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This and That  by Lindelea 7 Review(s)
Queen GaladrielReviewed Chapter: 11 on 9/18/2006
*giggling* Oh, how funny! Of course they'd never guess that sweet little Pippin, all unconscious innocence, was responsible for the whole matter! LOL! And so nice to read a story in which Lalia is at least somewhat likeable. I love your description of Yule, especially of Father Yule and his helper. :) You really have a rare way with words; your style reminds me somehow of Louisa May Alcott, though it's very different. Maybe because when I read your stories, I forget they're "only stories" and feel as if I'm really there.
God bless,

Anso the HobbitReviewed Chapter: 11 on 12/22/2005
This is such a lovely story and I remember reading it a year ago but it was definitely worth reading over and just perfect timing too since Im leaving for my own holiday in a few hours.

Happy Yule, Lin! And thanks for a year of wonderful stories. :D I am very much looking forward to another year of them.


Author Reply: I hope you had a wonderful holiday!

And thanks for the good words.


LarnerReviewed Chapter: 11 on 12/22/2005
Even as a baby Pippin managed to put himself right into the center of the Yule celebrations! Heh! And he put himself in the box, and none was the wiser.

Author Reply: Funny how he managed that! I think it was a sign of things to come.

Pearl TookReviewed Chapter: 11 on 12/21/2005
Utterly, totally, wonderfully charming :) :) I love Pippin getting wrapped up in the shawl and then packed away. And I love the "son of a Brandybuck" and "son of a Took"!! And even Lalia not being too horrid.

A wonderful Yule gift :) Many thanks!

Author Reply: Amazing, isn't it, that Lalia could be hobbity sometimes? LOL

shireboundReviewed Chapter: 11 on 12/21/2005
he was overcome by curiosity and excitement to be surrounded by so many bright ribbons, and enticing paper that crumpled and tore with satisfying sounds and sensations! He rolled a little further into the fallen heap and found himself enveloped in softness. He rolled once more, wrapping the softness round himself, and pulling the soft folds of the lovely knitted shawl against his cheek with one hand, he found his mouth with the thumb of the other hand and resumed his interrupted nap.

Awwwww! Totally adorable. Happy Yule, Lindelea!

Author Reply: This is sort of based on one of our young ones, who learned to roll before she was three months old, and at a baby shower was so fascinated with the bright wrappings and ribbons that she rolled herself right into the middle of them!


DreamflowerReviewed Chapter: 11 on 12/21/2005
What a sweet and delightful little surprise to wake up to this morning! I do remember the shorter version of course, but this is just as cute as it can be! All the details that make your Shire unique and delightful are there, and old Lalia in a good mood at the end, for once!

And of course I am enjoying the fun and friendship between Merry and Ferdi; it's funny they were going to quarrel over Pippin! Merry of course, was quite right. Yet in a strange way, when they became adults, circumstances actually brought Ferdi into the position of "special" cousin as well. I do adore that *Merry's* trump argument was "Frodo says"! LOL!

I will have to go and look out the original--for I don't recall which of the hobbits told it, nor how he came to know how it happened. But that will be fun as well, for then I can read all the other contributions!

Author Reply: Thanks!

I looked out the original as well, and it was just as fun to read this year as it was earlier.

BodkinReviewed Chapter: 11 on 12/21/2005
Letting Merry and Ferdi near the pile of gifts seems remarkably reckless - even if Pearl really badly needed to 'go'. But it worked out all right in the end.

Love the image of the little cooing Pippin emerging from the wrappings.

Author Reply: I think that Pearl wasn't thinking all too clearly at that moment; sheer desperation sums up her attitude.


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