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Speechless  by annmarwalk 10 Review(s)
RugiReviewed Chapter: 1 on 8/2/2006
Oh this is so sweet. You've done a wonderful toddler-Faramir and I love how well you adapted EdorasLass' Nanny into the story.

Author Reply: Thank you! It was a great pleasure borrowing EL's Nanny.

This story is based on our own experience with a child who didn't talk until she was good and ready (and who's had plenty to say about everything since then.) I'm glad you found it entertaining and believable in terms of the Steward's younger son.

Daffy MaidenReviewed Chapter: 1 on 10/7/2005
I LOVE IT!!! ^_^

Author Reply: Thank you very much!

Susan WReviewed Chapter: 1 on 10/5/2005
I usually do not review on this site, however, this little ficlet is just too sweet to pass up on. I read it the other day and it has stuck in my head since. You have captured the essence of the children, Faramir and Boromir, here. Hmm! I never looked at lemons that way before, but now that you mention it... I guess I need to play with my food more often. Such a sweet little surprise for Boromir on his birthday and the best gift ever. Him speechless, priceless! We readers don't often get tales of the brothers 'Mir as children, so it is a nice treat to get one that is so delightful. Thanks!
Susan W

Author Reply: Thank you for your kind words, and taking the time to review! Reviews are like gold, to be treasured.

The tale came to me in a dream (the lemons, I know, from the lemon hand cream I put on before bedtime) but where the pigs, and the nursery rhyme came from,I'll never know. :)

ElvenesseReviewed Chapter: 1 on 10/4/2005
Go Ann! That was so cool. I thought at the beginning that it was a bit strange that Faramir couldn't talk yet, but he's just holding his own counsel as usual.

Apparently one of my uncles was taught three or four languages as a baby, and he was about three and a half before that they all clicked. Which one of your daughters was it?

Author Reply: Hello! Good to hear from you again!

It was Sally (of course). But I'm hearing all kinds of stories about children who spoke even later than that, even as old as five! And people say the Internet isn't educational.

GrumpyReviewed Chapter: 1 on 10/2/2005
I want you to know that this story made my day yesterday, put a smile right on my lips. Faramir is so cute, to market, to market to but Boramir a fat pig.

Author Reply: Thank you, thank you! Your kind words warmed my heart. The story was a pleasure to write.

Raksha The DemonReviewed Chapter: 1 on 10/2/2005
Squeeeeee! Faramir is just the cutest toddler imaginable! But also very real, well-written. Even at such a young age, Faramir has an independant mind and a good imagination. And he's just sooooo cute; particularly when he's sing-songing the market rhyme.

Author Reply: Hello! It's good to hear from you, and thank you for your kind words.

He is adorable, isn't he? I dreamed Baby!Faramir waving a lemon and singing the nursery rhyme; after lying in bed for an hour I gave up, got up, and wrote the story. Amazing how these stories these stories get their start, isn't it?

Mum's the WordReviewed Chapter: 2 on 10/1/2005
This is such a fun story!
A favorite of my family's nursery rhymes, and such a wonderfully bright, creative little Faramir, to associate the shape of a lemon to a fat pig, snout and all.

Thank you for also sharing the family story. Your sister is not alone, as you've obviously learned, but is in very good company.


Author Reply: Baby!Faramir's a lot smarter than I am; I dreamed him with the lemon and the rhyme but didn't understand about the fat pig shape until my beta, EdorasLass, explained it to me.

And I'm hearing lots of stories about late talkers, too! Not quite as unusua an occurence as I had thought. Thanks for stopping by!

LilanReviewed Chapter: 1 on 10/1/2005
This was the sweetest ficlet I have read in a long, long time!!! And the picture of a Boromir lost for words...*giggle* I loved every word of it, it evoked nothing but pleasant emotions: the children, the talking, the lemons! How unbelievably wonderful! Thank you soooooooo much!

Author Reply: Yes, that speechless Boromir is quite a popular image! I'm glad this little story gave you as much pleasure to read as it gave me to write.

BodkinReviewed Chapter: 1 on 10/1/2005
So delightful. What a seriously cute little Faramir - who would, of course, not speak much until he had mastered the use of the subjunctive. The image of Boromir lost for words is great. And the nanny - seriously concerned that she is spending too much time with the very young.

I enjoyed this very much.

Author Reply: Thank you for your kind words! It was a pleasure to write the love and affection that characterized their lifelong bond as starting when they were small children.

daw the minstrelReviewed Chapter: 1 on 10/1/2005
Now that was charming! What a lovely, original glimpse into the life of the Steward's sons.

Author Reply: Thank you so much! The whole thing, amazingly, came to me in dream; I can see how the lemon hand cream played into things, but I'm not sure where the nursery rhyme came from.

I wish the set-up could be original, but it was shamelessly borrowed from my friend EdorasLass. I know you're on LiveJournal; if you like, hop over to the "Bitties" section of her memories to read more about Boromir, Faramir, and their Nanny. Enjoy!

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