Very nice, Dwim! I liked Halbarad's concern, his defiant questioning of Gandalf, and Gandalf's wise and honest reply. The characters were all wonderful, but I especially loved how you managed to convey Gandalf's love, respect and concern for the "regular folk" as Butterbur puts it - big and small.
"Let them see him through this thing that has come to him, and you will find, unless I am much mistaken, that what you need is not the Ranger, but the man he will become."
Oh, yes. I could definitely see the turmoil among the Rangers that you described, but that the wisest among them would eventually realize this.
Just curious: Do you see Aragorn recognizing on his own that he needs to visit Rohan, Gondor and further points south; or that he was significantly influenced by Gandalf to some degree, whether in idea, timing or purpose?
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 Reviewer:Larner Date:August 20, 2008 5:11 AM
How wonderful to see this caring as well as enterprising Halbarad insisting on KNOWING. Love it, Dwimordene.
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