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Thain  by Lindelea 164 Review(s)
LarnerReviewed Chapter: 1 on 11/9/2018
A terrible day for both Bucca and Tokka. Alas!

DreamflowerReviewed Chapter: 44 on 10/19/2018
I am SO glad Frodo's got some help at last, and that Pip will soon be home and taken care of. I would guess that once Pippin's all tucked up and seen to by a healer, Frodo will be wanting to let Merry know.

So VERY good to see you updating again!

Author Reply: So very good to be able to write again, even a little. When I think how I used to be able to turn out a whole chapter or two a day, whilst the wee hobbits were napping... But small steps will reach the end of a journey just the same as large leaps, even if it takes somewhat longer to get there.

Such a helpless feeling, to be on the spot but unprepared for an emergency. I wonder if this affected any of Frodo's future "tramps" around the Shire, before leaving on the Quest? Or if it influenced his preparations for leaving on the Quest itself? Or if his recounting the story of this affair might have affected Merry or Sam in their apparent thoroughness in making preparations to set out away from home, perhaps? (Am I making sense? I am in need of a nap.)

Thanks so much for the encouraging words!

DreamflowerReviewed Chapter: 43 on 10/19/2018
Oh my, what a sad chapter for Bucca. Comfrey playing decoy to save others is such a hobbity thing to do; it's such a shame she had so high a price to pay.

I may have to go back and re-read some of the Thorn chapters to recall just where you are, although I had no trouble remembering Pippin's predicament, and Frodo's!

Author Reply: It broke my heart. It was so sad, it put me off updating this story for the longest time... I know what's to come, and I'm reluctant to write it, but to get to the end, you have to go through the middle. Sigh.

But I've remembered how frustrating I found it to really get into a story and then find the author had never finished it, had even abandoned it altogether, and I had no hope of finding out how it all came out in the end. I don't want to do that. So I'm going to do my best to finish the WiPs, at least. There are certainly enough of them! And if the writing mood continues after that, maybe I'll get around, finally, to writing the story in the back of my mind about Bandobras the Bullroarer.

Thanks so much for your encouragement!

(Sending another email with a question, just to let you know.)

Eirinn LeighReviewed Chapter: 22 on 11/22/2015
The story intro suggested that 'Thain' followed Bucca and Paldine as they found themselves thrust into thain-ship. But the story itself seems to follow Pippen well over his father.

Author Reply: Sorry for not replying to your reviews. I've been "away" from fanfic for a few years. Life sort of got in the way. I just wanted you to know that I appreciate that you took time to leave feedback, and to ask after this story.

As I find fanfic in general and hobbits in particular to be good for my mental health, I have carved out reading and writing time in my schedule again. Here's hoping all the WIPs eventually will find their finish.

Eirinn LeighReviewed Chapter: Author's Notes on 11/22/2015
This doesn't seem done at all-rather left off in the middle of things on both sides of the story. Are you planning to continue at some point?

Author Reply: Sorry for the very late (understatement) reply. I have begun on the WIPs here at SoA and hope to finish them, after being away from fanfic for several years. Sometimes life happens.

Thanks for your inquiry, and taking time to leave feedback.

Eirinn LeighReviewed Chapter: 34 on 11/22/2015
I've never been the biggest fan of Hilly but at least by the time he makes escort he's not quite so much of a classist brat. Sheesh!

Eirinn LeighReviewed Chapter: 24 on 11/22/2015
They're going to have hell to pay from our Pip once he wraps his brain around what's just happened. Taking him from where he's dead useful and under a good rein - so to speak - and thrusting him into a place where he's superfluous and under a master who's no patience for training nor apparently any ability to read hearts and win them. Watch out Smials! You asked for it!

Eirinn LeighReviewed Chapter: 22 on 11/22/2015
That's just cruel. And bad politics. Forcing someone into leadership who doesn't want to lead may be good in fairytales but...
Though can you imagine Pippin the sheepherd following his cousins on the quest? I would love to read an AU where Pip's Da didn't become Thain.

Author Reply: A theme that has always fascinated me is that of someone who does the hard thing, even when they don't want to do it, even when a selfish choice would keep them far away from doing the hard thing, because it is the right thing to do. I guess it started with Frodo (and Sam, and the younger cousins) on the Quest, and Freddy leading his band in the hills of Scary against the ruffians who'd taken over the Shire.

Thanks (belatedly) again!

LarnerReviewed Chapter: 43 on 4/18/2015
A terrible loss to know, and how brave she was! Alas for her death and him left bereft. But at least his son thrives....

Author Reply: Yes, I couldn't bear to contemplate him losing that last piece of his beloved. As it works out, his son's survival will be important in more ways than one.

One more tournament, and then, hopefully, life will settle into more of a routine and I can have some regular writing time once more. I do want to finish this, and the other WIPs... More stories keep popping up. Farry and Ferdi Go to Gondor for one; it keeps plucking at my sleeve and is growing quite insistent.

Belated thanks!

Author Reply: Thanks to your reminders, this was the first WIP to be updated when I started writing again, after finally finishing and posting the next "Bill" chapter. Hope this finds you well.

LarnerReviewed Chapter: 42 on 4/15/2014
Sounds as if the visual cortex at the back of the brain is involved here, and it should resolve itself fairly quickly once the concussion begins to heal.

Oops--Brendi had found a plastic bag and I must retrieve it before he manages to ingest some of it!

Author Reply: Yikes a plastic bag! Did you have a glorious (from his perspective) game of keep-away?

Looking forward (well, not completely) to playful times with the coming pup. We saw a 10 week old puppy yesterday, so cute (pit bull, I think) -- just a few weeks older than our pup, though since our pup is of a giant breed, she's likely larger. Since Zoe came to us fully grown, and I've never seen a puppy of her breed, I'm not really sure what to expect.

Glad to have your confirmation of my medical research! You are spot on in your analysis.


Author Reply: It was so lovely to spend the afternoon with you! I meant to post two more chapters for your birthday this year, so you'd get a Pippin-and-Frodo chapter as well, but that one remains only half written, so you have it to look forward to, I guess. The birthday present that keeps on giving...

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