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The Tenth Walker  by Lindelea 9 Review(s)
TariReviewed Chapter: 31 on 8/23/2010
A conversation between Bill and Asfaloth. Outstanding! Bill got just the kind of encouragement he needed. Obviously he was not used to horses being kind to him. His adventure gets more interesting every day.

Author Reply: Horses of my acquaintance have a definite pecking order. It seemed to me that such a great steed as Asfaloth might well be beyond all that. I've also read accounts where he was terribly stuck on himself...

Raksha The DemonReviewed Chapter: 31 on 3/29/2009
Loved Bill's perspective here; and his interaction with Asfaloth. Bill will have a good time in Rivendell, I'm sure...

Author Reply: Oh, yes, I'm really looking forward to Rivendell myself.


Le RouretReviewed Chapter: 31 on 2/20/2009
Oh, lovely! There were so many beautiful word-pictures in this chapter, but my favorites of all were the exchanges between Bill and Asfaloth. "That one is mine," made tears come to my eyes.

My thanks and commendations to you - this is the best version of Bill's point of view I've read yet!

Author Reply: Thank you!

It's been fun to try to see things from a pony's perspective. I'm still working out how he got back to Bree after the encounter with the "snakes" though. JRRT didn't give much to work with, there!

Baggins BabeReviewed Chapter: 31 on 2/19/2009
Oooh! I've been waiting for this meeting and it didn't disappoint. I loved that Asfaloth was so Elven - the light, his manner - bit like a four-footed Glorfindel really! :-)

I loved Bill's distinctions between Frodo and Sam. A beautiful look at Bill and Asfaloth, and how typical that the horse should acknowledge the pony's courage.

Author Reply: a four-footed Glorfindel--I like that picture! Surely one such as Glorfindel would ride an exceptional horse...

Yes, the horse acknowledging the pony sort of makes a parallel to the Big Folks' deference to Frodo, not that I'm saying Bill is a picture of Frodo. Hmmm. Humble bearer of burden, well, perhaps there's more of a parallel than I first thought. Good insight.


Elena TirielReviewed Chapter: 31 on 2/19/2009
What a lovely encounter, Lindelea!

And now we know more about Asfaloth: that he is as gracious and caring as his Elf. A humble pony from Bree, especially one formerly owned by Bill Ferny, could never have imagined being treated with such respect!

Nicely done!

- Barbara

Author Reply: Yes, for some reason I see Asfaloth in my imagination as wise and gracious, worthy of his rider. Ah, Bill, here is someone to teach you to hold up your head! Bearing the wounded Ring-bearer through trackless wilderness is no small doing.


DreamflowerReviewed Chapter: 31 on 2/19/2009
At last, poor Bill has someone to talk to and confide in. I love the Elvishness of the Elven steed--your Asfaloth is not merely a horse that belongs to an Elf, but he has an Elven air about him as well. His concern for Bill, and his praise of Bill's courage was lovely.

And of course, he knows his own Master will be putting Bill's The Master (I also love Bill's distinction between Frodo and Sam) on his own back.

But I am sure that Bill will not hold it against him.

Author Reply: Oh, good, I was hoping that Elven air would come out and wasn't just knocking around in my brain.

Ah, yes, "mine" and "The Master". Significant difference. *g* (I find myself the prize possession of a Giant Schnauzer these days...)


shireboundReviewed Chapter: 31 on 2/19/2009
"Little one of the great heart", awwww. What a lovely, gentle, hopeful meeting.

Author Reply: Asfaloth is as great-hearted as his Rider, I think.


harrowcatReviewed Chapter: 31 on 2/19/2009
This is an absolutely brilliant chapter Lindelea. I love the interaction between 'the White One' and Bill. And now Bill must give way to a steed of greater stature but not greater heart.

Author Reply: Thank you! I find myself pondering the names that horses and ponies might use to each other...

LarnerReviewed Chapter: 31 on 2/18/2009
Ah, this meeting is wonderful, and so needed at that moment. And love Asfaloth's conversation with Bill, and how even this humble pony has fallen under the spell of love and loyalty borne by Frodo Baggins!

Beautiful, Lindelea!

Author Reply: Well, I fell under Frodo's spell decades ago, on my first full reading of FOTR, when he stood up to the Witch King, so it's no wonder to me that Bill would do the same.

It has been a relief to reach this point of the story. A few difficult bits to get over yet, before Rivendell, but we're making our way there at our best pony's pace.


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