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Halabor chronicles

 February, 27 2006

This is where you can ask all questions about the imaginary Gondorian town of Halabor and the stories related to it, i.e: "Shadows of the Past", "The Shoemaker's Daughter" and "The Last Yule in Halabor", so far.

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 [31] Chapter 7 of "The Shoemaker's Daughter is finally posted. Sorry for the delay, I was having my annual PC crash. But now, finally Gildor Inglorion makes his appearance.

Posted:Aug 17, 2007 04:38 GMT  Reply to this Comment

 [32] Hello, Soledad,

I had a few questions from the first three chapters of "The Shoemaker's Daughter" and thought I'd ask them here:

Is Mistress Pharin the daughter referenced in the title?

Interesting effect on Henderch's shoulder from that common Southron arrow. Is that leading to events in The Face of the Enemy? Am I right in seeing a connection there with eeeeevil Bowman Erusha or his like?

Ch. 3: There’s a confusing section here (to me – not always hard to confuse!). Kenver, the smith's son, just starts sparring with Lord Herumor; then we switch to the smith's son Kevern coming in from the baths when Mogh and Henderch walk up to the blacksmith's house. Their names are so similar that I had to reread those sections a couple of times to make sure I hadn't confused the names or continuity/timing of the scenes. Maybe Kenver could be described as a younger son, to make it immediately clear that there are two smith's sons that are being talked about? Especially as he doesn't come into play in the scene at the smith's house.

I am really enjoying the story! Thank you for adding to this.

Posted:Aug 18, 2007 10:45 GMT  Reply to this Comment

 [33] Hello Denise,

Firstly, I'm glad you like the story. I freely admit it's a bit detail-heavy... I went slightly overboard with the whole world-building thing, but I enjoy that particular detail of writing so much... *looks ruefully*

To your questions:

1. Yep, the daughter in the title refers to Mistress Pharin. She's modelled after my own grandmother, who was a larger-than-life person, so their backgrounds are similar. She's not the actual heroine of the story; her granddaughter is. It's a twist in the story development that wasn't intended, but I kept the title because I liked it.

2. Yes to Henderch' shoulder wound. I thought I'd build a little connection to "The Face of the Enemy" - that Southron arrow thing, in reference to Faramir's state always intrigued me, and I always associated something terribly cold to the Nazgúl and all things made by them.

3. Thanks for pointing out the possible confusion to me. I'll have to see how I can make sure everyone knows which son of the Blacksmith's is which. In a moment of madness, I gave his children such similar names that I have to look them up on my lists myself every time. *g*

Posted:Aug 18, 2007 11:52 GMT  Reply to this Comment

 [34] I went slightly overboard with the whole world-building thing, but I enjoy that particular detail of writing so much...

You don't see me complaining! Certainly, if you were writing a pure action-adventure story, the details would pull down the pace too much. As a character-driven story (and you mention aptly in one of the chapters that the town is a character, too), it seems fine to me. I am also not an expert on Medieval times - although I did follow your past advice and pick up some of the Gies & Gies books - and so I find all the information both delightful and enlightening.

Could you take a look at the Author's notes at the beginning of Ch. 4? I think that the time interval should say two years since Ch. 3, vs. three months.

If Gildor isn't a major part of the next chapters, I sure hope he shows up plenty for the 2007 Advent calendar. :)

Posted:Aug 22, 2007 02:13 GMT  Reply to this Comment

 [35] Re: notes to Ch 4.

Thanks for pointing it out to me. I usually copy & past the header and edit it later. Apparently, I've forgotten to do so. *is ashamed*

Posted:Aug 22, 2007 10:36 GMT  Reply to this Comment

 [36] Hi Nargil!

I'm glad you liked the 2007 Advent Calendar. And very happy holidays to you, too!

As for explaining the last line: you can find your answer in "Shadows of the Past", the story which spawned Halabor some five or so years ago - or, if you're willing to wait, in "The Soemaker's Daughter" - but it will take quite some time to reach that part yet in the latter story.


Posted:Dec 25, 2007 04:48 GMT  Reply to this Comment

 [37] To make readers easier to navigate among my huge army of original characters, I've set up a data table in the Database section of the announcement-only Edhellond Newsletter Yahoo Group of the people of Halabor. It's going to be a very long list, as I've already reached 700+ characters. I've started with the A-names and am working my way through the whole alphabet, so it might take some time till it's finished.

In any case, here's the link:

Membership is open for anyone.


Posted:Jun 8, 2008 07:30 GMT  Reply to this Comment

 [38] New Halabor vignettes will be added, gathered under the title "Tales from Halabor". You can find them among the Serials.


Posted:Nov 29, 2008 05:22 GMT  Reply to this Comment
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