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Let Sleeping Dogs Lie  by Lindelea 7 Review(s)
MirkwoodmaidenReviewed Chapter: 3 on 3/28/2021

Once again you have outdone yourself and depicted Sam wonderfully well. Imagining a Hobbit's sensibility listening to this sort of bargaining was absolutely delightful and you highlight a hobbit's perception of the world so vividly and masterfully!

Hope you are well and safe!



Author Reply: Thank you! Poor Sam must have experienced some culture shock, considering he "knew the land well within twenty miles of Hobbiton, but that was the limit of his geography"! I imagine that Hobbits are much more straightforward in their bargaining back home in the Shire.

So glad you are enjoying this story! We are doing our best to be careful and safe, at least until we all get our second jab. (And even then, waiting on what the news has to say about the variants...)

Blessings to you and yours, and ((hugs)) back.

Linda HoylandReviewed Chapter: 3 on 3/28/2014
This is most enjoyable.

Author Reply: Thank you!

EverlightReviewed Chapter: 3 on 3/26/2014
Oh Sam! Other cultures can be so confusing, what with so many different customs. That warning was a good idea, though I have the feeling Pip would try it just to see what he would get.

I laughed out loud at the last part. '...hed have to warn the others not to begin a bargain with any bright-robed Southron. Especially Mr. Pippin. He shuddered again at the thought of the young one returning to the Shire with a tall, brightly robed Southron wife in tow.

Pip sure would have shaken the Shire up bringing home a Southron wife. 'But Da, she was a gift. How could I refuse? Besides she's really quite pretty.'

Author Reply: LOL, the thought is really amazing! ...but then Diamond would have to be a second wife. If, OTOH, Pippin brought home a Southron wife, that lady would probably not have any problems with being one of several.

Yikes. I could see Sam's hair turning grey just thinking about such things.

DreamflowerReviewed Chapter: 3 on 3/26/2014
Ah, Sam! Culture shock can be quite funny sometimes--and I can see it truly confusing Sam to see such a bargaining session. Yes, he probably *should* warn the others about that!

Author Reply: LOL! I remember my first bargaining session in a foreign country. Luckily for me, the bargainer was an apprentice, so I think I got a pretty good deal. His boss was scolding him after we walked away, anyhow -- though for all I know it was all part of a little drama for the purchaser's benefit.

shireboundReviewed Chapter: 3 on 3/26/2014
The Southron bargaining for the saddle tossed another silver coin onto the pile, but withdrew a smaller coin. It seemed enough to tip the balance, for there was a shout from the saddle-owner, and he rose from his crouch and attacked the other Man, taking him in a great wrestling hold and thumping his back most alarmingly.

Sam tensed, spilling his tea

I enjoyed this bargaining session very much! Poor Sam, what a shock it must have been.

Author Reply: I'm glad you enjoyed it! I think Sam's bodyguard did, too.


Garnet TookReviewed Chapter: 3 on 3/26/2014
Liked the bargaining scene. Very interesting.

Hope they can work something out for that pup. It really would be hard for hobbits to take care of one that big but, if anyone could, it would probably be Pippin.

Author Reply: Before the Ent draught he might even have been able to ride the pup home! (Well, it would have had to grow a bit first, I suppose...)

Hopefully the solution for the pup will make you smile.


LarnerReviewed Chapter: 3 on 3/26/2014
That bargaining session sounds hilarious, and oh, so complicated a means of bargaining for just a saddle. And I agree--Pippin would not know how to handle such offers. The idea of it has had me chortling out loud!

As for Mittens...the amount needed to feed the pup could bankrupt a person! Heh!

Let me know the progress toward your new shnauzer!

Author Reply: Bargaining as entertainment.. I wonder if part of the skill is to think of totally outlandish, outrageous, yet part-way plausible things to say. (Couldn't very well throw in the sun, moon and stars unless you had some claim to them, after all.)

I am thinking of the food bills for our coming pup. The breeder prefers to feed dogs on fresh food such as raw meat, raw chicken, veggies... I need to find a source of raw chicken and raw bones (but preferably not the garbage they set aside for pets) that won't bankrupt us.

She's a little over a month old now. The girls think she might be named "Pandemonium" but as they haven't met her yet, they're not sure.

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