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This and That  by Lindelea 9 Review(s)
Queen GaladrielReviewed Chapter: 14 on 9/18/2006
Ah! clever Ferdi! To set the traps and then lure the ruffians straight into them. I love this look at the Shire on the very day the Ring was destroyed.
God bless,

LarnerReviewed Chapter: 14 on 8/13/2006
Reading and reviewing this again, for it is so marvelously done, Lindelea. The moment when the Ring goes down, the fear and terror when It takes Frodo and then is destroyed anyway.... And the destruction of Mordor felt so very far away by some who loved Pippin best! A marvelous tale.

Pearl TookReviewed Chapter: 14 on 6/18/2006
I can see the Tooks using traps and hunting methods to guard their land. This is well thought out :)

Author Reply: Thanks!

JRRT never did give us any specifics of how the Tooks kept the ruffians out, though he *did* say somewhere that there was very little loss of life. Can't remember the specifics now, and I'm on my way to bed... So I guess it'll remain just a foggy memory.

Still, it was fun to imagine what the Tooks might have done.

Anso the HobbitReviewed Chapter: 14 on 3/27/2006
Very nice indeed! There were many heroes during the Troubles, and many Tooks amongst them. This was a very nice scene. :D

Author Reply: Thanks!

BodkinReviewed Chapter: 14 on 3/26/2006
Good to see Ferdi, Regi and Hilly fighting back. And the doom must have overhung the whole of Middle-earth on that day - and the relief been so great that it echoed across the world.

Mind you, stringing up villains so that their friends can cut them down seems a little pointless - and likely to get our heroes spitted by their enemies. I'm glad to know they survived!

Author Reply: Seems a little pointless, but this was only a test of sorts, to see if this first line of defence was enough for Men to blunder into. Eventually the border will be ringed with traps, to snare scouts (for scores, even hundreds, of hobbits are at work on them, even as this episode takes place)--and Men travelling in small numbers to scout out the land might hang some days before someone comes to cut them down.

These Men have been inconvenienced long enough for the hobbits to get past a second line of traps, at least, and perhaps a little of their enthusiasm has been dampened by wrenched knees or broken limbs or even stupidly falling on one's own knife.

And then for any who get past all the traps there are the bands of Tooks, ready to shoot if need be.

But hobbits are a peaceable folk, and do not wish to kill unnecessarily. They'll injure the ruffians, certainly, handicap them, shame them, pull them down a rung or two, and make them think twice about trying to trespass on Tookish lands.


harrowcatReviewed Chapter: 14 on 3/26/2006
This is great Lindelea. I find myself wanting to know more.

Author Reply: Thanks!

LarnerReviewed Chapter: 14 on 3/25/2006
Hooray indeed! Far away their cousin Frodo has fallen, wounded, and a ring long hidden is now destroyed; but at hand the enemy is proving itself foolish indeed.

Wonderful tale, my lady! Wonderful tale!

Author Reply: And I find myself thinking of another Took, half-smothered (did I say "half"?) and remembering Bilbo and the Eagles...


DreamflowerReviewed Chapter: 14 on 3/25/2006
Ah, Lin! This was nice! A bit of what happened at home, that the ToY does not give us!

It's canon of course, that Rosie felt the tenseness of the Shadow, and the sudden release of fear that came when the One went into the Fire. So I don't find it far-fetched that other hobbits, and especially Tooks, would do the same.

And I like the exploration of Hilly's hostility towards Ferdi, and hope that one day we'll discover the moment it went from resentment to friendship, and how.

Author Reply: Yes, it seems possible to me that especially hobbits with connexions to the Travellers might be sensitive to it without necessarily knowing why. Rosie is the example I was thinking of.

And now an image of Bilbo sitting by the hearth at this same moment is niggling at me. Perhaps the Hall of Fire has been converted into an infirmary of sorts, for the care of wounded Elves, and the mood is gloomy indeed.

But no time to write such things today. It must go to the back of the stove to simmer.

And the moment Ferdi and Hilly became friends. Hmmm. It would have to be after the pony races in "Flames", where Hilly supported the false accusation, not knowing it was false, and the shock of realising Ferdi's innocence was enough to jar him from his complacent contempt. But guerilla-fighting the ruffians gives lots of scope for the imagination, doesn't it?


DanaReviewed Chapter: 14 on 3/25/2006
I absolutely love this, you know. So very intense, and it has such a wonderful flow, and I do love what you did with the tension, and the present tense.

And the hobbits cower, pressed to the ground, and still they wait, for the Menís assault, they think, for they can imagine no other reason for this unreasoning fear. So still are they, so taut with listening, that they feel the tremor that runs through the earth; faint it is, as if it has travelled a long journey, and then a sound like a sigh goes up from all the Woody End around them; and their hearts beat suddenly again.

And that, I really love that.

Author Reply: Ah, thank you. You set a very good example, you know, with your mastery of present tense in stories.

Thanks for pre-reading and commenting!

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