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Review of chapter "Chapter Thirty-four: The Return to Rivendell" from kiwi
Review:
thank you for the lovely update. :)
Comments from author:
You're welcome. :-)
Review By [kiwi] • Date [25 Feb 13] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Chapter Thirty-four: The Return to Rivendell" from Misty
Review:
What a beautiful, sweet chapter. Thank you for both the chapter & giving Miriel a chance to breathe
Comments from author:
Thanks for the feedback!
Review By [Misty] • Date [25 Feb 13] • Rating [10 out of 10]
Review of chapter "Chapter Thirty-three: Butting Heads" from (Recent Donor)Luna
Review:
This exchange elicited both an "Aw" and "haha":
Elladan smiled. “Not only is she courageous and fair, but she’s clever as well,” murmured the Elf, watching as Miriel rounded the corner. He then took off after her.

Gúron nudged Elrohir’s arm. “Does Elladan have feelings for Miriel?” he asked in surprise.

“Finally catching on, eh?” replied Elrohir with a snort. Slapping the Ranger on the back, he added, “Shall we go watch the bonfire?” The younger son of Elrond then followed the same path as his brother.
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And then this was just total sadness:
“If he truly loved her, he knows,” answered Elladan softly. “One always knows when their mate is in trouble.”

“I wouldn’t know,” said Miriel.

The Slayer’s comment made it painfully clear that she was oblivious to Elladan’s affection for her.

AWWW POOR ELLADAN :(
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I will say, sometimes I can't tell if I hate Miriel or not...I despise a negative attitude but yes, get the trauma deal....I feel like I have a love-hate relationship with this story :p Her exchange with Mithrandir bugged me. I feel like she is possessed sometimes. Her father was only like that because of Sauron's influence on the palantir. I don't know what her excuse is...
Comments from author:
I appreciate your taking the time to read and comment despite your love-hate for this story. ;-) I can somewhat understand your feelings in regards to Miriel and her actions. I have shown throughout the story that she has a tendency to butt heads with authority figures. This, of course, stems from her relationship with her father. She felt helpless against Denethor, whom she considered the most powerful man in Middle-earth, even after she got her powers. When she left Minas Tirith, she had made up her mind not to allow herself to become victimized by those with a substantial amount of influence (i.e. Halbarad, Gandalf, and even Bregolas to a certain extent) over her.

Her clash with Gandalf is the result of her tragic past, contempt for authority figures, ever-growing ego, and youth. That can be a deadly combination, which is why I had Gandalf warn her about her attitude.

Hopefully, I haven't turned you off this story for good.
Review By [(Recent Donor)Luna] • Date [21 Jan 13] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Chapter Thirty-two: Destiny Calling" from (Recent Donor)Luna
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Curious as to why Gandalf called out "No."

Amused to see it was Thuringwethil. I love that Tolkien created that character! Perfect for Buffy crossovers. I've used her once and plan on doing so again in my most recent LOTR story. Thankfully I have a previous concept of her already formed -- typically I abstain from stories using some of the same characters that I'm writing about lest I accidentally pick things up and use in my writing.

Glad for something good to happen. And interested to see if this will become an Elladan pairing (I hope so:)
Comments from author:
Gandalf's comment will be addressed at the beginning of the next chapter. Miriel is also quite curious as to why he would say such a thing. ;-)

I'm with you on the use of Thuringwethil in a Buffy crossover. She's a character begging to be developed. I can totally relate to your comment about not reading other stories featuring characters that you write. Although, I've gone a step further and haven't read *any* story set in Middle-earth since 2004 for the same reasons as you.

An Elladan pairing? Oh, how that would torment poor Elrond! LOL!
Review By [(Recent Donor)Luna] • Date [11 Jan 13] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Chapter Thirty-two: Destiny Calling" from ChikaraKatherine
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Miriel just took out the mother of all vampires. Alright girl! She did an excellent job with everything. She's really getting some much needed help with Buffy in her mind/dream scape. Its good to know Buffy's got a bit more power than anyone thought. Then again Buffy's always kind of kept that hidden from everyone. She's very smart but keeps it in her back pocket. I liked how Miriel took a stealthy approch to her attack. She did damn good on it all. Now that she's take out wack job. She at the least will be free of that shadow. Maybe Rivendale would make a nice rest stop for her. Still she's done some excellent work, and I think Buffy and her should be very proud. She took down the vampire that started it all. Go her. Wonder what she will end up killing off next? Over all a very lovly read and I thank you for it.
Comments from author:
Glad you enjoyed the chapter. As far as who Miriel will kill next, you'll have to keep on reading to find out. ;-)

Cheers!
Review By [ChikaraKatherine] • Date [1 Jan 13] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Chapter Thirty-two: Destiny Calling" from ShalaDakiri
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I liked how Miriel took out the orcs and goblins before going after the witch. I got kind of a chuckle out of Gandalf's reaction at the end of the chapter. Miriel had no idea what she was actually up against, she just knew the witch had to die--and she had enough knowledge from Buffy to figure out how. I think if Miriel had known what she was up against before hand, she would have hesitated and possibly gotten herself killed.
Comments from author:
I appreciate your reading and taking the time to leave a review. Hope you continue with the story.
Review By [ShalaDakiri] • Date [1 Jan 13] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Chapter Thirty-two: Destiny Calling" from Misty
Review:
Cool! Thank you for another fab chapter
Comments from author:
Thanks for reading and for the feedback.
Review By [Misty] • Date [31 Dec 12] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Chapter Three: Breaking Point" from wswords
Review:
Not sure about my opinion on the story, but you are defiantly a good writer.

