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The Archives Incident  by Dreamflower 14 Review(s)
PSWReviewed Chapter: Epilogue on 3/3/2016
Very good! It's easy to forget how very difficult it must have been for the Hobbits in a city of Men -- even everyday adventures can turn stressful when everything was made for people who were so much larger.

And that poem... Ha! Fantastic follow-up. :-) Thanks for writing!

GamgeeFestReviewed Chapter: Epilogue on 2/4/2008
*snickers* Poor Aragorn! At least the hobbits only had Menelcar recite the song at their house, and not, dare say, in front of the court!

Author Reply: Frodo's too intelligent to embarrass the new King in front of *everyone*! Besides, it's much more fun among just friends, so they can tease him!

BodkinReviewed Chapter: Epilogue on 2/4/2008
Poor Aragorn. Having such delightful poems written about him might well have caused him to flee Gondor much earlier. Imrahil did a good job in hiding it. And in noting and accepting hobbit rules of conduct.

Author Reply: Indeed. I think he might have found an infatuated princess a far greater threat than corsairs or even than the son of the Steward, LOL!

I enjoyed writing Imrahil--I hadn't done so before.

Elena TirielReviewed Chapter: Epilogue on 1/26/2008
You wrote that, that, that, that thing??? *Barbara looks at Dreamflower in utter awe*

That must have been HARD! Bwahahahahaha!

Seriously, I enjoyed this story, and the tale behind the, er, um, "poem" was just perfect... Imrahil was a hero already, at age 9! LOLOL! Though I bet Ivriniel did not appreciate his valor at the time.

Well done! ;-)

- Barbara

Author Reply: *giggle* Guilty as charged! It was indeed, I, who put those words in Ivriniel's mind! LOL!

And it *was* hard. I actually had to go in and change some of the lines so they *wouldn't* scan right. Coming up with cliches was easier, but making them sound as though the person who wrote them actually *meant* them was difficult--I had to make sure I didn't sound sarcastic. *shakes head*

Yes, Imrahil was a hero--he saved the world from that horrible verse, and kept poor Thorongil from being embarrased. I'm glad you liked it! Thanks!

-the other Barbara! LOL!

Hai TookReviewed Chapter: Epilogue on 1/25/2008
Oh dear, that is why you have to open every door and and yell "the library is closed!" before actually locking the doors ;) Poor Frodo and Pippin but they seemed to be a good balance for each other even in such a horrible circumstance, although I think sometimes having someone else there keeps you from falling apart. They looked after each other quite well.

I did like the Epilogue though, added a nice bit of humor to the end of it. Merry and Sam would insist on knowing when who is going where after that :) What lovely hobbits anyway! Thank you for the story!

Author Reply: I think the poor Archivist has learnd that lesson well, now! But I have a feeling that perhaps the Archive had not seen many visitors for several years--he wasn't used to actually having anyone else there!

Frodo and Pippin certainly did better together than either of them would have alone.

I'm so glad you enjoyed it, Hai! Thanks for coming by to comment!

AntaneReviewed Chapter: Epilogue on 1/25/2008
He turned and looked into the hobbit's face--only merriment and laughter was there, and not a trace of sorrow for the moment. Even if this joy only lasted briefly, it was worth it.

Indeed! And Sam basically telling his master to straighten up and fly right after teasing Merry for his concern...that's a surprise, but a rebuke deserved and taken well.

Namarie, God bless, Antane :)

Author Reply: Yes, Aragorn would put up with any amount of teasing if it would bring a smile to Frodo!

I think, by the time the Quest was ended, Sam was able to let his Master know when he was out of line--Frodo's not perfect by any means, and Sam knew just how frightened he and Merry had been to not find them the day before.

And Frodo did take it well. I think, though, he sometimes got a bit tired of being worried about and fussed over!

Baggins BabeReviewed Chapter: Epilogue on 1/24/2008
"They are hobbits. The more people whom they can feed, the better they like it." My thoughts exactly!

I have often wondered whether Aragorn ever got to hear this poem and I was thrilled to discover this story. I loved Imrahil's description of how it came to be in the archives (and as an archivist I know what sort of things can turn up there!) and this made me howl, "......... so I did what any little brother would have done: I opened the door, and offered a bit of literary criticism."
I'll bet he did! The idea of Faramir's auntie as a fangirl..........! :-)
Brilliant, as always.

