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The Rescue  by Lindelea 60 Review(s)
demeter dReviewed Chapter: 2 on 4/15/2020
"Frodo taught me...". I have no doubt that Bilbo took Frodo and any visiting cousins on tramps through the Shire. There would have been foraging for wild foods, then preparing them over an open fire. They would have slept under the stars, and learned to find their way by them. And after Bilbo left, Frodo would definitely have continued the traditions. And even though Bilbo's tales of Dwarves, Dragons, Elves and Goblins may have seemed like fantasy to his enraptured younger cousins, as the Ruffians closed in and their own peaceful Shire darkened, I am sure the stories began to seem much more real. I have no doubt that more than one younger cousin took courage from remembering Bilbo's adventure! And the Professor himself, in the chapter where Freddy escapes from the Black Riders, said that within the hearts of even the fattest and most timid hobbits there hides a strength and courage which can be roused by trouble. Wow! It has been over a decade since you posted this story. I am delighted that Stories of Arda is still with us!

Author Reply: Oh, I was so glad to return to SoA and find it was still here! Long may the site endure...

I can imagine during this time, Freddy thought often of Frodo and his younger cousins, wondering where they might be, sending his wishes to them in his thoughts, hoping against hope that he might see them again some day, even as the darkness was growing around him.

Thanks so much for stopping to share your thoughts. Stay well!

TariReviewed Chapter: 16 on 12/21/2014
"Sun kicks off her bedcovers". What a delightful description.

Author Reply: Thank you! I must give a lot of credit to Thornton Burgess' personification of nature in his stories. There is a sound of poetry in his prose, and to think that his children's books are as educational as they are delightfully not-boring.

Garnet TookReviewed Chapter: 16 on 12/20/2014
It's easy to forget that Ferdi is the same age as Merry sometimes and that Estella and they are contemporaries.

Now, I'm wondering who was she supposed to marry. I had forgot that some of your characters were supposed to have arranged marriages. Did you tell us this and I just miss it? Probably.

Looking forward to those times when you can come and read and update. :)

Author Reply: I kept forgetting that Ferdi and Estella are close cousins, at least in terms of genealogy (his mother was sister to Estella's father), until I sat down to write this story. I think that socially, however, they weren't quite at the same level. Ferdi's father, for all he was descended from the Old Took, was a pony trainer, and Ferdi and Estella's Bolger grandmother always considered her daughter Stelliana to have married beneath her standing in society. Still, it's nice for them to get to know each other in this story, even a little bit, and will lay a nice bit of groundwork for mutual respect in future years. (Perhaps even a conspiracy, for Merry's benefit? I wonder...)

LarnerReviewed Chapter: 16 on 12/19/2014
At least they have time to jest with one another in spite of their danger and her injury. Love the banter.

Author Reply: Thank you! Where would hobbits be without their banter, I wonder? It certainly lightens a heavy situation.

EverlightReviewed Chapter: 16 on 12/19/2014
What a nice little surprise to find on a day that I was feeling down! From the conversation one wouldn't know very well the dangers and fears they face, they are so courageous. Estella does make a fine Twig. I wonder if she or Ferdi ever shared these adventures with the Travelers? Would make for an interesting side note story.

Author Reply: I'm glad.

You're right, that would make quite an interesting side story. I have to imagine that there must have been some of these tales told after Pippin became Thain and Ferdi became his right hand, and brother-in-love into the bargain!


TariReviewed Chapter: 15 on 8/13/2014
Twig eats raw meat? Ewwwwww! Gross.

Author Reply: Well, Twig might, but Estella certainly hasn't, up to this point, so far as I know. I wonder if gentlehobbits, at least, would be familiar with Steak Tartare? (My parents used to serve that on special occasions, and it was actually delicious. Highest quality meat you could get, finely ground, mixed with raw egg and spices, spread on good bread and topped with chopped onion. Yum.) I suspect hobbits would prefer their meat well-cooked, though...


EverlightReviewed Chapter: 15 on 8/10/2014
Glad that Ferdi was able to find the comfrey and shelter. Hopefully they will be able to get to relative safety before any ruffians show up.

Loved the banter between 'Twig' and Ferdi. The laughter helps them keep on the bright side and not to stress over much. She plays 'Twig' very well now.

The next 3 months are looking like I will continue to have very limited computer access. I suppose it will help me to look forward to the next installments even more when I do get a chance to read them.

Author Reply: Well, I certainly look forward to hearing from you when you get the chance!

I love that JRRT said hobbits were more likely to talk lightly over heavy matters (or something to that effect). It's a kind of bravery that they wouldn't claim to be bravery at all, but just the way things are. (Have I mentioned how I love hobbits?)


EruherdirielReviewed Chapter: 15 on 8/7/2014
She's really getting good at this. I enjoyed the banter.

Author Reply: Practice makes perfect, they say. The real test comes when/if they encounter ruffians, of course.


LarnerReviewed Chapter: 15 on 8/7/2014
I rejoice that they have this time of peace for sufficient recovery to move on safely. At least Ferdi is sufficiently wood-wise to see the swelling reduced at least a bit.

Author Reply: It was diverting to research herbal remedies for sprains... so glad Ferdi knows his stuff!


Garnet TookReviewed Chapter: 15 on 8/6/2014
Glad to see an update to this.

I'm hoping Estella hasn't broken her ankle in that fall. They can't afford a setback in their journey. Glad Ferdi was able to find the comfrey leaves.

Looking forward to all updates whenever you can make them.

Author Reply: Thanks. We are in the throes of selling our house and finding a new one, so if I happen to cross your mind on occasion, please pray for my anxiety level...

I hate change, and I especially despise uncertainty.

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