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The Tenth Walker  by Lindelea 10 Review(s)
Reviewed Chapter: 7 on 4/8/2016
I really enjoy reading the Stories of Arda, not only because they are enchanting as stories go, but also because all are written using wonderfull language. It is such a change from some stories I've read of late.
Thanks to all the authors

Author Reply: Thank you for stopping by and leaving a good word!

Pearl TookReviewed Chapter: 7 on 9/20/2007
Yes, dear Master and his unseen burden. It is always nice when it gets lightened a bit by the cheer of the others.

Author Reply: Yes, it is nice, this early on, when they can still take him out of himself. I think it gets harder the further they go on the journey.

Pipkin SweetgrassReviewed Chapter: 7 on 9/3/2006
Ah, I loved it! Marsh and mischief, indeed. I love what you've done with this. Makes me so proud to know you, prouder still to have you as my beta reader! And no, I don't think I came up with the term "Harvestmath", I'm almost certain I found the reference at The Thain's Book, an exellent site.

As usual, your voice is exellent and very canon, and Bill's observations are entirely sweet and very....um...equine!

Author Reply: Thank you! (very belated reply, sorry)

I am very much looking forward to the new chapter, and hope you're feeling better.

It is interesting to try to imagine everything from such an alternative viewpoint.

BodkinReviewed Chapter: 7 on 8/28/2006
I love young marsh-stinking hobbit's devotion to lightening his cousin's mood! Exactly why he is a part of the team!

Author Reply: Exactly. Chief officer in charge of morale, and that sort of thing. (Court jester? Troll slayer-in-training?)

harrowcatReviewed Chapter: 7 on 8/27/2006
Sorry this is late *comes running up and puffs along behind Bill*!!!

It is great to see the hobbits being slightly more light-hearted. Sorry that Strider has to be stern, 'but there, perhaps {he} knows more about these things than {they} do.'

Loved the song. Got a tune?

Author Reply: Yes, as a matter of fact, both songs have tunes... can't seem to help myself there. A song pops into my head and takes up residence for days.

Glad to see you, sorry it is taking so long in between updates.

Author Reply: The problem is, I don't have a website at the moment where I can park the midi files. Drat.

(And don't know how long the midi files in "Shire Songbook" will remain where they are. That avenue is, if not closed, rapidly closing.)

demeter dReviewed Chapter: 7 on 8/21/2006
The harvest song is lovely, so very hobbitty. Some cheerful, light moments before things become dark. Very nice.

Author Reply: Thanks!

I just realised today that Pipkin Sweetgrass had a harvest song in her latest (soon to be published) chapter of The Bee Charmer and I might well have got the idea in my head from reading that!

(Though thankfully I didn't unconsciously plagarise (don't know if that's spelled right)--the songs are completely different. Whew.)

ElemmrReviewed Chapter: 7 on 8/21/2006
the Master strides along as if his burden has grown suddenly lighter. He carries no burden that I can see, beyond his pack, and my Samwise bears twice as much, Im sure, but sometimes these things are beyond the understanding of a simple pony. I know that all the others look after him, as if hes someone of importance, but he bears himself as if hes just anyone. Hes Master, and yet he doesnt swagger about as my old misery did. Id scratch my head, to help myself in my thinking, as my Samwise does, but I must be contented instead to shake my mane and swish my tail.

What a lovely description from Bill's POV.

I'm always glad to read more of this tale, Lindelea, and I await their arrival to Weathertop. :D



Author Reply: Well, they've finally arrived at the line of hills, and are soon to reach Weathertop, I think, unless JRRT has thrown in a lot of description and narrative between here and there. No time to read ahead tonight.

Thanks!

LarnerReviewed Chapter: 7 on 8/20/2006
I hate to see Strider being a wet blanket, but agree he knows far too much of what the wraiths actually are and what Frodo might well become.

And love to see Frodo being Frodo--humble and yet the center of all the concern, and looking beautiful indeed when he smiles.

Author Reply: Poor Strider. Do you suppose he's had lots of practice, being a wet blanket? (After all, he's a friend of Bilbo's. These aren't the first hobbits of his acquaintance.)

Ah, Frodo. Such a character as JRRT wrote, in the book. I must admit the movie Frodo disappointed me a bit, in his fragility and timidity.

DreamflowerReviewed Chapter: 7 on 8/20/2006
Oh Lin! Another of your lovely Shire songs! Is that all of the verses? And I love the one at the end, as well--I'd like to see the rest of that one too! *pretty please?*

So nice to see these travellers enjoying themselves just a bit before the you-know-what hits the fan. There'll be precious little joy for days on end, after that...*sigh*

Pippin (young marsh-and-mischief) is of course intent on cheering Frodo, but naturally he's cheering everyone else as well with his good-nature--including poor old Bill.

I loved Bill's observations of Strider. And the way you wove in the dialogue from the book was very natural and well-done.

Author Reply: Thanks! This is one of those songs that has as many verses as the singers care to make up on the spot. There's a tune, too, but I don't have posting privileges any more at the website where the others were uploaded. *sigh*

The one at the end... the sort you probably don't sing in mixed company! *snork*

Appreciate the good words. I like to weave the dialogue in so that it's not jarring for the reader. Perhaps it's a little of Bilbo's game in Rivendell, wanting the Elves to guess which parts were his and which were Strider's. (And I so well remember Estel's words: If you have the cheek to make up verses about Earendil in the House of Elrond... Sheesh. Guess I'm cheeky.)

shireboundReviewed Chapter: 7 on 8/20/2006
I am sorry to see the Master lose his smile, for it lights his face and makes him altogether fair to see. Young marsh-and-mischief falls silent for only a few moments, and then looking at the Master out of the corner of his eye, he evidently decides its time for more cheering.

I love Bill's names for the hobbits, and how he evaluates them individually.

Author Reply: Yes, from my experience with ponies, they do respond to different people differently. (Heck, they respond to the *same* person differently, depending on the weather, and what they had for breakfast, and if the person is having a good or bad day...)

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