Oh, how beautiful. If there is one thing that makes any story better it is a Fťanorion, and dear Maglor, always one of my favourites. This is lovely, Narya, and heartbreaking too.
Author's Response: I'm so pleased you like it! I had a great time writing these two. They took on a life of their own, and didn't do what I'd planned at all - always the best way!
This was truly awesome!
I think this is the first story I've read with Gandalf and Maglor.
I love Maglor. I love how he reminded Gandalf in true Finweon, true Feanorion fashion that he may think him diminished. He may even have believed him, mad, broken and afraid-he was once. But that his ability to use his voice to impel and enthrall has not lost it's strength or power.
In fact Gandalf himself seemed diminished in some way in the presence of Maglor. So fantastic!
Looking forward to reading more of your fics, Narya!
Author's Response: Thank you, Gabriel, what a lovely review to come home to! I do see Maglor and his brothers (as well as their father, obviously) as being incredibly powerful beings - Gandalf underestimated what he was getting into here. He kind of gets the upper hand back at the end, I think, but it's not through a show of power. Just goes to show that even the very wise make a mess of it sometimes.
Sorry NelyafinweFeanorion, major butter fingers - submitted my response too early and I don't think I can edit! Anyway, yes, I do see Maglor as still being sensitive to powerful objects and people - and also powerful in his own right, as we see here. And I have no idea how Gandalf will explain his presence. No doubt I'll find out soon!
This is lovely. I really like the idea of Maglor coming to see what this stone is--something he could not easily have done in the glory days of Erebor. Such a wonderful idea and like Ziggy a bit of me is jealous for not thinking of it.
You have done this so well--Gandalf's reminiscences and so obvious fondness just shine through. Maglor is still a proud son of FŽanor and descendant of FinwŽ--no rags, no recrimations. His words to Olorin about the Valar/Maiar ring true and are in line with his heritage.
But there is a kinship with Olorin too that shines through, highlighting his loneliness.
Maglor's joy at Elrond's name was so bittersweet. I really like how perceptive he is about the power within the Arkenstone, Narya, the One Ring.
Really lovely story and I hope to see more interaction between these two.
Now how is Gandalf going to explain this unknown elf? Especially to Thranduil?
Author's Response: Oh, thank you! I'm so glad you like it, although as I said to ziggy, I expect someone else has thought of this at some point. I have it in my head that these two were friends, once - or at least on friendly terms.
Oh Narya, this is just lovely writing, Narya! Beautiful images like this:
Gandalf allowed Maglor to pull him to his feet, and studied his features carefully. The Noldo's face was thin, but as lovely as when he last saw it two Ages ago across the sea. A few starlight-silver strands flecked the mane of black hair, and the corners of his grey eyes were lined in a way that most Elves' would never be. Shadows lay in the hollows where the skin stretched across the fine bones – but perhaps his gaze was only reflecting what he knew of Maglor's past. A stranger would notice nothing unusual.
but that is not the only one. The whole concept is wonderful- of COURSE Maglor would come and see- why didn't anyone else think of it??(Why ddn't I- so jealous!!) And of course he would sense the Ring- I love that in particular- the sense of something but not sure what it is. I love the tenderness of Olorin for Maglor- the affection for the First-born. Such a lovely piece- I do hope you write more of these two.
Author's Response: Thank you ziggy! I hope you don't mind that it isn't a Three update, but this has been bouncing about in my head for a while now and finally demanded to see the light of day. I'm sure I can't be the first to think of the idea, but I did enjoy writing them. I think Gandalf/Olorin would have cared very deeply about the Noldor, and felt a lot of sympathy for them. I wasn't initially planning to have Maglor be so angry with him, but it felt right that he would lash out at the first of the Ainur to cross his path in Ages, even if it was one he was previously friends with. And Gandalf didn't exactly handle it brilliantly, at least T first, but I'm glad they reached an accord. We'll have to see what they do next (because as you well know, we authors are nit in charge of our characters...)