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Small Hands  by shirebound 52 Review(s)
Linda HoylandReviewed Chapter: 4 on 10/3/2017
What a wonderful idea of Sam's!

I once visited a candle factory and the candles were all different shapes and colours.

Author Reply: Dear Sam. What would any of them do without him? :)

AntaneReviewed Chapter: 4 on 9/26/2017
Sorry for late review here, what a splendid gift to give to Frodo! I had not heard of this type of therapy before. Do you how far back the use of it goes and how would one use it today?

Namarie, God bless, Antane :)

Author Reply: I don't know how far back the use of it goes, but I've had hot wax therapy myself (for wrist and hand tendinitis). It's so interesting, and feels great! If you Google 'paraffin wax treatment' you'll probably get a lot of information. You're welcome to use the idea in your own tales. :)

layneReviewed Chapter: 4 on 9/26/2017
I googled up candle wax sculpture and I found lots of beautiful images.

even ocean waves as they roll towards shore, the colors of one wave blending from the deepest blue upwards to a frothy white cap.

I want that!!

Found some rather disturbing images, too, though 0_0

Sam's ( yours!! ) idea of infusing the candles with athelas oil is nothing short of BRILLIANT. I want that too!!

I love this chapter :)

Author Reply: Yay, thank you! I'm so happy you enjoyed this. I've seen some really beautiful candle sculptures.

DreamflowerReviewed Chapter: 4 on 9/24/2017
Athelas candles! What a brilliant idea! Your cleverness never ceases to amaze me, Shirebound!

And of course, I should have thought of wax therapy. It's not all that unusual these days.

This is such a delightful story--I hope it keeps on going.

Author Reply: *beams* Thank you, my friend. I wasn't sure I had another story idea in me after all these years, but "candle making at Cormallen" just wouldn't leave me alone. I've had that wax therapy on my hands, and started to wonder if Frodo might not enjoy it..... :)

DreamflowerReviewed Chapter: 3 on 9/24/2017
Oh dear! Somehow I thought I had already commented on this chapter!

I love the delightful hobbit scene you have created, from the makeshift privacy screen to Sam's potato soup to Pippin's chatter. I am also falling for your OCs!
They are so respectful and awed, yet they try to follow Aragorn's insistence that they not be formal with the hobbits.

Author Reply: Thank you! I can never resist an idea for a Cormallen story. It's truly my "happy place". I've never had potato soup myself, but I suspect it's quite yummy.

lbiloverReviewed Chapter: 4 on 9/23/2017
Ah, the mystery of the wax is revealed! I'm intrigued. I wonder if this would help my mom's arthritic hands. I love how everyone in the story is contributing to the well-being of all. Truly the meaning of fellowship. <3

Author Reply: We can talk about wax treatment when I see you. It's interesting!

Thank you for putting words to what I try to convey in my stories, and what I feel is the essence of the Professor's tale. :)

AndreaReviewed Chapter: 4 on 9/23/2017
“But isn’t kingsfoil just a weed?”

“Hardly. I will let the hobbits explain,” Aragorn said with a grin, then he hurried away.

That is a splendid idea of Sam.
And the wax therapy for Frodo's hand was just the right thing to do.

Maybe Sam should also make some candles with rose oil, so that, when he is at home again, he can give them to a very special person :-)

Author Reply: Oh Andrea, what a lovely idea!

LarnerReviewed Chapter: 4 on 9/22/2017
Ah, delightful. And as Ithilien was known as the Garden of Gondor, I would be more surprised if athelas wasn't growing there! Lovely therapy for Frodo's hands, and I'm glad that Sam thought of adding athelas oil to the candles.

Author Reply: Thank you! I've had hot wax therapy myself, and enjoyed it.

addie71Reviewed Chapter: 4 on 9/22/2017
Oh, I love this! Sam's idea for the candles is a stroke of genius.

Author Reply: Thanks, Addie! It was that one idea that inspired me to write the story. Good old Sam. :)

KathyGReviewed Chapter: 4 on 9/22/2017
See if one of them can persuade Sam to dip his fingers into that hot, but not too hot, wax! =)

I do believe that the hobbits will be going home with some new skills! I hope that Sam won't be too stubborn to learn them.

Author Reply: I just may need to ensure that Sam gets more involved. Thanks, Kathy!

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