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The Rescue  by Lindelea 4 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!

CeleritasReviewed Chapter: 2 on 3/19/2009
Some beautiful angst here at Fatty's departure. One of the worst things Estella's going to have to go through is what he's been going through since last September: knowing that your loved ones are in danger and being able to do nothing about it.

"I know them. Frodo showed me..." tells you all you need to know.

Very well done.

Author Reply: Thank you! You're right, Freddy *has* been going through it since September, but it really didn't hit home until you voiced the thought just now.

Ah, Frodo. I'm sure a lot of what you taught Freddy will stand him in good stead in the coming months.

Thanks again!

DreamflowerReviewed Chapter: 2 on 3/15/2009
Oh yes, her brother is indeed going into danger--not as dire a path as Frodo's, but deadly all the same...

Poor Estella, just beginning to realize the true seriousness of it all!

Author Reply: Poor Estella, she's been rather sheltered all her life, and now all that is about to be stripped away...

...and yet, she'll see another side of life that she might not even have imagined, otherwise. And it'll make her all the more a fit partner for a Master of the Hall in the end, for she'll understand the needs of those who look to the Hall.

What fun! I love watching characters develop.

(Went to that website but couldn't figure out how to vote. I'd vote for Edoras, but the Trotter story sounded so intriguing, and then there was the Cado story, and another one I can't remember but jumped at, when I read the description... sigh... perhaps I'll just have to urge to you work on all of them.)

LarnerReviewed Chapter: 2 on 3/15/2009
A time to get used to the new order of things in still another way; and the need to accept that Freddy is going to fight the new order as he can.

Excellent!

Author Reply: Yes, it's a time of transition for Estella, and a steep learning curve ahead. But I think she's up to it.

Thanks!

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