Reviewer: Himring (Signed)
07/25/15 - 06:43 pm
Very telling descriptions and conclusions!
Reviewer: Larner (Signed)
07/24/15 - 06:52 pm
Oh, but definitely something I hope did come to be. In my-verse Aragorn, Sam, Merry, and Pippin wrought this very change much earlier in time, but for much the same reasons in the end.
Well, well done.
Reviewer: Dreamflower (Signed)
07/24/15 - 08:45 am
<i>Think of it not as an AU, as such - for nothing in here directly contradicts anything Tolkien tells us in the Tale of Years - but as a "what if?" that almost certainly never happened.</i>
Perfect. This is how I envision any fic about this issue. While we are told of the existence of the Edict, we are told nothing of its details, whether or not there were any built in exceptions, what penalties there were for breaking it or anything else other than that it was supposed to be in perpetuity and that Aragorn held himself bound by it.
That hobbits themselves make exceptions is my own favorite fanon about it. You have it coming along many years later; in my fanon, it is built in from the beginning. I also include that hobbits have a say in the judgement of any who break the Ban, and hobbit penalties I think would suit the circumstances. Yet some authors have the death penalty for those who simply stray into the Shire. I don't really think Merry and Pippin and Sam would have stood for that!
I agree that Tolkien wanted the hobbits to be protected, preserved forever in their innocence. Perhaps he was himself subject to the sin of the Elves: trying to stop time, to save that which should change from ever changing. I don't believe he ever thought through the ramifications of it, how it might make trade difficult and stifle development, and so forth.
And yet, he tells us that they did change: they diminished, and vanished from all contact with the Big Folk. So I do think he somehow realized his idea would not work in the long run, even if he never really thought it through.
In some ways we fanfic writers are more obsessed with his world, with its details, than he was. We can look at what he's done and extrapolate the eventual consequences.
Lovely, lovely story! You have the voices of all the characters down so beautifully. And I am always a sucker for the trope of Aragorn getting a chance to be "Strider" again in the presence of hobbits.
Thank you for this wonderful story!