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The Archives Incident  by Dreamflower 21 Review(s)
shireboundReviewed Chapter: 1 on 4/7/2013
I re-read this wonderful tale once in awhile, and enjoy it so much every time! This is truly a timeless gem, full of such love and gentle healing.

Author Reply: Thank you once more!

You know, you get the credit for that second chapter, because you asked for it! *grin*


shireboundReviewed Chapter: 1 on 7/9/2011
It was nearly dawn by the time that Frodo and Pippin were tucked up together in the big bed the hobbits shared on the ground floor of the guesthouse. They had been washed and dressed in clean nightshirts, and fussed over

I love this story so much! This was my pleasurable re-read this evening to send me to sleep with happy hobbity thoughts.

Author Reply: *grin* You are such a dear! I'm so glad that you still enjoy this one!

Agape4GondorReviewed Chapter: 1 on 2/4/2008
especially with the incentive of stopping at an ale-house on the way back. *giggles*

I like the reminder that the Hobbits are good shots - whether with stones or with wood!

Very nice chapter indeed. I'm glad Aragorn decided to carry them and I'm glad Frodo still has the parchment!

And I hated the rats............ *shivers*

Author Reply: Well, it *would* be a good incentive for Pippin, wouldn't it? *grin*

I love any chance I can get to show off their ability on that score. I think it's fascinating!

Aragorn is not going to allow his patients to wear themselves out--and Frodo has plans for that parchment, as you will see in the Epilogue!

I hate rats, too, and so does Pippin!

DaynawaynaReviewed Chapter: 1 on 2/3/2008
AWWW! What a neat story! Frodo is a clever cousin, to be sure! :) And I can just see Aragorn's face when his bard sings that *Lovely* Poem! LOL :D

Author Reply: So glad you enjoyed it! I love to show Frodo being clever, competent and caring!

Yes, I imagine they would have to invent a whole new shade of red for his embarrassed face!

AntaneReviewed Chapter: 1 on 4/29/2007
This is one of the reasons I love Frodo so much - he is one of us, a scribe and reader. He was definitely in heaven in that archive until he saw hell and then got locked in with rats! :( The poor dears, but they had each other. Like all the hobbity love of course. :)

Namarie, God bless, Antane

Author Reply: Yes, he certainly was enjoying the archives! But he and Pippin *did* have one another and their own courage and ingenuity!

LindeleaReviewed Chapter: 1 on 3/23/2007
Ooo, suspenseful beginning.

Pippin was bored, and not at all averse to accompanying Frodo, especially with the incentive of stopping at an ale-house on the way back.
Ah. That's our Pip. (And our Frodo.)

Dreadful poetry!

Just like Cousin Bilbo! Hoorah! (Shaking my head in amusement, too.)

Aha. Feeling very curious, along with Pippin. (Peers at ancient, dusty manuscript, trying to make sense of the faded lines.)

and the room was fairly silent except for the rustle of parchment, and the occasional sound of one of them blowing dust away.
Lovely bit of detail, puts the reader right into the scene.

(You know, I was thinking of Gandalf, going through the old records, and wondering if it was him who left the scrolls there, to grow dusty over the passing of years.)scrol

Hobbits cooking together!

Nice use of carrots to convey Merry's emotion.

Rats! (shudder)

So glad to see Menelcar. Good man.

Hoorah! Rescue!

Humor me.

The other document! *g* (Such presence of mind.)

Nicely done. Glad I ran across it and had a bit of spare time to comment.

Author Reply: I'm glad you did too! I love the way you pick your favorite bits out when you review! *grins and preens*

The second I thought of the Archives as a setting, I got to wondering about that scroll Gandalf found. It seemed obvious to me that *at that point in time* with the War heating up for Minas Tirith, and Denethor beginning to rely not on written records, but the palantir, that the Archives were probably neglected for a few years to say the least.

This was a heap of fun to write. Dana always gives me the coolest bunnies!

LarnerReviewed Chapter: 1 on 2/28/2007
How wonderful that the two of them were able to protect themselves, and what a couple of finds they found! The poem is indeed awful, and I love the idea of how hard you must have worked to write it! Love to think how Aragorn will cringe when that is sung to him.

And love how Frodo managed to deal with that particular scroll. I'd wondered if he'd find that. So, it hadn't managed to get pulled away in the last two years? Heh!

Author Reply: I think that our lads had enough ingenuity to take care of themselves in the short term.

It really *is* harder to write something deliberately bad, than it is to at least *try* to write something moderately good, LOL! I had to rewrite some lines so they *wouldn't* scan! *grin*

I thought it quite likely that Gandalf had been the last real visitor to the lower Archives--after all, it was only very shortly after that, that the War began to heat up, and probably there were not many people who would be looking to do that kind of research as life in the City grew worse.

In one way, it was a good thing for Frodo that their situation came up. He did not have time to brood over his find, as his mind had to be taken up with getting *out*, and with taking care of and protecting Pippin.

BodkinReviewed Chapter: 1 on 2/27/2007
Get Menelcar singing that! Although it might be best if it's at a private gathering.

Poor Frodo - trapped in a library. Halfway between horror and euphoria. But without food and with rats. Yes, it's a good job they were rescued when they were!

Author Reply: Uh--yeah! Probably it would not be good if its first performance was at the wedding, LOL!

When I was a kid "trapped in a library" was one of my favorite fantasies! But the lack of food and the presence of rats did rather take the shine off!

GamgeeFestReviewed Chapter: 1 on 2/27/2007
Oh, those poor rats! They finally get rescued, only to have things thrown at them! LOL What an exciting little adventure for Pippin and Frodo, though it may not seem that exciting to them at the moment. I imagine that Merry and Sam will be extra protective of Frodo and Pippin after this, for awhile at least. And I do hope that Pippin gets to show that poem to Meneclar! That would be a hoot if Meneclar actually sang it! :D

Author Reply: *snerk!* I hadn't thought of it from the rats' POV, LOL!

Well, not exciting in a good way, certainly. And yeah, I can see Merry and Sam doing a bit of extra hovering for a while.

I think it's inevitable that we see more of the poem--I just have to wait for the bunnny to get large enough...

FiondilReviewed Chapter: 1 on 2/26/2007
Oh but you have to do a sequel Dreamflower! I had the same terrible thought as Tigger that "Thorongil" himself wrote the poem in retaliation for all the other poems and songs being written about him at the time. LOL Lovely story.

Author Reply: I'm glad you liked it.

And I already have a tiny idea as to the poenm's provenance. It just needs to grow a little first.

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