Might seem to be a strange thing to say, but I have good reason. After reading the first chapter I thought that it was stupid Buffy disappeared so fast if you wanted to write a LotR fic with a slayer just do it and drop the stupid bridge to Buffy. I went to the review section to see if someone expressed my point. Someone had (more or less) and you said you was a purpose to what you had done. And when I read the next 2 chapters I began seeing it. That means it was (probably) subtle enough that I wouldn't have noticed w/o being told to look, which is a pretty difficult thing to pull off.
Comments from author:
I appreciate your feedback. Hope you continue to read the rest of the story.
Review By [wswords] • Date [6 Nov 12] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Chapter Thirty: Debates" from ChikaraKatherine
Review:
Well Miriel got a little bit of venting with Buffy thats good. I think its good for her to be able to talk to Buffy about the rape and her own. At least she's not alone on it. While Buffy was a bit scarred of her pulling a Faith. I think Miriel is stronger, and she's in a diffrent situation than Faith. Its good they can talk. Got to give it to the guys they have figured out a few pieces of the puzzle. Oh how Borimair and Fairamair would have gutted daddy rapist had they known. I highly dough anything would have stopped them. The drawves too I think, would have been mad. They seemed to understand Miriel wasn't trying to hurt them. But was both deprate and felt unsafe. The fact she wanted to pay them for the goods. Along with it being so much more in value. Has to have put her in there good graces. Its rather sad Gimli won't get to see her again. I really liked this chapter a lot. A lot of veiws were voiced, things were worked out a bit. Good to see conmunication going on. I'm really curise to see where Miriel ends up. She's got so many possible places to go. Oddly I would love it, if she came across some dragons. Its a little looked at fact that there was a large amounts of dragons in hidding. They were all in a couple of areas west of the Lonly mountain. They were more reclusive than the elves and stayed away from people. They seemed to be more of the Brozen or Gold Dragons of the Forgotten Realms mind set. While I understand having Smaug make a guest spot. Would be maybe a bit out of the question. I don't think Smaug was all that bad. He would realize Miriel was something primal like a dragon. I think he won't mind her, because she's not "fully" human nor an elf or drawf. That and she's not out to steal his horde. Ok I promise I'm off the dragon kick now. lol. Still there are so many things you can do. I feel like there are so many presents you could give us. I can't hardly not get excited about what we might get. ^^ Sorry about the lateness of this. I've been stuck working late. Will be working late the whole rest of the week if I'm right. boo. Still thank you for all your hard work. And big time thank you for posting it.
Comments from author:
Wow! What a lengthy review that touches on so many points! To me, I felt it was important that Buffy and Miriel talk about what had happened and to show that they have a differing opinion on the stance of killing humans. There are times when it is most definitely justified.

I'm not sure if I agree with you on Boromir and Faramir gutting their father over what he had done to Miriel. Denethor is a very powerful and intimidating man and holds a lot of sway over his sons. However, I can see Boromir and Faramir removing Miriel from the situation by helping her escape to some faraway land. I guess we'll never find out since that won't be addressed in this story.

You'll find out where Miriel and the Rangers are heading in the next chapter. It may not be where you think. I'll leave it at that. ;-)

I never considered placing dragons in this story. I agree with you that there are probably some out there, still in hiding. But, alas, we will not find out in this story.

I thank you for taking the time to share your thoughts. I greatly appreciate it!
Review By [ChikaraKatherine] • Date [10 Oct 12] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Chapter Twenty-nine: Banishment" from ChikaraKatherine
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It figures they were the ones who sent the gutter trash into Bree during the War of the Ring. On a whole a very nicely done chapter. I liked the Mayor for the most part. His wife was freaking awesome. Nicly balanced out. There was good, there was bad and there was complicated. I really liked this a lot. Still after what was likly 50 to 75 or so years. You would think most of those pricks would be dead. Oh well too much to hope for. Wonder what happened to them, after there murders where sent to the grave or packing. I can only hope it was bad. Anyway, everyone else seemed to contemplating there next moves. Which at this point, could be anywhere. Golden Woods might be a stop. Or over to the lonly mountain area. There are so many possible places she could end up. Wounder if Buffy will show up some more. Either way I think its going to be epic.
Comments from author:
Thank you for your kind words. I'll leave it up to the reader to decide what happens to the hooligans since I won't be covering that particular event in this story. You'll find out where Miriel and the Rangers are heading in chapter 31, if all goes as planned. Buffy will be featured in the next chapter. I'm looking forward to the two Slayers debating the events of the last chapter. ;-)
Review By [ChikaraKatherine] • Date [27 Aug 12] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Chapter Twenty-nine: Banishment" from Misty
Review:
Beautifully written, thank you
Comments from author:
Thanks!
Review By [Misty] • Date [26 Aug 12] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Chapter Twenty-eight: "Assess, Then React"" from (Recent Donor)Luna
Review:
oh. my.

