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The Tenth Walker  by Lindelea 6 Review(s)
Le RouretReviewed Chapter: 15 on 1/29/2009
And as an aside, "Marsh-stinking hobbit" and "Not-so-merry" are lovely nicknames!

Author Reply: Thanks!

Pearl TookReviewed Chapter: 15 on 9/25/2007
"It is very early, but we are up and moving, downhill now, down to the fearsome Road that lies waiting ahead, a mouth yawning to devour us, Iíve little doubt."

You paint such glorious word pictures, Lin!

Author Reply: Thank you! I try to write the pictures I see in my mind's eye, and the stories I enjoy reading the most are the ones that bring pictures to mind, like yours.

LarnerReviewed Chapter: 15 on 9/23/2007
What a wonderful, welcome expansion on the book story, Lindelea. Bill and his perceptions of those he's with are so wonderfully described, as is his concern for Frodo and what might and might not disturb what ease he is able to know.

And poor Strider--so in need of a bath as they all are at the moment!

Lovely!

Author Reply: Animals are so amazing--so often they seem to have a sixth sense when it comes to well-being. I had a horse that was a real "brat" when dh tried to ride her--she figured he could take care of himself and so did all she could to unseat him without outright bucking--but put a child on her back and she'd turn her head back, to look and see who was in the saddle (such a light weight!), and then pace along smooth as glass and just as careful as could be.

And our dog always knows when someone's sick, and chooses to lie beside the sick person, instead of her usual favourite person.

Baggins BabeReviewed Chapter: 15 on 9/22/2007
I do love seeing these events from Bill's PoV and you do give him a very distinct voice - you certainly understand our equine friends. Love the thought that his mother said 'We'll cross that bridge when we come to it' - not just human mothers come out with wise sayings, it seems.

I am looking forward to seeing his reactions when they reach Rivendell.

Author Reply: Thanks! Have loved horses for a long time, and after owning one and working with a few others over the years I begin to gain some understanding of them. I do miss horses; we cannot have any here in the city, where we live now.

How I love Bill's wise old mother! She must have been a very intelligent and observant pony.

harrowcatReviewed Chapter: 15 on 9/21/2007
perhaps bridges are not all the same... much like people.

And ponies.

Oh Bill the wise pony. He just goes to show that his deprived background with Bill Ferny has not stopped his inate character coming out with the encouragement of caring and loving friends(masters).

Author Reply: Perhaps they're not. Bill certainly is seeing the world, and gaining much more knowledge than the usual Bree-pony.

Amazing how an abused animal can seem a different creature altogether with a little love, care, and respect.

shireboundReviewed Chapter: 15 on 9/20/2007
Ohhh, I just can't wait until sweet Bill gets to Rivendell, with all the comfort, food, and grooming such a loyal pony deserves.

Author Reply: Nor can I! Mmm, lush, long, green grass to roll in, and graze to his heart's content...

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