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Let Sleeping Dogs Lie  by Lindelea 83 Review(s)
LarnerReviewed Chapter: 14 on 4/10/2021
I hope that this settles Frodo's mind for him, and that he and Merry will follow the Rohirrim to the site of the disaster. Mittens will be freed, and Pippin and Bergil saved. I hope the healers are not long in arriving at the site of the collapsing inn!

The Haradrim are swiftly advancing their status in the eyes of Aragorn; and that he himself would lead the rescue on the part of the Gondorians will raise his stock with this embassy! Excellent!

Author Reply: Well, at least one healer is on the spot, as it were. I'm sure others must have grabbed up supplies and started jogging down from the Sixth Circle once the runners brought the urgent news.

It's amazing (and heartening) how disaster can bring people together.

Thanks so much for stopping to leave your thoughts.

MirkwoodmaidenReviewed Chapter: 14 on 3/31/2021

I am on pins and needles just waiting to see what happens next? Your depiction of the Haradrim is really interesting. Typical ploy. the Dark Lord and his minion the Mouth of Sauron would of course lie about what these Numenorians would do to.

Can't wait until the next installment!



Author Reply: Thank you! It has been interesting to explore a culture based on the hints JRRT gave us, along with the views he expressed in his letters about the people he wrote about.

Now that Strider has arrived and taken matters into his own hands, and Faramir is there, and Éomer is soon to arrive, I think things are going to happen fairly quickly. Whew!

(I do hope that Éomer sounds in character. I seem to remember the cadence of Rohirric speech being slightly more formal than Gondorians' (and way more formal than the way hobbits talk!), though I might be mistaken. The draft of this story was written a while ago, so hopefully I'm remembering correctly the thought process that went into it...)


MirkwoodmaidenReviewed Chapter: 9 on 3/31/2021

I love your take on the Harad and how Sauron had complete control over them, mind body and soul. Absolutely fascinating. And a very interesting turn that these Haradrim do not make a distinction of the good Numenorians (Elendil and his line) and the Black Numenorians, whom Sauron in his guise of Anatar lead down the path to human sacrifice. Very nice! I like it. Well done.


Author Reply: Thank you! I gave the subject a lot of thought when I did the research to write a story about hobbits in Harad, trying to work out a logical culture. I sort of got the feeling from reading various sources (maybe JRRT's letters among them? I don't remember clearly now) that "near Harad" was rather Arabian in nature, while Middle or Far Harad were characteristic of regions and peoples further south in Africa. It's amazing, the sandbox JRRT gave us to play in, isn't it?

Thanks so much for reading and taking the time to share your thoughts! ((hugs))

shireboundReviewed Chapter: 14 on 3/31/2021
Seeing Éomer galloping by, leading this fresh charge, Sam of all people on the saddle before him

What a sight! Wow, there's a lot going on at once. All children, hobbits, and pups must be rescued!

Author Reply: Indeed! [You have such a way with words... :) ]


MirkwoodmaidenReviewed Chapter: 6 on 3/30/2021

Ah...the calm before the storm I see...



Author Reply: Ah, yes. And what a storm it will be!

Thanks so much for reading and stopping to leave a good word. ((hugs))

MirkwoodmaidenReviewed Chapter: 5 on 3/30/2021

Oh dear! Yes! And I can imagine the look on Sam's face about the stool leg, enough to discourage Pippin from seeking food! Good Lord!

Going into a collapsed building...what could possibly happen. Our dear little Pippin does manage to find trouble doesn't he. I love the easy relationship between Bergil and him!

A bit from Chapter 4! (I read continuously and didn't leave a review on Chapter 4.)

‘Aha,’ Pippin said. ‘I see. This is about you playing with the pup, I think. What about your school? It won’t do to come belated.’ For Elessar had decreed, the previous week, the resumption of education for the young inhabitants of the City, a part of life returning to normal, or what passed for normal – the people still weren’t entirely sure how to live in peace instead of on the verge of war and ruin.

I know this portion was written before the pandemic but reading this right now it seems rather apropos.

So glad you have found time to start posting again.



Author Reply: Thank you so much for the smiles this morning! Much appreciated. Why are some days so much harder than others? (Rhetorical question, no need to answer.)

We know, from hard experience, of puppies' need to chew (seemingly incessantly!), especially when losing their milk teeth and growing in their adult teeth. Poor Pippin, missing breakfast entirely, and having no intention of going into the ruins. Best laid plans...

The bit you quoted from Chapter 4 does seem to fit to current events, even though this chapter was written and posted years ago. I get that same disoriented feeling when I re-read old chapters of mine about infectious fevers going around the Shire as a plot device (I am back to writing on a story set in Pippin's early years as Thain; plenty of potential for character development there). If I had been writing those in the time of Covid... I probably wouldn't have but would have had to find some other plot device. Maybe. Fevers are a time-honored tradition in the fanfic world.

I'm so glad I've found time to start reading fanfic again, and glad too that the writing is flowing. Here's hoping it keeps on. I'm so pleased to see people posting new chapters here! ((hugs)) hope this finds you and yours well.

MirkwoodmaidenReviewed Chapter: 3 on 3/28/2021

Once again you have outdone yourself and depicted Sam wonderfully well. Imagining a Hobbit's sensibility listening to this sort of bargaining was absolutely delightful and you highlight a hobbit's perception of the world so vividly and masterfully!

Hope you are well and safe!



Author Reply: Thank you! Poor Sam must have experienced some culture shock, considering he "knew the land well within twenty miles of Hobbiton, but that was the limit of his geography"! I imagine that Hobbits are much more straightforward in their bargaining back home in the Shire.

So glad you are enjoying this story! We are doing our best to be careful and safe, at least until we all get our second jab. (And even then, waiting on what the news has to say about the variants...)

Blessings to you and yours, and ((hugs)) back.

MirkwoodmaidenReviewed Chapter: 1 on 3/24/2021

As ever you have a talent for writing Hobbits. It almost as is you merely visit Hobbiton and come back to tell you the tales.

I can just see Pippin sitting there with the dog pretty much on top of him. Or him as a tiny hobbit admonishing a very large dog! LOL.

Love it!

Stay safe, Mellon nin!



Author Reply: Oh, I’m so glad you enjoyed that! The story was originally inspired by our “puppy”—44 lbs. at 4 months, and not an ounce of baby fat. All bone, muscle, shaggy hair and large feet, promising more to come.

Thanks for reading and stopping to leave a word of encouragement. ((hugs))
Stay safe, Mellon nin.

LarnerReviewed Chapter: 13 on 3/24/2021
That the Haradrim hazarded their own lives will be most honored by the new King of Gondor! Most clever to use the ironwood spear shafts in such a manner. But how far in is Mittens?

Author Reply: Now if he can just convince them that Gondorians don’t eat people for breakfast...
Mittens is quite a way in, about a leash length beyond where Bergil and Pippin ended up, as should become evident in the next installment. Whew. Nearly there!

Good to hear from you. Thanks!

shireboundReviewed Chapter: 13 on 3/24/2021
Hooray, the warriors understand what the sounds they're hearing truly mean, and are able to show their compassion and quick thinking. This is so promising for everyone!

Author Reply: Yes! Spot on. And the Healer King is about to arrive, and Frodo and Merry are just around a bend in the road, so to speak, so things are definitely looking up.

So nice to hear from you. Hope that you and yours are well.

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