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Seeing the Forest for the Trees  by Lindelea 18 Review(s)
PSWReviewed Chapter: Author's Notes on 1/5/2016
This was a good story, I enjoyed it (though not quite as much when poor Pippin was getting roughed up by orcs who wanted to eat him). Thanks for writing, I'll have to go look at some of your other stories... :-)

Nienor NinielReviewed Chapter: Author's Notes on 8/30/2006
Really somewhat darker than the others, but very enjoyable. Although in the books, Merry and Pippin never really mention their time with the Orks, it is probably safe to assume that it troubled them afterwards like it does in your stories. Poor Pippin!

I like the fact that the trees aren't as evil as the Hobbits perceived them before the quest. Of course they have met real evil, and also they may understand trees a little better since they were in Fangorn.

The truce between hobbits and trees is a nice rounded ending!


CuthalionReviewed Chapter: 6 on 2/21/2005
And now I've inhaled this tale, too, and it's very very good (and I have discovered that there are still two tales of you still on my translation list - and so much more I should add... *sigh*... and not enough time at all!) But Flames will have to wait until that Mount Doom of bedsheets, duvets and pillowcases is mangled. Silly household!! *sighs again*



DreamflowerReviewed Chapter: Author's Notes on 2/3/2005
Great story! But I am left with one burning question? Where has Tom Bombadil gone? I cannot imagine he would have allowed Orcs into the Forest if he were still there...

Author Reply: My thought is that he was in the northern part of his realm, taking care of spring cleaning or whatnot. The Orcs had only been in residence a week or so. I'm sure Tom would have caught wind of the trouble sooner or later.

What do you think he might have done? ...or perhaps he knew the Forest would take matters into its own... limbs once it got stirred up enough.

JRRT said Tom set boundaries beyond which he did not stir. Do you have any idea what those might have been? (I remember researching it while writing "Jewels" but don't know where those notes are now.)

DreamflowerReviewed Chapter: 6 on 2/3/2005
How nice! A treaty between Buckland and the Trees. Hopefully Old Man Willow is still asleep. I do not think his malice would abate for the difference between hobbit and Orc.

Author Reply: I wonder how long Old Man Willow slept after Tom's lullaby. Someone in one of Marigold's challenges wrote a breathtaking story from Old Man Willow's viewpoint; did you ever read that one?

DreamflowerReviewed Chapter: 5 on 2/3/2005
And this is the chapter that got me started. Makes a good deal of sense in context.

Author Reply: Hope it makes some kind of sense out-of-context too.

DreamflowerReviewed Chapter: 4 on 2/3/2005
I love the systematic ways of the Brandybucks, just as I've always imagined, they plan their searches for the lost, whether in the Forest, the River, or old tunnels...
And of course, Pippin more or less rescued himself before they could begin. It's very much of a piece with the way he rescued himself and Merry on the Quest: a quick use of wits, and speedily taking advantage of any luck that came his way.

Author Reply: Isn't it funny how JRRT set up his story and we draw on that for characterisations? Merry the organised one, Pippin the curious one, Sam as loyal-to-the-death, Frodo... (no, not cowardly or sickly, but steadfast and determined and wise beyond other hobbits, by the end)

And yes, I drew heavily on the "Uruk-hai" chapter from TTT when I wrote this story.


DreamflowerReviewed Chapter: 3 on 2/3/2005
No way Merry would ever forget the sight of an Orc arrow!

I love the way Merry described Pippin's skills as an arguer: "the sky green and the grass blue", LOL! that's our Took. (And he should probably know from the number of times Pip's done it to him.)

Author Reply: No, I bet he still dreams of orc arrows on bad nights.

I wanted to find a hobbity simile to "could sell ice cubes to the Eskimos" but that was the closest I could come at the time.

DreamflowerReviewed Chapter: 2 on 2/3/2005
Whoa! This is really good! I love these stories set when Pippin was Steward in Buckland. How many of them did you do?

Author Reply: I don't remember! Jewels, and To Get to the Top, and the one where Merry is caught under a tree during a flood come to mind. After that I started writing things from the perspective of Tookland and hardly ever got back to Buckland except when Pippin visited, of course.

DreamflowerReviewed Chapter: 1 on 2/3/2005
Well, I thought I had better read this before I start the new story. I was under the impression I'd read it already, but apparently not. This is great! So suspenseful, and the brooding atmosphere perfect for the Old Forest...

Author Reply: Thanks! So you hadn't read it? This was the first "dark" writing I ever did.

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