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The Thrum of Tookish Bowstrings, Part 1  by Lindelea 3 Review(s)
MirkwoodmaidenReviewed Chapter: 27 on 4/11/2020

I just read your response to Larner's review! I too used to love children's books where secret places and passages abounded. My favorite book growing up was "The Secret Garden". I used to pretend I had secret hiding places in my house, also mundane and modern, it was built in 1956. But I loved pretending anyway. Just thought I would share!

Stay safe! ((virtual Hug))


Author Reply: Oh, yes, The Secret Garden! I also had a fascination with books set at boarding schools, for some reason.

And I also remember numerous stories where children found trunks in the attic filled with marvels. Our attic was filled with stuff, basically, none of it marvellous. LOL!

Pretending is such fun! I got to enjoy it all over again when our children were little, what fun!

Hope this finds you and yours well. ((hug)) Stay safe!

MirkwoodmaidenReviewed Chapter: 27 on 4/11/2020

I can see that Fortinbrand is trying to the right thing but knowing the Tooks he was having to build his case brick by brick or else it wouldn't work. It wouldn't work to convince the Tooks that it was their talk that has caused this. Not an easy task! Brilliant intricate storytelling. It keeps me riveted!

How you doing? You say that the food sensitivities have laid you low this week. Are you feeling Better? Fingers crossed. Stay safe!

(((Virtual hugs)))


Author Reply: Thank you! I appreciate your analysis, and that the story is keeping your interest. This has taken some intricate weaving, and the next section is difficult in that I am trying to shoehorn it into an already-posted story as well as deal with a subject I haven't written much on before. Whew. I hope it comes out all right.

Yes, I have always been allergic to milk protein (not lactose, unfortunately, or I could use lactose-free products), but I had been able to get away with butter until recently. *sigh* I'm with Julia Child when it comes to butter and cream. I am feeling better today at last, thanks for asking. :)

(((hugs back)))
Hope this finds you and yours well. Stay safe.

LarnerReviewed Chapter: 27 on 4/10/2020
So, now Fortinbrand and Erlingar now know what caused Faramir to run away as he did, and they are thinking to punish the Tooks for the Talk. Interesting!

Maundy Thursday and Pesach are upon us. A blessed weekend for you and yours. Wish I was there!

Author Reply: I can hardly believe it is Holy Week already! But then, staying at home over these past few weeks, without my usual errand days, has disrupted my sense of the days passing. We almost forgot to put the trash out on the curb last week because I was not keeping track of what day it was! And now it is Good Friday. A good day for reflection.

Your comments are spot on. And now that it doesn't involve spoilers, I can offer that Erlingar and Rudigrim were engaging in a conspiracy of sorts during the Convocation. Rudigrim was playing the part of "the thoughts and voices of the Tooks", speaking aloud what those in the crowd were likely thinking (for instance, that a child couldn't be a credible witness), and so when Rudi offered the solution that he and Erlingar had actually worked out before the trial started, he made it seem as if it were coming from the Tooks themselves! That made it easier for the crowd to vote enthusiastically in favor of the final resolution, even though it was 180 degrees from the original intent of the gathering. Master manipulation (which sounds terrible when I say it) at work. All I can say in their (and my) defense is that nobody was hurt in the process - yes, it was stressful for the hobbits on trial, but they would have gone through the same stress in any event, with a much worse outcome for everyone, if Erlingar and Rudigrim and Fortinbrand had not chosen the course they ended up following.

Gossip can be fun and interesting, but when it turns dark and malicious, it is a terrible thing.

A blessed weekend in return to you and yours. Give those sweet pups a good petting from me. Stay safe.

Thanks for taking the time to leave your thoughts. (((hugs)))

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