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One Who Sticks Closer than a Brother  by Lindelea 186 Review(s)
harrowcatReviewed Chapter: 2 on 9/13/2006
Now that is dark discussion for the first business of the morning. At least everybody agrees that it is unlike Tolly to be late. Just how long will it be before thet discover him missing!

Author Reply: Not my favourite breakfast topic, for certain.

And as far as your ending question... well, it could take a little time, seeing as how everyone has their own assumptions.

We'll just have to hope for the best.

BodkinReviewed Chapter: 1 on 9/12/2006
Poor Tolly! I hope someone notices he's gone soon - although they'll have no reason to suspect he's gone off to search for poor drowned Ferdi. It's all been a bit much for him. (Hardly surprising, really. Probably the only thing that keeps Ferdi from having a breakdown is all those bangs on the head ...)

Author Reply: Yes, poor Tolly, especially since it turns out that Ferdi "drowned" four years ago, rather than two, so it's even more distant in the past.

That's it! To keep a hobbit from having breakdowns, simply bang him on the head periodically. They ought to have tried that with Frodo. Perhaps he wouldn't have had to sail West after all.

demeter dReviewed Chapter: Prologue on 9/11/2006
hey! I have not read all of your past work. But just from "A Matter of Appearances", Tolly seemed to be a loyal friend. I would like to read more about him.

Author Reply: I'm glad to hear that. I'm rather fond of Tolly. He and his brothers are interesting characters.

You can read something more about him, if you wish, in "In the Greening of the Year" which is to be found at

It's one of my relatively shorter stories, and one thing I like about it is that it gives Eglantine a chance to shine.

And thanks for the vote of confidence. I felt a little funny, starting to post a story with an OC in the starring role. I wondered if I'd end up just talking to myself, in a manner of speaking.

And so, again, thanks!

FantasyFanReviewed Chapter: 1 on 9/11/2006
Oh, poor Tolly. I almost feel sorry for putting him through this!

Seriously, he's quite muddled, isn't he? This fever that is going around is very nasty, and then when you combine it with his grief and guilt and anxiety, he could be in real trouble. I wonder how long it will be before he's missed, and how much longer it will be before someone thinks to consult the milkmaids? And I wonder if that bank is any more stable now than it was two years ago?

As always, I'm glad to see a new story starting. Write on!
(And I meant to ask - any new stories coming from the young ones? I love to read their efforts too.)

Author Reply: Are you a "voting" member of the MEFAs? The little ones have stories there, under the author names Glassadar and Dinossiel, in case you'd missed them in the crowd.

(I feel as if I can say this as I'm not pushing my own stories...)

Mmm, lovely review, good food for thought, especially as the story is not yet outlined and anything can happen.


DreamflowerReviewed Chapter: 1 on 9/11/2006

Poor Tolly, already delirious...well, at least he was *seen* riding out, even if the maids don't know why...

Author Reply: Yes, it's a good thing that Wren is distinctively smaller than the average pony. And great of heart.

Poor Tolly. It's time to spread the h/c around, I'm afraid. Whew.


harrowcatReviewed Chapter: 1 on 9/11/2006
Ooh great start Lindelea. Can't wait for more. I am feeling sorry for Tolly already. I do hope that life doesn't get so busy and stressful that writing has to be abandoned and the same wish for myself on the reading front.

Author Reply: Thanks for the good wishes, and I will turn around and send the same wish off to you, for it is pleasant to share the fireside and not just sit here talking to myself!

And so long as EF is sitting on the new chapter of "Thain" and Bill the Pony is snoozing, I might as well dabble in this story.

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