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Eucatastrophe: The Return  by Dreamflower 5 Review(s)
Hai TookReviewed Chapter: 9 on 8/13/2007
I just love to see the hobbits with Gandalf! That is always great interaction! I especially like Gandalf and Pippin's relationship and that you described it as an old game: Gandalf being stern while Pippin questions him is a perfect description. This little bit makes reference to something you wrote more recently "Why, I shall be of age, and I can certainly eat as much of my own birthday cake as I wish, with no one to gainsay me!Ē"

It was also quite nice that Gildor was to be found in Rivendell! And to learn that he had met Bilbo so long ago, was an excellent story!

I was glad you included Merry speaking to Glorfindel about the prophesy. That was quite a feat afterall and that Glorfindel should meet the very hobbit of who he prophesied, I did like Pippin's assessment on the Witch-King being a fool, very amusing.

It is great to see Legolas and Gimli here as well! I'm very excited to see them all together again, of course we are still missing a few of the Fellowship but this will still be nice :) Thank you for the fun and I look forward to catching up more.

Author Reply: Oh, I'm so glad you are still enjoying the story! I've had a lot of fun with it so far!!

Well, GW took that and made a story from it--perhaps that's what you remember. She said it was inspired by that remark.

As soon as I saw the quotation, I thought of Bilbo! It made so much sense to me that Elves might have used that blessing for him.

And I've been wanting to have Merry and Glorfindel talk about that prophesy for a long time!

KittyReviewed Chapter: 9 on 6/13/2007
Well, something like this *had* to happen, as Frodoís timetable didnít take any delays into account, though lost shoes happen all too often. And in earlier times, I believe there truly were very few who could shoe a horse without being a smith, unlike today.

Ah, good old Gimli to the rescue! Of course, Legolas and Gimli had to show up for the wedding. Iím already surprised Merry didnít drag half of Imladris with them back to the Shire *grin*

It was nice to see Gimli at work, so dedicated to his job. And Frodo did another step onwards with removing his shirt Ė another little sign for his healing.

Author Reply: No, Frodo's own Brandybuckish-ness was coming through in his plans, and he did not want to think there could *be* any delays, LOL! I don't imagine Gimli ever had to do a lot of farrier work--probably just when he was in his apprentice-days. But I'm guessing it's not a skill one could forget!

Yes, they are showing up for the wedding--and if it had not been for the need to keep to the Challenge prompts, I'd have had another chapter in Rivendell, in which we'd have discovered that Gandalf will be coming--but he has Shadowfax, so he won't need as much travel time!

I wanted to show that he still has a few things to remind him of his ordeal--I don't want anyone thinking that "healed" means he forgot all about everything he went through, or that the memories are not bad ones. It would not do to cheapen the sacrifices he made on the Quest. It *does* mean, however that those memories do not have any *hold* on him any longer, and each time he can defy them, he heals a little bit more.

LindeleaReviewed Chapter: 9 on 6/12/2007
Hurray for Gimli!

I love his "fierce joy".

But I am overdue for readaloud now, and "Wheel on the School" is on the agenda, and not hobbits... however, we are finding the people of Shora quite hobbity, in a Brandybuckish way. (Most of the fathers are fishermen, that is.)

Author Reply: I think that is just how he would feel about smithcraft!

I'm not familiar with that particular bit of kiddie-lit! I'll have to see if I can check it out--it sounds quite fun!

LarnerReviewed Chapter: 9 on 6/12/2007
Oh, a wonderful and so appropriate a resolution! Yes, I can see this!

Author Reply: Thanks! *grin*

Queen GaladrielReviewed Chapter: 9 on 6/11/2007
Good old Gimli! That was nicely planned!

When you mention the charter, you have Marco and Blancho. I thought it was Marcho and Blanco, or am I wrong?

As always the best thing about this story is just the Hobbitiness--the cheer and banter and general feeling of warmth and familial love. Hurray for Frodo for overcoming one more thing, and I think that defiance is a *good* thing! :)
God bless,

Author Reply: I was a bit stuck, actually, until it occurred to me that Gimli probably knew how to shoe a pony!

And you are quite right about the Fallohide brothers! I will have to go in and edit--thank you!

Frodo is still going to have the occasional "issue" with what happened on the Quest--but he's going to deal with each one, one at a time as it arises, and not look back. After all, I didn't want him to come back with amnesia over his ordeal--that would just cheapen his original sacrifice. And yes, defiance is often a Good Thing!

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