....not sure what to say after that, except I need some warm cookies and a rom-com to make for a happy mind.

EDIT: Ha, thank you :) And a rom-com is short for romantic comedy. Something super sweet with a pretty boy would do the trick...I'm thinking anything with Drew Barrymore :)
Comments from author:
*sends virtual warm cookies and a rom-com (whatever that is) to Luna in an attempt to put her in a happy frame of mind* :-)

ETA: And here I thought it was some new kind of alcoholic drink!
Review By [(Recent Donor)Luna] • Date [20 Aug 12] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Chapter Twenty-eight: "Assess, Then React"" from ChikaraKatherine
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Miriel did the world a great favor. That piece of trash had all that coming and more. I say go her! Only downside is I bet she will have to move now. Still that poor girl he was raping needed someone to end him. Thats my story and I'm sticking too it. Aragorn can yip all he wants, I agree with what Miriel said. She did what was right. I feel no remorse for any rapist who ends up getting back. What they have and would do on to others. Don't know about the people of Bree. But I'm firmly with Mirel on this. After all the crap she's been put threw. By evil abusive power hungry monsters. She did what was right. My only regert is that rapist daddy didn't get his. That would have been good for her too. That is if her brothers had left anything of him alive. Still wondering if her older brothers will learn of it. Granted you have this set a bit before Fellowship. So the question has more than likely been answered. They don't learn of it. Too bad, would be nice to see him get laid the f&*( out. Very nicely put together chapter. The plots moving along well. The flows good. I'm getting the feeling the fall out of this is going to be harsh. Miriel and her watcher will more than likely forced out. Because the rapist was someone of "importance" bah. That or they aren't going to want to explain. Just how she took out public enemy number stupid/rapist. That might be a little hard, still its night no one really saw much. So they might just want to pull a Sunnyhell on it. Aragorn might have a diffrent tune to play. Had it been his beloved or a daughter of his. Or better yet he'd been a survior or several burtal rapes. While I understand his pov a little. I don't think he really understands. Just how or why Miriel would react to seeing someone rape another woman. I loved this start to finish. You did an excellent job with it.
Comments from author:
It sounds like you and I are in total agreement with Miriel and her actions. The bastard got what was coming to him. Most of your comments will be addressed in the next chapter, including Aragorn's view on the matter.

Thanks so much for your feedback!
Review By [ChikaraKatherine] • Date [18 Aug 12] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Chapter Twenty-eight: "Assess, Then React"" from (Current Donor)mmooch
Review:
Eww, even with the warning...just eww! I don't think she can stay in the village anymore.
Comments from author:
If he kept *it* in his pants, then there would be no problem, eh? LOL! And I think you're right about Miriel needing to get the hell out of dodge. The question is: will the villagers let her leave?
Review By [(Current Donor)mmooch] • Date [1 Aug 12] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Chapter Twenty-eight: "Assess, Then React"" from Decemberist
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Okay, how can I not review that?? Personally, I loved the ending - I suspect the Breelanders aren't going to love it quite as much. It was horrific and graphic and just plain wrong (in terms of the modern-day Slayer Code, anyway), but given everything Miriel has been through, how else was she going to react? No one has ever really addressed all the trauma she's suffered at the hands of men. Understandably, rape is her berserk button. Let this be a wake-up call for Halbarad and the others that Miriel is a girl with a past as well as a Slayer with duties ahead of her, and you can't just separate the two! Time for a little therapy, maybe...

Great chapter, and thanks so much for updating. I especially appreciated the contrast between domestic Miriel, hostess and homemaker extraordinaire, and crazy-awesome-death-from-above Miriel, vengeance-wreaker and castrator of unsuspecting rapists. Well done! Hope to see the next installment soon.
Comments from author:
I'm glad that this chapter prompted you to review, considering how important the content is. :-) You've pretty much grasped everything I was trying to convey. I want the reader to be on Miriel's side, to understand that she was most certainly justified in what she did, no matter how extreme. Wounds may heal, but they do leave scars, and scars stay with you forever.

Halbarad and the Rangers now realize that Miriel suffered some type of sexual trauma in her past, but that's something she won't discuss with them any time soon.

Thank you for such a thoughtful review. I greatly appreciate it. Hopefully, it won't take me so long to finish the next chapter.
Review By [Decemberist] • Date [31 Jul 12] • Rating [10 out of 10]
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