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The Thrum of Tookish Bowstrings, Part 1  by Lindelea 4 Review(s)
DreamflowerReviewed Chapter: 2 on 3/7/2020
Oh my goodness! Farry's going to be an archery prodigy! I love it! Pip's going to be so proud.

Author Reply: Oh, yes. What fun!


shireboundReviewed Chapter: 2 on 2/13/2020
What a delightful story. Faramir is already a notable bowman (bow-hobbit!), and such an intelligent, sensitive lad.

Author Reply: Ah, yes. He has been heavily influenced by his "Uncle" Merry, I think, and Merry's stories of Frodo, and the good sense of Mayor Sam, along with inheriting the curiosity and intelligence of his mother and father.

I do so delight in hobbits (as I know you do, too).

So nice to hear from you!

MirkwoodmaidenReviewed Chapter: 2 on 2/13/2020

First, Farry. What a cute nickname. I love how Farry is taller ( I assume because Pippin had taken the Ent draft?) and more serious as a child taking after Faramir as a child. Lovely story. I did wonder how well who would Faramir's namesake shoot a bow. Quite well, apparently.

After reading the story I have one question. How long have you been shooting? Only an archer would know all the specifics of shooting. (Or you read up on Archery training.) I shoot as well although not for a while. *sigh*

Lovely story. can't wait for more!


Author Reply: Lovely to hear from you! Looking forward to reading the next chapter of yours in line as soon as I finish answering reviews and adding the latest-edited chapter to this.

A long-ago beta reader and I had quite a lively discussion of Farry's height. In the end, she convinced me that it would be logical for the Ent-draught to affect Pippin's DNA enough to ensure his children would be taller than average. LOL!

I first took up a bow at the age of six at summer camp, returning to that camp for several more summers after that. We also practiced target shooting with BB guns. The camp had "traditional" style bows, none of the fancy equipment you see nowadays. (My cousins, if I'm remembering right, used traditional bows in their deer-hunting.) That was a long time ago. I don't know when the fancy compound bows became a "thing" as I haven't kept up with the sport. The English longbow has long had a place in my heart, though, and when my children went through a "Robin Hood" phase, I reacquainted myself with the topic and incorporated it into my Tookish stories. I even had a delightful email exchange with a member of a British archery club!

So for this story, I had a basic foundation of knowledge and simply brushed up on the particulars of archery instruction, specifically the history of learning the longbow. (Oh my, it goes way back...)

Call it a mix of early experience and research. I've based Farry's "knack" here on my own experience. Although I have had problems with my eyesight since an early age, I somehow have a knack for aiming a bow or BB gun. A few years ago, we took our children to a family fun event, and I picked up a traditional-style bow at the archery booth after decades of not-shooting. To everyone's astonishment, I hit the bullseye on my first try! (Honestly not a brag; I was as astonished as everyone else there. Somehow, my brain and fingers, working together, have a sense for aiming a bow, even though I couldn't throw a ball straight to save my life. I am the opposite of the way I write Pippin...)

Thank you for stopping by and leaving a good word!

LarnerReviewed Chapter: 2 on 2/13/2020
It is obvious that Faramir Took is a more than capable archer at the age of four! It sounds as if he was born of an old soul, and unusually capable and aware for one who is yet a faunt in the eyes of the Shire. And Pippin was aware that his son was gifted in the one service in which he himself was not. Most interesting!

Author Reply: For some reason, he has struck me as an "old soul" from the first time the Muse brought him to mind...

(The Panda-pup gives my elbow a serious of vigorous nudges, impeding typing and insisting I send along a "hello".)

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