed you!
Oh yes- Galadreil is to be feared and watched. She is a bereaved parent and th e power of that isalll encompassin. Cant see her giving upgracefully either!
This is getting so tense. It's starting to feel like Galadriel's losing control - losing track of all the different possibilities. You left it on another evil cliffie!
Best wishes for your op tomorrow. xxx
OOh- I am so pleased you think she is losing control- she is! Those rings aint nuffin but trouble!
I should be in and out pretty quickly and the shoulder can start to heal then. Thank you my dear- oh, by the way- at some point, we have to get back to Imrahil (smiles sweetly and ducks)
Oh! I love the sequence with Maedhros.
He is such a sad, sad figure. Poor, dear Maedhros.
Slowly his fingers found that scrap of silver-blue fabric clutched between them. He did not recall his name, or history. But the small rag of silver-blue held him together. And the sound that resonated, lingered in the Darkness around him.
Fingon. Beloved, beloved Fingon.
And in that moment, he became.
Man of Steel. Eru’s champion. His watcher in the Dark.
His love for Fingon defies all. Burns as an imperishable flame itself. So beautiful!
Another lovely chapter, Ziggy! Thank you.
Thaks you Gabriel- I confess I nicked that bit from another fic I have done just about Maedhros but just wanted to reuse it- cheating:)
It was hard to comprehend the Abyss. Harder still to comprehend Bauglir.
The Abyss was colder, darker, an absence of light and sound that made a soul scream and become mad with grief.
Bauglir was a Presence that moved monumentally in the endless, endless blackness in the depths of the Abyss. Colossal… never ending… Leviathan.
Bauglir’s monumental regard was tangible.
Brilliant, chilling. Absolutely amazing writing of the Void and what it feels like!
And Maedhros in Angband, slowly being stripped of what he was but refusing to give in. Magnificent! I did hope we had not seen the last of him.
I don’t trust Galadriel, but I sympathise with her wanting to bring back the past; however she seems interested only in her brother and daughter, no-one else.
And then, you have to leave it with a cliffhanger! UGH!
I really appreciate your comments about the void and it feeling convincing- and a 'magnificent' Maedhros- oh no, not seen the last of him by any means- but he is a tragic character as you know all too well... but a hero too.
Yep, Galadriel really lost at this point. Sorry about the cliffhanger (says Spiced Wine! Queen of the cliffie!!)but this sequence is SO long I have had to cut it into three parts :)
Well, I'm glad Elrond's having second thoughts about Galadriel's plan, because the three rings are seriously creeping me out! I'm glad Khamul is gone, but I seriously think someone needs to destroy the Three as well.
It's good to see Elrohir free. I had to smile, though, that you can only give Legolas and Elrohir a mushy moment when they're buried by rubble and Elrohir in danger of bleeding to death. I wouldn't blame Gimli for feeling put-upon that he's always expected to come and rescue them. (Love Gimli for always being there when he's needed, though!)
They are a flawed technology actually- and we don't even know if it will work. I am half way through the next chapter- it needs to be climactic one so really anxious about getting it right.
Haha- you are so right about a mushy moment half dead and bleeding!!! Made me laugh when I read that`!! You know e so well... but I know you love itxxx
Khamul has finally gone. Kudos to Legolas.
But the 'three' are a bit of a worry. Not quite sure about their agenda. I'm thinking the same as Elrond, that maybe Sauron has touched them in some way. I thought it was great that they resonated together and were created to be more powerful as a threesome rather than individually. Now I'm not so sure. They are a little too sentient for my liking.
But the best part is, Elrohir's safety and wellbeing. Fingers crossed these two will finally be able to be together? Or is there more to come.
Wonderful chapter, Ziggy.
Yes- I really thought Legolas needed that closure and he really went for it to save his adored ELrohir!!
Yep- those three are nothing but trouble... although... ah, can't say. Spoilers.
I promise the angst for those two is done...I did have another plan but my beta says no!
