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In The Service of The King  by Grey Wonderer 36 Review(s)
curiouswombatReviewed Chapter: 2 on 10/4/2014
I always think it is a shame that people don't often leave reviews after the first few weeks of a story being posted.

I had not read this before - I have actually come to it from the link at the MEFA Archive - and I just want to say how much I enjoyed it. I do love the idea of Pippin doing at least as much for the reign of the new king, in his own way, than any of the others.

And the image of Boromir 'defiling' the fountain made me giggle, and will continue to do so for quite a while!

Mysterious JediReviewed Chapter: 2 on 12/23/2005
I like your story.

<>< Saved from sin through Christ,

Author Reply: Thank you! Glad you enjoyed it!

Pearl TookReviewed Chapter: 2 on 10/17/2005
This is wonderful, I'm all teary. I quite obviously haven't read enough of your stories.

I loved all the descriptions of Pippin's Elvish.

I loved his handling of and enjoyment with the lads of Gondor.

I loved his desire to give the children places to play.

Simply and thoroughly wonderful!!

Author Reply: Thank you! I am so glad you enjoyed this one. The idea came from Pansy_Chubb. She was the one who sent me the bunny and Marigold's Beta did wonders for it all. For some reason I could hear Pippin mangling Elvish, though still singing it in a very lovely clear voice, just mispronouncing every single word. LOL I also thought that coming from a place as lush and green as the Shire it would be hard for Pippin to understand lads playing in the streets of the White City without any grassy areas in which to run. Thanks for the lovely review!

storyfishReviewed Chapter: 2 on 9/28/2005
Wonderful story, GW! I didn't plan on reading the entire thing before class this morning, but your story just hooked me in. The whole story arc is just so satisfying--everybody thinks Pip's just messing up again, but in reality he's showing just how thoughtful he is--and what a great Thain he'll be someday. :-) Thanks so much!

Author Reply: Thank you so much for the lovely review. I am glad that you enjoyed the story. I do think that Pippin must have been a wonderful Thain once he took on the position and I think that might have been due to his experiences away from the Shire as well as his own personality. Thanks for reading and have a great day in class!

Anso the HobbitReviewed Chapter: 2 on 9/22/2005

What a wonderful story! :D

Author Reply: Thank you! I am glad that you liked it and I thank you for reading it!

Anso the HobbitReviewed Chapter: 1 on 9/22/2005
Lovely! I love all the little details in this. I am a bit amused though, of Pippin being so carefree to play with the children. One should think he would stop at talking with them.

Lovely conversation between Frodo and Merry, too. :D

Author Reply: I was remembering Pippin going around the City with Bergil on the first day that they met. I think since hobbits age differently and since they are also more carefree with their emotions that Pippin would have still been young enough to engage in a bit of play. I also think he was trying to help Ty fit in with the older lads.
I wanted a bit of sometime between Frodo and Merry. They are and have been so close and I do believe that Merry would have valued Frodo's advice even after coming of age. Thank you for reading!

DreamflowerReviewed Chapter: 2 on 9/19/2005
*heaves a great sigh of happiness*

What a wonderful and satisfying story, GW. It is, of course, filled with humor--I don't think anything you write would be totally devoid of humor--but it is a serious and loving look at the rebuilding of a City, and how there are many different ways to contribute to such a task.

I adore Pippin in this. He's still so completely Pippish, falling into trouble without ever trying, and yet still grown-up enough to take responsibility for his actions, and mature enough to see what truly needs doing.

Thanks so much for sharing this lovely, lovely, lovely story! I truly do think it's one of your best ever.

Author Reply: Wow! Thank you very much for that amazing review. One of the things that I love most about Pippin is that no matter what he seems to maintain his innocence and his spirit of fun. He just continues to be Pippish no mater what. All I can say is that I had a terrific Beta on this one and a wonderful plot bunny to work with. You just gotta love a good plot bunny!

DreamflowerReviewed Chapter: 1 on 9/19/2005
Oh, GW, this has *got* to be one of your very best stories yet! It's not fair that I didn't get to see it when you first posted it!!

There's so much to adore about this: Merry's and Sam's annoyance at Pippin's "desertion", Pip's quick sympathy for the children, and his stout defense of his King! I love his interaction with the various shopkeepers and with Ty, who surely reminds him of himself. I adore the little asides with Aragorn and Faramir, as they discuss the very problem that Pip is already addressing.

And the part with Frodo and Merry discussing Pippin was a perfect gem. I most especially loved this part:

You taught Pippin how to look out for himself, Merry, now let him do it,” Frodo said.

“I may have taught him to look out for himself but I am having trouble teaching myself to allow him to do that,” Merry said. “How do you let go?”

“I am still trying to let go of you, Merry-lad,” Frodo laughed. “You best ask someone wiser than myself for that knowledge.

Merry said, “I know of no one wiser than you, Cousin.”

And then the fountain episode. *chortle* Now *that's* going to be a conundrum for Aragorn indeed. I look forward to his expression when Pippin is brought before him.

Now on to the next chapter...

Author Reply: Well, it certainly is nice to see a review from you again! I've missed these. I am so pleased that you like it. The plot bunny was presented to me by Pansy Chubb through Marigold and I wanted to write it the minute I read her idea. I haven't written too many stories that take place during the Quest and so I was pleased to be able to use the rest of the Fellowship, Bergil, and Faramir. Glad you liked the Frodo and Merry conversation. Sometimes I get busy writing Pippin and Merry and forget to include Frodo as much as I should.
As to the fountain, well, I like getting Pippin wet for some reason. LOL I always seem to be tossing him in the water at some point in my stories. Thanks for reviewing this when I know that you have so much to catch up on!

rabidsamfanReviewed Chapter: 1 on 9/19/2005
Well, this was a delight. I loved it that you included Bergil, and loved it even more that Pippin's hard "work" did such good for Aragorn.

Although I suspect that the boys will still require a good wall to play their game against, even if they get grass and trees!

Author Reply: Thank you and I am glad that you liked this one. Pansy Chubb's plot bunny and Marigold's Beta made this one easy to write.

GamgeeFestReviewed Chapter: 2 on 9/18/2005
LOL, only Pippin could get into trouble for wading in a fountain. That's a good idea Pippin had about finding somewhere for the children to play though. Gondor never did seem very kid-friendly to me with all that stone.

I loved everyone's reactions when Pippin was hauled into the dining room, and Faramir and Aragorn trying to have a serious conversation about what Pippin's punishment should be. It's also very fitting that Pippin would be more afraid of his cousins than Strider.

And the Elvish singing - LOL! Poor Legolas and Frodo, having to endure that trauma. :) Ty was a cute kid and Pippin can finally put his knowledge of being the youngest to good use.

Author Reply: Thanks for reviewing and for reading. Glad that you liked it. You know that Pippin can get in trouble almost anywhere. He's talented that way. I figured that Pip would be good for Ty and I am glad that you liked Ty in this. Thanks!

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