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November, 12 2005
OK, folks-this is the general forum now for questions that don't seem to fit in any of the other threads. I'm going to sort some of the earlier posts into the appropriate forums, but it might take a while, so bear with me. I'll delete the ones that have already been reposted by their authors.
Hi Rebecca, Nargil-
Sorry to be so late getting back to you-Mike is setting things so I will be notified when people ask questions or make comments. Been a bit short of time this week, and it will continue through the weekend.
OK, one question that I've long had since reading Captain My Captain for the first time (I won't admit how many times I've re-read it), is why the Eagles maintained their alliance with Hethlin's family after the unnamed(?) ancestor made his fateful bargain with Angmar. I really like how you portray the Eagles as beings very concerned with honor, manners, and the like. Completely believable and interesting. But given that, why would they want to associate with a self-cursed line that had, at one point, gone over to the dark side? I mean, if Elladan is on their x-list for the theft of a tailfeather ...
It's not inconceivable that the Eagles chose to stick with Hethlin's house, but I'd love to know why.
When Heth's ancestor went over to the Dark Side, his wife was pregnant with a son. Needless to say, the son had a totally awful time growing up among the Dunedain, to the point that he preferred the company of the Eagles. He was a bit of a wild woodsman type-it's a wonder he ever managed to nest himself! At this point, I don't know much more about him than that, and that his eagle-friend was much closer to him than is usually the case in such relationships.
As to why the Eagles succored him, it's simple-he was innocent of his father's crimes. And all of his descendents after him were careful to tread the straight and narrow, so the Eagles had no problem with them. For all I know, they nipped the head off their betrayer. There's a story there someday, but I'm not going to get around to it any time soon.
I'll keep my questions to one-per-post, probably easier that way. Thanks so much Isabeau, your writing is uniformly superb!
Thank you, Rebecca!
Hi Isabeau, that helps a lot.
Are the two W.I.P's (the last log of the foam flyer & a Lossarnach yule) being posted yet? I haven't seen them around. If they are where abouts are they?
They are not posted yet. I'm trying very hard to get Lossarnach Yule done in time to post it in the next couple of weeks. I started it last year during the holidays, worked on it some at intervals during March and the summer, but didn't feel like finishing it and posting it since it's a Yule story.
Last Log is about twenty pages at this point and I have several chapters left to go on it. It is a story I definitely intend to finish, which is why I mentioned it in the timeline, but it's a bit of a departure for me, and I'm not entirely sure how it will turn out. Unfortunately, I don't know exactly when you'll see that one. I don't want to post it as a WIP-I'm trying not to post any WIPs any more other than Silver Swan, which is more of a serial. And yes, I have been trying to finish some of the stories that have been hanging fire for the last year.
Hope this helps.
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