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Reviewer: nancylea57 (Signed)
07/11/16 - 06:30 pm
Chapter 23

I thought we had once upon a time discussed that you have rolly and denny doing well for "beginners" in spite of the fact they are Buckland ears and are teaching the swimming?

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Reviewer: nancylea57 (Signed)
07/11/16 - 06:29 pm
Chapter 23

I thought we had once upon a time discussed that you have rolly and denny doing well for "beginners" in spite of the fact they are Buckland ears and are teaching the swimming?

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Reviewer: curiouswombat (Signed)
07/04/10 - 11:21 am
Chapter 53

What a lovely 'courting' ritual - to give ribbons.  which I shall note for the community Scavenger Hunt, of course...



Author's Response:

*grin* Thank you!  And I am so glad you are participating in the Scavenger Hunt!

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Reviewer: curiouswombat (Signed)
06/26/10 - 08:36 am
Chapter 50

I like Bilbo's letter to Gloín, and that Gloín had the good grace and common sense to make this journey.

I am also very taken with Éomer consulting Merry on affairs of the heart; as we know Éomer married Lothiriel one must assume that it was very sound advice!



Author's Response:

The idea of Bilbo writing to Gloin just struck me out of the blue when I was pondering the chapter-- at first it was only going to be that he disappointed his wife and daughter.  And then I recalled that Legolas and Gimli had passed through Rivendell on their way to the Shire, and it occurred to me that Bilbo would also have been disappointed in his old friend...

For some reason, I have always known from the first that Eomer would seek advice from Merry on his wooing.  I had intended that to be its own seperate story one day, but then Merry and Pippin *insisted* on butting in to *this* story, and wouldn't take no for an answer.

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Reviewer: curiouswombat (Signed)
06/22/10 - 01:35 pm
Chapter 44

What very apt punishments - very in keeping with Rohan, I feel, and with what we know of Éomer King.



Author's Response:

Indeed!  We know that JRRT was influenced by the culture of the Anglo-Saxons when he created Rohan, and the weregild system was an important part of Saxon culture.  And Éomer might have been young, but he seemed to have a lot of sense when it came to figuring things out.

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Reviewer: curiouswombat (Signed)
06/17/10 - 04:39 pm
Chapter 40

Lovely to catch up with this road trip - I can just imagine Berilac getting his own back on Legolas eventually.

 

I do hope that Mosco finds his own role - I'm sure he will!



Author's Response:

Yes, he will.  But he's a Brandybuck, he can be patient!

Mosco will, eventually.

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Reviewer: curiouswombat (Signed)
05/20/10 - 12:53 pm
Chapter 25

You know, I have this feeling that I would swim so much better than I do if I'd had Legolas to give me lessons...



Author's Response:

LOL! I think he'd be an excellent teacher!

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Reviewer: curiouswombat (Signed)
05/13/10 - 02:43 pm
Chapter 16

Oh I so feel for Freddy on the bridge - the Forth Road Bridge has that effect on me, as you can see the water between the carriageways.  I used to ride across it on a motorbike sometimes, and tried to travel behind a large vehicle that I could stare at the rear window of and not look anywhere else!



Author's Response:

I know that's a RL phobia for some people!  I decided to make it part of my personal fanon that such a phobia was not uncommon among hobbits, and that the Bolgers, in particular, tended to have it.

When I was a little girl, there was a sort of game that you were supposed to hold your breath when crossing a bridge, the rather silly idea being that if it broke and you fell into the water, you'd be ready for it!  Of course, it was mostly a game to see who could hold their breath the longest, and the bridge was just an excuse!

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Reviewer: Kaylee Arafinwiel (Signed)
05/12/10 - 09:23 pm
Chapter 18

Oh no, Bergil!!! And Freddy!!!!!!! *wishes I could help to pull them out* Nooooo!!!!! They HAVE to be all right!!! :(

(I like all the talk about Eowyn, and Eomer, by the way!! You know, I've often wondered how the Lothlorien elves felt, if they realized the Rohirric word for their realm was connected with the one for the Witch-King of Angmar...not a pleasant thought...)



Author's Response:

Well you will find out soon, I'm sure! *grin*

"Dwimmer" is an old word that merely means "magic"-- not good nor bad, but just "magic".

BTW, I tell more about Eothain's and Eowyn's summer of sparring in my story "Chance Encounter".  It's a sequel to "The Life of a Bard". I haven't posted them here yet.  Now that I have finished uploading "Consequences" perhaps those should come next...

