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Many Happy Returns  by Grey Wonderer 10 Review(s)
DreamflowerReviewed Chapter: 10 on 7/4/2004
OK, the computer just ate this review so I'll try again. I seem to still be having some minor problems with SOA this morning.

I had guessed from all your hints about blood that Merry had cut an artery, and Pip had presence of mind enough to use a tourniquet, but never in my wildest dreams would I have thought up a stained glass window. And your description of the Bullroarer--too funny! I liked the interaction between the injured Merry and the trying-not-to-be-panicked Pippin. I also like the way you shifted the POV from your healer to Merry and Pippin in the barn, and then to Merry's dream. Very deft.

So far no Paladin in this story, and your mention of him in regard to the window is not flattering. Is he even going to make an appearance, or apologize to his nephew and his sister for what his window did? Hmm...

Author Reply: I wasn't going for the stained glass when I started. It just turned in that direction. Sometimes these things take me by surprise. In the past, I have written Paladin as a bit, shall we say, less than the devoted father. He and Pippin have not been close in my other fictions and so I am not sure if he will be turning up or not.

PIppinfan1988Reviewed Chapter: 10 on 7/3/2004
Finally I know now what happened to poor Merry. It wasn't a birthday game, but the Bullroarer! Nasty glass. At least Pippin can now pocket the pennies he would have used to pay the young lad with a good arm! Thanks for a great chapter!


Author Reply: Thank you for reading. I do believe that is the first time the Bullroarer has actually been in one of my stories. I may have to use him again and he was a smash this time. LOL Sorry, couldn't resist that. (At least I didn't say that it was his break-out performance.)

hobbit_lassReviewed Chapter: 10 on 6/29/2004
"I guess I was dreaming again," Merry said, softly and lay back down. "Pippin and I were in the barn again fighting the Bullroarer."

"Go back to sleep, dearest," Esmeralda smiled. "You and Pippin won that one."

Those lines were lovely:)

I'm so glad we know that Merry is okay before we read about how dreadfully he gets hurt. I liked the stained glass, (We know someone who would have found that tacky thing wonderful!) The fact that Pip already had a plan to get rid of the dreadful thing when he became Thain cracked me up!

Great Story as always and another great healer character!


Author Reply: I was a bit worried about the stain glass, but I decided that it might be okay. I wanted to look as if the healer was telling the story and yet parts of it, he couldn't know and so I let Merry dream a bit at the same time. Glad you enjoyed it. I seem to always need a healer in these things. Too many of my hobbits are getting injured, I fear. LOL Next story, I need to try and write something without a healer.

auntiemeeshReviewed Chapter: 10 on 6/28/2004
Another battle fought and won valiantly. It must have been awful for Pippin (and everyone else), thinking that they were safe now and then to be forced to realize that terrible things can still happen. But Yay! for Pippin having learned the necessary skills to save Merry when the crisis hit :)

Author Reply: Pippin often winds up being the one in trouble so I thought he deserved a chance to save the day. I suspect that they all saw many things that might help them in an emergency. Thanks for the review.

Pearl TookReviewed Chapter: 10 on 6/28/2004
Ah, my friend! I've not been home and so took a while to respond. Well Done!!! This is such a wonderful story and it is a joy to read it. Thank you!

Author Reply: Why, thank you for saying such lovely things and for taking the time to review this one. I'm pleased that you are enjoying this.

Hai TookReviewed Chapter: 10 on 6/28/2004
Oh my, Pippin sure is playing the role of the hero lately isn't he? I like the way you wrote Merry, even though he was hurt he still tried to encourage Pippin in what he was doing, and pushed Pippin out of the way of that crazy pony! I'm glad that Merry is doing better, a nasty wound that will no doubt take longer to heal then Merry wants it to! Looking forward to more, thank you!

Author Reply: Merry is used to being the protector. I am sure he would have a very hard time doing otherwise. Thank you for reading and reviewing.

PervincaReviewed Chapter: 10 on 6/28/2004
Ah, so finally we hear the tale of what happened to place Merry in the sick bed! I can honestly say, it's not what I expected. Seems that Merry and Pippin have taken on the Bullroarer in more ways than one!

- Pervinca

Author Reply: I thought that this might, at least be different. LOL I try for different. Glad I surprised you.

melilot hillReviewed Chapter: 10 on 6/28/2004
I was sure I left a review for chapter 9. Ah well, either I'm crazy or this site is(it's probably me :-))
I liked both chapters and I'm glad you finally let us know what happened to Merry, even though it was a nasty accident.

Author Reply: I have been having trouble leaving comments too, but not on this site, on LJ. Who knows how all of this works. Thanks for the lovely review.

TialysReviewed Chapter: 10 on 6/27/2004
Sorry I couldn't come back to review this one sooner, but I had to leave for church. It was really weird to picture Pippin sitting at a huge desk as Thain with a giant glass painting like that behind him. Of course, I didn't have much time to do that. Good ol' scarf ^_^

Author Reply: I was glad to be able to use the scarf, after all, I don't recall seeing any hobbits with belts so without the scarf, Merry might have been in BIG trouble. Thanks for reviewing!

ElenarReviewed Chapter: 10 on 6/27/2004
Poor Merry and Pippin. I am so happy that Merry is okay. I loved how Pippin was talking to himself without realizing it and Merry encouraging him. Can't wait for more.

Author Reply: Thanks for the reviews and I am very glad that you are enjoying this. More will be coming soon.

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