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The Tenth Walker  by Lindelea 13 Review(s)
Pearl TookReviewed Chapter: 11 on 9/20/2007
Poor dear Bill!

". . . I fall into darkness and fear." As did Merry and young marsh stinking hobbit. It is all much more than any pony could bear.

Author Reply: You know, JRRT tells us nothing about what happened to Bill at Weathertop. It took some thinking to figure out, though I knew he had to be tied securely (and I have had a panicked horse break a headstall, so even being tied was not a guarantee of keeping him from running away) or else hobbled. Hobbles seemed the most likely option.

demeter dReviewed Chapter: 11 on 10/3/2006
Animals do seem to have a sense for something bad being near. I could really feel poor bill's fear!

Author Reply: Oops, missed this one. Ponies, being prey animals, seem especially alert to the possibility of danger.


BodkinReviewed Chapter: 11 on 9/25/2006
Bill is lucky that the Nazgul's attention is elsewhere.

It's always easier to shoot the horse.

Author Reply: Yikes! Well, I suppose horses make larger targets. Good thing Frodo wasn't riding Bill at the time, I guess.

AltheaReviewed Chapter: 11 on 9/24/2006
How terrifying. You've captured the fear and the horror of the events on Weathertop most chillingly.

Author Reply: Thanks!

harrowcatReviewed Chapter: 11 on 9/23/2006
Oh, oh Lindelea what a place to leave it! This is so vividly described from poor Bill's POV that I wanted to release his hobbles myself and run with him. And the thought of him being stuck when the Riders came through Bree made me shiver.

BTW I found that I had to re-read the Book after I had seen the films to get the true topography staight in my mind. I hadn't realised that they weren't actually attacked right on top of Weathertop until then. There is so much lovely description of scenary that it is hard to keep it clear.

And I so totally agree with you about replacing Glorfindel with Arwen. Although I can see why he did it I didn't like it and neither did my Dad, (another Tolkien nut). I think that that was the point in the film when he began muttering loud enough to be heard three rows back!

Author Reply: I'm certainly glad he was hobbled and not able to run off. How would they ever have got Frodo to Rivendell without his help? Whew.

You're right, I had to re-read the Weathertop section of the book several times, so affected was I by the visuals in the movie.

Your Dad sounds like *our* reaction when we saw the movie! (We very nearly walked out!)

cookiefleckReviewed Chapter: 11 on 9/23/2006
Love how you built up the suspense in this chapter. Always interesting to view the events through Bill's senses.

Author Reply: Yes, I've found it an interesting challenge to get inside a pony's skin and try to imagine events from his perspective.

Queen GaladrielReviewed Chapter: 11 on 9/23/2006
*shivers* Ooo! A cliff-hanger! Love the way you did this; the fear was so palpable! More soon, pleeease! :)
God bless,

Author Reply: More just posted. Thanks!

ClaudiaReviewed Chapter: 11 on 9/22/2006
Wow,this was truly amazing! I really loved how flawlessly you kept this POV and it seemed so REAL. Nice job!

Author Reply: Thanks!

InklingReviewed Chapter: 11 on 9/22/2006
Finally had a chance to catch up with this story and am continuing to enjoy it immensely! I wonder what Bill would make of the Black Riders' horses...would he feel only terror, or pity as well? They are, after all, victims of their own "miseries." Wasn't there a moment in The Two Towers, at Minas Morgul, when a horse is neighing in terror and rage? The only glimpse Tolkien gives us, IIRC, of the feelings of the beasts pressed into service by the forces of darkness.

Author Reply: Now there's a good speculation, one that hadn't occurred to me. I'll have to give it some thought.

Jay of LasgalenReviewed Chapter: 11 on 9/22/2006
Oh, poor Bill! I know he'll be all right in the end, but the poor pony is terrified. Lovely atmospheric building up of tension in this chapter as the shadows grow.


Author Reply: Thanks, that's just how it was supposed to work.

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