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The Tenth Walker  by Lindelea 657 Review(s)
sueReviewed Chapter: 106 on 6/17/2021
Oh sweet, brave Bill. His courage brings tears to my eyes - even though I know all will be well, eventually. Thank you for writing again.

Author Reply: Thank you so much for stopping to leave a good word! I keep trying to write and getting interrupted. But I had the next chapter half-written when I sat down again today, so that was a help.

KathyGReviewed Chapter: 106 on 6/14/2021
Bill is certainly doing his best to keep the wind off the hobbits, isn't he? Which the wind is not making easy for him to do! I'm glad he got to share some of the cordial.


Author Reply: I'm glad he got some cordial, too. It seemed a reasonable action for Gandalf to take. At least in my book.

Thanks!

shireboundReviewed Chapter: 106 on 6/12/2021
Greatheart, he murmurs in the language of the Elves in the hidden Valley, and the very tone infuses me with warmth and renewed strength of purpose as if bestowing courage is among his powers

That's a lovely moment, as is Bill getting a taste of the cordial.

Author Reply: Somehow it seemed right to me that Bill, though only a pony, would also receive some of that life-restoring liquid. And then I remembered that one of Gandalf's powers was encouragement, so it seemed like a good time for him to use some of that power on the "patient but dejected" pony. I'm glad the scene works!

Thanks for stopping to leave your thoughts.

MirkwoodmaidenReviewed Chapter: 105 on 6/7/2021
Lindelea!

Hello! I am still many chapters back on this story so I can really comment on this chapter but I just thought I would stop by to say "Hello!" and see how you have been! My husband and I are on our trip anywhere since the pandemic hit. We have gone to Morro Bay on the Central Coast of California. It is cool and lovely!

Hope you and yours are well!

Lovely to see you posting!!

((hugs))

MM

Author Reply: How lovely! We have a trip planned later in the year to visit the mountains. We took a lovely day trip to the Coast last month, three weeks after everyone in the household had been vaccinated, and will hopefully be able to do that again a couple times this summer. Since the ocean is only about two hours away, day trips are possible, though rather exhausting (I need a day off to recover from one of those days off). Morro Bay sounds wonderful!

We are well, thanks. ((hugs)) Enjoy your holiday!

shireboundReviewed Chapter: 105 on 6/7/2021
‘He’s frozen halfway to a snow-hobbit, Mr Frodo,’

I like that description.

Many hugs to you, my friend! ♥

Author Reply: Thanks so much! ((hugs))

TariReviewed Chapter: 92 on 5/24/2021
I never heard of horses or ponies eating warm mash. I can't imagine anyone taking time to heat their food.

Author Reply: p.s. Thank you for stopping to leave a good word!

TariReviewed Chapter: 92 on 5/24/2021
I never heard of horses or ponies eating warm mash. I can't imagine anyone taking time to heat their food.

Author Reply: I first heard the term in the book Black Beauty, I think. Though I never had the occasion to feed my horse a warm bran mash, I found some references to it in a web search, including this description:

Bran mashes have traditionally been provided to horses by their owners because they believe the high fiber content of bran combined with various mixtures of grains, supplements, and warm water increase water intake during cold weather and prevent colic. Or, they simply want to give their horses a warm, comforting treat.

and

Many veterinarians recommend providing horses with a bran mash once a week during cold winter months when the horses may not be drinking enough water, following stressful work, during long trailer transport across the country or following foaling. They feel that providing a bran mash supplement stimulates the horse’s intestinal tract and provides an alternate water source.
(from https://aaep.org/horsehealth/bran-mash, if you're interested in reading more)

LarnerReviewed Chapter: 104 on 4/10/2021
Now--a true cliff-hanger! A terrible situation to find the Fellowship in, and as of now only Bill misses Pippin. ?


Author Reply: Definitely hanging on the edge of a cliff. (I wonder where the term originally came from? Some particular author's works?)

Bill's perceptions of some things are sharper than two-legged people's, in my imagining.

shireboundReviewed Chapter: 104 on 3/30/2021
I love Bill's ever-evolving names for Merry!

Author Reply: He remains confused at Merry's given name, but he makes the best of it.

Thanks!

KathyGReviewed Chapter: 104 on 3/29/2021
Ouch! This is where the snow is getting REALLY bad! So bad, in fact, that they will be compelled to turn around and go back the way they came.


Author Reply: JRRT described it as a blizzard. I had forgotten the feels voices and falling rocks. Definitely not fun.

Thanks for reading and stopping to leave an encouraging word!

Author Reply: (That should be "fell voices" (on the wind); silly autocorrect!)

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