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Dreamflower's Musings  by Dreamflower 120 Review(s)
AndreaReviewed Chapter: 16 on 9/6/2015
Yes, a beautiful song and no-one else but Billy Boyd could have performed it that way!

Thank you for your interpretations. I liked them very much.

It's a farewell, for we may come together with friends to see it again; but a visit only and never the bright newness we experienced before.

That is very true! But we still have the memories of how it felt when it was brand-new. And that's something!

Author Reply: It's more than just something; the memories are special too.

KathyGReviewed Chapter: 16 on 9/1/2015
It is a truly lovely and poignant song.

Author Reply: It is, indeed!

LindeleaReviewed Chapter: 16 on 8/31/2015
Beautifully construed. Thank you for bringing out more meaning from that lovely song!

Author Reply: Thanks! That song deserves thoughtful analysis.

KathyGReviewed Chapter: 1 on 1/11/2015
There seems to be another piece of fanon floating about--that Sam was born on April 6th!

Author Reply: That's not strictly fanon. It's actually quasi-canon, in that JRRT says in Appendix D of The Lord of the Rings: "... there grew up a custom of making holiday and dancing in the Party Field, when weather permitted, on April 6. Some said that it was old Sam Gardner's birthday, some that it was the day on which the Golden Tree first flowered in 1420, and some that it was the Elves' New Year."

In other words, it's almost canon, as JRRT says it might have been, but because he did not say definitively that it actually was, there's wiggle room.

I, for one, chose a different date for Sam's b'day since in my story "Chance Encounter" I needed it to be for the plot. But most people pick April 6 for Sam, and many online Wikis give the date as definitely April 6. (They are wrong--it is only speculation, not definite.)

BTW, I chose Feb. 14 for Merry, and April 1 for Merry. Only Bilbo and Frodo have their exact birthdates given among the hobbits, and the only other LotR character who has his exact birthdate given is Aragorn. His birthday is March 1.

rikkiReviewed Chapter: 1 on 10/3/2014
An interesting treatise concerning hobbits and what has been written about them. You have apparently done a lot of research (i.e., read the books numerous times) to have been able to quote some of the lesser known things about Merry and Pippin. In some ways, people have written stories about their favorite characters and added things to increase the drama or to expand the little bit that is known about the character. That is was not written doesn't mean that it didn't happen but there should be limits on what is determined about how a character has developed. Liked the memes that you used, they are definitely seen in a lot of stories.

Author Reply: I lost count of how many re-reads I've done of LotR in the last 40-some-odd years!

I like the depth that fanon adds to canon! Adding to the canonical story is great, but it should never take away from the original.

KathyGReviewed Chapter: 14 on 6/8/2014
Was the once a lengthy article? If it was, it needs to be reposted, because two short paragraphs--the second of which seems to have b een cut short--is all that's left.

LarnerReviewed Chapter: 9 on 5/30/2014
I suspect that this will indeed prove helpful.

Author Reply: Good! I really thought that having worked it out myself, the info was too useful not to share!

EruherdirielReviewed Chapter: 9 on 5/30/2014
I like this. I really appreciate how you've gathered all this information. It's a GINORMOUS time-saver.

Author Reply: Great! That was my hope: to save other people the time it took me to figure out. After all, why waste all that work just for myself?

LindeleaReviewed Chapter: 9 on 5/30/2014
It's always so lovely when someone does the Math! I am incredibly number-challenged, as I think you might know. (Estella was 10 years too young for ever so long...)

Author Reply: Well, it does help to get the math right! Don't forget my Reggie is still a whole generation older than he's supposed to be! But this time around I double checked my math with a calculator. :D

Kaylee ArafinwielReviewed Chapter: 9 on 5/30/2014
O Dreamflower, thank you for this treasure! :) Once again you have provided me with useful information - something I actually needed a couple chapters ago with my new birthday mathom ficlet series, but luckily I did the math myself *big grin* The Muse doesn't often have a hobbitish bent, but when it does this is great! :D

Definitely putting this in my hobbit info folder along with the Shire Calendar and Hobbit Ages!!! :)


Author Reply: I certainly hope it's useful, since I figure why not share?

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