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Let Sleeping Dogs Lie  by Lindelea 83 Review(s)
SparkyTASReviewed Chapter: 16 on 8/20/2021
What a fabulous story!Please please continue this amazing tale. You've built quite a fascinating plot of suspense and cross cultural intrigue. I have to know what happens to Ha’asal and Strider.

Hai TookReviewed Chapter: 16 on 7/2/2021
Yay, an update! I'm so glad Strider has the errant Hobbit and boy under his care now! Where is the puppy?

I appreciate seeing the Haradrim's thoughts as he is met with things he doesn't understand. I also appreciated Strider's respect in regards to his face covering as he cared for him.

Looking forward to more!

LarnerReviewed Chapter: 16 on 6/24/2021
Quite the rescue! The poor Haradri aide, not knowing what to think of the current impressions and fainting away! As for Merry and Frodo's reactions, I am surprised by neither. And Sam is the dear soul he always is.

Now, to see to the other injured Haradrim and the poor greengrocer. And where is the puppy in all of this? We have to find him, of course.

MirkwoodmaidenReviewed Chapter: 16 on 6/11/2021

This is simply lovely! You have a talent for storytelling that I do not believe I possess.

Poor Ha’asal not knowing what to believe. Your depiction of the Haradrim is interesting and very believable. You can see why they did as they did during the Ring War. Fascinating and entertaining.

Love the solicitude that both Aragorn and Éomer pay to the Hobbits and rightfully so. All in all the storytelling is inviting and engaging! Love it and the fact that you have found a little time to write and post! Wee-hee!!

Hope you and yours are well!



Author Reply: Aw, don't sell yourself short. I love your characters, your descriptions of the settings of the scenes you pour onto the page, the depth of relationship you portray, so real and rich. I am always glad to see a new chapter from you, even if I hold back from reading for a day or two because I know (as in your current story) that the reading will be difficult as the story grows ever darker. I have to keep reminding myself of the joy that emerges at the end, on the wings of an Eagle's song, if I might mix my metaphors. (Yet not all sad things will be undone. Boromir and Theodred will still be lost. Sigh.)

Thank you for your observations! Part of the reason I write is to try and make sense of people's actions and motivations. If the Easterlings and Southrons were evil in themselves, there would be no peace after the Dark Lord was defeated. Yet Tolkien himself gave us a glimpse into their minds in the passage I quoted in this chapter, when the Power that drove them faltered, showing that they were under compulsion and not marching into battle of their own free will.

We are well, and enjoying a respite in between heat waves. Ah, blessed rain, interspersed with gentle sunlight. I certainly resonate with Pippin's memory of cool sunlight and green grass.

((hugs)) Hope this finds you and yours well. I'm glad you enjoyed your holiday.

shireboundReviewed Chapter: 16 on 6/10/2021
Poor Ha’asal, injured and confused and enduring so many conflicting thoughts and emotions. It wouldn't be easy to trust anything but what they've been conditioned and trained to believe.

Rescue at last, hooray! You know how happy I am! :)

Author Reply: I know how happy you are! I feel much the same. They were stuck under that fallen beam just about for-ever! (I almost wrote "for an Elf's age", but I don't know if Elves have Ages or if that is more of a Man thing.)

It will be such a relief to clear up the Haradrim's confusion and begin a new age of peace for Gondor. That chapter is already written, along with the last chapter in the story; I'm just making my way there... here's hoping life doesn't get complicated again for the next few weeks. (Really, there are only a handful of chapters left in the draft, so we'll see how it goes.)

Thank you so much for stopping to leave a good word. ((hugs))

LarnerReviewed Chapter: 15 on 4/18/2021
Oh, indeed, the right direction now! And they are going to be needed, the two of them, along with Eomer and Sam, as Pippin is pulled from the wreckage of the fallen building. I can't wait for the next chapter!

Author Reply: Thanks so much for your encouragement!

The new meds seem to be working, and the old one has worn off to the extent that my brain is once again on speaking terms with me, so I'm back (like a bad penny, as they say). I hope to resume regular updates again this week

Hope this finds you well!

MirkwoodmaidenReviewed Chapter: 15 on 4/15/2021

So happy to see that Aragorn has found Pippin. I love the deft way you speak of him seen through Haradrim eyes. Love that! What will that Haradrim think when he finds out that it is the Gondorian King that risked his own life to save Pippin and Bergil.

I am really enjoying this story!!

Stay safe!



P.S. Yeah I didn't really feel my normal self till really Saturday. But I am feeling good now and just waiting that two weeks till the vaccine is fully effective. Hopefully by sometime in the summer we can stop wearing masks but until then...

Author Reply: MM!

I am so looking forward to the Haradrim making that connection between Healer and King! I'm glad you're enjoying the story, and thanks so much for your encouragement. I haven't had much of a brain to speak of over the past couple months, but my doc finally said, "This isn't working," and switched some things around, and I've come out of the fog, so I'm hoping to rejoin the stream of reading and writing and conversing again.

((hugs)) and I hope this finds you well.

Hai TookReviewed Chapter: 15 on 4/15/2021
What is that pup wanting in a dark crack??? I like Haradrim's assumption that the "children" must belong to the, yet unknown, king. Looking forward to the resolution and getting everyone out of these ruins. And can't wait for these Haradrim to see exactly who is down in the depths helping them!

Author Reply: I love hearing your thoughts, and what parts you like. Very helpful and encouraging! It will be very interesting to see their reaction when they finally realize who this Healer actually is, I hope!

((hugs)) and thanks. Hope this reply finds you well.

Author Reply: p.s. the Mystery of the Dark Crack will soon become clear. And make sense! (it is to be hoped...)

shireboundReviewed Chapter: 15 on 4/15/2021
A king, perhaps. But then again, what king would risk himself in the rubble?

It's interesting to share the thoughts of the Ambassador and the General, as they try to decipher what's going on around them based on their own experiences.

Author Reply: Goodness, I haven't answered any reviews for this chapter! My apologies. I went through a rough spell since posting this, and I'm just getting my balance (or is it my bearings?) back. Thank you so much for your thoughts.

I do find it interesting to consider what a situation might look like to someone who's working on limited information, as well as how their very perceptions and sensations change based on what they know (and don't know) about a matter.

((hugs)) to you, and I hope this finds you well.

Hai TookReviewed Chapter: 14 on 4/14/2021
Lost track of this one again! I love how this is coming together! Hopefully they can all see each other for what they have in common instead of their differences. It is quite amazing of the Haradrim to run to rescue the ones trapped!

I especially enjoyed the small interaction with Eomer and Sam. Not a pairing you see ofte! Thaat Sam thought "Mister" must be appropriate since Eomer smiled was great!

Author Reply: Thank you! I love it when I can get a glimpse inside Sam's head. Such a practical hobbit! Being elevated (rubbing elbows?) among the Great certainly didn't spoil him at all.

So good to hear from you! I hope you and yours are well.

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