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Reviewer: Kaylee Arafinwiel (Signed)
05/12/10 - 09:18 pm
Chapter 17

Ah, so that's what really happened! Now, just how did that song go...

 



Author's Response:

I've never actually written the verses to that particular song.  I keep hoping that inspiration will one day strike, and I might be able to come up with it!

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Reviewer: Kaylee Arafinwiel (Signed)
05/12/10 - 09:12 pm
Chapter 16

*giggles* They WILL get mistaken for children, won't they? Lucky that Legolas came to the rescue! And what a rescue!! Love it!



Author's Response:

This particular scene was one I had in mind from the very beginning of the story, that they'd be actually taken for children by some officious busybody, and rescued by Legolas in his most Elven mood!  I must say, it was a great deal of fun when it came to actually writing it!

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Reviewer: curiouswombat (Signed)
05/04/10 - 11:19 am
Chapter 15

Hee - poor, poor Éomer!  I'm  sure he can feel the headache coming on already.



Author's Response:

Indeed, I'm sure he can! LOL!

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Reviewer: Kaylee Arafinwiel (Signed)
05/04/10 - 10:46 am
Chapter 15

I love the continuing relationship between Beri and Viola, and that Mistress Poppy approves...will I ever see Viola's backstory, why she has been orphaned? Apparently she has a sister, but the sister is not her guardian...*ponders*

And may I also say, poor Eomer? *grins and hugs him* I also love the kinship mentioned between Eothain and Eomer. Of course, that's important! :D Now, what are those sneaky imprisoned hobbits up to...

Kaylee



Author's Response:

Viola's backstory will be somewhat revealed as time goes by!

And yes, poor Eomer! Having to judge those hobbits! He is most un-amused with Eothain!

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Reviewer: curiouswombat (Signed)
05/03/10 - 09:45 am
Chapter 14

How nicely all the different characters are developing, and what a wonderful set of letters home.



Author's Response:

Thank you!  I really enjoy writing stories in the form of letters.

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Reviewer: Kaylee Arafinwiel (Signed)
05/02/10 - 08:13 pm
Chapter 14

I love all the letters, Dreamflower! It's so nice to know they can send news home. Still, Freddy had a hard letter indeed to write to the Thain. *sighs* Difficult news indeed. At least his personal letter was lighter in tone, somewhat.



Author's Response:

Yes, it's probably their last chance before they get to Edoras!

Informing the Thain is important, after all!  And as head of the delegation, it's Freddy's responisbility!

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Reviewer: Kaylee Arafinwiel (Signed)
05/02/10 - 08:03 pm
Chapter 13

*laughs* I love the anecdote about Pippin most, I think. I am glad that most of the party has found a proper place to sleep (even if the Hobbits find the beds too big!) and I trust Viola won't be alone long.



Author's Response:

Pippin does know how to cheer folks up. doesn't he? 

Mistress Poppy and the others will be back soon.

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Reviewer: Kaylee Arafinwiel (Signed)
05/02/10 - 06:29 pm
Chapter 12

I'm glad they arrived in time for lunch! It would be a pity to miss it! *grin* Yay for Viola taking charge!



Author's Response:

We can't let hobbits miss lunch, can we? *grin*

Viola may be shy, but when it comes to her healing duties, she knows how to be stern!

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Reviewer: Kaylee Arafinwiel (Signed)
05/02/10 - 01:57 pm
Chapter 11

*hugs Freddy* What else can I say, but poor, poor Freddy? *hugs him more* :( Poor all of them. Seeing a murder victim, no matter who it was...



Author's Response:

Yes, it had to be very hard for Freddy to be reminded of what happened, but it was necessary.  And it will make a lot of difference to the others.

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Reviewer: Kaylee Arafinwiel (Signed)
05/01/10 - 09:19 pm
Chapter 10

And...I was right. *wry grin* Well, it remains to be seen just how he was killed, then...although, judging by what little I can see of the summary of "Reaping", that may tell me? I shall have to peek over there and see, since there is no "Next" button here!

Kaylee



Author's Response:

I am going to upload some more chapters now!

And as you see, your guess was right

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Reviewer: Kaylee Arafinwiel (Signed)
05/01/10 - 09:13 pm
Chapter 9

A dead hobbit?! *gasp* Oh Dreamflower, that shocked me! (And I am SO sorry I couldn't get to this earlier...I saw it pop up, but my mom had computer troubles and so we had to run out to Best Buy. Looks like the Geek Squad will be keeping it a few days...hey, at least it's not mine again! Ok, not a charitable thought, but still...lol)

Dead hobbit...hmmm...why do I expect, upon reflection, that said dead hobbit might bear the name of "Ted Sandyman"? In which case I'm not as sorry for him as I suppose I ought to be...



