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Life Lessons
 [1] Reviewer:Denise Date:July 3, 2007 3:40 PM
This is a lovely story, Marta! You've caught so much in a brief interlude: Some of the changes Arwen has had to make, coming to the world of Men; the Elvish attitude towards servants; a glimpse of Arwen and Galadriel's relationship; Eowyn's past troubles and that silly movieverse scene (!); and especially the lovely, budding friendship between the two. I liked that Arwen, taking part in the beginning of the Age of Men, would pass on even sacred knowledge if it could benefit her husband's people - now hers. I wonder if she and Eowyn make it a partially sacred ritual even among Men? (Like the making of Catholic Eucharistic hosts, which I always wondered if Tolkien was thinking of when he created lembas.) Or if Eowyn and other fully human women will be able to infuse lembas with the same quality that the Elves did? Even if not, Arwen simply freely sharing such lembas as she can make, even among only the leaders of Men, will be of great benefit to Gondor.

I caught the cadence of the Lord's prayer in your opening song (which was well done overall!), and have to say again that you always do a marvelous job of blending religious references into your Tolkien works. It's always subtle but (IMHO) enhances the story beautifully for readers who choose/care to see it.

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