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Where the Love-light Gleams  by Lindelea 4 Review(s)
DreamflowerReviewed Chapter: 2 on 1/22/2006
So the farmer won't raise the pigs for pork, will he? It sounds like the sort of stubbornly daft reasoning the Gaffer might use--and very hobbity!

And of course the mention of Pippin's health places where the story belongs in your timeline, and shows just *why* Ferdi and the others would go to such lengths for Pippin. It also plays up something which both you and I agree on--Pippin's similarity to Frodo. For it is also just the kind of thing Pippin, Merry and Sam would have done, the kind of lengths they would have gone to, for their beloved Frodo. Pippin, too, inspires others to love him that way--it is part of who he is, and a result of his own generous and courageous nature.

I got a chuckle out of Starfire's reaction to being used as a pack pony--*snerk*!

And the farmer's wife adds a touch of foreshadowing. Obviously, Ferdi's going to have a bit of trouble on the way home. (Well, of course,or there's no story, right?)

Author Reply: Of course! But the story is shaping up quite comical--er, angsty, indeed. One might think Mr. Herriot had entered the picture.

Poor Ferdi.

And here you have posted a new "Menelcar" chapter, which I skimmed very rapidly (probably read about one word in five) as I am interrupted... but I hope to get back and read it slowly and properly. What fun!

BodkinReviewed Chapter: 2 on 1/22/2006
I love Farmer Oatley's reasoning. He grows oats. The pigs are just friends of the family - ridding them of organic waste and generously providing hams and bacon. Ferdi seems to understand how to deal with him though - although it must be frustrating.

Starfire doesn't seem to be that impressed by his role as pig porter. But I'm sure Ferdi will be able to keep him in hand - all things being equal.

Since the coach had fallen, and him under it, they'd watched him slipping away, slowly, ever so slowly, for he fought with all the courage he'd brought back from the Southlands, but little by little in truth.

Ah. Know when this is then. I'm not surprised Ferdi is out riding through the night to try to tempt Pippin's fickle appetite.

Author Reply: "pig porter" Imagine that on a resume.

Yes, I threw in that time clue for those who knew the backstory. And if I get my entry to Marigold's latest challenge finished, it'll tie this story and that one nicely together.

Garnet TookReviewed Chapter: 2 on 1/22/2006
That exchange between Ferdi and the farmer was interesting. I guess he can't see the wisdom in diversifying his farm. Oh well, I guess that is a normal hobbit trait; a resistance to change.

I don't blame Starfire for being a little put out, that's a lot of extra weight.

Now I guess we're going to get into what happened on that long trip home on Last Night.

Thanks. Now I'm off to read the next chapter.


Author Reply: Typical hobbit, yes.

Poor Starfire. It's not even something *he'd* choose to eat. Carrying oats, now, there's a nice prospect, and a chance to munch if Ferdi were to decide to lighten the load.

LarnerReviewed Chapter: 2 on 1/22/2006
Yes, the wives say that, "Take care," "We wish to have you return again." And love Oatley and his stern assurance he ISN'T raising pigs when all know he does! Heh!

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