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Shire Yule  by Dreamflower 14 Review(s)
Kaylee ArafinwielReviewed Chapter: 5 on 10/26/2011
My Dear Miss Dora,

Once again you have Written a Letter full of Wonderful Advice - on how to Avoid one's more Disagreeable Relations! I am Quite Sure your Niece Daisy appreciated it, Even as I Did. I Do Hope there will be More such Advice in Your Book Soon!!

Perhaps these Missives will Encourage your Scribe to Write More?


Kaylee Arafinwiel

Author Reply: My Dear Miss Kaylee

It is so nice to know Someone Appreciates My Useful Advice! I am afraid that Currently my Scribe is paying Far More Attention to certain Disreputable Relations of Mine! Just because they went off and had Adventures!

Dreamflower says: Perhaps you have woken Miss Dora up! But I am sure she is much Too Polite to skip ahead of her place in the queue!

NeiliaReviewed Chapter: 5 on 12/22/2007
I love Aunt Dora and all her advice about absolutely everything one can possibly think of! *giggle* She is adorable...a bit tedious, but adorable.

Author Reply: "Tedious, but adorable" is exactly the impression I got from the little description of her in FotR. I love Bilbo giving her a waste-paper basket!

demeter dReviewed Chapter: 5 on 12/13/2006
I find the advice not to wear purple charming. The over-age-fifty "Red Hat Society" ladies take their chosen garb from the poem which begins "When I am old I shall wear purple, and a red hat that does not go (with it)" or something to that effect. While she would likely chide those ladies for behaving in ways unconventional and scandalous, her strong-minded forthright behaviour would fit right in with them! I suspect almost every family has an "aunt Dora"!

Author Reply: *giggle* I think you might be right about Aunt Dora and the Red Hat Ladies, LOL!

On the surface, Aunt Dora seems very prim and oh so proper, but she's got a kind and loving heart, and means very well with all her advice! And for the most part, her advice has a solid core of good old hobbit-sense.

Pearl TookReviewed Chapter: 5 on 12/12/2006
She's an odd duck, dear Aunt Dora! LOL

Author Reply: She is a bit odd, with her obsession with propriety, but she's sharp and she's kind-hearted.

KittyReviewed Chapter: 5 on 12/10/2006
And I will be a Steadying Influence for him, among all those Brandybucks! *giggle* Dora has a rather high opinion of herself, regardless of the question if Frodo needs this steading influence in the first place, as the Brandybucks aren't as bad as Dora seems to think.

Very amusing ficlet, as I love all these little reminders of Folco's tactless remarks. Well, they weren't aimed at me, after all ;) All in all, Dora's advice is rather sound, considering her opinion of the repercussions of invitations to certain relatives and about Dudo.

Author Reply: Dora is a Baggins, and she has a rather dyspeptic view of the Brandybucks. She's quite sure they could not *possibly* have brought Frodo up as "properly" as Bagginses would, LOL! But she's fond of them all the same.

Yes, poor little tactless Folco!

LarnerReviewed Chapter: 5 on 12/9/2006
Yes, this does sound like Auntie Dora. So funny! And how nice that she's advising Daisy whom it's safe to invite in spite of themselves. And Togo thought Folco was funny? Lovely. I like him already!

Author Reply: Aunt Dora is a very practical hobbitess, LOL!

Well, yes, he would be more amused than his poor bride was! *grin*

Queen GaladrielReviewed Chapter: 5 on 12/9/2006
Don't have a lot of time today, so I'm reviewing all at once.

1. This is just soooo cute! :) I love Bilbo and little Frodo.

2. Wow, that's so sad! Frodo isn't acting his age at all. "Let me rest"? He sounds old. Again, I love Bilbo here, being the only one who can get through to him.

3. Aaawww! Poor Dahlia, I know the feeling; it's horrible. But what a sweet gift from Frodo, and Merry is, of course, simply adorable. :)

4. A lovely bit of conversation between Aragorn and Halbarad, and Aragorn will be proved right in years to come, very right. Will he remember then?

5. LOL! Dear old Aunt Dora! I hope she and Daisy or close! :) She's so sweet, but so funny.

God bless,

Author Reply: I'm so glad you have enjoyed all of these! I am enjoying writing them immensely.

As to Frodo acting "old"--yes, that is exactly it. The trauma of losing his parents made him grow up in certain ways before he was ready to do so. It made him very serious and thoughtful, so I try to convey that. Also, even though according to my calculations, physically and emotionally he was only seven and a half, mentally he still was twelve--he has twelve years of memory after all. That's why sometimes my younger hobbits sound precocious. (Except my Merry really *is* precocious even for a hobbit-lad.)

Baggins BabeReviewed Chapter: 5 on 12/9/2006
Yay1 Where would we be without Aunt Dora? I love her endless reams of good advice on all sorts of subjects, from manners, social bloopers, fashion.......
She's very tolerant of poor Folco too - that poor lad only opens his mouth to change feet! Perhaps she was secretly quite amused by Folco's innocent faux pas?

She must be alright really - she cares about Frodo too.

Author Reply: Well, we know that she was an inveterate writer of advice letters--*that's* canon, after all!

She's fond of Folco, and I'm sure that he does amuse her, though she'd not admit that! And she does love Frodo as well: he *is* her nephew after all.

PIppinfan1988Reviewed Chapter: 5 on 12/9/2006
I do love Aunt Dora, I really do, lol! She can be forthright and comical all in one sentence. Your Folco is so sweet, and I enjoyed imagining what may have trasnpired between him and the pregnant bride! Remember the candy bar commercial when the little boy tells the bride that his mother said she shouldn't be wearing white?? What a hoot! Sounds like something Folco might say. :-)

Very well done!


Author Reply: She's very forthright, and she has a droll, dry sense of humor that I see as a Baggins trait. Folco's a sweetie pie, really, and he never *means* any harm, poor kid.

Yes, it does, doesn't it? I think he was a lot like the child in "The Emperor's New Clothes"--blurting out the truths that everyone else is pretending to ignore.

AndreaReviewed Chapter: 5 on 12/9/2006
You may also feel safe in inviting Togo and Betony Banks. I know that they have already Received and Accepted Invitations to the Great Smials this year.

LOL!!! This is really great, Dreamflower! It's very easy to be polite if you have received enough information to be on the safe side ;-)

I liked all your Yule stories here, in particular the story about Merry's nursemaid. It was very nice of Frodo to give her a present, and she will treasure it for years to come, I think.

I'm looking forward to reading more :)

Author Reply: Miss Dora is a sharp one, isn't she, LOL?

I'm glad you are enjoying them. The one with baby Merry was not originally intended to be from Dahlia's POV, but she just took over! And I think you are right about the present.

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