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Thain  by Lindelea 164 Review(s)
Lyta PadfootReviewed Chapter: 1 on 6/16/2004
Holy Cow! What a beginning! I squealed when I saw this story.

Author Reply: Hoorah! I must admit I was inspired by two stories, one in a book of LOTR fanfic (can you believe fanfic was published?) from awhile back, about the hobbits who never returned from fighting for the King, and another an excellent story by Citrine, also here on SoA, though the title slips my mind.

I was just going to tell the stories of Bucca and Paladin, but the ending of Bucca's twin just insisted on sneaking in.

Thanks for the comment!

BodkinReviewed Chapter: 1 on 6/16/2004
Clever Tokka. Dungeons at Angmar - not a place you want to visit.

Author Reply: Definitively. I imagine the gift shop there doesn't sell too many tee-shirts.

Thanks for commenting.

BeruthielReviewed Chapter: 1 on 6/16/2004
How long is this story going to be? I must admit I'm a bit obsessed with Pippin and Paladin. I want you to hurry up and get to them! (Obnoxious of me, I know, but I can't help it in this case.)

Will you be dealing with Paladin's personality change in this one?

Author Reply: In short (I shouldn't even be online right now):

Don't know how long the story will be, but it looks to be one of the long ones. I understand your concern, Bucca's story could go on awhile.

However, his chapters will alternate with Paladin chapters. So you'll see Pippin and Paladin (and Ferdi!) starting with chapter 2...

And yes, you will see Paladin changing, sad to say. Hopefully the readers will agree with the Muse that he had his reasons.

Does that help?

FantasyFanReviewed Chapter: 1 on 6/16/2004
So this is to be Paladin's story, as well as Bucca'a? A sort of sequel to Shire? That part sounds interesting, but I am very intrigued to hear Paladin's tale. There's been a hint of troubles to come in Pearl, and lots about him in his latter days, but I want to see how he moves from one to the other. Paladin in the Young Steward days is bitter and cynical and grasping and cold. Even if you can show me his meanness is a mask for pain, I think it is going to be much harder to get sympathy generated for Paladin in the midst of his story than it was for the poor insane ruffian in the last one. But I'm looking forward to seeing it anyway.

Author Reply: I thought it would be interesting to alternate the story of the first Thain with Paladin's story, seeing as how he was not in line to be Thain originally.

Perhaps, if the Muse could get the reader to feel pity for the mad ruffian (once he was safely dealt with), she might be able to do the same for Paladin. I certainly hope so.

Pippin fans might get a bit upset, tho. We'll see. Serious character growth is apparent in the outline as it stands... and if all goes well you'll finally see the story of Ferdi and Pippin (nearly) burning down the old Thain's stables...

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