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Phantasm  by lovethosehobbits 68 Review(s)
AncalimeReviewed Chapter: 14 on 6/25/2005
I spent the last couple days finally reading this fic... and I enjoyed it, I assure you! :) I chose to comment to this chapter in particular because of this line:

*It was the will of the Valar to make us old and gray so that the young would listen to our voices.*

I really like that idea. :)

Author Reply: The gray hair idea came to me when I was thinking of how revered (spelling) our American Indians feel for their elders. We could probably learn something from that if we would only listen. I mean, they've been there, done that, right?

I am delighted that you've taken the time to catch up on the fic and hope you'll check out my others, if you haven't already. (The mind goes first, so if you've reviewed and read the others, please understand. My brain has been through alot in the last 2 years and I truly have virtually NO short term ((or long term..hehehe))memory, so please be patient). Hugs to you, until we meet


AncalimeReviewed Chapter: Author's Notes on 6/25/2005
*snort* LOL!!! Variations on this scene could apply to all of us h/c writers, I'm afraid... ;) Though I must admit the personal details were quite amusing as well (like the hairy white legs, of which I am also guilty *cough*). :D

Author Reply: He he! Glad you liked it and welcome, welcome, my friend. I am honored that you're reading my little fic. I understand that you and I will be sitting only a few seats from each other at the symphony (your curse, I'm afraid) and I'm REALLY excited about finally meeting one of my idols!

CoriandraReviewed Chapter: 16 on 6/10/2005
Nice ending, Frodo being taken care of by Aragorn and Sam even though he didn't think he needed to be. It must have been pretty miserable to have to be taken care like that. It's one of my worst nightmares, being in that position myself. But the important thing is that Frodo's safe and that he knows he's safe. That was quite a scene in the last chapter, the battle between Gandalf and Saruman over Frodo's mind. I loved that fact that Frodo got to save Gandalf, using the brush that had hypotised him. Nice touch too, Frodo getting to see Gandalf true form. I'm sorry to see this sorry end, but I know you'll have another wonderful one soon. I'm looking forward it, as always. :)

Author Reply: My worst nightmare as well. Even tho' I am a health care professional I hate having enemas etc especially by people I know and work with. I just got out of the hospital yesterday and got to experience every degradation know to man by friends and co-workers. Even tho' as when I am in their place I don't think twice about it, it still feels very weird when our roles are reversed.

I had to have Frodo show his valiant nature, so I pitted him against a powerful foe. He won out, of course, as I knew he would. Good over evil...something I can at least control in my stories if not in real life. Thanks so much for your reviews, you have been a wonderful supporter throughout the whole story.

I plan to finish my other two stories up, or at least make some much needed updates. Then I have an after Moria fic in mind.

AndreaReviewed Chapter: 16 on 6/7/2005
And there it is: The End!
I'm still grinning, when I think of the nappies ;-)
And I just love Sam's dialect! That's typically him.

During this story, you did a lot to poor Frodo, but in the end, he's the one who won the battle against Saruman. And he should be proud of it. Instead, he's stubbornly insisting to do his "business" alone! That's Frodo, indeed.

Thank you for this story, and I'm looking forward to read more about Frodo and the gang!

Author Reply: I *do* torture him unmercifully, don't I? (No, I wasn't the kid that pulled wings off of butterflys). His character is just so vulnerable, I can't help myself. But then the Florence Nightengale in me jumps in to save the day. Love making him better....Thanks for your steadfast reviews and support throughout the fic, I really, really can't express my appreciation enough!

girlofringReviewed Chapter: Author's Notes on 6/7/2005
they are very distrusting of your next predicament they will encounter with you as author. They should be!!Ha! Like it very much and sorry to see the story end as well. Look forward to more in the future.

Author Reply: I hope to keep them soooo busy they won't have time to attack me in my sleep. Glad you are still reading, sorry this reply is so late.

shireboundReviewed Chapter: 16 on 6/6/2005
The end! What a suspenseful, fascinating story, tree! Congratulations. And I'm so glad (of course) to hear that you're planning new adventures for our stalwart Ringbearer and his wonderful Fellowship.

Author Reply: Thank you, my friend. I really enjoyed this fic, and am a little sad that it is ending, but I really need to work on the others as well. Writing three fics at once is insane and I won't ever do that again...RL just doesn't permit it. I can hardly wait to try the next story, but really wanted to update EVBW and Labyrinth before my surgery. Alas, that may not happen...just too much to take care of before tomorrow morning. (eeek!) Take care, love to you as always tree

Breon BriarwoodReviewed Chapter: 16 on 6/6/2005
Wow! What a wild ride! I loved the whole busines about Frodo doing his 'business' with Sam's help, and Sam standing up to him. :D Maybe now he'll ask for help when he needs it?.... Naw!

Author Reply: I really wanted Frodo to go back to what started this whole mess in the first place...that he hated being hovered over by the Fellowship and didn't want them to really assist him, because he thought he was capable. Of course, Saruman would have still probably attacked him and everything would have still happened, but that's another story. Glad you came along on the ride and hope you'll join me again.....tree

LarnerReviewed Chapter: 16 on 6/6/2005
Yes, several types of hope are there in this party. Glad that they are on their way again at last.

Lovely tale, and glad Saruman was bested.

"All right" ought to be two words, but if that's the only grammar thing I can truly catch, you're doing very well!

Author Reply: Ooops! Grammar and spelling are not really my fortay (see?). Although I have to admit, writing fanfiction has really helped alot. So glad you enjoyed the fic and hope you will read my next one....tree

AndreaReviewed Chapter: 14 on 6/4/2005
“That is all that we need now… a jittery Took.”
Jittery, that's the perfect expression for how I was feeling throughout this showdown! And a brilliant showdown it was, absolutely breathtaking!
Did Frodo really think he could make it through the blizzard? Must have been his stubborness and Lorelei's manipulation.

In particular, I liked it, that Gandalf convinced Frodo, that only a few people could have resisted Saruman's voice. And in the end it was Frodo who won the battle!

I enjoyed reading this story very much and I'm waiting for the last chapter. I'm a little sad, that this story comes to an end now, but I'm sure there will be more stories!

Thank you :)

Author Reply: You are TOO kind. This fic was alot of fun to write, but I didn't think there was much more I could've done to our poor boy. I had hoped to get the Epilogue up a couple of days ago, but my boss decided to have me work instead. I hope to have it up today....I really should stop promising, huh? Yes, I have lots of ideas for new fics. I want to finish the other two, although Labyrinth has quite a few chapters before it's done. I have a new idea for an after Moria fic that I'm itching to start. I will be layed up for a few weeks, but hope I'll feel well enough to write. Thanks again. It's such a boost to morale to have you review and enjoy my little story. love to you, tree

LarnerReviewed Chapter: 14 on 6/3/2005
Ah, a wonderful ending to the battle for Frodo's obedience and regard.

Alas, poor Saruman, he does end up getting whupped a few times, doesn't he? And, he deserves it so much.

Author Reply: Thanks so much for reading! I was afraid the showdown would be too fast, but everyone seems to have enjoyed it. I love your fics and appreciate your reviews more than you'll ever know. love to you and yours. tree

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