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Hero  by Periantari 5 Review(s)
Speedy HobbitReviewed Chapter: 1 on 3/21/2007
Awwwwwww.... the middle part of this story, especially, moved me to the brink of tears... I found myself blinking them back! I want to give Frodo a very big hug right about now, the poor hobbit!

Author Reply: aww i'm so glad you enjoyed this story~ It was such a pleasant surprise to see your reviews. i'm glad that you enjoyed these enough to leave me kind thoughts~ And yes, this is a scene that formulated in class that i just had to write down. ::hugsFrodowith yoU:: =)

LarnerReviewed Chapter: 1 on 5/11/2006
The need for reassurance was great, ever great, I think.

Author Reply: It's always good to reassure Frodo that he did not fail and that he tried his hardest--that guilt and regret really knawed at him before he went to the Havens though, i think. :(

AntaneReviewed Chapter: 1 on 5/11/2006
“Dear Frodo,” Gandalf held closely onto Frodo. “Keep up your hobbity courage. The worst is over.”

Look around you, dear, people are free because of you, because you loved, because you gave everything.

He was frustrated that Gandalf was praising him, not agreeing with his notions about himself.

Stubborn Baggins! Listen to your spiritual director!

Very good study of guilt and comfort.

Namarie, God bless, Antane :)

Author Reply: Thank you so much, Antane! I'm glad that you liked this, and i agree completely that Frodo was loved because he gave up everything.

shireboundReviewed Chapter: 1 on 5/11/2006
What a lovely scene, and wonderful conversation. We can't help but look ahead to when Frodo sails West, with his comforting friend Gandalf at his side.

Author Reply: I think my last paragraph really wanted to foreshadow that a bit. :)
Thank you so much for your lovely comment, Janet. :) *hugs*

ElemmírëReviewed Chapter: 1 on 5/11/2006
Oh, this is absolutely lovely!

'But there was wisdom in Gandalf’s words—he just needed to be back home, back to his beloved Shire. Perhaps, maybe there was some grain of truth in Gandalf’s words.'

Those lines at the very end made me wonder what would have happened to Frodo if he had come home to an intact Shire that hadn't been scoured by Men, Saruman, & his own cousin, Lotho. I wondered if just maybe Frodo might have found the peace he sought, or if he would continue to have been tormented by the Ring. He probably would have sailed West eventually, but just maybe he could have enjoyed the return to his homeland a bit more, before his guilt consumed him again.

Fics that have Gandalf comforting Frodo are some of my favorites & this one most certainly hits the spot. Thank you for writing it, Periantari. If you have the time or feel so inclined, how about a follow-up conversation to this where perhaps Frodo & Gandalf come to a better understanding: either Gandalf & Frodo on the ship to the Blessed Realm, or already in the West. Pretty please?

Author Reply: I think it was not only guilt that had Frodo depart from the Shire and all that he held dear. It played a strong part but also important to take into consideration how much he has grown after the Quest--perhaps to the point that he wouldn't feel comfortable in staying in the Shire any longer. There has been a discussion that talked about the possiblity that Frodo had grown spiritually, to the point of not being comfortable in staying in the Shire any longer. Surely, everyone thinks that the Ring and the absence of it and the guilt he had regarding in not being able to destroy it took a strong role, but i think it was not *only* his guilt that brought him to the West.

Sorry fro rambling but thank you so much for your lovely review! I'm glad that you liked this and i'll think about follow-up conversation fics about this. :)

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