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When Winter Fell  by Lindelea 158 Review(s)
DreamflowerReviewed Chapter: 1 on 6/12/2005
Now *why* do these journal entries remind me of *another* Took? *giggle*

Author Reply: Chuckling along with you!


BodkinReviewed Chapter: 1 on 6/12/2005
I don't know, Grandfa! How to turn your Fortinbras against journal-writing: make him write out corrected spellings therein.

The sort of journal entries that are very amusing to read in later years, though.

I have a feeling Grandfa is going to win this battle of wills. He's been in training for longer.

Author Reply: Yes, have based these journal entries loosely on an actual journal I read once.

Have you ever seen that coffee cup that says "Age and treachery will overcome youth and skill"?

InklingReviewed Chapter: 1 on 6/11/2005
It seems that young Fortinbras and his Grandfa are well-matched opponents in this battle of wills: funny, stubborn and intelligent. I love how these first journal entries convey so much about them both, and I like them already!

Author Reply: O good, I was hoping that their similarities and the affection/exasperation between them would be evident.

Anso the HobbitReviewed Chapter: Prologue on 6/10/2005
Here we have the possible cause for Bilbo getting fond of books and reading and writing! I hope you`ll continue with this! :)

Author Reply: Could well be the possible cause, you're right!

Am hoping to continue with this one as well. Think good thoughts!

InklingReviewed Chapter: Prologue on 6/6/2005
Your synopsis sent me scurrying to the Appendices…I’d forgotten there were two bad winters: the Long and the Fell. And what’s more, I’d forgotten that Bilbo was even alive during the Fell Winter, let alone 21 years old! Herein lies the start of an interesting tale, methinks…or two tales (another Thain/Thorn parallel structure?). I’ve always wanted to read more about the Fell Winter and the White Wolves…

And Isengar…I’ve always wondered about that cryptic comment in the family-trees…just how does a hobbit “go to sea,” anyway? It’s not like he could join the Merchant Marine or something!

Tolkien certainly left us no lack of great material to work with!

Author Reply: something like Thain/Thorn or Healer's Tale, yes, with two stories going at the same time, though one will be told mostly through journal entries, I think, unless I feel too constrained and break out into omniscient narrator mode. Don't know yet. We'll see!

You're right about Tolkien; what a wonderful gift!

Author Reply: p.s. for years I thought Isengar went to sea and never returned, but then how would they have a death date for him? So finally worked out this scenario, where he went to sea in his youth, but returned, or was returned, to the Great Smials. Have figured out an entire "history" for him, now just to see if it works on paper as well as it does in my head.

I see you finished Frodo's story, and here I am with no time to read! (Computer going in the shop and so we are all feverishly completing what projects we can, while we can...)

Elena TirielReviewed Chapter: Prologue on 6/6/2005
Well, this is a promising start... I like Bilbo's mad uncle already! (So, are you ever going to write what happened to him? Seems like an interesting plot thread... but your stories have so many already! LOL! You make the Shire an interesting and intriguing place!)

- Barbara

Author Reply: The way the outline looks, we'll learn something of what happened to him. Not sure how detailed it will be, or if the Muse will be moved to write his story...

His fate, however, is entwined with Gandalf's impressions of Bilbo, and so, I suppose, that will make all the difference in the future of Middle-earth.

But doesn't JRRT seem to like to work that way? Chance encounters turn out to be guided by a master "hand". Interesting perspective.

And thanks! Layers upon layers... JRRT certainly created a wonderful world to work with.

BodkinReviewed Chapter: Prologue on 6/6/2005
I like Mad Uncle Isengar. (Does his name change at the end?)

(It must be awful, really, to return home from your adventures, injured in body and treated as mad by your family. At least Bilbo has his own home after his trip with the dwarves, and doesn't have to put up with being patronised all the time.)

I think Bilbo is about to Learn A Lot. And get the writing habit, too.

Interesting start.

Author Reply: Thanks! Poor Mad Uncle Isengar, another tragic figure, and yet Bilbo will learn much from him. We'll be learning more about him as the story progresses.

It must be difficult for the Old Took, to see his youngest son, so changed. Wonder if he blames himself for the quarrel that resulted in his son running away?

FantasyFanReviewed Chapter: Prologue on 6/6/2005
It seems so odd to think of Bibo as a rebellious youngster, uninterested in books and writing, and disdainful of his 'old' mad cousin. This is such an interesting concept, and I'm sure you have many fascinating places to go with this story besides just an accounting of the Fell Winter.

Good for rabidsamfan. But you know, you've now advertised that all it takes is asking, to get a story witten for you...

Author Reply: Ah, but rabidsamfan fueled the fire with her marvellous drabbles. The Muse actually looked up from the current stories and seemed interested, and when she's interested, one had better write while the writing flows...

And at the moment, it seems safer to "store" a story online than on the hard drive, at present. I typed this chapter in off the top of my head, but will be going back to yellow pads and pens for the next few days.

I figure Bilbo must have caught Gandalf's eye somehow, and if he was a quiet, bookish fellow that might not do the trick. So have given him room to grow.

But you are right, all it takes is asking. And the favour of the Muse. (How long ago sevenall asked for a story told from a female viewpoint, and only now is "Healer's Tale" being posted!) So if you ask for Bandobras, or Belladonna, or Marcho and Blanco, or Farry-and-Ferdi-Go-to-Gondor, or something else, well... anything's possible, within the constraints of mood, time, and energy. (Sounds like an equation from Physics, doesn't it?)

Nice to hear from you. Hope this finds you well.

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