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This and That  by Lindelea 197 Review(s)
LarnerReviewed Chapter: 36 on 5/17/2017
Oh, but I do love this, a fisherman caught in a battle for which he may be poorly prepared but still doing his best to kill those of the foe who come within his reach! Well done, and properly done, too!

Author Reply: Thank you!

How are the pups? Just two more weeks left in the school year, and then I hope to have some time to finish a few stories, like that overlarge pup causing trouble in Minas Tirith...

TariReviewed Chapter: 36 on 5/3/2017
This was great, but I need more. What happened to the person trapped under the Orc?

I was delighted to see something finally posted on SOA.

Author Reply: Thank you! The school year is nearly finished, and I'm hoping to be able to carve out some fanfic time at least during the summer months.

shireboundReviewed Chapter: 36 on 5/1/2017
Oh wow, this is chilling, and beautifully written.

Author Reply: Thank you!

I keep hoping that once the school year ends, I'll be able to find time for fanfic again... Can't wait to catch up on your stories.

LarnerReviewed Chapter: 35 on 5/21/2014
Sweet! I love that he wants to give her such a delightful gift! But jumping with the cat wasn't exactly the best thing to do. Heh!

Author Reply: I imagine it's not a mistake he'll make twice.


TariReviewed Chapter: 35 on 5/14/2014
What a beautiful mathom. Pip's gift was worth more than any tangible gift.

Whenever I see the word "faunt" I immediately think of Narnia.

Author Reply: Oh, now I will think of Narnia whenever I see the word! I never quite put the two together before. I can be so compartmentalised...

A gift from the heart, whether it be a pebble or a wish, can mean so much more somehow.


Everlight18Reviewed Chapter: 35 on 5/14/2014
A cat's purr...what a sweet gift, although those scratches are going to sting something awful later on.

I also loved this bit.

Why wash, if one didnít get dirty? And why not get dirty, if one were to wash anyhow?

Author Reply: Children's logic is eminently logical, I find. I love to imagine that Pippin (and Ferdi, to some extent) kept this quality of whimsy, which is one reason he got on so well with people (especially children), except of course those with little or no imagination (or those who don't want to admit to having such a thing).

My, I'm rambling tonight. Hope that made sense.

DreamflowerReviewed Chapter: 35 on 5/13/2014
Oh, poor little Pip! And poor Eglantine! And poor kitty!

But this was so sweet and beautiful! ((hugs))

Hope you had a wonderful Mother's Day!

Author Reply: I did, thanks! Breakfast in bed (French toast, yum), chocolate cheesecake for tea, watching a movie together as a family, frisbee on the front lawn -- a full day, for certain. (Hope you did, too!)

"Poor kitty" is right! I can only imagine how the unfortunate creature felt: happily snuggled in a secure hold, mostly asleep and enjoying gentle stroking, and then, without warning, the bottom drops out and you have that awful weightless falling feeling... (maybe not "awful" if you're skydiving or dreaming of flying, but certainly "awful" if you're not expecting such a thing!) Yikes!

(And poor little Pip, really too young to imagine the consequences of his actions. He had no fear of jumping, not after Merry and Ferdi's lesson. He didn't stop to think maybe the kitty wouldn't have the same reaction. He probably has heard all his short life about how cats land on their feet, and figures they're not afraid of heights, if he even thinks about it at all!)

Ah, Eglantine. It certainly gave her a story to tell for years afterward.

Thanks for the comments, and for the encouragement to go ahead and finish this one up instead of putting into storage until next year. I'm so good at procrastinating. (I'm procrastinating right now, can you tell? Ought to be in bed. Okay. Going now.)

KathyGReviewed Chapter: 35 on 5/13/2014
Aww, how sweet! LOL! A kitty's purr! Only a little child would think of a present like that. =)

Author Reply: Children can be so imaginative! I remember one small child who didn't want to wash her hand because her grandma had laid a kiss in her palm and she didn't want to wash it off, but wanted to keep it forever.


eilujReviewed Chapter: 34 on 1/2/2013
Ah -- I am just returning from seeing the film (not for the first time), and here is Bilbo to greet me!

In "An Unexpected Party," we're told that Bilbo was "about fifty years old or so," which he would have been in the spring of 1341.

Later in that chapter, Gandalf says, "And Thrain your father went away on the twenty-first of April, a hundred years ago last Thursday." [In the 1937 edition, it was the third of March, but in subsequent editions it was changed to the twenty-first of April.]

According to The Annotated Hobbit ("The Unexpected Party," note 50), that date "provides one of the few firm dates within The Hobbit for the chronology of the story. From what Bilbo should have put down in his Engagement Tablet, Gandalf and the dwarves came to tea on a Wednesday.... [This is rather confusing; it's mentioned in the text that Bilbo did make such a note.] Thus, if the previous Thursday was April 21, Wednesday would be April 27. (However, in "The Quest of Erebor," which was originally written to be part of an appendix to The Lord of the Rings and which tells Gandalf's account of how he came to arrange Bilbo's journey, the date of Thorin and his companions arriving at Bag End is given precisely as Wednesday, April 26, with Gandalf's visit of the previous day specified to be Tuesday, April 25. These dates cannot be reconciled with the text as given in The Hobbit....

[My notes say, "The 26th should be a Wednesday, according to the calendar in Appendix D. Perhaps The Hobbit was written before JRRT added Yule?]

"The other two exact dates given in The Hobbit occur near the end of the book. On page 355, when Bilbo reaches Rivendell again on his journey home, it is May 1 of the following year. And on page 360, Bilbo arrives home in the middle of an auction on June 22."

And in "A Short Rest" we're told that Elrond read the map runes on Midsummer's eve, and the group left Rivendell the following day. They had been in Rivendell for some days, but the exact number is not given.

Author Reply: Oh, my! I didn't answer this (until now)?

Belated thanks for these fascinating notes! I admit, I haven't paid a lot of attention to The Hobbit, but I'm hoping to re-read it this summer, after years of neglect.

DreamflowerReviewed Chapter: 34 on 1/2/2013
Oh my dear! Thank you for such a sweet and lovely image! What a nice surprise to find this morning!


Author Reply: You're welcome. I've been taking something of an Internet fast the past three months, very little time online (and you wouldn't believe how far behind I am in my email reading), but when we saw The Hobbit movie I kept thinking of your delight with Bilbo, and snuck on for a bit yesterday to post this.


(Was it really April that they departed? All of our Hobbit copies are missing, probably under various peoples' beds or some such, and I found "April" mentioned somewhere online as the time of their departure. ...and does that mean they returned in April as well? I'm thinking Bilbo was gone almost exactly a year, but since I'm depending on a sometimes unreliable memory, I'm not confident in the knowledge.)

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