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The Tenth Walker  by Lindelea 6 Review(s)
Baggins BabeReviewed Chapter: 23 on 11/29/2008
Poor Bill - I am so looking forward to his meeting with Asfaloth. What will he make of the great Elven horse, I wonder?

I could feel that bit of welcome sunshine after so much dismal weather!

Author Reply: Yes, and what will the great Elven horse make of him?

A clear sky can be so energizing! (We had a clear morning yesterday, but it's been cloudy and raining on and off every since the clouds rolled in again.)


DinossielReviewed Chapter: 23 on 11/26/2008
Bill is such a dear creature. I love this story through his eyes. I can understand his fear of the road and the 'cry' that was heard on it. This fills in many blanks about Bill. I have often wondered what went on in his head, what he experienced. Now I know, thank to your imagination.

Author Reply: Awww. He really is a good-hearted little creature. I'm glad he found friendship, and a master to love, even if he had to go on a difficult and dangerous journey to find them.

LarnerReviewed Chapter: 23 on 11/25/2008
Ah--I am in veritable paradise, again sipping so satisfactorily at your stories, Lin! And love Pippin's attempts to lighten moods, Frodo's rally--I ever see him rallying at the last moment, Strider's decision to chance the road, and Sam's joy at the simple praise and thanks, as if it were good gold coin! As for Bill--he is so observant!

Author Reply: Ah, bless you for the good word, and your own observations!

I will keep plugging away so long as the Muse is tractable... think good thoughts and we'll see what comes of it.


DreamflowerReviewed Chapter: 23 on 11/25/2008
Oh, Lin! How delightful--I feel almost as though you are writing just for me--yesterday a bit more of my "Bunny" and the beginning of a new tale, and today more of dear Bill and the journey to Rivendell!

I love this small interlude--the wee bit of hope that seems to have come to our weary travellers, and Bill's descriptions. I especially love the touch of the "sour pine needles" (yes, they *are* sour) and the "tasteless bark".

'Come, Merry,' the Big Man says, rising from his crouch. Perhaps I ought to say creaking to his feet for he moves slowly and painfully, indeed, and not with his usual grace. Somehow, I think at that moment, Dunadan or not, you convey the impression that he is feeling his 80+ years.

Frodo's rallying a bit is a good thing, and I really liked his interaction with Sam. And I so love the way Aragorn is consulting with Merry as they make their plans--of course, he's making the decisions, but he's keeping Merry informed and making Merry feel as though his opinion matters.

I adore Pippin's at least somewhat effective attempts to cheer everyone.

And this was so sweet:
My Samwise beams as if he's been paid in heavy gold coin, and not just a simple word of praise. 'I'll have breakfast ready as quick as you can say “Overhill, over Dale,” Mr. Frodo!'

'Overhill, over Dale,' youngest hobbit says sleepily, sitting up. 'I say, Samwise, a few eagles would not go amiss... though the eagles over Dale never did fly Bilbo all the way home past Overhill. What a story that would have made'!

'Yes, wouldn't it,' Master says with a fond smile for the youngster, who has walked so very far, and no benefit of eagles to spare his travel-worn feet.

It is good to see him smile.

Youngest hobbit returns the smile, and heartened, adds, 'I'll settle for some of that tea.'

'Right, Mr. Pippin,' my Sam says in his briskest tone. I prick my ears forward, glad, though my belly is empty. I tear a strip of bark from the tree. It is tasteless, but it gives me something to chew.

Poor Bill.

Author Reply: It is very likely that part of this chapter was inspired by your Ode to Tea... It was so nice of the original chapter to suggest that they were heartened at this juncture, perhaps by the sunshine, or the freshness of the rain-washed air.

We're studying weather at the moment, and I expect the rising barometer had something to do with their rising spirits. (What fun! To fit our studies into JRRT's so-carefully crafted tale...)

Ah, it was lovely to hear some of your favourite bits. (And yes, I think Dunadan or not, Strider must have felt stiff on occasion. Even young hobbits do, after sleeping on cold ground when it's been raining for more than a day, and the dawn comes cold and clear.)


shireboundReviewed Chapter: 23 on 11/25/2008
'Ah,' he sighs, 'that's good.'

My Samwise beams as if he's been paid in heavy gold coin

Awww. These are lovely moments amid such a dark time.

Author Reply: It is so nice to have a lightening of the angst, even for a bit!

Thanks for stopping by.

harrowcatReviewed Chapter: 23 on 11/25/2008
You make us feel every whine of the wind and the grumble of Bill's empty belly.
Oooh, *shivers and scuttles off to find breakfast*.

Author Reply: Oooo, breakfast sounds like a good idea. Hot breakfast. And quantities of tea.


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