Thank you my dear Gabriel. Much appreciated.
crying. I'm so relieved for Elrohir! So relieved Khamul is gone and the darkness has left him.
and Gimli. Sure, steadfast Gimli. He can make anything better, for Legolas.
Yes- they can start to actually build a relationship now... although not so sure they will cope with peace!!! :) I love Gimli- he is just so easy to write:)
Perhaps he will defeat Khamûl this time? Perhaps he will survive. Their calculations build and build upon each other’s alarca so that the long equations of perfect balance, perfect numbers, wind about each other. Perfect structures. Perfect logic. Calculating the endless possibilities.
They watch Khamûl creeping towards their bright Yôzâira, they can hear Yôzaîra’s heart beats, and the alarca of his body and fëa interfaces softly with theirs, exchanging data, information.
All possibilities exist, they whisper to each other.
And then, Aícanaro is in the hand of the Yôzâira. Aícanaro, a single force of astra that alone can break the Hyellë. In this, Aícanaro is their enemy and their ally. They need him and they are threatened by him. They dare not destroy Aícanaro for it has been foretold that Aícanaro will destroy Morgoth.
Aícanaro despises them. Hates the way they seek to wrest control, to override his own Raitafintë.
I love the ‘scientifiction’ as Tolkien called it, in this, it’s absolutely brilliant.
In a way I’m terribly sorry for Elrond’s decision, because I do want Maedhros rescued, but I simply don’t trust Galadriel, ultimately it’s all about what *she* wants.
Thank you- that means a very great deal. I am not a scientist but have an interest and have done quite a lot of research into QM as I know you have- but there comes a point where it defies logic! And I think I understand- and then I don't! And it blurs nicely with an alien technology- have you read mary Gentle's Golden Witchbreed? I think that might lurk in the back of my mind too- aline technology that seems like magic to us.
Oh-it breaks my heart too that Maedhros cannot be rescued without destroying everything...it sort of tells you where we have to go with this. But there is still the (oops- nearly gave a massive spoiler!!)
Thank you as alway for your support and inspiration.
AMAZING, I am so glad that Legolas cut the ring off - I knew he would, if it came to it, but seeing it was so satisfying. Although eek to the cliffhanger! What are you doing to us!?!?!
I saw that you were thinking of wrapping this up after Legolas's rescue but I think this is right for his character arc. He has to learn for himself that he has recovered, that he has the strength to face these enemies, that he is not a victim.
He really went for it too, didn't he! No messing.Glad you enjoyed that bit:) I am sorry- I didn't expect another cliffhanger- Legolas just sort of went under and is lying there waiting for Elrohir.
Thank you for that reassurance that it is right to have continued this fic- yes, you are right. He had to face and defeat Khamul, so he can exorcise that demon.
Just seen you have posted Paradox- yum:)
But, but, I don't want it to come to an end, just see this is where you are taking it. Gulp, what will i do without these cast of characters! I get it that as a writer you want to wrap things up, unlike George Martin, lol. Regardless, I love it!
Ah- thank you:) I think this story has come to an end though- but I am sure I will write something else soon. Just not quite sure what... I do have to resolve the Glass in Phellanthir and I don't really think i can leave Legolas and Elrohir alone!
As the ring explodes, I realize this story is coming to an end. What will i read from Ziggy next? Lol. As always the tension, yikes!!!
Yes you are right, fadesto thewest, I have felt I should have wrapeed it up after Legolas was rescued to be honest. But a couple more chapters to wrap up the Glass and Three and then it's over.
But I may have another fic in me somewhere- wouldn't mind having a go at Erestor and Elladan maybe...
Oh My god! Ziggy!
You are so good with suspense.
I honestly thought Elrohir was gone beyond help.
This was such another awesome chapter.
You are definitely, beyond doubt, the queen of horror.
Putting my crown on now, Gabriel- thank you:) I am deeply flattered by your lovely review. Anar was just so wowed by the moment in the cell when Bearos bites Legolas and he tips his head back I had to give her abnother shot at it. Thank you. x
Oh, Ziggy this was so tense. I was terrified for Legolas and it was extra-creepy, having Elrohir-Khamul as the predator. And now you’ve left it on such a cliffie, I don’t think I’ll be able to sleep until I find out what happens next!
