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In the Greening of the Year  by Lindelea 51 Review(s)
Nienor NinielReviewed Chapter: 10 on 9/14/2006
I liked to see more of Eglantine! She's a really amazing hobbit.

And I am very glad they got him out of there without the cutting.

The story about Pippin making the splash is cute, too!

All the best, Nienor

Author Reply: I think she must have been amazing, to have such an amazing son!

Thanks for stopping by, and taking time to leave a note.

pipinheartReviewed Chapter: 10 on 5/28/2005
This was great...
Eglantina was a very strong character,she won't let Tolly give up... She even gave order to Pippin and the rest on how to get Tolly out. She wouldn't let them cut his legs off... Nice work...

Author Reply: Hah, I just now saw this review, and thus the belated reply. For some reason my server doesn't always allow reviews through, I think.

Thanks so much for stopping by and taking time to leave a note!

DreamflowerReviewed Chapter: 10 on 11/30/2004
Goodness! You finished this one quickly!
Start to finish, I read it in one gulp. There is so much to love about this one--Eglantine's stubborness, Tolly's bravery, the fear of their loved ones, Pippin especially. Woven in with all the anecdotes to provide a bit of leavening to the heart-stopping suspense. I mean, even though I *knew* it would come out right, I was still worried anyway!
I *loveloveloved* the story about Pippin and the well, especially Bilbo's comment at the end. Now you have to give us the rest of the story about the cat.
Thanks for the great story!

Author Reply: Thanks! I'm glad you had a good word for Tolly; he was having a really, really bad day.

Appreciate the feedback, and you're welcome! (Actually, it's a relief to write something *short* for a change, where I can see progress and actually reach a conclusion without forgetting what went on at the start!)

Author Reply: ...and now you have the story of Pippin and the cat. We aim to please!

Hai TookReviewed Chapter: 10 on 11/30/2004
Oh! That was nearly terrible! Tolly came very close to loosing his legs, I guess it is a very good thing that Eglantine had made a promise and wasn't about to break it! She is a wonder in your stories and I really do adore her.

They were so close to the victims of the dam but didn't think to look! Oh well I'm glad that things turned out alright! I was a bit worried there. I'm glad things went so well.

The end was done in true hobbits fashion. Tolly wanting to know about the end of the story Eglantine had been telling! Such great fun, thank you for another read!

Author Reply: I'm getting fonder of Eglantine with every story...

I'm not sure it was a matter of not thinking to look so much as the fact that it was dark and foggy and lanterns don't give all that much light. They might have risked themselves on the landslide area, started another slide or fallen themselves, come within a few feet of Tolly and Eglantine, and never seen them!

You're welcome, and thanks for commenting!

BodkinReviewed Chapter: 10 on 11/30/2004
Well done, Eglantine. Bet she doesn't even get a cold.

Tolly will always have a special bond with the Thain's mother now.

'Pippin remembered seeing Elladan cutting away the legs of a screaming soldier of Gondor who was trapped beneath a fallen Oliphaunt.' - I am conscious of a huge wave of sympathy for the sons of Elrond, who must have had to do this kind of thing far too often.

What a relief for Pippin.

Author Reply: I bet she wouldn't get a cold; that would be perfect.

I'm a little worried, though, for I cannot find the reference to Eglantine's end (in one of my stories, for I don't think JRRT gave her an ending date, or if he did I haven't seen it yet), and so I'm not exactly sure when it occurred.

There is an epilogue to this story (unpublished) that shows her falling asleep in her breakfast; or at least, after a bath to get all the mud off, they have the festive birthday breakfast and she dozes. Someone makes a toast to Eglantine, as Pimpernel's mother, and Eglantine wakens with a start and to cover up the fact she was asleep she lifts her glass and says, 'Many happy returns!' which, of course, everyone is more than happy to drink.

But the epilogue seemed anticlimatic (is that spelled right?), somehow, even with Meadowsweet tearfully greeting Tolly, and Pimpernel falling on her mother with hugs, and before that the Tooks all cheering Eglantine as she rode to the Smials--yes, *rode*, for she insisted she wasn't going to be carried in a litter...

Perhaps all those scenes can be included in a sequel. Don't know yet. But now you've had a peek behind the scenes.


Pearl TookReviewed Chapter: 10 on 11/29/2004
So very intense and then such blessed relief!! Wonderful imagery, Pippin savoring the sound of his mother's laugh, and Englantine's imperiousness softening when she looked at her son's face. VWD, as always!!!

Author Reply: Whew, thanks! It was a relief to bring it in for a safe landing.

So glad you noticed the nuances. Sometimes I think I'm too subtle and sometimes I feel like an Oliphaunt tromping plot points all over the place.

Appreciate the feedback! *hugs*

LarnerReviewed Chapter: 10 on 11/29/2004
Ooh, VERY satisfying! So glad to see it done! Well written. Still waiting on several others, of course!

Author Reply: Thank you! Sorry for the delay on those others. It's just been an impossibly busy week and on top of it I'm fighting bronchitis. (Makes it easier to write characters with breathing problems, however: how I can sympathise!)

Sometimes it's moral-lifting to step away from a long story and shoot off a few short ones. I'll be jumping back into "Thain" and "Glisters" soon, but I've been enjoying the break after being at a high point in each of those stories. I'm rather dreading descending back into the valley of angst.


Author Reply: oops, I think I meant "morale" and not "moral"!

Grey WondererReviewed Chapter: 10 on 11/29/2004
That was wonderful! She managed to stop all of them and make them do what she had promised. I'll wager she makes the breakfast and what a story she has to tell now.

Author Reply: You're right! "More grist for the Mill" as Merry might say.

(I'm embarassed to say I looked back over the story and she doesn't really promise, at least not while we're watching. It must have happened in the depths of the night, in the dark, when nobody saw but Tolly.)


Connie B.Reviewed Chapter: 10 on 11/29/2004
Oh, that was too close. I knew something would happen to stop them doing that to Tolly, but I was still nervious. Yay! we got to hear the end of the story of Pippin and the well. I really liked this chapter.

I glad I gave you soemthing to think about as much as I thought about this chapter.

Oh, and I almost forgot, I still love Eglantine. She's got a good mix of love and forcefulness.


When are you going to update Thain. I'm liking that one more and more, too.

Connie B.

Author Reply: Glad you liked the chapter. I was with Tolly; I wanted to know what Bilbo said!

Am working on "Thain" but it's slow as I'm not enjoying the current "Pippin" chapter... I'd love to just leave him with the old shepherd for the rest of his days, but then I'd have to label the story "Definitely AU".

Thanks for commenting! Hope things are going better than last month.

Grey WondererReviewed Chapter: 9 on 11/29/2004
She fights even unconcious! I love this woman. Can't review more as just have to read the next and see what happens.

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