Author's Response:

I think you are pretty clever. Of course, I had rather telegraphed it, I think.  I had planned this scene as far back as Freddy's first appearance in ANR. I knew that at some point that body would be discovered and that Freddy would be there.

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Reviewer: Kaylee Arafinwiel (Signed)
05/01/10 - 10:12 am
Chapter 8

Miss Dora was there. "Gilda slipped her hand into Rory’s. Her young sons Saradoc and Merimac had also come to stand nearby, and Drogo’s sister Dora was also there."

*blushes rosily* I can't believe I missed that..well, needless to say, I apologize most sincerely to you and my dear Miss Dora, I meant no insult by missing that important notation!

Kaylee



Author's Response:

Well, it was only a brief mention, after all.  Scarcely noticable-- I had to go look because I wasn't absolutely sure I *had* included her!  So, no problem.

Hope to upload a few more chapters today, both this one and "Consequences"

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Reviewer: Kaylee Arafinwiel (Signed)
05/01/10 - 09:14 am
Chapter 8

Ooh...ick, what a horrible, horrible thing to do, you NEVER bring a gift to a Hobbit wedding, and especially not that sort! *glares at Lobelia* Ick. I'm glad Gilda got rid of it!

Where was Miss Dora at this time? *wonders if going into Buckland would constitute an Adventure for her, or if she, too, was at her brother's wedding and just not mentioned*



Author's Response:

Miss Dora was there:  "Gilda slipped her hand into Rory’s. Her young sons Saradoc and Merimac had also come to stand nearby, and Drogo’s sister Dora was also there."

I'm quite sure Dora was shocked speechless at this horrible breech of ettiquette, and it may account for the fervor in which she writes about it in her book.  I am quite sure she never forgave Lobelia either.  But the Brandybucks were no kin to Lobelia, so they could get away with making the S.-B.s leave, whereas Dora, as a Baggins, would *have* to deal with them afterwards whether she wanted to or not.

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Reviewer: Kaylee Arafinwiel (Signed)
05/01/10 - 08:58 am
Chapter 7

Poor all of them, but mostly poor Borondir for having to stay out in the storm! Hmm, Dago is fascinated by the tattoo is he? Probably he's never seen one before, I suppose?



Author's Response:

Well, he's seen the ones they all have on their hands that say "Traitor".  But that's the only use hobbits have for tattoos-- they don't use them for just decoration.  He's considering what might be done to disguise the tattoos they have to wear now...

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Reviewer: Kaylee Arafinwiel (Signed)
05/01/10 - 08:42 am
Chapter 6

When he was nine, he had drawn the ire of the Sackville-Bagginses at a family picnic, when first he had said Cousin Lobelia’s new hat looked like a fruit basket, and then when he had said that Lotho’s face looked like a pig’s. Both of those statements had drawn tirades from Lobelia, who would have used her umbrella on the frightened lad if he had not had the sudden presence of mind to hide behind Cousin Bilbo’s legs. Cousin Bilbo just gave Cousin Lobelia a Look, and told her “Be off! You cannot punish a lad for speaking the truth!” Lobelia, Otho and Lotho had all left in a huff, and Cousin Bilbo had patted him on the head and given him a sweet.

Aha, yes, I DO quite remember THAT incident! But oh, poor Folco...The Sackville-Bagginses had never forgiven his childhood observations, and he had managed to run afoul of Lotho again over the years. And he managed to also offend Ted Sandyman.

And it was those offenses that eventually led to his murder at the hands of the Ruffians.

:( Poor, poor doomed Folco. However, his ability to play the flute was truly magical...and it was all due to Miss Dora! As we know, Miss Dora always gives Good Advice!

Kaylee



Author's Response:

Yes, I've often felt bad about Folco's fate, but really, given his nature it was inevitable that he'd insult the wrong people during the Troubles. *sigh*

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Reviewer: curiouswombat (Signed)
04/30/10 - 11:47 am
Chapter 5

Lovely to see the budding romance, and hobbits learning more of just what Merry and Pippin encountered whilst on their 'travels'.



Author's Response:

Learning more about what the rest of the world thinks of the Travellers is going to be a large part of the hobbits' experience in this story!

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