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The Great Convocation of 1427  by Dreamflower 12 Review(s)
KathyGReviewed Chapter: 1 on 9/18/2014
Hmm! I suppose that the Gaffer stayed behind in Hobbiton (or is it Bywater)? What a double surprise he's going to get: Sam has become mayor, and Rosie has given Hamfast another grandchild! Hey, Dreamflower, you ought to write a sequel to this story, covering that.

Author Reply: I suppose we could guess at it. I don't have a copy of LotR handy--they've all been packed away safe from the chaos of painting, but I'd have to check and see is the Gaffer still around when Merry-lad was born. I am fairly sure he was, but not 100% certain without looking to see.

At any rate, he'd have known about the Mayor part--that was pretty much a done deal before the Convocation opened: the Thain and the Master wouldn't have left it for chance. They'd make sure they had enough votes before they put Sam up for consideration.

RobertReviewed Chapter: 1 on 10/29/2010
Charming story, though the ban could really do with exemptions for medical emergencies and rangers in hot pursuit. If some stray troll wanders into the north farthing, the rangers chasing it shouldn't need to lose time asking for permission to cross the boundary. Likewise, if some ranger patrolling the border suffers a serious accident, its better that they be treated in the nearest home, even a hobbit hole, than in the middle of the wilds. Still, the hobbits have enough sound common sense not to put mere rules over hobbit and human lives.

Author Reply: Thank you very much! It's delightful to get a review for a story that's been up a while, and I enjoyed writing this one a great deal.

JRRT did not give us any details of how the Edict was worded, or how it was implemented, so I felt free to make up my own. In my version, there are some built in exceptions, though they are a little inconvenient-- and in fact, I have at least one story in which an injured Ranger is treated by nearby hobbits, and another in which Men are of assistance with a hobbity emergency. Hobbit good sense does indeed win out over "rules".

But I do think that the Edict was not a particularly good idea in general.

LongcleeveReviewed Chapter: 1 on 4/26/2008
Oh what a perfectly wonderful story! haha, I love Sam's "What have you done!" So cute!

Author Reply: I have a feeling that Sam may forgive Rose, but he's probably going to take every chance he can get to say "I told you so!" LOL!

GamgeeFestReviewed Chapter: 1 on 11/23/2007
Yep, babies never do come when its convenient, do they? And of course, Sam will forgive Rose, if it even occurs to him to be upset. ;) I enjoyed this little glimpse into the Hobbit-moot and Im especially pleased that the name Baggins will not die out. It is certainly too great and old a name not to be carried forth for future generations. This day would have made Frodo very proud for so many reasons. :)

Author Reply: No, they generally don't tend to adhere to a set schedule, LOL!

Of course he will. But he might take it on himself to offer a little "I-told-you-so". That's awful hard for a spouse to resist, being right!

The idea of renewing the Baggins name had occured to me from time to time--but given that in "my" Shire there were no male Bagginses to carry the name on (as I rather strictly interpret the Baggins family tree), I was rather stuck, until this idea hit me one day. But I needed just the right fic to introduce it, and this one was just right!

I think Frodo would have been very proud indeed--of Sam, of his cousins, of Rose and of the Shire-folk in general. I kind of hope that perhaps he was granted the use of the seeing-stone from time to time, so that he could keep track of what was going on in their lives!

AntaneReviewed Chapter: 1 on 10/31/2007
A sweet day for Sam. :)

Namarie, God bless, Antane

Author Reply: Yes, it was, wasn't it?

KittyReviewed Chapter: 1 on 10/30/2007
Oh, I love your solution to the problem that Frodo was the last of the Bagginses! It would have been so sad if after Ponto and Porto passed away the name truly did die out. Good old Freddy! And I am sure it reconciled Ponto with the fact that his daughter could not marry Frodo, as he once had wished.

Are you sure Rose has not some Baggins blood a few generations back? Her stubbornness would qualify her as a Baggins, Id say *grin* But she had a rather memorable gift for her Sam for being elected Mayor. Truly impeccable timing! Oh, I can imagine the celebration afterwards - Mayor *and* a new son!

Author Reply: I had begun to think of that as a possible solution a few months ago, but hadn't found the right story to use the idea in, until this one! Although I *do* believe that the Baggins *were* dying out, I can imagine hobbits coming up with this idea!

Well, Sam had no Baggins in him--Gamgee stubbornness sufficed for him! And I think Rose would have to be just as stubborn as her husband!

I'm sure that *this* banquet will be one to keep tongues wagging for a long time!

AndreaReviewed Chapter: 1 on 10/30/2007
What a wonderful idea to let the name Baggins live on!
Baggins-Bolger? That's interesting. Wasn't Tolkien's "first" Ringbearer a "Bolger-Baggins"?

I loved it that little Merry wasted no time to come into the world and that Rosie was so stubborn! This way Sam will never ever forget the day when he was elected Mayor of the Shire :)

"In a few more years there's going to be a Pippin living in Bag End with a Merry!"

Estella and Diamond laughed, but Pearl said "Good heavens! Poor Rose and Sam! I don't know how the smial will stand it.

ROTFL!!! Apparently, Pearl speaks out of long experience!

Author Reply: Yes--Frodo was originally named "Bingo Bolger-Baggins"! LOL! I'm so glad JRRT changed his mind on *that* one!

No, I'm quite sure this is a day he'll remember forever!

She most certainly does!

cookiefleckReviewed Chapter: 1 on 10/30/2007
Reading this story was such a pleasure. Thank you!

Author Reply: I am so very glad that you enjoyed it! You are more than welcome!

LarnerReviewed Chapter: 1 on 10/29/2007
There MUST be something in the soil of the Hill that tends to cause extreme--and delightful--stubbornness in those who dwell within it! Ah, Rose--what a gift for the newly-made Mayor!

And Aragorn had addressed the letter to Frodo as Mayor? Ahhhhhh....

Author Reply: Well, Sam needed a wife just as er--determined--as he was, I think!

*facepalm* Wishful thinking on both his part and mine, I think! (Fixed now!)

Baggins BabeReviewed Chapter: 1 on 10/29/2007
A really lovely look at our favourite hobbits on a very special day for the Shire and for Sam. Nice of Rose to give him a present to mark the occasion.
In my universe it's Pip-lad who arrives in a rush, but what can you expect from children named after those two? :-)

I love the solution to the dwindling Baggins family - I hope it does increase again and prosper.

Author Reply: Yes, it was rather nice of her, wasn't it? *grin*

I think he may make an early arrival as well, perhaps--or perhaps not! But I will bet Rose will no longer be so certain about her children's arrival times!

I hope so as well!

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