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The Tenth Walker  by Lindelea 11 Review(s)
Le RouretReviewed Chapter: 10 on 1/29/2009
If he were a hobbit, hed nibble absently, but being a Man he just stands there, holding the plate. How horses and ponies must wonder at our inefficiency!

Author Reply: There's a good reason they call them hay-burners. Always eating. Quite hobbity, when you think about it.

Pearl TookReviewed Chapter: 10 on 9/20/2007
No, not a wee pony they are after. Bill is about to have a nasty fright . . .

Author Reply: Poor Bill and his unreasoning fear. I cannot tell you how many times I told my horse that a puddle would not swallow her whole. She still seemed to think it had something personal against her.

Of course, Bill is up against something even worse than puddles.

LarnerReviewed Chapter: 10 on 9/22/2006
And well-woven at that. Dear Pippin, I love him as you portray him in this story, and I love Bill's reaction to each of the party.

Author Reply: Ah, thank you. I have a fond spot in my heart for Pippin, and for Bill too I find.

BodkinReviewed Chapter: 10 on 9/15/2006
It feels more like a trap than a refuge to me That's one wise pony. Combine it with the shiver over 'riders' and he should clearly be the one leading the party!

Author Reply: LOL, Bill would probably lead the party back to Bree, poor thing, with his unreasoning pony instincts.

Queen GaladrielReviewed Chapter: 10 on 9/15/2006
You really capture the feeling of uneasiness here, showing how each one expresses or deals with it. Wonderful! But poor Bill, those riders are going to frighten him half to death, and Sam will be busy and worried enough after all *that* as it is.
God bless,
Galadriel

Author Reply: Oh, yes, frighten him more than half to death, I shouldn't wonder! Poor Bill.

cookiefleckReviewed Chapter: 10 on 9/14/2006
Great suspense. Love Bill; love seeing Sam through Bill's eyes. Sam giving Bill the treats: awwww.

Author Reply: Thanks!

AltheaReviewed Chapter: 10 on 9/14/2006
I've been greedily reading this for the last little while, not even stopping to comment on each chapter as I read. I coundn't make myself stop because I was in such a hurry to find out what would happen next. Not that I don't know the story; it's just such a treat to have the story told through Bill's perspective. What an amazing little pony he is. I get a kick out of the names he has given the Hobbits. Apples and mischief (aka marsh and mischief) and not-so-Merry are great. I love how Bill refers to Sam as My Sam. Sam is such a caring soul. How could any animal fail to respond to him? I am so much enjoying getting to know Bill and the others through his impressions of them. I'm looking foward to reading more.

Author Reply: Well, glad you stopped to comment! It is always a treat to hear the reader's impressions and opinions.

harrowcatReviewed Chapter: 10 on 9/14/2006
Your assumption about where they were attacked has probably been coloured by PJ's film which shows the hobbits stumbling into the circle of stone.

I like the way that you are interweaving the text into your work.

Author Reply: Oh, so *that's* what it is! I think I did not form a clear impression of happenings on Weathertop when reading, and so the movie had a greater influence.

However, I *still* do not see Arwen substituting for Glorfindel...

demeter dReviewed Chapter: 10 on 9/13/2006
"...there is a solid feeling about him, if you take my meaning..." Does Bill sound like Sam, or does Sam possess so much solid 'horse sense' that he sounds like Bill? Either way, they sound like kindred spirits. Interesting how Aragorn disposed of the marsh-soaked clothes, so they would not be found by unwanted folks. The tension mounts!

Author Reply: I *do* see Bill and Sam as kindred spirits, somehow. Sam seems very ponyish to me at times.

DreamflowerReviewed Chapter: 10 on 9/13/2006
Again you make all the familiar scenes seem fresh seen from Bill's POV. I am loving how his apprehension is making itself felt.

And soon enough--Weathertop. I do look forward to seeing that from Bill's POV--I am quite sure he had to have been terrified!

Author Reply: Yea, verily. Just posted Weathertop, and um, at a lack for words. Want to say "good riddance" but that's not quite the phrase to express relief at getting past that point. And now the long, wet, cold journey, where Bill first tugged at my heart with his care for Frodo...

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