Author Reply: Yes, indeed! I cannot imagine any hobbits being comfortable with the idea of having a meal while someone else stood outside their door and did without. And they'd assume the guards were hungry, whether they actually were or not, LOL!

I'd intended to write the follow-up at some point, but Shirebound gave me the nudge to do it sooner rather than later. I'd always known this was the backstory that I wanted for the poem, but I had to get in and do the research before I knew if it was canonically possible.

All the stories I've read with "Aunt Ivriniel" have depicted her as rather staid and prim, so I thought it would be funny if she was a bit of a "fangirl", as you say, in her youth!

AndreaReviewed Chapter: Epilogue on 1/24/2008
All of Gondor sang his praise,
But he was humble always.

Oh dear, dreadful indeed :)

But I can understand how a girl of seventeen who fell in love with the handsome Thorongil can be driven to write such a poem!

I have a little brother myself. It's the same age difference, eight years. And so I can very well imagine how things went. Imrahil was really a rascal!

Like Aragorn I think that any poem, how dreadful it might be, that makes Frodo happy, is a good thing and should be endured ;-)

Author Reply: Yes, it's pretty awful, isn't it? And a lot of work to *get* it that way!!

I think she was pretty smitten with him--and so the poetry!

Little brothers and big sisters--it's pretty much the same dynamic the world over, no matter what the race or culture, little brother thinks big sister and all that "mushy stuff" is fair game for teasing!

And it was worth it to him to see Frodo smiling!

Queen GaladrielReviewed Chapter: Epilogue on 1/24/2008
ROTFL! Ahahahahaha...oh my, poor Aragorn...*giggles* I'm so glad you finally did this! I really, really needed a laugh this afternoon, and all the better if I could get that and a Hobbity fix at the same time. Oh dear me! *wipes away mirthful tears* And Imrahil's sister wrote it! Even better! I love the end, so sweet!
God bless,

Author Reply: Well, my dear, I am so glad I gave you a laugh! (((hugs)))

Yes, poor Aragorn!

Imrahil's sister is the dreadful poet, poor girl! That's what I'd had in the back of my mind for it all along. *sneaky smirk*

KittyReviewed Chapter: Epilogue on 1/24/2008
You wrote an epilogue! Yay! Just what I wanted!

It is so completely in character that the Hobbits feed Aragorn's guards, too. They couldn't conceive why they should not be allowed to eat on duty.

Honestly, of all the ways this poem could have ended up in the Archives, that's most definitely the last one I'd ever imagined! *Ivriniel* wrote it, and Imrahil stole it and hid it in the Archives? *LOL* No wonder it was ... ahem ... not the best piece of poetry ever! And thinking about how poor Aragorn would have reacted if a lovesick Ivriniel had wailaid him to declaim this poem ... *ROFL*

so I did what any little brother would have done: I opened the door, and offered a bit of literary criticism And of course, nine-year-old Imrahil was the perfect literature critic! *snicker*

Oh well, it may have been a bit embarassing for Aragorn, but he's so right - to see Frodo so merry is worth more than a bit of embarassment! And the one who would have been most embarassed was not there anyway - the author of this questionable piece of poetry!

Thank you so much for this fun - I'm still grinning from ear to ear!

Author Reply: Yes, thank Shirebound for that! I had not really intended to write it quite yet, but when she requested it from my time-stamp meme, I couldn't resist!

Of *course* they'd feed the guards! What respectable hobbit wants a hungry person standing outside their door? LOL!

*grin* This is the backstory I'd had for the poem all along. I've never really written Ivriniel, but I have to confess from my own reading of those who have, she has always seemed to be depictied as rather staid--so I thought it was funny to imagine her as young and susceptible, and sort of fangirling poor Thorongil--and you are absolutely right--that's exactly what she wanted to do with that poem! I seriously doubt that Thorongil would have hung around long if he had realized the teenaged Princess of Dol Amroth had developed a passion for him!

Well, as much as any nine-year-old brother--at least he knew that "dread" and "raid" don't rhyme! *snerk*

It was a bit embarrassing for him, but yes, he was glad to see Frodo happy. And at least Frodo and Menelcar had enough sense not to spring it on him in front of the full court!

And I'm very glad to have brought you a smile.

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