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Shire Yule  by Dreamflower 9 Review(s)
Kaylee ArafinwielReviewed Chapter: 23 on 10/26/2011
Haha...loved it from beginning to end, but the last little bit with Lalia was a hoot! Doesn't she realize it's HER fault Yule is always a dreary affair? Oh, and that toast to Lalia had me giggling! Heh!


Author Reply: Of COURSE it's not HER fault! The very IDEA! *giggle* No, she hasn't a clue...

VirtuellaReviewed Chapter: 23 on 11/15/2008
I can only take Pippin-fluff in very small doses, but hey, this one went down like a spoonful of sugar! Very funny how Pippin always gets into trouble even at that age.

One has to feel sorry for the couple that are getting married - all the unpleasant people are off to attend their wedding!

I was very amused at Merry's inspired definition of fireworks! And he gives Estella his carrots! I bet that's how it all started... ;-)

And the last sentences was causing me a giggle-fit!

I don't quite understand how the weather could be "cold, but mild", and I have an inkling that you meant to say "Cold, but dry".

Author Reply: I'm glad you enjoyed it! I do love wee!hobbit fluff myself, as long as it doesn't go too over the top. And of course, Pippin had to find trouble in this one, as per the request, LOL!

I know--Clayhangers and Bracegirdles and Sackville-Bagginses, oh my! (I think I'd prefer the lions, tigers and bears!)

I tried to think how to describe fireworks to a child who had never seen them--it would be difficult. (And I wouldn't be surprised if little Estella was impressed with Merry's gallantry--even though he'd already eaten his fill of carrots. *grin*)

I just had to bring the end back to the beginning. Of course, Lalia would never realize that *she* was why Yule was dreary!

I meant "mild" in the sense of being sunny, not too windy or cloudy, certainly dry, and cold--but not bitterly or unpleasantly cold, as long as one was warmly dressed!

LarnerReviewed Chapter: 23 on 7/20/2008
And how in Middle Earth did I manage to miss reading this one, Dreamflower?

Lovely, lovely! Love the look at little Pippin, guarded about from the big dangers, but managing to work himself into all the small scrapes possible. The celebration sounds marvelous indeed, and love that the staff will do anything to honor Paladin and Eglantine while Lalia is away! And Gandalf's prophecy, and the obvious love he holds for our small Took, are marvelous!

Yes, worthy of the nomination it's earned.

Author Reply: I'm sort of glad you did! When I came to check out your review, I saw several others I had missed replying to from months ago! So I was able to give a belated answer to them!

I've always seen Pippin as not necessarily being deliberately mischievous, but as being excessively enthusiastic and curious--which naturally makes him accident-prone!

I am quite certain that serving under Lalia was a horrible burden, and any chance to undermine her was siezed whenever possible--plus, I think, Paladin and his family were simply much nicer.

Gandalf really loved hobbits--and I think that Pippin may have reminded him a lot of his first hobbit-friend, Gerontius.

GamgeeFestReviewed Chapter: 23 on 2/4/2008
Hyper!Pippin and Tipsy!Gandalf! What fun! Pippin does have a way of landing into trouble, which Gandalf should have remembered on the Quest. ;)

Author Reply: I'm sure Gandalf *did* remember it! And truth to tell, most of the trouble he landed in ended up being for the best after all!

GamgeeFestReviewed Chapter: 23 on 2/4/2008
I figured Pippin would be angry. Striderís lucky he got away without a firm kick to the shins. ;D I wonder though what Pippin and Merry thought when Frodo-lad told them who Mr. Appledore was, and if Fatty ever finds out. Thereís so much more here to be explored.

Iím glad that Mr. Appledore took the position as caregiver. Heíll take good care of the Kingís lodging and while he might still be lonely, at least he will have a solid roof over his head to keep him warm in the winters.

cathleenReviewed Chapter: 23 on 1/4/2008
This was just such a sweet, humorous tale and I loved reading it again here! There are a great many entertaining elements in this story and I love the way you managed to work everything Pearl requested in, even metaphorically! And I loved that Gandalf was included in the celebration and got a wee bit tipsy on the punch - hehe, perfect! Thanks, Dreamflower, for writing this, and thanks Pearl Took for requesting it!

KittyReviewed Chapter: 23 on 1/3/2008
Ha, I can imagine how the hobbits are hurrying to the Great Smials as soon as word got around that Lalia would be out of the way! (Though maybe I should feel sorry for the wedding guests ;-))

Pippin is truly more than a handful, but heís a sweet lad, too. "But Frodo, I was so 'cited! All the happy just had to come out!" That was so cute!
And heís accident-prone, oh yes! I feel tempted to say itís a miracle that he survived his childhood at all, and Bilbo seems to think along the same line.

Lovely to have Gandalf there, too. The idea of him dancing among the hobbits after a few (too many?) drinks is fun. But somehow I am glad Gandalf got the chance to spend a few nice days there and to enjoy himself for a change Ė heís spending far too much of his time out in the wilds.
And his moment of foresight about Pippin was intriguing. Now you have me wondering what and how much he saw ...

eilujReviewed Chapter: 23 on 1/3/2008
What a memorable Yule!

I loved Pip's "What are you?" to Gandalf, Merry's description of fireworks as candles that make a loud noise, and Pippin fearing the loss of his carrots.

Despite Bilbo's constant assertion that he would exceed his grandfather's age, Frodo must indeed have feared every day that he would lose him. The average hobbit, judging by the ones we see on the family trees, seems to have lived to be in his late 90's. Bilbo at the time of this story was 105, having just equalled in age his uncle Hildibrand, *the* longest-lived of any hobbit on the family trees other than Gerontius. The Old Took wasn't merely *old* -- he'd outlived every other hobbit (that we know of) by *25* years! Poor Frodo indeed! [Rory Brandybuck, 93 at the time of this story, would die at 106.]

They carried the lad over to his parents, who looked askance.
"Don't ask," said Bilbo.


harrowcatReviewed Chapter: 23 on 1/2/2008
Poor Pippin. He never MEANS to get into a mishap. They just happen. It is good that he has good sisters and cousins to look out for him. And now a wizard too! *grin*

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