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Review:RedHairGinny says:
I think I'm the first reviewer!
Your story was wonderful, a great read.
I think the spirit of Gellert Grindelwald has been portrayed beautifully. And the sentient!building idea has been executed perfectly!

Your imagery and choice of words in some places is absolutely stunning. You've done a great job using your words to portray a dark theme for this one-shot.
'before humans came to speckle the foot of the mountains with their villages'
'filters away the ugliness of his dreams and cradles him in sleep'
'Blood to slake the thirst of stone, to strengthen the magic in Nurmengardís lithic arteries'

And am I wrong in guessing that some of this - the omnipresent eye, the 'evil place with its own mind' concept - has been inspired by Mordor in Lord of the Rings?
Even if it is not, it really reminds of Sauron's stronghold. Also your writing is quite similar to Tolkien's.
Anyway, amazing piece! And I hope you get your banner soon - I'm looking forward to see how it will be!

Author's Response: Oh hey there!

Wow! What a lovely surprise review! Thank you so much for dropping by and taking the time to read and review ♥

Hearing your compliment about Grindelwald's portrayal just absolutely made my day! I really do enjoy writing him. And I'm glad the sentient!building idea worked. :D

Thanks, I love playing about with word choice and description!

There are indeed similarities with Sauron's All Seeing Eye. :D But I've actually put this fic back into the queue and edited stuff, mainly to explain in a longer author's note about some of the inspiration behind this fic. I'll explain it here now. The structure of Nurmengard is based on the design of the 'panopticon', which is kind of an institution where inmates always feel watched at all times. It's a design created by Jeremy Bentham, English philosopher, who's also associated with modern utilitarianism (the greater good!) Also, the Deathly Hallows symbol always looked like an eye. I think Harry mentioned that in the book.

And gah! I love Tolkien's writing, so it means a great deal that you're comparing my humble work with his. :)

Thank you once again for such a lovely review! I really do appreciate this.

-teh


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