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Dreamflower's Dribs and Drabs  by Dreamflower 4 Review(s)
LindeleaReviewed Chapter: 41 on 3/15/2013
Ellie is so perceptive. She's her dad's daughter, but definitely also her mother's. (How *did* Rose know to be expecting Sam's return, anyhow?)

Author Reply: Because Rose was special, of course! *grin* While foresight might be thought "Tookish", I don't think they had an exclusive market on it! ;)

LarnerReviewed Chapter: 41 on 4/9/2011
No, he didn't sleep by her, for his heart needed even more healing than that. Sea-longing in a Hobbit born and bred in the soil of the Shire as was true of Sam must have seemed such an outlandish idea to all of those who loved him--save for Elanor herself.

Author Reply: I think perhaps his oldest son might have understood as well, though I do not know that. But very few would.

His heart would find the same healing his dearest friend found when he arrived in the West.

cookiefleckReviewed Chapter: 41 on 3/11/2011
I like your description of Sam here, because it honors Rosie's memory. (I think some authors think of Rosie and her long, shared life with Sam as a mere footnote before Sam sails.) I always enjoy stories with Sam/Elanor interaction after Rosie's death. It must have been so hard for Elanor and the other children when Sam left, even though they would know he was going to a good place. And hard for Sam, too.

Author Reply: (I think some authors think of Rosie and her long, shared life with Sam as a mere footnote before Sam sails.)

I know what you mean. Some would prefer to think Sam could never love anyone as much as he loved Frodo.

Sam and Rose were married for 60 years, and they had 13 children. We know that Rose waited for Sam, and that she knew he'd return to her. I think they were just as much in love as Aragorn and Arwen. And while Sam did sail, to receive a solace and a healing he couldn't find in the Shire, he would never have left Rose to do so. Of course he'd grieve for her, and grieve hard.

And I think that Sam's leaving was indeed hard for his children and Sam as well. It was no easier for him to leave the Shire behind than it was for Frodo when Frodo left; and it was no easier for his friends and family to have him go than it had been for him to have Frodo go so many years before.

AndreaReviewed Chapter: 41 on 3/10/2011
I assume that Elanor knew from the Red Book (and maybe from her father, too) that Sam was allowed to sail to Tol Eressea when he chose to.

“You will not sleep beside her though,” she said with certainty.

By saying this she gave him leave to go (my interpretation)! It must have been hard for her to do so, but better than seeing him fading away.

Drabbles are always fascinating. So much said with so few words!

Author Reply: I do think that Elanor, and possibly Frodo-lad, did know of the offer to Sam. I'm not so sure that the younger ones did.

And you are right, that was just my intention!

I like the challenge of drabbles and other fixed-length-ficlet forms!

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