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Yule Fictions Past and Present  by Grey Wonderer 9 Review(s)
LarnerReviewed Chapter: 9 on 12/31/2009
I can so see this happening post-quest. Yes, the perfect alternative, and very original and creative! Lovely.

Author Reply: Thank you! I could see the tradition of cutting down trees as decorations seeming so very wrong after the scouring and after meeting Treebeard. Happy New Year!

harrowcatReviewed Chapter: 9 on 12/31/2009
Brilliant GW - I have always loved a real tree but this has definitely made me think. I do prefer them still living and have often bout the potted version.

Author Reply: I have always had a real tree too up until about the last two years. I love them but a couple ago, I was driving home from somewhere and noticed a couple of holiday trees still in the lot after Christmas and realized what a waste that was! I guess that made me think about it for the first time.
Also, there used to be this Chirstmas Tree display done with artificial trees that depicted trees from other countries and they were just lovely! All of them in the same grouping all decorated.
Those two things and LOTR of course, resulted in this story.

I think the potted version is the way to go if you want a real tree.

I am so glad you enjoyed this. Happy Holidays!

PIppinfan1988Reviewed Chapter: 9 on 12/27/2009
I finally made it -- tea and all!

Having just completed my Yuletide tradion (watching the movies), I really enjoyed this story. The thought of Merry and Pippin honouring Treebeard in this fashion is just lovely. I think Treebeard would be proud. :-) I had to laugh at Saradoc's initial shock that his son wanted to purchase the whole lot, lol. And as always, I loved the interaction between Merry and Pippin. I liked how, even though the lightbulb was slow to light in Pippin's mind, it finally did glow alongside of Merry's thought. I suppose after so much time together on the Quest, those two would start thinking alike. :-) As they say, brilliant minds... Loved it!

Author Reply: I am very glad that you enjoyed it and that you got your tea. : )

I like your holiday tradition of watching all of the LOTR films. I may have to give that a try next year.

Thanks for the lovely review and Happy New Year!

nancylea57Reviewed Chapter: 9 on 12/17/2009
just think that could make the old forest hourns, and they would need a visit from someone like treebeard to help them adjust to the new world order; does this leave lots of new stories for the new year?

Author Reply: You never know what the New Year will bring. : )
Thanks so much for reading and reviewing. Happy Holidays to you!

AndreaReviewed Chapter: 9 on 12/17/2009
Beautiful story, G.W.!

Merry and Pippin together are unstoppable! And so the trees were saved and a new Yule tradition was created.

I also loved it that Frodo and Sam were there, too, to admire the Buckland Grove.

Last but not least, I'm quite sure that the Entwives would have enjoyed the decorated Yule trees. And who knows if there aren't some of them still around in the Shire?

Happy holidays to you and your family (including Errol of course) :-)

Author Reply: I'm very glad you enjoyed this and I thank you for reading it. Merry and Pippin really are unstoppable when they work together, aren't they? I hope you and your family have a happy holiday too. Errol thanks you also.

shireboundReviewed Chapter: 9 on 12/17/2009
What an absolutely wonderful story! This is a marvelous tradition that saves the trees, brings everyone together to enjoy them, and helps heal our dear hobbits' hearts.

And what a perfect Yule song! Thank you all for this lovely collaboration.

Author Reply: Thank you! I didn't think I was going to have a Yule story this year. After knowing Treebeard I couldn't see Merry and Pippin enjoying chopping down a tree at Yule. I'm glad you like the tradition too.
Llinos' song really does set the mood on this I think. She writes such lovely things.

LlinosReviewed Chapter: 9 on 12/17/2009
Lovely story and all the charcters firmly in their right and proper places. Thanks Dreamflower for the nod to my song - but it would not have been written without this warm and comfy story.

And GW I always enjoy your dialogue!

Author Reply: Thank you for the brilliant song! It puts me in the mood for a hobbit Yule when I read it. Besides, without that, Saradoc and Pippin would just be walking through Buckland humming and that's not very festive.

I'm very glad you liked the story. I have wonderful Betas and that makes a difference. : )

Mum's the WordReviewed Chapter: 9 on 12/17/2009
Oh, this is lovely! What a wonderful solution to their dilemma. No wonder the Old Forest became less angry, with such kindnesses going on right next door.

Next thing you know, the Pinebankses will be selling smaller trees -- live and with rootballs intact -- for folks to take home and plant after Yule.

What a wonderful story, GW! Thanks for sharing it!

Hugs,
Mum

Author Reply: Mum, you need to have a talk with Mr. Pinebanks and let him know about the live trees. I think he would welcome another money-making venture.
Thanks for reading and I hope you have a wonderful Christmas.

DreamflowerReviewed Chapter: 9 on 12/17/2009
Awww...this is so sweet and lovely, GW! I think Treebeard would be proud of them-- and Tom Bombadil as well! And I can just imagine all those trees beautifully decorated and folks wandering among them to look at them.

Llinos' song was delightful, too!

Happy Holidays to you as well!

Author Reply: Thank you for this lovely review. Perhaps Tom will slip into the Grove later and have a look around. If he's not too busy with the River Daughter that is.

I was very pleased when Llinos agreed to write the song. She has such a talent for that sort of thing and I had no idea what they should be singing, only that they were singing! LOL

I'm glad you enjoyed this and I hope you have a lovely Christmas season.

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