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Ruffians  by Lindelea 12 Review(s)
Channel42Reviewed Chapter: 4 on 11/12/2014
I'm far from a hobbit expert in terms of character, but I loved this story. I think the dark portrayal of emotions, especially from Estella showed a more human side to them (rather than their seemingly constant aloofness and weakness compared to other ME races) which I enjoyed. I think you did a really good job.

DreamflowerReviewed Chapter: 4 on 2/5/2009
Wonderful! It's just as exciting and intense as I remember it being. It is quite a bit darker than your usual fare, though you have written two or three darker ones since this. But I do love Merry and Estell in this, and I am quite taken with "Shadow", and wonder about his relationship to Aragorn.

Thanks for making it available again!

Nienor NinielReviewed Chapter: 4 on 9/11/2006
Hmph, I really don't know why people said this was OOC. I think both hobbits' behaviour is understandable and fitting for the circumstances.

This is somewhat darker than a lot of your other fics, but a good study in how people may behave under such terrible circumstances and also the trauma that an attcak like this can cause.


Author Reply: Yes, I don't really like to write "dark", though there are a few PG-13 fics and one that leans close to R for darkness, in my list.

But for the most part I'd rather think good thoughts. And I really am a sucker for a happy ending.


DreamflowerReviewed Chapter: 4 on 10/7/2005
I don't know why I didn't review this when I first read it. It may have been early on, before I figured out how to post reviews. (You wouldn't believe how long it took me to catch on to that "leave review" at the bottom, LOL!)

At any rate, I love it. It's short, intense and very tight. The new epilogue is perfect for it, by the way.

As for OOC, I think they were nuts. There is nothing out of character here at all--that Merry, experienced in battle, would travel armed? That Estella, who had lived in a Shire dominated by ruffians, and sister of the leader of the resistance, would find courage to defend her love? Honestly, I don't see it at all. JRRT himself said that hobbits were brave at heart and "fierce as a dragon in a pinch." And I don't know what you'd call this but "a pinch".

Maybe they thought the ruffians were OOC, and should have had more manners, LOL!

BodkinReviewed Chapter: 4 on 10/7/2005
Oh good. This finishes it off so nicely.

harrowcatReviewed Chapter: 4 on 10/7/2005
I remember reading this before Lindelea and, again I found your hobbits to be perfectly in character, well at least for me any way. I like the extra chapter and it has the potential for more.

CuthalionReviewed Chapter: 3 on 10/7/2005
I don't think that they're out of character. We know Merry is a warrior, trained by the Ring War and experienced by the liberation of the Shire. And Estella is wonderfully brave here; the fact how she handles the ruffians - and that she considers killing her husband and herself to prevent them for more and worse horror - only speaks of the depth of her panic and desperation. Thrilling tale! (And you might add that intense scene in the Prancing Pony you published in your LJ as a kind of epilogue. It gives the whole thing a very satisfying finish.).

Author Reply: Thanks. Glad you see the hobbits in the same light I saw them when I wrote this. Estella's choice was definitely borne of horror and desperation.

Good suggestion! I was thinking of putting it on SoA as a chapter of "Best Beloved" but it would fit better as an Epilogue to this story; you're right.


storyfishReviewed Chapter: 3 on 6/19/2005
Wow, for such a short story this packs a punch. You said you wrote this because you were working through a nightmare, and I believe it. It reads like a nightmare--short, laced through with mounting dread, and one final moment of terror with a knife at Merry's throat. The ranger's warm, father-like arms at the end remind me of a father waking a child from a bad dream. But since we don't see life go on afterwards, we remain in that horrible, disorienting time just after a nightmare, when our hearts are still pounding and we're still not sure what's real. I definitely didn't see any out-of-character moments, and although this story may never be your favorite, you definitely shouldn't underestimate it.

BTW, I've read many of your other stories, but much of the time I need a kick-in-the-pants to actually post a review. So for the record, I love your extensive universe of LOTR stories. They're always a fun and relaxing alternative to doing coursework--your author page is the one I frequent the most at SoA. I heart your pippin-angst. ;-)

Author Reply: Isn't that funny; I didn't see this review until now! Perhaps my email wasn't working right back when you posted it.

Your comments about the nightmare are very apt--indeed, the story unsettles, from the building nightmare to the heart-pounding aftermath. It appears I achieved my aim.

"fun and relaxing alternative to ..." (fill in the blank. In my case, probably, housework. Aargh.)

Just wanted to let you know I got it and appreciate the feedback.

periantariReviewed Chapter: 3 on 11/22/2004
very interesting story~ i really like the bravery of Estella.. but in your author's note you mentioned a slight confusion with the "in character" part and i can understand that because i didn't know why Estella would want to threaten to kill her own husband.. that's a little far-fetched to me...
but it's a cool story.... wish it would've been longer though ;)

Author Reply: Missed your review until now.

Well, Estella was, in her mind, "saving" Merry from death by torture. She didn't know the arriving Men were not ruffians. Thankfully the Rangers were faster than she was.


Anso the HobbitReviewed Chapter: 3 on 9/16/2004
Brave Estella! She`s clever and loving and corageous.

Author Reply: Yup. I love to write strong, positively-drawn female hobbits. Our heroes deserve the best! Thanks.

p.s. Got a bit of Merry-angst going for you in "All that Glisters"

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