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The Tenth Walker  by Lindelea 11 Review(s)
Kara's AuntyReviewed Chapter: 4 on 2/2/2009
Hello Lindelea,

Poor Bill - imagine not having a hand to wave the midges from your face? (Shivers in horror). I forgot to mention earlier that I very much like the way he refers to Pippn 'Apples-and-Mischief'!

Also, out of curiosity, what is 'hobbling' exactly? I've always wnndered,

HaHaHa! I've just read the bit about 'young marsh-stinking hobbit' - I like that even better than the other one!

Oh, dear Frodo! Using his mum's hankie to protect Bill's eyes - she'd be proud of him, for sure!

Very enjoyable,

Kara's Aunty ;)

Author Reply: Hello, Kara's Aunty!

When you hobble a horse or pony, you tie the "ankles" of his front legs together, leaving a little bit of strap between the legs so he can walk, sort of. It allows him to move about slowly and graze, but not run away.

Have you ever heard of hobble skirts? Those were long, thin skirts--I forget just when in history they were in fashion--and made women take little, mincing steps. I'm glad they're not the fashion now!

Dear Frodo, I'm sure his mum would be proud indeed.

Le RouretReviewed Chapter: 4 on 1/29/2009
A fly mask ... he used his mother's handkerchief as a fly mask. What a dear the "master" is!

Author Reply: I remember horse-sitting, and one of our chores was to get the fly masks on first thing in the morning. Flies are nasty things!

(Yes, Master is definitely a dear. Soft-hearted, and given to pity where it is most needed.)

Pearl TookReviewed Chapter: 4 on 9/20/2007
Aw! That is so sweet! Poor soggy Pippin getting bit all over :-(

Author Reply: Poor soggy Pip; I don't know if that's what JRRT had in mind, but he certainly sounded miserable in the original.

BTDT. I don't think I'll ever forget the repellent on a camping trip again.

Anso the HobbitReviewed Chapter: 4 on 2/22/2006
Oh, wonderful! I love how they shower the poor Bill with tenderness in this chapger and how he acknowledges them all in a just as gentle manner. :D

Author Reply: Yup, use a firm but gentle hand with a pony and quite often it'll respond in kind. (Although some ponies of my acquaintance have been awfully cranky.)

LarnerReviewed Chapter: 4 on 2/11/2006
Now, this one has me crying, Lindelea, with the thought of that keepsake protecting Bill's eyes. Yes, Primula wouldn't begrudge the pony.

Author Reply: I'm sure Primula would have been the first to surrender her handkerchief to a good cause. For some reason I don't see her as prim and proper, but more down-to-earth and practical.

InklingReviewed Chapter: 4 on 2/11/2006
“As if to guard a treasure” indeed! A lovely and poignant moment…I do so like it when you write about Frodo!

Author Reply: Well, you're in luck, I guess, because this is pretty much all about Frodo! (Not like the Fourth-age stuff where he's sailed to the West and only appears in dreams.)

BodkinReviewed Chapter: 4 on 2/11/2006
That was very good of Frodo to sacrifice his filmy lace-edged reminder of his mother for Bill's benefit. But he is one to whom the wellbeing of the living matters.

I like Bill's preference for apples-and-mischief over swamp-smelling Pippin. (It just would be Pippin who stepped into water up to his neck.) And he is perfectly well aware of their meandering passage through the marshes, too.

The midges - ugh! - they sound utterly revolting. The poor hobbits must be so miserable! Aragorn might have natural midge repellent - since he is going through his unwashed stage.

I wonder if swampy Pippin is less attractive to the little creatures?



Author Reply: Frodo's very empathetic and practical, at least at this point in the journey, before the Ring has had much chance to overShadow his mind, poor fellow.

Y'know, I remember canoe-camping and yes, when you haven't washed in days (except for the occasional swim, but that without soap) the bugs really do tend to leave you alone. They seem to *adore* the smell of soap, though.

DreamflowerReviewed Chapter: 4 on 2/11/2006
AAaaaawwww...*sigh* You are right. Frodo does shine. *sniff*

Author Reply: Ah, yes, that's the Frodo I remember and love from the book.

Jay of LasgalenReviewed Chapter: 4 on 2/11/2006
Ugh! Poor Bill - you make the midges so very vivid, I can almost see and hear the wretched things.

It's sad in a way that Frodo still carries his mother's handkerchief, but sweet that he uses it like this. I doubt Primula would mind.


Jay

Author Reply: BTDT. Tramping through the "muskeg" on the border of Canada and the US, surrounded by mosquitoes and biting flies and, yes, something like midges too, though I think we had a different name for them, that I cannot recall at the moment. O wait, I remember, we called them no-see-ems. Wretched.

harrowcatReviewed Chapter: 4 on 2/10/2006
Aw poor Bill - that awful stable is still calling. I especially liked

More than ever I wish there were another pony to share the load; this night we could stand head-to-tail and brush the flies from each others' faces.

And then he proceeds to do just that with Merry! I also loved his names/descriptions for the hobbits. Great stuff Lindelea.



Author Reply: Ah, thanks!

I've often seen horses standing that way... lovely how it works. Their tails won't reach to their own faces, but with a friend they get complete coverage.

Somehow I don't think animals necessarily would think of names the same way we do... they're much more scent-oriented, and sound-oriented rather than language-oriented, for example. So I try to look at things from a different point of view...

Thanks for taking the time to comment!

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