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Eucatastrophe: The Return  by Dreamflower 8 Review(s)
harrowcatReviewed Chapter: 5 on 10/12/2012
Hi Dreamflower
I've been reading this again but on the other site but had to come back to catch this missing chapter and the final one or two.
Just as great the umpteenth time around!

Hai TookReviewed Chapter: 5 on 8/10/2007
I like Mellor and Eradan! Such good men Elessar keeps in store these days ;) I really like the way you described Frodo protecting Merry and Pippin and Sam from the Ring's pull and I had never thought about that before and here you make it sound so natural and very fitting.

I liked that you wrote Merry as the strategist still! He is a wonder and always has had a plan. I like how you are writing their relationship all around. To have Frodo and a happy and untouched by Shadow has been a really treat! I hope to get back to more later! Thank you for such a grand story!

Author Reply: Yes, Mellor and Eradan made their first appearance in "A New Reckoning", and then again in "An Unexpected Guest". Trust Elessar to have the best!

It has always seemed to me that Frodo would have needed *something* to anchor him, and give him a reason to fight the pull of the Morgul-knife, and protecting his loved ones from the Ring seemed like exactly the sort of motivation he would need.

Merry's always had a plan, LOL! From the first time he saw Bilbo with the Ring to the Battle of Bywater, he had a plan!

I'm so glad you are enjoying this AU!

Reviewed Chapter: 5 on 4/29/2007
It kept at him though, until one evening not long out of Bree, It suddenly stopped. Pippin thought perhaps It had simply given him up as a lost cause.

And then Pippin slowly began to realize that the Ring had not left off. Not at all. Frodo was using all his own determination to shield him and Merry and Sam from Its constant blandishments. In fact, thinking back on it, Pippin believed it was that, more than anything else, that kept Frodo from succumbing to his wound at Weathertop--he would not abandon Sam, Merry or Pippin to the Ring.

But as the Quest continued, that protection had come at a cost, as Frodo’s sense of self was eroded, day by day in his struggle with the Ring.

It had made Pippin nearly sick to see the doubt and fear and pain and guilt in Frodo’s eyes. Sometimes, Pippin was glad to have been spared the worst of it, the way it must have been in Mordor. Poor Sam, how it must have hurt him to see Frodo like that.

It's always worse to watch someone you love suffer than suffer yourself. It must have been terrible for Sam to watch Frodo fail but also I would think inspiring to watch that struggle as that dear, stubborn Baggins would do all he could to keep his beloved brothers safe as they did for him.

Namarie, God bless, Antane :)

Author Reply: I've always felt that a goodly part of Frodo's stubbornness came from his utter determination to protect his cousins and Sam as much as he possibly could from the Ring's influence. And I think that their love for him gave him the strength to continue.

BodkinReviewed Chapter: 5 on 3/15/2007
it was all they could do to finish what was on their plates, and none of them had any interest in seconds.

That's a sign of serious anxiety! Although I think events turned out far better than they would have done if Merry and Pippin had escorted the Rangers. They were able to do what hobbits do best - and catch the villains completely wrong-footed. And I do love seeing hobbits being adult and competent and confident - height isn't, after all, that important. Brains will get you much further!

And they accept and work with each other's strengths - Frodo's night vision, Pippin's stealth, Merry's strategic skills.

Author Reply: You are, of course, right. Which is why it played out as it did.

I knew from the very start of this fic that I wanted the hobbits to rescue the Rangers from something--there is a part of me that just goes crazy over the idea of "little guys" being the rescuers rather than the rescued, LOL! I just love "turnabout" stories!

And yes, they do indeed work well together!

AndreaReviewed Chapter: 5 on 3/14/2007
Frodo looked right back. “I am no warrior; but I’m far from helpless.”

“Frodo you can’t be thinking--” Merry started to say, but Pippin put his hand on Merry’s arm.

Yeah! That's what I wanted to see! Frodo takes over the lead, Merry can't believe it and Pippin is simply glad to have his old Frodo back!

Frodo knocked out those ruffians quite nicely. And he didn't need a sword, only stones and a good aim. I'm impressed!

