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The Tenth Walker  by Lindelea 8 Review(s)
Kara's AuntyReviewed Chapter: 5 on 2/2/2009
Hello Lindelea,

The uphill/downhill debate Bill is having with himself is great. And his dithering between how to refer to Pippin is amusing without end!

A very observant fellow he is too - pity he can't talk to the others and give them his opinion, it seems only fair, poor sod ;)

Kara's Aunty.

Author Reply: We've used the same psychology when on Volkswalks with the wee hobbits, welcoming uphill stretches for the sake of the downhill to follow. Sometimes it works, sometimes it backfires (a long downhill has them groaning, thinking of the uphill stretch we'll have to climb to get back to the finish).

Poor Bill, he can all but talk.

Pearl TookReviewed Chapter: 5 on 9/20/2007
"young marsh-stinking hobbit"

"young apples-and-mischief"

I love Bill's names for Pippin

I'm sure he would be glad to be out of the marsh!

Author Reply: I see Bill as a very literal creature, and so his names for the hobbits follow suit... I think they'll all be glad to get out of the marsh!

DreamflowerReviewed Chapter: 5 on 5/7/2006
Poor Bill--no idea yet, poor lad, what's coming in store next! I expect he'd bolt right away if he knew! Yet he's definitely caught the unease--very well done!

I'm so glad you have been able to snatch a few minutes for writing, and I hope your little one is soon on the mend!

Author Reply: Poor Bill. I'm having trouble figuring out just where he was during the attack on Weathertop. JRRT doesn't mention him at all, for pages!

BodkinReviewed Chapter: 5 on 5/7/2006
Young marsh-stinking hobbit!

What a great description.

Bill has definitely noticed that, in Sam, he has acquired the very prince of carers. One who will put himself forward without hesitation when it is a matter of looking after Bill. And we have a very bright pony here.

Author Reply: I agree with you, very bright pony! Bill's probably the sort who, with a safe and gentle home, would learn all sorts of tricks, such as opening the latch to his stall. I sort of see him in the light of a would-be Merrylegs, in Black Beauty. Now there was a pony with personality...

LarnerReviewed Chapter: 5 on 5/6/2006
Bill does well with the journey now, and love how he shifts identifying features for Pippin as Pippin no longer smells of apples and mischief but the marshes they just traversed. And love the realization of the smell of uncertainty, much of it probably from Strider himself.

Will be your way Sunday evening and will leave for back here probably late Thursday, as I have to work Friday.

Author Reply: Hmmm. I wonder what Pippin will smell like at Rivendell?

InklingReviewed Chapter: 5 on 5/6/2006
Hurrah, an update! Your muse does seem to like insomnia, it seems...hope the little one is better now.

Love how smell-driven this story is, as is only proper for a pony POV.


Author Reply: There's something about insomnia and writing--perhaps it's a form of waking dream. Thanks!

harrowcatReviewed Chapter: 5 on 5/6/2006
Yeah an update on our favourite four-legged LOTR friend! All I am sorry about is that it took a sick child and a sleepless night Lindelea. That is a very high price to pay for our enjoyment. Please consider all your reader friends nuzzling your sleeve too and saying 'We are here!'

Author Reply: goodness, never answered these reviews! Thanks for the good thoughts.

shireboundReviewed Chapter: 5 on 5/5/2006
I rub my nose against his sleeve. Iím here.

Awwww!

*hugs you and Bill and sick child*

Author Reply: Thanks!

Sick child is still sleeping, bless her heart. I don't think either of us slept more than a wink or two last night. Guess I ought to lie myself down while the lying's good...

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