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Dreamflower's Dribs and Drabs  by Dreamflower 5 Review(s)
AndreaReviewed Chapter: 5 on 4/10/2006
With hearts all filled with gratitude they bid their hosts farewell--
And yet ‘tis not the end, for there is something more to tell--
How once again Tom Bombadil put them right when they’d gone wrong.
But that is for another day and for yet another song!
The Old Forest is a perilous place where hobbit-kind are strangers,
But old Tom may there be found, to rescue them from dangers!

Wonderful! I'm really impressed. You got the rythm of it perfectly!
And to put it in the context of history with discussing if it came from Master Meriadoc or Thain Peregrin, well, that's pure Tolkien!

Thank you, Dreamflower!

P.S.: Will there be "yet another song"?

Author Reply: The rythm is difficult, but it just means constantly counting syllables. And I did want to make it seem as though it might fit--I could see Merry sitting down and writing such an account of their first adventure, and Pippin putting it to song, so that it would be passed down to future generations...

LarnerReviewed Chapter: 5 on 4/10/2006
Oh, Dreamflower, how well this fits into the Red Book's own usage, complete with the descriptions of its known origins and the consideration of possible companion works.

How perfect this is!

Author Reply: Thank you! I am pleased that you like the way I presented it--I thought that the little historical note would be appropriate. As to "perfect"--well, I can see its flaws, but you make me hopeful that they are not so obvious to anyone else as they are to me, LOL!

Queen GaladrielReviewed Chapter: 5 on 4/10/2006
Oh! This captures the very escence of jolly Tom. I always liked him, odd as he seems at a first glance, and reading this was almost as good as reading the chapter over again. :) Splendid, Dreamflower!
God bless,

Author Reply: Why thank you!

The first time I read the book, umpteen years ago, I didn't much care for him--but now he's one of my very favorite of the characters. I'm so glad you liked it!

KittyReviewed Chapter: 5 on 4/10/2006
Dreamflower, I'm deeply impressed how you're able to put this part of the story into a song! And I can hear Pippin sing that, oh yes! The more so as it doesn't go into details of the more frightening part in the Barrow Downs, so it may not trigger too many unpleasant memories.

And how fitting to have someone named Brandybuck-Gardner. With all the marrying between the children of Sam, Merry and Pippin and maybe some more cousins even hobbits will have a lively time to sort out the family trees some generations later ;-)

Author Reply: I'm pleased that you can imagine Pippin singing it. I've been very influenced by a lot of the Tolkien music I've been listening to lately.

Truth is, I did want to continue with the Barrow-down encounter, but it was getting harder and harder to maintain the rhyme and scansion and still integrate canon into it, so I ended it by leaving things open for another one down the line.

I figure there were not only Brandybuck-Gardners, but Gardner-Brandybucks as well, LOL!

harrowcatReviewed Chapter: 5 on 4/10/2006
Oh well done Dreamflower. You have really caught the tone and rhythm and I like the way that you intersperse the Prof's own words.

Author Reply: The rhythm is difficult to maintain, but I did my best. I thought it worked well to intersperse his words, for he repeated them sometimes within his own work; also for it to be a telling of what happened, I liked to use them as the dialogue, especially where Tom actually slips into rhyme and rhythm as he speaks. Of course, Merry and Pip were stuck in the tree, but I'm quite sure that Frodo and Sam filled them both in on their rescue!

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