I also loved it that when it came to planning, Frodo (and the rangers) let Merry decide.

However, I can understand the rangers' feelings about being rescued by hobbits ;-)

Author Reply: Frodo takes over the lead, Merry can't believe it and Pippin is simply glad to have his old Frodo back!

Exactly! You hit the nail on the head! Merry's first instinct, as always, is to keep Frodo out of any possible danger, but Pippin, I think understands this one thing about Frodo better than Merry--for a number of reasons.

I don't think Frodo was ever terribly comfortable with a sword, and hobbit-like, a stone would be the best weapon for him.

While Frodo is the eldest, and is leading the small expedition, he knows that when it comes to strategy, that is Merry's strong suit.

*grin* It was *fun* having the *hobbits* doing the rescue!

Queen GaladrielReviewed Chapter: 5 on 3/13/2007
Yea, another update! :)

Oh, but that was a surprise! I wasn't expecting those ruffian guys to really mean harm. I love the suspense! And I love seeing Frodo as confident as he is and to get more backstory! And of course I love it when the Hobbits rescue/help the Big Folk. This has to be my favourite bit:

Pippin had always loved Frodo in a far different way than Merry. Merry had always been a playmate and a comrade, in spite of their age differences. But
Frodo had been someone that Pippin had admired and respected, more of a beloved teacher and mentor, though they had their own share of fun together.
Pippin had always been fascinated by Frodo’s confidence and determination and intelligent wisdom. And he had always known that someday he’d follow his
older cousin into Adventure.

Oh, how interesting! The next two paragraphs are wonderful as well. I can't wait for more! :)
God bless,

Author Reply: Little untold backstory: they'd moved to the vicinity of the new inn, in order to be able to prey on the people now travelling on the Road. When they got word that Rangers were in the area, they jumped to the conclusion that they were actually there to capture them. They thought that if they disposed of the Rangers, they could continue their criminal activities with no interruptions.

Frodo was 22 years older than Pippin. Pippin never knew Frodo when he lived at Brandy Hall. He only knew him after Frodo had moved in with Bilbo, and was happy with his life. And mostly he knew him best after Frodo was on his own, Master of Bag End, a confident and wise adult. No question that Pippin adored Frodo, but I don't think his relationship with Frodo was at all the same as that with Merry--on either part. And I think that one of the things Pippin recognized in Frodo was their Tookishness that they had in common.

KittyReviewed Chapter: 5 on 3/13/2007
Hobbits don't want a second helping? That's truly alarming! No wonder Pippin had to ask about food at the end ;-)

So Eradan and Mellor walked in a trap? Somehow I had expected something like this. Maybe it was luck that the Hobbits remained behind and were able to come to their rescue. Though it is probably a bit embarassing for the Rangers to have to be rescued at all.

What I loved most of this chapter was to see Frodo take the lead and then take part in the rescue itself and the overwhelming of the baddies. It's the most obvious sign of his healing for me, if I think back to the battle of Bywater and his refusal to take part in it. And he thinks Lord Frodo outranks the two knights? Oh yes, that is how it should be :-)
And it was good to see how the Hobbits worked together, each using his particular abilities, to do all this. Ah yes, this adventure is so much fun! I look forward to more!

Author Reply: Well, not so much that they don't want it, as that they were quite worried over their friends. But I will bet that they all had a big breakfast together when they all got back to the Inn!

They did. They might have even been expecting a trap--but the bad guys managed to get the drop on them more quickly than they thought. And, yeah, maybe a *tad* embarassing, LOL! *grin*

Yes, he did take part in this rescue. You are quite right about the Battle of Bywater. I don't think he would have ever used a sword again, but a hobbity thrown stone--well that's different, and he would want to help their friends!

He's more pulling rank as their senior cousin than as "Lord Frodo". That's always his trump card with those two.

I wanted to show how each of them had his own particular talent to contribute, and I'm glad you thought I achieved that! Thank you!

harrowcatReviewed Chapter: 5 on 3/12/2007
Oh well done but meethinks it 'aint over yet!

Author Reply: Not yet!

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