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Testaments of the Past  by Dreamflower 2 Review(s)
KittyReviewed Chapter: 145 on 9/3/2006
You and Jackie did go through a lot of trouble to produce all this, and I am very impressed, Dreamflower. There would be very few people who would work out all of this if it was not absolutely necessary to insert in the story itself, I think.

Some more personal parts of Frodo's last will brought tears to my eyes, but then I had to laugh about him leaving his pipe to Legolas and the leaf to Gimli to persuade Legolas into smoking. That was sweet, though I doubt Legolas will give in. Well, our dear elf will treasure it nonetheless.

Author Reply: We intended from the very beginning to have the Author's Notes be a part of the story, so that the readers could see what our hobbits were seeing, even though there would be no way to include all of it in the narrative of the story. At first it was only going to be letters and legal documents, and then we got the idea of showing some of the items as well. It was a lot of fun to do!

It took us quite a while to figure out all the bequests, and the three different Wills--post-Party, pre-Quest, and post-Quest. At all of them Frodo was at a different place in his life.

The idea of giving Legolas a pipe was Jackie's, and when she told me, I thought it was perfect--it would show that as bad off as Frodo was near the end, he still had a sense of humor!

AndreaReviewed Chapter: 145 on 8/24/2006
Although the "Last Wills" in the Shire are written very formally, Frodo managed to address all his remaining companions in a very personal way, leaving them unique heirlooms.
I found the word "Sprout", oh yes I did - and once again I love it. Merry has always been Frodo's sprout, and more than ever after his cousin had to leave Middle Earth.

I would really like to know if Legolas ever smoked that pipe :)

Wonderfully done, Dreamflower. Now, if I only knew what that box contained ;-)

Author Reply: Yes, I think that Jackie did a magnificent job with all the legal documents! They truly are full of the "high-flown" language that JRRT said Hobbits were fond of, and yet, as you said, they manage to be very personal as well!

I kind of doubt it--but I will bet he cherished it to the end of Arda!

Soon enough...soon enough!

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