Hope your leg is on the mend xxx
Mwahahaha - I know you are a cliffie-junkie- that was for you:)
My leg hurts and aches and I have not been able to leave my top floor of my house for over a week- grouchy and mean I am. So Legolas had a nastier time in this chapter thanhe might have done otherwise:)
Legolas did it! He cut off Elrohir’s fingers. In fact, once it came to that, I didn’t doubt that he would, that he would have the courage for it, but I was still shocked. But it took the destruction of the Ring to really free Elrohir from it (I hope)!
Wow, that was one incredible chapter, Ziggy, so much tension and I thought for a moment Legolas would succumb. Thank god he didn’t in the end!
I am very happy that you felt that, Spiced:) Thank you. First review and I am relived- I always worry it won't work:)x
Oh my what a cliff hanger! It's all coming together. And Legolas on his way. What will Elrohir do? I await your next chapter impatiently!
Thank you fadestothewest! Yes- almost there. About two or three chapters to go. And no spoilers of course:)
Yes! Legolas has put the pieces together. What a lovely chapter: Legolas running amongst the horses; the reunion with Arod; Gimli digging deep, knowing Legolas needed to talk; and finally! Agh. OMG!
Glad you liked this chapter- I enjoyed writing it (especially the silly playing with the horses). And yes, Khamûl. Nasssstttyyy my precious.
Oh, this is amazing! Celebrimbor!! *sobs*
Love love love how you weave science and magic together. And Gandalf...I wonder, has he clocked what's happening? And what is he going to do about it?
Someone please save Elrohir :(
THank you Narya:) Glad you liked Celebrimbor- I want to write him quite a lot!
Yes- Gandalf is the one hope... and Legolas:)
Vilya’s light poured over the pages and something happened; lines of coloured light struck out from the book like structures, spread and built, constructed an arena of light in which Elrond stood astonished. Immediately in front of him the air trembled and flickered as if something disturbed it and there appeared a form, which resolved into a figure, tall, broad-shouldered, long bronze hair pulled back into the high tail of the warrior. At first, the face was indistinguishable but that proud carriage, the line of his stance was so familiar that Elrond gasped in shock and grief.
‘Tyelpë!’ Elrond staggered forward, unbelieving, unbearably hoping. Was this his cousin returned somehow from the dead?
He reached out but his hand passed through the image and with crushing disbelief he saw that it was only an image, somehow, amazingly, constructed from the beams of light emitting from the pages of the book.
I loved this.
Ziggy! You have written Celebrimbor perfectly. How he has surpassed his grandfather in the sciences, the art of physics. This is exactly the way I see him too, a genius, so far ahead of his time. And his discourse, like he's some university professor; so fascinating.
I also loved the idea that the 'three' are meant to be used in conjunction with each other and so much more powerful this way and why wouldn't they be. They are like a single entity.
And I, like Elrond, found some of what Celebrimbor was saying, a little above me. But I did my best to understand the overall premise. lol
My dear! You have me in awe at what you have accomplished here. I have always been fascinated by physics and you have ignited that interest in it, again.
Awesome chapter! Thank you :)
Oh wow- Gabriel- what a fab review- thank you:) I worked really hard on the technology side of it to try to make it really beleivable and not just 'magic'. I am so pleased you enjoyed Celebrimbor- the way you see him is EXACTLY how I wanted it- it is seriously advanced technology and part of Morgoth's constant attack on the Noldor was to obliterate that technology before it became a threat to him- imagine Orcs and Dragons- the genetic engineering he undertook, and then the sentience of weapons that Feanor was creating- almost AI. It's different from what we have invented but similar enough I hope. There are some really good Quantum Physics You tube films- very clear about the Split Screen experiment and Shroadinger's cat. That's all you really need to know for this:) Thank you again my dear, so much appreciate your review.