First off, let me say that this was an amazingly well-written story. It felt extremely professional. I had a hard time understanding it until I reread it, and even then there are some parts that don't sit right with me, but I won't focus on that. I'll focus on the beauty of this story.
First of all, let me say your Snape is truly phenomonal. I always tend to write Snape as a nice guy, but here you have managed to portray him as the intelligent git he is. The way he speaks to Tyr and the way he reflects and thinks is all Snape.
"Really. Have you eaten before, Severus?"
Of course I've eaten, that's a ridiculous question."
"And yet you eat now, and you will eat, we hope, again tomorrow," Tyr continued, picking up yet another bit of the roll, but waiting before ingesting it.
"Yes, I certainly hope so. Your point?"
"My point is that it is still worth eating today, although you hope to eat tomorrow as well, and that it was also worth eating in the past."
I cannot possibly say how much I loved this part. Thi s is genius, beautiful, wonderful and poetic. I just adore the widsom you have managed to convey here! That all acts are necessary, somehow pointing out that there are no coincedences and that everything happens for a reason...the intelligence and beauty and wisdom in those sentences is amazing!
I just loved this story, and the creepy mystical feel it had gives chills. You go, girl!
wow... i think im going to have to read this about 10 more times to really follow it. I really loved the writing though. Even if i didnt understand it, I knew it was speaking volumes in the few lines of text. It is my hope to write like this at some point. Thank you for giving me something to reflect on until i get to that point. Very well done!
Ok, the site has let me leave two reviews today so it had better work now. Finally. I've read this like three times, but I've been unable to review and just never got around to sending a PM instead. Anwyays:
Wow. Very interesting. I really liked how you wove the mythology in with the wizarding world in with the muggle world that Snape was visiting. Your descriptions are awesome too. You write something so Snape that a person has to start thingking deeply and suddenly you give this image of Draco on a Nimbletot or something and just make the reader want to smile. Very, very well-written, and you write Snape amazingly well. Thanks for the lovely read.
Author's Response: Thank you for your lovely review! I am treasuring that comment that I write Snape well - so many people here write him SOO well that it is intimidating even to try. I do have to say that I am very proud of that "Nimbletot." Thi sstory actually took a great deal of gestation and I am so glad it seems to have worked! Thanks again for reading and reviewing!
This was a very interesting story. I like how you write Snape, and how you got him to thinking. It was very interesting to see him in a Muggle store, especially getting lunch. Tyr really spoke in interesting terms, but then sometimes it is saying a little that says a lot! :) Cyns
The computer was beng evil, and it wouldn't let me review, so that's why there is a blank space...
This story was REALLY good. You've got alot of talent.
Wonderful job! This was a great connection in mythology to make to Snape. It was well-planned and very thoughtful; it makes the reader think a bit, doesn't it? I'm still trying to puzzle out the layers. ;) You did a great job with Snape's character, and wrapped it up very nicely with the short scene with Dumbledore at the end. Congratulations on winning, it was well-deserved! ~Gina :)
i like the stories that make me go back and look at them again. yours did that.
[..and of all the mundane places to encounter tyr..]
like snape, i need to read the right books.
thank you for this one, and congratulations.
briliant bloody brilliant i love how you keep your story grounded in other pieces of mythology
congrats on winning the challenge! this story was puzzling, well-written, flowing, clever, and great! i liked it a lot, and like the fact that it shows snape as he is, yet in an almost neutral light. great job!
Congratulations upon winning the New Year's Challenge!
I loved the way you threaded Norse mythlogy into a world already brimming with references to myths, folklore and superstition. The comparison between Tyr and Snape is surprisingly apt, considering that it is not at all obvious.
I've had a long-term fascination with Norse mythology, and have marvelled many a time at Tyr's courage to lose his arm to chain Fenrir. On the other hand, Snape's courage, I feel, is much harder to perceive, especially as it is often hidden behind a dislikable nature. Thank you for pointing it out so clearly!
I always like a good Snape story, anyway, but Tyr is an interesting character to bring in to talk with the dear professor. Makes me wonder if Snape will now take it upon himself to start reading the right books.
Author's Response: Thank you so much for calling it a "good" Snape story. There are so many in FanFic that it is intimidating to me to write one of my own. So many people are so invested in him, one way or the other... And, you know, I think that Snape was surprised by that comment. I'm sure, if any one had asked him, that he would have thought he WAS reading the right books, whatever they are that he reads. I show him with a book at the end because I am assuming that as soon as he got back to Hogwarts he went to the library to look up Tyr....Hmmm do you think the Hogwarts library even HAS C. S. Lewis???